[kwlug-disc] Printer Question.

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Fri Jun 22 15:04:02 EDT 2012

Hash: SHA1

I've got a Samsung 1720 (B&W, no display).  From reading the manual,
it seems like the printer is full of DRM.  There's encoding on the
toner cartridge to detect a "nonSAMSUNG toner cartridge - The toner
which the arrow indicates is not a Samsung-genuine cartridge"  or even
worse, "Toner Exhausted - A toner cartridge has reached its estimated
cartridge life. The printer stops printing" whether there's any toner
left or not. This may have something to do with the "waste toner"
collector being full, but why is toner being wasted in the first place?

So, likely it IS just a counter, but intentionally set up to make you
buy new supplies. I see there are lots of places selling circumvention
chips[1] and software[2].

<politics> Now that Bill C-11 is about to become law, it will be an
offence to circumvent these Technological Protection Measures to
repair your printer... </politics>

FWIW, Samsung is pretty good about providing printer drivers for
GNU/Linux systems,  Difficult to install, though. Not something I'd
expect a non-technical person to do. And I don't remember if the
driver source is provided...

- --Bob.


[2] http://www.fixya.com/support/t7888133-counter_reset_samsung_scx

- --
Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com>         http://sobac.com/sobac/
SOBAC Microcomputer Services              Phone: +1-519-669-0388
6 James Street, Elmira ON Canada  N3B 1L5  Cell: +1-519-635-9413
Software   ---   Office & Business Automation   ---   Consulting

On 06/22/2012 02:27 PM, Joe Wennechuk wrote:
> Not totally Linux here but I thought someone may be able to help.
> I have an Samsung CLX-3170 and I'm getting a change
> Photomultiplier error and it won't print - It is just a counter in
> the photo multiplier that dies at like 2500.
> ? Does anyone know how to re-set this? Even just for a few pages?
> - I just want to know if the printer even works before I go and buy
> a new expensive photomultiplier, and I cant tell if it works unless
> i have one.
> _______________________________________________ kwlug-disc mailing
> list kwlug-disc at kwlug.org 
> http://kwlug.org/mailman/listinfo/kwlug-disc_kwlug.org
Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: Ensure confidentiality, authenticity, non-repudiability


More information about the kwlug-disc mailing list