Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 11-16-2006, 06:59 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2006
Posts: 22

Rep: Reputation: 15
Printing Quality


Can Someone please tell me how can I change the printing quality in linux. Like in windows there is an option which i choose when i want to print(Fine,Good,Average,Fair,..etc)
Is there something similiar in linux?
It always prints at best quality


I use Ubuntu 6.10,Brother DCP-115C Printer
Old 11-16-2006, 07:22 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: UK
Distribution: Kubuntu 12.10 (using awesome wm though)
Posts: 3,530

Rep: Reputation: 63
It depends on your print spooler. CUPS certainly does offer this, although I imagine it is driver-dependent, so it might not be available for all printers. If I were to investigate further I'd need to know:
  1. What printer do you have
  2. What print service do you use (cups?)
  3. What driver is being used?
  4. What distro are you using
  5. What app are you trying to print from, and with what command / process?
Old 11-16-2006, 07:43 AM   #3
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Generally, when you print, you get some kind of dialog box in which you can change settings for the printer. As already stated, this will vary with what SW you are using.
Often the options will be more detailed than the Windows equivalents--ie you will have more access to real printer parameters, not just ambiguous terms like good, better, draft, etc.
Old 11-16-2006, 07:56 AM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Northeast Ohio
Distribution: linuxdebian
Posts: 7,243
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 190Reputation: 190
Are you using the CUPS driver from Brother for your printer ?

Yeah the driver came up under Mac OSX 10.4 but the ppd file contained in the driver should allow you to access ALL the settings of your printer through CUPS..
Old 11-17-2006, 03:24 AM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2006
Posts: 22

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Thanks for help

Thanks for Help!

I tried to download the macosx driver but i couldn't open it nor mount it. It says that it's wrong fs type...(i installed the hfsutils)

anyway i was asked for more details
i've Brother DCP-115C Printer, Ubuntu 6.10
i use the Brother MFC210C ppd file with CUPS (CUPS WRAPPER)

yes at different software it gives me different options but at most i could choose is color or grey.

i think if i could open somehow the mac dmg file and get ppd file from there it may help
Old 11-17-2006, 08:15 AM   #6
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Northeast Ohio
Distribution: linuxdebian
Posts: 7,243
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 190Reputation: 190
Ugh.. how rude of them to put the driver in a disk image format that looks like it only works on a mac.... Sorry I didn't look at the download originally I just figured it would be a tar file or something similar...

You could email brother and request they send you the .ppd file directly..

or it may be on the driver CD in an uncompressed format..
search the CD driver directories for the .ppd file..
ppd files are always part of a postscript driver
Old 11-17-2006, 08:32 AM   #7
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Fedora 25 86_64
Posts: 357

Rep: Reputation: 32
Everything is here, wish all printer manufacturers did like this
Old 11-17-2006, 01:40 PM   #8
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2006
Posts: 22

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
brother drivers page

Yes Brother did a good job with that page but they give for DCP-115C(the printer which i use) MFC210C driver which i indeed installed.

The printer works but i want to have more choice about the printing quality instead of "color or grey".

I looked for the .ppd file on supplied cd's: on the cd for windows was no .ppd file, and the cd for mac i couldn't mount(i installed hfsutils).


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Viewer with good printing quality and many features mwildam Linux - Desktop 4 09-24-2006 04:30 PM
Whats the difference between CUPS printing and Samba shared printing? depam Linux - Software 1 03-17-2006 01:56 PM
Why Does Printing Quality Vary Among Distributions? enloop Linux - General 1 08-05-2004 04:07 PM
Scribus Printing How to put 4 flyers on a page when printing jazzboy Linux - Software 0 05-02-2004 06:13 AM
Need help with printing high quality pictures in Linux Linux - General 4 07-20-2001 12:08 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:21 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration