Saturday, October 23, 2010

Adding a Bearpaw 1200 CU Plus scanner to Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Netbook Remix

I sometimes take my old scanner with me on the road and needed to add it to my Ubuntu installation so here is a quick rundown of what I did, as much for me as for you.
First head over to and get a file called PS1Dfw.usb.

Drop to a shell, cd to the directory you downloaded it to and issue the following commands...

sudo cp PS1Dfw.usb /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/
sudo chown root /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/PS1Dfw.usb
sudo chmod 755 /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/PS1Dfw.usb

Now the scanner should be just fine.


Anonymous said...

Thank You!!!, worked like a charm

Anonymous said...

Hi Scott, I'm new to Ubuntu so just finding my feet. I've downloaded the file but don't understand " Drop to a shell, cd to the directory you downloaded it to and issue the following commands..."

Can you please kindly explain - for a novice ?

Many thanks Lee

Scott Goodgame said...

No problem Lee. I don't what version of Ubuntu you are using, but you are looking for a terminal (a command line where you can type stuff)
In Gnome you click on the Gnome(start) button and go to accessories, then terminal. in unity I think you can just type terminal in the bar (I don't use it.. too slow and weird for me)

after you have downloaded, chrome puts stuff in ~/Downloads, so you just would type cd ~/Downloads then hit enter. the ~ just means "my home directory/folder"

Then just type all the commands I listed. The sudo part just means "do this as an administrator" it is kinda a safeguard so that you don't so bad things to system related stuff on accident.

If you need more help just let me know.

Anonymous said...

sudo mkdir /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/
is also needed before copying if the directory does not exist

Anonymous said...

HI Scott, I just got my BearPaw 1200 Cu Plus scanner and I've done what you instructed in your last post. Like Lee I am new to Ubuntu and I don't know how to get past one problem. When I type: cd ~/Downloads everything appears to be fine, and then I type sudo mkdir /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/ because the directory doesn't exist and get this message :
mkdir: cannot create directory `/usr/share/sane/gt68xx/': No such file or directory
I tried typing the commands you listed but still get the message that this directory doesn't exist. What should I do? Thanks in advance, Mina.

Anonymous said...

Check if directory "sane" also exists. If not - create it.

Murat Erkenov said...

Done everything like described above on linux mint 17.1 and simplescan said "can not connect to scaner".
After trying with xsane it said that it can't find PS1Gfw.usb (NOT PS1Dfw). So I just did evrything like described above but with PS1Gfw.usb and it seems it works fine