I got an Epson Perfection V500 USB scanner six months ago, tried to get it going in VectorLinux 6 at that time, was unsuccessful, and got busy with other things, so I didn't continue to try. Now I do need to get the scanner working in VL6 SOHO and am having no luck at all.
This scanner definitely does work in Linux. I talked at length with someone who is using the scanner in OpenSuse and had no trouble installing it. SANE does not have drivers for it, but specific Linux drivers are available from Avasys and after you get it going with those, you can use VueScan, which is supposed to be excellent.
Avasys has rpm and deb packages but (as usual) nothing for Slackware. I downloaded the source for the software and did configure, make, make install. They didn't give me any error messages, so I assume everything worked as expected. I have an iscan file in /usr/local/bin. However, when I run the iscan software, I get this:
Could not send command to scanner. Check the scanner's status.
Really helpful, no? :-(
sane-find-scanner sees it. scanimage -L doesn't recognize it (as I said, there's no SANE driver for it, though SANE tells us about the driver from Avasys). lsusb has this:
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 04b8:0130 Seiko Epson Corp.
What do I do next? Where to look?
I'm in the midst of googling and there are a lot of hits. I haven't researched enough to see if any are specific to Slackware. I wanted to ask here just in case someone has already dealt with this in VectorLinux.
Which brings me to my rant. In a lot of ways Linux is as bad as Windows when it comes to support of different distros. Everything is Ubuntu, Fedora, debian, rpm. Slackware is out in the hut behind the house where the serfs live. I guess crap like this is what you go through when you choose to use a (much) less popular distro than Ubuntu and Fedora. I'm trying not to bang my head!