6 years ago
  Brother (Printer)
  Mint (older version)
  Works fine with some minor problems
What works:

I have a Brother HL-1210w mono laser printer.

Linux mint 17.2 identified it and installed it under a label HL-1210W-series describing it as "Brother HL-1230 Foomatic/hl1250 (recommended)"

What doesn't work:

Using the recommended driver Brother HL-1230 Foomatic/hl1250 resulted in very poor print quality, with some lines incomprehensible and strange blotches under descending letters like y p g etc

What was done to make it work:

I downloaded the correct drivers from the Brother website

30/10/2014 (3.0.1-1)

LPR printer driver (deb package)

CUPSwrapper printer driver (deb package)

Additional notes:

The Brother website included instructions for installing the drivers from CLI but I encountered errors following them. Instead I right-clicked on the packages and selected "Open With GDebi Package Installer" which worked fine.