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Nowadays, it's easy to install a Samsung printer or multifunctional in Linux Mint. You can do it like this:
1. Connect your printer to your computer by means of a USB cable (even when you intend to use it as a network printer later on: for initial installation a USB cable is often needed). Then turn on your printer.
2. Sometimes it's necessary to add your printer or scanner to the system yourself, by means of the application Printers. In that case Printers already contains the driver for your printer, but you have to "indicate" the printer first.
So launch the application Printers. You can use the search box in your menu to find it; it's present by default in all editions of Linux Mint.
In the application Printers, click the button Add (with the + sign) and follow the steps it offers you.
If this fails, for example because your printer is too new for the database in your version of Linux Mint, then proceed with step 3:
3. First remove any current instance of your printer in the application Printers. Another driver will probably be the solution. Samsung has produced a fine Linux driver for all its printers (including multifunctionals with a scanner feature): the Unified Linux Driver.
Usually it isn't necessary to install it, because Linux Mint already contains a version of it. But if that version doesn't suffice, for example because your printer is too new, then you can install the driver as follows:
Download the compressed Linux driver from the website of.... Hewlett Packard! That's probably because HP has bought the Samsung printer division in 2016.
4. Usually the downloaded compressed file has landed in the folder Downloads. So unzip it like this:
Launch a terminal window.
(You can launch a terminal window like this: *Click*)
Use copy/paste to transfer the following command to the terminal:
cd Downloads && tar -xvzf ~/Downloads/uld*.tar.gz
5. Now go to the uncompressed folder with this terminal command (use copy/paste):
Note: this might produce an error message, stating: No such file or directory. This typically happens when you've downloaded the old driver for older printers, because the new driver is only for newer printers. If so, copy/paste the following magical incantation into the terminal:
6. Then make the terminal window full-screen, because of an annoying license agreement (more about that later). Then execute this command line in the terminal (copy/paste):
sudo sh install.sh
When asked, type your password. In Ubuntu your password remains entirely invisible: you don't even see dots when you type it, that's normal. Press Enter again.
Now you see an aggravating license agreement, which you have to walk through line by line, by repeatedly pressing Enter. Note that you have to do it slowly and carefully, because if you press Enter one time too many, you shoot past the line where you have to press "y" in order to agree to the license agreement. If that happens, you have to run "sudo sh install.sh" all over again....
Now the installation starts. Answer the questions (if asked: choose to disable printing from the LTP port: that's outdated).
7. You're done! Enjoy your printer.
Note: does the installation fail, for example because the unzipping produces an error, or because you get the error message "Can't open install.sh" ?
Then you probably have a corrupt driver file. Solution: remove everything, download a new copy and try again.
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