Scanning is done via SANE (Scanner access now easy - Dodgy Acronyms R Us).
According to the Sane website (http://www.sane-project.org
), the Packard Bell Diamond 1200 plus is covered by the gt68xx driver. According to this page: http://www.sane-project.org/man/sane-gt68xx.5.html
you get the firmware in this way:
You need a firmware file for your scanner. That's a small file contain-
ing software that will be uploaded to the scanner's memory. It's usu-
ally named *.usb, e.g. PS1fw.usb. It comes on the installation CD
that was provided by the manufacturer, but it may be packaged together
with the installation program in an .exe file. For Mustek scanners, the
file can be dowloaded from the gt68xx backend homepage. For other scan-
ners, check the CD for .usb files. If you only find *.cab files, try
cabextract to unpack. If everything else fails, you must install the
Windows driver and get the firmware from there (usually in the win-
dows/system or system32 directories). Put that firmware file into
/usr/local/share/sane/gt68xx/. Make sure that it's readable by every-
If you have access to a Windows machine it should be fairly easy to get hold of the .usb file, otherwise you will have the joys of using cabextract. I think it's fairly straightforward to use. If it isn't installed on your computer, try going to http://rpmfind.net
(note lack of www), then doing a search for cabextract - there should be an rpm file for Mandriva there.
The gt68xx link mentioned above also describes how to configure your scanner, but I'm not too sure if there's a different way in Mandriva. Good luck, and let us know how you get on.