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Brother HL-1440 print drivers: Most don't work at all; one works badly



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.  The bad printers are marked with a *, the
passable one with a o.

      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/gutenprint-ijs-simplified.5.2 [en] --
        prints a dark line at the top of the page, which is otherwise
        blank.
      * Brother HL-1440 Foomatic/gutenprint-ijs.5.2 [en] -- prints a
        dark line at the top of the page, which is otherwise blank.
      o 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.)  However graphics print very badly.  Graphic info 
	prints very faintly, as if the printer is printing in draft mode
	which I have NOT selected.
      * 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.

This has been submitted as a bug to the RedHat Bugzilla.




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