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Old 02-15-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Linux Compatible Scanner Recommendation


I currently have the CanoScan 8400F which I used under Windows. Now that I have switched to Linux, I would like to switch to a Linux compatible scanner.

The CanoScan is not supported by Linux according to SANE. Unfortunately, I am having a difficult time finding a current scanner model that SANE identifies as compatible. For example the Epson Perfection 1260 Photo Scanner is compatible according to SANE. Amazon, however, identifies the Epson V550 Perfection Photo Scanner as the new model, which according to SANE is unsupported.

Any comments on the Epson V550-Perfection-Photo-Scanner?
Any thoughts on an alternative to the V550 that would be Linux compatible?
 
Old 02-15-2014, 04:57 PM   #2
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I have an EPSON TX105 multifunctional printer with scanner, I configured that on mandriva 2011 and works fine, But I update my Linux box and now drivers refuse to work in Magaia 4. Please avoid this model.
I'll appreciate any suggestion on my issue too
 
Old 02-15-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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If you like Canon...

The Canon LIDE 20, 30, 100, 110, 200 and 210 are completely supported. Try for one used, or look further at the list.

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

XSane, used on stand-alone scanners, is a very handy program, with more feature than, for example, in the Canon ScanGear linux driver for multifunction machines.

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Old 02-16-2014, 05:17 PM   #4
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Well, I got one of those targeted pop-up ads for a scanner. The Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner.

I submitted and email to Epson, now I wait to see if they ever respond.

Last edited by Steve R.; 02-16-2014 at 06:21 PM. Reason: Cited incorrect model number. Deleted text.
 
Old 02-16-2014, 05:26 PM   #5
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epson gt-1500 and gt-S5o work with the epson proprietary drivers.

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Old 02-16-2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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Well I thought to undertake some more digging. Turns out there was an Epson scanner question posted on Ask Ubuntu. Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner. The person who answered provided a link with picture to the Epson Linux Driver Download site. I had seen this site previously, but I received zero hits. Turns out, I did not enter the product name correctly based on the screenshot provided. There are Linux drivers for the Epson 550 and 600. A new version of the drivers was released on December 26, 2013.

There was no response from the person who originally asked the question, if they were able to get the scanner working.

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Old 02-16-2014, 06:22 PM   #7
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You will need to install xsltproc from ubuntu repositories first before installing the drivers from the epson website.
 
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:54 AM   #8
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Found the Canon CanoScan 9000F MKII Color Image Scanner, which SANE identifies as having "complete" support. The Canon scanner is priced close to the Epson scanner(s) so which one to buy?

I have been boycotting Canon since they say that they don't support Linux, but then I just received that same email response from Epson. Though to Epson's credit, they (unlike Canon) have Linux drivers available through their website.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 10:57 AM   #9
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Hewlett-Packard provides Linux drivers for their all-in-one office products (combination printer, scanner, copier, fax, etc.)

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Old 02-17-2014, 11:54 AM   #10
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Quote:
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Hewlett-Packard provides Linux drivers for the all-in-one office products (combination printer, scanner, copier, fax, etc.)
Fortunately/unfortunately we already have an HP Standalone Officejet 8100 printer which works perfectly with Linux. Consequently, I am looking for a standalone flatbed scanner.

At the time we originally bought the Canon printer and scanner, all-in-one products did not have that good of reputation. When I bought the HP printer to replace the Canon printer, I neglected to consider the option of buying an all-in-one product to replace both the printer and scanner at one time. Now I am "paying" for this oversight.

The Canon scanner still works fine under Windows, just want to get rid of hardware that won't function under Linux.

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:01 PM   #11
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Fortunately/unfortunately we already have an HP Standalone Officejet 8100 printer which works perfectly with Linux. Consequently, I am looking for a standalone flatbed scanner....
While HP does provide Linux drivers for their all-in-one products and their
standalone printers, they do not, for whatever reason, provide drivers for
their standalone scanners.
If I added up all the time I've spent over the years trying to tweak Xsane to put out a quality result it would add up to days, if not weeks. No exaggeration.
I'm not about to throw out a perfectly good scanner just because of poor Linux support, so I run Xp and the HP ms-windows drivers in VirtualBox and do my scanning there. Far, far, far superior results to sane/xsane.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 06:29 PM   #12
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I'm not about to throw out a perfectly good scanner just because of poor Linux support, so I run Xp and the HP ms-windows drivers in VirtualBox and do my scanning there. Far, far, far superior results to sane/xsane.
I feel the same way. I've been attempting to convert our receptionist XP computer over to linux and scanning is where I ran into a snag. The receptionist does a lot of scanning and I haven't been able to produce the results that will make her happy. I'm about ready to throw in the towel. This is an older computer and won't run virtual box. I have already converted one box to linux, but no scanning is done on it.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 07:39 PM   #13
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I'm not about to throw out a perfectly good scanner just because of poor Linux support, so I run Xp and the HP ms-windows drivers in VirtualBox and do my scanning there.
A very valid point. The Canon scanner still works perfectly and my use is quite infrequent. I'm also miffed at Canon for not having Linux drivers which pained me since I had to use the scanner today. Anyway, I had to boot into Windows for other activities such as updating my Garmin maps and getting started on taxes. Given the consistent need to occasionally use Windows, it probably doesn't make $$$ sense to get a new scanner, but then I won't have a new play-toy.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #14
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I bought a Brother DCP-7060D a month or so ago. They have Linux drivers available for download from their homepage:

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com.../en/index.html

I also have a Canon Canoscan LIDE30, which is plug-and-play in Linux, but has not worked in any version of Windows newer than XP. Take that, people who say Windows has better hardware support.

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:43 PM   #15
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Thanks. I did not think of Brother as an option. (I did have a Brother typewriter connected to my Apple IIe many eons ago.) I found this scanner ImageCenter™ ADS-1000W. Has both a Wifi connection capability and Linux support. On the downside, does not appear suitable for photographs. Great suggestion.

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