Installing the Brother MFC 9840cdw driver on Ubuntu

When I had Ubuntu 8.04, I’d struggled my way through installing the official Brother driver from the Brother Linux site.

Since then I’ve upgraded a couple of times to 9.10, and had not reinstalled my printer. It turns out Ubuntu has made life much easier for us Brother printer owners – so these days there’s no reason not to install the printer driver, especially if the printer is networked.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Synaptic Package Manager
  2. Search for 9840. You should see two packages:
  3. Select those for installation (along with their required packages).
  4. Go to System->Administration->Printing and press the “New Printer” button.
  5. After a “Search for new printers” message comes up and goes away, expand “Network Printers”.
  6. If you’re lucky like me, you’ll see your printer there. I chose to use the one that was found by IP address (LPD Network Printer via DNS-SD).
  7. Then I printed a test page, which shot a bunch of colour toner out. (If I had to do it over again, I would have just printed from Firefox to save toner.)
  8. Finally, I did System->Preferences->Default Printer to set the new printer as the default.

That does the printer; next you’ll want the scanner. This isn’t quite as straightforward, since the scanner stuff isn’t in Synaptic. Again I’m assuming it’s set up on a network:

  1. Make sure you’ve already installed xsane and its requirements.
  2. Download the .deb for brscan3 from the Brother web site. If you’re like me, you want the 32-bit version.
  3. Install the driver with:
    $ sudo dpkg  -i  --force-all brscan3-0.2.11-2.i386.deb
  4. Configure the scanner:
    $ brsaneconfig3 -a name=SCANNER model=MFC-9840CDW ip=aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd

    (where aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd is your MFC-9840’s IP address).

  5. Verify the driver installed:
    $ brsaneconfig3 -q | grep SCANNER
      0 SCANNER             "MFC-9840CDW"       I:aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd
  6. Run xsane and it should find the scanner.

One Response to Installing the Brother MFC 9840cdw driver on Ubuntu

  1. danrollo says:

    Many thanks for this post. I had installed the drivers, but never did the brsaneconfig3 steps.

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