Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting a Brother MFC-8480 to scan in Ubuntu 10.04

This Brother multi-function printer/scanner/fax actually has support for scanning documents in Ubuntu. The directions, which are somewhat scattered, are posted here:

1. This Brother printer is classified as the brscan3 model, so we can download it from here:

2. sudo dpkg -i /tmp/brscan3-0.2.11-2.amd64.deb

3. sudo brsaneconfig3 -a name=MyScanner model=BR8480TDN IP=

4. sudo apt-get install sane xsane

5. Click on Graphics->Simple Scan. You can start scanning by clicking the "Start Scan" button.

To verify your drivers are installed properly:

dpkg -l | grep
sudo brsaneconfig3 -q

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