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From Windows 7 32-bit (using pmanager)
Note: You can replace pmanager in the instructions below with pmanager1 or pmanager2, depending on how you set up your Windows accounts on your laptop. For example, W500 laptops will use pmanager2.
To use a campus network printer, you need to install the driver intended for that printer on your computer. Windows Vista can take advantage of Rensselaer's pmanager servers, which makes installing a printer very easy. Note that, if the printer has special features such as two-sided, color, or large paper sizes (B size paper or the large-format, roll-feed plotters), you will then need to configure the printer driver to select those features.
Before installing the printer, you will need to know the name of the printer you want. Check the list of public printers.
You will find it helpful to first configure your Windows account for pmanager. Doing this avoids having to supply your User ID and password when you print.
Configuring your Windows account
Note: When you configured a Rensselaer laptop, you probably did the steps below. If so, you can skip to the next section on installing a printer driver.
From the Start menu, select Devices and Printers.
1. When the Printers window appears, select
Add a printer; located at the top of the
3. In the
find a printer by name or TCP/IP address window, enter
the network address of the printer in the “Select a shared
printer by name” field. This requires the network address
of the printer, which is defined by the server name followed by
the RCS printer name.
The server name is
If you do not know the printer name, after either selecting
or typing the server name, simply type the ending
backslash ( \ ). After you do this, a
drop-down list of printer names will appear, allowing you to
6. On the final screen, click Finished to complete the installation. The printer is now installed and can be selected from within application programs in Windows.
Last modified: August 27, 2010
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