Packard Bell Mustek Bearpaw scanner on Ubuntu/Mint

I am quite sure that nobody cares about this except for me, unless they happen to have a similar scanner to mine. I’ve had to do this process about 5 times now on different installs. I can guarantee that it works for Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu and Mint. I thought i’d share it because i’ll probably need it again and someone else might find it helpful.

First you need xsane to be able to scan things at all.

sudo apt-get install xsane

Plug in your scanner by USB. Attempt to scan by typing scanimage. It won’t work, but you need to see the error message.

scanimage
[gt68xx] Couldn't open firmware file (`/usr/share/sane/gt68xx/PS1Dfw.usb'): No such file or directory
scanimage: open of device gt68xx:libusb:004:002 failed: Invalid argument

See that PS1Dfw.usb? You need to get that file from http://meier-geinitz.de/sane/gt68xx-backend/ but be aware that your computer might ask for a different file such as ps1fw.usb or ps1fw.usb. Whichever it is, find it on the page and click it to download.

Assuming it’s gone into your Downloads folder, move it to the right place.

sudo mv ~/Downloads/PS1Dfw.usb /usr/share/sane/gt68xx

Now try the scanimage command again. With any luck your scanner will burst into life and a whole load of crazy gobbledegook will splurge into your terminal window. This is the picture your scanner is seeing, trying to be displayed as text! Don’t be afraid to Ctrl-C to stop it once you see it working. Or you can just wait for it to finish.

You can also do this to ensure that your scanner is configured correctly:

scanimage -L
device `gt68xx:libusb:004:002' is a Mustek Bearpaw 1200 CU Plus flatbed scanner

Now to actually scan something! Open up The Gimp and click File -> Create -> XSane -> gt68xx:libusb:004:002

It comes up with this super ugly XSane interface, where you can make a preview, choose the scan area, fiddle with the colour settings and DPI settings, and scan an image.

XSane scanning an image on Linux Mint

When it’s done, it’ll come back to The Gimp ready for you to edit the scanned image.

Protip: If you lose one or more of the XSane windows, you can get them back again by going to the Window menu of XSane and ticking on the ones you need.

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7 comments on “Packard Bell Mustek Bearpaw scanner on Ubuntu/Mint

  1. I did what the above, but get an error:’gt68xx:libusb:004:002′
    I have a Packard Bell Diamond 1200 plus
    I use Ubuntu v9.10.

    Please HELP!

    Thank you

    Philip

    • Hi Philip, i’m very sorry, i am no longer able to help you. I use a macbook these days. i know, a linux traitor! but it’s due to problems like this that i prefer something that just works first time :)

  2. I managed to install the next system Plus Mustek BearPaw1200CU
    Ubuntu Release 10.04,$ sudo dmidecode -t 2,# dmidecode 2.9,SMBIOS 2.4 present.Handle 0x0002, DMI type 2, 8 bytes Base Board Information Manufacturer: Samsung Product Name: SDNE-R78AA2-10,
    AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 235e
    Works.
    Thank you.

  3. PROBLEM AND SOLUTION
    In the folder/directory Sane you will find a file named gt68xx. There is no folder/directory called gt68xx in Sane and it is not possible to create one while a file exists with the same name. Accordingly, I removed the redundant file gt68xx, subsequently created a new folder in Sane named gt68xx and then moved the downloaded driver into that folder. The scanner works a treat!

    STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
    1) First you need xsane to be able to scan things at all.

    sudo apt-get install xsane

    2) Plug in your scanner by USB. Attempt to scan by typing scanimage. It won’t work, but you need to see the error message.

    scanimage
    [gt68xx] Couldn’t open firmware file (`/usr/share/sane/gt68xx/PS1Dfw.usb’): No such file or directory
    scanimage: open of device gt68xx:libusb:004:002 failed: Invalid argument

    See that PS1Dfw.usb? You need to get that file from http://meier-geinitz.de/sane/gt68xx-backend/ but be aware that your computer might ask for a different file such as ps1fw.usb or ps1fw.usb. Whichever it is, find it on the page and click it to download.

    3) Remove the redundant gt68xx file from SANE

    sudo rm /usr/share/sane/gt68xx

    4) Make a directory in SANE called gt68xx

    sudo mkdir /usr/share/sane/gt68xx

    5) Move the downloaded driver from DOWNLOADS into the new directory

    sudo sudo mv ~/Downloads/PS1Dfw.usb /usr/share/sane/gt68xx

    DONE!

    TRY YOUR SCANNER!

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