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Fedora 20 network printer refuses to print - how to debug?

asked 2014-07-01 15:18:38 -0500

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I have a Brother printer on the LAN, set up normally using a manual URL and the "ipp" protocol at ipp://192.x.x.x.

The selected printer driver is the "foomatic" printer driver (there is also the BRN one)

The printer management dialog seems to indicate the printer can be contacted; it says "toner low (black)", which is correct, although the bars underneath are all at 0, which can't be right.

Printing a document or a test page or even telling the printer to print a self-test page all fail, even after deleting the printer entry and reconfiguring it anew. I know this used to work a couple of weeks ago.

When I print form Windows 7 running in a KVM on this Fedora 20 laptop, I do not encounter any problem whatsoever (the quality is also incomprably better relative to the output from the Fedora system, sadly, because the output is badly rasterized on Linux).

Where do I start the debugging to find out what is keeping Fedora from telling the printer what to do?

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There is a page on Wiki about debug printing problems, read it and see if helps.

NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-07-01 15:37:20 -0500 )edit

Did you try the drivers provided by Brother? I remember I had some problems with ipp, so I tried socket://ip.of.printer:9100 and had no problems any more.

ancatibor gravatar imageancatibor ( 2014-07-02 02:28:55 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-01-09 14:20:31 -0500

I've replaced "foomatic" driver with PPD taken from cups site. It works better and much faster, but still the network printer breaks the work. When I turn off the printer and the printserver, restart cups all works fine until the next failure. When comes the problem, on the the printer blinks the signal "no paper". If I push the button - "the paper is now in the printer" it prints rubish. From: Ubuntu 12.04, MAC OS X Leopard, WinXP, Win 7 I can print without problems. Best regards Adam

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