Printing a Poster

You can find the requirements, hours and the technical details related to poster printing here.


Printing to Public Printers

*NOTE* you will not be able to print from the 'phspiaguest' wireless network, as it is outside of the Partners firewall.

The Martinos Center has several general use black/white and color printers at key locations in the center. These are:

CNY 149 - 1st Floor South Central - Room 1115

sccolor - HP LaserJet CP4525 color printer
  IP Addr: 172.21.16.16

CNY 149 - 2nd Floor East

admin - HP LaserJet P4015 b&w printer in room 2301 (by Dr. Rosen's office)
  IP Addr: 132.183.202.166
cyclades - HP LaserJet 4050 b&w printer in room 2330 (across from Carol Barnstead)
  IP Addr: 172.21.14.20
admincolor - HP Color LaserJet CP4525 in room 2330 (across from Carol Barnstead)
  IP Addr: 172.21.14.12

CNY 149 - 2nd Floor South Central

decacolor - HP Color LaserJet CP4525 printer in room 2248 (Fischl area)
  IP Addr: 172.20.82.30

CNY 75

b75mfc - Brother MFC-8450N b&w printer in the 1st floor mailroom (across from security)
  IP Addr: 172.20.125.42
b75bw - HP LaserJet 4100 b&w printer in the 2nd floor kitchen area
  IP Addr: 172.20.127.74
b75c - HP Color LaserJet 4700 in the 2nd floor kitchen area
  IP Addr: 172.20.127.144

CNY 120

lobby120 - HP Color LaserJet CP3525 in 1st floor lobby
  IP Addr: 172.20.147.37
center120 - HP P3005 b&w printer in center of 1st floor
  IP Addr: 172.20.147.38

Many groups have their own printers. Contact established members of these groups for those printer names.

Linux

For Linux printing of Postscript or Text files can be done from the command line using the lpr command:

lpr -P printername file.ps

For more information on printing options, check out the CUPS Printing and Options page.

To check on jobs on a printer, use the lpq command:

lpq -P printername

You should see a job number for each print job which can be used with the lprm command to cancel it:

lprm -P printername jobnumber

Many GUI applications in Linux will print in a Windows-like way but you will need to specify the printer. After printed though, you will need to use the lpq command to check on the job and lprm to cancel. Some GUI applications give you no way to select a printer. These will use the setting of the PRINTER and/or LPDEST environment variables instead. To set these, edit your ~/.cshrc file.

OpenOffice does completely its own thing with printers. To set the default printer run the spadmin program. This program seems flaky though and sometimes you have to hand edit the config file ~/.rhopenoffice1.1/user/psprint/psprint.conf.

Windows

For Windows machines you can setup printers via Direct TCP/IP printing.

Macintosh / OSX

For OSX/Mac machines you can usually find the printers above through Appletalk, but not always. It will be more consistent to set up "LPD/LPR" printing to the printers.

On Jaguar and before:

  1. Open the Print Center utility (located in /Applications/Utilities/).
  2. While holding down the Option key, click on the "Add" button in the Print Center toolbar. A new dialog will open.
  3. In the dialog click on the top popup menu and select "LPR/LPD Printing". On some old versions of OSX, you choose "IP Printing" at the top and then "LPD/LPR" for printer type.
  4. For the printer address use "printsrv.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu"
  5. For the queue use the name of the printer. Uncheck the "Use default queue" box if you see it.
  6. In newer OSX versions, it asks for Device name and Device URI. Give the name of the printer for Device Name. For the URI, give it something with the format

    lpd://printsrv.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/printername-raw

    For example: lpd://printsrv.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/sccolor-raw

  7. Next, click on the "Printer Model" popup menu and select the manufacturer for your printer (e.g. HP), and and then find the right model of the printer.

On Tiger:

  1. Open the Printer Setup Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities/).
  2. Click the "Add" button in the toolbar.
  3. Select "IP Printer" in the dialog toolbar.
  4. For Protocol, choose "Internet Printing Protocol - IPP"
  5. For Addresss, enter "printsrv.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu".
  6. For Queue, enter /printers/ followed by the Unix printer name followed by "-raw"
    (i.e. /printers/sccolor-raw)
  7. For Name, enter the Unix printer name
  8. For Print Using, you can use "Apple LaserWriter II NT" for use with our HP LaserJet printers. For other printers, you may have to select the specific driver which you may have to download from the vendor. The "Generic Postscript" will work with any of the 4000 series HPs.

On Leopard:

  1. Open System Preferences -> Print & Fax set up (You must have admin privs).
  2. Click the "+" button bottom left of printer list.
  3. For the Protocol field select "Internet Printing Protocol".
  4. For Addresss, enter "printsrv.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu".
  5. For Queue, enter /printers/ followed by the Unix printer name followed by "-raw"
    (i.e. /printers/sccolor-raw)
  6. For Name, enter the Unix printer name
  7. In the Location: field enter where the printer is so you can find it.
  8. For Print Using, Generic usually works but you can use "Apple LaserWriter II NT" for use with our HP LaserJet printers. For other printers, you may have to select the specific driver which you may have to download from the vendor. The "Generic Postscript" will work with any of the 4000 series HPs.

If you have printing problems using the above, try using Direct TCP/IP printing.

Printing in Duplex -- Both Sides of the Paper

Some printers, such as decacolor, may have duplexers which allow the printer to print both sides of a sheet of paper. (Most printers do not.)

Assuming you are on Linux and have a Postscript file ready to send to lp (if you are using a program, get it to generate the Postscript file rather than trying to print from your application), use a command like this:

lp -d decacolor -o sides=two-sided-long-edge filename.ps

Then CUPS, the printing system, will try to modify the Postscript file on the fly to add the duplex option. Sometimes this will work; sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it makes the file print nothing or junk. But you can try it. (Documentation on this can be found at http://www.cups.org/documentation.php/options.html)

Windows has a universal print driver for all applications, so use the Properties setting for the printer in question.

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