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How to Install Brother Printers and Scanners
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Fri 30 Sep 2011, 20:40    Post_subject:  

Glad to help. But I can't find a listing for an MFC-J125. Is that the right model number?
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W6LQR

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Location: Landers, California, U.S.A.

PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2011, 23:42    Post_subject: Printers in CUPS list
Sub_title: What printer to get ?
 

In Puppy (and other Linux distro's) you can't find what printer drivers are already installed unless you already have one of that brand iconnected. !!!

Thanks - Jerry
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Tue 25 Oct 2011, 23:50    Post_subject:  

You can always run "Add Printer" and select the device "LPT1". You can then see the models supported by the built-in Gutenprint driver.

If your computer does not have a parallel port, use some other phantom device, like "socket://1.2.3.4".
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sandy_bradley35

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Nov 2011, 12:38    Post_subject: Brother MFC-5895CW  

Hello,

Looks like you guys have been busy. Some great work here.

I have a network printer: Brother MFC-5895CW

After installing the debbi package, downloading the lpr and cuppswrapper, I followed your instructions for the printer setup, editing /etc/hosts, to no avail. Print jobs appear to be sending, but no printouts Sad

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Sandy
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Fri 04 Nov 2011, 12:44    Post_subject:  

As a first test, you should connect it directly by USB and see what happens.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Fri 04 Nov 2011, 18:25    Post_subject:  

@sandy_bradley35: I would like to help you get your printer working, but you need to provide some feedback.
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Adagio

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PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 04:46    Post_subject:  

Hi,

Wondering how your free time is going and if you have got around to making a .pet for a MFC-J220 yet.

The Bro printer drivers work fine but the scanner not so.
XSANE cant find a scanner.
I tried your brscan3 .pet but no go.

Edit: Disregard the above.

I dont function well when I miss a night's sleep.
I started again and followed your instructions.
All good now.

BTW, Xsane scans a lot faster than Peasyscan.

Also the installed files don't show up in PuppyPackageManager. Shocked
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 08:59    Post_subject:  

Adagio wrote:
Wondering how your free time is going and if you have got around to making a .pet for a MFC-J220 yet.

Here is the brother_mfcj220-1.1.pet. Click the grey Download button on the left.

Be aware that the debbi method auto-installs a printer in CUPS, while the PET does not.
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Also the installed files don't show up in PuppyPackageManager.

That's true because the debbi method doesn't use the PPM. However the PET below will.
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The Bro printer drivers work fine but the scanner not so. XSANE cant find a scanner. I tried your brscan3 .pet but no go.

Just out of curiosity, what did you do wrong? the brscan3.pet is a one-click procedure.
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BTW, Xsane scans a lot faster than Peasyscan.

I tested this with my Brother J415W and could not duplicate your situation. Scanning speed is determined by the backend and both programs are using the same brscan3.

However, I noticed something interesting about Xsane. When I first ran it, it claimed to be set on 200 DPI, but it actually scanned at only 100 DPI. So naturally, it was fast. But Peasyscan ran at its stated default 200 DPI. When I explicitly set both at the same resolution, their speeds were the same.

Note also that Xsane can auto-select the crop region, while Peasyscan cannot. So if you don't select the region in Peasyscan, it will scan the full page.

Have you enabled Preferences > Show Advanced Options?

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Adagio

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PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 16:16    Post_subject:  

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Just out of curiosity, what did you do wrong?

I think I didn't reboot. I can't remember.

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When I explicitly set both at the same resolution, their speeds were the same.

Yep, I have discovered that.

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Xsane can auto-select the crop region

I noticed that when I compared the scans.

Thank you very much for the .pet.
That will make it easier for future installs.
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Jan 2012, 05:16    Post_subject:  

Many thanks rcrsn51 !!

I am using Slacko 5.3 and following your instructions was able to install my Brother MFC7820 printer via USB connection on my Tosh TE2100 laptop. (Haven’t looked at the scanning side yet..)

The only problem I had was that I slightly misinterpreted your comment about using the “Tab Completion” and ended up “debbi-ing” the same mfc file twice, instead of “debbi-ing” the “cupswrapper..etc” file the second time.

The result of my mistake was that the PPD did not appear in usr/share/cups/model as you had indicated it should. As a result, once I started the Cups wizard the 7820 was not visible.

I backtracked and spotted that I had not “debbi-ed” the cupswrapperMFC7820N-2.0.1-2.i386.deb. Once I did that the PPD appeared, the 7820 appeared within the Cups control screen and all was good.

Thank you!
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Tue 20 Mar 2012, 11:37    Post_subject:  

The printer driver for the MFC-495CW can be downloaded from here. Click the smaller grey Download button on the left.

If you are using this unit as a wireless device, see the instructions on Page 1 for network printers.

For scanning, get the brscan3-0.2.11.pet on Page 2.

For network scanning, see the instructions on Page 1. You will need to run a command like:
Code:
brsaneconfig3 -a name=Brother model=MFC-495CW ip=192.168.x.x

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greengeek

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun 2012, 05:08    Post_subject:  

Hi rcrsn51,

I have found this topic useful more than once (thank you!). However, I repeatedly find that I miss the original instruction to “install debbi pet”. (This is an age-related occurence Smile )

Would it be possible to add the following instruction in several places?:

“First install the debbi pet as referenced above”

I recommend that this extra comment be added straight after the following sub-headings:

“PRINTERS”
“NETWORK PRINTERS”
“SCANNERS”

For some reason, other topics link me straight to the sub-headings, and I miss the original instruction to install the debbi pet. (yes, it’s probably just me that does this... but who knows, maybe others fall into the same trap...)
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun 2012, 05:30    Post_subject:  

Using your instructions I have been able to get a Brother MFC7820N scanner working on Lupu528 on an Acer Aspire one netbook.

Very valuable. Thanks once again. (and xsane saves straight to .pdf! Awesome!)
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun 2012, 07:04    Post_subject:  

greengeek wrote:
For some reason, other topics link me straight to the sub-headings, and I miss the original instruction to install the debbi pet.

Point taken. I have added some boldface at the start.

For your convenience, I have attached a PET for your MFC7820N. Unlike the debbi method, it does not auto-install a printer. So you will need to run the CUPS Add Printer procedure.

For scanning, get the brscan2-0.2.5.pet on Page 2.
brother_mfc7820n-2.0.pet
Description 
pet

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Filename  brother_mfc7820n-2.0.pet 
Filesize  43.72 KB 
Downloaded  535 Time(s) 

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greengeek

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun 2012, 13:32    Post_subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
For your convenience, I have attached a PET for your MFC7820N.
Many thanks. Both scanning and printing working perfectly now. I really love these Brother MFCs.
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