More than likely any problems you've had with this printer have to do with the pre-checks on the Brother website since those are located in at least 3 different places. You'd think that doing the pre-checks for Ubuntu/Debian 64bit would cover everything ??? Not so because the Brother site, at least some parts of it, are not set up in a common sense manner (IMO) with all requirements in one neat little area. This tutorial will get your MFC-J410W printer working with USB, step by step, on your Xubuntu/Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 and 12.04 machine. This should probably work for Kubuntu too.
Network printing help is at the bottom !!!
First go to the Brother driver download page and download both the cupswrapper driver as well as the lpr driver deb files. Here's the link to the drivers, make sure you select the correct printer. It's easy to accidentally click the wrong link on that page.
Don't connect the printer yet, but have it ready to be connected. Before you do anything else, note that ia32-libs or lib32stdc++ is required to be installed. Open up the synaptic package manager, it should ask you for your user/login password. Search for ia32-libs and mark it for installation (over 200 MB of total data on my machine).
Not familiar with Synaptic Package Manager ??? Search for an item in the searchbox at the top of the open Synaptic Package Manager window. When found, click on the item to select it, then right click that item to mark it for installation. Click on APPLY at the bottom of the Synaptic window and that item will be installed.
ia32-libs is what I installed since I noticed some dependency issues on my system when I checked the other (lib32stdc++) file first.
Now then, it's probably already installed, but just to be safe make sure that you have sane-utils installed as well. Use synaptic to look for that too. When finished, go ahead and close the synaptic package manager. Awesome, now let's access that dreaded (kidding) terminal. Don't worry, this will be copy 'n' paste with a little bit of common sense. Once the terminal is open, issue this command (it's also part of the precheck requirements, your login PWD may be required):
Okay, at this point we need to gain access to the folder with the previously downloaded files. Assuming this to be the default "Downloads" folder in your home directory, enter this command in your open terminal (adjust as needed):
sudo mkdir /var/spool/lpd
Don't do anything else. Go ahead and connect your printer to the USB port now before entering the following command in the terminal:
That was the installation of the LPR driver as required. Now let's install the cupswrapper driver with this command (the command takes awhile to complete):
sudo dpkg -i --force-all mfcj410wlpr-1.1.3-1.i386.deb
When you see this as the last line in the terminal again, the command has completed:
sudo dpkg -i --force-all mfcj410wcupswrapper-1.1.3-1.i386.deb
At this point you may (depends on which *buntu version & type) have already received a status message on your screen, something like ... printer installed ...
For network printer installation ... you need your printer's IP, then follow instructions at the bottom of this link/page:
If you're not doing the network printer installation, let's check your USB connected printer now ....
Go to your main application menu (system) and open up the printing application, your printer should already be listed there. Now RIGHT CLICK on the printer model icon (should be MFC-J410W) and make sure that ENABLED & SHARED are checked. Also make sure that you check the line for SET AS DEFAULT
Almost done ... Right click the printer icon again and then select PROPERTIES to open the printer functions. Under ... Tests & Maintenance ... click the print test page button. It should print. If so, you're finished. Yey, big clap on the back !!!
In hindsight, some things to keep in mind .... The Linux kernel changed significantly within the past 6 months, Brother updated these drivers from another version in the past 6 months, and huge changes are taking place with the new 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support) upgrade of Ubuntu/Xubuntu. Any of those may be contributing factors that could explain why your MFC-J410W printer stopped working even though you had it working already earlier. If this tutorial worked for you, be sure to get rid of any downloaded files or instructions for this printer that are not current. It's one of the problems that I ran into ... using the newer drivers with my older instructions. To my knowledge this tutorial for this MFC-J410W is the most current & detailed tutorial.
Good luuck, and enjoy printing (again) ...
Update ... Very Important ... Read this too! If your version of Xubuntu is 11.10 and you finally got this printer working, do not under any circumstances allow for any more updates from the update manager until you're ready to actually upgrade to another Xubuntu version such as 12.04 ... because my printer worked just fine until I let the Update Manager do its thing day before yesterday ... and now my printer is no longer working. Tried fresh install from scratch, no luck. Double, triple, and quadruple checked dependencies as well as re-installing the required ones, still no luck. Tried trouble shooting & network printing, still no luck. The rinter simply won't work at all anymore since the updates were installed. This problem should only exist with Xubuntu 11.10