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Scanning is done with the xsane program, which automatically detects the scanner and uses the correct drivers. Not all scanners will work with linux. For a list of scanners and their compatibility with linux, see the Sane Project list of supported devices.
Go to Applications> Graphics>XSane Image scanning program.
If your scanner is not found by xsane, you can add the package libsane-extras which will add some unofficial sane backends. Even with that, some scanners will not work.
sudo apt-get install libsane-extras
Configuring a USB scanner is a matter of installing the sane scanner drivers and a scanning program.
The following list will work:
to install them:
- open a terminal
- become root
- apt-get update
- apt-get install xsane libsane libsane-extras sane sane-utils
remember to put yourself in the scanner group (edit /etc/group as root)
to start using the scanner
- connect the power to the scanner
- connect the USB cord to the scanner and the CPU
- start the xsane program (KDE menu)
- Make sure the scanner is supported by sane
- Make sure the lock is disengaged (not all scanners have a lock, but the best ones do)
- Let the scanner warm up and try it again
- Unplug the scanner's power and plug it back in and try again
- Check to see if the power supply is good (and the right voltage/amperage)
- It is generally a good idea to have some "known good" power supplies on hand for initial testing.