[sane-devel] Scanner Epson Perfection 1250 Photo on Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

Françoise Del Socorro waterreedshimmer at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 22 13:38:43 UTC 2011

Thank you both,

Indeed scanner works perfectly in command-line even after deleting (with 
Computer Janitor) iscan, imlib and iscan-plugin. (With Wine, they happen to be a 
software like Xsane, so Iscan is the driver + software pack that is only 
compatible with a few RPM distros, and libsane (plustek) + sane-utils 
(scanimage) is the driver + software pack compatible with DEB distros and 
perhaps also RPM.)

But this scanner isn't working with graphical user interface softwares like 
simple-scan nor xsane because plustek is not selected, even if Xsane ask us to 
select it at start. So is there a way to load modules automatically into scanner 

And is there a way for it to work faster ? (or perhaps old scanners are > 

scanimage -d plustek --resolution 1200 -x 1654 -y 2339 > test2.pnm
-> more than 3min, huge size: 10 156 x 14 028 pixels, resized with GIMP.

scanimage -d plustek --resolution 200 -x 1654 -y 2339 > test200.pnm
-> more than 2min, normal size: 1692 x 2338

Xsane: Failed to start scanner: Device busy
export SANE_DEBUG_PLUSTEK=20 ; xsane
[plustek] Available and supported devices:
[plustek] Device: >libusb:006:002< - 0x04b8x0x010f
[plustek] Device configuration:
[plustek] device name  : >auto<
[plustek] Device description for >0x04B8-0x010F< found.
[plustek] Device WAF  : 0x00004002
[plustek] Device Flags: 0x00000000
[plustek] sane_get_devices (0xbff7ed9c, 0)
[plustek] sanei_usb_open failed: Device or resource busy (16)

Simple-scan: Failed to scan: Unable to start scan
export SANE_DEBUG_PLUSTEK=20 ; simple-scan
[plustek] sane_start
[plustek] usbDev_open(libusb:006:002,) - (nil)
[plustek] sanei_usb_open failed: Device or resource busy (16)
[plustek] sane_start: open failed: 16
** (simple-scan:2356): WARNING **: Unable to start device: Device busy

De : Gerhard Jaeger <gerhard at gjaeger.de>
À : sane-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org
Cc : Françoise Del Socorro <waterreedshimmer at yahoo.com>
Envoyé le : Mar 22 mars 2011, 10h 42min 55s
Objet : Re: [sane-devel] Scanner Epson Perfection 1250 Photo on Ubuntu Lucid 

Hi Françoise,

On Tuesday 22 March 2011 09:21:43 Françoise Del Socorro wrote:
> He did a small 202x150 pixels image with just the upper part of the paper
> and mostly blank, he did not recognize where the paper was in the scanner
> (it was in the middle as before), and he did not scan the entire document
> table (as he did once when the paper was at the same place), since he only
> have found 1/4 of it.

that's perfect, as it's the default setting for scanimage.
Either use a suitable frontend like xsane for adjusting the scan area
or use the -x -y parameters for scanimage to enlarge the scan area.
You might also adjust the resolution.

"man scanimage" might be your friend.


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