Brother MFC420CN suddenly stops working
Here's the skinny on what's going on here:
I didn't really do anything. I just continued using my fully functioning Debian (unstable) system wonderfully. I tried installing a mail server and failed miserably. Still, that was an extra so I'm not concerned at all about that. What concerns me is that my printer (once functioning perfectly) now has some odd little quirks.
It's a brother mfc420cn, so I install the drivers from their site. It has two sets of drivers for the local printing (and more for fax, which isn't of any concern at the moment). First, the printer wouldn't print. I come to find out that cups for some reason suddenly isn't installed. This is weird, so I install cups again, and lpr again, using my handy dandy apt-get install lpr cupsys. Suddenly it works, but not completely. It works through cups, but not through console using:
lpr -P MFC420CN <filename>
So, I reinstall the lpr driver and it suddenly works in lpr (but not in cups). Well, I say it works, but it is cutting off the top of every page I print. Since this is "working", I reinstall the cupswrapper driver. lpd is shut off by the driver, /etc/printcap is overwritten by cupsd, and I can't print from lpr. I also can't print from cups. In fact, the whole cups server appears to not be running. But, it says it is running.
So, my question to all of you is:
What do you think is wrong with this system?