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New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 printer.

Postby Kelley_Green on Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:31 am

This thread was called [SOLVED] New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer

I created another thread about how Mint 13 is having the same problems but that thread is receiving no activity. So I will rename and use this one.

The following quote for for Mint 12, standard, but it also applies to Mint 13 which I am now using.

Hey all,

I have a new install of Mint 12, standard.

I tried to install my Brother HL-2140 and Mint 12 set it up as a "Generic text-only printer". I cannot even print a test page.

Up until Mint 12 I have always been able to select my printer from a list of Brother printers and now that is no longer possible.

Any ideas?


Thanks,
Kelley
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby AlbertP on Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:58 am

If the normal printing program does not work, you can press Alt-F2, type system-config-printer and press Enter. Then you'll get the old program for managing printers, the Add button is at the top. You'll then be able to add your printer and select the model from the list.
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby Kelley_Green on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:04 am

AlbertP wrote:If the normal printing program does not work, you can press Alt-F2, type system-config-printer and press Enter. Then you'll get the old program for managing printers, the Add button is at the top. You'll then be able to add your printer and select the model from the list.


That works!

Thanks!

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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby nomko on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:13 am

Isn't there no how-to for installing Brother printers on Linux Mint? I think more users will encounter a similar issue and it would be very handy to have a sort of how-to.
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby AlbertP on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:26 am

@ nomko: it varies between Brother models. A lot of them require a driver download from Brother's website, and there are many different drivers from there.
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby Kelley_Green on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:55 am

The problem is only with Mint 12 and the way it sets up printers. The default didn't allow me to select the actual printer.
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby Kelley_Green on Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:04 pm

Kelley_Green wrote:The problem is only with Mint 12 and the way it sets up printers. The default didn't allow me to select the actual printer.


Now that I have updated to Mint 13 I see that the problem continues. It has to me manually setup. Again.
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby nomko on Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:54 pm

AlbertP wrote:@ nomko: it varies between Brother models. A lot of them require a driver download from Brother's website, and there are many different drivers from there.


I've got this: https://sites.google.com/site/tipsandtricksforubuntu/printer-info/brother
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby Kelley_Green on Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:38 pm

nomko wrote:
AlbertP wrote:@ nomko: it varies between Brother models. A lot of them require a driver download from Brother's website, and there are many different drivers from there.


I've got this: https://sites.google.com/site/tipsandtricksforubuntu/printer-info/brother


Thanks, gave it a try, but no go.
Still says "Processing - Unable to get printer status."

I also rebooted my printer server and it works for everything but Mint 13. everything being Mint 11, 10, android tablet, and Windows 7 machines.
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Re: New Mint 12 install. Cannot install laser printer.

Postby Kelley_Green on Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:24 pm

Kelley_Green wrote:
nomko wrote:
AlbertP wrote:@ nomko: it varies between Brother models. A lot of them require a driver download from Brother's website, and there are many different drivers from there.


I've got this: https://sites.google.com/site/tipsandtricksforubuntu/printer-info/brother


Thanks, gave it a try, but no go.
Still says "Processing - Unable to get printer status."

I also rebooted my printer server and it works for everything but Mint 13. everything being Mint 11, 10, android tablet, and Windows 7 machines.


Or perhaps I was doing it wrong? Anyone have any ideas? If this doesn't work I'll have to go back to Mint 12, which I would rather not do.

Thanks,

Kelley
(In case it's relevant, all my Mint installs on this machine have all been 64 bit for the last three or so years and all have been Mint Standard).
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Re: New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 prin

Postby DumbCluck on Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:30 pm

Is Cups installed? Try uninstalling the printer, then reboot and when the install runs, use cups to search/download for the latest driver.
That worked for me but I have a canon
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Re: New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 prin

Postby Kelley_Green on Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:59 pm

DumbCluck wrote:Is Cups installed? Try uninstalling the printer, then reboot and when the install runs, use cups to search/download for the latest driver.
That worked for me but I have a canon


Yes, cups is installed.
What I have been using to install the printer is this:

by AlbertP on Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:58 am

If the normal printing program does not work, you can press Alt-F2, type system-config-printer and press Enter. Then you'll get the old program for managing printers, the Add button is at the top. You'll then be able to add your printer and select the model from the list.


The standard printer install installs a Generic Line printer which is what it did in LM 12 as well. The above was able to fix it, but in LM 13 it doesn't.

I'll uninstall it, again (for about the 10th time), and try running cups manually, if I can figure that out, 1st after a reboot.
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Re: New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 prin

Postby Kelley_Green on Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:23 pm

I found and tried this
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/194
except that what is happening in the browser doesn't match what is in the instructions.

The browser steps you through the exact same steps as the command system-config-printer does and doesn't work.

The instructions break down at step 4, plus I don't have a PPD file. Guess I'll have to find one. :roll:
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Re: New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 prin

Postby Kelley_Green on Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:37 pm

Got the driver from here:
http://www.openprinting.org/printer/Bro ... er-HL-2140
Brother-HL-2140-hpijs-pcl5e.ppd

No joy. Still doesn't work. (except for every other PC and tablet in the house, none of which run LM13, but run LM10, 12, WinXP, 7, and Android ICS)

I have the 32 bit wrappers as I have a 64 bit install of LM13, so I am at a total loss now.

Update: This doesn't work either, step 5b, and the 2140 isn't even listed.
http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bs ... prn1a.html
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Re: New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 prin

Postby Kelley_Green on Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:55 pm

I thought I would try it again. Nothing works. LM13 will not print to a Brother HL-2140 laser printer.
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Re: New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 prin

Postby AlbertP on Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:37 am

About the PPD file, you can add your printer in system-config-printer and when it asks for the make/model, specify the PPD file instead. Or didn't this work?
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Re: New Mint 13 install. Cannot install Brother HL-2140 prin

Postby Kelley_Green on Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:35 am

AlbertP wrote:About the PPD file, you can add your printer in system-config-printer and when it asks for the make/model, specify the PPD file instead. Or didn't this work?


That didn't work.
Still says "Processing - Unable to get printer status."
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