Setting Up Brother MFC-L2700DW on Ubuntu


Tested on: Xubuntu 14.04, 14.10 & Lubuntu 14.04, 14.10

UPDATE: This article will no longer help you. I was going to remove it, but when I noticed the traffic and rankings it had on Google I decided to post a link from here to the updated instructions. This blog will cease to exist in the future. For now you can find the updated information on my tech notebook.

I mentioned, in my review of the Brother MFC-L2700DW, that the one thing I disliked about the printer was it’s difficulty to setup. It is difficult to setup because there are no clear step by step instructions available for doing it. I have had to piece together little bits of information from all over the Internet in order to make the printer work. Finally, I’ve gotten a process down, and can now quickly setup this printer on a Ubuntu machine.

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Single Best Printer We Have Ever Owned – We Love The Brother MFC-L2700DW


I waited a while to write this review because so often I get a product and it works great, but then a few months later something goes wrong or I uncover something about it that I can’t stand. Fortunately, even having had it for several months, that has not happened with my Brother MFC-L2700DW. This printer has, for the most part, been simply amazing.

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Re-Docking Toolbars to the Top Of Window in LibreOffice Writer


floatingToolbarSo you’ve decided to drag a tool bar out of the upper dock point and use it someplace else on the screen. Or perhaps you’ve opened a new toolbar and would like to dock it along the top of writer. Whatever your reasoning, If you’ve found this page it’s likely because you’ve come to realize the procedure for doing this activity has got to be the least intuitive thing possible. Continue reading

Integrating Dropbox With Thunar

menuWDropboxI have been using XFCE via Xubuntu for quite some time now and one of the things I’ve found really annoying is the lack of integration of Dropbox in Thunar. It’s simple to install Dropbox itself on any version of Ubuntu, but unlike many of the other file managers there is no package in the standard repositories for tying Dropbox to Thunar . The following will install Dropbox and the integration.

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Disable TouchPad in XUbuntu While Typing

The most annoying thing about running a laptop has got to be when you are in the middle of typing and the palm of your hand sets down, or almost sets down, on your touch pad causing the cursor to leap to where your mouse was and your text to either get deleted, or you begin typing someplace unintended. This is how to deal with it!

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Gdebi Improperly Configured

Distro: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
GDebi Version: 0.8.5build1
Confirmed Dekstops Effected: KDE 4.11, LXDE, XFCE 4.10

When intalling gdebi on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS the default settings make it impossible to install deb files by double clicking them in a file manager. GKSU will continue to ask for the administrator password over and over again.

To fix this problem open a terminal and type


Change the authentication mode from su to sudo.

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Installing Linux Mint 13 with KDE

LinuxMintInstalling Linux Mint 13 with KDE is actually a very simple process. I’m going to install it to dual boot with another operating system (in this case Windows 7) since it is the more complicated of the installs. I’ll also manually mess with the partitions so you can see how to handle it if you need to do that. This install will work even if it’s the only operating system on the hard drive, you’ll simply skip resizing a partition to hold windows (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you will when we get to that point).

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In The Beginning…

I have blogged for several years, but have never done anything serious with it. Most of my posts have been under pseudonyms. Starting this blog came about because a friend of mine and I share some common interests, and we thought we could work together to provide some entertainment and possibly a service. Our faith is a primary part of our life, and you can expect to see a lot of posting along that line. But we also enjoy technology. Perhaps, as time goes on we can find a few more writers to put some work into things. For now, it’s the two of us pounding out the content.

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