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Printing on Mac OSX

Setting Up Printer Queue on MacOS X 10.x Operating Systems

The following instruction will show you how to setup print queues on your MacOS X for Computer Science printers. In this example we will setup a printer named: Core3. If you plan to setup another printer, see list of available CS printers for details of your specific printer.

Step 1: Download a Postscript Driver.

If you have not done it,  download HP printer driver for your MacOS X, you need to download HP Printer Drivers for OS X and install the driver first before continuing. Unless you are printing poster,  in general if you choose “Generic Postscript”, your job should print ok.

If you want to use the driver for that specific printer, make sure the driver chose is a Postscript driver.  Choosing otherwise will cause your print job to print junk or wont print at all.  Please note that when we change printer in the future you will also need to modify your driver.

For poster  printer, please  download HP Printer Drivers for OS X  and choose HP DesignJet Z9 44 inch printer.

Step 2: Add  a Printer 

To setup a new printer,  follow the steps below:

  • Figure 1

    Figure 1

    • Click on the Apple Menu then select System Preferences menu item as seen in Figure 1. to open System Preferences window.
    • A window will open. Look in the Hardware section and Click on the Print & Fax icon to open it as shown in Figure 2.
  • Figure 2.

    Figure 2.

    • To add a new printer queue, click on the  icon at the bottom of the window.
    • A window as seen in Figure 3 will open. Now, you need to enter specific setttings for Core3 printer as follows:
    • To set up a remote printer, click on the IP icon at the top bar.
    • Under Protocol, select Line Printer Daemon-LPD. from the menu
    • In the Address field enter
    • In the Queue field enter: core3 for the actual name of the printer
    • In the Name: field, enter core3 (or any other name)
    •  Select a driver to use . In this case we enter: Generic PostScript Printer.  
    • Click the Add button to complete the Queue creation.
    • and go the options window.
  • Figure 4

    Figure 4

    • An option window for your newly created queue will open as seen in Figure 4. Follow the steps below to setup options for your printer. This option different for each printer. Only enable it if you know the option exist.
    • Click on the Duplex check box to enable double sided printing.
    • Click Continue button to finish the printer setup. A dialog box will open asking you to enter your username and password. Enter them to complete this process.

IMPORTANT: After setting up your printer driver, please send 1 simple test page to the printer to make sure your setup is correct before sending a large job.

For help with our systems or If you need immediate assistant, visit LCSR Operator at CoRE 235 or call 848-445-2443. Otherwise, see CS HelpDesk. Don’t forget to include your NetID along with descriptions of your problem.