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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get Old Microtek Scanner Running
« on: November 14, 2019, 01:50:12 pm »
Thanks for checking.  I wouldn't spend a lot of time on it as I have an alternative.  I just wanted to give it one last shot.

Many kind regards.
John

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get Old Microtek Scanner Running
« on: November 14, 2019, 01:08:34 pm »
what's the output from:
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sudo sane-find-scanner
johnjs@johnjs-MT6451 ~ $ 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=0x05da, product=0x20a7) at libusb:003:003
  # 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.


and if you run:
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sudo apt-get install sane sane-utils libsane-extras xsanethen
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xsanedoes it find your scanner

The Find Scanner box appeared and the search for it ended in failure.

John

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get Old Microtek Scanner Running
« on: November 14, 2019, 11:30:57 am »
I take it this is a USB scanner ?
Yes.  I have it plugged in with power on when I power on the laptop.  The machine is:
Gateway Laptop MT6451 - RA AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 (1.60 GHz) 1 GB Memory 120 GB HDD ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 IGP 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium

with the scanner attached and switched on, what's the output from:
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lsusb
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johnjs@johnjs-MT6451 ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 05da:20a7 Microtek International, Inc. ScanMaker 5600
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c52f Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

and
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sane-find-scanner
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Command 'sane-find-scanner' not found, but can be installed with:

sudo apt install sane-utils
so I ran sudo apt install sane-utils and your answer is:

and
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sudo sane-find-scanner
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johnjs@johnjs-MT6451 ~ $ 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.

could not open USB device 0x1d6b/0x0002 at 001:001: Access denied (insufficient permissions)
could not open USB device 0x05da/0x20a7 at 003:002: Access denied (insufficient permissions)
could not open USB device 0x1d6b/0x0001 at 003:001: Access denied (insufficient permissions)
could not open USB device 0x046d/0xc52f at 002:002: Access denied (insufficient permissions)
could not open USB device 0x1d6b/0x0001 at 002:001: Access denied (insufficient permissions)
  # No USB scanners found. If you expected something different, make sure that
  # you have loaded a kernel driver for your USB host controller and have setup
  # the USB system correctly. See man sane-usb for details.

  # Not checking for parallel port scanners.

  # Most Scanners connected to the parallel port or other proprietary ports
  # can't be detected by this program.

  # You may want to run this program as root to find all devices. Once you
  # found the scanner devices, be sure to adjust access permissions as
  # necessary.
and

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scanimage -L
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johnjs@johnjs-MT6451 ~ $ scanimage -L

No scanners were identified. If you were expecting something different,
check that the scanner is plugged in, turned on and detected by the
sane-find-scanner tool (if appropriate). Please read the documentation
which came with this software (README, FAQ, manpages).
and
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sudo scanimage -L
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johnjs@johnjs-MT6451 ~ $ sudo scanimage -L
[sudo] password for johnjs:

No scanners were identified. If you were expecting something different,
check that the scanner is plugged in, turned on and detected by the
sane-find-scanner tool (if appropriate). Please read the documentation
which came with this software (README, FAQ, manpages).

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Hardware / Trying to Get Old Microtek Scanner Running [Unsolvable]
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:22:48 am »
G'Day.  I do have a scanner working on my Windows 10 machine but wanted to see if I could get this ScanMaker 5600 machine flatbed scanner working.  I've been on the Tenforums to see if there could be any ways to get it working w/out buying Vuescan for $50.   Nothing worked.  So I remembered I have this Peppermint10 laptop and thought maybe there would be better odds for success with Linux.

I did a search for this topic on this forum but came up empty for Microtek (HP came up a lot).  And frankly I think there isn't much hope for a positive outcome, but I thought I'd try.

There isn't a Device Manager in Peppermint that I can pull up to see if the scanner is recognized is there?  I did start the laptop with the scanner on and plugged in.

So this is my quest.  I don't see that there are Linux drivers by Microtek, but it's a big 'Net out there.

Thanks, John.

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Software & Applications / Re: Watching Boot-up Screen [SOLVED]
« on: July 27, 2019, 12:06:03 pm »
Great!  ESC didn't do anything but running the instructions you called out did exactly what I was hoping for.  Thanks lots!

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Software & Applications / Watching Boot-up Screen [SOLVED]
« on: July 27, 2019, 06:58:27 am »
Is there any way to watch my machine (Asus Eeepc) load during a boot-up?  Right now my boot times are really long - several minutes.  And most of that time the netbook sits there with a blank black screen while it loads everything.  I use it at a hotel where I'm working and guests stand next to me waiting for the machine to finish so they can give me their thumb drive to print documents.  Thus that long blank black screen looks like nothing is going on and the guest wants to leave and find other alternatives to print what they need. If the screen could show what is going on during boot they would know they'd soon finish their task.

I'm running Pep. 9

Thanks much, John

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get a Brother Printer to Print [Solved]
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:53:54 pm »
Yes sir it did, and it printed fine as well, thanks very much.  Being very new to Linux I wasn't familiar with installing programs by clicking by mouse rather than using the Terminal.  It is always fun to learn!
John

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get a Brother Printer to Print [Solved]
« on: July 29, 2018, 09:48:53 am »
Hold down the alt key then left click on the box and drag it up.

Thanks Tony!  That tip helps tremendously!!

And alynur, I installed Libre Draw and it does indeed open my pdf files.  When I get to work Wednesday I'll see how the print process works.  Thanks much!

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get a Brother Printer to Print [Solved]
« on: July 28, 2018, 02:00:47 pm »
Master PDF Editor looks like a great program, I installed the 32 bit version, but the screen on this netbook is small (1,024x600-pixel) and when I open the Print dialog box the actual "Print" button which I assume is at the bottom of the box, is not visible.  So that's not helpful.

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get a Brother Printer to Print [Solved]
« on: July 28, 2018, 10:43:27 am »
Is it installed using Terminal or something else?

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Hardware / Re: Safely Removing a USB Drive
« on: July 27, 2018, 01:46:47 pm »
Ah, the File Manager!  I hadn't thought of that, I looked at the Discs but that didn't have anything.  But, yes, of course, the File Manager is it.  Thanks!

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Hardware / Safely Removing a USB Drive [Solved]
« on: July 27, 2018, 12:52:32 pm »
Hi Again.  Is there a way to safely remove a thumb drive like in Windows where one clicks on the "show hidden icons" near the clock in the right corner and you find the find the icon which clicking on says "Eject USB . . . ."  When I removed it from my Asus netbook (Peppermint 9) then used it in my laptop I got the usual message about having the drive scanned to see if there were errors to fix, just like I used to find when I would yank it out while the laptop was running in the old days.  I don't do that any more so so as not to see that nag dialog.

Thanks
John

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get a Brother Printer to Print [Solved]
« on: July 26, 2018, 01:54:58 pm »
Hi TonyB - you are correct of course, I was using Word for Writer, incorrectly as you indicate.  The effects stand though.

I did find a way to print the run of the mill pdf files.   I Googled why is it difficult for printers to print pdf files? and came across this page https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/cant-print-pdf-file-solved/ with the suggestion to open the page in a browser which I hadn't thought of.  I opened it in Firefox and it does work.

A caveat is that, I think, if the file has pages too wide or tall or something it won't print.  At least that is what I found.  If they are straight forward 8.5" x 11" it prints fine, even in duplex.  Except I did try a 3 page duplex that it wouldn't print.  maybe a page was too long.  Who knows!!  But at least for your average businessman who wants some work product printed for a meeting I hopefully can accommodate his request.

Thanks for your help in getting me this far.

John

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get a Brother Printer to Print PDF Files
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:24:11 pm »
It was unable to open the file from the File Open menu.  I could drag and drop the pdf onto Word but it lay there as a graphic, which wouldnt be so bad but I'd have to expend some effort to manipulate it to the correct orientation, etc. for the uest's purposes. it does print inside Word but it wouldn't be optimal.

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Hardware / Re: Trying to Get a Brother Printer to Print PDF Files
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:43:39 am »
Thanks - that brings me to the file download that stevesveryown found, which I did put on the Asus with the close results I mention.  I seem to be able to print most everything except PDF files!  Weird!?

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