Adding a printer in OS X

Foreword Concerning Personally Owned Computers

It is possible to use your personal laptop to print to a public (lab) printer if you have a Campus Computer Account. You will be billed the normal fee for any over printing in these areas the same as if you were using a College computer.

You will only be able to print if you are connected via wired or W@SP in an academic building, or if you are using a VPN connection. CTS will be unable to assist you if you are not able to get printing working successfully. There are many public labs you can bring your document to for printing.

Public Printer Setup (Personally Owned Computers)

Follow the instructions provided below to  setup a public printer. If you are faculty/staff using a college owned computer STOP and proceed to the "Standard Printer Setup" below these instructions!

During one of the steps in the setup, you may be asked for your CCA username and password. You will likely have to enter your username as POTSDAM\username. So, for example, doe99 would enter their username as POTSDAM\doe99

Also note, if your computer is unable to find the driver for a specific model, you will need to visit the manufacturer's web page, download, and install it.

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the Upper left of your screen and pull down to System Preferences.  
  2. Locate the Print & Fax icon and click it, the system preference looks similar to below:
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  3. Click the + sign to add a printer. The following window appears. Note the Advanced button that is shown below, if your window does not have it, right+click or control+click in the row of icons in the toolbar and choose Customize..., select the Advanced icon and drag it to your toolbar and then click Done to add it.

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  4. Fill out the information in your window to match the above, substituting doe99 for your user name, password for your CCA password, and MRT133 for the public printer you wish to print to. A list of public printers can be found here. Proceed to step 5 below.  

Standard Printer Setup (Faculty/Staff Computers)

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the Upper left of your screen and pull down to System Preferences.  
  2. Locate the Print & Fax icon and click it, the system preference looks similar to below:adding printer 3
  3. Click the + sign to add a printer. The following window appears.
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  4. Fill out the information in your window to match the above, substituting KEL100 for the printer you wish to print to. A list of printers can be found here.
  5. Click the drop down menu that says Generic PostScript Printer and choose Select a driver to use...
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  6. The following choices for drivers appear.
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  7. Choose the driver that matches the make and model of the printer you are using, when selected, click Add. The following printer options box appears.
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  8. Select the options (usually extra trays and duplex "two-sided" printing that matches the printer you are going to use and then click Continue.  

Note: Be sure to select a driver that matches the printer you want to print to. If a particular driver isn't on your computer, you can choose the Generic driver, however printing may have unexpected results.