How to set up a printer using AUITUtility

How to set up a printer using AUITUtility Install printer drivers If you need to be able to use all of the printer’s functions, you need to install th...
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How to set up a printer using AUITUtility Install printer drivers If you need to be able to use all of the printer’s functions, you need to install the appropriate driver. Driver packages for HP, Xerox and Canon laser printers are available here: Search for the manufacturer (use the ‘magnifying glass’)

If the manufacturer is not on the list, go to the manufacturer’s website.

NOTE! If you install drivers after installing AUITUtility, AUITUtility must be restarted before the drivers are activated.


Install AUIT print-fix for Yosemite To use smb-print (as AUITUtilty does) on Yosemite (OSX 10.10 .x), you must download and install the AUIT in Yosemite print-fix:

Install and use AUITUtility Next, download and install AUITUtility: When AUITUtility is running after the installation, a lobster icon will be visible in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

Click the icon and then click ‘Printers’. Select uni to select a printer from a drop-down list (in this example, the printer selected is 1521-300-b).

If you hold the cursor over the name of the printer for a couple of seconds, a window will appear which describes the printer model (in this example HP LaserJet P4015x) – remember this.

Click the printer. A new window will open containing information about what driver will be used.


If this information is correct, click ‘OK’. If not, scroll down the list until you find the correct printer, and click ‘OK’. ‘Generic postscript driver’ is used in this example. While this may be adequate to your needs, please be aware that this will not give you access to all of the printer’s functions (double-sided printing, stapling, extra paper trays, etc.). These functions vary from printer to printer. Select the correct driver from the list. This can be a little difficult – in this example, the right choice is HP LaserJet P4010.


Now you have selected the correct driver. However, you are not quite finished yet. Open ‘System Preferences’ and select ‘Printers & Scanners’.

Select a printer, and open ‘Options & Supplies’.


Select ‘Options’.

In this example, the printer has Tray 3, Duplex Unit and Printer disk. If you are not able to figure out what functions your printer has by looking at it, you may wish to contact your local IT support for help.

The first time you print, you will be required to state your user name and password. It will (in most cases ) be the same login information you use for* Remember that the domain name must come before the user name - e.g. AD\macdom. 5

Check the ‘Remember this password in my keychain’ box– otherwise you will be prompted to type them in every time you print.

What if it doesn’t work? If you still have problems printing, there are a variety of possible causes.

Not connected to AU's network Your Mac must be connected to the AU network in order to print. You can connect to the network with a cable or via Eduroam when you’re at the university. If you are not at the university, you have to use VPN.

Delete a printer The problem can often be solved by deleting a printer. In fact, you will have to do this if you have installed a printer with the wrong driver! Open System Preferences -> Printers & Scanners. Select the printer you want to delete, click minus – and confirm.

Incorrect username and/or password As previously explained, you must state a username and password. Problems sometimes occur with this – for example, if you’ve switched passwords. This problem can be corrected in Keychain Access (Applications -> Utilities -> Keychain Access). You will see a list like this one.


If the list is long, type ‘print’ in the search field to limit your search to printers. There should be only ONE printer!

If there are more, delete all of them. Furthermore, if you have trouble printing, deleting can also help. Rightclick and select 'Delete'.


Reset printing system If the problem continues, resetting the printer may be a solution. Please be aware that this will delete all installed printers! Open System Preferences -> Printers & Scanners. Right-click ion the white background in the printer list, select Reset Printing System and confirm.