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    Connecting Multifunction Printer

    Hi, I have a Brother MFC-7860-DW printer/scanner/fax and I am attempting to connect it to my laptop running Ubuntu 12.10. I connected the printer via USB and can print with no issues. Scanning, however, is another story all together.

    I have the simple scan app, but that doesn't seem to work/connect to the printer.

    I looked online, but so far, I've been unsuccessful. I found the place on the Brother website for the scanner drivers and stuff, but when I attempt to follow Brother's directions, I get error messages.

    Like I said, I downloaded the files (both the .DEB and .RPM files) and tried running the commands as the directions on Brother's website lay it out, but it doesn't work...

    root@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:/home/kruxoli# dpkg -i --force-all brscan-skey-0.2.4-0.i386.deb
    dpkg: error processing brscan-skey-0.2.4-0.i386.deb (--install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    brscan-skey-0.2.4-0.i386.deb

    I even tried extracting the file, then replacing the .DEB name with the extracted file name. Still no dice. What am I doing wrong here?

    I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm REALLY new to Ubuntu (been running it for a couple of days now since Windows crapped out on me) and I could really use some simple, step by step directions. Please go easy on me. THANKS!!!

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    Re: Connecting Multifunction Printer

    If you have a .deb package, you should be able to just right click on it and choose "install via software centre" or something very similar to that out of the context menu.

    If you want to install a .deb from the terminal, I believe you should use dpkg.
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    Re: Connecting Multifunction Printer

    The error is basically saying the file isn't in the same directory.

    Some good step-by-step instructions here I found useful when installing Brother printer, check out this thread:

    HOWTO: Ubuntu All Brother Printer & Scanner Driver Installation for Newbies!
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=590793

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    Brother MFC-7860-DW

    so Kruxoli ......if you are still there ........

    if one were re-tracing your steps, one would go here

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...nload_scn.html

    and the 7860 needs the brscan4

    You don't tell us if you have 32bit or 64bit installed

    ........if 32bit..................

    from the Brother site I reckon you should download brscan4-0.4.1-3.i386.deb

    the commands would be ..after your open a terminal ..

    cd Downloads
    sudo dpkg -i --force-all brscan4-0.4.1-3.i386.deb
    ............then check that it was installed ...........

    sudo dpkg -l | grep Brother
    ____________________________

    then the scankeytool ......if 32bit ............

    get it from the page used above:

    ...........close the terminal.......open it again......

    cd Downloads
    sudo dpkg -i --force-all brscan-skey-0.2.4-0.i386.deb
    that should get things installed...........
    Last edited by pdc; January 13th, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

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    Re: Brother MFC-7860-DW

    Quote Originally Posted by pdc View Post
    so Kruxoli ......if you are still there ........

    if one were re-tracing your steps, one would go here

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...nload_scn.html

    and the 7860 needs the brscan4

    You don't tell us if you have 32bit or 64bit installed

    ........if 32bit..................

    from the Brother site I reckon you should download brscan4-0.4.1-3.i386.deb

    the commands would be ..after your open a terminal ..





    ............then check that it was installed ...........



    ____________________________

    then the scankeytool ......if 32bit ............

    get it from the page used above:

    ...........close the terminal.......open it again......




    that should get things installed...........
    Hi, thank you all for your help. I followed the steps quoted above (and yes, I am running 12.10 32-bit), but Simple Scan gives me the following error:

    Failed to scan
    Unable to connect to scanner

    Now, I have the MFC-7860DW plugged into the USB port and I have it set up on a wireless network (which I am also connected to).

    I tried XSane, and I got the following:

    Error
    Failed to open device 'brother4:bus5;dev1':
    Invalid argument.

    UGH. Now what did I do wrong? Sorry, like I said in the OP, I'm really new to this OS, and I could use all the help I can get.

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    Re: Connecting Multifunction Printer

    Simple Scan is a "front engine" to run the back-engine sane


    XSane is a flasher "front engine" to run back-engine sane:

    .........as I understand it.......brscan is an ALTERNATIVE back-engine ..

    ......so you have to use that......

    .........all a bit confusing.............

    I don't have a Brother device, but

    this link

    http://www.driverlook.com/easy-5-ste...iver-on-linux/

    probably says the same as the Brother site.....you have done the first 4 steps already..........

    EDIT: before we run brscan I think you need to edit a file:

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...n1c.html#u9.10

    gksudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/50-udev-default.rules
    ......that should open a blank file in gedit, a text editor, with sudo powers so what you can create is saved to the system ..........

    then copy and paste into the blank page

    # Brother scanners
    ATTRS{idVendor}=="04f9", ENV{libsane_matched}="yes"
    and SAVE and close .....now to get brscan running............

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...tion_scn4.html

    Step 5. Run scan-key-tool and try the test scanning
    5-1. Run scan-key-tool (The program will run as a background process.)
    and in a terminal one copies and pastes

    brscan-skey
    and to check if the scan-key-tool detect your scanner device

    brscan-skey -l
    I am guessing but if you copy and paste

    man brscan-skey
    in a terminal, it may give you a huge series of options ........

    ......do you have an icons created on your system saying brscan? If not we need to create a launcher to give you a GUI launcher, when we sort out which commmand is best ...........

    and here is a FAQ from Brother

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...n/faq_scn.html

    .....that we both may have to work through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........if we can't get things working!

    __________________________________________________ _______________________

    LATE EDIT: more searching..........found this link

    http://raywoodcockslatest.blogspot.c...other-mfc.html

    great how-to: helps me understand the Brother system better

    __________________________________________________ _________________________

    .........but wait.........there's more !!

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...tion_scn5.html

    how to get brscan starting up, when computer starts........

    1. Open "Startup Programs" (System > Preference > Sessions > Startup Programs)
    2. Click "Add"
    3. Type "brscan-skey" and click ok
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    Last edited by pdc; January 16th, 2013 at 01:22 AM.

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    Re: Connecting Multifunction Printer

    Quote Originally Posted by pdc View Post
    Simple Scan is a "front engine" to run the back-engine sane


    XSane is a flasher "front engine" to run back-engine sane:

    .........as I understand it.......brscan is an ALTERNATIVE back-engine ..

    ......so you have to use that......

    .........all a bit confusing.............

    I don't have a Brother device, but

    this link

    http://www.driverlook.com/easy-5-ste...iver-on-linux/

    probably says the same as the Brother site.....you have done the first 4 steps already..........

    EDIT: before we run brscan I think you need to edit a file:

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...n1c.html#u9.10



    ......that should open a blank file in gedit, a text editor, with sudo powers so what you can create is saved to the system ..........

    then copy and paste into the blank page



    and SAVE and close .....now to get brscan running............

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...tion_scn4.html

    Step 5. Run scan-key-tool and try the test scanning
    5-1. Run scan-key-tool (The program will run as a background process.)
    and in a terminal one copies and pastes



    and to check if the scan-key-tool detect your scanner device



    I am guessing but if you copy and paste

    in a terminal, it may give you a huge series of options ........

    ......do you have an icons created on your system saying brscan? If not we need to create a launcher to give you a GUI launcher, when we sort out which commmand is best ...........

    and here is a FAQ from Brother

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...n/faq_scn.html

    .....that we both may have to work through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........if we can't get things working!

    __________________________________________________ _______________________

    LATE EDIT: more searching..........found this link

    http://raywoodcockslatest.blogspot.c...other-mfc.html

    great how-to: helps me understand the Brother system better

    __________________________________________________ _________________________

    .........but wait.........there's more !!

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...tion_scn5.html

    how to get brscan starting up, when computer starts........

    1. Open "Startup Programs" (System > Preference > Sessions > Startup Programs)
    2. Click "Add"
    3. Type "brscan-skey" and click ok
    Hey, thanks again, I really appreciate it.

    OK, so I ran the first script in Terminal and the text editor popped up, but the document wasn't blank. There were two tabs on the document, one was 50-udev-default.rules, and the other was *Untitled Document 1.
    I cut & pasted the stuff you provided into the *Untitled Document 1 tab and hit "save." It then asked me what folder to save it in (I selected rules.d) so I picked, saved and closed the text editor.
    I then ran the next line into Terminal, but nothing happened at all:

    kruxoli@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:~$ brscan-skey
    kruxoli@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:~$

    So I ran the next line:

    kruxoli@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:~$ brscan-skey -l
    kruxoli@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:~$

    Again, nothing happened. And my Brother device is plugged into the USB port and turned on.

    So I ran the next line:

    root@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:/home/kruxoli# man brscan-skey
    No manual entry for brscan-skey
    See 'man 7 undocumented' for help when manual pages are not available.
    root@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:/home/kruxoli#

    And then I saw the last thing you posted, so I typed 'brscan-skey' into the COMMAND line.

    Now, how do I test this to see if it scans?

    And, just so I have this straight, I am not to use Simple Scan or Xsane?

    Sorry for all the questions, as I'm sure you can tell by this point, I'm pretty much lost here...

    I really do appreciate all your help with this.

    And, I do not have any icons that say brscan or anything like that save for the files I downloaded form the Brother site...
    Last edited by Kruxoli; January 16th, 2013 at 07:24 PM. Reason: Forgot to add something...

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    Re: Connecting Multifunction Printer

    first let's see just what you have installed:

    if you copy and paste this command

    sudo dpkg -l | grep brscan
    into a terminal, and copy and paste the result back, it will tell us;

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    Re: Connecting Multifunction Printer

    Quote Originally Posted by pdc View Post
    first let's see just what you have installed:

    if you copy and paste this command



    into a terminal, and copy and paste the result back, it will tell us;
    OK, here's what I got...

    kruxoli@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:~$ sudo dpkg -l | grep brscan
    ii brscan-skey 0.2.4-0 i386 Brother Linux scanner S-KEY tool
    ii brscan4 0.4.1-3 i386 Brother Scanner Driver
    kruxoli@kruxoli-ThinkPad-T60p:~$

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    Re: Connecting Multifunction Printer

    oh dear: it's harder when one does not have one of these devices;

    I now think from further reading that with the brscan installed, that xsane etc should work

    .......eg from here

    I see from here

    to check the configuration with

    brsaneconfig4 -q | grep SCANNER
    and further iterations on brscan

    http://bleedux.wordpress.com/2011/08...-not-printing/

    the final section on scanning

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