The University of Connecticut Department of Physics
Computer and Network Support FAQ

Printers & Printing

  1. What printers are available for the Department's members?

    The Department of Physics provides the following networked laser printers to the Department's members:

    Model Features Location
     
    HP Laserjet 4000TN Black&White, Postscript Computer Lab
    HP Laserjet 4100DTN Black&White, Postscript Computer Lab
    Minolta QMS Magicolor 2350 Color, Postscript Physics Office

  2. How can I print black&white documents on both sides of the page in portrait mode?

    You should use the HP LaserJet 4100 DTN printer in duplex mode.

    The symbolic name for this printer/mode combination is duplex. Choose duplex printer if you are using a Windows computer in the Computer Lab. Use command lpr -Pduplex ... if you are printing from a Linux/Unix computer.

  3. How can I print black&white documents on both sides of the page in landscape mode?

    You should use the HP LaserJet 4100 DTN printer in tumble mode.

    The symbolic name for this printer/mode combination is tumble. Choose tumble printer if you are using a Windows computer in the Computer Lab. Use command lpr -Ptumble ... if you are printing from a Linux/Unix computer.

  4. How can I print black&white documents on a single side of the page?

    You have two options:

    1. You can use the HP LaserJet 4000 TN printer This is the default printer for all Computer Lab machines.

      The symbolic name for this printer/mode combination is single. Choose single printer if you are using a Windows computer in the Computer Lab. Use command lpr ... if you are printing from a Linux/Unix computer.

    2. You can use the HP LaserJet 4100 DTN printer in simplex mode. We recommend this as a backup method.

      The symbolic name for this printer/mode combination is singlemode. Choose singlemode printer if you are using a Windows computer in the Computer Lab. Use command line lpr -Psinglemode if you are printing from a Linux/Unix computer.

  5. How can I print color documents?

    Color printing is primarily intended to produce prints requiring strong visual impression. Color prints are also rather expensive. Therefore it is suggested that you stay near the color printer during the printing process to intervene if your print is not up to your expectations or if something goes wrong with your printing job. A special Windows XP computer in the Physics Office (P-107) is dedicated to submit color printing jobs. Every department member can login (using own user name and the password) into this computer. The software installed includes Microsoft Office XP, Open Office, and Adobe Acrobat 6.0. This list can be expanded upon request. Please transfer your files to the dedicated computer for printing using secure copy or an email attachment, or bring your files with you on CDs, ZIP disks, or floppies. In order to print open your document using appropriate application and choose Magicolor printer. You also have to choose which media type to use (the default is "paper").

    If you cancelled your printing job please switch the printer "off" and "on" again in order to reset the internal Postscript interpreter's state.

    If you'd like to install the driver for the color printer on your personal computer here is the download link.

  6. How can I print posters?

    Laboratory of Nuclear Science owns a large poster-size plotter. It is widely used for the Department's needs by arrangement. Please contact Prof. R.T.Jones for details. (Students, please ask your advisor to contact Prof. Jones.)

    The width of the plotter's paper roll is 36". We suggest 36"x48" as the poster size.

    If you are preparing your poster using LaTeX choose a0poster document style. We suggest that you a) produce PostScript file from your LaTeX documen; b) convert PostScript to PDF using the command

    	ps2pdf -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dEmbedAllFonts=true -dOptimize=true yourfile.ps
          
    c) transfer the resulting pdf file to a Windows computer attached to the plotter (you may use secure copy, usb memory stick, your own burned CD, etc.) and print it using Acrobat Reader.

    If you prefer WYSIWYG tools like Microsoft's Powerpoint or OpenOffice's Impress, prepare one-slide "presentation" and choose custom paper size for your poster.

  7. Should I alarm system administrator if I see the message "Toner low" or "Out of toner" on the control panel of a printer?

    Please do so only if the printing quality has visibly deteriorated. The message "Toner low" means that less than 15% of toner is left. The printer might not need a new toner cartridge for several weeks (under our normal load). The message "Out of toner" theoretically means what it sounds. However the accuracy of the determination how much toner left is very low. Printer may display this message and still keep printing normally for days.

    However, if you see low printing quality, please inform computer administratora at sysadmin@phys.uconn.edu at your earliest convenience.


 
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