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Old 01-05-2017, 09:14 AM   #16
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FredGSanford: I donít know how compatible printers are with Linux distros like Manjaro, but as that distro is better suited to intermediate users, at least for now, Iíll stick with distros geared towards beginners to start off with.

I also like the sound of the Brother machines. Like other brands, Iíve looked at some Brother machine reviews which have a handy compartment to store each ink cartridge, which I believe is 4 for all models. I think they also used to produce typewriters.

Sadly your model is now discontinued, but some modern equivalents (incorporating A3) are DCP-J785DW and DCP-J4120DW (minus fax); A4 only Ė DCP-J562DW (minus fax) or MFC-J480DW and the MFC-J680DW (with fax). Some other models use laser ink.

I have a 64 bit computer, so it looks like non .deb and .rpm distros could be a struggle to operate Brother machines, at present, as hopefully this problem will be resolved in due course.
Antergos Linux is also based on Arch and similar to Manjaro. Here is a list of printers from Brother Antergos user say should be able to work:
https://forum.antergos.com/topic/579...er-dcp-t700w/3

Yes, my printer is discontinued but maybe the newer versions will work with non .deb/rpm distros will work. Good luck with whichever printer you choose and keep us informed.
 
Old 01-20-2017, 01:10 PM   #17
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Timothy Miller: It sounds like Inkjet and Laser printer cartridges have different dilemmas.

I couldn't find an affordable, small-sized Laser all-in-one, that also incorporates colour printouts, as Laser printers also sound good, but I've found they're much more expensive in the machines and ink than inkjet equivalents, but that the cartridges have ink that last longer.

In the meantime, after a lot of thought, I opted for the Epson XP-445 (XP-442 in some countries). It's working well. I usually do printouts at least once a week, or more, depending on what I have to print out, but one day I might buy a Laser all-in-one.


hydrurga: I have since found proof that the Epson XP-445 follows the same line as its predecessors - it has Linux compatibility.

As such, after comparing various machines, I opted for this model. I'm not yet ready to use it in Linux, but will definitely be using it in Linux at a later date this year and will retain your instructions for future reference. Being currently relatively limited on the ins and outs of Linux, I mistook some of your information as all being code, rather than instructions and code, but once I becomne a regular users, it will all become second nature to me.


FredGSanford: Like the others, thanks for your update, relating to Brother and Antergos. It's good news to read that intermediate distros like Manjaro and Antergos are also compatible with Brother printers. One day I might buy a Brother printer. It was one of the brands I had in consideration, but after a lot of thought, in the end I went for the Epson XP-445.

I will keep a note of the codes, links and information you and other members have posted, which will come in handy for future reference.
 
Old 01-20-2017, 01:41 PM   #18
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Timothy Miller: It sounds like Inkjet and Laser printer cartridges have different dilemmas.

I couldn't find an affordable, small-sized Laser all-in-one, that also incorporates colour printouts, as Laser printers also sound good, but I've found they're much more expensive in the machines and ink than inkjet equivalents, but that the cartridges have ink that last longer.

In the meantime, after a lot of thought, I opted for the Epson XP-445 (XP-442 in some countries). It's working well. I usually do printouts at least once a week, or more, depending on what I have to print out, but one day I might buy a Laser all-in-one.


hydrurga: I have since found proof that the Epson XP-445 follows the same line as its predecessors - it has Linux compatibility.

As such, after comparing various machines, I opted for this model. I'm not yet ready to use it in Linux, but will definitely be using it in Linux at a later date this year and will retain your instructions for future reference. Being currently relatively limited on the ins and outs of Linux, I mistook some of your information as all being code, rather than instructions and code, but once I becomne a regular users, it will all become second nature to me.


FredGSanford: Like the others, thanks for your update, relating to Brother and Antergos. It's good news to read that intermediate distros like Manjaro and Antergos are also compatible with Brother printers. One day I might buy a Brother printer. It was one of the brands I had in consideration, but after a lot of thought, in the end I went for the Epson XP-445.

I will keep a note of the codes, links and information you and other members have posted, which will come in handy for future reference.
Yes, laser printers aren't cheap, although the toner isn't much more expensive than most injet printers replacements, and when you consider cost per page, many are actually cheaper than inkjet. My primary reason to switch to laser, however, was because the inkjet cartridges kept drying out because they set so long without being used, which will never happen with a laser toner cartridge (also sounds like something you won't have to worry about as you print enough to keep them from drying out).
 
Old 01-20-2017, 06:46 PM   #19
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FredGSanford: Like the others, thanks for your update, relating to Brother and Antergos. It's good news to read that intermediate distros like Manjaro and Antergos are also compatible with Brother printers. One day I might buy a Brother printer. It was one of the brands I had in consideration, but after a lot of thought, in the end I went for the Epson XP-445.

I will keep a note of the codes, links and information you and other members have posted, which will come in handy for future reference.
I have since gotten my AIO working with Antergos. I normally would convert the deb/rpm supplied by Brother to a tgz format and install them manually. On Antergos forum, someone mention to install Debian's 'dpkg' package and run the Brother's install script, which I did and it worked like a charm, including installing the scanner drivers. Now I'll have to try this trick on another non deb/rpm distro! Good luck with the Epson printer, I'm sure it will last for a while.
 
Old 12-02-2017, 09:05 PM   #20
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HPLIP Support of HP stuff in Linux.

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I don't know about Epson and Canon, but HP printers have an open source driver package called hplip provided by the manufacturers. It works on all HP machines including all-in-1 printer/scanner/copiers. Most distros include it.

Don't ask about systemd! You'll start a flame war. I've never seen a subject on which technical people get so hot under the collar.
That's ok, I have no idea what a systemd is or does.

Well HPLIP supports both of my printers, but the DeskJet 3755 scanner is not supported. They wrote the Linux Driver only compatible with the printer.
Xsane nor Cups have a scanner driver. Hplip might get a scanner driver in the future, but for now, under my distro MX-16 and MX-17 Beta, there is no support for the scanner.

So hopefully someday there will.

For now, I can just fudge thru using Virtualbox and Windows 7.
Can use it that way for other non linux devices as well, such as EasyCap video capture.

But hey I have a Bluetooth for Linux, and Linux can handle incoming audio, where Windows only allows outgoing audio.
Not the same thing but in a way the same difference. However there MAY be a different fix for Windows. Just cannot find it yet.
 
Old 12-03-2017, 04:52 PM   #21
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I have a HP Deskjet 3522e aio. It uses 4 ink cartridges. I have printed 10 to 12 a4 pages over a six month period only to have the device declare that it was out of ink! YMMV. I had to use hp-setup to configure it on my Manjaro boxen. Can't remember how I installed it under Linux Mint Cinnamon. Take your poison. Ease of installation or economy of use.
 
Old 12-03-2017, 06:38 PM   #22
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I've used Epson since I first started in computing, back in the early-to mid-80's. I've always found them reliable, if a wee bit 'agricultural', and cost-wise, they're no worse than any other brand.

Although Epson have produced a vast range of different models over the years, with the exception of the dot-matrix printers (which required a compatible ppd file), the small number of Epson drivers produced over that time frame have invariably covered support for pretty much every model in the range, at a basic level. More specialised drivers are usually available for the majority of models under Linux, with the specific exclusion of the DX-series, for some strange reason. Openprinting.org is usually a good source for these, invariably in both .deb and .rpm formats.

The only peculiarity is the need to install printer & scanner drivers separately, even in the same AIO chassis.....my own rather elderly SX218 being a case in point.

The newer Epsons feature the 'Eco-Tank' system, which does away with the need for cartridges entirely. You refill large, externally-mounted ink tanks from a bottle instead.


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Old 12-03-2017, 10:34 PM   #23
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Well, I suppose I could try a different printer. It detected the printer even from the Live CD but I swear back then I had scanner all working, which was one of the reasons I got rid of my Canon MX-410 that did work in Linux. Well basically will hope to find a bargain on a Linux AIO scanner printer.
I have an HP LJ 1102W laser printer works fine, just a printer. When that wears out I am thinking of a Brother AIO Laser Printer.
I was told that part of the problem is HPLIP itself. And truly yes when I manually install it from Terminal, something is missing, but I do not seem to see what.
I will have to do more probing in Synaptic. I think it just is not linked to certain repositories or there are some additional libraries needed.


Printers are overall a bit funky in Linux. But scanners are really just not well supported in Linux period.

Where to place blame? Linux / Sane for not providing support, or MFR for not supporting Linux.
Makes no difference what brand.

I will just stick to Virtual Box and go that route, to provide Scanner support. In Windows, the scanner and printer are all a part of the printer driver.
 
  


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