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Getting the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner Working on ElementaryOS Juno and Ubuntu 18.04

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#1

I recently bought an Epson Perfection V600 scanner to digitize some old family photo and found after downloading and installing the drivers from Epson’s website

http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/search/01/search/searchModule


and installing the driver and software installation deb files in order
1: iscan-data_1.36.0-1_all.deb (data folder)
2: iscan_2.30.2-2_amd64.deb (core folder)
3: iscan-plugin-gt-x820_2.2.0-1_amd64.deb (plugin folder)

The scanner would simply not be detected properly. sane-find-scanner would find the scanner but scanimage -Lwould not detect it and I would get the message

5rA4X

After some research, it turns out the problem seems to be related to missing symlinks to the epkowa (SEIKO EPSON) libraries in the /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane (or, more generically,/usr/lib/$(uname -m)-linux-gnu/sane) folder.

To correct this and get the scanner working do the following:
1.Create the symlinks

sudo ln -sfr /usr/lib/sane/libsane-epkowa* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/sane

  1. Added a 820-epson-libsane.rules file to /etc/udev/rules.d/

sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/820-epson-libsane.rules

3: Then add the following lines to the file and save:

SUBSYSTEM==“usb”, ENV{DEVTYPE}==“usb_device”, MODE==“0666”
SUBSYSTEM==“usb_device”, MODE==“0666”

ATTRS{manufacturer}==“EPSON”, DRIVERS==“usb”, SUBSYSTEMS==“usb”, ATTRS{idVendor}==“04b8”, ATTRS{idProduct}=="*", MODE=“0666”

ATTRS{idVendor}==“04b8”, ATTRS{idProduct}==“013a”, MODE=“0666”, GROUP=“scanner”, ENV{libsane_matched}=“yes”

4: Finally I unplugged / plugged the scanner back into a USB port and ran the scanimage in the terminal

sudo scanimage -L

Result should be:

device `epkowa:interpreter:007:017’ is a Epson Perfection V600 Photo flatbed scanner

The scanner should be detected once reconnected and powered on even before running scanimage -L

It seems this is a problem with Ubuntu 18.04. The scanner seems to be detected in other versions of Ubuntu
Hopefully this helps others


#2

Have you tried VueScan?

https://www.hamrick.com/


#3

Thanks for the contribution bro! This is very helpful.


#4

It’s a very awesome piece of software. I’ve used it for old unsupported film scanners and it worked great :smiley:


#5

Thanks for the feedback, really glad the post is helpful


#6

will have a look at it. Need something that’s good for image correction, especially fixing things like sun fading of pictures