Printing on Brother MFC 420CN
On 12/05/2007 11:45 AM, Paul & Brenda wrote:
> Totally new to Linux and using 7.10 on an AMD 64 machine.
> I have a windows Vista PC connected to a Netgear Wireless Router
> and this Ubuntu PC connected via a LAN cable into the router port 4.
> The printer setup says the printer is there, and when I try to print a
> test message the printer LAN says it is receiving data, then nothing
> happens. The Ubuntu network tool pings the printer address at
> 192.168.10.4 perfectly with no errors and the Windows PC prints
> perfectly (the full printer address according to windows is
> The driver downloaded as recommended for this printer from Brother is
> /Brother DCP-1200 Foomatic/hl1250 (recommended).
> /Can anyone help please and please remember I am not familiar with Linux
Remove whatever you've installed in Ubuntu.
I just installed my son's MFC-420CN during the Thanksgiving weekend. The
printer is connected to a simple hub & install (7.10) went without a
hitch. The only tricky bit was getting the scanner to work, but once I
actually read the instructions on the Brother site, I got that working
without any problems as well.
Install the LPR:
[scroll down to the MFC-420CN use the Debian version of course]
After you've downloaded, open up the Nautilus browser & double-click on
the debian .deb that you've downloaded. That will open the installer -
click install. You can also do this from the command line:
$ sudo dpkg -i <deb file name>
Now install the CUPS driver (below).
Install the CUPS driver:
Click on the Debian driver for the MFC-420CN, download and install just
as you did for the LPR.
Be sure to download *both* the scan key tool *and* the brscan2 driver:
[scroll down to "For Debian Users"]
Be sure to follow the instructions.
In #1 be sure to precede with the 'sudo' command: 'sudo apt-get install
In in #3 You will use brsaneconfig2:
brsaneconfig2 -a name=FRIENDLY-NAME model=MODEL-NAME ip=xx.xx.xx.xx
Example - you enter the following from a terminal
sudo brsaneconfig2 -a name=PaulsPrinter model=MFC-420CN ip=192.168.10.4
Enjoy :-) I wish other printer manufacturers would provide linux drivers
like Brother. Makes me want to seriously consider Brother if my Canon
MP750 (with no network or linux support) ever breaks down.
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