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Thread: Brother MFC 8440: Very slow printing.

  1. #1
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    Brother MFC 8440: Very slow printing.

    Hello,
    I did a search but could not find anything specific to my printer or problem.

    My printer from day 1 has been very slow. It takes 10 minutes or more to print 5 pages.
    I never had this issue with the printer on the "other" OS.

    Also the computer itself gets very slow while the printing operation is taking place.

    The printer is: Brother MFC 8440.

    And as a second question. How do I get it to print from a VM (Windows XP)?

    Pre thanks.


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    Re: Brother MFC 8440: Very slow printing.

    How is the printer connected? It sounds like USB 1.0....

    What application are you printing from? What operating system?

    What kind of VM? There are extensions in Virtualbox to support USB.

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    Re: Brother MFC 8440: Very slow printing.

    I wonder if you are using the Brother drivers.......

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...rn.html#f00104

    has a link...........to an install script...........you can download and run and it works out what printer you have ..........and installs the drivers for you......

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    Re: Brother MFC 8440: Very slow printing.

    Couple other things you can try, after you see if the drivers linked above work or not.

    If it's PDF files that are printing really, try a couple of different PDF viewer programs, since PDF files often hang in one program but not another.

    Or if everything you print is slow (after trying the Brother drivers linked above) you might try deleting the printer and reinstalling it using a generic USB printer driver when asked to choose a driver. I remember this worked on one of my HP printers, much to my surprise since I had the official HP driver installed and printing was still glacially slow.

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    Re: Brother MFC 8440: Very slow printing.

    I'm not sure what's available for the newish machine. I had slow problems with an MFC-7820N. The first page reasonably quick, subsequent pages were at the rate of 1-2 pages/min. I changed the driver from Brscript3 to a CUPS driver available in the repositories. MUCH improved. So you might poke around to see if there are any alternative drivers available.

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    Re: Brother MFC 8440: Very slow printing.

    Thanks for the info. I will give it a try and let you know the outcome.

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