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For 3 years I had an HP OfficeJet G55 running on Ubuntu - great! loved it, all was simple and just worked ... then it broke. I ordered a new printer a Brother HL-2250DN.

I've got the drivers from Brother, so USB is okay. Networked... for the rest of my laptops and computers... no it is using gutenprint - nice project but printing at a resolution of 100 is just diabolical. How I wish I could just go back to my OfficeJet G55.

I know this is due to hardware manufacturers, but how do I just use my printer?

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Got it working networked with Generic PCL6/PCL XL Printer Foomatic Even Duplex works! However, I still stand by my comments that it should not be this difficult - I believe we (the linux community) have it sorted with most internal hardware now, installing Ubuntu is a breeze - if we can crack this issue we will be leagues ahead. –  Matthew Hudson May 24 '13 at 12:32
    
Could you share the steps you followed to make it work? –  Braiam Aug 17 '13 at 15:01
    
Braiam, on 13.04 - go to add printer, I click networked printer, with nothing in the search box I click 'find' and wait for it to appear. Then select it and when choosing the driver, choose Generic : PCL6/PCL XL Printer Foomatic pxlcolor - all works fine for me. Use the same procedure and driver for USB connected Printer –  Matthew Hudson Aug 25 '13 at 19:23
    
Arg! I hate when I'm so ambiguious. In the space below, it says "Your Answer", you can write it there. –  Braiam Aug 25 '13 at 22:06

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Set the printer for HP LaserJet for a trouble free existence.

The printer has a browser based admin system. Just all up it's IP in a browser on the network. The default password for the settings screens is "access".

In the Printer Settings if you set emulation to HP LaserJet, then do a network discovery for printer, it should be found as a laserjet. I used the vanilla HP LaserJet driver from the available drivers and the thing works flawlessly.

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Got it working networked with Generic PCL6/PCL XL Printer Foomatic Even Duplex works - go to add printer, I click networked printer, with nothing in the search box I click 'find' and wait for it to appear. Then select it and when choosing the driver, choose Generic : PCL6/PCL XL Printer Foomatic pxlcolor - all works fine for me. Use the same procedure and driver for USB connected Printer

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Brother has released an autoconfig script for all his printers which downloads the appropriate drivers and installs/configures the printer either USB or networked

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public_s/id/linux/en/faq_prn.html#f00104

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