Printing to the HP Color LaserJet 4700

Note: the HP Color LaserJet 4700 has been removed from service and replaced with a Xerox ColorQube 8870DN

From a properly configured Windows system

  • To print on regular paper, just select the appropriate Color Laserjet 4700 option (more below) from your application's print dialog and print the document.

  • To print transparencies, choose Print->properties and hunt down the setting that allows you to choose what media you want to print to. Select transparency film. The printer will do the right thing as long as there is laser transparency media loaded in tray2.

  • To print double-sided, choose Print->properties and hunt down the setting that says something like "print on both sides". If the selection is grayed out, the printer driver needs to be told that the printer is capable of duplex printing. If you are comfortable with Windows printer configuration, you can hunt this setting down in the setup menus. Otherwise just contact admin@structbio.vanderbilt.edu

  • To print on glossy paper, wait until there are no jobs spooling to the printer. Load the glossy paper found under the printer into tray1 (the external doodad at the top for printing envelopes, letterhead, etc). RUN back to your computer and submit the job before someone else's job takes your carefully loaded paper. :) The printer should automatically take the paper loaded in tray1 until it is all gone.

    Notes:

    You should be able to choose combos (double-sided on glossy, for example). You could probably even print double-sided transparencies if you really wanted to...

    Normally you want to print with 4700 driver labeled "PS".

    If your document contains embedded postscript files (for example a powerpoint presentation that contains .eps files), you need to always use the driver labeled "PS"


From a properly configured UNIX system

  • You need entries in your /etc/printcap for the print spools called "color", "colort" and "color2". If you don't have these entries, you can log in to another system that does and print from there.

  • The printer accepts documents in JUST TWO FORMATS: plain text, and postscript (.ps). Note that .ps is NOT THE SAME THING as .eps...I've made that mistake before and take my word that it's not pretty.

  • To print on regular paper use:

    lpr -Pcolor my.ps

  • To print on transparencies, use:

    lpr -Pcolort my.ps

    The printer will do the right thing as long as there is laser transparency media loaded in tray2.

  • To print double-sided, use:

    lpr -Pcolor2 my.ps

    This should work with glossy paper in tray1 (see below), though I have not tried it. Note that there is no way to print two-sided transparencies under UNIX. :P

  • To print on glossy paper, wait until there are no jobs spooling to the printer. Load the glossy paper found under the printer into tray1 (the external doodad at the top for printing envelopes, letterhead, etc). RUN back to your workstation before someone submits a print job and type:

    lpr -Pcolor my.ps

    The printer will automatically take the paper loaded in tray one until it is all gone.