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Revision as of 10:45, 12 September 2013


Throughout the Faculty of Science there are printers that can be used by everybody. These printers are maintained by C&CZ. Practically all of these are Konica Minolta Bizhub multifunctionals which are also used as copiers and color scanners.

C&CZ also offers the possibility to print posters and such on high quality photo paper on an A0 poster printer.

There are also many printers which are owned by a department. In general they are meant to be used only by people belonging to that department. The department has purchased the printer and is responsible for paper, supplies and maintenance.

General remarks/warnings

Do not make lots of copies without testing in advance

Sometimes a print is not want you intended: color instead of black-and-white, A4 instead of A3 or vice versa, single instead of double sided or vice versa, smudges or unclear prints, etc. Afterwards you can often tell what went wrong, but the damage has already been done. So if you need to make many copies, first print only one copy and if that produces want you intended, print the rest with the same options and on the same printer.

Do not use a color printer for black-and-white prints of a color document

Printing in black-and-white on a color printer can produce color output. Most of the time (but not always!) this is because selecting Black and White or Grayscale somewhere in the printer options only works if the document itself does not contain any printer settings. In case of a document which is not your own one is never sure of this.

So if you want to be sure that a document is printed in black-and-white (so that the black-and-white price is charged), always use a printer that can only print in black-and-white. Therefore also choose a black-and-white (configured) printer as your default printer.

PostScript printers/copiers/scanners organised by location

Unless otherwise specified the machines below all have the following features:

  • Printing, scanning, copying in color and black-and-white.
  • Paper sizes A4 and A3.
  • Single sided and duplex output.

name location brand/type Remarks
pr-m1-03 M1.03.04 Konica Minolta Bizhub C654
pr-m1-04 M1.04.12-13 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554 prints only black-and-white
pr-hg-00-002 HG00.002 Konica Minolta Bizhub C654 prints only black-and-white
pr-hg-00-011 HG00.011 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
escher HG00.019 HP LaserJet 9050 PCL 6 only black-and-white, no copier/scanner, no A3
pr-hg-00-089 HG00.089 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-hg-00-129 HG00.129 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-00-401 HG00.401 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-00-509 HG00.509 Konica Minolta Bizhub C654
pr-hg-00-627 HG00.627 Konica Minolta Bizhub C654
pr-hg-00-825 HG00.825 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-01-002 HG01.002 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-hg-01-013 HG01.013 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-01-038 HG01.038 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e prints only black-and-white
toorop HG01.038 HP LaserJet 9050 PCL 6 only black-and-white, no copier/scanner, no A3
pr-hg-01-058 HG01.058 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-01-089 HG01.089 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-hg-01-143 HG01.143 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-01-549 HG01.549 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-02-002 HG02.002 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-hg-02-038 HG02.038 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554
pr-hg-02-089 HG02.089 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-hg-02-147 HG02.147 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-02-345 HG02.345 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-02-414 HG02.414 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-02-556 HG02.556 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-02-642 HG02.642 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-02-726 HG02.726 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-02-832 HG02.832 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e prints only black-and-white
pr-hg-03-002 HG03.002 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-hg-03-038 HG03.038 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554
pr-hg-03-075 HG03.075 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e prints only black-and-white
pr-hg-03-089 HG03.089 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-hg-03-153 HG03.153 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-03-214 HG03.214 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-03-365 HG03.365 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-03-433 HG03.433 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-03-517 HG03.517 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-03-612 HG03.612 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e
pr-hg-03-754 HG03.754 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e prints only black-and-white
pr-fx--1 FX-1.17 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e
pr-ml-01 ML01.10 Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e prints only black-and-white
pr-ml-02 ML02.11 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e prints only black-and-white
pr-m3-01 M3.1.903 Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e

The printers that are capable of duplex (double sided) printing, wil print all documents double sided, except documents that are explicitly marked as being single sided.

Drivers and settings for Konica Minolta printers

type windows driver ppd file settings
Konica Minolta Bizhub C654 via Internet Bestand:C654.ppd LU-301 LCT (Large Capacity Tray), FS-534 (Staple function)
Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e via Internet Bestand:C554.ppd LU-301 LCT (Large Capacity Tray), PC-210 (2 extra paper trays), FS-533 (Staple function)
Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e via Internet Bestand:C364.ppd LU-301 LCT (Large Capacity Tray), PC-110 (1 extra paper tray), FS-533 (Staple function)


For all faculty printers (except the A0 poster printer) there is a uniform price per page which depends on the type of output. The costs of a printjob (number of pages x price per page) are automatically deducted from your budget. You need to have a (positive) budget.

Beware: even if there is just one single color pixel on a page, the printer will register a color page and your budget will be charged accordingly.

Media Black&White Color
A4 € 0,035 € 0,23
A3 € 0,16 € 0,55

Use manual feed to print transparencies and make sure the transparencies are laser printer proof.

Printing under Windows

GDI managed PCs

End users on PCs managed by GDI are advised to follow the procedure 'Windows 7: Fast installation on a managed PC' below. If you run into problems please contact GDI for assistance.

Windows 8

This is a procedure reported by a user to get printers working for Windows8.

  • Add Printer
  • Click: The printer printer that I want isn't listed.
  • Choose: Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings.
  • Choose: Create a new port, selecteer daarna Local Port
  • At port name enter: \\printer-srv.science.ru.nl\printernaam, bv \\printer-srv.science.ru.nl\toorop
  • Select the correct driver. Click on Windows Update if you cannot find the driver
  • The rest of installing the printer is self explanatory.

Windows 7: Fast installation on a managed PC

  • Open Windows Explorer (windows key + e).
  • Type \\printto.science.ru.nl\ in the address bar and hit the return key.
  • Use your science account and password if an authentication window pops up.
  • Double click the printer you'd like to install.

Windows 7: For a self maintained PC

First attach a network drive from the print server, this will show errors if there is something wrong with your login or password. Connecting this network drive can be accomplished in a 'Windows Explorer' window like 'My Documents'. Click on 'Tools' -> 'Map Network Drive...' and choose for the 'Folder:' \\printto.science.ru.nl\printtest.

  • Click 'Start', 'Devices and Printers', 'Add a Printer' en select 'Network printer'
  • Click 'The printer that I want isn't listed' en enter \\printto.science.ru.nl\printername at 'Select by name'
  • Click 'Next', wait a little and then click 'Next' again
  • To be sure, check if Preferences / Properties are on A4 paperformat


First connect a network drive from the printto printer-server, this will show errors if there is something wrong with your login or password. Connecting this network drive can be accomplished in a 'Windows Explorer' window like 'My Documents'. Click on 'Tools' -> 'Map Network Drive...' and choose for the 'Folder:' \\printto.science.ru.nl\printtest (for some old printers youll have to use \\printer-srv.science.ru.nl\printerdrivers).

  • Then you can add a new printer using 'Start' -> 'Settings' -> 'Printers and Faxes', select the printer task 'Add a printer'.
  • Choose 'A network printer ...',
  • choose 'Connect to this printer ...' and type \\printto.science.ru.nl\printername in the 'Name:' field, for example \\printto.science.ru.nl\pr-hg-00-002.
  • Now you can select to make it the default printer.
  • Finally click 'Finish'.

If you manage your PC or laptop yourself, the most simple solution is to create an account name and password identical to your FNWI account. Then Windows will automatically use the correct account name and password. An other solution would be to connect to the printer using 'Connect using a different user name'.


Install a printer (\\printer-srv\toorop as an example):

  • Click: 'Start' -> 'Settings' -> 'Printers'
  • Doubleclick: 'Add Printer'
  • Select: 'Network printer' (but for Windows NT select 'local printer').
  • Network path: \\printer-srv\toorop

Now click several times on 'Next', select 'Default Printer' as needed and deselect 'Would you like to print a test page'. You can change the settings of the printer in de tabs you get when selecting 'Properties'.

For departmental printers it is usually necessary to select the brand en model of the printer, except when C&CZ has added the printer to the Samba list of printerdefinitions (/usr/local/samba/lib/printers.def).

Printing on a Managed Linux PC

With kprinter you can choose your default printer ("Set as Default"). Deselect under System Options that every application should use the last selected printer ("defaults to the last printer used in the application"). To print to a budgetted printer, you need a Kerberos ticket. If your home directory comes from a server which demands NFS4 with Kerberos (e.g. pile and bundle), you should already have a valid Kerberos ticket. The command klist shows your Kerberos tickets and with the command kinit you can get or renew a Kerberos ticket. An old managed Linux PC with cups 1.2 (Fedora 7) cannot use Kerberos tickets. On those PCs have have to type your password every time to print to a budgetted printer.

To show a printer queueu, use lpq. All other ways, like the graphical application, always show an empty queue.

The print system for Linux machines differs a lot from the Sun machines, but the warning mentioned for Sun machines also holds for the Linux machines.

Printing on other Linux machines

In linux you can choose to print in the same way Windows-machines do, through SMB to a Samba-server.

The hardware for printer-srv.science.ru.nl will be retired within a few months. We would like to move the budgetted print service from this printer-srv.science.ru.nl to the new machine printto.science.ru.nl.
That is why we would like to use as a device URI for Linux or Mac smb://printto.science.ru.nl/<printernaam>.
But we are bitten by a bug in the software [2]. A temporary work around is using an alternative device URI smb://printsmb.science.ru.nl/<printernaam>, ie change to to smb in the machine name.

  • As device URI, type smb://printsmb.science.ru.nl/<printername> or smb://username:password@printsmb.science.ru.nl/<printername>, where you have to fill in your own username and password and must use the correct name of the printer in printername. You might be unable to put your password directly in the URI if your password contains special signs. To overcome this problem you can replace the special sign by a '%' (percent sign) followed by it's hexidecimal code. For example, if your password contains an '!' (exclamation mark) you can replace it with '%21'.
  • For the time being you can still use smb://printer-srv.science.ru.nl/<printername>.
  • An alternative method to create a cups printer is the command lpadmin -p PrinterName -v smb://Username:Password@Server/Printer -P /path/to/yourprintermodel.ppd.
  • The package smbclient is required in order to use a Samba-printer. When using Debian Wheezy, an easy GUI for setting up printers using samba is provided by the system-config-printer package.

Detailed instructions for openSuSE 11

  • Ask C&CZ to give your PC a permanent IP addres and name.
  • Ask the owner of the printbudget to add your "login" name to the list of users that is allowed to use the printer. This can be done by the printbudget owner using http://dhz.science.ru.nl, choose "printing". However: only C&CZ can give permission to print from a computer that is not in the list of "C&CZ trusted" machines. For this purpose C&CZ has to give the command: "printbudget -g budgetname -m +user@host".
  • Start the SuSE setup tool YAST, give root password.
  • Choose: "Hardware", "Printer", "Print via network".
  • Click "connection wizard", "Line printer daemon (LPD) protocol".
  • In "Connection settings, IP Address or Host name" enter "printer-srv.science.ru.nl".
  • Enter queue name: "hertz" (or any other network printer).
  • Select manufacturer: "Konica Minolta" (check brand of printer).
  • Click on "Test connection", the reply should be "Test OK" after a few seconds.
  • Click "OK".
  • At "Find and assign driver; search for:" enter "Generic".
  • Choose default paper size "A4".
  • At "Set arbitrary name" enter name of queue, e.g. "pr-hg-03-038".
  • To select a driver, scroll to bottom of the list for "Generic PostScript level 2 Printer Foomatic/PostScript.
  • Click "OK".
  • Wait for "Creating New Printer Setup" to finish.
  • You will go back to the printer configuration menu. Click on "Edit" to modify the queue that was just created.
  • Click on "options", select "Duplex/double sided printing" and choose "DuplexNoTumble" and "OK".
  • Enter "printer location", make sure "Accept Print Jobs" and "Enable Printing" are selected.
  • Optionally, select "Use as Default".
  • Back in the "Printer Configurations" menu click "Print Test Page" (select two pages to test double sided printing). Warning: if you are still "root" the printqueue may not accept these test pages.

Printing on a MacOS machine

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and 10.7 (Lion)

  • Open “System Preferences”, select “Print & Fax”
  • Press the ”+” button, it will open the “Printer Browser”
  • Click in the Toolbar on "Advanced" (if unavailable: right click on the menu en choose "Customize Toolbar... ", drag the "Advanced" icon into the Toolbar)
  • Enter requested data:
    • Type: Windows
    • URI: smb://printsmb.science.ru.nl/printername
    • For the time being you can still use URI: smb://printer-srv.science.ru.nl/printername
    • Name and location: make your own choice. Select the (precise) printer model.
  • Click “Add”.
  • When printing your first job the printer will show some error message. Click on 'Resume'. A dialog requesting credentials will appear. Provide your science account and password. You could add these credentials to your 'Key Ring'.
  • and you’re done!

Note: It may be necessary to supply your username and password in the URI, as explained below for MacOS 10.5. If there is a ; (semicolon) in your password, this will lead to problems.

OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

  • Open “System Preferences”, select “Print & Fax”
  • Press the ”+” button, it will open the “Printer Browser”
  • Click in the Toolbar on "Advanced" (if unavailable: right click on the menu en choose "Customize Toolbar... ", drag the "Advanced" icon into the Toolbar)
  • Enter requested data:
    • Type: Windows
    • URI: smb://loginnaam:wachtwoord@printsmb.science.ru.nl/printernaam
    • For the time being you can still use URI: smb://loginnaam:wachtwoord@printer-srv.science.ru.nl/printername
    • Name and location: make your own choice. Select, if you desire, the precise printer model.
  • Click “Add”, and you’re done!

OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

  • Open “System Preferences”, select “Print & Fax”
  • Press the ”+” button, it will open the “Printer Browser”
  • Now, press ALT and then click (with ALT still down) “More Printers”, and a dialog box appears
  • The top selector should be on “Advanced”, and the second selector should be on “Windows Printer via SAMBA”
  • As device name you can choose the name which you prefer to refer to the printer
  • As device URI, type smb://username:password@printsmb.science.ru.nl/printername, where you have to fill in your own username and password and must use the offical name of the printer in printername
  • Or alternatively as device URI, type smb://username:password@printer-srv.science.ru.nl/printername, where you have to fill in your own username and password and must use the offical name of the printer in printername
  • Select, if you desire, the precise printer model (for example HP Laserjet 4200 series printer with 500-sheet input tray and duplex unit and 64 MB memory)
  • Click “Add”, and you’re done!

Binding, cutting, stapling, ...

In the Faculty Library you can buy binders for your reports, etc. Also there is a cutting tool, a 23 hole punch and several staplers. All Konica Minolta printers can staple automatically.

Near HG03.089 one can also find a cutting tool, a 23 hole punch and a big stapler.

Using different paper types

If you want to print on something other than plain paper (60-81 g/m^2), then you need to specify the paper type. In kprinter you need to select Properties and choose the right paper type. For example if you use 82-105 g/m^2 paper on a Ricoh printer, choose Middle Thick; for 106-253 g/m^2 choose either Thick, Thick 2 or Thick 3 with increasing thickness.

If you don't do this, the printer ink might not stick to the paper well enough, which leads to ink stains on both your documents and the printer itself.

Note: These options are not available when you print using the command line.


A new accounting system is being developed by the ICT Service Center to provide uniform budgeted printing, copying and scanning on Radboud University campus. This system is called Peage.