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Old 10-18-2018, 12:50 AM   #1
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Printer install using brother (mfg) drivers

I have a brother network printer/scanner (MFC-9420CN).

I tried to install the drives from Brother thru their Driver Install Tool from It told me I needed cups, so I sudo apt install cups, then run the brother tool, seems to work. Except it doesn't print.

Previously on a different computer I installed the bodhi print support from appcenter and all was well until I wanted to scan. To solve that I ended up using the driver install tool. They do have debs for scan and print without the installer, but I felt like my printer was printing slower than it did under windows (maybe my imagination) so I wanted to try the mfg driver for print while I was at it. It works fine, although now I have the printer listed twice when I go to print.

Do I still need the bodhi print support from appcenter, or perhaps there's some other simple fix? The computer only has a 10GB hard drive so I try not to install anything unless absolutely necessary, I thought maybe I wouldn't need that by installing the driver package from mfg..
Old 10-18-2018, 01:45 AM   #2
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You need drivers for your printer of course.
I have Samsung C480W multi purpose printer and I had also some troubles with printing under BL 5. It printed, but some weird chars and took lots of paper. After installing cups I used Firefox to set printer. I mean I went to where is cups settings. It pop up dialog for admin. I put there my Bodhi account login and password. I had to manually delete my printer and add it again. This solved my issue.
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:39 PM   #3
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I have a Brother "4-in 1" printer model MFC-475DW and it is easy to install in any Ubuntu based distro. Just download Brother's .deb install script from their support site ( ) to your Downloads folder, open terminal and enter cd Downloads and then run sudo bash ~/Downloads/linux-brprinter* It will have you input your printer's model # and then install everything you need for the printer & scanner (if you have an all in one model). It will give you the option of installing usb or network....your preference.


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