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More on (officially unsupported) Scanners in Leopard, 'TWAIN SANE' drivers
(Follow-up to yesterday's post on Leopard Drivers/Apps updates for (some) USB Canon Scanners/AIOs and some models not in the Canon list of 10.5 supported scanners working in Leopard)

"Hi Mike, Regarding USB Canon N656U, (I mentioned yesterday I had this bus-powered thin USB scanner for use w/my PB G4 (not running 10.5) and it had no updated drivers/app for 10.5 nor was it in Canon's list of supported scanners in 10.5.-Mike) I've bought 10.5 but holding off installing it for a while on my main computers.

The CanonPI CS-U 3.8X driver still works in Photoshop CS 3, but only if you select 'Open using Rosetta' (intel-based Mac) in the get info window. i.e. not Intel ready...

I did however find a great website which has extensive support for all kinds of scanners, some extremely old: I've installed the packages in 10.4.11 and they work great with apps like Yep.
TWAIN SANE Interface for MacOS X
They even have a package for 10.5!
The install procedure for me was, thanks to Steve Leibers Blog:

Grab all files from here: Install in the following order:

  • libusb.pkg
  • sane-backends.pkg
  • twain-sane-interface.pkg
  • sane-preference-pane.pkg


    "SANE stands for "Scanner Access Now Easy" and is an application programming interface (API) that provides standardized access to any raster image scanner hardware (flatbed scanner, hand-held scanner, video- and still-cameras, frame-grabbers, etc.). The SANE API is public domain and its discussion and development is open to everybody. The current source code is written for UNIX (including GNU/Linux) and is available under the GNU General Public License (the SANE API is available to proprietary applications and backends as well, however). More details about the license can be found on our license page. Ports to MacOS X, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows are either already done or in progress."

Hope this helps someone...
Regards, Charles T."

A MacBook Pro owner replied he's using the SANE drivers with his LiDE 30 in Leopard:

" Canon LiDE 30 and SANE
Hi Mike, Thanks for the tip from Charles T. about the TWAIN SANE drivers.
I'm successfully using my Canon LiDE 30 in 10.5 on my MacBook Pro. I hadn't been able to use it since I moved to an Intel Mac, as I could never get the Canon installer to successfully install (it always reported an error). I was seriously considering a new scanner, or buying VueScan (which works for my scanner, but is $40), but this saves me from any of that.
Adam N."

Yesterday an LiDE 30 owner with a PPC Mac wrote he's using it in 10.5 OK although it's not listed by Canon as officially supported in 10.5.

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Apple page with downloads of (some) Hardware Test CDs
Amin sent a link to a page with Apple Hardware Test CD Images and Information for these mac models (see page for details and downloads)
  • Apple Hardware Test 1.2.4 for iBooks
  • Apple Hardware Test v1.2.2 for iMac/eMacs
  • Apple Hardware Test v1.2.6 for Power Mac G4s (Gigabit Ethernet to MDD towers)
  • Apple Hardware Test v1.1 for G4 Cube
  • Apple Hardware Test v1.2.3 for PowerBook G3 Firewire (pismo), PowerBook G4s up to 1GHz
  • Apple Hardware Test v1.0 for Xserve (PPC model only I assume)

FYI - Wednesday's news has Notes on burning a Disc with Multiple Apple Hardware Test Images.

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Reader notes return of 'ACL found but not expected' messages
I've already said as much as I'm going to on this but the reader that originally wrote on ACL warnings in RP (Disk Utility) and problems with Super Duper! (still -not- updated for Leopard) problems and using Mac Pilot to clear them (the whole saga, developer comments, notes, etc. are in the Nov. 4th news page), yesterday sent several mails about seeing them again afer the 10.5.1 update and trying to backup using SuperDuper again. (He said neither of the tips in the Nov 15th (and Nov 16th) news page when 10.5.1 was first released helped - i.e. using the download installer or repeatedly running RP, although that did clear permissions warnings that some other readers saw after the update.)

" The ACLs ("found but not expected" have returned. Copy/Paste from the Disk Utility

Repairing permissions for śMacintosh HD”
ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root/Library/Preferences".
ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root/Library".
ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root".

However, I no longer care as I just managed to get the non Leopard version of SuperDuper to back up or clone my primary iMac drive to the backup Firewire Seagate Drive and it is now a good boot drive.
This should hold me until Shirt pocket software releases a Leopard version of SuperDuper.
-Dick "

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New/Updated Apple Support/Troubleshooting Docs
(some revised for the Nth time)

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