How to stop Install wizard at startup

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ridgeback, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Ridgeback macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2008

    I have a brother MFC-240 printer which I loathe. It has been one driver issue after another since the day I got it. Anyhow, everytime I boot the computer up, the install wizard starts and tries to recognize the printer with some MFL Pro-Suite software (which never works). I have deleted the printer from system preferences, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to stop this MFL pro-suite software from trying to install with each restart. Once I get this sorted out, I will toss the printer onto the road, and never look back.

    any thoughts?

  2. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Double check and make sure your start-up menu is free from that program.

    After, do a search for it with spotlight and delete everything associated with it.
  3. Ridgeback thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2008
    Don't see anything in startup associated with it, and nothing comes up when searching spotlight....
  4. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    See anything if you navigate to /Library/StartupItems? That is a particular common place for some printer software to set up, especially the HP variety. Also check in /Library/Printers and pull the whole Brother folder to your Desktop (don't trash it unless you're absolutely certain you won't need to put the drivers back in that directory).
  5. Ridgeback thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2008
    Hi, I'm assuming you mean navigate there from Finder? If so, I don't have a /Library/StartupItems folder....and the /Library/Printers folder is empty.

  6. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    If you've got the install CD still, put it in and see if there's an uninstall option. That might be all you need to do.

    If that doesn't do it, then perhaps a file backup and fresh OS install is the last option.
  7. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    any luck on finding a fix for this? i'm having the same issue and it's driving me up the wall.

    please if anyone out there knows how to fix these things through terminal I'd really appreciate it. the brother control center does not show in log in items, and even when I uncheck "start up at login" from the brother control center preferences, it and the install utility still show up when I log in.

    All I know is that shows up in Macintosh HD and reappears even after I delete it.

    I think this plist is what's causing the damn thing from showing up every time I log in or turn on the computer. I think it has to be fixed in terminal but I don't know how to use terminal.

    I've found this discussion which seems to offer a fix but it is all giberish to me:

    If anyone can decipher and tell me how to implement this myself I'd be eternally grateful!
  8. bigmike54 macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2010
    Go to Library->LaunchAgents->

    Open it and check the "disabled" box.

  9. macbrotherjohn macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2011
    I managed to remove by deleting the Brother folder from my printers folder.
  10. miznyc macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2012
    Thanks @macbrotherjohn

    deleting the Brother folder from my printers folder worked for me.
  11. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    another way to clear out printers as well is to OPTION-CLICK the Minus (-) in System Preferences > Printers
  12. vegasmalone macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
    Two 'printers' locations

    I was able to fix this issue by deleting the 'Brother' folder in MacintoshHD/library/printers.

    Keep in mind, there are 2 printers folders. (1) MacintoshHD/library/printers and (2) MacintoshHD/users/<user_name>/library/printers.

    The second one will most likely be empty but the first will not.

    Hope it works for you too!

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