Installing the Samsung C480W printer on Ubuntu Linux

tl;dr; As Linux user, do yourself a favor and consider the Samsung C480W printer.

Update: When scanning after Ubuntu upgrade does not work

I wanted to get rid of my old HP PSC 1215 All-in-One Printer.

HP PSC 1215 All-in-One Printer
HP PSC 1215 All-in-One Printer

It served me well over all these years, both with Windows and Ubuntu Linux. But, getting tired of replacing empty or clogged ink cartridges all too often I considered buying a laser printer. I chose the Samsung Xpress C480W A4 Color Laser Printer.

Samsung Xpress C480W A4 Color Laser Printer
Samsung Xpress C480W A4 Color Laser Printer

Installing a printer on Linux – a nightmare. Or is it?

Not with this one, I can say. The “Easy printer installation” does not promise too much. Here’s what it took me:

  1. Attach the printer to the mains and the local LAN. Switch it on.
  2. Download the appropriate driver package from the Samsung setup page with the Linux box. The website presents the Linux driver package (probably guessed from the User Agent string) right away.
  3. Extract the package.
  4. Run sudo ./install.sh

    Installing the printer driver with the bash shell
    Installing the printer driver with the bash shell
  5. Accept the EULA (This is the most inconvenient part as you are required to accept it line by line…)
  6. Install the printer using the Ubuntu printer Dialog. It will automatically get recognized on the network.

    The Ubuntu 14.04 Add printer dialog
    The Ubuntu 14.04 Add printer dialog
  7. Done. Feel the relief and joy of printing and scanning using your favorite OS.

Here’s how my first test page looks – scanned with the same printer again. 🙂

Scanned Document
A scan of the first print test page.

Update: When scanning after Ubuntu upgrade does not work

After upgrading Ubuntu from 14.04 (LTS) to 16.04 (LTS) the scanner portion of the Samsung C480W did not work anymore. I got “Failed to scan” all the time from my beloved SimpleScan application.

SimpleScan refuses to find the scanner

Apparently some configurations did not make it through the Ubuntu upgrade.

My solution was to simply uninstall and reinstall the driver using the official driver package mentioned above:

sudo ./unistall.sh
sudo ./install.sh

Voilà – SimpleScan on Ubuntu 16.04 (LTS) found my scanner again.

SimpleScan manages to scan again.