[sane-devel] Konica Minolta Magicolor 1690MF

Steven Santos Steven at simplycircus.com
Wed Mar 21 20:07:50 UTC 2012

(first version did not include the usb connection...)

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!

I am now working on getting saned to work, and export this scanner to other
clients on the network.  I am specifically hoping that it will work with
older versions of SANE (CentOS 6.2 uses version 1.0.21).  If that works, I
will add those notes to this, as well as adding notes on getting this model
working with CUPS for both color and black and white printing.

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 network 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.

*Step 4: Tell the Magicolor back end where to find the USB scanner*

With the 1690MF plugged into your computer via a USB cable, run the command:


the output of that command will look something like this:

  # sane-find-scanner will now attempt to detect your scanner. If the
>   # result is different from what you expected, first make sure your
>   # scanner is powered up and properly connected to your computer.
>   # No SCSI scanners found. If you expected something different, make sure
> that
>   # you have loaded a kernel SCSI driver for your SCSI adapter.
> found USB scanner (vendor=0x132b [KONICA MINOLTA], product=0x2089 [KONICA
> MINOLTA magicolor 1690MF scan]) at libusb:001:003
>   # Your USB scanner was (probably) detected. It may or may not be
> supported by
>   # SANE. Try scanimage -L and read the backend's manpage.
>   # Not checking for parallel port scanners.
>   # Most Scanners connected to the parallel port or other proprietary ports
>   # can't be detected by this program.

You can ignore everything that starts with a hash tag, but the important
part is this line:

found USB scanner (vendor=0x132b [KONICA MINOLTA], product=0x2089 [KONICA
> MINOLTA magicolor 1690MF scan]) at libusb:001:003

We need to add those two values to the Magicolor back end.  to do that,
fire up gedit as root:

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

Find the line that reads:


and after it  add a line with the word "usb" followed by the vendor number
and the product number.  That line should look like this:

usb 0x132b 0x2089

After you have added that line, save the file.

*Step 5: Reboot the machine*

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

*Step 6: Test your new scanner*

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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