Difference between revisions of "Brother HL-2250DN"
m (Kimrasmussen moved page Brother HL-2250ND to Brother HL-2250DN: Correct printer model name is HL-2250DN, not HL-DN2250ND)
Revision as of 09:21, 26 June 2013
This guide explains how to install a Brother HL-2250DN laserjet printer using CUPS.
- 1 Prerequisites
- 2 Installation
- 2.1 Installing from AUR
- 2.2 Installing manually
This tutorial assumes you have already configured the CUPS printer server. There is plenty of existing information to get this working.
To install the printer you have two options: Manually or from an AUR package.
Installing from AUR
The AUR package brother-hl2250dn adds support for the Brother HL-2250DN printer.
This package basically does all that the manual installation requires you to do, but it ensures that all dependencies (eg. a2ps, cups and lib32-glibc if you are on a x86_64 system) are installed and that the driver files are managed by the package system.
For full information on installing packages from AUR, refer to the AUR section.
Building the AUR package
To install the printer driver, use the following steps:
- Acquire the tarball which contains the PKGBUILD and the patches from this page
- Extract the tarball (preferably in a folder set aside just for builds from the AUR) with
tar -xzf brother-hl2250dn.tar.gz.
makepkgin the directory where the files are saved (
makepkg -swill automatically resolve dependencies with pacman). This will download the code, compile it and pack it.
- Install the resulting package with pacman:
# pacman -U /path/to/brother-hl2250dn-version-number.tar.xz
After installation of the package, you can proceed to configure the printer as described on on this page. Follow step 5a for USB connection, and step 5b for a networked printer.
Download Brother HL-2250ND drivers
Create a temp directory such as
Extracting the RPM files
You'll need to grab a script to extract the files from the RPM packages, so log in as root and execute:
# pacman -S rpmextract
Then extract both RPM files:
$ rpmextract.sh *.rpm
You should now have two sub-directories: usr and var
Editing files to make them work with Arch
Arch Linux uses its own filesystem hierarchy, so you must edit some files to match it. We'll assume you created the temp directory brother in your home directory as mentioned earlier. Use your favorite text editor (i.e. kate, gedit, or vi) and open
Replace all instances of
Save and close
Replace all instances of
Save and close
Now we're ready to copy the files to their respective places on our system (you'll need to be root for this)
# cp -r /home/username/brother/usr/* /usr # cp -r /home/username/brother/var/* /var
Installing the driver and printer
Now let's run the installation script (again, as root):
# cd /usr/local/Brother/Printer/HL2250DN/cupswrapper/ # ./cupswrapperHL2250DN-2.0.4
Upon completion the script will attempt to restart the CUPS daemon if it was running. Now browse to the CUPS server : http://localhost:631/
Under the Administration category, choose Manage printers. You should now see your HL2250DN printer automatically installed and configured, for USB connection.
Configuring the connection
Follow step 5a for USB connection, and step 5b for a network connection, on this page.
Print a test page and configure the printer settings to your liking.
You will want to edit the /etc/rc.conf file to start cups on every reboot. Add cupsd to the daemon list.
Make sure to set your printer preferences to match your region. For example, if you live in North America (Canada, US, Mexico) your paper size should be changed from the Default "A4" to "Letter". Sometimes this will be done automatically by your Desktop Environment (e.g. KDE) but it's worthwhile to check it yourself or the text on your pages won't align properly.
I failed to get the above to work for various reasons, but am having moderate success with the Generic PCL Laser Printer driver over IPP.