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    Question need help setting up hp scanner

    looking for any help setting up hp scanjet 5300c. Do not have cd or manual. bought scanner used and can not get it to work w/linux.

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    Trusted Penguin Dapper Dan's Avatar
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    Oct 2004
    The Sovereign State of South Carolina
    What distro are you running? You might need to install hplip if it isn't already. Once installed, you will (or should) have hp-toolbox installed... a "GUI" utility for configuring HP devices... provided they are supported. It also may be supported by sane, also installable. Need to know that distro...
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    Linux Engineer Freston's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    The Netherlands
    Good news and bad news.

    Good news is you don't need the CD's or manual because they don't work with Linux. Also good news, HP scanners are very well supported natively in Linux. If you run an up to date distro you're chances are good that everything you need is already installed.

    Bad news. I can't say whether it'll work in one go. It might. It might not.

    Turn on and plug in the scanner and run these:

    dmesg|tail               # To see whether the kernel recognizes the new device
    /sbin/lsusb              # To see whether the kernel recognizes the new device
    # And the commands to fire up the scanner:
    scanimage -L
    You might run into permission problems. su or sudo to root then.
    If xsane didn't find your device in that last command, then post the output of the above commands here.
    Can't tell an OS by it's GUI

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