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Re: two F11 issues (brother printer)

On Tue, 2009-06-23 at 14:02 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote: 
> On Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:28:54 -0400
> Joe Smith wrote:
> > These two look relevant, at least:
> > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/buglist.cgi?bug_id=507628,507629
> For that model brother printer, this might also be relevant:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=496521
> s-c-p picks a driver that doesn't work (but the foomatic/hpijs
> driver is another choice in the list, and it does work).

The bottom line is use "Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/hpijs [en]".  However
for more info, read on.

I have a similar problem with a Brother HL-1440 printer.  Generally the
printer prints blank pages, or pages with a dark line at the top, or
pages with a few lines of garbage at the top.  Sometimes, the first page
of a job is blank, but the remainder prints OK.  

Advice on this thread was to select the driver explicitly.  This isn't
so easy in system-config-printer: if you create a new printer
config-printer finds the HL-1440, and fills in the driver for you.
However, you can select the printer once it exists, select "Properties"
from the popup menu, and change the "Make and Model".

System-config-printer allows a number of drivers for the HL-1440
printer.  I tried them all and printed the standard test page. These are
my results.  Everything was done as "su root", which may just possible
have some effect on things:

      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/gutenprint-ijs-simplified.5.2 [en] --
        prints a dark line at the top of the page, which is otherwise
      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/gutenprint-ijs.5.2 [en] -- prints a
        dark line at the top of the page, which is otherwise blank.
      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/hpijs [en] -- seems to work OK.
        However be careful to select U.S. letter size paper (if you live
        in the U.S.)
      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/hl1250 [en] -- failed completely.
        Message from Cups is "/usr/lib/cups/filter/foomatic-rip failed".
        No output from the printer, not even a blank page.
      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/lj4dith [en] -- prints two pages.
        First has garbage at the top, second left upper corner of what
        looks like the test page printed at twice normal scale.
      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/ljet4 [en] -- similar to the last but
        with dirty streaks running out from the left side of the page.

I like the Gutenprint drivers in general, so it would be nice to have a
working Gutenprint for the HL-1440, as there was in F-10.

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