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.
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
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.
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:
- Click on your printer name,
- Select your printer under Networked Printers, click
- Enter the IP address for your printer, click
- Select your printer name with "Cups" version.
Modify Printerand that should be it.
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
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.