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I am trying to install drivers for samsung ML-2851ND printer on suse 11.1 I have downloaded the drivers to the desktop but they are tarballs. How do I install them? ...
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    I am trying to install drivers for samsung ML-2851ND printer on suse 11.1 I have downloaded the drivers to the desktop but they are tarballs. How do I install them? Can I use yast? This printer is supposed to be a postscript printer. Should I just install as a network printer using LPD and forget the drivers? Any help will be appreciated.

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    If you go to Yast -> Hardware -> Printers, are you able to configure the printer using the Generic PostScript driver? Otherwise, check to see if your tarball contains any PPD files, as these would be the drivers that CUPS uses. I believe Yast allows you to select the ppd file to use manually, though you may have to have it already in the location of all the other ones. (/usr/share/cups/model/Samsung ?)

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    One of the tarballs is the drivers, one is the printer control panel , and the last one is utilities. Yast lists 7 or 8 different drivers for samsung but I can't tell which one is for this printer. It looks like I need to install the tarballs. The Cd for this printer works with windows but not linux.

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    According to the OpenPrinting Database, it is recommended that you use the generic postscript driver for this printer, and not any of the Samsung specific ones. (This is not to preclude you from using the one you downloaded if you really want, it's just not necessary.)

    The website does give generic CUPS instructions, but it's quite a bit easier in SuSE to just configure the printer through Yast and manually select the "driver."

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    THanks D-cat. I have it working with the generic postscript drivers. Test page looks OK.

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