I have installed this printer and scanner a few times but this time something went wrong the last time due to me not paying attention to what I was doing. So here are the instructions and how to avoid doing what I did that resulted in an error message.
You will need to download some drivers from the Brother website.
You will need the two following files for the printer:
For the scanner you will need:
Get them from here
Download them and have them on your desktop.
First thing that I did wrong the last time was the very first step. So ENSURE PRINTER IS PLUGGED IN THE USB AND SWITCHED ON!
Place driver on desktop and open a terminal (to open a terminal just type ‘terminal’ in the box after clicking on ‘dash home’):
You need to type an instruction that has system wide authority (what is known as ‘root’ authority) so to do that the word ‘sudo’ goes in front of the command.
You will need to copy the first command below (sudo dpkg -i –force-all /home/graham/Desktop/brdcp7030lpr-2.0.2-1.i386.deb) then right click in the Terminal and paste it in, then press enter. You can paste it in in two stages.
First you can paste in
sudo dpkg -i –force-all
Then you go to the driver on your desktop and right click on it and choose Copy. This will get the full address of the driver including your user name. You then paste it into the terminal so you get a complete command like this (make sure it is your user name that appears in the command, not mine) and press Enter:
sudo dpkg -i –force-all /home/graham/Desktop/brdcp7030lpr-2.0.2-1.i386.deb
You will then be asked for your password, enter it and press Enter. Then paste this next command in (with your name, not mine) and press enter:
sudo dpkg -i –force-all /home/graham/Desktop/cupswrapperDCP7030-2.0.2-1.i386.deb
Then in the terminal check the printer has installed by pasting in the following and pressing Enter:
dpkg -l | grep Brother
You should see your printer mentioned.
Next you are going to look into a file on your machine that controls things. To do this you are going to open your text editor called Gedit, but you will do it so that it can open and save ‘read only’ files. So in the terminal you paste the following:
sudo gedit /etc/printcap
For USB Connection (Default) you will want to see that the parameter of lp is “:lp=/dev/usb/lp0”
Then restart printer by pasting in this next command and pressing enter:
sudo restart /etc/init.d/lps
INSTALLING THE SCANNER
To install the scanner you need to have a small hidden programme on your machine called ‘sane-utils’. To ensure you have it installed already, make sure you have a scanner programme installed from the Software Centre (the shopping bag icon in your launcher open the Software Centre) such as ‘Simple Scan’ or ‘Xsane Image Scanning’ (which I prefer).
Run in terminal (you should be good at this by now):
sudo dpkg -i –force-all /home/graham/Desktop/brscan3-0.2.11-4.i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i –force-all /home/graham/Desktop/brscan-skey-0.2.3-0.i386.deb
Then run scan-key-tool and try the test scanning.
Run scan-key-tool (The program will run as a background process). To do that you paste in:
Then to check if the scan-key-tool detects your scanner device by pasting in:
Now you are going to edit a ‘read only’ file at ‘/lib/udev/rules.d/40-libsane.rules’. If you want to read a bit more about how to do this you can go to a previous post of mine here. This time we will do it the quick way.
Step 1. Paste in the following command and a text document will open. Now this is a bit of the programme that runs your machine so DO NOT DELETE ANYTHING. The command is:
sudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/40-libsane.rules
Step 2. You will see a long list of devices and you are going to add yours. You do this by adding the following two lines to the end of the device list. This is where I went wrong, I pasted them in the wrong place. It didn’t do any harm, but the scanner didn’t work.
The two lines must go after where is says: LABEL=”libsane_usb_rules_begin” and before the line “# The following rule will disable …”
I recommend you stick it after LABEL=”libsane_usb_rules_begin” so you don’t have to go to the bottom of the list.
The two lines to be pasted in are:
# Brother scanners
THEN SAVE THE TEXT DOCUMENT or the changes you have just made will be lost and you will have to do that bit again.
Now reboot the machine and both your printer and scanner should work great.
Now you deserve cake!