How I got my Epson Perfection 3170 working in gentoo

Written by jeremy on October 5, 2004

Well I finally got my Epson Perfection 3170 working in Gentoo Linux with the epkowa drivers version 1.10.0-3.

I recieved this scanner for my birthday on March 9, 2004 and am now just getting it working in October 5, 2004! Talk about procrastinating on my part 🙂 It’s not like I didn’t try though. Any on to the goodies… click read more—>

Well I used alot of knowledge from the last time I tried to get this going, but here is what I did this time:

1) Download iscan rpm from epkowa site(
cd /tmp

2) Use the rpm2targz to turn the rpm into a tar.gz file:
rpm2targz iscan-1.10.0-3.i386.rpm

3) Become root and cd into /:
su –
cd /

4) Extract the tar.gz into the root of your system:
tar xvzf /tmp/iscan-1.10.0-3.i386.tar.gz

5) Make sure you have libsane installed:
emerge -uDv media-gfx/sane-backends

6) Change pointers to libsane:
cd /usr/lib
ln -sf sane/
ln -sf sane/

7) Then I had to add my scanners id into the /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf file.

I replaced the usb line with this one:
usb 0x04b8 0x0116

8) Try out iscan to see if it worked:

If so great! I also found a good utility called vuescan here:

It has color profiling and is worth the few dollars to register.

Good luck!

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One response to “How I got my Epson Perfection 3170 working in gentoo”

  1. Thank you for posting this up! It saved my life. I made the mistake of installing Gentoo on our home computer for my parents (50 ), and the scanner stopped working. Actually, I shouldn’t say it was a mistake, because Windows sucks, but finding a solution for the scanner was driving me insane. Thanks again for the great post!