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Konica Minolta multifunctionals and Peage

Throughout the Faculty of Science there are printers that can be used by everybody. These printers are maintained by the ISC and use the system Peage. These are Konica Minolta Bizhub multifunctionals which are also used as copiers and color scanners.

C&CZ printbudget printers

C&CZ has a few printers that use the C&CZ printbudget system. Next to the HP-printer "escher" in the Library of Science there is the A0 poster printer kamerbreed poster printer to print posters and such on high quality photo paper, canvas or adhesive paper.

C&CZ 3D printers

Per December 2016, C&CZ operates a 3D printservice for staff and students of the Faculty of Science, especially meant for the production of multicolor objects to be used in education.

The first 3D printer is a BCN3D Sigma, a professional open source FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printer with independent dual extruders, which allows multimaterial and multicolor printing and support printing, which lessens geometric limitations.

In March 2017, we expect to also have a Prusa i3 MK2 3D Printer, that can print 4 colors from 1 extruder with the multi-materiaal upgrade.

The price for a printed object: 10 cent per gram.

C&CZ PostScript printers organised by location

name location brand/type Remarks
escher HG00.019 HP LaserJet 9050 PCL 6 only black-and-white, no copier/scanner, no A3
kamerbreed HG03.055 HP DesignJet Z3200ps 44" Photo posterprinter, no networkprinter


For the printers in the C&CZ printbudget system (except the A0 poster printer kamerbreed) 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 print budget. You need to have a (positive) print 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.

Because of RU uniformity the costs have been changed on March 16, 2015, into:

size black-and-white color
A4 € 0,025 € 0,10
A3 € 0,05 € 0,20

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

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 gray-scale 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 you cannot be sure of that.

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), use a printer that can only print in black-and-white. Therefore choose a black-and-white (configured) printer as your default printer.

In Windows proceed as follows to print black-and-white on a Konica Minolta MFP. Click the Windows button, go to Devices and Printers. Right-click the desired printer and select Printing Preferences. Go to the Quality tab. Set Select Color to Grayscale and click Apply.

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 download Bestand:C654.ppd LU-301 LCT (Large Capacity Tray), FS-534 (Staple function)
HG00.002 (C654 with extra option) download Bestand:C654.ppd LU-301 LCT (Large Capacity Tray), FS-534 (Staple function), SD-511 Bookletmaker/Saddle Stitch/Punch Kit.
Konica Minolta Bizhub C554e download Bestand:C554.ppd LU-301 LCT (Large Capacity Tray), PC-210 (2 extra paper trays), FS-533 (Staple function)
Konica Minolta Bizhub C364e download Bestand:C364.ppd LU-301 LCT (Large Capacity Tray), PC-110 (1 extra paper tray), FS-533 (Staple function)

For other operating systems, visit

Printing under Windows

ISC managed PC (SRW)

End users on PCs managed by the ISC are advised to follow the procedure for a self managed Windows 7 PC below. If you run into problems please contact ISC for assistance.

Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or higher

You will have to install a local printer driver. It is advisable to download the printer driver and store it in a known location on your PC in advance so it can be used later in step 2.

Start with connecting a network drive from the printer server, this way you will see error messages if something went wrong.

  • Do this by visiting your Desktop.
  • Connecting a network drive can be accomplished by starting a Windows Explorer and selecting the tab Computer and then clicking Map network drive.
  • Select at Drive: e.g. P: and enter at Folder: \\\printtest. Also select Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials. Click Finish.
  • Enter your science account and password in the Login dialog window. Also select Remember my credentials and click OK.
  • There should appear a Windows Explorer screen with a few files.

Now install the printer using a local port.

  • Do this by right clicking on Start -> Control Panel -> Devices and Printers,
  • Choose Add a printer and select The printer that I want isn't listed,
  • Choose Add a local printer or netwerk printer with manual settings. Click Next,
  • Choose Use an existing port: LPT1: (Printer Port). Click Next,
  • Install the correct printer driver,
  • Choose a Printer name:, e.g. pr-hg-00-002. Click Next,
  • Choose Do not share this printer. Click Next and then Finish.

The printer is now in your list of printers. We have to adapt the printer and change the port from LPT1: to the the network printer.

  • Right click on the newly created printer and choose Printer properties.
  • Visit the tab Ports and click op Add Port....
  • Choose Local Port and click on New Port....
  • Enter at Enter a port name: \\\<printernaam> and click OK, Close and again Close.

Verify before printing that you can see and read the files at the network drive \\\printtest. The printer connection \\\ in Add Port... and as well in the the network drive has to be exactly the same. This is needed to create a reliable connection to the printer server.

Windows 7: Fast installation on a managed PC

  • Open Windows Explorer (windows key + e).
  • Type \\\ 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 connect to a network drive from the 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 the Folder: \\\printtest.

  • Click Start, Devices and Printers, Add a Printer en select Network printer, wireless printer or Bluetooth printer.
  • Click Select a shared printer by name and enter \\\<printername> at Select a shared printer by name.
  • Click Next, wait a little and then click Next again.
  • Check if Preferences / Properties are for printing on A4 size paper instead of US letter size paper.


First connect to a network drive from the 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: \\\printtest.

  • 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 \\\<printername> in the Name: field, for example \\\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 simplest solution is to create an account name and password identical to your Science 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 (\\\pr-hg-00-002 as an example):

  • Click: Start -> Settings -> Printers
  • Doubleclick: Add Printer
  • Select: Network printer (but for Windows NT select local printer).
  • Network path: \\\pr-hg-00-002

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 the tabs you get when selecting Properties.

For departmental printers it is usually necessary to select the brand en model of the printer.

Printing on a Managed Linux PC

With system-config-printer you can choose your default printer ("Set as Default").

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, with kinit you can get or renew a Kerberos ticket and finally Kdestroy allows you to start all over again.

To show the printer queue, use lpq -P<printername>. All other ways, like the graphical application, always show an empty queue.

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.

Choose as device URI smb://printsmb/<printername>.

We would like to offer budgetted printing using the printserver That is why we would like to use as a device URI for Linux or Mac smb://<printernaam>.
But we are bitten by a bug [3] [4] and a configuration issue. A work around is using an alternative device URI smb://printsmb/<printernaam>, i.e. change to to smb in the machine name and leave out the domain part.

  • As device URI, type smb://printsmb/<printername> or smb://username:password@printsmb/<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'.
  • 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.
  • To print while connected to the wireless network eduroam, you need to add a line to the file /etc/hosts: printsmb.

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, 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 "".
  • 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.

Detailed instructions for Ubuntu

  • If you use the wireless network eduroam, add the line " printsmb" to your /etc/hosts file.
  • Make sure you install
    • system-config-printer : graphical setup tool for printers
    • python-smb python3-smb smbclient : needed for system-config-printer to let it connect to samba printers; when not installed the samba printer option is not available in system-config-printer
    • gnome-keyring : needed for storing password
    • seahorse : optional needed for editing credentials stored in gnome-keyring
    • Install all with command: sudo apt-get install system-config-printer python-smb python3-smb smbclient gnome-keyring seahorse
  • Note: credentials are stored in gnome-keyring and not in KDE's kwallet.
  • From a terminal window execute as normal user the command: sudo system-config-printer
    On Ubuntu linux you are allowed to continu if you are an admin user, otherwise you have to supply in a popup window the credentials for a valid admin user.
  • In the started gui choose add new printer.
  • In the upcoming dialog window choose:
    • Device: Network Printer - Windows printer via Samba
    • SMB Printer: smb://printsmb/<printername>
      IMPORTANT: don't use smb://<printername> because that can sometimes not work.
    • Authenthication: you have choice from two options, where latter is preferred :
      • user + password => password saved plain-text in /etc/cups/printers.conf
      • 'Prompt user if authentication required' : user must supply password when printing. When asked for credentials you can choose the "save" option which causes the credentials to be stored in the gnome-keyring. Credentials in the gnome-keyring can always be edited/deleted using the seahorse program.
      • TIP: in case of problems with authentication look at the terminal from which you started system-config-printer if there are any errors printed. Sometimes this can give an indication why the authentication fails.
  • Use as driver a specific driver for the printer which you can download online at printer manufacturer website. (select the ppd file)
    However sometimes "generic postscript" also works.
  • Printing the first time can be best done by printing a webpage from the firefox browser program. Because this gives you an authentication window with the option to store the credentials which makes sure your credentials are stored safely in the gnome keyring. By storing it won't ask you to specify them the next time. The reason to use firefox is that other linux programs may have slighty different authentication dialog window which don't give you the storage option forcing you to supply credentials on each print!

Printing on an OS X machine

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later

  • Open System Preferences, select Print & Fax
  • Press the + plus 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)
  • It may happen that you can't enter data in this dialog box, in that case you may have printer sharing turned on. If you turn off System Preferences -> Sharing -> Printer Sharing the advanced tab becomes usable again.
  • Enter requested data:
    • Type: Windows
    • URI: smb://printsmb/<printername>
      If using eduroam, add the next line to your /etc/hosts file: printsmb
      Often, it just works to use smb://<printernaam>.
    • 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 OS X 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/<printername>
      If using eduroam, add the next line to your /etc/hosts file: printsmb
    • 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/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.

Small departmental printers

There are also a few small printers that are still owned by a department. In general these printers are meant to be used only by staff of that department. The department has purchased the printer and is responsible for paper, supplies and maintenance. When replacement is due, in general the department switches to a Peage printer.