I would really appreciate some help as I have spent several days trying to figure out what is going on.

I have recently bought new printer Brother DCP-1612W and would like to use. Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS. CUPS finds the printer as wireless printer:

Description: Brother DCP-1610W series Location:
Driver: Brother DCP-1610W for CUPS (grayscale, 2-sided printing) Connection: dnssd://Brother%20DCP-1610W%20series._pdl-datastream._tcp.local/ Defaults: job-sheets=none, none media=na_letter_8.5x11in sides=one-sided

or as USB printer when the cable is connected:

Connection: usb://Brother/DCP-1610W%20series?serial=E74238J5N865607

But I can't print. Nothing comes out. I have MAC notebook where installation went paint free and wireless printing works fine.

I will really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.

3 Answers 3


Test this:

Download the drivers:


Install the drivers:

Turn on the printer and connect the usb, network or parallel cable.

Go to the directory where the drivers are.

Run it:
sudo -i
dpkg -i --force-all dcp1610wlpr-3.0.1-1.i386.deb
dpkg  -i  --force-all dcp1610wcupswrapper-3.0.1-1.i386.deb
nano /etc/printcap

Edit the /etc/printcap file according to your connection.

For USB Connection:

Check if the parameter of :lp is :lp=/dev/usb/lp0

For Network Connection:

Replace :lp line to the following 2 lines:

:rm=(ip address of your printer)\

Restart the PC.

  • Thanks lot. I purged the drivers and did it again from the scratch as you explained. I don't know what I have done differently but it worked this time. May be the order of LPR and CUPS driver or restarting PC at the end ....it works fine now.
    – CoderCoder
    Commented Dec 26, 2015 at 18:38
  • Hey. I've an opened question regarding something similar askubuntu.com/questions/814327/… I'm trying to re-install using dpkg using your commands but I get the following error: pastebin.com/76JEPJPm
    – iamatrain
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 10:25

Under Ubuntu 16.04.1 x64 I did the installation as instructed on the Brother site. Everything went well at first glance, but after looking back at the terminal I noticed this:

Aucune version du paquet ia32-libs n'est disponible, mais il existe dans la base
de données. Cela signifie en général que le paquet est manquant, qu'il est devenu obsolète
ou qu'il n'est disponible que sur une autre source
Cependant les paquets suivants le remplacent :
  lib32z1 lib32ncurses5 lib32bz2-1.0

Sorry for the French version. Loosely translated it says: No version of the package ia32-libs available. So, after installing the 3 packages before mentioned, the printer is working just fine!


I was able to print on a Brother DCP-1612W with my Ubuntu 18.04 using WLAN.

After setting up WLAN for the printer and connecting my printer and laptop with the corresponding WLAN, I used the system-config-printer tool. I started adding a new printer. The tool detected the printer letting it appear on the list and suggesting an LPD/LPR and a AppSocket/JetDirect connection. I chose the latter. The driver wizard pointed me to a Brother DCP-1510 driver. Although not quite my printer model, using that driver, I was able to use the wireless printer as far as I needed it. Done for me!

Hope to have helped.

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