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Description of Problem 100000020690

How do I download and install the CUPS driver for Macintosh OS X?

Description of Solution 200000026140

1.    Download the software from the Brother web site. For instructions on how to download the CUPS Printer Driver, refer to the solution - "How do I navigate the Brother website to download software, drivers, and utilities?" 


2.    Once the download is complete, the Installer Disk Image will be mounted on your Desktop. You will find the installer package icon on the desktop.


3.    Double click the installer package icon "xxxxxxxx.pkg". 



4.    Click Continue on the welcome window.



5.    If Environmental Advice is displayed, please read the information and click Next.



6.    After reading and accepting the License Agreement, click Continue if you agree to the terms.



7.    Click Agree to accept the License Agreement.



8.    Click Install to continue with the installation.



9.    You will be prompted to enter your password. Enter your Macintosh password and click OK.


NOTE: If you do not know your system password, please contact Apple or your network administrator for assistance.



10. If prompted, choose your machine and click OK.



11. The setup is complete. Click Next.



12. If prompted for On-Line Registration, you can click On-Line Registration and follow the on-screen instructions.  Once you have completed the registration or if you have already registered your Brother machine, click Close.



13. The installation was successful. Click Close.



14. Open Print & Scan. Refer to the following solution for instructions if needed - "How do I open Print & Scan in Macintosh OS X?"


15. Click the + (plus) button located below the Printers section on the left side.


NOTE: If you receive an error and are unable to add a printer, restart the Macintosh computer and try adding the printer again.

16. Click the Default icon, which is located at the top of the window.


17. Select your machine from the Printer Name list.



18. From the Use or Print Using list, make sure that you have selected the CUPS Driver (Recommended) shown as: Brother XXXXXX CUPS. (XXXXXX is the machine's model).


If you want to print using the PostScript Driver (not available for all models):

Make sure that you have selected the BR-Script Driver shown as Brother XXXXXX BR-Script. (XXXXXX is the machine's model).


IMPORTANT:  If the AirPrint driver is selected (not available for all models), then you will not have the full functionality of the printer driver.  Instead, we recommend that you choose the CUPS Driver, as detailed above, for the most complete functionality.


19. Click Add. The printer is now available in the Print list.


20. Select Quit System Preferences from the Apple Menu. The setup is now complete.

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