[ubuntu] xsane stopped working

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Recently (at some point in the last 5 weeks) xsane has stopped detecting my MFP (HP Deskjet F2280). My setup has not had any hardware changes and the only software changes in that time have been the periodic Synaptic updates. Before this hiccup all had been well for over a year. If I run xsane it thinks a while (2 or 3 sec?) and tells me in a little panel no devices were detected. If I run lsusb, it finds the device, but after all it is a printer/scanner and the printing function continues to be OK so this is not a surprise - I do not know enough to understand all the (Hardware)