Brother HL 2030 no printing?

Hi there, I’ve got a little confusing problem with my printer, I some don’t understand the problem and didn’t find a solution so far.

When I want to print something an press the print-Button, I can see the printer’s LED blinking as it is supposed to to. But then, nothing happens, not even a noise. After a few seconds I get the message “printing completed” - but as I said, nothing happened.

Using my macbook with the same printer, it works just fine. So the printer is not the problem.

Does anybody know, what I could do about that?

Greetings from Lingen, Germany

Some system information:

  Kernel: 6.6.32-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64
  Desktop: Cinnamon v: 6.0.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux
  Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: Vivobook_ASUSLaptop N7401ZE_N7401ZE
    v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: ASUSTeK model: N7401ZE v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: N7401ZE.301 date: 06/02/2022
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 65.9 Wh (100.0%) condition: 65.9/70.0 Wh (94.1%)
  Info: 14-core (6-mt/8-st) model: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H bits: 64
    type: MST AMCP cache: L2: 11.5 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 574 min/max: 400/4600:4700:3500 cores: 1: 521 2: 400
    3: 511 4: 400 5: 400 6: 400 7: 476 8: 400 9: 400 10: 400 11: 484 12: 400
    13: 400 14: 400 15: 3500 16: 400 17: 400 18: 400 19: 400 20: 400
  Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P GT2 [Iris Xe Graphics] driver: i915 v: kernel
  Device-2: NVIDIA GA107M [GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile] driver: nvidia
    v: 550.90.07
  Device-3: Logitech Logitech Webcam C925e driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo
    type: USB
  Device-4: Sonix USB2.0 FHD UVC WebCam driver: uvcvideo type: USB
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.13 with: Xwayland v: 24.1.0 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting,nvidia dri: iris gpu: i915 resolution: 1: 3840x2160~60Hz
    2: 2880x1800~120Hz
  API: EGL v: 1.5 drivers: iris,kms_swrast,nvidia,swrast
    platforms: gbm,x11,surfaceless,device
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: intel mesa v: 24.0.9-manjaro1.1
    renderer: Mesa Intel Graphics (ADL GT2)
  Device-1: Intel Alder Lake PCH-P High Definition Audio
    driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl
  Device-2: NVIDIA driver: snd_hda_intel
  Device-3: Logitech Logitech Webcam C925e driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo
    type: USB
  Device-4: Focusrite-Novation Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen driver: snd-usb-audio
    type: USB
  API: ALSA v: k6.6.32-1-MANJARO status: kernel-api
  Server-1: PulseAudio v: 17.0 status: active
  Device-1: Intel Alder Lake-P PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter driver: r8152 type: USB
  IF: enp0s13f0u1u4u4 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel AX211 Bluetooth driver: btusb type: USB
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 state: up address: see --recommends
  Hardware-1: Intel Volume Management Device NVMe RAID Controller driver: vmd
  Local Storage: total: 953.87 GiB used: 163.77 GiB (17.2%)
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Micron model: 3400 MTFDKBA1T0TFH
    size: 953.87 GiB
  ID-1: / size: 953.57 GiB used: 163.77 GiB (17.2%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 299.4 MiB used: 576 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1
  ID-3: /home size: 953.57 GiB used: 163.77 GiB (17.2%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
  ID-4: /var/log size: 953.57 GiB used: 163.77 GiB (17.2%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 512 MiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
    file: /swap/swapfile
  System Temperatures: cpu: N/A mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (rpm): cpu: 2000
  Memory: total: 16 GiB note: est. available: 15.32 GiB used: 4.38 GiB (28.6%)
  Processes: 422 Uptime: 19m Shell: Bash inxi: 3.3.35

The printer is brother HL 2030

Is the appropriate printer driver installed?

This should help to setup your printer via CUPS. If your printer has a PPD in the CUPS database, it should work for you.

There is also a Brother HL-2030 CUPS driver available via the AUR, which may (or may not) be a valid alternative.

Note that the AUR is not supported by Manjaro (or Arch). Any software installed from that source is used entirely at your own risk.

pamac build brother-hl2030

Otherwise :man_shrugging:



Also have a look at this:


CUPS is originally developed by Apple - so there is that.

The cups system works - you are simply using the wrong driver - please look up the correct PPD for your printer.

I have some old instructions I used when I was using a HL-2240D - the ppd file is not likely to be the same but when you find the correct ppd - just replace the mentioned ppd using the instructions from my archive Printer Drivers with the ppd you have found.

Just read to the bottom - there is a ppd for HL-2030 - could work …


Do you by chance mean the physical button on the Printer itself?

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pamac build brother-hl2030

Thank you very much. That helped.

Do you by chance mean the physical button on the Printer itself?

No, I meant the “Drucken” (print in english) Button in the software.

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