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Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Wags
Date: December 02, 2020 09:19PM
And, Brother didn't include an updated driver for my model, although they picked and chose many others. Tried to get it back to wireless but it may now be too outdated to make it work. Didn't play well with my Century Link wifi.

Sucks.

I suppose I could set up my old iMac down in the studio and use it that way.

Just put in a new cartridge....
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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 02, 2020 09:22PM
Sounds like they don't make a Big Sur driver for it which is differs from bricking it.

Their website points to the 10.15 driver. did you try that?



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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: December 02, 2020 09:27PM
Try looking for an updated driver . This was a problem that was going around, IIRC



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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: December 02, 2020 09:29PM
Brother printers will usually work with generic PCL drivers. Use the "Select Software" option and search for a PCL driver.

They also usually work in HP emulation mode. You can try selecting a basic HP Laserjet driver. See if you have the Laserjet 5M driver in the "Select Software" options. I've had good luck with it.

Finally, try the Brother MFC-6550MC driver from Gutenprint.
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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Wags
Date: December 02, 2020 09:34PM
I tried to 10.15 with no luck
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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: December 03, 2020 01:47AM
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Wags
I tried to 10.15 with no luck

Reset the printing system and try again.

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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: December 03, 2020 02:13AM
I get a ton of annoying popups about insecure apps whenever I try and use one of my HP Enterprise printers.



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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: December 03, 2020 05:46AM
CUPS + Gutenprint should suffice until Brother's drivers get the official seal of
approval from Cupertino.
My old Brother HL-5170DN laser has been going strong using CUPS thru many
generations of OS X/macOS. Now on 10.14.



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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Wags
Date: December 03, 2020 12:23PM
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MrNoBody
CUPS + Gutenprint should suffice until Brother's drivers get the official seal of
approval from Cupertino.
My old Brother HL-5170DN laser has been going strong using CUPS thru many
generations of OS X/macOS. Now on 10.14.

No idea what that is....
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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: December 03, 2020 12:26PM
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Wags
Quote
MrNoBody
CUPS + Gutenprint should suffice until Brother's drivers get the official seal of
approval from Cupertino.
My old Brother HL-5170DN laser has been going strong using CUPS thru many
generations of OS X/macOS. Now on 10.14.

No idea what that is....

Install the Gutenprint drivers from the link that I provided.



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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Wags
Date: December 03, 2020 12:28PM
Quote
Sarcany
Quote
Wags
Quote
MrNoBody
CUPS + Gutenprint should suffice until Brother's drivers get the official seal of
approval from Cupertino.
My old Brother HL-5170DN laser has been going strong using CUPS thru many
generations of OS X/macOS. Now on 10.14.

No idea what that is....

Install the Gutenprint drivers from the link that I provided.

Thanks, I’ll try it when I get home.
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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: December 03, 2020 03:04PM
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Wags
Quote
MrNoBody
CUPS + Gutenprint should suffice until Brother's drivers get the official seal of
approval from Cupertino.
My old Brother HL-5170DN laser has been going strong using CUPS thru many
generations of OS X/macOS. Now on 10.14.

No idea what that is....

CUPS is part of macOS, use the link to find the Gutenprint files for your printer.



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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: fauch
Date: December 03, 2020 03:44PM
Pretty ridiculous that we still need printer drivers in 2020. Why aren't they just plug and play. If there is "Airprint", network printing etc. why is there not a simple standard that "just works" for wired connections?
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Re: Big Sur bricked my printer - Brother MFC-7840W
Posted by: Wags
Date: December 03, 2020 06:00PM
Thanks for all the advice, unfortunately nothing worked except for dragging it down to my basement studio where I have an old iMac stationed. That worked, but certainly not convenient.

Oh, well.

Printer suggestions, anyone? Probably don't need fax capabilities this time RollingEyesSmiley5
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