Changing Printer Driver (Samsung CLP-315)
Im on Xubuntu 9.10 amd64 and my printer is detected as a CLP-310 and is not working. In ubuntu i was able to select my model as CLP-315, and it would isntall the proper driver. In Xubuntu it does not give me this option, how can i manually change the driver on my printer? It shows the printer and lets me print, but i get a page print with this error "SPL-C Error - Please use the proper driver".
Problem solved i think, in printer properties changing the "Make and Model" option showed the proper model, not sure if it changed the driver but it prints now.
Samsung Printer Drivers
I have 2 points on this subject:
1) Samsung, on their website does state that they do not support Linux, so, as is more often the case, drivers have to be developed by Linux volunteers, independently of the manufacturer.
Personally, as a shopper and consumer, I would prefer to buy equipment from a manufacturer who has a standing track record of being (IMHO) "Linux fair."
While I am not about to shout it from the rooftops, let every consumer make his own choices - caveat emtor!
Generally, in the line of printers and scanners, I have had better success in Linux with HP, however there are many issues that are not make and model specific that can cause support installation grief.
2) Using Fedora 17 64 bit, I searched with the add/remove tool, and it turned up some support via Splix. I have seen this before, and I think it is likely to work, T.B.D.
Splix, as I understand it supports the SPL protocol, which, if I remember correctly, is the protocol Samsung uses.
Sometimes I see in printers and SANE backends, that supporting such hardware can have 3 levels involved.
e.g. in the case of SANE, You have XSANE as the GUI, and it has the means in its own level, to support far more features than most scanners are equipped to provide.
Next down, you may have a "middle end" so to speak, that handles the "backend" commonalities of one or more series of models from one or more manufacturers which have used the same basic command set.
In the lowest level backend, you will have a separate package for each specific model in that subgroup to support the model-specific features and quirks of a given model.
Now that you have an idea of the "low-down", it tells us why I suspect that, in my case, Splix may well be an answer.
More later when tested.
I Hope this is of some help to folks.
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