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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
What you seem to want to do is not possible. Let me explain:
A file that has its data in the Adobe company Portable Document Format (or a pdf file) contains various objects that are described to the computer using a superset of the PostScript language, some of them can be images.
A file that comes from the scanner is first a very organized set of pixels and gets put into a more compact form by using a well known process as defined by the Joint Motion Picture Experts group. This is a roundabout way of saying that it has a format that isn't PDF.
What you CAN do:
a) open the jpeg file with a Macintosh, using the Print command from the file menu make a pdf file that has the image in it.
b) buy and install a PDF printer driver on a Windows machine, and then follow the same process as A above.
c) Use your favorite PDF creation program to make a file with the image embedded.
Posted on Dec 10, 2008
SOURCE: Brother MFC-490CW won't scan
I have had this problem with multiple different Brother products and this has worked for me every time providing your network is up and running.
Reason behind problem: Brother uses a Network Name for the device for access to the printer by the TCP/IP Port, occasionally your dns cache will hold the incorrect IP address for the printer and you need to force the network name to point at the correct IP.
**Note the steps to find your printer IP may change depending on the model of your printer but you can find out where it is in your manual if this doesn't work.
1. On your printer press the menu button. 2. Naviagate to LAN -> TCP/IP -> IP Address 3. When you press ok on IP Address it should show the printers current IP at the top of the page. It will look something like 192.168.0.164 keep a note of this. 4. Back on your computer go to Control Panel 5. Open printers (this may vary slightly by operating system) 6. Find your Brother MFC and right click on it. Then press Properties. 7. Click on the Ports Tab. 8. Select the port that has a tick next to it and press Configure Port... 9. Note down the Port Name: It will be something like BRN_984B5C 10. You can now close all of the printer windows. 11. Open File Explorer 12. Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ 13. There will be a file called hosts (no extention) double click on it and choose Notepad to open the file. 14. At the bottom of this document after all the other text you will need to type in the following (using the information we have found): 192.168.0.164 BRN_984B5C 15. Close and save the file. As you are in Vista you may have some funky UAC windows asking if you are sure you want to save etc. etc. just say yes.
That should do it, your printer will now be able to scan, print & fax from the printer and the printer will be able to find you if you do the same from it's menu.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Oct 29, 2009
My guess is a driver problem. I'm assuming you can print to it, so you know the USB connection is good. And you can make a copy (I assume), so you know the scanner mechanism and its connection with the rest of the machine works.
The scanner driver is separate from the printer driver. It's entirely possible to install and use the printer without having loaded the scanner driver. Best bet is to unplug the unit from your computer, then uninstall it completely from Windows. There may be an Uninstall program listed under Brother in your Start menu...All Programs... Or go to Start...Settings...Control Panel (or however your version of Windows get there) and open your Scanners and Cameras folder. If you find the Brother machine in there, Select it and click Remove. Do the same in the Printers folder.
Don't plug your machine back in until you have reinstalled the drivers. Go to www.brother-usa.com, and in the Service & Support box on the right, click Downloads. That will take you to a page where you'll select Multi-Function as your Product Group, then the model.
You'll get two lists of links. Forget Manuals, look at Drivers on the right.
Under Type of Software, click ALL. Select your OS.
Look for Setup.exe in the main directory, or you may need to browse folders labeled with different language abbreviations to find it.
Start the installation, and don't plug your USB cable in until the computer tells you to. it will install the printer first, then return to install the scanner. It may require you to restart Windows more than once. Sorry.
Once you've suffered through all that it should be fine.
Posted on Dec 24, 2009
Is this something that happens with Windows 7?
If so, then this document explains some troubleshooting techniques for a similar error. Maybe it will help ?
Posted on Mar 07, 2010
I plugged the printer into my laptop and let windows 7 install the drivers. It couldn't get the correct driver for the printer itself. Let Windows fix the problem. I then unplugged the printer and performed a network install, Windows picked up a driver was already installed and then use this driver. Can now print via a network or locally.
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
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