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How to Install Brother Printers and Scanners
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WoodLark


Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: South Carolina, USA

PostPosted: Fri 30 Aug 2013, 16:01    Post subject:  

That worked! I booted of the CD with "puppy pfix=ram", ran debbi-1.1.pet, then moved the file debbi to a location outside of my pupsave file. I rebooted in my normal manner, and moved debbi back into the /root/my-applications/bin folder.

I then proceeded to follow the thread instructions. Installation went great.

I did notice that the top margins on some pages appeared to slip, but I suspect that is in the mechanics of the printer and has little to do with the drivers.

Thanks again for your help!
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rcrsn51


Joined: 05 Sep 2006
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Location: Stratford, Ontario

PostPosted: Fri 30 Aug 2013, 20:47    Post subject:  

Excellent. For your convenience in the future, I have attached a PET for your MFC-7860DW. Unlike debbi, this does not auto-install a printer. So you will need to run the CUPS setup wizard.

This PET is much smaller than the other Brother drivers posted here, but I think that it is correct. Could you test it for me using a temporary "puppy pfix=ram" setup?

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I did notice that the top margins on some pages appeared to slip,


The brMFC7860DWrc file has the PaperType set to A4. Have you changed this to Letter? See the instructions on Page 1.
brother_mfc7860dw-2.1.pet
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WoodLark


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Location: South Carolina, USA

PostPosted: Sat 31 Aug 2013, 10:46    Post subject:  

Thank you for the .pet. I tried it as you suggested, and it works fine.

I had changed the paper size from A4 to Letter as you recommended.

After you brought it up, I even tried going back to A4 to see if it would help, but it made no difference.
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earl


Joined: 20 Mar 2008
Posts: 29
Location: Halifax, Vermont, USA

PostPosted: Tue 10 Sep 2013, 20:49    Post subject: Brother Printer HL-2170W
Subject description: successful creation of ppd file
 

@rcrsn51

I have migrated to 5.7.1 on a Dell Inspiron laptop, since the last time I posted. I owe you a over due thank you for your help on installing my Brother printer on an old gateway that finally gave up the ghost...

I - this time - followed your detailed instructions on how to build a HL-2170W.ppd file and was quite successful.

My next project is to build a printer / scanner ppd.

I continue to run off a thumb drive, on a switched usb expander where I also have a wireless mouse and a panda wireless wifi thingy.

If anyone needs the HL-2170W.ppd or when I'm succussful with creating a MFC-J4410DW.ppd, just let me know!
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 11 Sep 2013, 09:03    Post subject:  

@earl: Glad to hear that you got your HL-2170W working.

Just to be clear, the "debbi" procedure does more than create a PPD file. It also installs all the printer driver content that you downloaded in the .DEB packages. A PPD file is just a configuration text file used by CUPS. It is only one part of the driver installation.

For your future convenience, I have attached a ready-made PET for the HL-2170W.
brother_hl2170w-2.0.pet
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WoodLark


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 11:28    Post subject:  

I installed Puppy Precise 5.6.1 on my computer yesterday. I installed my two Brother printers using rcrsn51's Debbi program (HL-5250DN and .pet (MFC-7860DW). Both printers worked perfectly.

Today, I tried to print both a document (to both printers in turn) from openoffice writer and a test page from CUPS (1.4.Cool. In all cases, the printer activity lights come on and there are clicking sounds, but nothing comes out of the printer. CUPS reports the jobs completed.

I set the CUPS reporting level to debug, restarted CUPS, and tried again. Results were the same, and the log reports no errors.

Although, something must have changed, I can't imagine what. I did correct a problem with GRUB, and I installed the .SFS for Skype.

This is a real head-scratcher for me!

I also tried installing the MFC-7860DW as a usb printer. The results were the same.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 12:29    Post subject:  

WoodLark wrote:
and I installed the .SFS for Skype

Uninstall this and try again. This is a not-uncommon problem where some badly constructed package alters the Puppy filesystem permissions and causes CUPS to fail.

Where did you get the Skype package?
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WoodLark


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 12:44    Post subject:  

I unloaded the .SFS for Skype and tried printing again. Still no luck.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 13:17    Post subject:  

There are two strategies.

1. Start a clean install and add packages one-by-one until you find the culprit.

2. Go through your filesystem and look for changes. All folders should be owned by root:root and have permissions rwx r-x r-x. Check /usr, /usr/lib, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, etc.

Have you tried uninstalling OpenOffice?
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WoodLark


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 14:04    Post subject:  

Thanks for the tip that it was a permissions issue.

/tmp was owned by "nobody". I think this must have been related to the LHMP package. I changed owner to root, and set the permissions to 777. This seems to have solved the printing problem. Hopefully it didn't create other issues.
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greengeek

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Location: New Zealand

PostPosted: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 15:17    Post subject:  

Is it theoretically possible to install CUPS as an sfs, so that it would be easier to recover from this sort of permissions corruption?

If a CUPS sfs could be unloaded, then reloaded, it would seem more simple to resolve such a problem.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 16:19    Post subject:  

WoodLark wrote:
/tmp was owned by "nobody". I think this must have been related to the LHMP package. I changed owner to root, and set the permissions to 777. This seems to have solved the printing problem. Hopefully it didn't create other issues.

Nice work. The best setting for /tmp is 1777 - ie. set the "sticky" bit.

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Is it theoretically possible to install CUPS as an sfs, so that it would be easier to recover from this sort of permissions corruption?

Not really, the problem wasn't with CUPS - it was with some other package.
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researcher

Joined: 16 Oct 2013
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct 2013, 07:10    Post subject: Brother printers
Subject description: brothermfcj220-pet
 

I tried to download the brother_mfcj220-1.1.pet but all I get is general error. Is there anyone who could possibly fix this or upload it again? I would be very grateful.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct 2013, 07:27    Post subject:  

Fixed. To conserve space on the Murga server, many large (1 MB !!) attachments were deleted. So I have posted it externally.

Go here again.
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researcher

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Oct 2013, 07:39    Post subject: Brother printers
Subject description: mfcj220 pet
 

Got it. Thanks
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