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Old 09-04-2005, 11:57 AM   #1
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Unhappy Installing new drivers for hardware devices


Okay, first, I'm relatively new to Linux and very new to Linspire [which so far has been a good experience.]. My preference has been to have Linux , in some form, installed on a laptop, however, my past experiences with Redhat [three different version] and SuSe, have not been pleasant. So far Linspire has performed beyond my expectations on teh laptop.

No comes my inexperience: Linspire does not have the drivers installed for my Brother HL-2070N printer. Linspire, from my quick research, is Debian based, so the Debian drivers should work, hopefully. So I pulled down the file from the Brother website for this, now how do I get it installed. This is one of the basic "downfalls" of Linix in general, and so far, Linspire with CNR has save me from frustration...

Thanks,

morph00
 
Old 09-05-2005, 05:18 AM   #2
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what is the file format? .deb?

http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-pkg_basics.en.html

that link is if it is a .deb package but i don't know if drivers are packaged that way.
 
Old 09-05-2005, 08:28 AM   #3
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Yes, It is a .deb file.

I'll check this out.

Thanks!
 
Old 09-05-2005, 03:46 PM   #4
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Hey there,

You should be able to perform the following to get your HL2070N Laser Printer working:

On your Brother Driver Disc for Windows will be a PPD file. It is usually under /Driver/PS/HL2070N/PPD

First of all copy this PPD file into /usr/share/cups/model/ on your linux system.

Next Restart the CUPS Deamon by typing in a terminal window /etc/rc.d/init.d/cups (you will need to login as root, or login as a super user by entering su)

Open up a web browser and enter http://127.0.0.1:631 This will load the web based printer config utility.

Click on manage printers to add your printer. (You maybe asked to login as root so have these details to hand)

Enter a name and description for your Printer. Click continue.

I imagine your printer is connected with USB so choose USB as the port.

Click continue and then Choose Brother from the list.

Click continue again and then choose your model.

Click continue once more and your machine will be ready to print.
 
Old 09-05-2005, 04:20 PM   #5
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I'll give this a try.

I connected the printer directly off the router, it has it's own IP. Will that make much of a difference?

Ken
 
Old 09-05-2005, 04:24 PM   #6
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Ok the steps I described will need to be altered a little as you are connected with a network but if you follow these then you should be in business.

Having an IP address for the machine is fine and not a problem

On your Brother Driver Disc for Windows will be a PPD file. It is usually under /Driver/PS/HL2070N/PPD

First of all copy this PPD file into /usr/share/cups/model/ on your linux system.

Next Restart the CUPS Deamon by typing in a terminal window /etc/rc.d/init.d/cups (you will need to login as root, or login as a super user by entering su)

Open up a web browser and enter http://127.0.0.1:631 This will load the web based printer config utility.

Click on manage printers to add your printer. (You maybe asked to login as root so have these details to hand)

Enter a name and description for your Printer. Click continue.

Choose LPD/LPR Host or Printer. Click Continue.

In the White Box delete anythjing there and enter lpd://the address of your printer ie lpd://192.168.2.2

Click continue and then Choose Brother from the list.

Click continue again and then choose your model.

Click continue once more and your machine will be ready to print


I hope that this helps. Let me know the outcome

Last edited by poochdog; 09-05-2005 at 04:25 PM.
 
Old 10-30-2005, 04:08 PM   #7
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I'd very much like to know the outcome of this situation as well. My Epson Stylus C84 just decided to quit working, and I'm seriously considering a low-end laser (I only print text and I'm tired of spending all that money on ink cartridges!). I had my eye on the Brother HL-2070N... Anybody else have any experience with this printer under linux? Any comments on its pros and/or cons? Are there other low-end models you like better?

Thanks!
 
Old 10-31-2005, 01:22 AM   #8
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Hi,

The Brother HL2070N would be fine in linux
 
Old 12-23-2005, 11:55 PM   #9
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brother have linux driver now...

http://solutions.brother.com/linux/en_us/index.html


2 choice

lpr

lpr + cups


with both solution, i'm not able to print when i'm connected to the router... same thing with parrale port...

only work with usb


info paralle port:

cups is not installed

i get this error when i print:

A print error occurred. Error message received from system:

/usr/bin/lpr -P 'HL2070N' '-#1' '/tmp/kde-jean/kdeprint_2L5zqwlB' : execution failed with message:
lpr: error - unable to print file: server-error-service-unavailable
 
  


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