[sane-devel] Konica Minolta Magicolor 1690MF

Steven Santos Steven at simplycircus.com
Wed Mar 21 19:19:50 UTC 2012

I am not a coder, but I hope my notes make it easier for others to get this
working.  Many thanks to Reinhold Kainhofer for both developing this
backend, and for pointing me in the right direction for fixing my problem!

HOW-TO: SANE and the Konica Minolta Magicolor 1690MF on Ubuntu

*Step 1: Ensure that you have at least version 1.0.22 of sane installed *

If you don't know what version of sane you are running, run this command
from a terminal:

scanuser at sane:~$  scanimage -V

You should see something like this as a result:

scanimage (sane-backends) 1.0.22; backend version 1.0.22

(hint: it should already be installed on Ubuntu 11.04 and higher.  If it
reads 1.0.21, you do not have the magicolor back end, and need to upgrade
to a newer version of ubuntu).

*Step 2: Enable the Magicolor back end*

Edit the file /etc/sane.d/dll.conf by running the following command:

sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/dll.conf

Within that file, change the line that reads




and save the file.  Note: if the magicolor line does not have a hash #, you
do not need to edit anything.

*Step 3: Tell the Magicolor back end where to find the scanner*

While sane will try and autodetect the scanner on the network, you will
likely need to specify the IP address of the scanner.  To do that, open a
terminal and run the command:

sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/magicolor.conf

After the line that reads

net autodiscovery

you need to add a line with the word "net" and IP address of your Magicolor
1690MF scanner.  That line should look like this:


(make sure to change the address to match that of your scanner)
Now that you have added the IP address of your scanner, save the file.

Next, reboot the machine (devs, can we get sane to reread the changes
without restarting the box?  If so, what is the command?)

After the reboot, open a terminal window and run the command


You should now have a working interface to your  Konica Minolta Magicolor

Steven Santos
Simply Circus, Inc.
86 Los Angeles Street
Newton, MA 02458

P: 617-527-0667
F: 617-934-1870
E: Steven at SimplyCircus.com
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