So, I spent the morning trying to get my Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 scanner to work in Linux. This is a great, fast scanner, that has a multiple document handler thas works very well. It works great under Windows and comes with a version of Adobe Acrobat. I just want to get it to scan a docment under Linux, and default settings are fine. The previous version, the ScanSnap 1500 works fine under Linux.

The Sane Project, says this printer compatibility is "good" with version 1.0.24, and Wifi doesn't work, but that's fine. My Linux Mint install using 1.0.23.

  • Get Sane backend 1.0.24 software
  • ./configure, make, make install
  • Compiles fine after installing libusb-dev
  • Install xsane for the front end software, it hasn't been updated in years, so the repository is fine
  • The command 'sane-find-scanner' finds a scanner connected, but no real information
  • Says: found USB scanner (vendor=0x04c5, product=0x132b) at libusb:003:002
  • Using sudo, gets more information
  • Says: found USB scanner (vendor=0x04c5 [Fujitsu], product=0x132b [ScanSnap iX500]) at libusb:003:002
  • This looks better
  • scanimage -L doesn't find the scanner

Well, it's hooked up at this point, but Sane doesn't find it yet. Wait, I don't have it configured right.

  • /etc/sane.d/fujitsu.conf still has the old config file, so needs this appended on the end
    #ScanSnap iX500
    usb 0x04c5 0x132b
  • sudo service saned restart shows the service is not even able to run
  • Edit /etc/default/saned to actuall give permission to start
  • sudo service saned restart now works
  • scanimage -L says no scanner found
  • sudo scanimage -L says device `fujitsu:ScanSnap iX500:10686' is a FUJITSU ScanSnap iX500 scanner

Woot! Saned found the scanner. Scanimage doesn't know what to do with it.

This is where I sit. I can see the scanner, but none of the programs can actually use it. The rest will probably be a project for next week.