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Epson Perfection 3170 Photo Installation with Ubuntu Linux 5.10

Tested on Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Breezy Badger.

Other Ubuntu versions are available as well.

  1. Open the webpage of the EPSON AVASYS Corporation, fill in the form (Perfection 3170 Photo, debian or other) and download the rpm package (for gcc 3.4 or later), e.g. iscan-1.17.0-1.c2.i386.rpm.

  2. Install alien, if not already installed.
    sudo apt-get install alien

  3. Convert the rpm file to the standard debian/ubuntu format.
    sudo alien -d iscan*.rpm

  4. Install the deb file.
    sudo dpkg -i iscan*.deb

  5. The following edits the file /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf and adds a comment to the line with scsi EPSON.
    sudo perl -p -i.bak -e 's/scsi EPSON\n/#scsi EPSON\n/g' /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf

  6. Next in the file /etc/sane.d/dll.conf epson is changed to #epson and epkowa added.
    sudo perl -p -i.bak -e 's/epson\n/epkowa\n#epson\n/g' /etc/sane.d/dll.conf

  7. Connect the usb cable and switch on the scanner.

  8. Start xsane from your graphical menu or start iscan.

  9. Happy scanning!