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Old 09-12-2006, 08:42 PM   #1
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get xerox workcentre xe 82 working on 10.1?

Just added old xerox xe 82 to my system. It works under xp but I have been unable to get it going under Suse 10.1. I tried all the generic settings. I am a very new newbie any constructive suggestions welcomed.
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Originally Posted by uriah
Just added old xerox xe 82 to my system. It works under xp but I have been unable to get it going under Suse 10.1. I tried all the generic settings. I am a very new newbie any constructive suggestions welcomed.
I am using my Xerox Workcentre PE 114e on suse. if you want i will tell you how i did that.

Read this manual

Comments and corrections on this HOWTO install and configure a Samsung SCX-4100
multifunction laser printer under Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) are most welcome.
They are almost certainly necessary: while I do claim to be an experienced
personal computer user (from the days of the Osborne 1 and CP/M 2.2), I am no
technology professional. At times like this, I feel like I am putting together
a recipe which I have demonstrated works successfully for me; that does not
necessarily mean that I claim to be able to defend the importance of each and
every step.

As with any HOWTO written by a private individual, "Your mileage may vary".
This text comes with no guarantees.

The Samsung SCX-4100 is an inexpensive multifunction printer based on a
monochrome laser engine. At the time of purchase, about September 2004, it cost
about CAD 250 plus sales taxes. Most multifunction printers are inkjet; with
few exceptions, the per page cost of monochrome laser printers is much cheaper
than inkjets. A replacement drum/toner with an advertised capacity of 3,000
impressions costs about CAD 100/USD 70. The SCX-4100 offers the three basic
functions of printing, copying and scanning; it does not have built-in fax

The manufacturer's literature claims that the printer "supports Linux". The
fine print adds certain conditions: only the USB interface is supported and
only the following distributions: Caldera OpenLinux, TurboLinux, SuSe Linux,
Red Hat Linux and Mandrake Linux. Samsung has never specified which versions of
these distributins. To the best of my recall, Caldera OpenLinux had even
already been withdrawn from the market by the time the SCX-4100 was released.
Several elements installed by Samsung's Linux installer appear aimed at
supporting the parallel port interface, despite the manufacturer's disclaimer.
Users of previous versions of the drivers have reported that the parallel port
support caused kernel panics, CUPS to segfault and other general mayhem. Use it
at your own risk. Better, don't use it at all. A few specialized features of
the Windows software appear to be unavailable in Linux: e.g. "watermark"
printing and "ID card copy which enables users to copy the front and back of
identification cards such as driver's licenses and medical insurance cards onto
the front of one document". Samsung Canada has made it crystal clear both over
the telephone and in e-mail that it "does not support Linux" and that the Linux
must user must get by with what comes in the box and on the global web site.
Despite all these nit-picks, the printer remains a good value-for-money general
purpose printer/copier/scanner under Linux. Overall print quality is on par
with other 600x600 monochrome laser printers. I am happy to send my more
specialized jobs to Staples over their (Windows-only, ugh) web service.

To install the Samsung SCX-4100 printer under U/Kubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger):

1. Ensure that up-to-date versions of the following packages are installed from
the regular repositories and properly configured:
sane sane-utils xsane cupsys cupsys-driver-gimpprint cups-pdf
libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2 libstdc++2.10-dbg kdeprint gs-gpl

Ubuntu (Gnome-based) users should not hesitate to install kdeprint. It is an
excellent overall print manager, well worth the disk space that its
accompanying KDE libraries will consume.

2. Ignore the Linux drivers which come on the CD-ROM included with the printer.
Install the latest driver from the global Samsung web site. As of the date of
drafting (2006-01-10), the driver was available from:

The most recent driver is named: 20051130084614343_DriversPack-1.0.165.tar.gz.
It is just over 16MiB.

Open the tarball and change into the directory cdroot/Linux. There is no README
but you might find it interesting to speed-read the files
cdroot/Linux/MFPInstaller.htm and cdroot/Linux/

3. As root, run the file Choose "4" for the SCX-4100. Choose "1" to
install the driver package. Choose "2" to confirm that "sane" is already
installed. (The install expects a "Red Hat"-style file hierarchy and cannot
find packages in Ubuntu's Debian-based hierarchy. Others have reported that
letting the installer install duplicate copies of these packages into
Debian-based computers had undesirable consequences for the usability of their

4. A lot of screen output will scroll by rapidly. In case you want to compare
notes, mine is here.

5. As an unprivileged user, open kprinter. (***FIXME: On my system, the
SCX-4100 showed up immediately as fully installed. This might, however, have
been a artefact of not deleting the ~/.kde configuration directory during
upgrades from Libranet 2.8.0 (spring 2003) through Libranet 3.0 (April 2005) to
Kubuntu 5.10). If the printer name does not appear, click on the "Add
printer... " icon (a wand between the "filter" icon and the "Properties" button
on the top row of the dialog box.

You can test the successful installation of the printer by clicking: |Kicker |
Print System |Instances |Test |Print Test Page.

6. A check on the standard CUPS web browser interface (http://localhost:631)
reveals that, despite the test page having printed out successfully, the
printer is connected to a strange device: mfp:/dev/mfp4. I believe this is
undesirable since a conventional alternative is available.

7. The top line of the CUPS browser page in (U/Kubuntu) warns us that
"Administrative tasks have been disabled for security reasons. Please use Menu
System > Administration > Printing". I am more comfortable in KDE, so it is off
again to: |Kicker |Print System. This time, click on |Properties |Interface |
Change and select the Backend Selection of Local printer ... (first line).
Clicking "Next" will take you to Local Port Selection. I chose:|USB |USB
Printer #1 |Samsung SCX-4100 Series. (Your choices might appear slightly
differently; all the printers that I have played with in five years of using
Linux have left their traces in this menu.) (***FIXME: I first did this as the
"primary" Kubuntu user (i.e., the user for whom "sudo" is enabled); it appeared
to change the interface for all users as running later in "Administrator mode"
showed that the printer interface had already been changed system-wide.)

8. CUPS relies on PostScript Page Definition (*.ppd) files. (Coincidentally,
Windows 2000 and XP use the same definition files.). Ensure that the two
following files exist:

9. To get scanning working, add a line to /etc/sane.d/dll.conf with the text
"samsung_scx4100". Make a test scan.

10. It is time to get rid of as much as possible of the useless cruft scattered
across the disk by Samsung's installer. Delete the cdroot directory opened by
the Samsung tarball (step 3 above). Delete the following files and
directories: /etc/mfpcommon.modules.conf, /dev/mfpports/,
and /usr/local/bin/samsung. If you are concerned that your particular setup
might require some of these files, you can perform a "virtual deletion" by
adding a garbage extension to the files and directories. The 2005-11-30 driver
set appears to have resolved the problems reported in earlier versions with Qt

11. Acknowledgements to Shane Hathaway
( and to François Fleuret
( I, however, not
they, am responsible for all errors in this text. Please send any comments or
corrections to me at xxuce at For the string "xx", you should
substitute my initials "br".

Last edited by Desperado2006; 09-16-2006 at 03:54 PM.
Old 09-17-2006, 03:18 PM   #3
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get xerox xe82 printer working on suse 10.1?

Many thanks for your long and well detailed post. Unfortunately this printer does not have usb input. I have a back up image of the drive so I will try going the parallel route.

The Printer was a freebie and a rebuilt cartidge was only $51. It will be some time before I am able to migrate fully to Linux so I will get my $ worth but in the future I will be checking compatability list on new purchases.



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