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Which Linux OS runs a brother HL-L2340DW printer most easily?

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Based on Brother's documentation and some experts' comments to my previous question about my Brother HL-L2340DW printer, it seems that Ubuntu 14.04 is the wrong operating system to use with my printer.  I used Windows 10 for 6 months because I needed  use Excel and Dragon Naturally Speaking and the printer worked fine.  I finished my work and needed/wanted to come back to Linux but I had trouble getting my printer to work with Ubuntu.  What is a good flavor of Linux to use with my printer?  I have a 64 bit Asus with 12 gigabytes of RAM and a 2.3 GHz * 8 microprocessor.
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A Brother printer is nowadays easily installable in Ubuntu or Linux Mint. You can apply this how-to:

1. Connect your printer to your computer by means of a USB cable (even when you intend to use it as a network printer later on: for initial installation a USB cable is often needed). Then turn on your printer.

2. Sometimes it's necessary to add a printer or scanner to the system yourself, by means of the application Printers. In that case the application Printers already contains the driver for your printer, but you have to "indicate" the printer first.

So launch the application Printers. You can use the search box in your menu to find it; it's present by default in all editions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

In Printers, click the button Add (with the + sign) and follow the steps it offers you.

If this fails, for example because your printer is too new for the database in your version of Linux Mint or Ubuntu, then proceed with step 3:


3. Installing the driver manually isn't very difficult either, because Brother has issued a generic install script for that: the Driver Install Tool.

With that, you can install not only the printer driver, but also (for a multifunctional printer) the scanner driver.

You can use it as follows:


a. Go to the download section of the Brother website and look up your printer model.

For "OS Family" you choose Linux.
For "OS Version" you select Linux (deb).
Click the Search button.

Then click the Driver Install Tool and download linux-brprinter-installer.

Save the downloaded file in the folder Downloads. Don't extract the zipped file, but leave it there just as it is. Note: don't use the installation how-to on the Brother website, but use the installation how-to on my website instead (see below)!


b. Launch a terminal window.
(You can launch a terminal window like this: *Click*)


c. Now copy/paste the following command into the terminal, in order to unzip the downloaded file:

cd Downloads && gunzip -v ~/Downloads/linux-brprinter*

Press Enter.


d. Use copy/paste to transfer the following line to the terminal:

sudo bash ~/Downloads/linux-brprinter*

Press Enter. Type your password when prompted; this will remain entirely invisible, not even asterisks will show, which is normal.


e. Follow the steps that the installer script presents you. When asked for the printer model name, type it and press Enter.

An example is best: for a Brother DCP-7065DN you type:
DCP-7065DN

Note: is there at the end of the model name a letter between brackets? Then you probably have to omit that letter (including the brackets).

Example: for the Brother MFC-L9550CDW(T) it becomes:
MFC-L9550CDW

At the question about the Device URI, you answer N for a USB printer and Y for a network printer.

For a network printer, you select in the next question the last option:
(A): Auto. For that, you type the number of that option and you press Enter.


f. Reboot your computer.


g. Done! Your printer should work fine now, including the scanner part (when present).
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esskayb2d: i haven't given up on this questio.  i'm justgetting interrupted often.  i hope i can get through it today.
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esskayb2d,
my printer: HL-L2340DW
my driver:   HL-L2340D-series
I ran Libreoffice writer and when I hover over the printer icon in the top left I see either generic printer or
HL-L2340D-series.  I don't know why it changes. When I try to print, nothing happens.  I haven't done about/know what it is, CUPSWRAPPER.  Any ideas?
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I would have closed this yesterday, but I was busy printing stuff in Ubuntu on my new Brother priner :)
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