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February 2nd, 2005

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06:53 pm - This says something about me, I think ...
I haven't used the scanner for a while, mainly because I (finally) moved my computer from the lounge to the computer room (err, second bedroom, but it hasn't seen a bed yet :-) ), and there wasn't space on the computer desk for it. Eventually we got around to getting a small table for it, but I hadn't quite got around to using it.
I wanted to use it today to "photocopy" a couple of documents needed as part of the paperwork for my new job, so I hooked it up, ran xsane and got ... an error message. This stirred some vague memories of having problems with the scanner last time I used it too, but I couldn't remember how I fixed it.
I searched, and promptly found a message on a mailing list describing this problem, and a later message describing a workaround that fixed it in this case.
Those messages were by ... me !

Who needs a working memory when you have the Net, eh ?

(and the answer to getting the scanner working ? For some reason, it doesn't work when I use the front USB ports on the computer, but does work with the rear ones ... this isn't a "solution" as such, because it should work on the front ports (my camera, for example, works fine from the front ports) ... but at least it works now)
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Date:February 2nd, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
That would likely be because of one of two things:

a) Power issue. Despite all USB ports needing to be able to supply 500mA on each root, not all do. Scanners tend to use a lot of power, and if there's a bit of a shortage, well...

b) The combined OHCI and EHCI controllers could be messing things up (that's USB 1.0 and 2.0, btw). Or possibly even the lack of an OHCI controller could be causing it. If the driver does The Right Thing, this shouldn't have an impact. Some drivers don't.

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