Getting the Old Mustek 1200 CP to work in Ubuntu 7.04

I had an old Mustek 1200 CP scanner standing in the cellar. It had been unemployed for years. I decided, however, to get it going in Ubuntu «Feisty Fawn» on my HP nc6320.

Mustek 1200 CP

I had an old Mustek 1200 CP scanner standing in the cellar. It had been unemployed for years. I decided, however, to get it going in Ubuntu «Feisty Fawn» on my HP nc6320. Here is what to do, if you would like your old retro-scanner to work:

1. Presumably, you already have the Xsane and Sane packages going. (If not, install.)

2. Edit /etc/sane.d/mustek_pp.conf, by uncommenting the right line:

#
# Uncomment/customize to your needs
#
# scanner Mustek-600CP 0x378 cis600
#scanner Mustek-1200CP 0x378 cis1200
# scanner Mustek-1200CP+ 0x378 cis1200+
# scanner Mustek-600-IIIEP 0x378 ccd300
#

3. Edit /etc/sane.d/dll.conf by uncommenting mustek_pp:

mustek
#mustek_pp
mustek_usb

4. Save the following script as /etc/init.d/mustek:

#!/bin/bash
chmod 777 /dev/lp0 # Does it hurt?
chmod 777 /dev/parport0
exit

5. Execute the following commands:

sudo chmod a+x /etc/init.d/mustek
sudo update-rc.d mustek defaults

6. Restart the computer, and the scanner should be found in Gimp and Openoffice or Xsane.

NOTE: If things don’t work, check your BIOS settings. I had to change the parallell port settings to «Standard» on my HP nc6320.

17 kommentarer til «Getting the Old Mustek 1200 CP to work in Ubuntu 7.04»

  1. Thank you. It worked with my old Mustek too. But in step 3 you should add «dll.conf». I needed to change my BIOS settings too.

  2. Thank you Alessandra. I guess the parallel ports soon are gone for good. At least on my new laptop there’s no parallel port.

  3. Pol, it differs from computer to computer. Perhaps the best thing is to search your BIOS menus to find something about «Parallel port» or someting..? (Usually you enter your BIOS at bootup, by pressing a certain key, like F2, F12 or something.) Then I guess you can just experiment with different settings. However, your problem might turn out to be related to something else than BIOS settings… Please tell me how it goes, and maybe I can help!

  4. If the picture that you scan is distorted (or only partially scanned, 50% or so), you might use cis1200+ driver instead of cis1200:

    # scanner Mustek-600CP 0×378 cis600
    #scanner Mustek-1200CP 0×378 cis1200
    scanner Mustek-1200CP+ 0×378 cis1200+
    # scanner Mustek-600-IIIEP 0×378 ccd300

    Uncomment the line «scanner Mustek 1200CP+ 0x378 cis1200+» (remove the #-sign in front of it).

    Picture will be allright. You are doing this on your own risk !

    Thanks Bernaard for help 😉

  5. To work on Linux Fedora. Just in step 4 (do not do step 5) go to /etc/rc.d/rc.local and edit:

    #!/bin/sh
    #
    # This script will be executed *after* all the other init scripts.
    # You can put your own initialization stuff in here if you don’t
    # want to do the full Sys V style init stuff.

    touch /var/lock/subsys/local

    #add this above
    chmod 777 /dev/lp0
    chmod 777 /dev/parport0

    Restart ur computer. It should be work

  6. Thanks Bernaard!

    It worked like a charm in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) without changing BIOS settings or anything, just steps 1-6.

    /Lars

  7. Hi Barnaard

    Many thanks for the instructions.

    I’m a Ubuntu Hardy newbie but thanks to you my scanner is now working just fine. Like others I had to set my BIOS to EPP and select the 1200CP+ scanner identifier (for my1200CP) to get the whole page scanned.

    The computer is a Mesh, with the Asus A7V266-E motherboard (rescued from a dumpster) but I did buy the scanner, a long time ago, for use with a Win95 box.

    I’m a great believer in recycling.

  8. Большое спасибо!!! Всё прекрасно работает.
    Big thanks!!! Everything works fine.
    Mustek 1200 CP and Ubuntu 10.04

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