I'm trying to get the drivers for my printer going, and not doing well. I tried the following: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1377270 and the
sudo dpkg -i PACKAGE.deb format. It installs the printer, but then doesn't see the printer via USB. Ideas?
You have to follow the instructions on this page. I installed a Brother HL2250DN just one hour ago and it works perfectly.
Because the instructions are a bit hard to follow, here the summary for Ubuntu (with updated instructions for cups):
(0. If you are a 64-Bit Ubuntu user:)
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32stdc++
1. Turn on the printer
2. Download the LPR and cupswrapper driver from this page (you need the .deb packages).
3. Open a terminal by pressing
4. Install the LPR driver
In the terminal type
dpkg -i --force-all downloaded-lpr-driver where "downloaded-lpr-driver" is the filename of the downloaded deb for the LPR driver (something like
5. Install the cupswrapper driver
In the terminal type
dpkg -i --force-all downloaded-cups-driver where "downloaded-cups-driver" is the filename of the downloaded deb for the cupswrapper driver (something like
6. Test your installation
dpkg -l | grep Brother
should show both drivers to be installed.
7. Setup cups
Point your Browser to
http://localhost:631/printers and click on your printer. In the Administration dropdown choose
Modify Printer. The next step wants you to choose the connection type.
If you're using USB to connect the printer, the connection should allready be set to something like
usb://Brother/(your printer's model name). If your Printer is not listed, go to
http://localhost:631/admin and add your printer.
If you're using a network connection, choose from
Discovered Network Printers or if your printer was not discovered, select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer" or "AppSocket/HP JetDirect" and insert
lpd://(Your printer's IP address)/binary_p1 with the correct IP of your printer.
See these examples for working configurations.
You can install the printer drivers easily with the free utility that Brother provides. Retreive and run the file by opening up the terminal and running these commands (make sure you acknowledge and accept the license agreement, which can be found at the page I linked):
wget http://download.brother.com/welcome/dlf006893/linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1.gz tar xf linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1.gz rm linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1.gz chmod a+x ./linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1 sudo ./linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1
You will be walked through the installation. Once complete, you will have an item in your home folder named
linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1, which you can safely delete.