Samsung ML-2955DW Printer on Fedora16
I recently bought a Samsung ML-2950DW black-and-white laser printer from
Samsung. Although this printer has network and wireless interfaces I am
currently using only the USB interface. At any rate, I optimistically unpacked
it, went through the hardware setup, hooked it up, and enabled it through the
Printer menu in System Settings (GNOME3 Shell). But when I tried the test page
I got several pages of PDF-as-ASCII rather than the correct output. Clearly
the default driver selected by the system was incorrect. But with a little
internet research (mostly from http://blog.cochard.me/, fedora, CUPS, and Samsung)
I managed to get the printer up and running.
It is possible you will have to install some packages for the filter program to
work. I didn't have any issues, but I have a pretty complete installation.
The CUPS documentation has a decent troubleshooting page and explains how
to run the filters by hand.
At any rate, after the procedure above I was able to print the Test Page. And
the printer has pretty much worked. The only problem I have had is printing
emails with embedded content where I once again got ASCII garbage rather
than a good page.
At some point I will fire up the network and wireless interfaces and update
this page if successful.
[Sorry about the dreadful formatting, this was just a quick note. Will
try to clean up later.]
- Download UnifiedLinuxDriver from
- Untar the file someplace convenient.
tar zxvf UnifiedLinuxDriver_0.92.tar.gz
- Look for filter file.
grep cupsFilter cdroot/Linux/noarch/at_opt/share/ppd/ML-2950spl2.ppd
Should be rastertosamsungspl
- Copy driver to /etc/cups/ppd
sudo cp cdroot/Linux/noarch/at_opt/share/ppd/ML-2950spl2.ppd /etc/cups/ppd/
- Copy filter to /usr/lib/cups/filter
sudo cp cdroot/Linux/i386/at_root/usr/lib/cups/filter/rastertosamsungspl /usr/lib/cups/filter/
- Use system-config-printer to select correct PPD file for printer.
(Might be worthwhile to delete the incorrect one from /etc/cups/ppd as well).
- try test page.