Printer Brother MFC-L8600 not printing

I am using Zorin 16.3. If I have omitted any info please let me know.

I have just installed the Brother printer drivers from the Brother website for the Brother printer model MFC-L8600:
my brother printer model

everything went well until I got to the question of do you want to specify the device URI? with 2 options, one for USB users choose no and for network users choose yes and device URI number, I unfortunately chose no. If I remember correctly choosing yes gives you a numbered list from which you can enter your IP address. I didn't remember this choice and now the printer is not printing anything, it is hanging at a test page print. I finished the installation with no problems except for the above.

How can I revert the installation of the Brother printer drivers so I can choose the correct choice under the installation tool instructions?

Or is there another way?
Thanks for any insight...

I would delete the install and start fresh.

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In Zorin 17 you can change it in settings afterwards, I maybe it is like that in Zorin 16.3 also? In Zorin 17 I go to "Settings" - "Printers", then under my printer listing I click on "Additional Printer Settings...", then in new window right click on my printer icon and click "Properties", and there you can click "Change..." at "Device URI", here is a image:

And then you have "Enter URI" among other things you can change:

I think all you need to do is on the "Settings" - "Printers" click on the gears icon and then "Remove Printer", and then you can run your setup steps in terminal again:


@ERZ thank you for your reply. One of my questions above was how to uninstall the drivers so I can go through the installation again. I don't know yet how to uninstall the Brother printer drivers.

@emit thanks for your help. Before I remove the printer, I have the following questions:

I am used to entering the IP address for the printer. What is an URI? what do I enter there when I get to the Select Device ---- Enter URI.

Second question:

do you think that if I remove the printer under Settings --- Printers, will it remove the .deb packages I installed from the Brother website or how do I go about removing those packages so I can run the install again?

I am still learning....

I am going to mark this as solved. Thank you @emit. You led me in the right direction. I will later come back and post what I did to solve it. Got to go.

Thank you both @emit and @ERZ .

This CUPS page might help you:


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I don't think removing printer under "Settings" - "Printer" will remove any packages, but I think it is helpful to remove before installing it again, so that there is only one printer icon in the settings.

Regarding your questions, I am not sure. Personally i just followed the Zorin guide for Brother printers at Printers and Scanners - Zorin Help - but I did had to fiddle a little with the settings in Zorin Menu" - "Settings" - "Printers" - “Additional Printer Settings…” - "Properties", among others I needed to change it to be "Network printer".

I am sorry I can't be of much help. Maybe it is best to remove the "Solution" on my reply, so that it is bigger chances that others with better knowledge can give you better answers.


thanks for your help and that link, I have it bookmarked now. As it turned out the solution was much simpler that I though. Below I will explain what I did.

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As it turned out, I did not remove the printer or any of the drivers. Your printer pictures reminded me of being able to change settings on the printer I had already installed. I went back to Printers and right clicked on the additional printer settings button and then right clicked on the printer icon that showed up. Under properties I changed the settings under Settings and Device URI, hit the change button and
went down under Network Printer on left, clicked the ipp option and filled out the URI with:

ipp://<IP address of printer>:631/binary_p1

where you enter your IP address after the ipp:// part and before :631
after I did that, my printer drivers where recognized and I was able to print a test page with good results.

But next time, I will know to answer yes when the Brother Printer installer tool asks if I want use the network option. Thanks again for your help, and I hope this post is not as clear as mud :slight_smile: