Brother HL-2030

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This is a small tutorial to make the printer Brother HL-2030 work on Arch. There are no drivers available from at the moment for this printer to work in CUPS. If you previously tried to install the printer in CUPS, remove it.

Foomatic drivers

This method also works with HL-2035 printer.

To install required software and drivers type:

# pacman -S cups foomatic-{db,db-engine} a2ps

Without Template:Package Official there was only blinking LED on my printer and nothing more.

Then blacklist the Template:Codeline kernel module. See Kernel_modules#Blacklisting for instructions.

Now go to http://localhost:631

  • Go to Administration
  • Click 'Add Printer'
  • Select your printer and click 'continue'
  • Configure your printer

The printer should work fine now.

Brother drivers

Brother supplies official linux drivers for the HL-2030. These, however come in the form of RPM packages. They can be installed on Arch in two ways: Either using the AUR PKGBUILD or manually following these instructions.

Download drivers

First create a temporary directory. Then you must download the official LPR drivers from the Brother website in that directory. Click here . This is a RPM archive. You have to download the cupswrapper file. Right here. This script creates the filters and PPD file for CUPS automatically. It's an RPM archive too.

Extracting the RPM files

Now you need a small script called Template:Package Official which allows you to get the files included in the RPM you have just downloaded. As root, install Template:Package Official:

# pacman -S rpmextract

Extract both RPM files:

$ brhl2030lpr-2.0.1-1.i386.rpm
$ cupswrapperHL2030-2.0.1-1.i386.rpm

It should give you two directories: Template:Filename and Template:Filename.

Editing files to make them work with Arch Linux

Arch Linux uses its own file system organisation, so you have to edit some files. Use your favorite text editor (e.g. vim) to open the file named cupswrapperHL2030-2.0.1. If you created the temporary directory "tmp" in your home, it must be in Template:Filename. In this file, you must replace all of the Template:Codeline occurrences with Template:Codeline.

Then you have to edit the file Template:Filename, and replace Template:Codeline with Template:Codeline.

When that is done, copy all of the files in their corresponding directories:

# cp -r /home/user/tmp/usr/* /usr
# cp -r /home/user/tmp/var/* /var

Installing the driver and printer

Go into /usr/local/Brother/cupswrapper/ and run the cupswrapper file :

# cd /usr/local/Brother/cupswrapper/
# ./cupswrapperHL2030-2.0.1

It will stop the cups daemon if it's running, and restart it. Now go to the CUPS page - http://localhost:631/ - and in the Administartion category, choose Manage printers. There you should see a HL2030 printer automatically installed and configured. Click to print the test page, and you can hear the sweet sound of your printer.

Compatibility with Brother HL-2035

Brother does not (yet) provide specific drivers for the HL-2035, but the HL-2030 drivers seem to work fine for this model as well. Use at your own risk, though.

Common Issues

If you have done all of the steps above, and the printer will either not appear in your CUPS interface or if you want to print sth. the printer will just warm up and then not print anything, the following is reported to have helped:

  1. install the Template:Package AUR from the AUR
  2. visit your CUPS interface, and under "administration" hit "find new printer". Surprisingly, it should be found. In the next step, choose the ppd file (found in Template:Filename) and everything should work just fine ...
  3. make sure hal is running before cups is started
Note: HAL has been deprecated for some time now.