Printing in the Biostatistics Department

There are two printers available in the computing lab and one in the lunch room.

Location Printer Name Type Default
Computer Lab Color laser skittles Color LJ 8550 PCL single-sided
Black and white laser rm414 Laser Jet 8150 PCL double-sided
Lunch room Black and white laser lunchroom Laser Jet 8100 PCL double-sided

All three of these printers are installed on the computer lab and library machines. To install on personal machines and/or student office machines, you'll need to add them using one of the following protocols:

Adding printers in Windows

The following will guide you through setting up your laptops/desktops to print to the department printers (rm414, skittles, and lunchroom) as well as any other network printer. You can also find instruction here for Windows XP in more details.

  1. Click "Start" on the lower left of your screen, select "Control Panel" and then double-click "Printers and Faxes".
  2. Double click the "Add Printer" icon (or go to "File" -> "Add Printer"). Then click "Next" on the pop-up screen.
  3. In "Local or network printer" panel, select "Local printer attached to this computer". Make sure "Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer" is unchecked.
  4. In "Select a Printer Port", select "creating a new port", and select "Standard TCP/IP port" for type of port. Then click "Next".
  5. A new screen should pop up. Click "Next", which will allow you to enter the IP address of the printer you want to install. The IP address is posted on each printer.
  6. You then select the printer type which can be found in the table above.
  7. In the next page, you will be able to name the printer. Click Next.
  8. Finished
Important reminders:

Add printers in Mac:

To be added soon

Unix Printing:

Your default printer is rm414. You can printer to other printers using the command line switch -P with lpr. For example, to print a postscript file ( to the color printer, type the following at the command prompt:

lpr -Pskittles

For a double-sided color printout:

lpr -Pskittlesd

If you want to change your default printer, add the following line to your .cshrc file:

setenv PRINTER printername

For example, if your office is in the lower level, you may want to change your default printer to dungeon with

setenv PRINTER dungeon.

The only files you can print using lpr are postscript and text files. Do NOT try to print pdf, doc, xls, gif or any other types of files using lpr directly. It will result in piles of garbage!!!

A few other useful printing tips:

To print an MS Office document, you can try staroffice (soffice) on hsph, or you can ftp your file to a PC in the biostatistics computing lab and print it using MS Office.

To convert a text file to postscript for nice formatting:
(this will produce a double-column, double sided output in landscape mode. Very useful for looking at large listings. You are getting 4 pages of listing in one sheet.)

$enscript -2r mysas.lst

For more information on enscript, please do "man enscript" at the UNIX prompt.

To print a pdf file from the command line:

cat file.pdf | acroread -toPostScript | lpr

last updated: 8-26-2010