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Epson scanner not working

Postby phil1349 on Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:40 pm

I am trying to get my Epson 4180 scanner working with Mint 13 Cinnamon. Libsane is installed and it is included in /etc/udev/rules.d/45-libsane.rules. When I run xsane it returns the error message "No Device Found". Running "lsusb" indicates that the scanner is being detected so why cannot xsane detect it ?
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby RodMyers on Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:47 am

try running as root

sudo xsane


and see if it is found
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby phil1349 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:02 am

Tried that, unfortunately the result is the same - except for the warning that running as root is a bad idea.
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby RodMyers on Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:46 pm

from the terminal try both;

sane-find-scanner

and

sudo sane-find-scanner
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby phil1349 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:58 pm

This is getting strange. Running sane-find-scanner (as either root or user) produces :--

found USB scanner (vendor=0x04b8 [EPSON], product=0x0118 [EPSON Scanner]) 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.

so I tried scanimage -L which produced :-

No scanners were identified. If you were expecting something different,
check that the scanner is plugged in, turned on and detected by the
sane-find-scanner tool (if appropriate). Please read the documentation
which came with this software (README, FAQ, manpages).

I cannot understand why the scanner is detected in some software & not others. Are there drivers or kernel modules which should be installed ? I was under the impression that SANE was supposed to give basic functions for most available scanners, I appreciate that specialised drivers and/or software will be required to access the more advanced features of the scanner.
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby heavy metal on Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:46 pm

I have an Epson NX130 and in order to make scanner work I had to install these two packages for debian from epson website the packages are "iscan data" and "iscan"
I think these packages should work for your scanner too, let me know if you were able to make it work after installing iscan data, iscan packages!
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby phil1349 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:27 pm

This is starting to look promising. I have downloaded the iscan package but the documentation indicates it supports just about every Epson scanner model except mine ! Can you believe it ?? There are plug-ins which support mine which I am trying to find so it is work in progress at present.
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby RodMyers on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:15 am

another option, which I took a long time ago, search for Vuescan.

It just works
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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby Lanser on Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:31 pm

RodMyers wrote:another option, which I took a long time ago, search for Vuescan.

It just works


100% agree RodMyers. Vuescan drives both my Epson scanners and my Nikon Coolscan IV with no issues.
The fully configurable output options are great as well. Nice to be able to set the metadata a well.

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Re: Epson scanner not working

Postby pdc_2 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:53 pm

Phil: this is a 10yr old scanner; there seem to be rpm packages available on the Epson site; but no deb packages; the deb packages would need you to have alien installed; this changes rpm to deb

if I go to the Epson site

http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/searc ... ch/?OSC=LX

and type in

4180


I get this

http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/searc ... archModule

Epson say to install the data package first, and then the iscan driver

there doesn't seem to be a .deb package so you will need the .tar.gz file

iscan_2.10.0-1.tar.gz


it should come down to your Downloads directory

cd Downloads


tar -zxvf iscan_2.10.0-1.tar.gz


cd


./configure


make


sudo make install
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