Benq 5000E Flatbed Scanner

  11 years ago
  BENQ (flatbed scanner)
  Mint (older version)
  Works perfectly
What works:

Everything now works now I have downloaded and installed Vuescan, right up to the full 1200 dpi (from costing $39.95/ <£30) You do not need any of the following if using Vuescan, these further instructions are only needed for Sane.

What doesn't work:

Although SANE detects the scanner I've only managed to get one scan out of it!! (Although this is better than previous Linux Distributions that only managed half a scan before seizing up.

What was done to make it work:

You need to install the driver manually to the system.

From the Terminal type "sudo nautilus" and go to /etc/sane.d/snapscan.conf and double click that file.

Change the line...
firmware /usr/share/sane/snapscan/your-firmwarefile.bin

to include the name of the driver file, (found on the cd that came with your scanner). It will have a name like u252v072.bin (the important bit is the first bit - u252 - the rest is just a version number.

On my disc it is found in MiraScan501U09/Drivers/Disk1/...

Using an application from (VueScan Scanning Software) the scanner works fine!! It is just a shame the Manufacturer will not supply this software as standard!!