EPSON V500 on Suse 13.2 64bit

Greetings All,

I’ve been trying to get my Epson V500 to work under Suse 13.2 64 bit. It WAS functional under my prior installation of Suse 13.1 32-bit.

I have downloaded (from the Epson site) and installed the following rpms:

  • iscan-data-1.36.0-1.noarch.rpm

However, ISCAN reports

‘could not send command to scanner’

I have also tried installing iscan-2.30.1-1.usb0.1.ltdl7.x86_64.rpm with the same results
(I’m not sure which one is the correct driver)

If I go to YAST->Hardware the scanner shows as “Not Configured” .
If I edit and select the driver for Epson Perfection V500 Photo, I get a pop-up with the message:

'The epkowa driver may cause problems on 64-bit x86_64 architecture' 

and the device remains ‘Not Configured’

Before I re-install with a 32-bit system, is there any other magic that I can try to get this device working in 13.2?

Thanx in advance.



If I search, I get the iscan-plugin-gt-x770-2.1.2-1.x86_64.rpm:

GT-X770, Perfection V500 Photo

The plugin package contains proprietary libraries and firmware. I have seen some threads (concerning this and similar models) that suggest it is necessary to run ‘iscan-registry’ first with something like

iscan-registry –add interpreter usb 0x04b8 0x0133  /usr/lib/iscan/libesint86 /usr/share/iscan/esfw86.bin

*Make sure that the product ID matches ‘lsusb’ ID.

I believe it creates ‘/var/lib/iscan/interpreter’ with the corresponding entry

interpreter usb 0x04b8 0x0133 /usr/lib/iscan/libesint66 /usr/share/iscan/esfw66.bin

Once that’s done, you should be good to go. I hope that helps.


Good catch sauerland. The right firmware package will help :slight_smile:

Aha! That was the problem. I grabbed the ‘x820’ figuring is was the more recent.
I’m not sure what the ‘x820’ version is for, but I’ve made a note to myself NOT to install it!

The scanner is now up and running!

Thanx again!


I’m not sure what the ‘x820’ version is for,

It is for (from the Downloadpage):

GT-X820, Perfection V600 photo