Students on-campus can print using most web based devices, like iPads or cell phones. All devices must have a compatible web browser installed like Internet Explorer or Firefox (Safari does not work at this time). Devices can then print to printers in the information commons of the Library and any residence hall computer lab printer. In addition, students will be able to view their account balances and printing history online.
Central Methodist has network printers throughout campus. Typically the computer that you are using will automatically default to print to a nearby location. All students are assigned the default print quota of $50 at the beginning of every semester. Students may check their print quota by clicking on the PRINT MANAGER icon on the lower right-hand side of the taskbar.
Residence Hall Lobby Printers:
Black and white laser printing: $.05 per page
Students must provide their own paper for printers in residence hall lobbies.
Other Network Printers:
Black and white laser printing: $.10 per page
Duplex printing (2-sided): $.15
Color printing: $.25 per page
Additional credit for printing over and above the standard $50 allotted amount can be purchased in $5 increments. Please refer to our printing policy for complete information and our section on printing tips which will help minimize your printing and save money.
Installing a printer in your room
Plug and Play Printers
Plug and Play is a set of specifications that a computer uses to detect and configure a print device and install the appropriate drivers. This installation technique is available only for printers that are connected directly to your computer. Plug and Play is not available for networked printers.
To start Plug and Play printer installation, plug your printer into your computer. In most cases, Windows7 automatically configures the printer and activates it. During this process, Plug and Play installs the appropriate drivers; and you do not need to restart your computer. If the installation fails, you can use manual detection for Plug and Play printers by using the Add Printer wizard or Device Manager.
To install a local printer by using the Add Printer wizard
- In the Control Panel double-click Printers and Faxes.
- Double-click Add Printer and follow the instructions.
Although Windows7 includes drivers for many popular printers, you need to provide the driver if your printer uses a driver that is not included. If Plug and Play detects that your computer does not have a driver for your printer, you are prompted to provide it.
You can have the Add Printer wizard search for drivers on the CD, local drive, network path, or Windows Update.
Automatic Detection and Installation
Windows7 detects supported printers and completes the entire printer installation process by installing the proper drivers, updating the system, and allocating resources. You do not need to restart the computer and the printer is immediately available for use.
All printers that Plug and Play automatically detects use Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1394 cables, parallel connections or Infrared Data Association (IrDA) transmission.
Manual Detection and Installation
Manual Plug and Play detection is similar to automatic Plug and Play detection in that Windows7 completes printer installation. However, you must restart your computer to prompt the automatic installation, or use the Add Hardware wizard to prompt your computer to detect the printer. When you restart the computer or use the Add Hardware wizard, Windows7 updates your computer, allocates resources and installs drivers. If drivers for the printer are not available, you are prompted to provide them.
Typically, manually detectable Plug and Play printers use parallel cables. In Windows7, for a printer using a parallel connection, you can click the Automatically Detect box in the Add Printer wizard to verify that the printer is installed.
Faculty & Staff
CMU has various network printers throughout campus that are available to faculty and staff.
If you have problems printing, follow the troubleshooting information. If you still have issues, contact the helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Installing a CMU Network Printer
- Choose the Start button
- Then type \\stormtrooper in the search,
- Next there will be a window with all the printers available on the network, double-click the printer you wish to add, it will take a few seconds and show its connecting. Note: You must have permission to the printer to add it.
- The task box for the selected printer with the printer name on stormtrooper and status at the top will appear.
Verify Installed Printers: To verify what printers you have installed on your computer simply choose the Start button, Devices and Printers. All of the printers on your machine will be displayed.
Delete a Printer: From the Devices and Printers window you can right-click on a printer and delete printer, deleting and re-adding a printer may help if you’re having connection problems.
Default Printer: From the Devices and Printers window you can easy see which printer is marked as default by the check mark on the printer. To change the default printer, right-click on the printer you wish to make default and choose set as default.
Note: From the Devices and Printers window you can also open the printers task box by clicking on the printer, from the task box you can manage the queue, change the printer preferences, see printer properties and set as the default printer.
- Reboot your Computer.
- Make sure the printer has power and is online.
- Turn it off for 10 seconds and on again to reinitialize any internal settings that may have gone astray.
- Start - Settings - Devices & Printers, right-click the printer.
- If there isn't a checkmark by "Set as Default", left-click that option to select it.
- Ensure that the tape that seals the cartridge ink port is removed prior to installing the cartridge.
- Use the printer's own self-test.
- The message "out of paper" is sometimes erroneously reported when there is plenty of paper, and can indicate a physical problem with the printer.
- Start - Settings - Devices & Printers
- Right-click the printer name, left-click Properties
- Choose the Print Test Page button
- Try deleting and re-adding the printer.