November 21, 2011
For a tiny laser printer, the Samsung ML-1865W is a steal. Mine worked great until one day it refused to print. Neither the PC nor the printer itself gave any indication to me what was wrong. The driver reported the printer as idle and the printer just blinked red. Only when I would go to print did my PC report an error, but even then it did not tell what the error was.
I called Samsung's tech support, and it turns out that blinking red means that the printer thinks the toner is low and therefore refuses to print any more pages. This really annoyed me because I was able to make it print a test page by holding down the wireless button for about thirty seconds and the print-out showed the toner at around 10%. Even though there was toner still left in the cartridge, the printer refused to print.
The ML-1865W forces people buy a new toner cartridge even when there is still toner left!
It turns out that you can still get the drivers to print, even when the Samsung doesn't want you to! Here's how to do it in Ubuntu. These steps may work on other operating systems with a few changes, althought I haven't tried it.
Good luck and have fun sticking it to the man :)