Hi, ShortNickName is an entry in the ppd file (driver in this case) for your printer. I can suggest 2 solutions that may work for you. One of which is more destructive than the other...
1. Non destructive - Is "Generic PCL Laser Printer" available to you as a choice in Add Printer
From Print & Fax preferences select the + button.
In the default list find the printer you are interested either connected thru USB or on your network.
When you click on the "Print Using:" popup menu do you see "Generic PCL Laser Printer"?
If so, select it, and in the Name text field enter "something other than you have for a name. Say, test.
Click the Add button
NOTE: this may complain that you have a printer by the same name - ignore that warning - You won't get that warning if you have deleted that printer before doing this
Can you print?
This should get you started.
I have found the solution - essentially, delete all Brother software and run Software Update again.
I think the problem is that older Brother software (including drivers) was creating the conflict. Therefore, the solution is to delete these software. The steps I follow, as far as I can remember the order:
1. Goto /Library/Printers folder and delete the "Brother" folder
2. Goto /Preference folder and delete the "Brother" folder (I don't think this is essential, but I delete this folder anyway.)
3. Open Print & Fax in Preference and delete the Brother printer and then re-add them
4. Run Software Update - this will then download and reinstall the now missing Brother drivers (those that were deleted under step 1)
5. Restart the computer
The printer now works!
I found out a couple of things when I ran into this problem using the Brother MFC-885CW. (Initially I was able to print right after the upgrade to Snow Cat but had to reinstall Rosetta then the Brother ControlCenter software CD to get the scanner back up and running.) Anyway, when I tried to print after that I received the "Invalid format for short nick name" error message as well.
First, apparently when you delete the Printer directly in Sys Pref: Print & Fax it automatically deletes the Library/Printer & Preference files.
Second, in Print & Fax I clicked on the "+" Add button and then when the Add Printer window showed up I went to Print Using "Brother MFC-885CW CUPS v.1.1" rather than just Brother MFC-885CW CUPS. In other words, if you add printer (in my case) Brother MFC-885CW-1 instead of Brother MFC-885CW only it should print. Apparently the v1.1 and -1 suffix may be the key. (At this point, admittedly, I have not tried scanning again.) Hope that this helps... ; )
THANK you! This actually worked- just adding the same printer again did the trick.
I noticed that the printer icon is the old 'standard' one from pre-Snow Leopard... the new driver (which I downloaded at least 3 times) that generates an icon that looks like my MFC 7440N didn't work, even after I installed the new OS 10.6.1 update which was supposed to address printer issues...
I got round this by :
delete the printer in the printer fax settings pane
this time set up the printer using the ip address tab ie not bonjour
it offers the correct ip address for me so i set line printer daemon
it automatically then sets for me (MFC 8870DW) cups driver
I tried all the above methods
i deleted all the drivers
downloaded the drivers from apple
downloaded the drivers form brother
messed everthing up for about 6 hours then came across the above method
Works for me hope this helps