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This page covers the SANE MA-1509 ("ma1509") backend which supports the Mustek BearPaw 1200F USB scanner. Support is included in sane-backends version 1.0.12 and later.


Color, gray, and lineart scanning works up to 600 dpi. Calibration isn't perfect, sometimes vertical stripes occur. Transparency adapter and automatic document feeder aren't supported.

With current Linux and *BSD kernels, the backend works with libusb. I haven't gotten reports from other operating systems until now.


There is not much much documentation but the manpage (sane-ma1509).


You'll need a kernel scanner driver that detects your scanner or libusb 0.1.6 or newer.


Use sane-backends 1.0.12 or later from the SANE download page or your distribution.


As usual, see README.


Should work out-of-the-box. Make sure, that "ma1509" is in dll.conf. If you are using an old kernel (Linux < 2.4.8), you may need to edit ma1509.conf and add a line "/dev/usb/scanner0".


First make sure that your scanner is deteced by sane-find-scanner. If this doesn't work, check permissions and have a look at man sane-usb.

If the scanner is detected by sane-find-scanner but not by scanimage -L, enable debugging: SANE_DEBUG_MA1509=255 scanimage -L. If you can't find out what's wrong, send the debug log to me.

Last modified: 2008-03-02 16:27:08 CET by Henning Geinitz

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