Linux printer all in one drivers

This is definitely one area in which Linux lags behind in is hardware support; especially with printer/all in one devices. Being a long time Suse user, it was lately recommended that I switch to Ubuntu as a possible solution to my inability to get my Brother MFC5840CN working with Linux. Both distros seem to detect the machine but no ink on paper yet. Brother says they have drivers on their site [http://solutions.brother.com/linux/en_us/index.html] and a BR-Script PPD file is suppose to ship on the install cd. Both have been a negative so far. No Linux ppd file on cd and online drivers do not have enough organized info. for me to resolve the issue. Anyone care to help, chime in! btw Ubuntu seems to be leading the pack with ease of use and functionality as well as striving to maintain true Linux roots. Am using 7.10 and working/playing with 8.04 beta currently.


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brother drivers

My grandson had problems with brother drivers for SUSE too. It turned out that there was another "little" thing that had to be loaded first. Not sure whether I read it on the brother site or linuxquestions.org


mfc5840cn driver installation

Thanx for trying here, I had already found and did that application/file installation and other recommended stuff which I can't recall. I need a memory upgrade myself!!! I was sure I had printer drivers on there But something was lacking until I just decided to download the fax and scanner drivers and click on them on the desk top and then click on the install button that appeared and after these were in there then MFC5840cn started showing in the gui configuration and I was able to print and scan......haven't figgered out how to use the scan portion yet as it looks like I have to choose a driver/file from about 8-12 to get it configured. Apparently the cups bug everyone is talking about online is only that the drivers seem to work in concert and if one is missing then it appears buggy. Just call me clueless!!! Don't know how or why but now it's working to a tolerable point and M$ can goin the waste basket.


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the scan portion

Re: ".....haven't figgered out how to use the scan portion yet as it looks like I have to choose a driver/file from about 8-12 to get it configured."

Try to use the application XSane image scanner; found in Applications > Graphics > XSane Image Scanner. Then you'll know if your scanner works. :)

You may also want to turn on the Ubuntu restricted extras. Doing so seams to make everything work better. Go to Applications > Add/Remove > then in the top middle of the window there's a drop-down menu that says "Show:Canonical Maintained Applications" Hit the drop-down arrow and change it to "All available applications." Then type Ubuntu in the search box. Check the box by "Ubuntu Restricted Extras" then click the Apply Changes button.

Afterwards run an update.

Thomas


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