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I have had hardly any problems with HP printers; in many cases, HP printers seem to work better with GNU/Linux than with Windows. Many of the Windows drivers fail to support network printing and will refuse to print if the color cartridge is empty (even if you are printing black only). In fact, I have never purchased an HP printer since the Windows users I know are always giving them away.
That being said, I have never had any success with their scanners or with scanning with an HP all-in-one.
Oh, my standalone scanner will work with sane/xsane, but it makes the scanner run very slowly, puts out an grossly inferior product and the resulting files are huge!
Over the years I've spent many hours trying to tweak xsane, but the output continues to be so bad I would be embarrassed to to send the file on, regardless of how the documents will eventually be used.
So, as previously mentioned, I have Xp running VB, just to run the scanner. Just to be clear, there is nothing wrong with the HP scanner, it is solid well built machine.
The problem is the Linux drivers.
It is another one of those cases where we, the Linux community, seem to be playing catch up with a 12 years old operating system, Xp, and makes one think perhaps they should just bite the bullet and uses ms-winblows. For all we say bad things we said about it (I just don't like mickeysoft and their lack of business ethics), the tasks I need to do daily for business, just work in Xp, but they are always seems to be a problem that needs tweaking in Linux.. or just doesn't work quite right.. or doesn't work at all...
ms-winblows in the 800 pound gorilla so I understand why many open source projects write with it in mind.
Unfortunately, it seems that all printer companies have agreed to make the printers cheap and the ink super expensive and hard to refill. If I knew a company that did not do this and did support Linux to a reasonable extent, I would use it.
Very probably scanning in raw and saving in a compressed image format solves your problem.
Scanning in RAW?
The closest you will come to that in XSane would be TIFF and that would just slow down the process even further.
Scanning in RAW means to choose None or RAW for compression in the advanced options window of xsane. I purposely mentioned "saving ..." in contrast to "scanning ..." in case you confuse scanner data compression with image file format.
The format TIFF has no indication of the kind of compression (compressed/uncompressed, lossy/lossless, or anything alike).
But if you are sure you can scan in TIFF could you post a screenshot to show how it can be set up? I really wish to learn new things. Thanks!