[sane-devel] Nikon Coolscan IV recognized but fails scanimage with "Invalid argument"

Michael Hess mjhess at hawaii.rr.com
Fri Jul 8 10:30:04 UTC 2011

*Hello Allan:*

I went by this:

from: http://www.sane-project.org/source.html

    Most Linux distributions package SANE with modifications required to
    support their authentication or permissions systems. We recommend
    you use the vendor's packages. If you need a more updated version of
    SANE, be prepared to build from source, and ask on a distro-specific
    forum for advice.

synaptic lists the installed and latest versions as the same

     sane: installed 1.0.14-9 | latest 1.0.14-9
     libsane: 1.0.20-13ubuntu2 | 1.0.20-13ubuntu2
     sane utils: 1.0.20-13ubuntu2 | 1.0.20-13ubuntu2

 From the backends list (https://alioth.debian.org/frs/?group_id=30186),
it appears that the "latest version" is from 2004.
Well ... argh ... that's how I learn.

I did go ahead and download sources for sane 1.0.22. I compiled and 
installed it (3 times),
had to get supporting files (libusb-dev and libsane), and replug the 
scanner and restart
the machine several times.

But ... it is now working well enough.

Thank You,

On 07/07/2011 10:03 AM, m. allan noah wrote:
> Start by upgrading to a current version of sane?
> allan
> On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM, Michael Hess<mjhess at hawaii.rr.com>  wrote:
>> I am trying to set up a Nikon Coolscan IV
>> under Ubuntu 10.04, kernel: 2.6.32-32-generic
>>     sane-find-scanner
>> reports:
>>     scanner (vendor=0x04b0 [Nikon], product=0x4000 [LS-40 ED]) at
>> libusb:005:002
>>     scanimage --version:
>>     scanimage (sane-backends) 1.0.20; backend version 1.0.20
>>     scanimage -L:
>>     device `coolscan3:usb:libusb:005:002' is a Nikon LS-40 ED film scanner
>> But when I do a test via
>>     scanimage -T
>> I get a:
>>     scanimage: open of device coolscan3:usb:libusb:005:002 failed: Invalid
>> argument
>> It didn'tt matter what other options I tried setting with scanimage.
>> I am assuming this is an "obvious" error to somebody, but I could not find
>> anything
>> to help me resolve this. Any pointers as to what may be going on or where to
>> look next?
>> Thank You,
>> Mike
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