Monday, 19 May 2008

Installing an Epson scanner under Mandriva

Another how-to, brought to you by Mr B.:

To install and use the Epson Perfection 2480 scanner under Mandriva:

1) install "sane" (in package manager, install "libsane", "sane-backends" and perhaps "sane-frontends").

2) login as root, go to /etc/sane.d/ and edit the file "dll.conf" and ensure the line "snapscan" is uncommented (without a # at the beginning of the line).

3) from the CD supplied with the scanner, find the file "ESCAN/" and copy to your desktop (or elsewhere!).

4) go to the directory on your hard drive containing "" and run

$ cabextract

cabextract is a program to extract files from a micro$oft .cab format, which I have described in a previous post.

5) login as root and copy the firmware file "Esfw41.bin" to /etc/sane.d/esfw41.bin

6) run the following (as root):

$ scanimage -L

...and the scanner should be detected!

7) use "Kooka" or "Xscanimage" to use scanner (Xscanimage is from the package "sane-frontends")

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