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I am brand new to Ubuntu, but I a fairly experienced computer user. Following the instructions provided by the Brother website, I was able to install the drivers (CUPSwrapper and LPR) for the MFC-255CW printer locally connected to the computer. When looking for the drivers via the terminal, the drivers are found. However, when I attempt to add the printer, Ubuntu searches for but does not find the drivers. What am I doing wrong? Has anyone experienced this same problem? Are there instructions, other than those on the Brother website, for installing the specified printer? Any assistance is appreciated.

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Here is a link for the drivers for the Brother MFC-255CW printer for Linux. I was taking a look at this AskUbuntu question and, although this refers to 11.04, it seems like following the answers mentioned in this question should get your printer working. You need to install both the LPR and Cupswrapper drivers in the link.

Additionally, there is an UbuntuForums thread that details how to do this. I would check this out if you want step by step instructions.

Wireless Setup

You have to go to http://localhost:631/printers in your browser to set up the printer for wireless because CUPS comes with this web interface to add the printer. Here are some general instructions for this:

  1. Click on your printer name, Administration and then Modify Printer.
  2. Select your printer under Networked Printers, click Continue.
  3. Enter the IP address for your printer, click Continue.
  4. Select your printer name with "Cups" version.
  5. Click Modify Printer and that should be it.

Edit: This will install only the LPR driver. While following instructions from the Brother website to install the CUPSwrapper driver, you will get an error. To fix this, copy the mfc255cwcupswrapper-1.1.3-1.i386.deb to another directory location and name it mfc255cwcupswrapper.deb(in other words, delete the version number). Going back to the instructions, change the terminal input from

dpkg -i --force-all mfc255cwcupswrapper-1.1.3-1.i386.deb

to

dpkg -i --force-all mfc255cwcupswrapper.deb

in order to reflect the new name of the driver file and Ubuntu was able to find the MRC255CW driver.

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Only the LPR driver was installed. However, while following instructions from the Brother website to install the CUPSwrapper driver I got an error. I copied mfc255cwcupswrapper-1.1.3-1.i386.deb to another directory location and named it mfc255cwcupswrapper.deb, no version number. Once I did this, and changed the terminal input from "dpkg -i --force-all mfc255cwcupswrapper-1.1.3-1.i386.deb" to "dpkg -i --force-all mfc255cwcupswrapper.deb" in order to reflect the new name of the driver file, everything executed properly and Ubuntu was able to find the MRC255CW driver. My printer works. –  user182521 Aug 13 '13 at 17:47
    
Great. Don't forget to accept this as the answer. –  sameetandpotatoes Aug 13 '13 at 17:50

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