Brother Printer Firmware Update

Brother Printer Firmware Update: Get Your Printer Back to Working Order in a Hurry

You use your printer constantly, whether for school assignments, work documents or personal projects. However, printers are complex machines with moving parts and software that can break down at any moment. Even the most reliable printers experience problems from time to time – especially older models with weaker firmware.

Fortunately, the manufacturer has included some features in newer printer models to help you fix common issues and get your printer back on track in a hurry. Readers who follow this blog know that I am a frequent visitor to the world of computer maintenance and repair. My previous article on How to Fix Brother Printer Firmware Update was quite popular, as there are many people who own one of these printers.

I have found another great article about Printer Firmware Update that might be useful for all of you out there that also own a Brother printer. Check it out here:

What is Firmware?

Firmware is software that is embedded inside your printer. It controls many of the printer’s functions and works in conjunction with your computer’s operating system to translate your document into printed language.

If your computer is running on Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista, and you have a printer that is more than a few years old, your printer’s firmware might be a little behind the times. And even if you have a brand new printer, it might have an older version of firmware installed on it.

Printer manufacturers often try to fix bugs and improve the firmware over time, so even brand new printers might have firmware that is a generation or two behind.

Brother Printer Firmware Update: How to Do It?

Most printers include a function that allows you to update your firmware. This is often referred to as “automatic firmware update.” The printer updates itself by connecting to the manufacturer’s website, downloading the updated firmware, and installing it on its own.

If you have an older printer or one that does not include this feature, you can also manually update the firmware. Here are some tips for updating your firmware: If you have an older printer, make sure you can find the correct version of firmware before you start. You’ll probably have to go to the printer manufacturer’s website and look for the printer’s model number.

If you are installing new firmware on a wireless printer, make sure you are connected to the printer while you download the firmware. If your computer is connected to a wireless network, the printer will connect to that network automatically. If you have a wired network, you’ll have to connect the printer to your computer with a network cable.

To update the firmware, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to the printer manufacturer’s website and download the firmware. You’ll need to find the exact version of firmware that matches your printer.

Step 2: Save the file to your computer, then double-click on it. When prompted, choose whether you want to save it or open it. Generally, you will want to save it.

Step 3: Follow the instructions on your screen to select a language and location for installation.

Step 4: Choose a destination for the file on your computer and click Save or OK (depending on the program). If you don’t specify a destination, some programs will try to put it in its own folder in Program Files.

This is okay if you are installing just one firmware update, but if you plan to install more than one update at a time, this can get confusing because each update will have its own folder in Program Files. To avoid this problem, specify a unique folder for each update that is easy for you to remember—for example C:\Updates or C:\Printer Upgrades—and always use that same folder when installing updates in the future.

Step 5: Click OK when prompted about overwriting files that may already be installed on your computer. Some programs may not offer this option; if so, do not worry—the new firmware will overwrite any files that are already there without prompting you first.

Step 6: The software should begin installing itself; when finished, click Finish (or OK) and close out.

How to Install Firmware Manually

Most printer manufacturers include a copy of the firmware on their website. Download the correct version for your printer, unzip the file if necessary, and follow these steps: If you’re installing the firmware on a wireless printer, connect it to your computer with a network cable. If your computer is connected to a wireless network, the printer will connect to that network automatically.

If your printer uses a USB cable, plug it into an available USB port on your computer. If your printer uses a network cable, plug it into an available port on your router.

For windows:

1. The first step is to double-click on the downloaded file to unzip it.

2. Double-click the executable file, and follow the instructions on your screen.

3. Once you have finished installation, you can disconnect your printer from the computer and connect it to a network or a USB cable if required.

4. You should now be able to print wirelessly or using a USB cable without reinstalling your printer driver software.

For mac:

1. The first step is to double-click on the downloaded file to unzip it.

2. Double-click the executable file, and follow the instructions on your screen.

3. Once you have finished installation, you can disconnect your printer from the computer and connect it to a network or a USB cable if required.

4. You should now be able to print wirelessly or using a USB cable without reinstalling your printer driver software.

Fix a Sticky Print Head

If you notice that your print head is sticking to the paper, you might have a clogged nozzle. If the ink is drying up, you can clean out the nozzle with a paperclip or a toothpick. You can also use alcohol swabs or rubbing alcohol to clean the nozzle manually (be careful! Alcohol is flammable, so don’t leave it on too long).

Fix a Paper JAM!

If your printer jams, the paper might be too thick. If there is too much paper, it will get caught in the feeder. If there is not enough paper to reach the feeder, the printer might jam or even stop printing altogether.

Try using a different type of paper, such as thinner paper for letters and lightweight paper for pictures. Another possible cause of paper jams is a damaged feeder. If your feeder is badly worn out, you might need to replace it.

Fix a Dark Print Out

If your print outs are lighter than you expect, the reason could be that your printer’s sensor is set to produce a lighter shade of ink. If you want to print darker colors, you can change the printer’s settings to increase the darkness. You can also try cleaning the sensor with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol.

Summary

The Brother printer is a popular and reliable model, but it does require some maintenance to keep it working properly. You can use a firmware update to fix some common issues and keep your printer running smoothly. If your printer has older firmware, you can install new firmware manually.

You can also use this process to install new firmware on a printer that doesn’t include an automatic update feature. A firmware update can fix many common issues with your printer and keep it running smoothly.

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