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nquinn

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I have an older Brother multifunction printer/scanner from around 2013:

MFC-7860DW​

This model is no longer officially supported w/ Big Sur and beyond, though Brother states that the older drivers may work.

Anyone happen to have this model or similar where Brother is no longer showing support for MacOS 11? Did the drivers still work for you?

Newer models do of course, but mine is sort of right on the edge of cutoff unfortunately.
 

ilex27

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Not what you’re asking, but I did get an elderly MFC-8500 installed on my M1 mini. Took me a couple of tries bit I finally won. I used the OS X 10.10 driver. Mines on my network via an old HP print server, can’t believe it still works.

 

raythepa

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I've got a Brother DCP-7065DN printer (circa 2014) which I've just tried to print on. Printer wasn't initially recognized. I updated the printer firmware (seems to have been an update in 2019) and downloaded the macOS 10.15 driver (last available) and the print function seems to be working.

I haven't figured out the scanning yet. Seems like a few years ago I had to start using something called Image Capture to scan but doesn't look like its recognizing the scanner, so not sure what the next steps are.

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EDIT: Sorry operator error, there's a scanner driver right below the print driver (doh) on the Brother page. Everything works fine now.
 
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nquinn

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I've got a Brother DCP-7065DN printer (circa 2014) which I've just tried to print on. Printer wasn't initially recognized. I updated the printer firmware (seems to have been an update in 2019) and downloaded the macOS 10.15 driver (last available) and the print function seems to be working.

I haven't figured out the scanning yet. Seems like a few years ago I had to start using something called Image Capture to scan but doesn't look like its recognizing the scanner, so not sure what the next steps are.
Good to know - that model also shows only support to to macOS 10.15 similar to mine, so I'm hopeful. Already updated the firmware and will try it out whenever I get an M1 mac.

I only paid $80 or so for the printer as a refurb though, so not the end of the world if I need to sell/replace it.
 

nquinn

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you might have a look at www.hamrick.com

his vuescan program supports many scanners (and maybe printers) that are considered "obsolete" by their manufacturers.

I'm familiar with his software and have actually used it in the past as one of the few solutions that could handle collation of scanning properly.

As an interesting tidbit, I ended up briefly working with him on a software project at one of my previous jobs which was pretty cool.
 

kecinzer

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I've got a Brother DCP-7065DN printer (circa 2014) which I've just tried to print on. Printer wasn't initially recognized. I updated the printer firmware (seems to have been an update in 2019) and downloaded the macOS 10.15 driver (last available) and the print function seems to be working.

I haven't figured out the scanning yet. Seems like a few years ago I had to start using something called Image Capture to scan but doesn't look like its recognizing the scanner, so not sure what the next steps are.

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EDIT: Sorry operator error, there's a scanner driver right below the print driver (doh) on the Brother page. Everything works fine now.
I just installed both drivers and I can't still scan. Printer works normally. I have the same DCP-7065DN machine.
 
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raythepa

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I just installed both drivers and I can't still scan. Printer works normally. I have the same DCP-7065DN machine.
Im sorry maybe I misunderstood, but ur right I lost scanning capability awhile ago like a couple years or whenever Brother quit updating drivers. I think I had to download something called “image capture” and I can scan from that but not the Brother software. It’s written up out there on the net cuz that’s where I found it.

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xraydoc

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Im sorry maybe I misunderstood, but ur right I lost scanning capability awhile ago like a couple years or whenever Brother quit updating drivers. I think I had to download something called “image capture” and I can scan from that but not the Brother software. It’s written up out there on the net cuz that’s where I found it.

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Image Capture is a built-in macOS app.
 
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cwerdna

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I've got a Brother DCP-7065DN printer (circa 2014) which I've just tried to print on. Printer wasn't initially recognized. I updated the printer firmware (seems to have been an update in 2019) and downloaded the macOS 10.15 driver (last available) and the print function seems to be working.
Holy cow! When I first got an M1 Mac Mini and later a 16" M1 Pro MBPro for work, I ran into this problem and after seeing so many pages on Brother's web site to the effect of no, sorry, there's no support for this printer with M1/Apple Silicon Macs, I'm amazed that worked.

I can confirm it worked for me that installing the MacOS 10.15.x drivers (latest available) from https://support.brother.com/g/b/downloadlist.aspx?c=us&lang=en&prod=dcp7065dn_all&os=10060 worked! I printed from both of the above machines!

I did try installing Scanner Driver (ICA) on my 14" M1 MBPro along w/the printer driver. Printing worked but I seemed out of luck w/scanning. Image Capture showed no scanners and it didn't seem like MacOS would let me add a scanner either.
 
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