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Introduction

There are two types of printing in Architecture – small format printing (regular 8½x11, 11x14, or 11x17 paper) is available via the multi-function printers located throughout the Langford building and Francis. These printers use the standard university print quota system that is available online at http://aggieprint.tamu.edu/

 

Large-format printing (the large plotters and photo printers) are located at the Helpdesk in A122. Printing to these printers is on a pay-as-you-go basis, and the Helpdesk will accept credit or debit cards for payment (sorry, we cannot accept cash). Some customers may also set up a TAMU departmental charge account through PaperCut; you will need to contact the COA business office to create or manage this charge account.

 

Large-Format Printing (high-quality or large prints)

Basic information

Large-format printing is available in the Helpdesk in A122. There is a variety of paper types and options available; print samples are available for inspection at the Helpdesk. ITS currently has five Large-format plotters that are typically loaded with the following paper types:

Printing on the large-format printers is on a per-per-print basis; we accept credit and debit cards (cash is not accepted) . More information is available here.

College of Architecture Desktops

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If connecting to a printer within the Langford Complex, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. From the Windows start menu, type in \\print.arch.tamu.edu and press enter:



  2. In the window that opens, find the printer to which you wish to print; for example, ITS-Xerox-7855-A122. A complete list of ITS printers is available here.
     
  3. To connect to the selected printer, right click and then click on Connect... This installs the necessary drivers, and configures the printer on your account.

Connecting to printers from a Windows PC or laptop

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Wireless access to College of Architecture printers is possible via the architecture print server; however, you MUST be connected to the university wifi (tamulink).

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. In the windows search bar, type in the address \\print.arch.tamu.edu and hit enter.




  2. A dialog box requiring credentials should pop up. Enter your NetID and password.

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    If this dialog box doesn't show, and instead you receive an authentication error, you may have to update your login credentials. Go to Control Panel ~> User Accounts ~> Credential Manager and update your password.



  3. A window containing available printers will pop up. Select the desired printer – for example, ITS-Xerox-7855-A122. A complete list of ITS printers is available here.

  4. To connect to the selected printer, right click and then click on Connect... This installs the necessary drivers, and configures the printer on your account.




Connecting to printers from a Mac

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 Wireless access to College of Architecture printers is possible via the architecture print server; however, you MUST be connected to the university wifi (tamulink).

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. In the menu bar select the Go menu item:




  2. Select Connect to Server... option

  3. The server address is smb://print.arch.tamu.edu. Click Connect.



  4. A window requiring credentials should pop up. you need to type in your NetID and password to access the printers.

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    Don't forget to check the box to remember your password!



  5. Select MacDrivers from the list of available drivers
  6. Select Xerox Workcenter Suite.dmg to install drivers for the Xerox-7855 printers (the multifunction devices for printing letter-size and 11x17 paper). Select HP Designjet T7100.dmg to install drivers for the plotters.
  7. Once you install the driver, click continue and DO NOT ADD A PRINTER. Keep pressing continue until you are prompted with the next step.
  8. After the drivers are installed, go to System Preferences and select Printers and Scanners.
  9. Click on the + sign at the bottom of the list of the printers to add a new printer.
  10. If you don't see an Advanced option at the top of this window, you need to add it. Right-click on the window just left of the search bar, and select "Customize Toolbar...". Drag the Advanced icon into the toolbar.



  11. Click on the Advanced icon, and then click the dropdown list at the top of the dialog labeled Type. Select Windows printer via spoolss from the list. 
     
  12. In the field labeled URL, type in the name of the printer you wish to install. 
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  13. In the field labeled Name, you can change this to be whatever name you would like this printer to appear as in your print dialogs.
     
  14. Click on the dropdown labeled Use. Select the option called Select Software... A new window will open titled Printer Software. From this list you can select the correct drivers for the Xerox 7855.

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    You can find the right drivers easily by typing "Xerox 7855" into the search box labeled Filter.

  15. Once you highlight the correct driver and click OK, you will need to click the Add button on the bottom right of the Add printer window.

    At this point, you will see a progress bar that says "Setting up 'Printer name here'...". You may need to click the Configure button and then OK to finish the installation. Otherwise, just be patient for a bit.



Small-format Printing (8½x11, 11x14, or 11x17)

Basic information

The College of Architecture is now partnering with the campus Open Access Computer Labs (OAL) in order to provide a single print solution to students across campus. The print quota that was previously granted for printers in the Langford building is now merged with the standard quota allocated to all enrolled students. This means that you are able to use this quota at printers located all over campus, including Francis, Evans Library, Blocker and the SCC (among others). More information about this system is available at http://oal.tamu.edu/

  • Students get $30 from the University each semester.  Students majoring in the College of Architecture get an additional $30 allocation (for a total of $60)

  • Because prints are held in a global queue, you can print from one location and release at another

  • Documents not released within 2 hours will be automatically deleted

  • Students can add additional print quota by visiting https://print.tamu.edu/
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  • Web printing is available by visiting https://aggieprint.tamu.edu/ and uploading your document

  • Mobile printing is available via the Pharos app for iOS (Android version coming soon)

  • Students may also print by emailing a document aggieprint@tamu.edu
     

More details are available by visiting https://wikis.arch.tamu.edu/display/HELPDESK/Small-format+Printing and http://oal.tamu.edu/Printing/.

College of Architecture Desktops

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  1. Sign in to COA Desktops using your NetID

  2. After you select the the print option, you can choose from two print options:
    • B/W Printing - OAL Kiosk – This is for black & white printing only.  Color documents sent to this queue will result in the print coming out in greyscale.  
    • Color Printing - OAL Kiosk – This is for color printing.  Greyscale documents sent to this queue will still be charged color!  This is the pricier option, so only use this when you really need color.
       
  3. Once the print command is given, pop-ups will appear:
    1. When the Print Job Details pop-up comes up, click Print
    2. When the Cost Center pop-up comes up, click Yes
    3. On the Message about your print job pop-up, click Yes if you accept the cost of the print

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      Print jobs sent are held in a “release queue”.  You can then use any OAL print release kiosk to release your print.  In other words, you can print at the SCC and release at Langford, or print in Langford and release at the West Campus Library, etc.
       
  4. Go to your printer of choice and swipe your ID card
     
  5. You will be taken to a page where you have to choose a “Cost Center” to use:
    1. Use Personal Account – this is the print quota the university gives each student.  This is $30 by default.
    2. College of Architecture Subsidized Quota – This is an additional $30 given to each student, paid for out of differential tuition

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        This additional quota is given ONLY to students majoring in the College of Architecture; students merely enrolled in one or more College class do not qualify.

  6. After choosing a Cost Center, the next screen will ask you which document(s) you want to print.  Select the document and click Print (or you can use Print All if you want to print all documents in the queue)

  7. When you are done releasing your prints, be sure to press the Log Out button on the printer!

 

Connecting to printers from a personal laptop 

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For instructions on installing an OAL printer directly to your PC, see the information from the HDC website: https://hdc.tamu.edu/Labs_Printing/Printing/OAL_Printing/Mapping_print_share_%20in_OAL_%20WinXP.php

 

The recommended method of submitting documents to the global print queue is to sign in to http://aggieprint.tamu.edu/ and upload the document using the Upload button located in the upper-lefthand corner. Once the document is in the print queue, you can go to any OAL printer (all the multi-funtion printers in Langford and Francis, for example), swipe your ID card to sign in to the printer, and release the print.
Alternately, you can submit documents to the global print queue using a couple other methods:
 
  • Mobile printing is available via the Pharos app for iOS (Android version coming soon)

  • Students may also print by emailing a document aggieprint@tamu.edu (be sure to send the email from your official TAMU email account)