CS Grad Student Printing

CS graduate students are strongly encouraged to use print queue lj_csgrad, which is a pair of printers located in the grad mailroom, DC 2583.

In the event the grad printers are unavailable, there are printers specific to research groups, as well as some general access printers intended primarily for faculty and staff.

See http://print.cs.uwaterloo.ca:631/classes/ and http://print.cs.uwaterloo.ca:631/printers/ for a complete list. The intended user community is noted using [...] in the description of each printer.

Printing from Windows systems will require set-up of a printer mapping using Samba. See WindowsPrinting or SambaPrinting for more details. This document is written for the ljp_cs printers but should be applicable to any core-attached printer.

Printing from Debian/Ubuntu/CUPS is described below.

Printing to CS Core printers using Samba

  • See SambaPrinting
  • Note: most grad students should use the "lj_csgrad" queue

Printing to the CS Grad Student printer in DC 2583 from a PC running Windows

Domain users (those who log into CS-GENERAL)

  • See SambaPrinting
  • Note: most grad students should use the "lj_csgrad" queue

Local (non-domain) user

  • Start -> Run -> \\smb-printers.cs
  • Enter your password in the form: cs-general\username

  • Right-click on lj_csgrad and choose "Connect"
  • It pops up a warning to the effect of "Will install printer driver..." (it won't - click Ok)
  • It then reports "Cannot find printer driver" (click Ok)
  • Pick printer and model: HP -> HP Laserjet 4100 (PS) will do. If you want, you can install the HP Laserjet 4250 PS driver from HP, first.
  • Once it creates the new printer, you will see: "Access denied, unable to connect"
  • However, it does seem to work!

Printing from a PC running Debian Linux (older GradPCs)

This procedure will add the CS Grad Printer in Debian Linux using CUPS


  • this procedure requires root access
  • the cupsd server on your machine must run as root user, i.e. the directive RunAsUser in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf must have value No and the cupsd process must be restarted if a change is made to cupsd.conf
  • your machine will need to be added to the list of supported hosts
  • Open a browser to the following URL: http://localhost:631/
  • Click Add Printer
  • Enter root username/password when prompted
   Name:           lj_csgrad
   Location:       DC 2583
   Description:    SCS Grad Printers in DC 2583 - Laserjet 4250 PS
  • Device: LPD/LPR Host or Printer
    • click Continue
  • Device URI: lpd://print.cs.uwaterloo.ca:515/lj_csgrad?reserve=yes+banner=yes
    • click Continue
  • Make: HP
    • click Continue
  • Model: HP Laserjet 4250 Foomatic/Postscript
    • click Continue
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