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Use Image Capture with an unsupported scanner
Authored by: PizzaCake on Nov 30, '06 11:10:05AM
Great! Thanks. I got SANE to work with my Canon CanoScan N670U.

Check this page to see if your scanner is supported Get the name of the backend that works with your scanner. My Canon scanner uses a Plustek backend.

I got the packages you need to install from

I installed the packages in the following order: first libusb.pkg, then sane-backends.pkg, then SANE-Preference-Pane.pkg and finally TWAIN-SANE-Interface.pkg. I then rebooted (don't know if this is necessary).

In System Preferences go to SANE and choose the backend you identified earlier as working with your scanner. Choose configure. Look for a line with just [usb]. Add the vendor-id & product-id to that line. e.g. [usb] 0x04A9 0x220D . Now close the preference pane.

Open Image Capture, and your scanner should be recognized :^) One funny quirk though with the SANE interface, the overview (preview) did not work until I went into options and adjusted the change overview scan resolution slider (only had to do this once). Now everything works great and I haven't experienced any crashes.

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