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    Question HP Photosmart Plus B209 Bad Scans for Everyone? (or just me?)

    hiya ubuntu peoples!
    i just bought a brand new "HP Photosmart Plus All-in-One Printer series - B209", and its fantastic, at printing, and taking up space and making sound effects. but i cant seem to get good quality scans. poor definition and an almost semi thresholded like look to things. does anyone else have this model, and if so is it working ok for you? i dont have windows, so i cant even test this against windows. for the record im using jaunty and the latest hplip package from the hplip website. help please, i really dont wanna drag this beast back to the store and return on the hunt for a scanner which can work with linux. and i checked my sane settings quite well and all seems normal, no enhancements no gamma/contrast/etc. garbage.

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    Re: HP Photosmart Plus B209 Bad Scans for Everyone? (or just me?)

    Well, the scan quality on my girlfriend's desktop running Windows 7 is great with it. And the printing from my laptop running Ubuntu is great with it. I've never had a reason to scan with it though. Guess I'm gonna have to check that out today.

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    Re: HP Photosmart Plus B209 Bad Scans for Everyone? (or just me?)

    Check your scan resolution.

    Scanners have 'standard resolutions they really like' and you probably aren't scanning at that resolution.

    Try 150, 300, 600, 1200, etc dpi...

    HP's software for Windows *already knows* what resolutions that scanner likes. HP is cheap though and won't write the same software for Linux...

    No matter. Use a standard resolution and you'll get the same results that you get under Windows.

    A pic scanned at 300dpi under Windows will be as identical as it can possibly be with the same image scanned at 300dpi under Linux.

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    Re: HP Photosmart Plus B209 Bad Scans for Everyone? (or just me?)

    Well, I just tested out my B209a-m at 300 DPI on my girlfriend's avon catalog. Scanning across a wireless network it seems to work just fine and has very good quality. I just turned scanning up to 600 DPI and I can now see the individual dots made by the printer that made the catalog. Maybe your printer's scanner is defective.

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    Re: HP Photosmart Plus B209 Bad Scans for Everyone? (or just me?)

    thanks for the replies, ive tried 300 and 600 dpi. im scanning in drawings/paintings, and i notice a lack of tints/tones and subtle colors in general as well as an low line quality (details seem to get indistinct). will continue to look into it more. (im comparing scan quality to an old canoscan lide 40 that is 100% linux compatible, had one for years, then it busted while traveling, and if i look at an old drawing scanned with it compared to this, the quality is slack/rough. if your in berlin and wanna sell one of those old scanners, well i will pony up for one)

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    Re: HP Photosmart Plus B209 Bad Scans for Everyone? (or just me?)

    Oh defty defty!
    We meet again!
    I too just purchased one of these. And... yes it does appear to scan terribly. My Epson Perfection 1260 just broke and i picked one of these up. It a laughable comparison. Also, it does not seem to be able to pick up florescent at all. I just scanned a flor. pink and it looked pastel pink. ugh.

    Looking up close(1:1) at the scans at 600 it looks compressed. I'm going to try scanning through hp-gui thing and see if there is a difference. All scans have been done with xsane inside of gimp. I'm using debian not ubuntu but that prolly doesn't matter.

    ps... padlaversusmoij.net(although i'm only on flickr these days)

    I'll keep you posted.

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    Re: HP Photosmart Plus B209 Bad Scans for Everyone? (or just me?)

    Just tried hp-scan --compression=none --resolution=600

    Still totally crap. It looks compressed when i zoom in. I don't have a windows system to test with either. Can someone out there who has one scan some written lines. With a pen or something and zoom in to 1 to 1. Cause right now is garbage.

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