In order to install my printer drivers in Linux I use to go to the Brother website and choose the .rpm or .deb package and follow the instructions using the command line, but I’m not quite sure which one to pick nor how to install them in EndeavourOS since this is my first time using an Arch-based distro.
Could you please give me a hand on this?
EDIT: I’ve just followed this guide for installing a .deb package. So, after installing the driver using yay, I’m not able to print since I’m stuck on “Getting printer information…”:
Looks like your printer is not talking to computer.
If you haven’t already done this:
$ pacman -Q | grep cups (to verify cups and cups.pdf are installed)
$ sudo systemctl enable cups.service
$ sudo systemctl start cups.service
Now go to your favorite browser and enter in the URL line
To see if communications with the cups server are OK.
If you get this screen, you can install the printer in the browser, or go back and try the GUI you were using.
[alejandro@alex-linux ~]$ pacman -Q | grep cups
[alejandro@alex-linux ~]$ sudo systemctl enable cups.service
[sudo] password for alejandro:
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/printers.target.wants/cups.service → /usr/lib/systemd/system/cups.service.
Unit /usr/lib/systemd/system/cups.service is added as a dependency to a non-existent unit printers.target.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/cups.service → /usr/lib/systemd/system/cups.service.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/cups.socket → /usr/lib/systemd/system/cups.socket.
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/cups.path → /usr/lib/systemd/system/cups.path.
[alejandro@alex-linux ~]$ sudo systemctl start cups.service
I can see that printing page by typing localhost:631, however, if I press Ctrl+P, the popup window only shows an option to SAVE the printing as PDF. I have a wireless printer, though.
Is there a way to print a test page? I don’t see any printer application to do that.
If the only option is to SAVE the document or image as PDF, then your printer is not properly installed.
At the above image, Click on “Administration” then “Manage Printers”
Should show a summary of your printer if it is properly installed. Click on Printer name.
Click on “Maintenance” should see “Print test page”.
If you don’t see your printer name listed as in the above image, then your printer is not installed.
I have never installed a Brother Printer to work on WiFi.
First I believe that you will have to prepare your wireless router to connect to the printer.
Then, at the printer, on my Brother printer there is a little white “WiFi” button. I pressed it and on the little LCD screen on the printer it brought up
“Setup WiFi? yes or no”
I pressed yes and it brought up
“Connecting WLAN” then it searched for a WiFi connection. Finally it timed out and said
“No Access Point”
So since I have not prepared the WiFi router, the printer was not able to connect to WiFi.
If there is any way possible to hook a LAN cable (ethernet) from the router to the printer I would try to get that working first. Then when you know the printer is working, see about setting up WiFi for it.
I wish I Could help you more on the WiFI part.
One last question. How is the computer you are trying to print from connected to the router or switch. Etherner or WiFi
I have been thinking about this. Maybe it is possible to go from the WiFi on your computer directly to the WiFi on the printer without anything in between? I don’t know as I don’t use WiFi.
I had never been any WIFI printer problems with distros like Ubuntu, OpenSUSE or any other operating system before, in fact, this is the first time that I’m having one… and using an Arch-based distro. So, due to all I’ve read from you guys, I can’t believe there’s no solution to this issue with WIFI Brother printers. This Endeavour OS looks awesome and I like it very much, so far… however, not being able to print or scan anything is something that can make a big difference among other systems.
OK, as far as I understand, I have to install that nss-mdns package and start avahi-daemon.service… then, edit the file /etc/nssw…But what file is that? I can only find a nsswitch.conf file. Is that? Sorry but I’m a newbie in Linux.