Install Brother Scan Drivers

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Summarized from the Brother scanner installation page and modified to work with Mepis.

  • 1. Make sure latest versions of "sane" are installed from the Mepis repositories via Synaptic
  • 2. Download the latest driver depending on your model and architecture (32 or 64 bit -- choose 32bit if in doubt)
  • 3. Install the brother scanner driver by double-clicking on it. This will most likely open kpackage which works nicely. Click "install" (at the bottom), and then "install" again in the next window that pops up. You will need to enter your root password to continue. If you see "result=0" in the window that means the driver installed properly. Close both windows. If result={something else} you have a problem. MEPIS Community forum is there if you need help.
  • 4. Modify in /etc/fstab the line:
procbususb /proc/bus/usb usbfs rw 0 0

to show:

procbususb /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto,devmode=0666,rw 0 0
  • 5. Modify the USB access control by entering the below lines in a console as root (hit enter after each line):
umount /proc/bus/usb
mount /proc/bus/usb
mknod -m 666 /dev/usbscanner c 180 48
  • 6. Change access permissions to the device in /etc/udev/rules.d/025_libsane.rules by adding these lines:
# For brother
SYSFS{idVendor}=="04f9", MODE="666", GROUP="scanner"

somewhere between:

SUBSYSTEM!="usb_device", GOTO="libsane_rules_end"


  • 7. Reboot and test by opening Kooka (the KDE Scan & OCR program) -- check in Kmenu > graphics


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