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I got a brand new computer and would like to use Ubuntu 64 bit tried 13.10 for a month and got stuck with getting my Epson ME-301 scanner to work. Now 14.04 is released, I gave another try but did not succeed.

First checked at SANE project that my printer is supported by epson2,

I followed the instructions guiding me to epson download center

and got the drivers for both the printer and scanner i.e.

epson-inkjet-printer-201204w_1.0.0-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb this didn't work.

epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.4.0-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb this got the printer to print

I installed the scanner files in the below sequence .. data, iscan by double clicking the deb file


Didn't work

Read the Ubuntu help page here

Edit the file /etc/sane.d/dll.conf

run sudo sane-find-scanner
found USB scanner (vendor=0x0bda [Generic], product=0x0129 [USB2.0-CRW]) at libusb:002:005

run sudo scanimage -L

device `epkowa:usb:002:002' is a Epson ME-301/XP-200 Series flatbed scanner
device `epkowa:usb:002:005' is a Epson (unknown model) flatbed scanner

read the man page ofsane-usb, sane-epkowa, sane-epson2

sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/dll.conf to uncomment (remove the # in front of usb)
sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf and epson2.conf to enter the line usb Vendor product number from sane-find-scanner

used xsane 0.998 frontend after a long pause there is a device selection page CLicked OK and it showed

failed to open device 'epkowa:usb:002:005: Access to resouce has been denied

used simple scan nothing moved

I'm getting desperate and feel bad about trying to switch to Ubuntu from windows. It sucked weeks of my time and still can't get the scanner going. Otherwise it'll be a perfect switch. Maybe I'll try dual booting next.

Really would appreciate any help to get my Epson ME-301 scanner to work

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How are you trying to connect? Via USB? Over the network? – mrm Jun 17 '14 at 14:34

If you want to connect over wi-fi, you might try the instructions here.

Specifically, after installing the Epson drivers, you should edit /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf to include network devices (there are instructions in the file). Then you should be sure to comment out the conflicting "epson" and "epson2" lines in /etc/sane.d/dll.conf

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