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IIm running Ubuntu and want to install my Brother MFC 7360N printer scanner fax. I've tried to just plug in the USB cable, but the only two drivers Ubuntu shows don't work. One of them doesn't react at all and the other prints only blank pages. I've found this page, but I have no idea what CUPS are or any of that other stuff.

A little help would be great. Thanks.

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Have a look at This –  Mitch Apr 12 '13 at 11:38
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CUPS is the print server on most Linux and Mac machines. It was a project started by Apple many many years ago and it's a fairly robust system for handling printers.

Brother's Linux support for this printer is a little sketchy. They have a "cupswrapper" driver for it which is sort of a compatibility layer around an ancient LPR driver. I honestly can't say how effective it will be.

Anyway download the deb drivers from here (you need both cupswrapper and LPR files):

Save those somewhere, then in a terminal, cd into that directory and run:

sudo dpkg -i --force-all mfc*.deb
sudo dpkg -i --force-all cupswrapper*.deb

And then load the CUPS printer configuration page (http://localhost:631/printers) and edit the printer you've already set up with the following information:

  • "LPD/LPR Host or Printer" or "AppSocket/HP JetDirect" for Device
  • lpd://(Your printer's IP address)/binary_p1 for Device URI
  • Brother for Make/Manufacturer Selection
  • Your printer's name for Model/Driver Selection

The above is a paraphrasing and slimming of the instructions from Brother. I've no idea if they actually work!

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Boy oh boy... haha thanks for taking your time. Ill try to give it a go! If I cant figure it out....Ill be back :) –  Matt Apr 12 '13 at 14:00
    
Worked! But I didnt need to do anything past running the 2 sudo commands you gave me. I think that is because it is just a local printer. Cheers and thanks! –  Matt Apr 12 '13 at 14:22
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Translated with Google Translate:

BROTHER MFC- 7360N to connected USB port for printer configuration Ubuntu 10.04 and following ( localhost ) :

Download drivers at the following addresses ( deb recommended.) : MFC- 7360N # http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public_s/id/linux/en/download_prn.html

Install drivers through the Ubuntu repository.

Go to System Settings > Printing .
Click Add, and then specify as device URI : usb :/ / Brother/MFC-7360N serial = EXXXXXXXXXXXXX (with sérial machine located by the screen of the printer in Menu Button > 6 Device Info ? . > 1.No series ( Warning: eg if No. E69719 - series = F2N979180 then serial = E69719F2N979180 think about removing the dash) .
In choosing a driver > Provide PPD file > Select File > File System > usr > share> ppd (you should see a file ppd MFC7360N.ppd ) Select .
Define names for the final configuration and then click apply and print the test page .
Optional: you can specify / dev/usb/lp0 in the location section by double-clicking the printer.

BROTHER MFC- 7360N to connected USB port for printer configuration Ubuntu 10.04 and following ( localhost ) :

Download drivers at the following addresses ( deb recommended.) : MFC- 7360N # http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public_s/id/linux/en/download_prn.html

Install drivers through the Ubuntu repository.

Go to System Settings > Printing .
Click Add, and then specify as device URI : usb :/ / Brother/MFC-7360N serial = EXXXXXXXXXXXXX (with sérial machine located by the screen of the printer in Menu Button > 6 Device Info ? . > 1.No series ( Warning: eg if No. E69719 - series = F2N979180 then serial = E69719F2N979180 think about removing the dash) .
In choosing a driver > Provide PPD file > Select File > File System > usr > share> ppd (you should see a file ppd MFC7360N.ppd ) Select .
Define names for the final configuration and then click apply and print the test page .
Optional: you can specify / dev/usb/lp0 in the location section by double-clicking the printer.
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