Installing the Brother HL-2140 on openSUSE 11.x

I've previously discussed the excellent Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer on these very pages via a hardware review and a tutorial on how to install the Brother-provided drivers on Mandriva 2010.

This time around, we'll install the Brother HL-2140 on an openSUSE 11.3 machine. 

Step 1: Download the drivers from the Brother website.  There should be 2 files:  One is an RPM file and the other is a cupswrapper file.  For instructions, click on the Linux - Mandriva article for the Brother HL-2140

Step 2: Launch Yast > Printers.  Yast will check and update the repository for required packages.  Click over the last item on the left box (autoconfig settings).  This will download udev-configure-printer package from the openSUSE repositories.  Close out Yast.

Step 3: Go to the Terminal (or an emulater like awesome drop-down Yakuake) and type su - and your Root Password to gain Root privileges
Step 4: Navigate to the directory where you saved your drivers.  Type the following commands:

rpm -ihv --nodeps brhl2140lpr-2.0.2-1.i386.rpm

rpm -ihv --nodeps cupswrapperHL2140-2.0.2-1.i386.rpm


CUPS (the printer system of Unix systems) will shut down and restart.

Step 5:  Verify that the printer is installed by opening a browser and typing this on the URL bar: http://localhost:631/
This will take you to the CUPS page.  Head over to the Printer tab and check if the Brother HL-2140 is listed properly. 

Step 6:  To print a test page, head over to Yast>Printer Configuration>Print Test Page.

Step 7: If no test page is printed, click on the Edit button on the bottom of the Print Configuration window.  The Modify HL-2140 window will appear.  openSUSE will actually have the usb/dev active by default.  Highlight the Brother HL-2140 and click ok. There won't be any more problems printing a test page (or anything else for that matter) from here on.

For users of the Brother HL-2140 who are encountering the notorious blinking "Toner" problem.  Clever techs over at http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/laser/63546 have great advice about covering up the sensors on the cartridge to prevent early toner replacements.  One gentleman also made an excellent Youtube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPCGZZIdXyM.

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for your article. I was trying to connect my Brother HL-2140 printer to my laptop running openSUSE. I followed your instructions to a tee but forgot to plug in the USB connector. After plugging it in, it just couldn't print, even after a reboot (I could see the printer on the CUPS page). I took out the USB connector and reinserted it, and there was a system message asking if I would like to autoconfigure the printer. I went ahead and tried this, and chose 'Brother' -> 'HL-2140 for CUPS' , etc. And bingo, it worked! I've tested the printer on openSUSE a few times without any problems. Thanks again.

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