Saturday, May 10, 2008

Brother MFC665 New Linux Drivers

I've been using version 1.0.0 of Brother MFC-665CW multifunction printer on Gutsy (AMD64) for over a year until recently I upgraded to Hardy. I thought I better give the newer, 1.0.1, drivers a go since the older version package installation was cumbersome and printing itself was slow.

Unfortunately, a bug which also existed in previous version still exists and causes the installation of Debian packages for both LPR and CUPS Wrapper fail to complete. Fortunately, the fix is just a simple directory creation this time, /var/spool/lpd/mfc665cw and /usr/share/cups/model, before installing the packages. Well, no native packages for AMD64 yet so the usual --force-architecture option to dpkg is required. If your printer is attached to a network, you need to set "Device URI" in Printing.

I forgot to mention that printing speed is considerably faster than previous version but I don't know who should get the credit, the cool new driver or the superb distribution. Both rock : ))

Below are the direct link to drivers:

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