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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

MFC-7360 Scanner on OpenSUSE 12.3

(For the non-techie, I am sorry if this post isn't to your liking. This is more like a note to myself, for future reference.)

Recently my laptop's Mint Linux installation started giving me problems. For some reason I have had filesystem errors. I decided to reformat the computer and this time I installed OpenSUSE 12.3, which is a community-based distribution sponsored by Novell. I just wanted to try something different from Ubuntu.

I managed to get the MFC-7360 printer installed. It was a matter of downloading the RPM installers from the Brother Linux website.

However I had some trouble getting the scanner to work. OpenSUSE relies on the sane-backends package to work, and SANE only lists four non-working scanners.

Note that MFC-7360 is listed as 04f9:024d if you look up lsusb.

Here's what I did to get it working.


1. Install the RPM packages for brscan4 and brscan-key.

2. Edit /etc/udev/rules.d/55-libsane.rules. Just before "# The following rule...." enter the following:
# Brother
ATTRS{idVendor}=="04f9", MODE="0664", GROUP="lp", ENV{libsane_matched}="yes"

3. Edit /etc/sane.d/dll.conf. Enter the following:
brother4
brother

4. Edit (or create) /etc/sane.d/brother.conf. Enter the following:
#port /dev/usb/lp0
usb 0x04f9 0x024d

5. Restart the system.

That's it actually. Yay, now I can scan...

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