ubuntu 17.10 scanner problems

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A missing dependency in ubuntu 17.10 prevents dozens of scanners from several manufacturers from working. If you have had similar problems, this may help.

4 thoughts on “ubuntu 17.10 scanner problems

  1. My synaptic doesn't have access to iscan pkgs nor the esci-interprter pkg, which explains a lot. Ever since I installed 17.10 I've been unable to even detect the Brother scanner even though all the drivers are installed. Only my printer works at present. I guess I'll have to use one of the other OS I have installed when I need to scan. SMH

  2. staedtler-przyborski (staedtler-przyborski) wrote on 2017-11-01: #90
    I verified that my Epson V300 works with a fresh Ubuntu 17.10 installation by doing the following steps

    1. Install libsane1 1.0.27-1~experimental2ubuntu2.1

    If you don't want to enable the proposed repository the easiest way is to download the files and install them from local

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/artful/+upload/16734103/+files/libsane1_1.0.27-1~experimental2ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/artful/+upload/16734103/+files/sane-utils_1.0.27-1~experimental2ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/artful/+upload/16734103/+files/libsane-common_1.0.27-1~experimental2ubuntu2.1_all.deb

    2. Install iscan-gt-f720-bundle-1.0.1.x64.deb.tar.gz

    3. Copy (or move) the files from /usr/lib/sane (libsane-epkowa.la, libsane-epkowa.so.1, libsane-epkowa.so.1.0.15) to /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane

    4. generate a file /etc/udev/rules.d/79-udev-epson.rules with the following content:
    # chmod device EPSON group
    ATTRS{manufacturer}=="EPSON", DRIVERS=="usb", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="04b8", ATTRS{idProduct}=="*", MODE="0777"

    No reboot needed (although I needed to use the following command: SANE_DEBUG_SANEI_CONFIG=3 SANE_DEBUG_SANEI_USB=128 SANE_USB_WORKAROUND=0 SANE_DEBUG_DLL=128 SANE_DEBUG_EPSON2=128 scanimage -L)

    After these steps you can attach your scanner and turn it on. It will start to download the firmware (you can see some blinking lights and hear some noise). As soon downloading of firmware has finished you can use the scanner by either Simple-scan, iScan or Xsane (if installed). No root needed (except for installation).

    As other Epson scanners using Iscan differ 'only' by the scanner specific plugin I expect them to work too.

    This worked for me.

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