Installing MUSTEK 1200 UB Plus Scanners on Mandrake 9.2 and UBUNTO Breezy LINUX
Before I did the following, I had problems in accessing the scanner
from the GIMP and from the xsane
program. The error messages started with complaints about the
non-existence of a scanner thru "scanner busy".
- Mustek 1200 UB Plus scanners (a USB Scanner) are handled as
"gt68xx" scanners. When you do a "find scanners" on the Scanner
management module of Mandrake Control Center, the detected device will
be associated to a "gt68xx" backend. Don't worry, this is OK.
- Make sure that you have "sane" (Scanner
Access is Now Easy)
installed. (Reminds of TWAIN : Technology
Without An Interesting
- Go to SANE home page ( http://www.meier-geinitz.de/sane )
and click "GT68XX Backend" links. Download sbfw.usb from this site. (Local copy : sbfw.usb)
- Put the dnloaded sbfw.usb
file into /usr/share/sane/gt68xx directory.
You might have to create this directory.
- Edit /etc/sane.d/dll.config
so that it contains only the
# enable the next line
if you want to allow access through the network:
I have no experience with sharing
scanners over the net so I really do not know whether uncommenting the
"net" line will cause any problems. Probably not.
- Edit /etc/sane.d/gt68xx.conf
so that MUSTEK 1200 UB Plus related block of lines read
# Mustek ScanExpress
1200 UB Plus, Medion/Lifetec/Tevion LT 9452, Trust
# Compact Scan USB
19200 use that one:
I uncommented the "override" directive
which was already there and added the "firmware" directive. Note that
the "firmware" directive points to the sbfw.usb file you have dnloaded
from the SANE site and stored in /usr/share/sane/gt68xx.
During this work, my scanner was detected by the kernel and associated
to device /dev/usb/scanner0. And; I
never rebooted my machine, whereas installing the same scanner
on a Win2000Pro system required a reboot. So now I understand why WinX
admins feel like important people; they have the authority to
bring down a whole big server just to install a USB scanner. (Or place
a purchase order for a new PC just because the operation needs a
scanner and cannot afford a reboot.) Thinking
of TCO and smiling....
- Run Xsane and enjoy!
Hope this helps people save time on installing MUSTEK 1200 UB Plus
scanners on Mandrake 9.2 and UBUNTU Breezy Linux systems