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Install Printer

Post by tweetybird » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:02 pm

Recently purchased a Brothers HL- L2360DW and have no clue how to get it up and running with Linux Mint 18. Any suggestions on how to start?

Thank you.

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Re: Install Printer

Post by Larry78723 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:07 pm

Is your printer connected via USB or WiFi?
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Re: Install Printer

Post by LogMan » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:17 pm

With Mint 19.1 I just turned the printer/s on and it installed the drivers automatically for both my Brother printers, HL-L2320D & MFC-9130CW.

Maybe Mint 18 is different ?

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Re: Install Printer

Post by AndyMH » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:06 am

Brother provides good linux support. Go to the brother website and search for linux drivers for your printer. You should find two deb files, one is the printer driver, the other the cupswrapper. Install the driver first (double click on the deb in file manager). The cupswrapper must be done second, it has dependencies on the other package. For me, the cupswrapper seemed to take a long time to install.

Then it is into mint menu > admin > printers and add printer. What happens next depends on whether you have a local or network printer (my brother is a network printer). Note, in LM18.x, it will search and automatically add printers it finds (I found this annoying moving from LM17.3), it might just be a case of modifying the printer driver if mint has got it wrong.
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Re: Install Printer

Post by LogMan » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:31 am

AndyMH wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:06 am
Brother provides good linux support. Go to the brother website and search for linux drivers for your printer. You should find two deb files, one is the printer driver, the other the cupswrapper. Install the driver first (double click on the deb in file manager). The cupswrapper must be done second, it has dependencies on the other package. For me, the cupswrapper seemed to take a long time to install.

Then it is into mint menu > admin > printers and add printer. What happens next depends on whether you have a local or network printer (my brother is a network printer). Note, in LM18.x, it will search and automatically add printers it finds (I found this annoying moving from LM17.3), it might just be a case of modifying the printer driver if mint has got it wrong.
So I take it that LM18.x doesn't just add the printer files automatically like LM19.1 without having to go to the Brother website and add the deb and cupswrapper drivers manually ?

Just curious to know .

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Re: Install Printer

Post by HAWR » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:12 am

Brother offers the "Driver Install Tool" for your printer. You can download that on this website:

https://support.brother.com/g/b/downloa ... &type3=625

All needed things get installed with it. When you have downloaded the tool, the install instruction appears on the Brother-website.

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Re: Install Printer

Post by AndyMH » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:21 am

So I take it that LM18.x doesn't just add the printer files automatically like LM19.1
I can't remember :) Don't think so, my previous was based on my notes from installing LM18.0 (two years ago?).
I haven't used brother's driver install tool, always done it manually, just because that's what I've always done. I'll try the driver install tool when LM20.0 comes out.
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Re: Install Printer

Post by tweetybird » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:42 am

Larry78723 wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:07 pm
Is your printer connected via USB or WiFi?
It will do WiFi. Don't want usb.

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Re: Install Printer

Post by AndyMH » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:17 pm

It will do WiFi. Don't want usb.
Suggest you set up a static IP address on the printer.
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Re: Install Printer

Post by tweetybird » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:47 pm

AndyMH wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:06 am
Brother provides good linux support. Go to the brother website and search for linux drivers for your printer. You should find two deb files, one is the printer driver, the other the cupswrapper. Install the driver first (double click on the deb in file manager). The cupswrapper must be done second, it has dependencies on the other package. For me, the cupswrapper seemed to take a long time to install.

Then it is into mint menu > admin > printers and add printer. What happens next depends on whether you have a local or network printer (my brother is a network printer). Note, in LM18.x, it will search and automatically add printers it finds (I found this annoying moving from LM17.3), it might just be a case of modifying the printer driver if mint has got it wrong.
Downloaded and installed the two packages AndyMH but when adding the printer it asks for port. I want this printer to run via WiFi. How do I set that up?

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Re: Install Printer

Post by AndyMH » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:56 pm

Did you set a static IP address for the printer?
It's a long time since I used LM18, but...

Click on + to add a printer, select network printer, select Appsocket and:
host is the IP address of the printer, e.g. 192.168.0.3 (what I set my Brother to) and port = 9100 and then click forward
Screenshot from 2019-07-18 20-43-03.png
Forward will lead to Mint searching for drivers on the next screen, change as appropriate and apply.

Finally, printer properties should look like:
Screenshot from 2019-07-18 20-49-47.png
Except in your case I think the device URI will look something like socket://192.168.0.3:9100 where the IP address will be the one you setup on the printer.

The above is based on my notes from when I first installed LM18 (and is based on what I did with LM17.3). I'm assuming that mint hasn't found your printer automatically.
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Re: Install Printer

Post by tweetybird » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:11 pm

AndyMH wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:56 pm
Did you set a static IP address for the printer?
It's a long time since I used LM18, but...

Click on + to add a printer, select network printer, select Appsocket and:
host is the IP address of the printer, e.g. 192.168.0.3 (what I set my Brother to) and port = 9100 and then click forward
Screenshot from 2019-07-18 20-43-03.png
Forward will lead to Mint searching for drivers on the next screen, change as appropriate and apply.

Finally, printer properties should look like:
Screenshot from 2019-07-18 20-49-47.png
Except in your case I think the device URI will look something like socket://192.168.0.3:9100 where the IP address will be the one you setup on the printer.

The above is based on my notes from when I first installed LM18 (and is based on what I did with LM17.3). I'm assuming that mint hasn't found your printer automatically.
Not sure what the static IP address of the printer means but Printer settings say the IP Address is 192.168.1.8. which is what I used.
It will not print when I press the Print Test Page button but will print a Print-Self Test Page stating "If you can read this, you are using the wrong driver for your printer."
I downloaded and installed the two deb files recommended at the Brother site.
Here is what it looks as socket://192.168.1.8:9100
Brother HL-L2360D for CUPS

Must have downloaded and installed the incorrect printer driver. Best if I would uninstall both the two deb files and start over. Can someone explain how I go about locating those two files and uninstalling?

thanks

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Re: Install Printer

Post by AndyMH » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:01 am

A static IP address is one that won't change. You have to set it manually on the printer following the instructions that came with the printer on how to do it. Why do it - so you always know where it is. Normally, when you boot your PC or attach some network device your router will automatically assign it an IP address. Each time this happens it could be a different address. Hence static addresses for stuff where you need to use the IP address and know it won't change. I use static addresses for my printers, NAS, CCTV cameras, wifi extenders. When you do this you then have to go into the router and set a 'reserved' range (or a reserved address), for example in my router (cheap and cheerful sky router) I have excluded the range 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.0.10. The router will not allocate addresses in this range. Typically the router itself will be on 192.168.0.1 or in your case probably 192.168.1.1.

To remove the currently installed drivers from the mint menu > admin > synaptic package manager and search on Brother:
Screenshot from 2019-07-19 06-54-35.png
Green is installed. You can see the driver and cups wrapper for my HL4140CN. Click on your's and mark for removal. Think you then have to go edit > apply changes.

Then you can start again :D
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Re: Install Printer

Post by tweetybird » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:20 pm

AndyMH
Thanks for the info so far. One last question before I begin. These are the instructions for installation.
Install the driver.

Turn on the printer and connect the usb, network or parallel cable.
Go to the directory where the driver is.
Install LPR driver.The install process may take some time. Please wait until it is complete.
Command : dpkg -i --force-all (lpr-drivername)
Check if the LPR driver is installed.
Command : dpkg -l | grep Brother

What is the (lpr-drivername) in this case? Would it be hll2360dlpr-3.2.0-1.i386.deb?
This is the name of the packaged download.

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Re: Install Printer

Post by JerryF » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:27 pm

There are some things you must do before installing the driver.

I have a Brother also. In the Pre-Required Procedures, only perform the ones that say Ubuntu 8 or higher and the ones that say they are for Debian.

https://support.brother.com/g/b/faqend. ... 100548_000
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Re: Install Printer

Post by AndyMH » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:54 pm

Turn on the printer and connect the usb, network or parallel cable. YES
Go to the directory where the driver is. YES
Install LPR driver.The install process may take some time. Please wait until it is complete. YES, but it was the cups wrapper that took the time.

Although I use the command line a lot, I do simple things in the GUI. The easiest way to install a deb file is open the file manager (nemo if running the cinnamon desktop), navigate to the folder containing the deb file and double click on it. Instead of:
Command : dpkg -i --force-all (lpr-drivername)

Don't forget to install the cupswrapper! This must be done second.

Check if the LPR driver is installed. If you want, again I'd use the GUI and launch synaptic package manager and search on Brother.
Command : dpkg -l | grep Brother

What is the (lpr-drivername) in this case? Would it be hll2360dlpr-3.2.0-1.i386.deb?
This is the name of the packaged download.


Sounds about right, but you also need to download and install the cupswrapper, the two files for my Brother are

hl4140cnlpr-1.1.1-5.i386.deb : the lpr driver
hl4140cncupswrapper-1.1.1-5.i386.deb : the cupswrapper.

Then you should be able to set the printer up as my previous posts.

If you have problems I would connect the printer via a USB cable and install as a local printer (I'm assuming if it is plugged in and switched on mint will find it automatically when you add printer). This way you separate any problems you are having setting up the printer from problems setting it as a network printer.

EDIT - had a look at the link Jerry posted, I've never done any of those pre-requisites, but my printer isn't on the related models list at the end, but then some of those pre-requisites are generic?
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Re: Install Printer

Post by JerryF » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:59 pm

AndyMH wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:54 pm
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EDIT - had a look at the link Jerry posted, I've never done any of those pre-requisites, but my printer isn't on the related models list at the end, but then some of those pre-requisites are generic?
Not sure if those are generic instructions for all Brother printers, but when I followed those, my printer worked.
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