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Brother HL-1040
Black & White laser printer, max. 600x600 dpi, works Perfectly
Recommended Driver: hl7x0 (Home page, View PPD, directly download PPD)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, LPD, LPRng, PPR, PDQ, no spooler

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Printer supports PJL.
Printer supports direct text printing with the 'us-ascii' charset.


PCL printing is slower than Windows printing; "hl7x0" printing should be similar.

Toner good for 2400 pages @ 5%, Drum life @ 20K pages.

Brother publishes proprietary Linux drivers for CUPS and LPD for most of their laser printers and multi-function devices, including SANE drivers for the scanners. They can be downloaded free of charge on their Linux driver page.

Consumables/Refills: TN-300HL Toner Cartridge $25; Drum Unit DR-300

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The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

hl7x0  (driver home page)
Driver for Brother's proprietary printer language (works also on the PCL/PS models)
Works for 300 or 600dpi; faster than PCL.
Supplier: Ghostscript
License: GPL (free software)
User support:OpenPrinting forum for Brother printers (voluntary)
Max. rendering resolution: 2400x600dpi   Only monochrome output   Type: Ghostscript built-in
Text:|||||||||||  95Graphics:|||||||||||  65System Load:Unknown
Line Art:|||||||||||  95Photo:|||||||||||  35Speed:||||||||||  100
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD

Other drivers:

gimp-print  (driver home page)
This driver is obsolete. Recommended replacement driver: gutenprint
This driver is free software.
Type: CUPS Raster

gutenprint  (driver home page)
Top Quality Printer Drivers for inkjets, dye sublimation printers, and PCL lasers
Supplier: Gutenprint project
License: GPL (free software)
User support:Gutenprint mailing list at SourceForge (voluntary)
Color output   Type: CUPS Raster
Text:||||||||||  90Graphics:||||||||||  100System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  90Photo:||||||||||  100Speed:||||||||||  60
Download:Driver packages: x86 32 bit: 5.2.7 (RPM for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 5.2.7 (DEB for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 5.0.1 (RPM for LSB 3.1) (Signed), 5.0.1 (DEB for LSB 3.1) (Signed), x86 64 bit: 5.2.7 (RPM for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 5.2.7 (DEB for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 5.0.1 (RPM for LSB 3.1) (Signed), 5.0.1 (DEB for LSB 3.1) (Signed) (How to install)

ljet2p  (driver home page)
Works for 300dpi.
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD

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