DJ you have a good point but in the past the scanner has never been "seen" by the usb port it's plugged in to until everything is configured. I'd always get the same message that no scanner was recognized. I tried switching cables with one that works and I powered down the scanner then powered up and plugged in the usb cable but still nothing. Although it has been awhile since I last used the scanner it worked before re-installing PCLOS this time. Opening PCC and trying to set up the scanner gave me the message that no device was found on this system.
Okay, I understand that PCC and Xsane may give an error message that there is no scanner. That is a setup and configuration thing. lsusb could show the scanner attached to a USB port, and PCC and Xsane say there is no recognized scanner, because the manufacturer name and model number are not in the configuration list. But, the lsusb command has nothing to do with whether or not the scanner is set up and ready to use. The lsusb command simply lists the hardware that is plugged into the bus
. It doesn't make sense that the device will suddenly show up on the USB data bus after applying a driver. The driver has to have a recognized device already on the data bus to configure. If you're sure that the hardware is not at fault, then there is some other reason why the scanner doesn't show up as a hardware device. Do you have other USB devices you can plug into those ports to rule out the ports and the software that's installed to detect what's plugged into the ports?
I have the CD and I've downloaded all the necessary/required files that are needed to install the scanner. The CD is far outdated by 3 or more years whereas the d/l software is current and specifically for Linux and the CD is Windows only. I'm not trying to negate your suggestions I'm merely stating what I've done without success. I knew that when I had to re-install PCLOS I was going to have this problem and put off doing it as long as I could. Thanks.
Okay, you evidently found the CD that came with the scanner or you got one from somewhere other than the internet. You had originally said you have no drivers CD. The software mentioned in the other Epson scanner thread also came from a "Windows only" installation package. But, if you found newer drivers, specifically for Linux, then so much the better. What I'm getting at is that the hardware, regardless of whether it has available drivers yet
, has to be recognized on the USB data bus before it can be set up. An analogy would be like trying to format a hard drive that the system doesn't show as being attached.