Ubuntu 10.04 with Brother DCP-357c

My home computer is still running Windows XP.
The main reason for this is my printer. It’s a Brother DCP-357c.

For a long time I tried to make it work under Ubuntu.
I was giving up the hope that it would ever work.
After upgrading my laptop to Ubuntu 10.04 I thought to give it one more try.


Here’s how I did it.

First install the Brother drivers with Synaptic. Search for “Brother” and you will find the following packages.

Install them for printing support.

Then download and install brscan2 from the Brother site.
You can find it here.

Open a terminal and type


You’ll get a output similar like this:

Bus 006 Device 002: ID 04f9:01e4 Brother Industries, Ltd DCP-357C

After ID you will find the Vendor ID (04f9) and the Product ID (01e4)
You will need both of them, so remember them.

In the terminal type the following:

gksudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/40-libsane.rules

Add the following lines to the end of the hardware list

#Brother DCP-357C
ATTRS{idVendor}==”04f9″, ATTRS{idProduct}==”01e4″, ENV{libsane_matched}=”yes”

Save the file and restart your computer.
After the restart Ubuntu will find your printer but gives the message that the correct drivers are not installed.
Chose to manually select the driver and select the Brother DCP-353C. Print the test page and everything should work like a charm.

Try to scan with “Simple scan” from the menu. This should work also.

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  1. Hello everybody,
    hello Jorink,

    I have an dcp-357c as well.
    Now I have installed those 2 brother-* packages and the udev-rules have been edited.

    My question is: why do i need to download brscan2 manually and not via the softwarecenter of ubuntu? And what happens when I don’t get that brscan2 stuff?

    Can anybody help here?


    • Hi Stefan.

      I didn’t know that brscan2 was available in the software center. Brscan2 is only needed to scan with your brother all in one.

      Hope this will help you.

  2. Aeh, yeah
    I did not find it in the repo of Ubuntu.
    But then i will downloaded it manually from brother.

    Thanks a lot.

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