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I just finished setting up my HP LaserJet Professional M1212nf MFP on Ubuntu wirelessly (IPV4 address). In terms of scanning, it works properly with Xsane and simple-scan.

But VueScan 9.5.53 (x64) doesn't detect it. I installed it manually from the VueScan website's tarball. Whenever I select the 'Scan' option, I get this message:

VueScan didn't find a scanner connected to your computer.

1) Make sure the scanner is plugged in and turned on before you run VueScan.

2) If you have a USB scanner, try a different USB cable and/or a different USB port.

3) If you have a WiFi scanner, make sure your firewall isn't blocking responses from the scanner.

4) If the scanner has a locking switch, make sure it's in the unlocked position.

5) Try turning your scanner off and back on.

6) If you have a USB scanner, try running VueScan as root to see if it's a libusb device protection problem.

Then exit VueScan and run it again.

The supported scanners list has more useful information about your scanner. Would you like to see this?

This message appears even when I have the printer's USB plugged into my computer, and even when I run sudo ~/Desktop/VueScan and then try wirelessly scanning or scanning with the printer's USB plugged in.

Did I install VueScan the wrong way? I used the 'tar xvf' method to extract it to my Home folder. There's a hidden folder (.vuescan) in there with an .ini and .log file.

The .log file (vuescan.log):

    VueScan 9 x64 (9.5.53) Aug  1 2016 UTC-5 Linux gcc 4 8 cpus
Unregistered
    0 Calling prob_open
    0 Found device: vid 1d6b pid 0003 por 001
    0 Found device: vid 046d pid c51b por 013
    0 Found device: vid 1d6b pid 0002 por 001
    0 Found device: vid 8087 pid 0024 por 002
    0 Found device: vid 1d6b pid 0002 por 001
    0 Found device: vid 147e pid 2016 por 003
    0 Found device: vid 8087 pid 0024 por 002
    0 Found device: vid 1d6b pid 0002 por 001
    1 Searching for SCSI devices
    1 Found device: /dev/sg0
    1 Calling net1_open
    1 Calling usbi_open
    1 Calling dot4_open
    1 Calling scsi_init
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What should I do to get VueScan to recognize my printer? It's definitely supported by VueScan, because I use VueScan on Windows computers with the same printer/scanner combo. Thanks.

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I found this solution for USB connectivity, but not wireless:

https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/scanner-worked-in-15-10-does-not-work-in-16-04/4761

FWIW, I have the same issue after upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04 when everything worked fine on 15.10 with my Brother MFC-J485DW. However, the only reason I used VueScan in the first place was that I couldn't get Simple Scan or XSane to work over the network for some reason. However, I've gotten both to work with the Brother drivers on 16.04 installed via the "Driver Install Tool" downloaded from the Brother website. Just make sure you set up your scanner with a static IP address (I used the router configuration with a static DHCP lease to do this) and you should be good to go. Granted, this doesn't really answer your original question (or mine), but it provides two alternatives, hopefully.

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  • please copy, write up the essential parts here. – TiloBunt Sep 20 '16 at 21:04
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This worked for me. From http://rglinuxtech.com/?p=1659

# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 019: ID 132b:0012 Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II (2892)

Add a ‘.rules’ file under the /etc/udev/rules.d directory (not the one at /lib/udev/rules.d!)

Create a text file, i.e.: ‘50-scanner.rules‘ with the following contents, including the vendor and product ids from the # lsusb output:

# Minolta Dimage 5400 II (added Feb 2016. RG)
ATTRS{idVendor}=="132b", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0012", ENV{libsane_matched}="yes", GROUP="scanner", MODE="0660"

Create a new ‘scanner‘ group and add yourself to it. Then, log out/in and power-cycle the scanner, and everything should work correctly..

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The following is the translated version of this message, from Google Translate. The original non-English answer is available in the revision history.

First on the router, you must assign a fixed IP to your multifunction printer. Once this is done, you need to open the firewall ports on your PC. Open the terminal and enter the following rule: "sudo ufw allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" without the quotes. Where in place of the X you have to put the real IP of your multifunction printer. Now vuescan will work. Then to delete the rule always from terminal type: "sudo ufw delete allow xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx"

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