Shifting to Linux in hope that some piece of hardware will work that windows won't handle is a setup for disappointment. The quick Google search I did seems to suggest that it only works with Windows and OS X. My suggestion is to dual boot with XP or 7 and to use your scanner there. As for not being able to read the German site, just copy and past sections of text to Google's translate.
Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon on an Asus P5G41T-M LX Plus, Intel E6800 3.33Ghz Dual Core, 4gb DDR3 Memory, 500GB Hard drive.