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Brother HL-2030
 
Black & White laser printer, max. 2400x600 dpi, works Mostly
Recommended Driver: hl1250 (Home page, View PPD, directly download PPD)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, LPD, LPRng, PPR, PDQ, no spooler
 

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Printer supports PJL.
Contrib URL: http://solutions.brother.com/linux/sol/printer/linux/lpr_drivers.html

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USB connection, max. paper size A4, toner-saving functionality 0, 25%, 50%

Tested with CUPS on OpenSUSE 10.0:

Download-RPMs from Brother did not work, but using the PPD for the Brother HL-2060 foomatic/hl1250 did work (Media Source: Automatic, Media Type: Plain Paper, Page Size: A4, Resolution: 300dpi/600dpi, Toner-Saving: 0/25%/50%)

Using kprinter-gui from KDE "2 pages on one sheet" did not work (maybe solveable), but normal functions work without problems under OpenOffice, KPDF, XPDF, Firefox ...

Another user: Downloading and installing the RPMs from Brother worked for me (using SuSE 10 and KDE). With the HL-2030 drivers, the text was first shifted too far up on the page; this went away after deleting the printer in YaST2 and adding it again. Works fine now, difference to first user entry: Toner Saving only "on" or "off", but can select from a list of different paper sizes and media types. Printing two or four pages per sheet works fine from kpdf.

Another user: On Fedora Core 4, with KDE. hl1250 driver worked for me, except when printing 2 pages on one sheet (margins were wrong). hl2030 driver from brother works perfectly for me.

Another user: Also works fine (multiple pages, toner save etc) on Kubuntu 6.06 with the Debian Brother drivers. Easy installation instructions here. I first had to enable the browser-based admin for cupsys.

Note: 12 Dec 06: Brother now seems to have new .deb drivers that also support 1200 dpi resolution.

Another user: If you only get low-resolution graphics when printing PDFs (using Acrobat) try using the hpijs-pcl5e driver instead of the recommended hl1250.

Another user: With Ubuntu 7.10, the printer worked out of the box. No installation, no anything.

Another user: Works pretty well with Brother's HL-2030 driver. The only minor problem I have for the moment is that the margins are larger than announced.

Consumables/Refills: Toner: Brother toner TN-2000 s/w (2.500 pages at 5%); drum unit: DR-2000

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Drivers

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

Recommended driver:

 
hl1250  (driver home page)
 
For Debian Etch users: take ljet4 filter from magicfilter and change the gs invocation to "[...] sDEVICE=hl1250 [...]", then configure lprng/magicfilter as usual.
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in
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)
 

 
hpijs-pcl5e  (driver home page)
 
HP's HPIJS driver - PPDs for compatible PCL-5e-based non-HP laser printers
Supplier: Hewlett-Packard
License: BSD (free software)
User support:HPLIP support and bug tracking system (voluntary)
Max. rendering resolution: 600x600dpi   Only monochrome output   Type: IJS
Text:||||||||||  100Graphics:||||||||||  100System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  100Photo:||||||||||  100Speed:||||||||||  70
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD
 

 
lj4dith  (driver home page)
 
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD
 

 
lj5gray  (driver home page)
 
This driver is free software.
Type: Ghostscript built-in
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD
 

 
ljet4  (driver home page)
 
Built-in Ghostscript driver for PCL 5e laser printers
Supplier: GPL Ghostscript
License: GPL (free software)
User support:OpenPrinting forums (voluntary)
Max. rendering resolution: 600x600dpi   Only monochrome output   Type: Ghostscript built-in
Text:||||||||||  90Graphics:||||||||||  60System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  90Photo:||||||||||  30Speed:||||||||||  90
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD
 


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