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I have installed xsane-0.90.tar.gz. Entering "xsane" in a terminal brings up the Xsane End User Licence Agreement, and spends some time 'scanning for devices' - and finally returns: "no devices available".
"sane-find-scanner" and "scanimage -L" also return a no scanner found message.
I went back and checked everything we had done, and found a spelling error in the modprobe line added tp /etc/rc.d/rc.local (modprobe spelt modeprobe!). Even so, I would have thought that entering the command as su would have ridden the mis-spelt command(?).
Thank you for your patience Aussie - I am very gratefull - I was getting to the stage of expecting to have to retain the other OS!
"ln -s /usr/local/bin/xsane ~/.gimp-1.2/plug-ins/", notice the period before .gimp-1.2/plugins/? It's a hidden directory in your home, the ~ is bash shorthand for current users home directory. Copy and paste this into a term,