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Date:      Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:57:26 +1000
From:      Da Rock <freebsd-questions@herveybayaustralia.com.au>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Debug Brother MFC-9560CDW failure to print
Message-ID:  <4F308506.1050801@herveybayaustralia.com.au>
In-Reply-To: <4F308202.40605@herveybayaustralia.com.au>
References:  <20120206163249.7d35337d@scorpio> <4F308202.40605@herveybayaustralia.com.au>

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On 02/07/12 11:44, Da Rock wrote:
> On 02/07/12 07:32, Jerry wrote:
>> OK Rock, if you think you can debug what is happening here, be my
>> guest. As shown in the subject line, this is a Brother MFC-9560CDW
>> printer. It works perfectly from Windows. Under FreeBSD, no so much.
>> When configured via CUPS 1.5.0, it will print a perfect test page. Now,
>> when I invoke the printer from an applications, only a blank page is
>> ejected. Most applications, offer both an LPR option as well as the
>> print to printer option. If I choose the LPR option, the document is
>> printed correctly. This is also true from the command line.
>>
>> I either print to LPR or I use Windows to print the document. I have
>> attached the PPD file along with a lot of other information. It is the
>> latest one from Brother that is used on Windows. There is no native PPD
>> file available for FreeBSD. However, in the past I have tried Linux PPDs
>> that worked fine on Linux but failed on FreeBSD. What I fail to
>> understand is why it is printing via LPR correctly but not via CUPS
>> although the CUPS test page does print correctly.
> When you say the test page prints correctly, is that the cups test 
> page or the test page out of the printer? Put it this way: does it say 
> "cups" on the page printed?
>
> Have you tried using foomatic? From what I read you could use pxlcolor 
> filter.
>
> As I also understand it, using a windows ppd on anything other than 
> windows (unless the manufacturer possibly made the programs with the 
> same name- which is virtually never) will never work. You may 
> _possibly_ have some success with Linux, but not likely. And your best 
> bet is to forget the manufacturers stupid proprietary printer 
> languages and stick with standards; ie. PCL, Postscript (which 
> specifically is cups native language).
>
> If you need better quality (for, say, photos), then use gutenprint.
>
> Bottom line: I think you're chasing the wrong dog. I don't think it 
> knows what you're talking about using BR-script3 and barfs. Switch to 
> PCL6 and it will work I'm pretty sure. And ppd's won't mix and match- 
> ppd's tell cups what to do, and cups then follows the scripts and 
> spits the output; if it doesn't know what the scripts are it will not 
> know what to do, and so far (I'm still going through it all) it looks 
> like it is just sending something the printer has no idea at all what 
> to do with and just spits paper out anyway.
Just noticed something: have you specifically got a postscript module in 
your printer? Because that is what it is sending your printer...

I only just found that in the logs :)



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