VxAdmin Hardware Setup

Hardware Overview

VxAdmin consists of a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) laptop pre-installed with VotingWorks software and an HP printer:

VxAdmin Laptop and Printer

VotingWorks also provides the USB flash drives, cords, adapters, and programmable smart cards to operate the system. Besides the printer, all equipment is stored in an Orange Apache 4800 Case, which also contains the VxBatch laptop.

Case containing VxAdmin, VxBatch, and small peripherals

Hardware Setup

  1. Unbox Laptop: remove laptop from case and plug in the included charger to laptop and outlet.

  2. Unbox Printer: remove printer from box and plug in the included power cord to printer and outlet.

  3. Connect Laptop to Printer: use provided USB cable to connect printer to laptop.

  4. Turn on Laptop: turn on laptop using the power button in the top-left of keyboard.

  5. Turn on Printer: turn on printer using the power button on the front right and follow any on-screen instructions.

  6. Load Paper: load 24 or 28 lb letter paper (8.5" x 11") into the printer. We strongly recommend against using paper thinner than 24 lb.

    1. For election-day ballots, use white paper. We recommend Hammermill 102450.

    2. For absentee ballots, use canary yellow paper. We recommend Springhill 024159R.

HP Printer FAQ

Do we need to install toner?

New printers come with toner installed by default. The display will alert you when the toner level becomes low, at which point please follow HP's instructions to replace it.

The printer displays "Select Language" and won't print. What do I do?

The first time a printer is used or if it is ever reset, it must be configured by responding to the on-screen prompts. You can simply press the "OK" button repeatedly, selecting all the defaults, until it says "Ready."