Discovery Printers: Linux Setup
This document describes how to set up the Print Queue on Linux
Reminder on CORE Printing
- Color: Color printing is very expensive. Use it sparingly and set your printer to default to black and white.
- Occupants: The printers are for building occupants only. Friends, other students, etc. are not permitted to use the printers.
- Research: Printers are for research-related materials only. Do not print non-research related items (e.g., school work).
- Essential: Printing should be kept to a minimum. We work in a green building and resource conservation is important.
Color Printing NotificationIf you've been printing significant amounts of color print jobs, you may receive the following email:
You are receiving this email because you printed more than 100 color pages over the last several weeks at WID. Please be aware that color printing costs 7x more than black and white. We understand that color printing is sometimes necessary, but please make sure your default printing is black and white:
- Create a Black and White Printing Preset on Mac
- Set up two print queues (B&W, color) for a PC
- Printing for Linux
Some large color print jobs, such as brochures and handouts, are best done by the campus print shops. We use them routinely as they have fast turnaround and their printers are better quality. Pat Pointer can answer any questions you have.
This document assumes Ubuntu 16.04 for the Linux enviroment, but the general instructions may work on other Linux distributions.
Install the Driver
Either retrieve the drivers from our shared storage, or get them directly from Sharp's website.
- Retrieve Drivers from Shared Storage
Connect to the share smb://r2d2-fs2.morgridge.net/allshared
Navigate to the folder Printer Drivers, then copy the file that starts with LINUX.
- Retrieve Drivers from Sharp
Go to Sharp's website and fill in the following information on the form:
- Product Category: MFPs
- Product: MX-3050N
- File Type: Drivers and Utilities
Press Search, then press Download to the right of the Linux driver.
Extract the archive file and then open a Terminal and navigate to the folder created by extracting the archive.
Run the following command (changing the .install file name if it's different than below):
Type "yes" and press enter at the prompt, and then again to agree to the license. The script will install the driver for use on your computer.
Set up the Print Queue
If your linux username is the same as your Discovery network account username, skip to step 4.
Which print queue you use depends on what your local linux username is, and if your linux username does not match you Discovery network account username you need to complete some preliminary steps to install the PaperCut client. Note that java is required for this software. If your linux username is the same as your Discovery network account username, you do not need the PaperCut client and can skip to step 4.
Connect to smb://print1.morgridge.net/PCClient
Specify morgridge.net for the domain and enter your Discovery network account username and password.
- Copy the linux folder to your computer's desktop and then open a terminal and navigate to within that folder. Run the following commands:
chmod u+x pc-client-linux.sh
This second command you will have to run each login session you want to print in. One easy way to do this is set
sh pc-client-linux.shto run on login. If you want assistance doing this, contact email@example.com
The PaperCut client will open. Enter your Discovery network account username and password and check Remember my identity, then press OK.
Open System Settings, then Printers.
Choose Enter URI and input lpd://print1.morgridge.net/Discovery_Print_Queue for the device URI, then press Forward. If your installed the PaperCut client by following steps 1-4, then use lpd://print1.morgridge.net/Discovery_BYOD_Mac as the device URI.
Select Sharp from the list and then press Forward.
Choose MX-3050N as the model and press Forward
Switch the Output Tray Options to Inner Finisher (confirm it lists your settings as in the below picture) then press Forward.
Give DiscoveryPrintQueue (or DiscoveryBYODMac if you set up the PaperCut client) for the short name, then optionally put Discovery Print Queue (or Discovery BYOD Mac) for the description, then choose Apply.
If you set up the PaperCut client, you will be prompted for credentials when you first print. Put your username and password and set Remember to Always and it will save your credentials for the future.
When you print to either the DiscoveryPrintQueue or DiscoveryBYODMac queues, your print job will be sent to the queue and you can then retrieve it at the printer.