Network Scanners and Fedora 20

Here is a quick fix that might help users experiencing the “no devices available” problem when using xsane, the Linux scanning tool.

In this case, the device was an HP 3070 B611, a combined printer and scanner. The OS (Fedora 20) was able to see the device as a printer and print okay, but the scanner part did not work. Xsane just popped a small window saying unable to find device.

The fix was a change in the CUPS configuration, and it may therefore work with other versions of Linux.

Note: (19th June 2016) This article receives an unexpectedly large number of hits.  If you have come here expecting something else, for example information about network scanners like nmap or Wireshark, please leave a comment to that affect and I will adjust the keyword settings.  This article is about document scanners, not software to snoop your LAN.

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Fedora Dual Boot Convoluted Boot Path

This post describes a problem with receiving Linux kernel updates after installing Fedora 16 in a dual boot environment. The Fedora installation process allows the user to rewrite Grub in the master boot record (MBR) or to leave the MBR untouched. I chose to leave it untouched, leading to a later kernel update problem which was fairly easily solved with some Grub 2 commands. Continue reading