This post has actually been stuck in drafts for a very long time…but I figured I had a little time so I’d polish it up and throw it out there!
In this post we’re going to cover how to get a Brother MFC-490CW scanner working on 64bit ubuntu!
First off install the brother scanner packages just as you would any other .deb
This package handles the actual scanning functionality
sudo dpkg -i brscan3-0.2.11-4.amd64.deb
This package allows the scan to pc buttons on the scanner to work
sudo dpkg -i brscan-skey-0.2.1-3.amd64.deb
We need to link the scanner libraries so that xsane detects the scanner:
sudo cp -a /usr/lib64/sane/libsane-brother* /usr/lib/sane/ sudo cp /usr/lib64/libbrscandec3.so.1.0.0 /usr/lib sudo cp /usr/lib64/sane/libsane-brother3.so.1.0.7 /usr/lib/sane sudo cp /usr/lib64/sane/libsane-brother3.so.1 /usr/lib/sane sudo cp /usr/lib64/sane/libsane-brother3.so /usr/lib/sane sudo cp /usr/lib64/libbrscandec3.so /usr/lib sudo cp /usr/lib64/libbrscandec3.so.1 /usr/lib
After that follow the standard instructions on installing the driver using the brscan3 tool and everything should just magically work!