FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How do I print directly to the Darth Plotter?
A: If you cannot produce an Adobe Illustrator file or a PDF file, or really want to print from your own application (such as PowerPoint), you’ll need to use these instructions.

NOTE: Check here if you need to seek out one of the printing alternatives, such as FedEx/Kinko’s or Repro.

Please plan you time accordingly so that you can use a fall-back plan, if needed.

First, some details:

If you’ve installed the print driver, instructions adding the printer in Mac OS X follow. The steps for Windows are about the same, using the Windows Add Printer Wizard, but a little more complicated.

How to add the printer

  1. To “Add” the printer, open System Preferences... (under the Apple menu) and select “Printer & Fax.”

  2. If necessary, click the lock to make changes.

  3. Click the plus sign (+) at the bottom of the Printers column.

  4. Select the IP icon in the upper left and add:

       Protocol: HP Jetdirect - Socket
       Address: darth.geology.ucdavis.edu
       Queue:
    
       Name: darth.geology.ucdavis.edu
       Location:
       Print Using:
    
    add-darth-plotter

  5. For Print Using, select and hold the Generic PostScript Printer pop-up and select “Select Printer Software...”

  6. A Printer Software selection box will appear. Type “4000ps” in the search field, select “HP DesignJet 4000ps” from the list and click OK.

    darth-printer-software screenshot
  7. Click Add in the Add Printer dialog box.

  8. When you print from your poster design application, be sure to select the “Darthprinter and the appropriate paper size.

    luke-plotter-paper-size-trimmed screenshot

  9. Be sure to select your normal printer then next time you print a standard document. (You’d hate to be charged over $300 for a poster-sized, 8-page term paper.)

  10. The billing process for Darth... Fill out the form below, print it, obtain a PI signature, then submit to Business Office:

        http://admin.geology.ucdavis.edu/busofforms/plotter-recharge.php

NOTE: Check here if you need to seek out one of the printing alternatives, such as FedEx/Kinko’s or Repro.

Please plan you time accordingly so that you can use a fall-back plan, if needed.