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Old 11-18-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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modify non-supported film scanner to work with Fedora?

Hello, this is my first post...
I am fairly new to linux (using Fedora 4) and very pleased to be almost "weaned" from that "other" operating system. I also love using command line. My question concerns using a film scanner that does NOT support linux (Pacific Image primefilm 1800u) It's an inexpensive USB film scanner with 1800 resolution. Please understand that I don't need it to do anything fancy... I will do everything "post-scan" including converting negative scans (negs will be scanned just like slides) I may not even need it to calibrate. I am willing to "hack" this thing, including changing/modifying the parts (it's super easy to take apart and work on) It also doesn't have to be USB... SCSI is an option. My understanding is that the firmware is not linux friendly, so is there a way around this? I'm willing to have very limited control over the scanner, just need a simple positive scan at it'a native resolution. Thanks for putting up with my first (and very unusual) post.
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You are not going to get it running on Linux by modifying the scanner!! What is required is the right driver.

You are using a pretty old version of Fedora, so--as a minimum, be sure you have the latest version of Xsane. If that doesn't work, you might try Vuescan:

Using Google, I stumbled into this:

Not much help, but does list some other names used for that scanner.
Old 11-19-2007, 09:22 PM   #3
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Wink I found this, but haven't given up
I have used vuescan before (windows) and like it very much. Thanks for the response, and please understand that I am doing this more for the challenge ... and to get insight into the actual workings (both hardware and firmware/software) of film scanners. One option is to replace the usb board (in the scanner) with a SCSI... maybe that doesn't matter, but I'm more interested in a "workaround" or even using a board from another scanner (hey, I got this thing on sale for $99 so no worries) My other posts will not be like this... just straight Linux talk, so don't get the wrong idea. By the way, I took my Epson printer apart, drilled a hole for an external "dump tube", "zapped" the ink carts, using TurboPrint (command line) and lovin it!
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Hey Pixellany, I almost forgot... Yes, I remeber vacuume tubes... KT88... my buddy's homebrewed stereo amp... sweet! And yes, a turntable and a vacuume tube pre-amp (and of course, homemade speakers) I also know what a "biscuit burner" is... OK, now back to Linux talk.


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