To use a campus network printer, you need to install the driver intended for that printer on your computer. Ubuntu can take advantage of Rensselaer's printers.win.rpi.edu server, however it will require some manual configuration.
- Under System, select Adminstration (GNOME) or Applications , Settings (Xfce4), and then click on Printing.
- On the Printing menu bar, click Server-->New-->Printer.
- Click Network Printer-->Windows Printer via SAMBA.
- In the server address field, type printers.win.rpi.edu/[printername] , changing [printername] to the name of the desired printer.
- Under "Authentication", choose Set authentication details now. The username is the user's RCS ID preceded by win\ -- for example, win\smithj -- and the password is the user's RCS password. Click Verify to make sure it works, then click Forward.
- Make sure "Select printer from database" is chosen, then click on the make of the printer. For example, if it's vcpalw (which is a Lexmark T644), choose Lexmark here. Press Forward.
- Scroll down and find the model of the printer. Continuing with the vcpalw example, choose T644. On the right side, a list of options will appear; if there's more than one, choose the one that ends with the tag "(recommended)". Click Forward.
- Here is where you'll set the printer's name, description, and location. The name should be the name of the printer; the other two can be whatever you want. Click Forward.
- If an options screen appears, just select set default options and finish with the printer. If you're close to the printer, we recommend printing a test page just to make sure it all works.