Printer problem Samsung CLX-3170

mike cloaked mike.cloaked at
Wed Nov 23 21:23:37 UTC 2011

On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 8:41 PM, Jim <binarynut at> wrote:
> On 11/23/2011 12:23 PM, Jim wrote:
>> On 11/23/2011 09:34 AM, mike cloaked wrote:
>>> On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:17 PM, Jim<binarynut at>  wrote:
>>>>> I can't tell from the messages output you posted if your machine is
>>>>> x86_64 or not but I had a very very similar issue with a Samsung
>>>>> scx4500w when I installed f16.
>>>>> It turned out that the copy of the file "rastertosamsungspl" was a 32
>>>>> bit version and I had installed a 64 bit system - worth checking ?
>>>>> Also I notice that the name of your file is "rastertosamsungsplc"
>>>>> whereas it should be "rastertosamsungspl" i.e. you have an additional
>>>>> letter "c" at the end of the filename - if your file is really ending
>>>>> in a "c" then check whether you have the correct 32 or 64 bit file -
>>>>> if not then make sure that where you defined the file in the printer
>>>>> setup is correct - if not then redefine it with the correct filename.
>>>> I have a 32 bit box,
>>>> How do I determine wether the rastertosamungsplc is 32 or  64 bit?
>>>> In usr/lib/cups/filter/ there is a rastertosamsungsplc and a
>>>> rastertosamsungspl .
>>>> This is the same driver that I used Fedora 14 and 15 .
>>> OK - the answer as to which of 32 or 64 bit is where you got the file
>>> from?  Presumably it is from the unified driver set from Samsung - in
>>> which case that will have difference directories for the 32bit and 64
>>> bit file sets - one thing you can do is go back there and check the
>>> total file size - the 32 and 64 bit raster files are different sizes -
>>> which does yours match?
>>> Secondly you did not answer the question about using the correct name
>>> for the file when you defined the printer in Fedora - unless you
>>> changed the name of the actual file then the fail message indicated
>>> that you had the wrong filename - if course if you define it and point
>>> to a non-existent file then it is bound to fail!  Check that again and
>>> see if that is the source of the problem.
>> THe unifiedLinuxDriver is the one I,m using ,it is the SAME driver
>> that I have installed on  32 bit boxes in Fedora 14 an 15 for this
>> CLX3175FN printer and now a 32 bit box in Fedora 16.
>> The only thing I put into the setup was:
>> URL: lpd://         (this is the IP in the Router for
>> this printer, the same IP used on F14, F15)
>> The rest was done in the setup.
>> THanks Mike for your help on this problem.
> Mike I downloaded new Unified drivers from Samsung and installed and
> still get the same error message.
> The driver that is recommend during the install, and only driver
> available is    Samsung CLX-3170 Series (SPL-C)
> Which I think explains the rastertosamsungsplc

OK When I configured my own printer what I did (f14 originally and
recently f16) was only two things: After extracting the raster file
and ppd file from the Samsung unified driver package:

a) copied the raster file to /usr/lib/cups/filter/ and made sure its
permissions and selinux context matched the existing files in that
b) made a Samsung directory in /usr/share/cups/model/foomatic-db-ppds/Samsung/
c) used gzip to generate a gzipped file of the Samsung ppd file as
scx4500w.ppd.gz and put it in the directory created at b)

Then I plugged in the printer and defined a new printer under kde
using the printer setup ....

That was it -

Originally I followed the Samsung unified driver install instructions
and got into a mess!

That might work for you too if your method was to install the whole
unified driver set of files?

mike c

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