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Waiting for lab computers to (eventually) log you on so you can print that rightfully-forgotten graduate Kant dissertation is a relic from days past.  It’s very easy to set up your own computer to print to lab printers.  In fact, you can print to any printer on campus from any computer you like.

CUIT’s instructions are, like commencement speakers, thorough, longwinded, and a wee bit annoying.  We’ve shortened and sweetened them for you, our dear readers.  You can now enjoy the freedom to print from the roof of Mudd because, yes, the wireless reaches up there.

Our version–in English–after the jump.

Printing from a Mac

These instructions are for Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard,” the most recent version.  It’s very similar for earlier versions of OS X.

Open System Preferences from Applications, System Preferences and click Print & Fax.

Click the + sign at the bottom of the list.

Click on the IP tab at the top of the new window and select Line Printer Daemon for the protocol.

The addresses of all the printers on campus can be found here (residential printers are under their own category called “Residence Halls”), and the queue is always called “public.”

Type in “HP LaserJet 9050” under Print Using.  This tells your computer for which make of printer to format the instructions.  If your system doesn’t know the 9050, you can find PostScript drivers here.

Printing from Windows XP

Printing from Windows is slightly more complicated.  Vista’s configuration is very similar to XP’s but more detailed instructions for a Vista setup can be found here.

First, you need to make sure you can print to a Unix-based printer.  Go to the Add/Remove Programs dialog, found in the Control Panel (which is in the Start menu).

On the left, click Add/Remove Windows Components and in the new window, select Other Network File and Print Services and click Next.

From the Control Panel, click Printers and Faxes and then Add a printer on the left.  Select Local printer in the new window, but for expedience, you can disable Automatically detect.

Select Create a new port and select LPR Port from the drop-down menu.  Type in the appropriate name found in this list and set the queue to public.

Select the HP LaserJet 9050 drivers, and if you can’t find them, you can download them here.  The rest is quite straightforward.

Et voila!  You can print to any printer on campus.  You can even add multiple printers (say, every single one in Butler) and switch between them in the application you’re trying to print from.

For the tree-conscious, CUIT printers generally default to automatic double-sided wonderfulness.  If that isn’t the case for you, check the aforementioned CUIT instructions.

Don’t trust that all the printers are up and running?  Check this CUIT page to see the status of every printer on campus.  And if you want to be a creepster, there’s a way to see the list of UNIs and print jobs that are queued at every NiNJA station.

Now you can print out a detailed study of every PrezBo communique ever from the privacy of your room.  It’s like Christmas all over again.

Update, 4:16 PM: A clarification: not all printers on campus are LaserJet 9050’s; many of them are.  Check to see what kind of printer you’re adding on the CUIT location pages.