MFC8500 drivers installation


I’m trying to install drivers for Brother MFC8500 on an openSUSE 11, I got the 2 RPM files from the support web site. mfc8500lpr-1.1.2-1.i386.rpm and cupswrapperMFC8500-1.0.2-1.i386.rpm.

cupswrapperMFC8500-1.0.2-1.i386.rpm will not install, it wants lpr, mfc8500lpr-1.1.2-1.i386.rpm will not install, it breaks because it lacks access to .gvfs

Any ideas? Thanks, David L.

You need install the following packages:


easy way- as root on the command line:

zypper in cups-client gvfs gvfs-backends

good luck


welcome to Suse forums, DavidLen;

greenmachine has given all the information hopefully to get you up and running

the Brother website advises to install the lpr before the cups, as you set out to do; interesting to hear it will not install the cups if the lpr is not already installed;

Brother also advise a preinstall step before the lpr driver is installed; it is prerequired procedure no3 on this page;

Brother Solutions Center : Brother Driver for Linux Distributions

ubuntu needs more steps; rpm only needs this single one:

Creating a symbolic link is required before the installation

ln -s /etc/init.d/cups /etc/init.d/lpd

don’t know if it is crucial; brother advise it

looks like you need the brscan driver for the scanner section of your MFC-8500 Brother printer on OpenSuse installation; are you 32 bit of 64bit?

interested to hear how all the functions go

all best wishes

it’s not working, take a look:
David L.