Epson Perfection V200 Scanner under Ubuntu Hardy Heron

This Howto describes the steps necessary to use the Epson Perfection V200 Photo scanner with Ubuntu Hardy Heron. It is closely based on an excellent Howto in Uellue’s Blog.

Other Epson scanners should work in a similar way, there is a list of supported devices on the Epson web site below. The driver provides support for 8 bit and 16 bit color depth and 300, 2400 and 4800 dpi resolution when used by GIMP through Sane .

Firstly a number of Ubuntu packages need to be added via System -> Administration -> Synaptic package manager and Search for each package and Install it. The packages are:

  • sane
  • sane-utils
  • xsane
  • alien (a tool to convert the .rpm packages available to .deb packages for Debian and Ubuntu)

The drivers are available on the Epson Japanese vendor’s site. Choose your scanner and your distribution, fill out the small questionnaire and submit the form. You are directed to a download page. There are no Debian (.deb) packages but if you get the RPM packages for “gcc 3.4 or later” you can use utility called Alien to convert the packages to the .deb format in order to install them. In a terminal:

sudo alien –scripts iscan-2.8.0-1.c2.i386.rpm
sudo alien –scripts iscan-plugin-gt-f670-2.0.0-1.c2.i386.rpm

To install the generated .deb packages use dpkg:

sudo dpkg -i iscan_2.8.0-2_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i iscan-plugin-gt-f670_2.0.0-2_i386.deb

Now plug in and switch on the scanner and use lsusb in a terminal which should show the scanner. The output will look like:

pcurtis@triton-ubuntu:~$ lsusb
Bus 004 Device 003: ID 04b8:012e Seiko Epson Corp.
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
pcurtis@triton-ubuntu:~$ ]

Now use the utilities from sane-utils in a terminal. First use sane-find-scanner to check whether Sane finds the device. With scanimage -L you can find out if the driver is properly installed. The output looked like this:

pcurtis@triton-ubuntu:~$ sudo sane-find-scanner

# sane-find-scanner will now attempt to detect your scanner. If the
# result is different from what you expected, first make sure your
# scanner is powered up and properly connected to your computer.

# No SCSI scanners found. If you expected something different, make sure that
# you have loaded a kernel SCSI driver for your SCSI adapter.

found USB scanner (vendor=0x04b8 [EPSON], product=0x012e [EPSON Scanner]) at libusb:004:003
# Your USB scanner was (probably) detected. It may or may not be supported by
# SANE. Try scanimage -L and read the backend’s manpage.

# Not checking for parallel port scanners.

# Most Scanners connected to the parallel port or other proprietary ports
# can’t be detected by this program.
pcurtis@triton-ubuntu:~$ sudo scanimage -L
device `epkowa:libusb:004:003′ is a Epson Perfection V200 flatbed scanner

Depending on your exact installation only root may have access to the scanner although my original user was already in the scanner group. To allow other users to access the scanner, they must be members of the scanner group. You then either need to reboot or restart udev after adding the extra members. The terminal output looks like this:

pcurtis@triton-ubuntu:~$ sudo adduser peter scanner
Adding user `peter’ to group `scanner’ …
Adding user peter to group scanner
pcurtis@triton-ubuntu:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart
Stopping the hotplug events dispatcher: udevd.
Starting the hotplug events dispatcher: udevd

It has also been reported by some users that a line has to be added to a sane configuration file – mine was OK and the line had been appended automatically but for completeness check and add a line containg epkowa to the end of /etc/sane.d/dll.conf if you have a problem.

After that my scanner works fine and can be accessed most easily via GIMP but can also be accessed directly by xscanimage or xsane.

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