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Re: pesky and persistent "driverless" Brother MFC-9340CDW

On Fri 04 Aug 2017 at 16:10:13 -0400, Jape Person wrote:

> On 08/04/2017 08:58 AM, Brian wrote:
> >On Fri 04 Aug 2017 at 12:25:51 +0000, Curt wrote:
> >
> >>On 2017-08-04, Jape Person <japers@comcast.net> wrote:
> >>>A few weeks ago a CUPS upgrade to our Debian testing systems
> >>>started showing a new driver for our Brother MFC-9340CDW in print
> >>>dialogs and in the CUPS printer list and in the
> >>>system-config-printer utility.
> >>>
> >>>You'd think that was good news, but we've been unable to find any
> >>>way to make the queue for this "driverless" instance of the
> >>>printer function properly.
> >>>
> >>
> >>Just very quickly found this bug that seems to be relevant to your
> >>case, Jape. As you didn't describe the "garbled" condition of your
> >>printouts with the "driverless" driver I can't be sure but it seems
> >>a fair guess.
> >>
> >>Apparently a resolution dpi error (reported as 600x2dpi--firmware
> >>bug?--and set that way by cups in the PPD.  Workaroundable by
> >>modifying the PPD manually as explained in the thread).
> >
> >Definitely a firmware bug; the printer is non-conforming.
> >cups-browsed puts the incorrect information in the PPD because it
> >queries the printer and that is what it is told.
> >
> >>BTW at the Brother site I think they're recommending updating the
> >>firmware for this printer (maybe not for the reasons explicited
> >>here).
> >>
> >>HTH.
> >>
> >>
> >>https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=868360
> >
> >If the OP has his testing systems up-to-date, he should not be
> >seeing this bug.
> >
> Hi, Brian.
> My Debian testing systems are definitely up-to-date, but it appears that I
> am still seeing the bug. Eyes are too tired for me to be able to go through
> the suggested PPD edit and other testing. When the world is this bleary I
> just can't count on getting dependable results.

Understandable. Sometimes it is better to leave it to another day and
look it with fresh eyes. TBH, that is also the way I feel now when it
comes to your switching off AirPrint not doing what is expected.
> The workable solution for me right now is to use the MFC-9320CW driver. It
> actually works quite well and gives me access to control of all printer
> functions that I need.
> Turning off AirPrint didn't remove the advertised driverless print option in
> CUPS / system-config-printer / print dialogs. Oddly enough, turning off WiFi
> Direct did eliminate it. I know I'm being simple-minded, but the printer's
> wireless adapter isn't being used. It's connected to the router via
> Ethernet. Why do wireless settings affect what I see of this printer on the
> network?

Nothing immediately springs to mind. Something to think about, even
though your desire not to see the printer has been sorted. No wireless
capability anywhere on the network?
> At least now we don't have to select between one queue that does work and
> one that doesn't. Your suggestion about AirPrint / Bonjour in the other
> message prompted me to look through all of the wireless settings. I'm
> delighted not to have to look at the queue that doesn't work.
> ;-)
> I'll eventually update the firmware when my attitude improves. The physical
> process in our particular location is a little tough for me. Right now I'm
> wondering why the version 1.08 firmware on my printer is not listed in the
> Brother support site's update history. Their list jumps from 1.07 (which
> came with the printer) to 1.09. They give no useful information about the
> purpose of the update (or any of the previous ones). Looks like someone
> there is just going through the motions.

I wouldn't want to point the finger at Brother. Other printer vendors
are not all that great with changelog recording,


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