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Old 06-16-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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Question What mono laser printer works best on linux mint 15 and then how do I install it?

I have never installed any printer or scanner on a linux system before and im very new to linux, but i am quite good with windows PCs. Can someone explain step by step how I go about, first finding a suitable mono laser printer, and then exactly how to install it on linux mint 15 please?
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Linux is not Windows. Stuff, including drivers, is not installed in the same way. This article from Ubuntu provides a pretty good overview.

In my experience, HP provides the best Linux support. My HP OfficeJet Pro L7680 has worked flawlessly with almost every distro I've used (Mageia 3 had some problems with it, but they were resolved in Mageia 4.)

If you go HP, you want to make sure that HPLIP is installed on your system. It's in most distros' repos and can be installed from the package manager. Note that, in many cases, the HPLIP GUI is a separate package from the HPLIP base and must therefor be installed separately.

By the way, Mint 15 has reached end of life and is no longer supported. V. 17 will be supported until 2019--I have it on a computer and it's working just fine. You may want to look at upgrading.

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You could start by clicing on the 'Linux HCL' link on the right of this page then do an online search for Linux compatible printers.
Support for Mint 15 ended in January of this year so there is no support and no updates available.
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Go to Amazon — I assume you're in a place that has it, since you don't state your location. Search for laser printers with 4-star or better average reviews. I see that there are some from HP and from Samsung, which will have Linux support. Read the reviews to see which sounds best for you.

Whichever you get, installing is basically similar. Connect the printer to the computer, switch it on, and run the installer.

HP software will come with your Ubuntu. You can read about it here
where they have a list of supported printers and instructions. I used to have an HP and it was very easy.

Samsung software has to be downloaded. You can get a package for Ubuntu from
or you can get it from Samsung. There are instructions here
I have a Samsung now and that was easy too!
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I like Brother laser printers for their cost performance and support. You can get the Brother HL-2270DW printer for under $100 US if you do some looking. On sale at OfficeMax, I have purchased for $89 for HL-2270DW which supports wired & wireless. Good 2X printer for the cost. Toner Cartridges are fair priced at about $49. Support for the printer, I used 'Brother-HL-2170W-hpijs-pcl5e.ppd' by editing the file to search & replace '2170' with '2270' to create a workable 'ppd' file for my laser. Setup using CUPS. Works great with no issues.

Hope this helps.
Have fun!
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+1 for Brother printers.

Brother's linux support website is here. I have a multifunction printer (MFC-7840W) which has been working very well (including scanning over the network with xsane) for several years now. I would suggest a printer with network support if you are going to print from more than one computer.
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Thanks everyone. Some very useful links in those answers. You have been very helpful. I'll be back again with more questions soon I think. I'm enjoying the learning curve. Linux turned out be the only way I could get my sound working on my Toshiba Laptop after I upgraded it to windows 7. I searched the internet and tried lots of suggestions for possible drivers, but nothing worked on windows. I installed the Linux thinking it might bring the sound back and it did - and everything else worked perfectly too! Amazing! The dual boot means I can do my mundane office work on windows, but can still use the laptop for music and media. Linux can solve problems with older hardware, so I'm sure I'll use it again. Much quicker installation too.


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