[kwlug-disc] Printer Question.

R. Brent Clements rbclemen at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 15:08:05 EDT 2012

There is always waste toner.  the printer works by creating a patern
in static electricity and then spraying it with toner that sticks
where the charge is.  That toner is then melted.  One of the stupidest
parts of samsung printer designs is that you can't just empty it.  You
"have to" replace it.


On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com> wrote:
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> 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
> cartridge
> 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.
> [1]
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-CLX3175-CLX3170-FN-CLX-3175FN-CLX3175FW-toner-cartridge-fix-reset-chip-/320816974041
> [2] http://www.fixya.com/support/t7888133-counter_reset_samsung_scx
> - --
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> 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.
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