Media type for Brother HL-2500BN

Asked by Tim Jackson on 2016-11-17

Trying to upgrade my system to Ubuntu 16.04LTS, my HL-2500BN laser printer connects and prints OK, but the properties menu does not include any entry for setting brMediaType, required for printing on envelopes etc. This worked OK on 12.04.

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Did you upgrade to 14.04 in between or did you wipe off Precise and do a clean install of Xenial ?

Tim Jackson (tim-tim-jackson) said : #2

Clean install. I am running 12 and 16 on different disks. I had previously some time ago attempted to upgrade 12 to 14, but installation failed, I'm not sure why.

How did you install the driver (if at all)?


Tim Jackson (tim-tim-jackson) said : #4

Apologies for typo in title line, this is HL-2250DN printer, not 2500.

Installation was by System Settings / Printing / Add printer
Discovered two network printer options: LPD and DNS-SD
LPD option did not connect
DNS-SD option worked, except as indicated.
Driver installation was by following default "(recommended)" lines of automatic installation process.

I note that /etc/cups/ppd now contains one file: "Brother-HL-2250DN.ppd"

Brother make drivers for their devices. Update the driver using that. May help

Tim Jackson (tim-tim-jackson) said : #6

Brother does not offer a .ppd file for this printer
They offer a cupswrapper/LPD driver which is what I had been using under 12.04
Attempting to install this using their installer on 16.04 installs but gives a "ubuntu internal error" and does not connect.

Are you sure of the model number?

Tim Jackson (tim-tim-jackson) said : #8

It is an HL-2250DN, as I corrected in an earlier message. I seem to have got my fingers in a twist when typing the title.

Then run:


sudo dpkg -i hl2250dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb

Once that installs, run:


sudo dpkg -i cupswrapperHL2250DN-2.0.4-2.i386.deb

You can then remove the printer you have setup and reboot, then setup the printer as you expect.

Brother loves Linux and make drivers for a lot of their range

Tim Jackson (tim-tim-jackson) said : #12

Doing "sudo dpkg -i hl2250dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb" gives me an error: "depends on libc6 ( >=2.3.4-1)."

My machine is an AMD64, is this connected with the problem?

Then run:

sudo apt-get -f install

Tim Jackson (tim-tim-jackson) said : #14

That seems to have fixed it. Deleted previous efforts and reinstalled printer using DNS-SD path and it now gets the correct menus.