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    How to transfer printer driver files to another computer?

    I have an old laptop running Feisty that prints fine but I need to install a the same printer on another computer also running Feisty.
    I assume I could just copy the files needed from one computer to the other & then install the printer. But the trick is knowing what files i need.
    To install the original drivers I had to install csh which was no problem at the time but since Feisty is no longer supported "apt-get install csh" doesn't work any longer so I'm trying to figure an alternative way to install my Brother MFC 420CN.
    Any ideas
    Gary

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    Re: How to transfer printer driver files to another computer?

    maybe you can download the files manually from here and put on a thumb drive or cd and manually install them on the other machine

    http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/

    or you possibly can change the sources.list file to point to there
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    Re: How to transfer printer driver files to another computer?

    Thanks for the ideas but I'm still a little lost with where to go from here.

    If I could only figure out what files i needed for my printer I could just copy from the Feisty computer where the printer's working to the Feisty one that's not.
    Gary

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    Re: How to transfer printer driver files to another computer?

    according to openprinting.org http://openprinting.org/show_printer...ther-MFC-420CN there are native drivers on the brothers website. Maybe try downloading that and installing and it should prompt you for any missing files

    http://solutions.brother.com/linux/en_us/
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    Re: How to transfer printer driver files to another computer?

    Look in /etc/cups/ppd for files ending in ".ppd". If you have any, copy them off to USB stick.

    You can use the ppd files in your other machine to install the printers.

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