Working from a disk

Asked by James Wilson

I am trying to run a disk for my new printer. It automatically (well, with minimal input required from me) found the printer, and I can't find the scanner, nor can I download anything from the disk, as it doesnt have an auto run feature compatible with Ubuntu.

Could you please guide me so I know how to work a CD through Ubuntu as I dont know how to open anything on a CD at all through here.

Is there an auto run program that I could download? Is there a specific code I can enter into Terminal? Is there a manual for these things somewhere already, as I have spent 6 hours looking today, plus looking when I had my old printer, which also was a HP, and couldnt scan to file. All I want to do is have an icon on my desktop so I can operate the scanner from there. That way I can scan documents and file them. Since getting rid of microsoft products, I haven't been able to accomplish this. Surely microsoft aren't the only ones with scanner privileges, are they?

Also, if I need certain readers, could you please tell me which things I need to download to make things work. Thanks.

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nhasian (nhasian) said :
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the drivers provided on the disk are for windows. usually the manufacturers dont include linux drivers on the CDs. So if i understand yo correctly, your printer is working but the scanner function is not? please give us the make and model of the printer to continue troubleshooting.

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James Wilson (raybrownthankyouverymuch) said :
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Thank you for your concern and help. Yes, the printer is working, but the scanner isn't.

It is a Hewlett-Packard cheapy ($49.00) but the make and model is HP Deskjet F2275.

I appreciate your help on this.

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Tom (tom6) said :
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It sounds like you already have the "cups" and (if needed) driver installed for the printer. Now try going up to the top taskbar and click on

System - Administration - Synaptic Package Manager

it asks for your normal user password, not your SuperUser/Root one. Use either search tool to find "xsane" and "sane". It might also be worth using the "Search" button to do a more general search for "scanner" or something. The search button searches in titles as well as in descriptions of the packages. All packages already installed are marked with a green blob just right-click on relevant packages to install, reinstall or whatever. Also it's worth doing the "Mark all Updates" from here as it usually picks up a couple of things the "Update Manager" doesn't. Finally click on "Apply".

"Sane" is to scanner what "cups" is to printers. Usually it contains all the drivers and everything you need to just start using your scanner. Sometimes you might need to search around for additional drivers but please let us know as there are some smart websites that centralise this ;)

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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James Wilson (raybrownthankyouverymuch) said :
#4

Thanks Tom. I see that it should be working, but when I go to xsane, it gives me this error. "Failed to open device 'v4l:/dev/video0': Invalid argument"

And using scanner utility tells me it is an invalid argument too, saying there are no devices found. It is the same device as the printer, and it is connected and switched on.

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Tom (tom6) said :
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I was hoping that someone more knowledgeable would pop in and give a good answer. All i can think of now is obvious "waggle the wires" type of answers.

Does the physical device have a button or setting to switch it from printer to scanner? This might be one of the buttons on the front or on the top.

Have you been to the manufacturers website to search for the scanner driver there? Also of course the Sane website - look for backends (drivers)
http://www.sane-project.org/

http://www.sane-project.org/source.html

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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James Wilson (raybrownthankyouverymuch) said :
#6

Thanks anyway Tom. Hopefully someone will be able to help me with it, but thanks anyway mate.

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Tom (tom6) said :
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It's probably best to try reposting this question. The best timing would be just before americans are likely to be getting home from work or school as there seem to be more of us in here ready to answer around then
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+addquestion

Also we seem to have looked in a few places and it might be worth mentioning what has been tried.
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said :
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It might be worth asking about "ndiswrappers" ;)

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