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How do I report broken workstations or other cluster problems?


  • Athena student computer clusters / labs
  • Technology-enabled student learning spaces on campus


The answer to this depends on the type of problem you wish to report.

  • Environmental Problems
    For immediate environmental problems (lighting, heating, doors, windows, etc), please call MIT extension F-IXIT (x3-4948) to contact MIT Facilities
  • Door Keypad Combo Problems
    If the combination to an Athena cluster does not work, please:
    1. Make sure you are using the correct combination; you can find out the current combination by typing the command tellme combo at any Athena command prompt, for example on an Athena Quickstation
    2. If you are sure the combination is correct and it still doesn't work, please report it to
    3. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Facilities F-IXIT at 3-4948.
  • Printer Problems
    If a printer is broken, jammed, or needs toner, please contact Copytech (MIT's printing Contractor) by sending email to; their contact information, including phone number, is also posted on stickers on all the public printers
  • Computer Hardware Problems
    If there is a problem with the physical computer hardware, screens, or if a computer seems unresponsive, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at

For all other issues of if you're not sure what the problem is, please contact the IS&T Service Desk and they'll help route your request to the right place.

Contact: IS&T Service Desk
Phone: 617-253-1101

Whether calling or writing, be sure to include the name of the machine, the room number (if necessary), and a description of the problem. It helps if you can determine which specific machine is having problems, but if you can't do that, please report the problem anyway.

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April 01, 2017

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