Ubuntu – Brother printer not printing


My Lubuntu 15.04 OS in an HP Notebook can connect, detect and has the drivers for a Brother MFC-J625DW Inkjet Multi-function printer. The Printer is wireless and is connected to other non-Linux computers in the same network.

But when I try to make a test print, it shows that it is "Unable to locate printer".

I've also tried using the default System Tools > Printers > "Add" after the drivers have been install. Same result.

I found an old fix (which I can't find anymore) involving using the IP address, rather than the Device URI. However, although it can locate the printer, it no longer responds and remains "Idle" after the command.

I've tried a long string of drivers as suggested here, but decided to remove them after it had no effect on the printer.

sudo apt-get install brother-cups-wrapper-common brother-cups-wrapper-extra brother-cups-wrapper-laser brother-cups-wrapper-laser1 brother-cups-wrapper-mfc9420cn

Anything else I should try?


I think this info would mean something

  • http://localhost:631 contains the printer, but behaves the same way (Either Idle, or Unable to Locate)

  • Running the IP address of my printer sends me to a page containing its name and links to AirPrint and Google Cloud Print

Best Answer

Brother's printers are best installed via their own drivers, repositories, and such (in my experience). I have an MFC-7630n printer, but I suspect that the procedure will be similar.

So you can go here to download all the drivers and install them (this should bring you to your model): http://support.brother.com/g/b/downloadlist.aspx?c=it&lang=it&prod=mfcj625dw_all&os=128&flang=English

Then you should assign a static IP address to your printer via your router interface or DHCP server and make sure it can be reached from your computers.

Finally, you should add the printer to your system and configure it to use an lpd string pointing to the IP you assigned it before plus the model name.

Mine is configured like this. Change your settings accordingly:

  • Connection: lpd://
  • Driver: Current - Brother MFC7360N for CUPS

(See comments below for OP's solution, based on this)

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