[Nottingham] HP Scanjet 5300c Scanner

Jim Moore jmthelostpacket at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 6 21:31:58 UTC 2009

Ray Lindley wrote:
> Hi,
> I have been given the above which I cannot get to work in linux  
> ubuntu-xsane or mint.
> Can anyone advise please?
> Ray
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OK, here's the short version:

The ScanJet 5300C is a repackaged Avision scanner, so you'll need this 
module in the installer set. Here's the run:

sane 1.0.12-2+ (this contains the avision backend for the 5300c)
sane-utils 1.0.14-5+
libsane 1.0.14-5+ (don't know if this is needed but what the hey)
xsane 0.94-3ubuntu1+

dmesg gives:

Vendor: HP Model: ScanJet 5300C Rev: 6.00
Type: Scanner ANSI SCSI revision: 02 *
usbcore: registered new driver hpusbscsi
usbcore: registered new driver hiddev

*Yes, it's a USB scanner but it uses the generic SCSI kernel module. I 
don't know why, it just is.

sane-find-scanner gives:

found USB scanner (vendor=0x03f0, product=0x0701) at libusb:001:002
# Your USB scanner was (probably) detected. It may or may not be 
supported by
# SANE. Try scanimage -L and read the backend's manpage.

enable a line in /etc/sane.d/avision.conf as follows:

usb libusb:001:002

and have libusb find the scanner for you.

Remember to add your user to the "camera" group or you won't have enough 
rights to access the device.

Caveat: I've had this issue in SuSE 9.2 with the same scanner, and had 
to come up with a workaround to solve it as there's no other way I can 
see to correct it - the RGB elements of the scanned image are off each 
other by 1 pixel. This is easily corrected in The GIMP. I think it could 
be down to the fact that the scanner head uses interlaced RGB elements 
in the sensor CCD and the driver interprets this incorrectly. Windows 
drivers get around it by correcting and extrapolating the scanned image, 
which can result in discolouration in high resolutions. That said, it is 
an awesome scanner. Do you happen to have a spare one with the 
docfeeder? Mine somehow managed to end up in the garage and caught the 
roof when it collapsed...


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