Scanner no longer works with my AMD PC

Petter Adsen petter at
Thu Mar 3 08:20:43 UTC 2016

On Wed, 02 Mar 2016 20:32:25 +0000
David Fletcher <dave at> wrote:

> On Wed, 2016-03-02 at 15:39 +0100, Petter Adsen wrote:
> > It can be plugged into a USB port and still scan/print via the
> > network. No idea how it works in your case, but my Epson needs a
> > plugin from the Epson support website. It's called
> > 'iscan-network'-something.  
> I did nothing more that install xsane and it "Just Worked". Used
> to....
> > I suggest you look into the SANE config on the machine that works
> > and replicate that to the non-working machine.  
> saned.conf? It's the same on each computer, default, everything hashed
> out.

My printer/scanner uses the epkowa SANE backend, and the config file
for that contains the following snippet:

# Network attached devices may be made to work by first installing the
# (non-free) iscan-network-nt package and then adding configuration lines
# as per information below.

Browsing through the other files in /etc/sane.d, it seems that devices
using the epson2 backend also supports scanning via the network, so I'm
guessing your device uses one of these two.

Check if iscan-network-nt is installed on the machine where scanning
works. If it isn't, try scanning without USB connected at all to see if
the scanner is auto-discovered. Check the SANE website to see which
backend your scanner uses, and read the man page and other
documentation for that. There could also be clues under ~/.sane/.

Other than that, I have no idea.


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