Howto Configuring Brother printer Mint 13 Cinnamon

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Howto Configuring Brother printer Mint 13 Cinnamon

Postby numberer6 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:22 pm

Preferences->Printers does NOT successfully configure my Brother MFC9840CDW printer. It configures the printer, but the test page does not print. This is how I solved this issue:

1) Open Synaptic, and delete all brother printer related packages you may have installed trying to solve your printing problem
2) Open Preferences->Printers, and delete all configured Brother printers that don't work
3) Download the DEB drivers for your Brother printer model from this site: ... d_prn.html
4) Open a console terminal and Install the lpr driver, then the CUPS wrapper driver
5) sudo dpkg -i mfc9840cdwlpr-1.0.3-1.i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i mfc9840cdwcupswrapper-1.0.3-1.i386.deb
Note: You may need to run sudo mkdir -p /var/spool/lpd before the lpd driver will install
Note: installing the cups wrapper took a LONG time to complete. I thought it was failing it was so slow.
6) From a console terminal, run
sudo system-config-printer
Note: Do NOT try to configure the printer using Preferences->Printers. It did not work for me.
7) Follow the configuration steps in the GUI for configuring your printer. Information I selected was:
Clicked on Network Printer
Selected "AppSock/HP JetDirect"
Entered the IP address for my printer in the Host: selection box, left port 9100 alone
Clicked Forward button
Clicked Forward button on remaining dialogs to configure my printer
Specified a Human readable name
Clicked Apply
8: Pressed Print Test Page
9) Verified test page was good
10) Selected printer I just configured as default

Note: After configuring my printer, Preferences->Printers does display the printer I just configured, and Print Test Page then worked using this tool.

I've followed these steps for configuring two computers I have running Mint 13, and it worked flawlessly. :D

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Re: Howto Configuring Brother printer Mint 13 Cinnamon

Postby DrHu » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:52 pm

OK, but you have 3 methods in use:
  • *bsd/UNIX style LP* controls
  • Vendor driver
  • HP jetprint control

I don't know which one worked for your printer
--and you shouldn't need them all; I also don't get why a Brother printer will use an HP protocol: unless standard IPP isn't working for some reason.

Brother has a CUPS and CUPS-WRAPPER for their printer.. ... _prn1.html ... ersBrother

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