This is just a quick tutorial to show you how to get the scanner on an Epson RX560 all in one printer working. The printer itself should work by installing it from the Gnome printer utility, so this guide is only to help you get the actual scanner part working.
First step is to make sure that your printer is plugged into the USB port on your laptop.
To next step is to download, convert and install the needed drivers.
To install the scanner drivers you will need to convert an .rpm file into a .deb file or it wont install on Ubuntu, so make sure you have Alien installed (a tool to convert .rpm to .deb). Do this by opening up a terminal and entering..
sudo apt-get install alien
Keep your terminal open because you’ll be needing it again real soon 🙂
Next you need to head over to the Avasys site here for the needed drivers.
Scroll down the page and click the circle next to Stylus Photo RX560/RX580/RX590 in the second section called – Image Scan! for Linux & Photo Image Print System Lite.
Keep scrolling down the page and choose Debian in the *Distribution* box and Others in the *Distribution version* box.
Scroll down again, fill in the answers for the Questionnaire and click on the next button to continue.
Once the next page has loaded up, scroll down one last time past the Printer Driver to the section called Scanner Driver and download the RPM package called iscan-2.11.0-1.c2.i386.rpm.
This will probably download to your desktop, so head back into your terminal and enter..
sudo alien -d -c iscan-2.11.0-1.c2.i386.rpm
..to convert the .rpm file to a .deb one.
Leave it a while to convert. It should say iscan_2.11.0-2_i386.deb generated when finished.
Double click the newly created .deb file on your desktop to install with gdebi. Just click on the Install button when gdebi’s finished loading and close the program down when it’s done.
Now it’s time to clean up a little.
Back into your terminal and enter the following command to remove both of the unwanted packages as you won’t be needing them anymore..
sudo rm iscan_2.11.0-2_i386.deb iscan-2.11.0-1.c2.i386.rpm
That should be all you need to do software wise. Feel free to close the terminal now and navigate away from the download page in your web browser.
That’s it, just start up whichever program you want to use for scanning and the scanner should be found automatically.
Thanks to mabhatter on the Ubuntu Forum for the correct Alien command 🙂