My team has a mfc-j3720 brother printer but its not supported on linux. any idea how it will work with linux os?
My team has a mfc-j3720 brother printer but its not supported on linux. any idea how it will work with linux os?we are using ubuntu 12.04 version. really need help for our project design. thanks!
Sometimes (but not always) the best Linux to try with driver issues is the...
Sometimes (but not always) the best Linux to try with driver issues is the most recent version of Ubuntu you can download. Make sure that the brother printer you are using prints with Windows (at least WinXP..hopefully Win7...Windows8 and beyond IF you are lucky)..and then:
IF you don't have or can't get an install disk (for the printer),do this:
1. Burn a copy of UbuntuStudio 14..or regular Ubuntu 15 (make sure it
is the live CD/DVD version)..test the printer in Windows 1 more time
2. Reboot into the Live CD/DVD,make sure you have online access..using
Firefox...and do 1 simple update from the Ubuntu Main Server..but do
NOT install any version of Linux at this point.
3. Go into the "places" selection screen/box and see if you get the
drives your system has..main Windows drive..and click on something
simple like notebook in your Windows system files...If it doesn't
come up...go and install the WINE program for Linux (Ubuntu has
WINE versions 1.4 and 1.6 for 64-bit Windows 7 now)..and see if
notebook comes up after you have installed it. Do any updates you
need after that point...but do NOT do a "distribution upgrade".
4. Assuming WINE works and you have a nice little "print" icon in the
window of notebook...see if it prints into the Brother Printer..
and/or asks you to update or install anything you may need (haven't
done this on a Brother printer..but I have used this technique on
old code for Ham/Amateur radio software...WinXP...Windows95 etc.)
Ubuntu will locate a windows wrapper for WINE to use..or advise you (assuming this is not a seriously old program that needs 16-bit Win3.3
code or something...then you would have to mess with DOSBOX or something
similar). Google Brother printers (website) by the way first before you
attempt any of this stuff..see if they already have a driver for your particular Linux version. YES you can recompile a driver (not going into
that one here...but check the blogs on Brother Printers..and be sure they are discussing the Linux version you are considering)...using the
source code from Ubuntu and say transferring it to openSUSE or Fedora.
Good Luck and keep us posted on your results. WW