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Samsung CLP-510
Color laser printer, max. 1200x1200 dpi, works Partially
Recommended Driver: splix (Home page, Driver packages: x86 32 bit: 2.0.0 (RPM for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 2.0.0 (DEB for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 1.0.1 (RPM for LSB 3.1) (Signed), 1.0.1 (DEB for LSB 3.1) (Signed), x86 64 bit: 2.0.0 (RPM for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 2.0.0 (DEB for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 1.0.1 (RPM for LSB 3.1) (Signed), 1.0.1 (DEB for LSB 3.1) (Signed) (How to install))
Generic Instructions: CUPS, LPD, LPRng, PPR, PDQ, no spooler

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This is a cheap color laser printer with a proprietary language. Samsung provides a closed-source driver on their web site, the "Unified Linux Driver", a driver package containing CUPS drivers and PPDs for all Samsung printers. Version 2.00.90 and newer supports also this printer. Output is raster-only, and due to glitches in the software, monochrome sources are output as color (visible flecks of cyan, magenta, and yellow). It is also not easy to install this driver in arbitrary distributions. See the user reports below.

As the first free software printer driver SpliX supports this printer, but the driver still needs testing. So please try out this printer with SpliX and report your results to the author of the driver.

User reports:

I have installed and de-installed the printer a few times using the driver from Samsung (2.0.90). I am using Ubuntu 6.06. I have managed to get it to print a test page in KDE and Cups, but it only prints half the page and the bottom is blank. Before that, it printed a test page that was full of errors about PCL.

The printer does work with Cups Version < 2 and the provided proprietary drivers. It will print out white pages unless you specify the locale to eg. POSIX (eg. "LC_ALL=POSIX lpr test.ps").

The proprietary driver does just support 600dpi.

I use Suse 10.1 and I installed the Samsung unified driver 2.00.90. The printer works BUT:
  1. no choice for resolution;
  2. duplex doesn't work.

Overall, it's a cheap color laser printer and a pretty good value, but the lack of support for other operating systems makes it a little less than attractive. Print quality is decent while lacking options that are supported by the Windows driver, and be prepared for the printer to put up a fight as you try to use it. The driver seems to crash when printing certain things (mostly webpages), and there is no support from Samsung for the driver and no specification of the SPL-C language available. While I haven't determined the exact reason of the crash, it seems to be due to the custom backend filters the Samsung driver uses. It very well could be a combination of a broken build of my system (an older build of Gentoo) and using an Athlon64, but the issue seems very similar to the first user's comments. The output will stop randomly in the middle of a page, and syslog will show a segfault in gs, though recompiling ghostscript doesn't seem to change the issue.

I wasn't able to reproduce the "prints black with expensive color toner" bug mentioned above. I examined the CUPS test page, printed with the proprietary Linux drivers, and with Acrobat under Windows. Neither showed flecks of color in or around black areas, but the linux version was clearly 600 dpi, while the windows version was at 1200. Color matching under linux is wrong; the "blue" pie wedge comes out purple. The drivers ship with *.cms files that look like color profiles, but I don't know how to install them yet.

Duplex can be set via the printer's front panel and LCD display; the setting via cups doesn't work (although enabling duplex via cups adds a blank page to the end of each odd-length document...). I'm using version 2.00.90 of the drivers, and have seen no stability problems in the ~10 pages I've printed under linux so far.

Be warned that the samsung driver installer attempts to install older versions of standard c++ libraries into /usr/ without prompting. According to its documentation, it also replaces lpr with a "GUI LPR" that will pop up a dialog when you print. If you download the samsung drivers, you may prefer to manually install them. The drivers include binaries for i386 and x86_64. Put the stuff from the appropriate "filter" and "ppd" directories into /usr/lib/cups/filter/ and /usr/share/ppd/Samsung, respectively. (The directories should already exist, and may vary between linux distributions.) Then, install the printer via the CUPS web gui (http://localhost:631/). The drivers shoud show up under "SAMSUNG". Apparently, you used to need to create a file called /etc/linuxprint.cfg. I didn't have to do that.

Install Samsung CLP-510 color laser printer to Ubunutu dapper i386 & x86_64
sudo adduser cupsys shadow
Insert in /etc/udev/rules.d/60-symlinks.rules
# Create symlink for usb printer to /dev/usb/lp*
BUS=="usb", KERNEL=="lp[0-9]*",         SYMLINK+="usb/%k"

restart udev:
/etc/init.d/udev restart
/etc/init.d/cupsys restart

download latest Samsung CLP-510 driver from http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/DR/200607/20060719124812000_UnifiedLinuxDriver.tar.gz
tar -zxvf 20060719124812000_UnifiedLinuxDriver.tar.gz
The package will create a folder called cdroot
The package offers an automatic setup, but it doen't work for me, I can only print half page, therefore, I uninstalled and create it manually.
cd cdroot/Linux
You'll find 3 folders, i386;noarch&x86_64
/cdroot/Linux$ cp noarch/at_root/etc/sane.d/smfp.conf /etc/sane.d/
/cdroot/Linux$ cp noarch/at_opt/share/ppd/CLP-510splc.ppd /usr/share/ppd/linuxprinting.org-gs-builtin/

now we have to go either i386 or x86_64 depends on your distro
For x86_64 we choose x86_64 folder
/cdroot/Linux$ cp x86_64/at_root/usr/lib64/libmfp.so.1.0.1 /usr/lib64/
/cdroot/Linux$ cp x86_64/at_root/usr/lib64/cups/backend/mfp /usr/lib64/cups/backend/
/cdroot/Linux$ cp x86_64/at_root/usr/lib64/cups/filter/* /usr/lib64/cups/filter/

now use CUPS' web interface or your distribution's printer setup tool to add the printer
when prompt for userid and passwd use root and root password
hope this help

rpc(at)belug.org adds:

My distribution is Debian Etch and my installation with the above mentioned "Unified Driver" worked. It installs below /opt within Cups you make the definitive switch! You choose /opt/Samsung/mfp/share/ppd/CLP-510spld.ppd as your favorite PPD - file because the CLP-510 is not listed in the list of Samsung printers. The PPD - file of version 1.9 (shipped with my printer in 02/2006) is errornous and therefore not useable. Then you have to change the paperformat from Letter to A4 ( ;-) ) and switch on duplex within CUPS and then the printer works perfectly. CUPS says it has 600dpi, but whether it has 600 or 1200dpi I won't mind: I am too old to see the difference.


Consumables/Refills: B, C, M, Y, total UKP 240

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The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

splix  (driver home page)
Driver for Samsung SPL2 (ML-1710, ...) and SPLc (CLP-500, ...) laser printers
Supplier: SpliX project
License: GPL (free software, show license text)
  This driver contains algorithms which are (possibly) patented (See license text).
User support:SpliX forum at SourceForge (voluntary)
Max. rendering resolution: 1200x1200dpi   Color output   Type: CUPS Raster
Text:||||||||||  100Graphics:||||||||||  100System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  100Photo:||||||||||  80Speed:Unknown
Download:Driver packages: x86 32 bit: 2.0.0 (RPM for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 2.0.0 (DEB for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 1.0.1 (RPM for LSB 3.1) (Signed), 1.0.1 (DEB for LSB 3.1) (Signed), x86 64 bit: 2.0.0 (RPM for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 2.0.0 (DEB for LSB 3.2) (Signed), 1.0.1 (RPM for LSB 3.1) (Signed), 1.0.1 (DEB for LSB 3.1) (Signed) (How to install)

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