I recently did a full format and reinstall of Linux Mint 13.
I installed the MATE version from DVD but installed Cinnamon on top, and am using that as my default desktop.
As part of the build, I had to connect to my printer. It’s a Hewlett Packard Officejet J4680 wireless multi-function printer and it is well supported by Linux.
Setting up the printer was no problem at all. However, when I went to test the scanner I ran into problems. While I could print pages to my heart’s content, Simple Scan just flatly refused to recognise the scanner.
I searched the Internet and found a few people with the same problem, but no solutions.
It then occurred to me that the setup of the printer had actually been too easy! It just connected and that was that, with no downloading of drivers or anything. I disconnected the printer and logged into MATE. I went to reconnect the printer and it promptly downloaded the drivers. Even better, Simple Scan now worked.
I logged back into Cinnamon and all works smoothly.
It’s not an elegant solution to the problem, but it did solve it.