64 Bit systems can be a bit of a challenge when dealing with systems that are even only a year or two old. Example today is setting up my Brother DCP-7065DN printer on a 64 bit install of Ubuntu 12.04. Brother kindly supplies the files, but for 32-bit systems. There is an FAQ that is helpful but incomplete.
So here's how I beat it:
- Install lpr/lpd.
sudo apt-get install lpr
This installs the printing subsystem that CUPS and others depend on, but may not tell you is needed.
- Install the Brother supplied drivers. See Philipp Klaus's blog entry for further details. With lpr/lpd installed, these instructions work well. Be sure to scroll down the page for the Printer instructions.
- Open your standard printer setup dialog. Add a printer. Be sure to specify the correct drivers for the 7065DN. In my case it was located at the top of the list - not sorted in with everything else.
And with that you should be done, and can print/scan.