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AndrewT 13th September 2012 12:22 PM

installing printer ?
My newish PC does not have a parallel printer port.
It does have 4 USB ports.

My Brother HL6050 has both USB and LPT ports.

When I use a usb cable to connect it does not print when asked.

I tried installing a printer option, but it gives me option for LPT1, 2, 3, serial 1, 2, 3, 4.
Which do I select? com1 did not do anything.

I tried installing driver, but 6050 was not on the list. I tried update windows hoping to find a new set of drivers. The PC hung.

I have never had problems like this on XP, nor win95. What's so different/difficult with 7?

Mooly 13th September 2012 12:55 PM

Normally for a printer there is a specific sequence of operations to be done such as installing any software (whatever might be included with the printer such as photo stuff etc) and then the drivers. After that you connect the printer and Windows finds the appropriate driver from your newly installed one. As always there will be differences. If you just plug it in then Windows tries to select what it deems fit... often not working properly.

Have you looked here,

Brother: HL-6050: Downloads: Others

If there are no W7 specific drivers then often Vista ones will work.

I would perhaps do a system restore first to undo anything you may have just attempted,

System Restore - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
Hopefully you will have a restore point not to far back in time. Your personal stuff isn't rolled back anyway.

Kjeldsen 13th September 2012 01:33 PM

I have a Brother MFC something (color laser, scanner, fax, copy etc.).
I actually find win7 easier than XP. It automatically finds printer drivers quite fast. But I do need the full softwarepackage from Brothers solution center to have all functions.

AndrewT 13th September 2012 01:38 PM

I have downloaded the 86MB Brother driver file.
It is now in Download/temp

But where should it be?
There is no Brother folder in Programs.

And I restored to previous set up. But the lists for deleted and restored progs were both empty.

AndrewT 13th September 2012 01:41 PM

What cable do I use?
Which port do I put it into?
Which connection do I tell windows I have used?

Kjeldsen 13th September 2012 01:47 PM

What browser do you use? Google Chrome can be a bit tricky, I find explorer to be easier when dowloading programs. You should run the program, instead of saving it. The install procedure takes quite a while.

Just use USB cable and nothing else. You don't need to tell windows anything

wintermute 13th September 2012 01:49 PM

Hi Andrew, If you have a USB cable the fits the printer, then it should just be a matter of plugging it in and hopefully windows telling you it has found it and installing the software. However it isn't always that simple. I have a brother HL-5380DN and from memory I had to install some software from brother to get it going, however it is a network printer not a USB connected one.

If the package you downloaded (and have installed) was the one from here --> Windows® 7 Support Information : Brother Then I think if you plug in the USB cable it should automatically detect it and configure it for you...


AndrewT 13th September 2012 02:21 PM

I opened the "download suite".
It offered me the option to run
I selected run.
It offered to put it in temp. I selected Browse instead. But there was no brother folder. so I canceled that and ran again and this time accepted the default, i.e. putting it into temp.
Using Firefox. no problem finding the Brother site and found the 7 64 suite. Downloaded and opened successfully. It's just that temp does not seem right.

I have not tried shutting down and re-booting, but I have feeling that won't help since the drivers are in temp.

AndrewT 13th September 2012 02:26 PM

did a restart.
tried print again.
Found a usb002 option. selected. Still asking to install drivers. Still has no hl6050 on the list. No browse either.

I need to move all the downloaded printer files from temp to somewhere that win7 knows where to see them.

vdi_nenna 13th September 2012 02:31 PM

Is the printer a HL-6050D, DN or DW?

Is your Windows Operating system 32-bit or 64-bit?
Check by right clicking Computer and select Proprties.
Computer will be on your desktop or from the Start button.

Download the entire software suite for your printer version, OS version and type (32 or 64-bit.
Will be highlighted red as recommended.


For 6050D, 32-bit OS:
Brother Solutions Center: HL-6050D: Downloads: United States

For 6050D, 64-bit OS:
Brother Solutions Center: HL-6050D: Downloads: United States

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