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Titel: FYI: Have Brother MFC-210C working  BeitragVerfasst am: 02.11.2006, 03:20 Uhr



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This is a very good and cheap inkjet printer/fax/scanner/copier, with great tech support. (I got tired of spending lots of $ for other printers that would outlast the supplies' availability). No, this is not an ad, but I have managed to get it printing and scanning (haven't tested the fax yet) from the linux drivers they provide on their site, a howto in the ubuntu forums, and a bit of mixing-and-matching with other techniques from other ubuntu users.

Just thought I'd let people know if they're shopping for a printer that works; I'll work on finalizing a howto to add to the documentation after if and when I can get my tuner(s) working. If someone needs it earlier, reply to this post.

More documentation could help spread the word about this distro.

[my first stab at the actual howto follows in this thread, after Piper's for the MFC420]


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Titel: Re: FYI: Have Brother MFC-210C working  BeitragVerfasst am: 02.11.2006, 05:32 Uhr



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dennister hat folgendes geschrieben::
This is a very good and cheap inkjet printer/fax/scanner/copier, with great tech support. (I got tired of spending lots of $ for other printers that would outlast the supplies' availability). No, this is not an ad, but I have managed to get it printing and scanning (haven't tested the fax yet) from the linux drivers they provide on their site, a howto in the ubuntu forums, and a bit of mixing-and-matching with other techniques from other ubuntu users.

Just thought I'd let people know if they're shopping for a printer that works; I'll work on finalizing a howto to add to the documentation after if and when I can get my tuner(s) working. If someone needs it earlier, reply to this post.

More documentation could help spread the word about this distro.


So you got the printer and scanner working? It is a all-in-one , so it would be nice to write a little howto so that ppl don't have to look around anymore, but can come to one document and get the information needed.

Thanks.
 
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Titel: RE: Re: FYI: Have Brother MFC-210C working  BeitragVerfasst am: 02.11.2006, 06:40 Uhr
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Brother all in one printers are great (imho) with linux

Download the drivers here

apt-get install csh

dpkg -i --force-all mfc420cnlpr-1.0.2-1.i386.deb

dpkg -i --force-all cupswrappermfc420cn_1.0.0-1_i386.deb

mkdir /var/spool/lpd

mkdir /var/spool/lpd/MFC420CN

Configure the printer at http://localhost:631/

For scanning

Install The latest versions of Sane and Xsane

apt-get install sane xsane

Install the Brother scanner driver

dpkg -i brscan-0.2.1-0.i386.deb

Modify the /etc/fstab file

If the line which starts with "none /proc/bus/usb" or "usbfs /proc/bus/usb" does not exist in the /etc/fstab file, run the following command:

-For Kernel 2.4.* version of distribution Users:
$ echo 'none /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0' >> /etc/fstab

-For Kernel 2.6.* version of distribution Users:
$ echo 'none /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0' >> /etc/fstab

If the line which starts with "none /proc/bus/usb" or "usbfs /proc/bus/usb" does exist in the /etc/fstab file, edit the line as below:

-For Kernel 2.4.* version of distribution Users:
none /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0

-For Kernel 2.6.* version of distribution Users:
none /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0

Modify the USB access control

umount /proc/bus/usb
mount /proc/bus/usb
mknod -m 666 /dev/usbscanner c 180 48

I haven't tried faxing yet, maybe another time Winken

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Titel: The howto (in case I don't get around to it later)  BeitragVerfasst am: 02.11.2006, 13:31 Uhr



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Basically my howto is a compendium of one from a ubuntu user called BobSongs, who also leaned heavily on the Brother site. Some mods to Piper's post that dealt with some bumps along the way:

Printing:
Zitat:
Brother all in one printers are great (imho) with linux
Download the drivers here
Code:
apt-get install csh

With printer turned OFF and disconnected from PC (very important!)
Code:
mkdir /var/spool/lpd
   mkdir /var/spool/lpd/MFC-210C
   dpkg -i --force-all /<path of wherever you downloaded drivers to./mfc210clpr-1.0.2-1.i386.deb
   dpkg -i /<path of wherever you downloaded drivers   to/cupswrappermfc210c_1.0.0-1_i386.deb

At this point you will probably get an error: "lpadmin: Unable to copy PPD file!"
To fix this:
Code:
cp /usr/share/cups/model/brmfc210c_cups.ppd /usr/share/ppd/

(this was from a different ubuntu user than BobSongs)

Now attach the printer to the usb port, turn it on, and in Konqueror, type in:
Code:
localhost:631

IF, at any time you are asked for username and password, use your regular username and password -- not root or lpadmin (some distros this step can be confusing, and you get this dialog over and over again, no matter what you type)
Under the Administration tab, the MFC-210C will be listed and you select the "Add this printer" button. The next dialog box. scroll down, and will now see the MFC-210C 1.x [en].ppd file listed. Select it, hit the "Add this printer" button below again, and you should get the settings for your printer.

Most of the settings will be ok, but again, but in some distros the wrong paper type (A3) will be selected in the first paper selection. Make sure it's "Letter", although under the "poster" tab A3 is probbly fine (I'm not sure, as I've never had the need to print a poster).

Print a test page, and if it prints, everything's great.

Faxing:
None of the other howtos say the printer should be turned off for this, so I didn't, but I haven't tested my faxing yet, either. To be safe, you might want to turn it off.
Code:
 dpkg -i /<path>/mfc210c/brmfcfaxcups-1.0.0-1.i386.deb
   cp /usr/share/cups/model/brfax_cups.ppd /usr/share/ppd/
   dpkg -i /<path>/brmfcfaxlpd-1.0.0-1.i386.deb

Scanning:
Still as root, and with the printer disconnected and turned OFF:
Code:
   apt-get install sane xsane

Install the Brother scanner driver
Code:
dpkg -i /<path>/brscan2-0.2.1-0.i386.deb

Modify the /etc/fstab file (you'll probably have a 2.6* kernel, and will probably see the usbfs line with /proc/bus/usb...the only thing I had to add was the 'auto,' to the options column). but I'll leave the rest of what is on the Brother site and Piper's howto, just in case:

Zitat:
If the line which starts with "none /proc/bus/usb" or "usbfs /proc/bus/usb" does not exist in the /etc/fstab file, run the following command:

-For Kernel 2.4.* version of distribution Users:
$ echo 'none /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0' >> /etc/fstab

-For Kernel 2.6.* version of distribution Users:
$ echo 'none /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0' >> /etc/fstab

If the line which starts with "none /proc/bus/usb" or "usbfs /proc/bus/usb" does exist in the /etc/fstab file, edit the line as below:

-For Kernel 2.4.* version of distribution Users:
none /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0

-For Kernel 2.6.* version of distribution Users:
none /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto,devmode=0666 0 0

Modify the USB access control
Code:
umount /proc/bus/usb
   mount /proc/bus/usb
   mknod -m 666 /dev/usbscanner c 180 48

Connect the printer and turn it on.
Code:
sane-find-scanner | grep usb

It should report:
found USB scanner (vendor=0x04f9, product=0x0161) at libusb:001:002
(the values after libusb might be different, depending upon where the scanner is connected in the USB chain.)

You can, at this point see if Xsane works, but it didn't for me because my system gave me a choice between configuring the scanner and one of my 2 tuners. It then told me I still didn't have a scanner device, even though it had detected the Brother MFC-210C USB Scanner (a bit illogical, Xsane had detected it in the first place, but what the heck). The fix is:

Make a new file as root:
Code:
kwrite /etc/udev/rules.d/10-local.rules

Paste the following into this new file:
Code:
SUBSYSTEM!="usb_device", ACTION!="add", GOTO="_end"
    # For brother
    SYSFS{idVendor}=="04f9", MODE="666", GROUP="scanner"
    LABEL="_end"

Save and close the file, and reboot your PC, leaving the printer attached and on. (Yes, rebooting is a pain, but this gives you a chance to test your modified fstab file, too.) Without this local file, lots of people have trouble using the scanner as a normal user. The file contents come straight from Brother's scanner FAQ.

Xsane worked beautifully for me after rebooting. I was done, until such a time as I might have to fax. However, I fax maybe once or twice a year, and the MFC can fax a printed sheet without any assistance from the PC anyway.
 
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Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 02.11.2006, 14:01 Uhr
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put it on the wiki
I suggest you do a draft in kwrite
post in on the wiki
(and hehe , let some others do the formatting coz wiki formats are a bit HUH!?

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Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 02.11.2006, 17:35 Uhr
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With printer turned OFF and disconnected from PC (very important!)


Well mine is always on and connected (network printer) and has always worked without this step, others results may vary Winken

I am really impressed with this printer in linux Smilie

Thanks for the HowTo dennister


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