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Installing Centronics (Parrallel port) Scanner

AndreasHagen
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Hi my friend has SUSE 10.0 installed and two centronics interfaces.

The original connector has been disabled in the bios so I think the guy who originally owned the computer had a problem with it.

I'm asking for some complete instructions as to how to install an Canon N640P ex Lide scanner on a Packard Bell computer.  And using the added Centronics interface.

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Well parallel ports are defined, ==> look for messages in the kernel logs
or look for loading a module for the parallel port.
This should load the parport driver:
modprobe parport

also a specific driver might be needed I will guess you use a generic pc:

modprobe partport_pc

it might be worthwile to try to do

modprobe parport_probe

to find the exact config for your system.
See also doc: http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Documentation/parport.txt

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After that works you will need to install & configure sane-backends and sane-frontends and gimp to top it off.
(those are fairly common packages so they should be already available).

The sane backend is the one that needs configuration to allow it to find the right
.dll for your scanner. To get more info:
http://www.sane-project.org/

It also has info about supported scanners etc.

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