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Old 04-14-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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Trying To Get An Epson Perfection 1240U Scanner To Work With Debian.

I downloaded XSane to use with the scanner, and when I click XSane with the scanner plugged in, it scans for devices and then says "no devices available". When I click "Help", it gives 6 possible reasons. I am suspecting it might be reason number 3 - "The permissions for the device file do not allow you to use it - try as root". Unfortunately, it does not go beyond that and tell you what to do in root, or to change permissions. I wonder what I should do?
Old 04-14-2009, 04:23 PM   #2
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Drop to CLI
nano /etc/group
find scanner and add your username
press ctrl+x, y to save
restart Linux just to be safe

That'll get you scanner privs
Old 04-15-2009, 12:53 PM   #3
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Reply to "Getting A Scanner To Work"

Thank you for the reply arckane. I went to the root shell, typed su and <password>, and then nano etc/group at the prompt. I get a page with GNU nano 2.0.7 and File: etc/group at the top of the page, and some entries at the bottom using the Ctrl key. I wonder what I do after that?


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