While working on a friends computer he asked if I could install the printer software for his Brother printer so I downloaded and attempted to install the Brother MFL-Pro Suite onto his computer. After downloading and unpacking the software I clicked down into what I thought was the correct folder and attempted to run the Setup.exe file to install the Brother printer software but I received an error which is explained below along with the correct information for installing the Brother MFL-Pro Suite software.
For some reason today I could not scan an item on our Brother MFC-5890CN printer to my Windows 7 laptop today at the computer shop. It has been a couple weeks since I needed to scan something to my computer however it has never had a problem in the past. Today though when I attempted to scan a document using the Brother ControlCenter3 software it failed to connect to the Brother printer. The interesting thing is that when I attempted to configure the device remotely using the same Brother ControlCenter3 software it worked without an issue. I initially thought it was some form of firewall issue either on my computer or on the firewall at the computer shop however that was not the issue. Below I describe the error in more detail as well as how I resolved the problem.
I have just spent about 2 days trying to get my printer at the shop working and I finally did so i figured I would share the results of two days of head bashing on the keyboard. It seems the MFC-5890cn is not a very popular printer so there are no drivers included with CUPS for it. Normally you can go to Linux Printing and get a PPD file but in this situation the printer was not listed in Linux printing. Below I will outline the steps I used to get this printer going in Linux.
I needed to scan some documents to my 64-Bit Windows 7 Ultimate laptop earlier today at the computer shop so I had to install the shop’s MFC-5890CN printer/scanner/fax. The CD that came with the Brother MFC-5890CN device did not include Windows 7 drivers in 32-Bit or 64-Bit format but I was able to locate the drivers on the web. The instructions below will assist installing the device on Windows 7 64-Bit including the ability to scan documents and images from the MFC-5890CN device to your Windows 7 computer.
Earlier today I needed to scan in a receipt at the computer shop so I needed to configure the Brother MFC-5980CN all in one printer on my laptop. One of the things that always gets on my nerves about scanning in documents on most scanners is that by default it opens Microsoft Paint which is the worst application for image editing. Below are directions on how to modify the default application for scanning in images on the MFC-5980CN printer from MS Paint to Photoshop.