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Old 01-01-2007, 07:55 AM   #1
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canon lide 70 scanner


Hi, I have a canon lide 70 scanner which is not supported by sane. Does anybody know how I can make it work? Is it similar to any other model so that I can use its driver?
 
Old 01-02-2007, 03:24 AM   #2
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You need to examine the documentation for the chipset, then look through the canon scanner backends for one which supports that chipset. If you are very lucky, there will be one. But don't hold your breath.

Even similar product names are no help because manufacturers often change an entire chipset between product numbers without letting on.

An alternative is to run the supplied software under wine. Or get a real scanner - this one's pretty cheap and nasty.
 
Old 01-05-2007, 08:15 AM   #3
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It cost me 90 euros ). It seems that there is really no hope . Wine does not finish the installation and vmware does not support usb2. I also cannot find out the chipset from the documentation. Any ideas on how I can find the chipset?
 
Old 01-05-2007, 02:22 PM   #4
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try looking in the sane-project websites mailing list... especially the sane-devel mailing list...
 
Old 01-06-2007, 05:55 AM   #5
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try looking in the sane-project websites mailing list... especially the sane-devel mailing list
Have you actually found anything in the sane-devel mailing list in which a lide70 scanner will work? The most recent indication I found was this thread here. In the end the user is encouraged to obtain another scanner. Presumably, if a way had been discovered earlier, then the user would have been directed to it(?)

90E = 117USD = 170NZD
Cheap scanners in NZ are around 150NZD new.
So I'll add "overpriced" to that "cheap and nasty" comment earlier

For others who are checking in - the way to buy a scanner is:
1. determine your price range & features you want
2. look around a number of vendors and note down the manufacturer and models you like
3. look up the scanners for compatibility.
4. Buy the best featured/cheapest supported scanner for sale.
(If none are supported - look for close models which are supported and ask the vendors.)
 
Old 01-22-2010, 11:20 AM   #6
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Lifting this topic since i have had a new fight with my CANON Lide 70 scanner today.

Here is a link to another person attempting to make a scanner driver for the Lide scanners:
http://www.juergen-ernst.de/info_sane.html
CANON refuse to support Linux, so don't bother with their products.

If you want more reasons than that, i can tell you that the Lide scanners aren't working so good with windows either.
  1. They don't work with 64 bit Windows OS.
  2. If you happen to install a new USB driver under windows you will almost certainly not be able to use your CANON Lide scanner after that.
  3. CANON has known about the problem for some years now, and says the solution is to reinstall the drivers & scan software and then reboot.
    This has worked a couple of times for me, but i am currently pulling my hair with my CANON Lide 70 scanner not working even after several reinstalls/reboots.
    CANON has not done one bit of effort to solve the problem, and have not updated either scan software nor drivers for the Lide70 for several years.
Now what do you think about them apples?

Take a google search on "canon lide70 problem" and see how people are getting along with their scanners.

So that's why we should not bother with CANON products.

Sorry CANON for the stab. But i actually bought that scanner for use with Linux. So it is well earned.

I wish i had followed Simons advice in the previous post, instead of thinking "SANE, how difficult and incompatible can it be? Things sure must have evolved".
 
Old 01-22-2010, 06:49 PM   #7
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Sell it...

Maybe you will have to give up in the LIDE 70. The older LIDE 20 and LIDE 30 are supported and should be available used at a low price.

http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html

Another approach is to buy an HP all-in-one mahine, new or used, that has support with the HPLIP driver. The driver supports the scanner function as well as the printer, but is not for scanners alone.

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...ces/index.html

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 01-22-2010 at 06:51 PM.
 
Old 01-22-2010, 07:31 PM   #8
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The older LIDE 20 and LIDE 30 are supported and should be available used at a low price.
They are available yes. But altough these are good scanners when they work, the construction is cheap, flimsy and non-servicable. I would never recommend to buy a second hand one. It is a bit of a contradiction but I am so happy with these scanners that I bought 4 of them when they were still available. When one breaks, I have spares. Until now 2 of them broke and one was trashed due to an external cause.

Finding scanners is still a huge problem. It takes a few months before Linux drivers become available, and when they are available, the scanner is already replaced by a new model. Very frustrating.

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Old 01-23-2010, 01:57 PM   #9
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Just a hunch, or call it an instinct, but since the Lide70 actually does TWAIN, (somewhere in the fuzzcloud of drivers, parameter files, WIA services and cluttered registry madness), it should be possible to make it work under linux with some DOS compatibility hack using the windows driver code. I bet if one can make that work, the Lide70 will work much better under linux than under Windows. Maybe just have to port WIA?

By the way, i solved the issue with my Lide70 in windows XP. This time around it was the combination of changed driver for the MB USB, a mysterious automatical reinstall of WIA services, mysteriously dropping the TWAIN directory from PATH, and also residual parameters in regedit. I had changed MB in the PC. That caused all this fuzz.
 
  


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