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Installing an Epson Scanner

Postby leandroribeiro on Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:50 am

Hi there!

I've just migrated from OpenSUSE 11.0 to LinuxMint Elyssa (installed Mint in wife's computer and fell in love with it...) and, so far, I like the change.

There is something, though, that I miss from SUSE. I had this problem with Ubuntu in the past: installing my scanner.

With Ubuntu (and now also with Mint) I had to install libsane-extras and then I had to tweek a bit with epson.conf and epkowa.conf (that tweeking, at the time, took me hours of googling...). When I switched to SUSE 11.0, that problem vanished: I just had to install a pakage named something like "epson-proprietary-drivers" and then, via Yast, go to Hardware --> Scanner--> Detect --> Install.

I certainly would love to see such a feature in Mint! It's the only thing that made me sigh with the switch, since I'm in a phase of my life in which I want to work more with my computer and work less for the computer.

Is it a hard thing to do? Is it a driver issue? Does SUSE has any kind of partnership with Epson that it's not allowed in other distros?

Thanks for the attention and congrats on this great distro!
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Re: Installing an Epson Scanner

Postby Husse on Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:40 pm

I hope the scanner is working...
I really doubt openSuse or any distro has such a special arrangement
Have you seen this topic
viewtopic.php?f=51&t=1763
I am not 100% sure it works with Elyssa, but I think it should
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Re: Installing an Epson Scanner

Postby leandroribeiro on Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:51 pm

Maybe with openSUSE it's so "automatic" because avasys releases RPMs. Then they (probably) just made an app to detect and correctly install the drivers for you.

Anyway, right now I can't test anything: my Mint laptop got a Grub error that turned out to be a boot sector problem. I'm trying to retrieve my /home data with the PhotoRec utility.

I sure hope this is not an Elyssa issue. I found no one else with this problem when searching, so It must have been a failure with my hardrive :\
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Re: Installing an Epson Scanner

Postby Husse on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:14 am

ouch
We have some problems with grub - but not of the kind that kills your disk
Mainly two - Ubiquity (the installer) sometimes fails when it's to install grub and a problem when you have a mix of SATA and IDE disks and add/remove a disk and unfortunately it also affects USB disk. There are solutions to both.
Have you tried to repair grub?
How to here
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _your_grub
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Re: Installing an Epson Scanner

Postby leandroribeiro on Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:35 am

The problem was I wasn't even able to run a LiveCD if the hard drive was plugged :(

Anyway, I've runned other kind of recovery CD's: RIPLinux and Ultimate Boot CD. With both I've tried to restore MBR to the boot sector, but without any luck because I got read errors from the disk. I've searched around and I think that this is actually a physical problem with the hard drive. I was able to recover my files from the /home partition with PhotoRec, so I'll just send the disk to warranty.

It's a pain, nontheless :(
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Re: Installing an Epson Scanner

Postby Husse on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:17 pm

I was able to recover my files from the /home partition with PhotoRec

Lucky you - a couple of years ago you probably would have been forced to send the disk to a disk recovery specialist if it really is hardware (and it seems so from your description)
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