Computer Lab FAQs

Printing.When you are given a computer account at LA, and at the beginning of each semester, $30 is placed in an account for printing, collected as part of your lab fees. Rates are here, and money can be deposited by giving cash or check to Bill Riese in room 350 Ag Hall,  Debi Griffin in room 1, or Math Heinzel in room 15a, or sometimes to your instructor.Your current balance should show in the lower left of the computer screen, when you hover your mouse button over a little icon that looks like a “$”. NOTE: if there are parenthesis around the amount, it is negative, and you will not be able to print! (“Balance for Bucky is ($2.32)” means a negative $2.32.)  {Note:  You are allowed a $10 negative balance, but it is best to maintain a positive one}

If you look at the printer status on a computer and it says the job is “Paused”, that means you do not have enough money in your account to print it.

If you have a problem with a print, none came out or due to a computer or printer error something was faulty, you can request a refund from Debi or Math.

How to Print in Black and White on 24” Plotter in Room 25

Power Point 2003: ‘File’ – ‘Print’ – Under ‘Printer’ go to ‘Name’ and select//lant4/24” HP Plotter Rm 25 HPGL2 – At the bottom there is a ‘Color/grayscale’ drop down arrow, click the arrow and choose ‘Pure black and white,’ Then click on ‘Properties’ – ‘Color’ tab – ‘Print in pure black and white.’Power Point 2007: Click on the Microsoft icon in the upper left corner of the screen – ‘Print’ – Under ‘Printer’ go to ‘Name’ and select //lant4/24” HP Plotter Rm25 HPGL2, At the bottom there is a ‘Color/grayscale’ drop down arrow, click the arrow and choose ‘Pure black and white,’ Then click on ‘Properties’ – ‘Color’ tab – ‘Print in pure black and white.’

GIS: ‘File’ – ‘Print’ – ‘Setup’ – Under printer setup go to ‘Name’ and select//lant4/24” HP Plotter Rm 25 HPGL2, Then click on ‘Properties’ – ‘Color’ tab – ‘Print in pure black and white.’

Adobe Illustrator: ‘File’ – ‘Print’ – At the top go to ‘Printer’ and select //lant4/24” HP Plotter Rm 25 HPGL2 – At the bottom click on ‘Setup’ – ‘Continue’ – ‘Preferences’ – ‘Color’ tab – ‘Print in pure black and white’ – OK – ‘Print’ – ‘Print’

Adobe Photoshop:‘File’ – ‘Print’ – Under ‘Printer’ select //lant4/24” HP Plotter Rm25 HPGL2 – Click on ‘Page Setup’ right below – ‘Color’ tab – ‘Print in pure black and white’ – ‘Print’

AutoCAD 2008:‘File’ – ‘Plot’ – Under ‘Printer/plotter’ go to ‘Name’ and select//lant4/24” HP Plotter Rm 25 HPGL2 – ‘Properties’ – ‘Custom Properties’ – ‘Color’ tab – ‘Print in pure black and white’ – ‘OK’ – ‘OK’ – ‘OK’ – ‘OK’


After Hours Access.If you have a new WiscCard (issued after 2008), your information should be in the Campus security database for the Andover locks on the exterior doors of Ag hall and the door to room 25 studio. Math Heinzel can add your ID to the access for those locks after regular building hours (the locks will have a red light on the keypad)Simply wave your ID within 8 inches of the keypad and it should beep and the light turn green, you might hear a click. You have a few seconds to open the door before it locks again.PLEASE DO NOT prop the outside or studio doors open! A silent alarm will go off at Campus Police if you do, or if the exterior doors in the Studio wings are left open.


Home Drives and data storage.When your account is created, a folder with your login name is created on a data server, and mapped to the H: drive. There is a quota of 40GB set up on this at present.If the H: drive does not show up in Windows Explorer, or if it does not contain your files, it is possible that the H: drive mapping was used by another device, like a thumb drive or card reader, and you may need to remap it.To do so, right-click on “My Computer”, select manage, click on the “Disk Management” icon, and find the H: drive under the Volume column. Right-click and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths…and pick another letter (e.g. U), and close the Computer Management console. Log out and log in again, and your H: drive should be there. Contact Math if it is not.


GIS and other data sets.In order to avoid duplication of disk space, and provide for common access to large data sets, a read-only drive (so someone doesn’t accidentally overwrite the US Streetmap with a selection from Portage, WI) has been set up.This should be mapped automatically to your R: drive, and so can be added as a permanent connection in ArcCatalog, for instance.Working copies of some of these data sets will probably be available on the K: drive, under the class folder or project name. These will, of course, be available for read-write access, and so you should exercise caution when editing and saving data sets here, and examine them when used, to be sure they are what you think they are.


When to use PDF format.PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) is a good final product. It was never intended as an interchange format, and has some severe limitations as such.If you are looking for a final output format to display complex graphic intensive and layout controlled documents then PDF is a very good choice and often the best choice. You can easily create an electronic document that looks exactly like the printed document. This is what PDF was designed for. Scanning directly into pdf is good for documents with primarily text, where you want to create a searchable document to share with others.PDF files are very difficult to edit, and images stored in pdf are not easily used in other programs. If you intend to edit an image, insert it into another document, or put it on the web as an image, you are better off with JPG. If you want crisp lines and high contrast, then a compressed TIFF is best.