12.04 - Ubuntu doesn't find installed drivers for Brother MFC-255CW printer

  • user182521

    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.

  • Answers
  • sameetandpotatoes

    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


    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.

  • Related Question

    10.04 - Drivers for a Brother MFC-240C printer, they still exist?
  • Daniel Bingham

    I'm trying to set up an old MFC-240c printer on an older box with Ubuntu 10.04 for a friend. I've found a couple of howtos but they all seem to be pretty out of date. They link to a page on the brother website where a drivers package can be found, but the page doesn't exist anymore. Brother doesn't seem to be supporting the MFC-240c printer line.

    I checked the repositories and found nothing helpful. Google search has just turned up the old threads and a wiki howto, all pointing to the dead link.
    Is there any where else I can find the drivers package?

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  • Octavian Damiean

    You should visit this site. Those are the official Brother drivers for the MFC 240C. I have not tried them but I don't see any obvious reason why they wouldn't work.

  • Rinzwind

    How about a how to for 10.10? From the link:

    Your printer drivers are packaged in Synaptic Package Manager.

    sudo apt-get install brother-cups-wrapper-bh7 which will also install the lpr-drivers.

    Or search Synaptic Package Manager for mfc-240c and select the drivers it finds and install.

    For the scanner you need to download the relevant drivers from the Brother website which for your printer is brscan2 and also follow the instructions that are there including putting

    # Brother scanners
    ATTRS{idVendor}=="04f9", ENV{libsane_matched}="yes"

    in the file /lib/udev/rules.d/40-libsane.rules and install sane-utils

    I do not believe this not to work for 10.04 (I found the same instructions for Hardy btw).