Configuring Brother MFC-240C Scanner on Ubuntu

On a previous post, I was able to show you how to install Brother MFC-240C printer on Ubuntu. However, this device is not only a printer. It also has a scanner built on it. For the scanner to work on Ubuntu, follow these simple steps.

First, install sane and xsane packages.

sudo apt-get install sane xsane

XSane will be the program that will be used for the scanning later on.

Download the Brother Scanner driver here. You need to download the debian brscan2 driver ver. 0.2.5-1.

Install the Brother Scanner driver that you have downloaded. Make sure that the executable bit of this package is enabled.

sudo dpkg -i brscan2-0.2.5-1.i386.deb

Grant permissions to the scanner using the command:

sudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/50-udev-default.rules

Search for the line containing # ‘libusb’ device nodes

Change MODE="0664" to MODE="0666"

Restart your computer and the scanner should work now. Logging off will not do the trick.

After the installation, you would notice that even after configuring the scanner properly, the START button on the printer would not trigger the system to start scanning. This is because you have to install the scan-key-tool package.

Download the Brother Scanner driver here. You need to download the debian scan-key-tool driver ver. 0.2.1-3.

Make sure that this is executable and install the package.

sudo dpkg -i brscan-skey-0.2.1-3.i386.deb

Run the tool in the terminal


Make sure that it is running by issuing the command:

brscan-skey -l

Press the START button on the printer and see if you get something like this from the console:

# scan from SCANNER(brother2:net1;dev0) to /root/brscan/brscan.sP7525
scanimage: rounded value of br-x from 215.9 to 215.88
scanimage: rounded value of br-y from 355.6 to 355.567

I really just have not figured out where this saves the file though.

3 thoughts on “Configuring Brother MFC-240C Scanner on Ubuntu”

  1. Ubuntu 12.04 – Downloaded from Brother site exactly went into terminal as directed it did not work showed up in downloads cut and paste as per this article

    x@x-System-Product-Name:~$ sudo dpkg -i brscan2-0.2.5-1.i386.deb
    [sudo] password for x:
    dpkg: error processing brscan2-0.2.5-1.i386.deb (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:

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