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    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
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    Yay! I got a scanner!


    Those of you who live in the UK may know about Freecycle. It's a collection of local Yahoo groups that lets you get hold of/get rid of stuff for free. Yesterday someone wanted to dump an old parallel port scanner and I offered for it.

    This morning I plugged it in, installed sane on Debian and tried to make it work. No luck for hours; scanimage just didn't detect it. Much googling led to a way of making scanimage run in debug mode and I found my parallel port wasn't working in the correct mode (I had PCSPP and TRISTATE but I needed EPP). So into the bios, changed mode to EPP and rebooted. And this time it worked!

    I feel pleased with myself. Long live free hardware and free software!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazel View Post
    Much googling led to a way of making scanimage run in debug mode and I found my parallel port wasn't working in the correct mode (I had PCSPP and TRISTATE but I needed EPP). So into the bios, changed mode to EPP and rebooted. And this time it worked!
    Way to go, hazel! Scanners seem to be an issue for many Linux users. Glad you persevered and hope that you will enjoy using that new scanner.
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    Good for you Hazel.
    Free is always the best.
    I have a scanner built into my HP printer.
    Don't use it much but when I need it, it's nice to have it.

    And my hat off to you on your perseverance tracking down the problem.
    Most people just throw up their hands and say they give up in 5 minutes.

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    We need a Freecycle offshoot here in New York City!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazel View Post
    So into the bios, changed mode to EPP and rebooted. And this time it worked!

    I feel pleased with myself. Long live free hardware and free software!
    Good stuff Hazel ... my current scanner is a HP USB scanner but going back a few years I had a parallel port scanner with an older PC that did not work with Windows ... in that case the vendor ended up shipping me a parallel port card which worked in EPP mode.

    ... sane does a good job provided the hardware is supported

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    Congratulations Hazel. I guess you are now the resident scanner expert.
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