The sane-ma1509 library implements a SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy)
backend that provides access to the Mustek BearPaw 1200F USB flatbed
scanner. This scanner is based on the MA-1509 chipset. Other scanners
that use this chip (if they exist) may also work.
This backend is ALPHA software. Be careful and remove the power plug
immediately if your hear unusual noises.
More details can be found on the ma1509 backend homepage
Other Mustek USB scanners are supported by the gt68xx, mustek_usb and
the plustek backends. See sane-mustek_usb(5), sane-gt68xx(5) and
sane-plustek(5) for details.
This backend can only work with scanners that are already detected by
the operating system. See sane-usb(5) for details.
If you own a scanner other than the Mustek BearPaw 1200F that works
with this backend, please let me know this by sending the scanner's
exact model name and the USB vendor and device ids (e.g. from
/proc/bus/usb/devices or syslog) to me.
This backend expects device names of the form:
Where special is a path-name for the special device that corresponds to
a USB scanner. With Linux, such a device name could be /dev/usb/scan-
ner0 or libusb:001:002, for example.
The contents of the ma1509.conf file is a list of options and device
names that correspond to Mustek BearPaw 1200F scanners. Empty lines
and lines starting with a hash mark (#) are ignored.
Instead of using the device name, the scanner can be autodetected by
usb vendor_id product_id statements which are already included into
ma1509.conf. This is only supported with Linux 2.4.8 and higher and
all systems that support libsub. "vendor_id" and "product_id" are hexa-
decimal numbers that identify the scanner. If this doesn't work, a
device name must be placed in ma1509.conf as described above.
To set the time the lamp needs for warm-up, use option warmup-time in
ma1509.conf. The time is given in seconds after the option. The
default is 30 seconds.
The backend configuration file (see also description of
uration file is searched in two default directories: first, the
current working directory (".") and then in /etc/sane.d. If the
value of the environment variable ends with the directory sepa-
rator character, then the default directories are searched after
the explicitly specified directories. For example, setting
SANE_CONFIG_DIR to "/tmp/config:" would result in directories
"tmp/config", ".", and "/etc/sane.d" being searched (in this
If the library was compiled with debug support enabled, this
environment variable controls the debug level for this backend.
Higher debug levels increase the verbosity of the output.
sane(7), sane-usb(5), sane-gt68xx(5), sane-plustek(5),
sane-mustek_usb(5), sane-mustek(5), sane-mustek_pp(5),
Henning Meier-Geinitz <email@example.com>
Resolutions higher than 600 dpi don't work
Transparency adapter and automatic document feeder is not supported yet
No support for "high-speed" mode (jpeg)
More detailed bug information is available at the MA-1509 backend home-
13 Jul 2008 sane-ma1509(5)
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