Networked Postscript printers are located in many places across the campus including the VCC, all the workstation lab/classrooms, and the various Personal Computer labs. There are several kinds of printers, which vary in quality, color, and paper type.
Printer names on the RCS network are made up of 3 parts. The most common syntax is ‹Building›‹room›‹type› or ‹Building›‹type›‹form›. The short form of the name uses a two-character building code, with up to four characters for a room, location, or type, and a two-character type or form code. There is also a long form of the name that spells out the printer type.
Printer Types and Formats
|LW||A black and white, letter-size Postscript laser printer.|
|BLW||A black and white, B-size (11″×17″) Postscript laser printer.|
|P3 or PH3||A Xerox ColorQube 8570 or similar color Postscript solid-ink printer that prints on letter-size paper.|
|LET||A Xerox Phaser 6350 or similar color Postscript laser printer that prints on letter-size paper.|
|OVR||A Xerox Phaser 6350 or similar color Postscript laser printer that prints on letter-size overhead transparencies.|
|LBLxx||A black and white Postscript laser printer that prints labels. “LBL” means label, while “xx” indicates the number of labels/page. Ex: LBL30 = 30 labels per page.|
|PS||The default black and white Postscript printer for your location. This printer is used as the default in the “print window” menu selection of applications programs. Alternate name: “POSTSCRIPT”|
|CPS||The default color Postscript printer for your location. This printer is used as the default in the “print window” menu selection of applications programs. Alternate name: “COLORPOSTSCRIPT”|
Printer Resolution and Quality
Black and White Printers
Most of the RCS Black & White public printers have a resolution of 600 DPI. Some of the Lexmark models can be set to use 1200 DPI. On a PC, you can set the resolution if the correct printer driver is installed; on UNIX, you can include the option “-Xdpi=1200” when using the “lpr” command.
The printer named VCBLW (in the VCC print room) prints on B-size (11″×17″) paper by default.
The VCC printer called VCLW is capable of printing single-sided or double-sided output with a resolution of 600 DPI. The default is double-sided. On a PC, you can request single-sided if the correct printer driver is installed. On UNIX systems, you can select the “-Xonesided” option for a given print job when using the “lpr” command.
Most color printers have physical resolutions of 300 DPI. However, their effective resolution appears better than 300 DPI, and the print quality is very good.
The Xerox Phaser 6350 & 7760 printers (such as VC6350LET, VC7760CB) have a resolution of 600 DPI and produce output of excellent quality.