Monday, 2 June 2008

Linux printing: Brother MFC-465CN

I've been using Linux for a long time and as has anyone who has done so, printers, scanners and basically anything else that does not have a USB storage interface is a risky proposition.

Not so with the Brother MFC-465CN.

My setup process (on Ubuntu Hardy/8.04):

  • Set up hardware as suggested in manual

  • Skip software installation and connect printer to network via ethernet

  • sudo apt-get install brother-lpr-drivers-extra brother-cups-wrapper-extra

  • System->Administration->Printing->Test page

  • sudo apt-get install xsane sane

  • Get brsane2 driver (read the instructions!)

  • Launch xsane and test scanner

I don't even want to remember what it used to be LIKE before. Brother has GPLed their printer driver which is probably part of the reason it was so easy to set up. Great job Brother and many thanks to the Open Source fairy.


Manolo said...

I had been trying to follow Brothers instructions for a couple of days and there was not way it would work.

Thanks for the QUICK info, this worked perfectly at the very first try

Luke said...

Thanks! You won't BELIEVE the loops I've jumped through trying to get to get my printer with Hardy Heron. Thanks a lot!

Sohail Somani said...

Glad it helped! I used this same post to set up my other machine, obviously also running Hardy :-)

Lukjad said...

Sorry to say this but even after I installbrother-lpr-drivers-extra brother-cups-wrapper-extra the MFC 465CN just doesn't show up on my printer database. Why is that?

Lukjad said...

In response to my comment I would like to say that it now prints but a bit off center. I went and kept installing anything about brother cups drivers and it seems to have at least partially worked.
sudo apt-get install brother-cups-wrapper-bh7
sudo apt-get install brother-cups-wrapper-common
sudo apt-get install brother-cups-wrapper-extra

gzt said...

I get the following error msg.:
linux:~ # sudo apt-get install brother-lpr-drivers-extra brother-cups-wrapper-extra
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package brother-lpr-drivers-extra

Anonymous said...

I'm on the road and the extended-stay hotel has one of these in the room.

A quick google search and your instructions got me printing and scanning under Hardy within minutes.


Anonymous said...

I performed the instructions but then I had to reboot for the MFC465CN to show up in the printer database. Worked perfectly. Thanks.

lukemjennings said...

also recommends
apt-cache search

I just learned that one today. Thought I'd share it.

Thanks for the scan info.

Alex said...

i confirm it's ok in ubuntu 8.10 intrepid too ... great guide!

Ron said...

Wow....I have been trying to go totally Linux for over 2 years. The printer problem that I could never solve (except by using HP printers which I don't want to use) was immediately solved with this sudo apt-get command line for my Brother MFC-465CN. Unbelievable!!
I am using Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 3 and it worked immediately. Don't know about the scanner, don't use it, but the printer works great and centered my test page perfectly. Thanks so much....this is why I love the open-source community even though I am still a big noooobie to linux. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Great... still had issues to get this printer working even under Ubuntu 11.10. So your steps are still working, also on newser systems. Many thanks.

Michael said...

Many thanks! I went thru lots of hoops a few years ago on Ubuntu 8. Just set up a new box on Linix Mint 11 and this info work great!

Adam Courtney said...

Thank you so much! This worked perfectly on 12.04! :D

I struggled so much with getting it to work with each ubuntu install from the Brother instructions and had basically given up on the idea! That was unbelievably easy, thanks again. :)