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Old 20th February 2007, 01:37 PM
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Unhappy Agfa SnapScan 1212p for FC5

Does anyone know how I can setup my Agfa SnapScan 1212p Parallel Scanner with my FC5 distro? I have setup a printer before and it seemed quite easy, but I can't see anything in the menus for Scanner connectivity??

Is it an easy thing to do? I had a hard enough time getting it setup on WinXP (as Agfa stopped support and Driver development for Win2000 onwards). I had to download a Registry entry and a different version of Agfa's scanning software.

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Old 20th February 2007, 07:44 PM
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I think you're out of luck. See the following:

http://www.buzzard.me.uk/jonathan/scanners.html

SANE says that it's not supported by the snapscan backend.

This is the current list of "supported scanners":

http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html

JB
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Old 21st February 2007, 11:17 AM
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yeah, thanks JB. my scanner is under: 'Agfa SnapScan 310P, 1200P, 1212P Agfa have refused to release protocol information.' so basically Agfa haven't gave any details to the Fedora project?
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Old 21st February 2007, 12:01 PM
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it's quite annoying - i managed to get it setup on WinXP Home, but Agfa didn't even write a driver for that OS either. that second link you send didn't work JB!
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Old 21st February 2007, 01:38 PM
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OK. Both hyperlinks worked for me. Anyway, it seems Agfa closed their scanner business in 2001 and are not interested.
However, I may have a solution for you:

Try Vuescan. It's not free but works in Windows, Mac and Linux. You can try it before buying.
It claims to support your scanner Agfa1212p. I see there are 2 versions (with and withpout power switch) but they don't make any reference to that.

Login as a normal user (not as root). Browse to:

http://www.hamrick.com/vsm.html

Go down to the "Linux" link and download. Choose "save file".

Save it in your /home/username folder.
Right click on the vuesca84.tgz
Choose "extract to vuesca84".

This creates a new folder with that name.
In that folder, just double click on vuescsan and it should open. If your scanner is connected and powered it should find it.

If you want a desktop shortcut, just drag the file to your desktop and select "link to file".

Good luck, it's worth a try. I have used in Mac OSX and just today installed it in Fedora 6 and it works great. it's about $40 but I was able to use my Mac registration and serial number so I didn't have to pay again.

JB

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Old 22nd February 2007, 01:47 PM
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thats great - thanks for that link. i'll certainly give it a try and get back to you with my findings!
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Old 23rd February 2007, 12:30 PM
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cheers for that info whitecloud, its was REALLY helpful! i've email the support email at hamrick to ask him if he knows if it works before i start messing about with it. but if it does, i owe you whitecloud!! :-)
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Old 24th February 2007, 04:18 PM
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mmmmm.... i've not had a reply back from the support desk yet. Does anyone have an alternate contact email for this company? From reading the support page it seems as though it's just one guy. But i'm unsure???

Does anyone have any experience of using this software in an Unix environment?

Picco
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Old 24th February 2007, 04:55 PM
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Don't be afraid to try it.

I've just installed it in Linux (Fedora) and it works fine.

It's very easy to install and the folder containing the programme does not interfere with anything else on your PC. If you're not happy, just delete the folder. There's no compiling or RPM needed. You just unzip the folder and that's it.

If you just do what I did you'll know straight away whether it works or not. You've nothing to lose.
The guy who sells it claims to answer 50 emails per day so be patient. It's the weekend.

Good luck.

JB

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Old 24th February 2007, 07:01 PM
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thanks JB, i've downloaded it now and i'll go and give it a shot and let you know how I get on. cheers for your help!!

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Old 25th February 2007, 07:30 PM
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bad news is I recieved an email back from support, this is it:
====


I regret to say that VueScan doesn't work with any parallel-port
scanners, including the 1212P.

Regards,
Ed Hamrick

----- Original Message -----
From: <ME>
To: <support@hamrick.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: vuescan support for Agfa SnapScan 1212P


> Hi there,
>
> I was wondering if you could tell me if your software supports the Agfa
> SnapScan 1212P (without on/off switch) in a Unix environment. I am using
> Fedora Core 5.
>
> Picco
>

=============

Although, thats not what he says on his website????

One thing that did annoy me was when i copied the .tgz into my home dir and extracted it. it gave me the files in a folder - great. then why i double-clicked the executable NOTHING happened? Why is that?

Picco
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Old 25th February 2007, 09:16 PM
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Sorry to hear that. Sure enough, he said "Vuescan doesn't support any parallel scanners" (only usb and scsi). I had forgotten to read that info. Perhaps the inclusion in the list was an error and he really meant it to be the 1212u (the usb version). I don't see any other scanner listed ending with P.

Very busy this week but if I find any other way, I'll report back.

Meanwhile, did you say it works for you in Windows? If so, use that option for now or buy a cheap usb scanner that is listed.

Otherwise do a search for 1212P scanner. I did come across some sites claiming to have a linux driver but it not being so reliable.

JB

PS. If the file you were clicking on didn't open (it should), perhaps it's the other file called vuescan which you should double-click. If you can't open it, delete the folder and its contents and try again.

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