Posts Tagged ‘mac’

Status of printing, one week later

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Now that the dust has settled a bit, we would like to give a status update after the print server migration. Somewhat contrary to popular belief, the overall situation with printing has improved quite a lot. Most combinations of operating systems, client programs, file formats and printers work very well, with two notable exceptions:

  • Mac OS X 10.6.7: printing some PDFs from non-Adobe programs on some printers fails. We’re working on a solution. Either use Adobe Reader/Acrobat or print on any other printer. This problem is introduced with the 10.6.7 update. You’ll have to use the Acroread workaround until we find a solution.  SOLVED: Apple released an official patch to fix the problems with fonts. Please update your computer.
  • Macs: the LPD way of printing (readme) currently does not work. Again, we’re working on it. Use CUPS in the meantime. SOLVED

As a reminder, please let us know immediately if apart from the above-mentioned cases you still experience printing issues.

Printing problems

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Printing currently doesn’t work on most Macs. We’re still trying to find the source of the problem.

Easier reactivation of expired computers

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

All computers in the D-PHYS network have to be registered with their MAC address. This is an important measure to ensure the security and integrity of our network. In order to alleviate the inconvenience this might cause in some cases, we now allow expired machines to be reactivated not only by us, but also by their admins and deputies. To this end we have created the website

registration.phys.ethz.ch

which allows you to easily reactivate all expired machines you’re registered as an admin or deputy for. We hope to save us all some time with this new service.