Re: having a heck of a time
You don't say whether or not you have installed any scanning software. I use Simple Scan for most short jobs with my printer/scanner. Simple Scan is available in the repositories. Open Ubuntu Software Center, do a search on "scan" and then choose Simple Scan for install (or one of the other scanning software packages of your choice).
Once installed, you can open the Dash, do a search on "scan" and your scanning software should show up. Open the program and scan a document.
If you already have scanning software installed, please describe any problems you are encountering.
Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit on HP Envy 17