HP ScanJet 2400 and Linux (and digital camera)

I bought this scanner many years ago when I still used Windows. It is not supposed to work under Linux. However, there’s a driver (unofficial I guess) here: http://www.elcot.in/linuxdrivers_download.php . People say it works, but I had an intuitive feeling it wouldn’t work for me. So I did a clean install recently and installed this driver. The scanner still didn’t work and the whole SANE thing was corrupted.

So I boxed the scanner again and put it away. I don’t need it anyway.

I’ve got a very nice digital camera which lets you control all the settings manually. I’ve figured out a combination of settings that lets you photograph text so that it looks like a scanned image and can be OCR’ed. Given that photographing is MUCH faster than scanning and that a camera is MUCH more portable, a scanner is actually quite useless for me.

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