scanning in Kubuntu

claydoh claydoh at
Fri Nov 3 16:15:12 UTC 2006

On Friday 03 November 2006 2:00 am, Gert Gast wrote:
> Hi all,
> Trying to run Kooka in Kubuntu with Samsung SCX-4100. Xsane runs fine, I
> can scan from inside GIMP for example without problem.Printer ok as well. I
> just want to get OCR scanning happening as well using Kooka or whatever..
> any ideas ? Here is the error message from the konsole
> Failed to open device
> X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 154
>   Major opcode:  143
>   Minor opcode:  3
>   Resource id:  0x0
> Failed to open device
> insmod: can't read
> '/lib/modules/2.6.15-27-386/kernel/drivers/mfpportctrl/mfpport.ko': No such
> file or directory
> KCrash: Application 'kooka' crashing...
> Any help would be highly appreciated ..else I have to OCR again from
> Windows..yuk...
> Cheers, Gert
I found this link that has some useful information:

It seems that samsung is using a proprietary kernel module involving parallel 
ports, and as that module is missing, you are getting the error message. As 
you can scan properly, I think there is something else at issue here. Make 
sure you have an ocr or ocrad package installed, you can install gocr, which 
are in the Universe repository. I have not tried out either in quite some 
time, but I don't think you will get anywhere near the functionality or 
features you get from commercial OCR software. 
Clay Weber 

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