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Printing in the Math Department

There are four black & white printers located on the 3rd floor and three on the 4th . In addition to the black and white printers. If a printer is jammed, out of toner, or having other problems, please send an email to help@math.mit.edu.

What kinds of printers do you have?

We currently have 9 printers and 3 copiers available for public use throughout the department.

Printer Room Model Capability
kipling 2-090a HP LaserJet 4250N b&w single sided
baird 2-252 HP Color Laserjet M553 color single sided
procyon 2-252 HP LaserJet P4015dn b&w double sided
updike 2-252 HP LaserJet 4250N b&w single sided
scalzi 2-252 Konica Minolta Bizhub C284 color, copy, scan, double sided
pot-of-gold 2-350 HP Color Laserjet CP2025n color single sided
thurber 2-350 Brother HL-6180DW b&w double sided
vaughan 2-350 Konica Minolta Bizhub C284 color, copy, scan, double sided
cummings 2-390 HP LaserJet 600/M602 b&w double sided
rainbow-math 2-430 HP Color LaserJet M254dw color single sided
pratchett 2-430 Konica Minolta bizhub C368 color, copy, scan, double sided
tiptree 2-490 HP LaserJet P4015dn b&w double sided

How do I add a printer to my Mac computer?

To add a department printer to your mac computer, first ensure that you are connected to the internet on the "MIT" or "MIT SECURE" network ("MIT GUEST" will not work).

Open System Preferences / Printers and Scanners

Click the "+" symbol to add a printer.

Under "IP", enter the name of the printer (above) plus ".mit.edu". Example: procyon.mit.edu

Under "Protocol", choose "HP Jetdirect - Socket"

Click "Add" and the printer will be installed

How do I add a printer to my Windows computer?

To add a department printer to your Windows computer, first ensure that you are connected to the internet on the "MIT" or "MIT SECURE" network ("MIT GUEST" will not work).

Open Control Panel / Devices and Printers

Click "Add Printer" and select "Add Local Printer"

Select "Create new port" and choose "Standard TCP/IP"

Under Hostname or IP address, enter the name of the printer (above) plus ".mit.edu". Example: procyon.mit.edu

Click "next" and Windows should detect the printer and install the driver

How do I print PostScript, dvi, PDF and text files?

To print PostScript, PDF, and plaintext files,:

lpr -P printername filename.ps

To print dvi (dvi file is the result of LaTeX-ing a document):

dvips filename.dvi

If you wish to turn a dvi file into a PostScript file without printing:

dvips filename.dvi -o filename.ps

To print directly to a destination other than your default printer:

dvips filename.dvi -f | lpr -P printername

How do I see what jobs are ahead of me in the print queue?

Use the lpq command to see what jobs are ahead of yours.

lpq -Pprintername

You should receive information much like the following:

<matt@lagrange> [$] lpq –Ppoe

poe is ready and printing

Rank Owner Job File(s) Total Size
active matt 18 ps1.ps 35840 bytes
1st matt 19 ps2.ps 35840 bytes
2nd matt 20 ps3.ps 35840 bytes

How do I delete one of my jobs from the print queue?

In order to remove the job from the print queue, you must first determine the job number of your printout. Using the command from the previous question, find your job in the list and then use its job id to build your lprm commmand.

For example, to remove the second job from the list above, use the following command:

lprm -Ppoe 19

How do I set my default printer so I can just type lpr filename instead of lpr -Pprintername filename?

Issue the following command from the command line of one of the Linux machines:

lpoptions -d printername

How do I print to the color printer?

Use the printer name pot-of-gold (2-168) or rainbow (2-366) as your destination printer.

lpr -P rainbow filename.ps

How do I print to the transparencies tray of the color printer?

Use the printer name pot-of-gold-slides or rainbow-slides as your destination printer.

lpr -P rainbow-slides filename.ps

How do I avoid printing the header page?

Due to popular request, we have disabled header pages. If this becomes a problem we will re-enable them and post information here on how to disable them on a per-job basis.

How do I print multiple pages of a PostScript document on one sheet of paper?

The -o number-up=value option selects N-Up printing. N-Up printing places multiple document pages on a single printed page. CUPS supports 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, and 16-Up formats; the default format is 1-Up:

lpr -o number-up=1 -Pprintername filename ENTER lpr -o number-up=2 -Pprintername filename ENTER lpr -o number-up=4 -Pprintername filename ENTER lpr -o number-up=16 -Pprintername filename ENTER

How do I print a few pages from a large PostScript document?

The -o page-ranges=pages option selects a range of pages for printing.

lpr -o page-ranges=1 -Pprintername filename ENTER
lpr -o page-ranges=1-4 -Pprintername filename ENTER
lpr -o page-ranges=1-4,7,9-12 -Pprintername filename ENTER
lpr -o page-ranges=1-4,7,9-12 -Pprintername filename ENTER

How do I select only even or odd pages?

Use the -o page-set=set option to select the even or odd pages.

lpr -o page-set=odd -Pprintername filename ENTER lpr -o page-set=even -Pprintername filename ENTER lpr -o page-set=even -Pprintername filename ENTER

How do I print A4 sized PostScript documents on letter sized paper?

The -o media=xyz option sets the media size, type, and/or source.

lpr -o media=Letter filename ENTER

My PDF file is not printing, any suggestions?

  • One possibility is that you PDF document is in A4 format.  In Acrobat Reader, do the following:
    Click on the File menu in the upper left hand corner and select Print Setup. If under Paper it lists A4 as the size, change it to Letter.
  • You can also try printing it on one of the duplex printers.
  • Some PDF files are only compatible with the program they were created in. Try both the Adobe Acrobat Reader (acroread under linux) and the Open-Source document reader xpdf. One of the programs should be able to properly print the document.

When I print, the printer momentarily says Processing job, but no paper comes out.

First, make sure no jobs are in the queue. If no jobs are in the queue, power cycle the printer and try sending the job again. If you still have problems, ask for help.

The printer is turned on, but no jobs are coming out. What's wrong?

Make sure the printer is online. Some printers have a Go button to toggle whether the printer is online or offline.

Check whether there are any jobs in the queue. To check all queues, use the command:

lpstat -o

If the job is in the queue, the printer is online, and nothing is happening, check the queue status with the command:

lpc

To check the queue status, at the lpc> prompt, type status [printer] where [printer] is the name of the printer you would like to know about.