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Old 05-28-2006, 11:28 PM   #1
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Brother mfc-420cn (USB printer) driver install on FC-5_32 a nogo.

First time caller and trying to escape the tyranny of XP.

I just installed FC-5 and am trying to get my printer to work. I downloaded these files from Brother:


and it seemed like they were installed automaticaly, and when I rebooted a system popup recognized the mfc420ca by name and presented a list of other Brother printers to choose as device, but alas my printer was not there. So I tried installing all three from root with
"rpm -ihv --nodeps MFC420CNlpr-1.0.2-1.i386.rpm"

said "allready installed" went to system/printers and still not in list of printers. Tried to print from word processor -- no print.

Googled more and tried the "localhost:631" route and it seemed to install -- still no print.

Its not a USB problem, mouse and key drive work fine.

The printer is both usb and RJ-45, would a network install be easier?

Now I am at a loss as to what to do next. I need my printer so i can print flyers anouncing the date of the comming revoloution. (soon)

Athlon 3700+ (754-pin)
Asus K8N-E Dx / Bios ver.1006
2 * 1024 ddr400
PM/SM - nvidia Raid0 Maxtor DMax160g - XP mce partition
SS - Linux Fedora core 5
Silicon Image 3114 onboard SATA: (non raid)
1 - Seagate 300g
2 - " "
3 - " "
Saphire 9600XT 256M - 2*Dell 19" monitors
PCI 2 - ASUS My Cinema P7131

Any sugestions would be greatly apreciated, tell me where to go.

Two steps from conversion, FunkyMonkeyPiE.

P.S. How the heck did Fedora geuss my username and password for my DSL service? As soon as I installed the system I did an imediate update and it connected and downloaded no questions asked. Impressive but spookey.
Old 05-29-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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Select the printer which looks closest to the one you've got.
I take it, it is this one: ... I came close to getting one of these. It's really best thought of as a fax machine with addons to make it look like a printer/scanner. After looking it up I decided to avoid it.

The CUPS driver that (supposedly) works is HL-2070N

I've found the following:
... mostly gentoo specific instructions but with decent driver notes.
There's supposed to be something called: MFC420CN/CUPS or somesuch for you to use for printing, and another called MFC420CN/SANE for scanning.

There's an HCL entry:
... which dosn't help you at all But you may want to add a review after you've broken a few more fingernails...

User notes at linux printing:

And, of course you know this one:

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Old 05-29-2006, 01:31 AM   #3
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Oh lordy, im'a gonna be a bald man soon.

I went to the gentoo site and did what it told me to do, using drivers that the Brothers said would work the system says “allready installed”

[root@driver-5f08c151 tmp]# rpm -ihv --nodeps MFC420CNlpr-1.0.2-1.i386.rpm
Preparing... ########################################### [100%]
package MFC420CNlpr-1.0.2-1 is already installed
[root@driver-5f08c151 tmp]# rpm -ihv --nodeps brscan2-0.2.1-0.i386.rpm
Preparing... ########################################### [100%]
package brscan2-0.2.1-0 is already installed
[root@driver-5f08c151 tmp]#

Then went to System/Admin./Printing to print test page got this error log:

I [29/May/2006:02:06:27 -0400] Adding start banner page "none" to job 15.
I [29/May/2006:02:06:27 -0400] Adding end banner page "none" to job 15.
I [29/May/2006:02:06:27 -0400] Job 15 queued on "printer" by "root".
I [29/May/2006:02:06:27 -0400] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/pstops (PID 29051) for job 15.
I [29/May/2006:02:06:27 -0400] Started filter /usr/lib/cups/filter/foomatic-rip (PID 29052) for job 15.
I [29/May/2006:02:06:27 -0400] Started backend /usr/lib/cups/backend/usb (PID 29053) for job 15.

Still no printing.

Then went to System/Admin./Printing to add NEW printer, still not in the list of printers.

I think maybe I'll start carving some wooden blocks with backword letters on them load em up on an ink pad and stamp them on paper (hmm if only i can figure out how to mechanize such an operation)

Any other thoughts, or is this a lost cause? This guy


seemed to be able to get his brother to work, why can't I? Booooo Hoooooo

Help, before my head gets to shiney, FunkyMonkeyPiE
Old 05-29-2006, 02:25 AM   #4
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Did you install lpd before you installed the cups wrapper?
Make sure, use rpm to remove the driver packages, then install them in the right order. It looks fussy, and if you mess up one step you're toast.

Personally, my opinion is to avoid these products from brother GPL or no. Sell it and buy a real printer.
Old 05-30-2006, 11:12 AM   #5
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Problem solved, twas the order of my driver installs, thanks a ton.


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