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Old 03-11-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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Thumbs up SUSE 10.3 - PRINTER DRIVER FOR BROTHER MFC9440cn in Repository


This is not a hardware compatibility issue. Brother's newest Multi function Center (MFC) has printer, scanner, and fax all-in-one. This MFC 9440cn model is compatible with Linux. Brother has a down loadable Linux driver on its website.

The question is how can this driver for MFC 9440cn be added to SUSE 10.3 software repository so that I can install it on my computer?

Is there someone out there who knows (and has access to SUSE 10.3 software repository? Could you please update? Thank you in advance.

Kush K
 
Old 03-11-2008, 05:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

You don't need to add it to any repositories, just download the driver from the manufacturer's website (it would have been helpful if you had given us a link to it), and follow their instructions as to how to install it.

As an aside "Thank you in advance" just does not work. In fact it is very annoying.

We don't want "Thanks in advance". We want you to try our suggestions, and then report back as to whether they worked for you, or not. If they didn't work, we'll try again. If they did, it's useful for people searching these threads for an answer to their problems. Then you can say "Thanks, problem solved"
 
Old 03-11-2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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Tredegar: Appreciate the prompt reply. Here are the links:
http://solutions.brother.com/linux/s...r_drivers.html
http://solutions.brother.com/linux/en_us/index.html

Issues: Brother has provided both the "LPR" and the "CUPS" drivers for MFC 944cn. I have downloaded both the files. But do not know which one to use and how. I clicked and extracted the LPR driver, for example, in my desktop. There is no equivalent of "Run" in SUSE 10.3.

Resulting problems to solve:

1. Which one is the correct driver for SUSE 10.3?
2. How do I install after the file is extracted?

No thanks this time!! Only after the solution. Awaiting further instructions.
 
Old 03-12-2008, 05:00 AM   #4
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The chances are that your printer's drivers are already installed on your linux box. In fact, with most modern distros, I have found that if I install with the printer turned on and connected, it is automatically configured for me.
Anyway, most distros use cups for controlling printers. cups can be configured with an easy web-based interface.

Plug in (most reliable is Parallel port / Ethernet, second choice is USB) and turn on your printer.
If you are using an ethernet connection to your printer, configure the printer so it is on your subnet (eg if your PC is 192.168.0.2, your printer should be something like 192.168.0.3 not 10.0.0.2). The printer will be listening on port :9100

Now start the cups configuration: Go to http://localhost:631 with your browser. You'll normally have to login to cups as root, and give root's password.

Click "Add Printer" and off you go, following the prompts. Keep your printer-name etc. short, and without spaces or strange characters. If you are offered a variety of drivers for your printer, try them in turn until you find one that works.
Don't forget to set the paper-size. Don't forget to set your printer as the default.
If your printer model is not listed, or the drivers do not work, come back here with details and we'll see what we can do.

At the bottom of this page you'll see "Links to similar threads", they might be useful to you
 
Old 03-13-2008, 10:15 AM   #5
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No success yet. The host installation asked me for the printer ppi address, which i did not know. In any case I did go to the CUPS website through the link provided, and my printer (Brother MFC9440cn) is not listed. It appears CUPS is behind.

Therefore, it comes back to square one: How do I install this particular driver. Because this is a multi functional, comparatively new product it will not work properly with any other driver.

In addition, 10.3 now hangs when started. It does not give me the login user screen. All I did was removed the 3D accelerator option from my ATI graphics card.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 01:40 PM   #6
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You need to download both the LPR driver and the cupswrapper driver for your printer

Scroll down this page: http://solutions.brother.com/linux/s...r_drivers.html
Until you find your printer listed, with a purple download button. You want the left button, that downloads the .rpm, not the right one that downloads the .deb and get the LPR driver download

Follow these instructions: http://solutions.brother.com/linux/s...r_install.html
to install the lpd/lpr driver. You need to follow the instructions "For RPM users"
Stop at step 3, because you will be using cups.

Scroll down this page: http://solutions.brother.com/linux/s...s_drivers.html
Until you find your printer listed, with a purple download button. You want the left button, that downloads the .rpm, not the right one that downloads the .deb and get the cups-wrapper download

Now you need to go here: http://solutions.brother.com/linux/s..._install7.html
and follow the instructions on that page.
Note, in "Notes" that you'll have to set the password for CUPS
At steps 4 and 5, follow "For rpm Users:"
Give it a go

For installation of scanning and faxing drivers you'll have to go through a similar process to install the right drivers for your printer, but let's just get it printing for a start.

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In addition, 10.3 now hangs when started. It does not give me the login user screen. All I did was removed the 3D accelerator option from my ATI graphics card.
I do not use ATI hardware, so I can't help here: Perhaps you should start another thread for a new problem?
 
  


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