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bones01

Joined: 11 Aug 2008
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Location: Melbourne, Aus

PostPosted: Wed 07 Nov 2012, 06:20    Post subject:
Subject description: HL 2130
 

Hi RCRN

I've got Precise Puppy up and running, but can't get the printer working. It's a Brother HL-2130. I've tried following your instructions on the front page, and found the relevant .deb files for the printer, but nothing else seems to be working.

Could I trouble to make a .pet for this if possible?

Thanks for all you do to keep the community connected and working.

Bones

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 07 Nov 2012, 10:35    Post subject:
Subject description: HL 2130
 

bones01 wrote:
Could I trouble to make a .pet for this if possible?

Can do. But first, I would like to find out what went wrong with your install. As a test:

1. I downloaded and installed the "debbi" pet.

2. I downloaded the two HL-2130 debs.

3. I ran
Code:
debbi hl2130lpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb
debbi cupswrapperHL2130-2.0.4-2.i386.deb


4. I checked in CUPS. An HL-2130 printer had been created for me that looked OK.

When you looked in CUPS, did you not see the printer? If it was there, did it not work?
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bones01

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Nov 2012, 18:31    Post subject:  

Thanks rcrsn, I'll try it when I'm home tonight.

Cheers.
Bones

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bones01

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Nov 2012, 16:29    Post subject:  It works  

Thanks for the extra instructions rcrsn. They worked a treat.

When I tried to follow the instructions on the first post, the only results I got in the console were "File could not be found" - or something similar. Anyway, these further instructions were very helpful.

So, for the benefit of others, and myself at some later stage, this is what I did:
D/L the .deb files and saved in 'root'
D/L the debbi.pet and installed
Opened a console and typed "debbi hl2130lpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb" and 'enter'
Next, typed " debbi cupswrapperHL2130-2.0.4-2.i386.deb" and 'enter'.

Then Menu>Setup>Cups Printer Wizard>Yes
When the CUPS page opened, clicked on "Adding Printers and Classes">Add Printer and followed the prompts from there. My printer (Brother HL2130) was shown, so everything flowed simply from there, with the driver listed in the options.

Thanks again for your help and guidance. I'm a happy Puppy oncee again Very Happy

Enjoy the day.

Bones

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Nov 2012, 17:11    Post subject:  

Excellent. For your convenience the next time you need to set up this printer, I have attached a PET below. It will not auto-install the printer in CUPS, so you will need to run the Add Printer procedure.
brother_hl2130-2.0.pet
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pet

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Filename  brother_hl2130-2.0.pet 
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bones01

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PostPosted: Fri 09 Nov 2012, 17:42    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
Excellent. For your convenience the next time you need to set up this printer, I have attached a PET below. It will not auto-install the printer in CUPS, so you will need to run the Add Printer procedure.


Thanks again for your patient help. You are greatly appreciated.

Bones

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Sage

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan 2013, 11:51    Post subject:  

More Brother printer grief with a friend's HL2240 in Slacko 5.4.
Followed the destructions on page-the-first. The Brother website recommended using the 2170w driver. Everything worked like a dream. Printer shows in all the panels (as HL2240) along with it's usual options. It's even in lsusb as itself (2240). Hit print, the usual faint click prior to actual printing emits from the printer. Then silence.....
Seem to have done everything that bones did and some, without success. For the record, Mint recognised and installed it without hassle, first attempt.
Appreciate any comments, suggestions. Please be advised that my access to this system is severely limited due to friend still working for his living.
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 10:18    Post subject:  

Sage wrote:
More Brother printer grief with a friend's HL2240 in Slacko 5.4.

I couldn't find any other reports from you about this printer.

Quote:
The Brother website recommended using the 2170w driver.

???
I checked the Brother site and there were packages for the HL2240.

However, I did some testing and there are definitely problems with the Brother drivers in Slacko 5.4.

1. I tested my Brother HL2070N using the driver built from the Brother sources and it failed. There were no error messages anywhere. This driver works in every other Puppy, including Slacko 5.3

2. I then installed it in Slacko 5.4 as a Gutenprint HL-2060. This worked fine.

3. I then downgraded Ghostscript using this PET. It worked!

So there is something slightly different about the version of Ghostscript in Slacko 5.4 that the Brother drivers don't like. However, it works fine with other printer models that I have tested.

For your convenience, I have attached a PET for your HL-2240. Unlike the debbi procedure, it does not automatically install a CUPS printer, so you must run the CUPS setup wizard yourself.
brother_hl2070n-2.0.pet
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pet

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Filename  brother_hl2070n-2.0.pet 
Filesize  44.21 KB 
Downloaded  232 Time(s) 
brother_hl2240-2.0.pet
Description 
pet

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Filename  brother_hl2240-2.0.pet 
Filesize  46.69 KB 
Downloaded  270 Time(s) 

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Sage

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 11:16    Post subject:  

Thanks for your prompt response, rc.
'More' didn't refer to mine, but other folks' issues!
Yes, the 2240 is indeed there, but when clicked it showed 2170w !
Interested to learn that even you experienced problems - not much hope for YT, then!
Most grateful for your intervention and kind effort to produce a .pet. I will endeavour to contact friend at the weekend when they release him from bondage...
Hope I can manage to uninstall the present files.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 11:24    Post subject:  

Sage wrote:
Yes, the 2240 is indeed there, but when clicked it showed 2170w !

Where are you seeing this?
Quote:
Hope I can manage to uninstall the present files.

You shouldn't need to. Just install the new PET and Ghostscript.

Then delete the old printer from CUPS and let it auto-detect the printer again.
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Sage

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 13:07    Post subject:  

Quote:
Where are you seeing this?

I think it was direct from the Brother site, but I am not able to confirm from this location. I remember there were three or four printers listed under LPR(?) for the 2240.
The first was undesignated, the second was 2240D and I forget the other(s). I chose the first and 2170w popped up as the Brother (recommended) choice. When I installed it, it came up as detecting the 2240, whereas it didn't detect anything prior.

Ghostscript? Where from?

I will try what you suggest when I get access again. Many thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 13:11    Post subject:  

Sage wrote:
I think it was direct from the Brother site,

Could you get me a link to this site? Maybe the GB site is different from the US one.
Quote:
Ghostscript? Where from?

From the link I provided above.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 14:27    Post subject:  

Quote:
get me a link
Will do if I remember and when I can get access!
Quote:
From the link
Ah! Misunderstood - thought that was specific to your HL2070N for a special font you required!
Ta, again.
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linbie

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Jan 2013, 08:46    Post subject: Thank You  

Just a quick note to say thank you

Followed your instruction I now have a Brother MFC7362N as a USB printer and a Brother HL-3040CN as a network printer running under Slacko 5.3.1.

Many thanks for clear instructions (some of the answers were in posts following the first post)
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PostPosted: Sat 26 Jan 2013, 12:21    Post subject:  

Excellent. Did you also get network scanning working with your MFC7362N? This model is the first one reported here that uses brscan4.
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