Epson Stylus Pro 9900 Unpacking and Specifications

Epson Stylus Pro 7900/9900
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PRINTER GUIDE
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FCC Compliance Statement
For United States Users
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause interference to radio and television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will invalidate the FCC
Certification of this device and may cause interference levels which exceed the limits established by the FCC for
this equipment. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this
device. If this equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to unused
interfaces. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
For Canadian Users
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
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Contents
Introduction
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Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Options and Accessories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Where To Get Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Macintosh System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Windows System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Printer Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
LCD Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
1 Setting Up the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Unpacking and Assembling the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Unpacking and Assembling the Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Unpacking the Printer and Mounting It on the Stand. . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Attaching the Paper Basket (Epson Stylus Pro 7900). . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Attaching the Paper Basket (Epson Stylus Pro 9900). . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Completing Setup and Connecting the Power Cord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Installing Ink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Connecting to Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Installing the Software for Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Installing the Software for Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Updating Your Printer Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Checking the Current Firmware Version. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Downloading and Updating the Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Configuring the Printer’s Network Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
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2 Handling Paper and Other Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Selecting Media for Your Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Available Epson Special Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Guidelines for Using Epson Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Using Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Roll Paper Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Selecting the Paper Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Setting Up Automatic Media Tracking and Identification. . . . . . . . . 61
Placing the Paper in the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Loading the Paper for Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Cutting Paper Manually with the Built-in Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Printing Trim Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Removing Paper from the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Using Cut Sheet Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Loading Cut Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Loading Heavy Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Adjusting the Platen Gap for Thick or Thin Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Using the Paper Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Catching Printouts in Front of the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Catching Printouts Under the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Storing the Paper Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Optimizing the Settings for Your Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Creating Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Printing Your Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Selecting Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
3 Printing With Epson Drivers for Macintosh . . 87
Sizing Images for Borderless Printing on Roll Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Printing With Mac OS X 10.5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Choosing Page Setup and Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Choosing Color Management Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Choosing Advanced Media Control Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Choosing Roll Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Controlling Borderless Image Expansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo Settings . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Creating a Custom Preset and Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Managing Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
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Printing With Mac OS X 10.4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Choosing Page Setup Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Choosing Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Choosing Color Management Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Choosing Paper Configuration Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Choosing Roll Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Controlling Borderless Image Expansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo Settings . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Creating a Custom Preset and Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Managing Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Selecting the Correct Media Type Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
4 Printing With Epson Drivers for Windows . . 123
Sizing Images for Borderless Printing on Roll Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Choosing Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Selecting the Correct Media Type Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Choosing Color Management Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Choosing Roll Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Choosing Cut Sheet Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Choosing Page Layout Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Choosing Paper Configuration Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Saving, Exporting, and Importing Custom Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Saving and Exporting a Custom Settings Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Importing a Custom Settings Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Loading a Pre-Defined Settings Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Editing Printer Driver Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Managing Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Using the Progress Meter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Optimizing Print Speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Setting Monitoring Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
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5 Maintaining and Transporting the Printer . . . 151
Checking Printer Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Printing Status Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Viewing Status Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Checking Printer Status From the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Checking and Cleaning the Print Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Running the Nozzle Check and Head Cleaning Utilities. . . . . . . . . 154
Checking and Cleaning the Print Head Using the Control Panel . . 156
Automatically Checking and Cleaning the Print Head . . . . . . . . . . 156
Running Cleaning Cycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Aligning the Print Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Replacing Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Switching Black Ink Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Changing the Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Using Maintenance Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Replacing the Paper Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Removing the Old Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Installing the New Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Replacing the Maintenance Tank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Cleaning the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Transporting or Storing the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Preparing the Printer for Shipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Moving the Printer on the Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Setting Up the Printer After Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
6 Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Diagnosing Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Checking Error Messages and Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Improving Print Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Solving Operational Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Solving Miscellaneous Printing Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Solving Paper Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Fixing Paper Eject Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Clearing Paper Jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
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Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Macintosh OS X 10.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Macintosh OS X 10.4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
A Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Dimensions and Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Printer Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Safety Approvals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Cut Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Printable Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
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Introduction
This Printer Guide provides important information on setting up and using
your printer, loading paper, using the Epson® printer drivers, and replacing
ink cartridges. It also tells you how to maintain your printer to keep it
working at its best, and provides troubleshooting tips in case you have a
problem.
For additional information, see the following:
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The Quick Reference Guide provides a handy summary of procedures for
daily use and printer maintenance—loading paper, replacing ink
cartridges and other components, cleaning and aligning the print head,
and using the printer’s menu system. Attach it to your printer for easy
reference.
•
The on-screen User’s Guide on the CD-ROM provides additional
information about the printer, drivers, and utility software. You can read
the guide using Adobe® Reader®.
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The on-screen Network Guide on the CD-ROM provides instructions
for setting up and using your printer on a network.
Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips
Please follow these guidelines as you use this book:
WARNINGS
Cautions
Notes
Tips
must be followed carefully to avoid bodily injury.
must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment.
contain important information about your printer.
contain additional hints on how to get the most out of your printer.
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Tip: Check the Epson Pro
Imaging website at
www.proimaging.epson.
com for accessories and
options that are currently
available.
Options and Accessories
Your Epson Stylus® Pro 7900/9900 offers these optional upgrades and
accessories:
Optional equipment
Option
Part number
Automatic Take-Up Reel System (Pro 9900 only)
C12C815321
Epson SpectroProofer™ 44-inch (Pro 9900 only)
SPECTRO44
Epson SpectroProofer 24-inch (Pro 7900 only)
SPECTRO24
Epson SpectroProofer 44-inch UV (Pro 9900 only)
SPECTRO44UV
Epson SpectroProofer 24-inch UV (Pro 7900 only)
SPECTRO24UV
One-year extended warranty
EPP900B1
Two-year extended warranty
EPP900B2
In addition, you can order these user-replaceable items:
Consumables and user-replaceable parts
Part
Part number
Replacement maintenance tank (see page 169)
C12C890191
Replacement paper cutter (see page 165)
C12C815331
Roll media adapters (2)
C12C811241
Replacement 44-inch Take-Up Reel Core (Pro 9900 only)
C815121
Ink Cartridges
See page 160 for
a complete list.
You can purchase optional equipment and genuine Epson ink and paper
from an Epson Professional Imaging Authorized Reseller. To find the
nearest reseller, visit www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales), www.epson.ca
(Canadian sales), or call 800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). Or you can
purchase online at www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales) or
www.epson.ca (Canadian sales).
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Where To Get Help
Tip: If you experience
difficulty with the
toll-free line or your
Unit ID number, call
(562) 276-1305.
Epson provides technical support and information on the installation,
configuration, and operation of professional printing products through the
Epson Preferred Limited Warranty Plan. Dial (888) 377-6611, 6 AM to
6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Days and hours of support are
subject to change without notice.
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Before you call, make sure you have your Unit ID number, which is
included with the Epson Preferred Limited Warranty Plan information that
came with your printer. You’ll also need your printer serial number and
proof of purchase.
Visit Epson’s support website at epson.com/support and select your product
for solutions to common problems. You can download drivers, firmware,
and documentation, get FAQs and troubleshooting advice, or e-mail Epson
with your questions.
Macintosh System Requirements
To use your printer in either a stand-alone or peer-to-peer network
environment, your Macintosh® system should meet these requirements:
Caution: Using an
improperly shielded
cable—especially a cable
more than 10 feet (6 m)
long—may cause the
printer to malfunction.
Note: USB 2.0 is
required to run the
printer at full speed.
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Mac OS® X 10.4.9 or higher
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PowerPC® G5, Intel®, or higher processor
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At least 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
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At least 32GB of free hard disk space for software and processing files
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Quad-speed (4×) or faster CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the
printer software
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For USB connection: a compliant USB Hi-Speed 2.0 port and a
shielded USB “AB” cable from Series A (computer) to Series B (printer),
up to 10 feet (6 m) long
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For network connection: Ethernet-equipped Macintosh and a
Category 5 compatible cable
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Windows System Requirements
To use your printer in either a stand-alone or peer-to-peer network
environment, your system should meet these requirements:
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IBM®-compatible PC with a Pentium® 4, 3 GHz or higher processor
recommended
•
Microsoft® Windows® Vista®, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP
Professional x64 Edition, or Windows XP
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At least 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
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At least 32GB of free hard disk space for software and processing files
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Quad-speed (4×) CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer
software
•
For USB connection: a Windows-compliant USB Hi-Speed 2.0 port
and a shielded USB “AB” cable from Series A (computer) to Series B
(printer), up to 10 feet (6 m) long
•
For Ethernet connection: Ethernet equipped PC and a Category 5
compatible cable
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Important Safety Instructions
Before using your printer, read the following safety instructions to make sure
you use the equipment safely and effectively.
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The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 weighs about 186 lb (84.5 kg) and the
Epson Stylus Pro 9900 weighs about 256 lb (116 kg) without the stand,
paper basket, ink, or paper. Make sure you have four people lift the
printer. (See page 25.)
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When setting up the printer, make sure you have enough space around
it. You may need more space behind the printer if you print on large
sheets of heavy stock or posterboard. (See page 21.)
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Place the printer on a flat, stable surface. The printer will not operate
properly if it is tilted or at an angle.
•
Avoid places subject to rapid changes in temperature and humidity. Also
keep the printer away from direct sunlight, strong light, or heat sources.
•
Avoid places subject to shocks and vibrations.
•
Keep the printer away from dusty areas.
•
Keep your entire computer system away from potential sources of
electromagnetic interference, such as loudspeakers or the base units of
cordless telephones.
•
Place the printer near a wall outlet where the plug can be easily
unplugged.
•
Use only the type of power source indicated on the label.
•
Connect the printer to a properly grounded outlet. Avoid using an
outlet on the same circuit as a photocopier or air control system that
regularly switches on and off.
•
Avoid using electrical outlets controlled by wall switches or timers.
•
Use only the power cord that comes with the printer. Use of another
cord may result in fire or electric shock.
•
The printer’s power cord is designed for use with the printer only. Using
it with other equipment may result in fire or electric shock.
•
Do not use a damaged or frayed power cord.
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Caution: Always turn
the printer off using the
P Power button. When
you press this button,
POWER OFF appears on
the LCD panel and the
P Power light flashes.
Do not unplug the printer
or turn off the power to
the printer until the panel
shuts off and the
P Power light stops
flashing. This ensures
that the print head is
safely capped.
•
If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure the total ampere
rating of devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the
cord’s ampere rating. Also, make sure the total ampere rating of all
devices plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s
ampere rating.
•
Do not block or cover the openings in the printer’s case.
•
Do not put your hand inside the printer during printing.
•
Do not move the print head by hand unless instructed to do so by an
Epson service technician; otherwise you may damage the printer.
•
Do not insert objects through the slots. Take care not to spill liquid on
the printer.
•
Do not attempt to service the printer yourself.
•
Power down the printer from the control panel, unplug the printer, and
refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following
conditions:
The power cord or plug is damaged; liquid has entered the printer; the
printer has been dropped or the cabinet damaged; the printer does not
operate normally or exhibits a distinct change in performance.
•
Before transporting the printer, make sure the print head is in the far
right (home) position.
For California customers only:
The lithium batteries in this product contain
Perchlorate Material - special handling may apply,
See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.
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Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions
Caution: Do not use too
much force when you
shake cartridges that
have been previously
installed.
•
Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the
ink.
•
Store ink cartridges in a cool, dark place.
•
If ink gets on your skin, wash it off with soap and water. If ink gets in
your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
•
Shake ink cartridges before installing them for best results.
•
Do not use an ink cartridge beyond the date printed on the cartridge
carton.
•
Use up the ink cartridge within six months of installation for best
results.
•
Do not dismantle ink cartridges or try to refill them. This could damage
the print head.
•
After bringing an ink cartridge inside from a cold storage site, allow it to
warm up at room temperature for at least three hours before using it.
•
The IC chip on the ink cartridge retains a variety of cartridge
information, which allows you to remove and reinsert it freely.
However, each time the cartridge is inserted, some ink is consumed
because the printer automatically performs a reliability check.
•
If you remove an ink cartridge for later use, protect the ink supply area
from dirt and dust, and store it in the same environment as this product.
Note that there is a valve in the ink supply port, making covers or plugs
unnecessary, but care is needed to prevent ink from staining items that
the cartridge touches.
•
Do not touch the ink supply port, its surrounding area, or the green IC
chip on the side of the ink cartridge. Doing so may affect normal
operation and printing.
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Printer Parts
These illustrations show the Epson Stylus Pro 9900, but the parts are the
same for the Pro 7900 unless otherwise noted.
Front
Roll paper cover
Roll paper
holder
Control
panel
Front
cover
Ink bay
Ink bay
Paper basket
Casters
Back
Interface
connector
for optional
equipment
Network interface
USB interface
for computer
Maintenance tank
(Pro 9900 includes
two tanks, one on
each side of printer)
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AC inlet
Introduction | 19
Control Panel
Paper feed up button
Paper
light
Ink
light
Black ink change button
Paper release (ePlaten™)
light and button
Power
light and
button
OK button
Menu button
Paper cut
button
Ink open button
Pause/reset
light and button
LCD
display
Paper feed down button
Left arrow or paper
source button
LCD Display
Platen
gap
Roll paper
margin
Paper
source
Roll paper
counter
Maintenance
tank status
Ink cartridge
status
Auto Take-Up Reel
Spectro
Proofer
19
Paper
number
Black ink
indicator
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21
Chapter 1:
Setting Up
the Printer
This chapter includes the following information:
•
Unpacking and assembling the Pro 7900 and Pro 9900
•
Connecting the power cord
•
Installing ink
•
Connecting to your computer and a network
•
Installing the printer software for Macintosh or Windows
•
Updating the printer firmware
•
Configuring the printer for a network
Unpacking and Assembling the Printer
WARNING: Four people are
required to unpack and set
up the printer.
Note: When choosing a
place for the printer, leave
adequate room for easy
access and ventilation.
Avoid locations subject to
direct sunlight, excessive
heat, moisture, or dust.
Also avoid locations near
potential sources of
electromagnetic
interference, such as
loudspeakers, cordless
phones, TVs, or air
conditioners.
Follow these steps to assemble your printer and its stand.
Before you begin, make sure you have sufficient space to set up and use the
printer—at least 12 inches on all sides in addition to the dimensions shown:
•
53.4 × 35.6 inches (1356 × 903 mm) for the Epson Stylus Pro 7900
•
73.4 × 52 inches (1864 × 1318 mm) for the Epson Stylus Pro 9900
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22 | Setting Up the Printer
For assembly, you need floor space of approximately:
•
8 × 8 feet (2.4 × 2.4 m) for the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and stand
•
13 × 13 feet (4 × 4 m) for the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and stand
Unpacking and Assembling the Stand
1. Lift the box up and away from the shipping pallet. Then remove the box
containing the stand and paper basket.
2. Unpack the stand and make sure you have all these items.
Manual holder
6 Bolts
Hex wrench
2 Sides
2 Wing screws with
lock washers
Horizontal strut
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Note: Make sure you
tighten all bolts before
moving to the next
section.
3. Insert the strut into the left side as shown. (The sides are labeled L and
R.)
4. Fasten the strut with 3 bolts as shown. Use the hex wrench to tighten the
bolts.
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24 | Setting Up the Printer
5. Insert the strut into the right side and fasten it with 3 bolts as shown.
6. Lock the casters.
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Unpacking the Printer and Mounting It on the Stand
1. Make sure you have all the items shown below:
11 Ink cartridges
Cable guides
Printer
Roll paper
holders
Documentation
and software CD
Note: Make sure you
save the box and
packaging in case you
need to ship the printer.
Power cord
2. Remove the cardboard panels and other packing materials from around
the printer.
3. Have four people lift the printer.
WARNING: Four or more
people are required to lift the
printer.
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26 | Setting Up the Printer
4. Mount the printer on the stand as shown, aligning the pegs with the
holes on the bottom of the printer.
5. Fasten the printer to the stand with the wing screws and washers.
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Attaching the Paper Basket (Epson Stylus Pro 7900)
The paper basket is a cloth sheet that attaches to the printer stand and
catches your prints as they come out. If you have the Epson Stylus Pro 9900,
see page 34 for instructions on attaching the paper basket.
1. Make sure you have all the parts shown below:
2 Pins
Cloth basket
2 Black plastic
connectors
1 Square
pole and 2
round poles
Rod
2 Paper guides
2 Posts
2. Attach the two short posts as shown, one on each side of the stand.
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28 | Setting Up the Printer
3. Use the pins to fasten the posts in place.
4. Insert the round and square poles into the basket cloth as shown.
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5. Place the basket under the printer as shown.
6. Snap the center pole into the holders on each side of the stand.
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30 | Setting Up the Printer
7. Insert the black plastic connectors into both ends of the square pole.
8. Fasten the black plastic connectors onto the posts on each side of the
stand.
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9. Snap the back pole into the holders as shown.
10. Hook the loops around the pins on the back of the stand legs.
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32 | Setting Up the Printer
11. Insert the rod into the fabric channel.
12. Insert the free ends of the rod into the holes in the sides of the stand.
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13. Loop the tabs over the ends of the rod as shown.
14. Attach the paper guides to the bottom of the printer as shown:
Now go to “Completing Setup and Connecting the Power Cord” on
page 42.
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34 | Setting Up the Printer
Attaching the Paper Basket (Epson Stylus Pro 9900)
The paper basket is a cloth sheet that attaches to the printer stand and
catches your prints as they come out. If you have the Epson Stylus Pro 7900,
see page 27 for instructions on attaching the paper basket.
1. Make sure you have all the parts shown below.
2 Black plastic connectors
Cloth basket
2 Plastic
end pieces
4 Pins
3 Square
poles
2 Round
poles
5 Paper guides
4 Posts
Rod
2. Attach two of the posts to the front of the stand as shown, one on each
side.
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3. Use the pins to fasten the posts in place.
4. Attach the other two posts to the back of the stand.
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36 | Setting Up the Printer
5. Use the pins to fasten the posts in place as shown.
6. Insert the round and square poles into the basket cloth as shown:
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7. Place the basket under the printer as shown.
8. Snap the center pole in the holder on each side of the stand.
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9. Insert the black plastic connectors into both ends of the square pole.
10. Fasten the black plastic connectors onto the posts on each side of the
stand.
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11. Snap the back pole into the holders as shown.
12. Attach the end pieces to the poles at the back of the basket.
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40 | Setting Up the Printer
13. Lift the back of the basket and attach the end pieces to the posts at the
back of the stand.
14. Insert the rod into the fabric channel.
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15. Insert the free ends of the rod into the holes in the sides of the stand.
16. Loop the tabs over the rod as shown.
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42 | Setting Up the Printer
17. Attach the paper guides to the bottom of the printer as shown:
18. Continue with the next section to complete the setup process and
connect the power cord.
Completing Setup and Connecting the Power
Cord
1. Attach the manual holder to the left or right side of the stand. Store the
Printer Guide in the holder.
2. Unlock the casters. Then move the printer to the place of use. (The
casters are meant for moving the printer for only a short distance.) Lock
the casters after moving.
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3. Remove any packing tape and plastic film. Check these areas:
•
the front cover
•
the ink compartment covers
•
the maintenance tank(s)
4. Open the roll paper cover and remove the tape and packing material.
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5. Open the front cover and remove the tape and packing material.
Save the packing material in case you need to ship the printer.
6. Close the front cover.
Note: The illustrations in
the following sections
show the Epson Stylus
Pro 9900, but the
instructions are the same
for the Pro 7900.
7. Connect the power cord to the AC inlet on the back of the printer.
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8. Attach the cable guides to the left or right side of the printer back and
route the power cord to the side of the printer as shown.
Power cord on left side
Power cord on right side
9. For the Pro 9900, attach the loops on the paper basket cords to the cable
guides.
Caution: Do not use an
outlet that is controlled
by an automatic timer or
wall switch. Otherwise,
you may accidentally shut
off the printer and cause
damage.
10. Plug the power cord into a properly grounded electrical outlet.
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Installing Ink
Use the ink cartridges that came with your printer for initial ink charging.
During the initial installation process, it is normal for most of the ink in each
cartridge to be used.
The cartridges shipped with your printer are provided mainly to charge the
ink system. Make sure you order a new set of cartridges as soon as possible.
1. Press the P Power button to turn on the printer. In a moment,
INSTALL INK CARTRIDGE appears on the LCD display and the ink
covers pop open slightly.
2. Open both ink covers.
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3. Remove the ink cartridges from their packages, then gently shake each
cartridge for about 5 seconds.
4. Note the location of the slots corresponding to each cartridge.
Left ink bay
Right ink bay
Slot no. Cartridge
Slot no.
Cartridge
1
Cyan (C)
7
Vivid Magenta (VM)
2
Orange (O)
8
Light Black (LK)
3
Yellow (Y)
9
Green (G)
4
Light Cyan (LC)
10
Light Light Black (LLK)
5
Matte Black (MK)
11
Vivid Light Magenta (VLM)
6
Photo Black (PK)
5. Install the ink cartridges in the printer.
Hold each cartridge with the arrow pointing toward the printer, then
insert it into its slot until it clicks into place. Make sure you insert each
cartridge all the way into the correct slot.
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48 | Setting Up the Printer
Caution: Charging takes
about 15 minutes. Never
turn off the printer,
remove the maintenance
tank, or open the front
cover or ink covers while
the P Power light is
flashing, or you may
damage the printer.
6. After installing all 11 cartridges, close the ink covers. The printer begins
charging the ink delivery system and the P Power light flashes.
After ink charging is completed, you need to load paper before READY will
appear on the display. See page 57 for instructions.
Connecting to Your System
You can use USB and/or Ethernet network connections.
For USB connection, make sure your system has the appropriate port and
you have a standard, shielded cable 10 feet (6 m) long or less.
To connect to a network hub, you need a standard RJ-45 CAT-5 network
cable. To connect directly to your computer’s network interface, you need
an RJ-45 CAT-5 crossover cable.
1. Make sure that both the printer and the computer are turned off.
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2. Plug the interface cable into the appropriate port on the printer.
USB connection
Network connection
3. Plug the other end of the cable into the appropriate connector on your
computer, or network switch or hub.
Installing the Software for Macintosh
Note: You can check for a
newer version of your
printer driver on the Epson
support site at
www.epson.com/support.
Follow the steps below to install the software on a Macintosh. For Windows,
see page 52.
1. Turn on your Macintosh and your printer.
2. Insert the printer software CD-ROM.
3. Double-click the Epson installer icon.
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50 | Setting Up the Printer
4. Read the license agreement and click Agree. You see this screen:
5. Click your printer model. You see a screen like this:
Note: If you see a
message that the installer
has detected an older
version of EpsonNet
Config on your system,
you must uninstall the
older version before you
can install the new one.
Open the Applications
folder and drag the
EpsonNet folder into the
trash. Then reinstall your
printer software.
6. Click the Install button.
7. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software and manuals,
register your printer, and place links to Epson Professional Imaging and
myEpsonPrinter.com websites on your desktop.
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8. When you see the prompt, remove the CD and click Restart.
9. After your Macintosh restarts, do one of the following:
For Mac OS X 10.5, select Print & Fax from System Preferences. Click
the + button, then select your printer and click Add:
For Mac OS X 10.4, open the Printer Setup Utility. Click Add. You
see your printer in the Printer Browser:
Tip: If you want to
rename the printer for
easier identification, enter
a new name for it in the
Name field on this screen.
For USB connection, select your printer and wait while your Macintosh
finds the driver and the Add button becomes available. Then click Add.
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For network connection, click More Printers and select a connection,
such as EPSON TCP/IP. Select your printer from the list and click Add.
You see your printer in the Printer List.
10. Go to page 54 to update your printer firmware, if necessary.
Installing the Software for Windows
Follow these steps to install the software for Windows:
1. Make sure your printer is turned off.
2. Turn on your computer.
Note: With Windows
Vista, if you see the
AutoPlay window, click
Run Epsetup.exe. When
you see the User Account
Control screen, click
Continue.
3. Insert the printer software CD-ROM in your computer. The installer
starts automatically.
4. Read the license agreement and click Agree. You see this screen:
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5. Click your printer model. You see a screen like this:
6. Click the Install button.
Note: With Windows XP,
if you see a Found New
Hardware Wizard screen,
select No, not this time,
click Next, and click Next
again.
7. When you see a screen asking you to turn on the printer, press the
printer’s PPower button. (Make sure the printer is connected; see
page 48.)
For network connection, click the Manual button, select the port you
created for the printer, and click OK.
If you didn’t create a port for the printer, select FILE.
8. When you see the final installation screen, click Exit.
9. Register your printer with Epson, then remove the printer software
CD-ROM.
10. If you need to create a port, see the on-screen Network Guide.
Go to the next section to update the printer firmware, if necessary.
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Updating Your Printer Firmware
To keep your printer features and functionality up to date, you should check
for a newer version of firmware on the Epson support site and update your
printer, if necessary.
Checking the Current Firmware Version
Tip: For best results, use
a USB connection when
you update the firmware
on your printer.
1. Press the r Menu button.
2. Press the d button until PRINTER STATUS is highlighted, then press
Menu.
3. Press Menu again and note the firmware version displayed. When done,
press the l button.
Downloading and Updating the Firmware
1. Click the EPSON LFP Remote Panel 2 icon on your desktop. You see
the LFP Remote Panel.
2. Select your printer, then click the Firmware Updater button.
When you see the prompt, click OK to have the EPSON LFP Remote
Panel utility automatically locate and download the latest firmware from
the Epson website.
If you need to download the firmware manually, visit Epson’s support
website at epson.com/support, select your product, then click Drivers
& Downloads.
Choose the firmware update version for Macintosh or Windows and
follow the instructions on the screen.
Caution: Don’t turn off
the printer while the
firmware is updating.
Note: For more
information on using the
LFP Remote Panel, click
Help to see the on-screen
guide.
3. Make sure your printer is turned on, its LCD displays READY, and it is
connected to your computer or network, then choose your printer.
4. Click Browse and find the firmware file that you just downloaded and
extracted. Select the file and click Choose or Open.
5. If the firmware version of the file is newer, click Update to start the
firmware updating process. (If it is the same, you don’t need to update.)
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Note: After you install
the software, you need to
load paper and print a
test image. If the print
quality is satisfactory,
your setup is done. If not,
you may need to align the
print head, as described
on page 158.
6. When the update is complete, close the Firmware Updater window and
Epson LFP Remote window.
If you connected your printer to a network, follow the instructions in the
next section to configure the printer for your network.
Configuring the Printer’s Network Adapter
Once the printer is connected to your network, follow these steps to
configure it:
1. Turn on the printer.
2. Start EpsonNet Config. The EpsonNet Config program searches for all
Epson printers on the network and displays the MAC address and IP
address for each printer that it finds.
3. Highlight the printer that you want to configure and click
Configuration to access the TCP/IP selection screen.
4. If necessary, contact your network administrator for instructions on
assigning an appropriate IP address.
For more information on configuring the printer, see the on-screen Network
Guide.
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Chapter 2:
Handling Paper
and Other
Media
The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Pro 9900 print on a variety of media,
including roll paper and cut sheets in widths up to 24 inches (610 mm) for
the Pro 7900 or 44 inches (1118 mm) for the Pro 9900. You can also use
heavy stock, such as posterboard up to 59 mil (1.5 mm) thick.
This chapter includes the following information:
•
Selecting media for your printer
•
Using roll paper
•
Using cut sheet paper
•
Using the paper basket
•
Optimizing the settings for your paper
Selecting Media for Your Printer
Epson offers a variety of coated, glossy, matte, and fine art paper, as well as
other media, for your printer.
The following table shows the paper sizes you can use:
Supported paper sizes
Roll paper
Cut sheets
Width
10 to 44.0 in.
(203 to 1118 mm)
Letter size up to 44 in.
(1118 mm)
Length
2 in. core: 147.6 ft (45 m)
3 in. core: 662.7 ft (202 m)
Up to 62.2 inches (1580 mm)
Width
10 to 24.0 in.
(203 to 610 mm)
Letter size up to 24 in.
(610 mm)
Length
2 in. core: 147.6 ft (45 m)
3 in. core: 662.7 ft (202 m)
Up to 36 inches (914 mm)
Maximum
external roll
diameter
2 in. core: 4 in. (103 mm)
3 in. core: 6 in. (150 mm)
—
3.15 to 19.7 mil
(0.08 to 0.5 mm)
3.15 to 59 mil (0.08 to 1.5 mm)
Pro 9900
Pro 7900
Thickness
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Always test samples of paper stock in the printer before purchasing large
quantities or printing large jobs. If you use non-Epson paper or other media,
you may need to adjust various settings and create special paper
configurations. See page 83 for instructions.
Available Epson Special Media
One of the key elements for achieving professional quality prints is selecting
paper that is specifically optimized for your printer. Epson offers a complete
lineup of professional media for a variety of applications. Most Epson
professional media are available in sizes from small cut sheets to wide-format
rolls. Check the Epson Pro Imaging website at www.proimaging.epson.com
or your Epson Professional Imaging Authorized Reseller for available media.
For more details about compatible papers, see page 196.
Guidelines for Using Epson Media
Follow these guidelines, as well as those included in your paper package,
when printing on Epson paper and other media:
•
Avoid touching the printable surface with your bare hands. Fingerprints
may affect print quality. Handle media by the edges or use cotton
gloves.
•
Be careful not to bend or scratch the paper.
•
Always choose the correct Media Type setting in your printer driver
software before you send your job. See page 110 (Mac OS X) or
page 126 (Windows) for instructions.
•
Always select the correct paper source (roll or sheet) in both the printer
driver software and on the printer’s control panel. See page 106
(Mac OS X), or page 132 or page 135 (Windows) for instructions on
selecting the paper source in your printer software.
•
Keep unused media in its original packaging and store it in a cool, dry
place to maintain quality. Avoid storing your printouts where they will
be exposed to high temperature, humidity, or direct sunlight.
•
Store sheet media on a flat surface.
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Using Roll Paper
You can use roll paper with a 2- or 3-inch core and a width of up to
24 inches (61 cm) for the Pro 7900, or 44 inches (112 cm) for the Pro 9900.
Manually switching rolls is a simple process.
Roll Paper Guidelines
When printing on roll paper, be sure to follow the media handling
guidelines on page 58, as well as these special guidelines for roll paper:
•
When storing roll paper, keep it in its original packaging—including the
bag, end caps, and box.
•
To avoid feeding excess paper, make sure the
Sheet icon does not
appear on the LCD display. Press the l Paper Source button until the
or
roll icon appears.
•
Choose
if you want the paper to be cut automatically after each
page is printed.
•
Choose
if you want to print a series of pages and keep them together
for cutting later on or use the Auto Take-up Reel (Pro 9900 only).
•
If you’re loading heavy paper, you may need to increase the paper
suction by pressing the u Paper Feed button. For lightweight paper,
decrease the suction by pressing the d Paper Feed button.
•
Do not leave roll paper loaded in the printer when it is not in use.
Selecting the Paper Type
Whenever you load a new type of paper, you need to select the paper type on
the printer’s control panel.
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press u or d to select PAPER SETUP, then press r.
3. Select PAPER TYPE, then press r.
4. Select the paper that you are using as listed page 60, then press the OK
button to save the setting.
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5. Press
to exit the menu.
If your paper does not appear on the control panel, check the instructions
included with the paper, or look on the Epson website
(www.proimaging.epson.com). If you are using non-Epson paper, consult
the manufacturer for the best setting. You may have to experiment with
different settings to determine which one is best for the media you’re using.
For this media
Select this Paper Type setting
Photo Paper
Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Premium Glossy Sheet
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (170)
Premium Glossy 170
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)
Premium Glossy 250
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
Premium Photo Paper Semigloss
Prem. Semigloss Sheet
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (170)
Premium Semigloss 170
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (250)
Premium Semigloss 250
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Premium Luster Sheet
Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)
Premium Luster 260
Premium Semimatte Photo Paper (260)
Premium Semimatte 260
Proofing Paper
Proofing Paper Commercial
Proofing Paper Com.
Proofing Paper White Semimatte
Proofing Paper W. Sm.
Proofing Paper Publication
Proofing Paper Pub
Matte Paper
Doubleweight Matte Paper
Doubleweight Matte
Enhanced Matte Paper
Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Enhanced Matte
Somerset Velvet (roll)
Enhanced Matte
Singleweight Matte Paper
Singleweight Matte
Presentation Paper Matte
Photo Quality IJ Paper
Fine Art Paper
UltraSmooth® Fine Art Paper
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Handling Paper and Other Media | 61
For this media
Select this Paper Type setting
Textured Fine Art Paper
Textured Fine Art
Velvet Fine Art Paper
Velvet F.A.
Watercolor Paper - Radiant White
Watercolor Paper
Premium Canvas Satin
PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas
Watercolor Paper
Premium Canvas Matte
Piezo Pro® Matte Canvas
Watercolor Paper
Canvas
Canvas
Others
Enhanced Matte Posterboard
Enhanced Mat. Board
Somerset Velvet (sheet)
Enhanced Mat. Board
Enhanced Adhesive Synthetic Paper
Enhanced Adhesive Syn.
Setting Up Automatic Media Tracking and Identification
Before you load roll paper in the printer, you can set up the automatic media
tracking system. This system prints a barcode on the edge of the paper that
indicates the media type, roll length, and the alert setting.
When the printer is turned on or roll paper is placed in the printer, the
barcode is scanned and the amount of roll paper remaining is displayed on
the LCD panel. You will see an alert message when the roll is nearly used up.
The barcode is printed when you press the
button.
Paper release (ePlaten)
Make sure PAPER OUT appears on the control panel. Then follow these
steps to set up the automatic media tracking system:
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press u or d to select PAPER SETUP, then press r.
3. Press r to select ROLL PAPER REMAINING.
4. Press r to select REMAINING PPR SETUP.
5. Press d, select ON, and press OK.
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Tip: You can use
Maintenance mode to
switch the units of
measurement in the
printer from meters to
feet. See page 164 for
instructions.
6. Press u to go back to REMAINING PPR SETUP.
7. Press d to select ROLL PAPER LENGTH.
8. Press r, then select the length of the roll paper loaded in the printer,
from 15 to 300 ft (5 to 99.5 m), then press OK.
9. Press l, then press d to select ROLL LENGTH ALERT.
10. Press r, then select the length at which you want to receive an alert
message, from 3 to 50 ft (1 to 15 m), then press OK.
11. Press
to exit the menu.
Placing the Paper in the Printer
1. Open the roll paper cover.
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2. Push the lock lever down firmly, then move the roll paper holder to the
left.
3. Place the roll on top of the printer.
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4. If necessary, adjust the roll media adapters to fit the core size of the roll
paper.
2-inch core:
3-inch core:
5. Release the tension lever on both adapters.
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6. Push the adapters into the paper core at both ends of the roll. Then pull
down the tension levers.
7. Move the roll paper to the right side until it touches the roll paper guide.
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8. Slide the roll paper holder to align the left adapter with the u on the
holder.
9. Roll the paper slowly into position.
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10. Slide the roll paper holder to the right to secure it in the printer. Make
sure both ends of the roll paper are secured in the adapters.
11. Pull up the lock lever to lock the paper in place.
12. If the
light is not on, press the
67
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Loading the Paper for Printing
1. Insert the paper into the slot and pull it down.
If the paper doesn’t come out, you may need to lower the suction by
pressing the d Paper Feed button. Make sure you return the suction to
normal after the paper is loaded.
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2. Close the roll paper cover.
3. Press the
button.
4. Press the
button to move the paper into printing position or wait
for the paper to move into position automatically.
5. If you see a question on the display about paper settings, select Yes if the
settings are correct, or select No, then change the settings.
Note: Opening the front
cover causes printing to
stop. Do not open the
front cover while printing
is in progress, or your
print quality might be
affected.
6. Press OK.
7. If the edge of the paper is uneven or folded, press the
the edge.
button to cut
To avoid indenting or creasing the paper, remove it from the paper path and
roll it up when you are not printing.
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Note: The built-in cutter
might not be able to cut
some types of non-Epson
media.
Cutting Paper Manually with the Built-in Cutter
When you’re not using the Auto Cut On setting, you can cut roll paper
manually by pressing a button after your print job is finished. You can use
the
button to cut most types of paper.
1. Before you print, press the l Paper Source button until you see the
roll (Auto Cut Off) icon on the LCD display.
2. Run your print job.
3. Press and release the
button. When the selection menu appears,
select CUT, then press OK. The paper is cut.
4. If the paper cannot be cut by the built-in cutter, press the d button to
feed the paper to the manual cutting position. Then cut it manually.
Printing Trim Lines
You can print trim lines on the right edge of your pages (Auto Cut On) or
on the right and bottom edge (Auto Cut Off).
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press r Menu again to select the Printer Setup menu.
3. Press d to select PAGE LINE, then press r.
4. Press d or u to select ON.
5. Press OK to save the setting. A check mark appears next to ON.
6. Press
to exit the menu.
You can also specify trim lines from your printer driver software. For
instructions, see pages 98 or 114 (Mac OS X) or page 134 (Windows).
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Removing Paper from the Printer
1. Open the roll paper cover.
2. Press the
button to release the paper.
•
If automatic media tracking is on, the barcode and paper
information is printed.
•
If you are not using the Auto Take-Up Reel, the paper is rewound
automatically.
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•
If you are using the Auto Take-Up Reel, you need to rewind the
paper manually.
3. Push down the lock lever firmly to release it. Then move the roll paper
holder all the way to the left and remove it from the roll.
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4. Roll the paper forward so that it rests on top of the printer.
5. Pull up the tension levers, then remove the adapters from the paper roll.
6. Rewind the paper carefully and place it in its original package.
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Using Cut Sheet Paper
You can print on many types of cut sheet paper and other media. The
printer accepts sheets in widths from letter size/A4 to 24 inches (61 cm) for
the Pro 7900 or 44 inches (112 cm) for the Pro 9900.
You can leave your roll paper in the printer when you print on cut sheets;
make sure it is removed from the paper path and rolled up.
How you load the paper depends on its thickness:
Note: For heavy paper,
you may need to increase
the suction by pressing
the u button. This helps
hold the paper in place
during loading and
printing.
For lightweight paper,
decrease the suction by
pressing the d button.
•
For most paper, see the section below.
•
For stock thicker than 19 mil (0.5 mm), see page 76.
Loading Cut Sheets
Make sure you load paper in the portrait orientation (short edge first).
You can load paper without pressing the
scratching and is fast and easy.
button. This prevents
1. Make sure the printer is turned on and the roll paper cover is closed.
2. Press the l Paper Source button until the
LCD display.
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3. Feed the sheet into the paper slot until it meets resistance. Make sure the
right edge of the paper is straight and aligned with the vertical line on
the roll paper cover.
4. Press d. The sheet feeds into printing position automatically.
5. If you see a question on the display about paper settings, select Yes if the
settings are correct, or select No, then change the settings.
6. Press OK.
7. Print your page. After it is finished, the sheet stays in the printer.
8. To remove your print, press the d button while holding the sheet.
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Loading Heavy Sheets
Make sure you load paper in the portrait orientation (short edge first).
The only exception is paper that is more than 19 mil (0.5 mm) thick and
28.6 inches (728 mm) long, which should be loaded in landscape orientation
(Pro 9900 only).
1. Make sure the printer is turned on and the roll paper cover is closed.
2. Press the l Paper Source button until the
LCD display.
Sheet icon appears on the
Note: You may need to
increase the suction by
pressing the u button.
This helps hold the paper
in place during loading
and printing.
3. Press the
button.
4. Feed the sheet into the paper slot. Make sure the right and top edges of
the paper are straight and aligned with the horizontal and vertical lines
on the printer.
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5. Press the
button.
6. Press the
button to move the paper into printing position or wait
for the paper to move into position automatically.
7. If you see a question on the display about paper settings, select Yes if the
settings are correct, or select No, then change the settings.
8. Press OK.
9. Print your page. After it is finished, the sheet stays in the printer.
10. To remove your print, press the d button while holding the sheet.
Note: If you notice head
strikes on your prints,
make sure your paper is
flat. You can also try
changing the PLATEN
GAP setting to WIDE. If
that doesn’t solve the
problem, try changing it
to WIDER.
Adjusting the Platen Gap for Thick or Thin Paper
When you print on unusually thick or thin paper, you may need to adjust
the platen gap setting. STANDARD is the default setting. However, if print
quality is not satisfactory when using very thin or very thick stock, you may
need to change this setting.
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press r again to select the Printer Setup menu and highlight PLATEN
GAP.
3. Press r. STANDARD is selected as the current setting.
Caution: To avoid
damaging the printer,
make sure you do not
select the NARROW
setting when you print
on thick media.
4. Use the u or d button to choose NARROW, WIDE, WIDER, or
WIDEST.
5. Press OK to save the setting. A check mark appears next to the selected
setting.
6. Press
to exit the menu.
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If you’ve selected a non-standard platen gap, the following symbols appear in
the corner of the display to remind you of the narrow or wide setting:
Widest
Wider
Wide
Narrow
When you switch media, don’t forget to change the setting back to
STANDARD.
If you’re printing on non-Epson media and not using the Epson driver, you
may also need to create a paper configuration to optimize your results. See
page 83 for more information.
Using the Paper Basket
The paper basket attaches to your printer and catches your printouts as they
come out. The basket keeps your printouts from getting dirty or scratched.
You can set it up either to catch the paper under the printer or in front of the
printer.
Catching Printouts in Front of the Printer
Follow the steps below to set up the basket in front of the printer. Use this
method for paper more than 19 mil (0.5 mm) thick or any prints that are 62
inches (157 cm) or longer (for the Pro 9900) or 36 inches (91 cm) or longer
(for the Pro 7900).
1. If you are using the paper guides, make sure they are in front of the
basket, as shown below.
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2. For the Pro 9900, raise the back of the basket all the way up.
3. Open the tabs at the front of the basket and tilt it down. Then raise the
paper guides.
4. Raise the front of the basket so that the surface is taut. Then lower the
paper guides so that your prints slide smoothly onto the cloth.
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Note: To avoid paper
feed errors, do not allow
prints to stack up in the
paper basket.
Catching Printouts Under the Printer
Follow these steps to catch printouts under the printer:
1. Raise the paper guides and tilt the front of the basket down.
2. Lower the paper guides, then raise the front of the basket all the way up.
Fasten the front of the basket with the tabs.
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3. For the Pro 9900, adjust the basket based on your print size.
Note: If printouts on
matte paper have
banding, pull the paper
guides forward.
•
23.4 × 33.1 inches (A1) or smaller
•
Larger than 23.4 × 33.1 inches (A1)
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Storing the Paper Basket
If you are not using the paper basket, you can fold it out of the way.
1. For the Pro 9900, raise the back of the basket.
2. Raise the paper guides, then adjust the tabs and raise the front of the
basket. Lower the paper guides.
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Optimizing the Settings for Your Paper
When you choose a media type in your Epson printer software, the driver
automatically determines the best settings for your paper. However, you may
want to fine-tune how the printer handles various media—especially if you
use non-Epson paper or a paper not supported by the driver. Use the paper
configuration settings described below.
You can create a special configuration, or group of settings, for each paper
type (up to ten types) and select the desired configuration whenever you
print on a particular stock.
Creating Paper Configurations
Note: Paper
configurations are needed
only for non-Epson media.
To create a configuration for a specific paper type, make sure the paper you
want to configure is loaded in the printer. Then follow these steps:
1. Press r Menu, then press u or d to select PAPER SETUP.
2. Press r, then press d to select CUSTOM PAPER.
Note: You can also create
paper configurations using
the Epson LFP Remote
Panel installed from the
printer software CD.
3. Press r, then press d or u to select a paper configuration number (1 to
10). Press r to save the number setting.
4. Press d or u to select PAPER TYPE, then press r. Press d or u to
select a media type, then press r. Press OK to save it.
5. Press l twice to go back to the previous menu.
6. Press d or u to select PLATEN GAP, then press r. Press the d button
to select NARROW, STANDARD, WIDE, or WIDER. The
STANDARD setting is recommended for most paper types. Press OK to
save the setting, then press l to go back to the previous menu.
7. Press d or u to select THICKNESS PATTERN, then press r. Press OK
to print the paper thickness pattern. A pattern similar to the following is
printed:
1
2
3
4
5
Smallest gap
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6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
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8. Examine the printed pattern for the most evenly overlapping lines.
Choose the number with the most even lines. In the example shown
above, the lines under number 4 are the most even.
After printing the pattern, THICKNESS NUMBER is highlighted.
9. Press u or d to select the number that you noted in step 8, then press
OK.
10. Press l, then d to select any of the menu options shown below. Make
adjustments as needed, and press OK to save each setting. Then press l
to return to the menu.
You can also make similar settings using the printer driver software. For
instructions, see page 112 (Mac OS X) or page 141 (Windows).
•
PAPER FEED ADJUST helps eliminate banding. Choose a lower
value if you see white lines on your prints, or a higher value if you
see dark lines.
•
DRYING TIME lets you print with non-Epson media and avoid
smearing the ink. You can make the print head wait up to
10 seconds after each pass to allow ink to dry on the page.
•
PAPER SUCTION lets you decrease the paper suction level when
printing on thin media (under 12 lb), such as drafting paper or
backlight film.
•
SET ROLL PAPER TENSION lets you adjust the tension to HIGH
or HIGHER for cloth or thin paper, or if the paper wrinkles during
printing.
•
REMOVE SKEW helps reduce paper skew for very thin media or
film.
11. When done, press
.
After you create paper configurations, you can use the TEST PRINT menu to
print out a list of paper numbers showing the settings for each one.
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Printing Your Paper Configurations
You can print a list showing the settings for all your paper configurations.
This makes it easy to select the configuration you want for a particular type
of paper.
1. Press r Menu, then press d to highlight TEST PRINT. Press r again.
2. Press d to select CUSTOM PAPER, then press r.
3. Press OK to print your custom paper configurations.
Selecting Paper Configurations
Once you have created a paper configuration, you can select it whenever you
print on that paper:
1. Press r Menu, then press u or d to select PAPER SETUP.
2. Press r, then press d to select PAPER TYPE, then press r.
3. Press d to select CUSTOM PAPER, then press r.
4. Press u or d to select the configuration you want to use.
5. Press OK. The configuration number you selected is displayed on the
LCD with a check mark.
6. Press
to exit the menu. The configuration you selected is
displayed on the LCD.
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87
Chapter 3:
Printing With
Epson Drivers
for Macintosh
Your Epson Stylus Pro 7900 or Pro 9900 comes with drivers and utilities
that let you print and manage print jobs. For the best black and white
photography output, the Epson driver offers an Advanced Black and White
Photo mode.
ICC profiles for ColorSync® are included, so you can use color management
features in Adobe® Photoshop® or other applications, or in the driver itself. A
color-managed workflow using Photoshop and a color-calibrated monitor
will give you the most accurate colors and best output from your printer for
color photos. See your on-screen User’s Guide for instructions.
You can create your own profiles if you have the required hardware and
software, or you can have them created by a color specialist. Make sure any
profiles you want to use are located in the standard folder for your operating
system. When you install the Epson printer driver, the ready-made profiles
are automatically copied to the right folder.
Before you print, make sure you have installed the Epson printer driver and
utilities from the CD-ROM. If you are using Mac OS X 10.4, you also need
to configure your connection and set up the printer in the Printer Setup
Utility. For instructions on installing and configuring the printer driver, see
page 49.
If you plan on printing borderless images on roll paper, check the guidelines
on page 88 to size your image correctly.
Tip: Check the Epson Pro
Imaging website at
www.proimaging.epson.
com for updated drivers
and utilities that may
become available.
This chapter includes the following information for Mac OS X:
•
Choosing page setup settings for cut sheets and roll paper
•
Choosing basic print options
•
Choosing color management options
•
Choosing paper configuration settings
•
Choosing roll paper options
•
Controlling expansion of borderless images
•
Choosing advanced black and white photo settings
•
Creating a custom preset and printing
•
Managing print jobs
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Sizing Images for Borderless Printing on Roll
Paper
For true borderless printing on roll paper, you can select a Paper Size setting
with an Auto Expand or Retain Size option, or create a custom paper size,
as described on page 106. Your image may be clipped on the left and right
edges, but you can minimize clipping by sizing your image according to the
paper width and by adjusting the length by adding 0.1 inch (2.54 mm) to it.
Note: Make sure you set
the margins to zero when
printing a custom page
size for borderless
printing.
Paper sizes with the Auto Expand option provide the best solution for
borderless printing with minimal image clipping. Using this setting, you can
create an image width almost equal to the width of the roll media. If you use
a paper size with the Retain Size option, you should create an image slightly
wider than the actual width of the roll media. Or you can create a custom
paper size and select the Retain Size option. See the table below for
guidelines:
Roll paper
width
Image width
Image width
Custom paper size
(with Auto Expand) (with Retain Size) (with Retain Size)
10 inches
(254 mm)
9.7075 inches
(246.57 mm)
10.34 inches
(262.6 mm)
10.23 inches
(259.8 mm)
13 inches
(330 mm)
12.8 inches
(325.1 mm)
13.34 inches
(338.8 mm)
13.23 inches
(336.0 mm)
16 inches
(406 mm)
15.8 inches
(401.3 mm)
16.34 inches
(415.0 mm)
16.23 inches
(412.2 mm)
17 inches
(432 mm)
16.8 inches
(426.7 mm)
17.34 inches
(440.4 mm)
17.23 inches
(437.6 mm)
24 inches
(610 mm)
23.8 inches
(604.5 mm)
24.34 inches
(618.2 mm)
24.23 inches
(615.4 mm)
36 inches*
(914 mm)
35.8 inches
(909.3 mm)
36.34 inches
(923.0 mm)
36.23 inches
(920.2 mm)
44 inches*
(1118 mm)
43.8 inches
(1112.5 mm)
44.34 inches
(1126.2 mm)
44.23 inches
(1123.4 mm)
* Epson Stylus Pro 9900 only
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Printing With Mac OS X 10.5
If you’re using Mac OS X 10.5, follow the instructions below. If you’re using
Mac OS X 10. 4, see page 106.
Choosing Page Setup and Basic Print Options
Note: Many application
settings override the
printer’s page setup
options. Always verify
settings to get the results
you expect.
You can choose from several options for printing on cut sheets or roll paper.
You can also select the orientation of your image and the paper size. For
printing on roll media, creating a custom page size is recommended to make
the best use of your paper.
If your application has
margin settings, make
sure they’re turned off for
borderless printing.
•
Borderless printing takes longer than normal printing.
•
Margins are required at the top and bottom of the page on cut sheets.
Full borderless printing is available on roll paper only.
Note the following limitations on borderless printing:
Once you have selected your page setup options, you need to select printing
options. The Epson driver offers automatic settings that optimize print
quality and speed when you’re using Epson media. You can also choose
additional settings for more control over your printer and color output.
1. Open the file you want to print and select Print in your application.
2. Click the arrow to expand the Print window, if necessary.
Click to expand the
Print window
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Note: If you need more
information about print
options, click the ?
button.
Note: If you don’t see the
Paper Size setting in the
Print window, check for it
in your application before
printing. For example, you
may be able to select it by
opening the File menu
and selecting Page
Setup.
3. Choose your printer from the Printer menu.
Select your printer
4. Click the Paper Size drop-down menu.
•
If you’re printing on a cut sheet, choose the size of the paper you are
using and one of the options listed below. Then continue with
step 6.
•
If you’re using roll paper, Epson recommends that you create a
custom paper size to make the best use of your paper. See step 5 for
instructions.
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Also be sure to select roll paper options, as described on page 98.
Select the paper size,
then choose the setting
The following settings are available, depending on the size you choose:
•
The Sheet size setting prints on cut sheet paper with a bottom
margin larger than the top and sides.
•
Sheet - Borderless (Auto Expand) prints on cut sheets and
enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the width of the paper
(without side borders).
•
Sheet - Borderless (Retain Size) prints your image at the size you
specify in your application. You need to size it slightly wider than
the paper width to print without side borders.
•
Roll Paper - Borderless (Auto Expand) prints without borders on
roll paper and enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the size of the
paper. This selection is recommended for borderless printing with
minimal clipping of your image. See page 88 for more information.
•
Roll Paper - Borderless (Retain Size) prints your image on roll
paper at the size you specify in your application. You need to size it
slightly wider than the paper width to print without borders. See
page 88 for more information.
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•
Roll Paper - Banner prints a series of continuous images without
any margin space between them, but with normal side borders.
•
Roll Paper - Borderless Banner prints a series of continuous
borderless images without space between them.
5. If you are printing on roll paper, choose Manage Custom Sizes from
the Paper Size menu.
(If you are printing on a cut sheet, skip to step 6.)
Click to create a
custom page size
Note: If you don’t see the
Orientation or Scale
settings in the Print
window, check for them
in your application before
printing. For example, you
may be able to select
them by opening the File
menu and selecting Page
Setup.
Click the + (plus sign), double-click Untitled and give your paper size a
name, then define its size and margins and click OK.
Select your new page size from the Paper Size drop-down menu.
6. Choose the appropriate Orientation and Scale for printing.
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7. Select Printer Settings from the drop-down menu. You see this screen:
Select
Printer
Settings
8. If you created a custom paper size for your roll paper, select the Auto
Expand or Retain Size option in the Paper Size drop-down menu.
See page 88 for details.
9. Select the Media Type that corresponds to the paper you are printing
on. See the table on page 121 for more information.
10. For the Print Mode setting, select one of the following:
•
AccuPhoto™ HDR for any type of photographic printing. If you
are printing 16-bit color images, select 16 Bit Output for the most
accurate transitions and gradations.
•
Advanced B&W Photo if you are printing black and white photos
using this unique printer technology on select paper types. See
page 116 for more information. (For paper types that don’t support
this option, print black and white photos with the Color setting.)
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•
Black only if you’re printing line drawings or other
non-photographic images.
11. Set the Color Mode option as follows:
•
Select (Off) No Color Adjustment to disable color management in
the printer driver. Choose this mode when you use a color-managed
ICC workflow in Photoshop or another software application. See
your on-screen User’s Guide for instructions.
•
Select Use Generic RGB only for files that do not have color
profiles. Normally you will not need to use this option.
•
Select Color Controls, then choose one of the mode settings shown
at the left in the drop-down menu:
Business Graphics intensifies colors and lightens the midtones
and highlights of an image. Use this setting for presentation
graphics.
EPSON Standard (sRGB) increases the contrast in images. Use
this setting for color photographs.
Adobe RGB matches image colors to the Adobe RGB color
standard. Use this setting if your source file was captured in Adobe
RGB.
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12. Choose one of the following Print Quality settings:
Note: The Print Quality
settings available depend
on the Media Type you
selected. Choose a lower
print quality setting for
faster printing or
SuperPhoto - 2880 dpi
for the best quality.
•
Draft - 180 dpi
•
Draft - 360 dpi
•
Fine - 720 dpi
•
Fine - 1440 dpi
•
SuperPhoto - 1440 dpi
•
SuperPhoto - 2880 dpi
13. Choose any of the following advanced options:
•
Super MicroWeave® for maximum elimination of banding (may
not be available for certain media types).
•
High Speed for fast, bidirectional printing. For higher quality,
make sure you deselect this option.
•
Flip Horizontal for printing a mirror image of your file.
•
Finest Detail for sharper edges on vector-based data including text,
graphics, and line art. (This setting does not affect photographs and
is not recommended for large files.)
Continue with the instructions on page 96 to select color management
settings. If you are using the color management settings in Photoshop or
another application, it is very important to turn off color management in the
printer driver.
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Choosing Color Management Options
Follow these instructions to use color management in the printer driver.
1. Select Color Matching from the drop-down menu. You see this screen:
2. Select one of the following settings:
•
EPSON Color Controls to use a Color Mode (see page 94) that
selects the main method of printing colors for photos and graphics.
•
ColorSync for mapping colors to your printer’s profile (for
ColorSync-compatible applications only). Leave the Profile setting
set to Automatic. This allows the printer software to select the
profile that matches the Media Type setting you selected. In most
cases, you will get better results by applying color management in
your application, rather than in the printer driver.
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Choosing Advanced Media Control Options
Follow these instructions if you are using non-Epson media and you need to
fine-tune its performance.
Note: You may need to
change the Color Density
setting if your custom
color profile was created
to optimize D-max and
color gamut.
1. Select Advanced Media Control from the drop-down menu. You see
this screen:
2. Select the correct settings to match your ICC profile. These settings
override any paper configuration settings you may have made using the
printer’s control panel.
•
Color Density lets you control the ink saturation level.
•
Drying Time per Print Head Pass lets you print with non-Epson
media and avoid smearing the ink. You can make the print head
wait up to 5 seconds after each pass to allow ink to dry on the page.
•
Paper Feed Adjustment helps reduce banding. Choose a lower
value if you see white lines on your prints, or a higher value if you
see dark lines.
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•
Paper Thickness helps reduce vertical banding and creates a
sharper image when printing on unusually thick or thin paper.
•
Paper Suction lets you decrease the paper suction level when
printing on thinner papers (less than 12 lb), such as CAD drafting
paper.
•
Platen Gap lets you fine-tune the setting for various paper
thicknesses.
•
Roll Paper Back Tension lets you adjust the tension when printing
on roll paper. Change the value if you find wrinkles on your
printouts when Auto is selected.
Choosing Roll Paper Options
If you are printing on roll paper, make sure you choose one of the roll paper
options as the Paper Size setting, as described on page 90. In addition, you
need to check these settings for various cutting and feeding options.
1. Select Roll Paper Settings from the drop-down menu. You see this
screen:
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2. Choose one of the following Auto Cut Settings:
Normal
cut
•
Normal Cut allows margin space at the top and bottom of each
image.
•
Double Cut extends the space between the images and trims each
print individually. This provides the cleanest edge for borderless
printing.
•
Single Cut allows images to be printed end-to-end and saves paper.
With borderless printing, you may see a sliver of the previous or
next image if you print multiple images in one print job. You will
see a white margin between print jobs.
Double
cut
•
Off disables automatic cutting. Choose this setting if you want to
operate the cutter manually, use the optional Auto Take-Up Reel,
or print multiple print jobs without cutting.
See page 70 for instructions on using the
cutter.
Single
cut
button to operate the
3. Select the following options, if desired:
•
Auto Rotate saves paper if your document length is shorter than
the printable width of the roll. The document is automatically
rotated 90 degrees and printed crosswise. When this option is
checked, be sure to select the width of your roll paper from the
drop-down menu.
Note: These settings
override settings made
through the control panel.
•
Print Page Line prints trim lines on the right and bottom edges of
your pages.
•
Save Roll Paper saves paper by not feeding the blank portion of
the last page of your document (available only when you’ve selected
a Paper Size setting with the Roll Paper - Banner option).
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Controlling Borderless Image Expansion
To control the amount of expansion when printing using a Paper Size with
the Auto Expand option, select Roll Paper Settings from the drop-down
menu. You see this screen:
Adjust the slider to increase or decrease the amount of expansion.
The widths shown in the table on page 88 work with the Standard
Expansion setting.
•
Use the Min setting to minimize the amount of image clipping. You
may see a white border around your image.
•
Use the Max setting to maximize the image width. This will increase the
amount of image clipping.
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Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo Settings
Note: If you are printing
from Photoshop, make
sure you do not use
Photoshop’s color
management settings
when using Advanced
Black and White Photo
mode. There are no
profiles associated with
this screening and color
management technology.
Advanced Black and White Photo mode allows you to easily produce neutral
and toned black-and-white prints using your Epson driver. This mode offers
an alternative black and white workflow with settings for more advanced
control.
Whether your photo is color or grayscale, you can use this unique screening
and color management technology to create stunning black-and-white
prints. This mode is only available when printing on certain media types.
1. Select Printer Settings from the drop-down menu.
2. Choose the Media Type setting for the paper you have loaded in the
printer. (See page 121 for instructions.)
Note: If Advanced Black
and White Photo is not
available for your media
type, you may need to
change your black ink
mode. See page 163 for
more information.
3. Choose Advanced B&W Photo as the Print Mode setting.
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4. Uncheck High Speed for the best quality.
5. Click Advanced Color Settings. You see this screen:
6. Choose the settings that are best for your photo.
•
Color Toning allows you to add tone (hue) to your black and white
output. The default is Neutral, which will provide you with a
neutral tonal scale print. You can also choose other popular presets
such as Cool, Warm, and Sepia. Note that the presets affect the
target found in the tone color circle.
•
Tone allows you to easily change the entire tonal scale of your black
and white output. While Darker is the default setting, you may see
better results if you choose Dark.
•
Brightness adjusts the overall lightness and darkness of your image.
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•
Contrast adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of
your image.
•
Shadow Tonality and Highlight Tonality allow you to control
tonality only in the shadow or highlight areas of your image.
•
Max Optical Density adjusts the overall density or focus of the
print. Create a soft focus print by setting the density lower.
•
Highlight Point Shift helps to reduce gloss differential by adding
density to the highlights of your image.
•
The tone color circle adjusts the hue of your black and white print.
Click on any portion of the color wheel or enter corresponding
values to customize the tone (hue) added to your print. The closer
you select to the edge of the wheel, the more color you add.
The preview image approximates the image tone based on your settings.
Note that this preview always shows the same image and is not color
managed. It provides a level of feedback as you make changes.
Creating a Custom Preset and Printing
Note: If you check the
settings on each screen
in the drop-down menu,
go through them carefully
from top to bottom.
Avoid cycling through
them repeatedly, or you
may lose your settings.
Once you’ve made the correct settings for your print job, create a
custom preset. This will save you time when you use the same
profile/printer/ink/media combination for future print jobs.
1. Select Summary from the drop-down menu.
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2. After verifying that your settings are correct, select Save As from the
Presets drop-down menu.
Caution: Do not open
and close the Presets
menu without typing a
name, or you will lose
your settings.
3. Type a name for your custom preset and click OK.
4. When you’re ready to print, click the Print button.
Whenever you want to print with your custom preset, select it from the
Presets drop-down menu.
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Managing Print Jobs
After you click Print, you can monitor the progress of your print job. Follow
these steps:
1. Click the icon for your printer on the Dock. If necessary, double-click
your printer (and print queue) name. You see a screen like this:
Note: If it is no longer
spooling in the computer,
you can also cancel a
print job by pressing the
button on the
printer, selecting JOB
CANCEL, and pressing
the OK button.
2. From here you can monitor the progress of your print job or do one of
the following:
•
Click the print job, then click Delete to cancel the job
•
Click the print job, then click Hold to pause printing
•
Click a print job marked “Hold” and click Resume to resume
printing
3. When you’re finished, close the print job window, then close your
printer window.
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Printing With Mac OS X 10.4
If you’re using Mac OS X 10.4, follow the instructions below. If you’re using
Mac OS X 10. 5, see page 89.
Choosing Page Setup Options
Note: Many application
settings override the
printer’s page setup
options. Always verify
settings to get the results
you expect.
Page Setup options let you choose from several options for printing on cut
sheets or roll paper. You can also select the orientation of your image and the
paper size. For printing on roll media, creating a custom page size is
recommended to make the best use of your paper.
If your application has
margin settings, make
sure they’re turned off for
borderless printing.
•
Borderless printing takes longer than normal printing.
•
Margins are required at the top and bottom of the page on cut sheets.
Full borderless printing is available on roll paper only.
Note the following limitations on borderless printing:
1. Open the file you want to print and select Page Setup in your
application. You see this screen:
Select your printer
Note: If you need more
information about print
options, click the ?
button.
2. Open the Format for drop-down menu and select your printer.
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3. Click the Paper Size drop-down menu.
•
If you’re printing on a cut sheet, choose the size of the paper you are
using and one of the options listed below. Then continue with
step 5.
•
If you’re using roll paper, Epson recommends that you create a
custom paper size to make the best use of your paper. See step 4 for
instructions. Also be sure to select roll paper options, as described
on page 114.
Select the paper size,
then choose the setting
The following settings are available, depending on the size you choose:
•
The Sheet size setting prints on cut sheet paper with a bottom
margin larger than the top and sides.
•
Sheet - Borderless (Auto Expand) prints on cut sheets and
enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the width of the paper
(without side borders).
•
Sheet - Borderless (Retain Size) prints your image at the size you
specify in your application. You need to size it slightly wider than
the paper width to print without side borders.
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•
Roll Paper - Borderless (Auto Expand) prints without borders on
roll paper and enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the size of the
paper. This selection is recommended for borderless printing with
minimal clipping of your image. See page 88 for more information.
•
Roll Paper - Borderless (Retain Size) prints your image on roll
paper at the size you specify in your application. You need to size it
slightly wider than the paper width to print without borders. See
page 88 for more information.
•
Roll Paper - Banner prints a series of continuous images without
any margin space between them, but with normal side borders.
•
Roll Paper - Borderless Banner prints a series of continuous
borderless images without space between them.
4. If you are printing on roll paper, choose Manage Custom Sizes from
the Paper Size menu.
(If you are printing on a cut sheet, skip to step 5.)
Click to create a
custom page size
Click the + (plus sign), double-click Untitled and give your paper size a
name, then define its size and margins and click OK.
Select your new page size from the Paper Size drop-down menu.
5. Choose the appropriate Orientation and Scale for printing.
6. Click OK. Then continue with the instructions in the next section.
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Choosing Basic Print Options
Once you have selected your page setup options, you need to select printing
options. The Epson driver offers automatic settings that optimize print
quality and speed when you’re using Epson media. You can also choose
additional settings for more control over your printer and color output.
1. Select Print in your application. You see the screen shown below:
Select your
printer
2. Choose your printer from the Printer menu.
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3. Select Print Settings from the Copies & Pages drop-down menu. You
see this screen:
Note: In certain
programs, you may need
to select Advanced
before you can select
Print Settings. For more
information about printer
settings, click the ?
button.
4. If you created a custom paper size for your roll paper, select the Auto
Expand or Retain Size option in the Page Setup drop-down menu.
See page 88 for details.
5. Select the Media Type that corresponds to the paper you are printing
on. See the table on page 121 for more information.
If you are using a color-managed workflow, make sure you choose media
type and resolution settings that match the ICC profile you are using.
6. For the Color setting, select one of the following:
•
Color for any type of photographic printing.
•
Advanced B&W Photo if you are printing black and white photos
using this unique printer technology on select paper types. See
page 116 for more information. (For paper types that don’t support
this option, print black and white photos with the Color setting.)
•
Black only if you’re printing line drawings or other
non-photographic images.
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7. Set the Mode option as follows:
•
Click Automatic to have the printer driver analyze the contents of
your image or file and make the appropriate printing adjustments. If
a Quality/Speed slider appears, set it according to the priorities of
your print job.
You can choose one of the mode settings shown at the left in the
drop-down menu:
Charts and Graphs intensifies colors and lightens the midtones
and highlights of an image. Use this setting for presentation
graphics.
EPSON Standard (sRGB) increases the contrast in images. Use
this setting for color photographs.
Adobe RGB matches image colors to the Adobe RGB color
standard.
•
Click Advanced Settings to access additional options, as described
in the remaining steps.
8. Choose one of the following Print Quality settings:
Note: The Print Quality
settings available depend
on the Media Type you
selected. Choose a lower
print quality setting for
faster printing or
SuperPhoto - 2880dpi
for the best quality.
•
Draft
•
Normal - 360dpi
•
Fine - 720dpi
•
Fine - 1440dpi
•
SuperFine - 1440dpi
•
SuperPhoto - 2880dpi
9. Choose any of the following advanced options:
•
Super MicroWeave for maximum elimination of banding (may
not be accessible for certain media types).
•
High Speed for fast, bidirectional printing. For higher quality,
make sure you deselect this option.
•
Flip Horizontal for printing a mirror image of your file.
•
Finest Detail for sharper edges on vector-based data including text,
graphics, and line art. (This setting does not affect photographs and
is not recommended for large files.)
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Continue with the instructions on page 112 to select color management
settings. If you are using the color management settings in Photoshop or
another application, it is very important to turn off color management in the
printer driver.
Choosing Color Management Options
Follow these instructions to use color management in the printer driver.
1. Select Printer Color Management from the drop-down menu, then
click Advanced Settings. You see this screen:
2. Select one of the following settings:
•
Color Controls to choose from three color adjustment modes and
from two Gamma settings. Click the arrow next to Advanced
Settings to specify individual values for brightness, contrast,
saturation, and CMY inks. When you use the driver to perform
color management, make sure you turn it off in your application.
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•
ColorSync for mapping colors to your printer’s profile. In most
cases, you will get better results by applying color management in
your application, rather than in the printer driver. If you choose this
setting, you can choose ColorSync from the drop-down menu and
choose filters or other settings.
•
(Off) No Color Adjustment to disable color management in the
printer driver. Choose this mode when you use a color-managed
ICC workflow in Photoshop or another software application. See
your on-screen User’s Guide for instructions.
Choosing Paper Configuration Options
Follow these instructions if you are using non-Epson media and you need to
fine-tune its performance.
Note: You may need to
change the Color Density
setting if your custom
color profile was created
to optimize D-max and
color gamut.
1. Select Paper Configuration from the drop-down menu. You see this
screen:
2. Select the correct settings to match your ICC profile. These settings
override any paper configuration settings you may have made using the
printer’s control panel.
•
Color Density lets you control the ink saturation level.
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•
Drying Time per Print Head Pass lets you print with non-Epson
media and avoid smearing the ink. You can make the print head
wait up to 5 seconds after each pass to allow ink to dry on the page.
•
Paper Feed Adjustment helps reduce banding. Choose a lower
value if you see white lines on your prints, or a higher value if you
see dark lines.
•
Paper Thickness helps reduce vertical banding and creates a
sharper image when printing on unusually thick or thin paper.
•
Paper Suction lets you decrease the paper suction level when
printing on thinner papers (less than 12 lb), such as CAD drafting
paper.
•
Platen Gap lets you fine-tune the setting for various paper
thicknesses.
•
Roll Paper Back Tension lets you adjust the tension when printing
on roll paper. Change the value if you find wrinkles on your
printouts when Auto is selected.
Choosing Roll Paper Options
If you are printing on roll paper, make sure you choose one of the roll paper
options as the Paper Size setting, as described on page 106. In addition,
you need to check these settings for various cutting and feeding options.
1. Select Roll Paper Option from the drop-down menu. You see this
screen:
2. Choose one of the following Auto Cut settings:
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•
Normal Cut allows margin space at the top and bottom of each
image.
Normal
cut
•
print individually. This provides the cleanest edge for borderless
printing.
•
Double
cut
Double Cut extends the space between the images and trims each
Single Cut allows images to be printed end-to-end and saves paper.
With borderless printing, you may see a sliver of the previous or
next image if you print multiple images in one print job. You will
see a white margin between print jobs.
•
Off disables automatic cutting. Choose this setting if you want to
operate the cutter manually, use the optional Auto Take-Up Reel,
or print multiple print jobs without cutting.
See page 70 for instructions on using the
cutter.
Single
cut
3. Select either of the following options, if desired (available only when
you’ve selected a Paper Size setting with the Roll Paper - Banner
option):
•
Note: These settings
override settings made
through the control panel.
button to operate the
Print Page Line prints trim lines on the right and bottom edges of
your pages.
•
Save Roll Paper saves paper by not feeding the blank portion of
the last page of your document.
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Controlling Borderless Image Expansion
To control the amount of expansion when printing using a Paper Size with
the Auto Expand option, select Expansion from the drop-down menu.
You see this screen:
Adjust the slider to increase or decrease the amount of expansion.
The widths shown in the table on page 88 work with the Standard
Expansion setting.
•
Use the Min setting to minimize the amount of image clipping. You
may see a white border around your image.
•
Use the Max setting to maximize the image width. This will increase the
amount of image clipping.
Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo Settings
Note: If you are printing
from Photoshop, make
sure you do not use
Photoshop’s color
management settings
when using Advanced
Black and White Photo
mode. There are no
profiles associated with
this screening and color
management technology.
Advanced Black and White Photo mode allows you to easily produce neutral
and toned black-and-white prints using your Epson driver. This mode offers
an alternative black and white workflow with settings for more advanced
control.
Whether your photo is color or grayscale, you can use this unique screening
and color management technology to create stunning black-and-white
prints. This mode is only available when printing on certain media types.
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1. Select Print Settings from the drop-down menu.
2. Choose the Media Type setting for the paper you have loaded in the
printer. (See page 121 for instructions.)
Note: If Advanced Black
and White Photo is not
available for your media
type, you may need to
change your black ink
cartridge. See page 163
for more information.
3. Choose Advanced B&W Photo as the Color setting.
4. Uncheck High Speed for the best quality.
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5. Select Printer Color Management from the drop-down menu. You see
this screen:
6. Choose the settings that are best for your photo.
•
Color Toning allows you to add tone (hue) to your black and white
output. The default is Neutral, which will provide you with a
neutral tonal scale print. You can also choose other popular presets
such as Cool, Warm, and Sepia. Note that the presets affect the
target found in the tone color circle.
•
Tone allows you to easily change the entire tonal scale of your black
and white output. While Darker is the default setting, you may see
better results if you choose Dark.
•
Brightness adjusts the overall lightness and darkness of your image.
•
Contrast adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of
your image.
•
Shadow Tonality and Highlight Tonality allow you to control
tonality only in the shadow or highlight areas of your image.
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•
Max Optical Density adjusts the overall density or focus of the
print. Create a soft focus print by setting the density lower.
•
Highlight Point Shift helps to reduce gloss differential by adding
density to the highlights of your image.
•
The tone color circle adjusts the hue of your black and white print.
Click on any portion of the color wheel or enter corresponding
values to customize the tone (hue) added to your print. The closer
you select to the edge of the wheel, the more color you add.
The preview image approximates the image tone based on your settings.
Note that this preview always shows the same image and is not color
managed. It provides a level of feedback as you make changes.
Creating a Custom Preset and Printing
Note: If you check the
settings on each screen
in the drop-down menu,
go through them carefully
from top to bottom.
Avoid cycling through
them repeatedly, or you
may lose your settings.
Caution: Do not open
and close the Presets
menu without typing a
name, or you will lose
your settings.
Once you’ve made the correct settings for your print job, create a
custom preset. This will save you time when you use the same
profile/printer/ink/media combination for future print jobs.
1. Select Summary from the drop-down menu.
2. After verifying that your settings are correct, select Save As from the
Presets drop-down menu.
3. Type a name for your custom preset and click OK.
4. When you’re ready to print, click the Print button.
Whenever you want to print with your custom preset, select it from the
Presets drop-down menu.
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Managing Print Jobs
After you click Print, you can monitor the progress of your print job. Follow
these steps:
1. Click the icon for your printer on the Dock. If necessary, double-click
your printer (and print queue) name. You see a screen like this:
Note: If it is no longer
spooling in the computer,
you can also cancel a
print job by pressing the
Pause/reset button
button on the printer,
selecting JOB CANCEL,
and pressing the OK
button.
2. From here you can monitor the progress of your print job or do one of
the following:
•
Click the print job, then click Delete to cancel the job
•
Click the print job, then click Hold to pause printing
•
Click a print job marked “Hold” and click Resume to resume
printing
3. When you’re finished, close the print job window, then close your
printer window.
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Selecting the Correct Media Type Setting
The following table lists the settings designed to produce the best results on
Epson media.
If your paper is not listed, check the instructions included with the paper, or
look on the Epson website www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales),
www.epson.ca (Canadian sales). If you are using non-Epson paper, consult
the manufacturer for the best setting. You may have to experiment with
different settings to determine which one is best for the media you’re using.
For this media
Select this Media Type setting*
Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)
Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (250)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
(250)
Premium Semimatte Photo Paper (260)
Premium Semimatte Photo Paper
(260)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (170)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (170)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (170)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
(170)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
Premium Photo Paper Semigloss
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Proofing Paper White Semimatte
Epson Proofing Paper White
Semimatte
Proofing Paper Publication
Epson Proofing Paper Publication
Proofing Paper Commercial
Epson Proofing Paper Commercial
Proofing Paper Commercial Semimatte
Velvet Fine Art Paper
Velvet Fine Art Paper
Watercolor Paper - Radiant White
Watercolor Paper - Radiant White
Premium Canvas Satin
PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas
Premium Canvas Matte
Piezo Pro Matte Canvas
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For this media
Select this Media Type setting*
Textured Fine Art Paper
Textured Fine Art Paper
®
UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper
UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper
Canvas
Canvas
Doubleweight Matte Paper
Doubleweight Matte Paper
Singleweight Matte Paper
Singleweight Matte Paper
Presentation Paper Matte
Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
Enhanced Matte Paper
Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Enhanced Matte Paper
Somerset® Velvet (roll paper only)
Plain paper
Plain Paper
Enhanced Adhesive Synthetic Paper
Enhanced Adhesive Synthetic Paper
Enhanced Matte Posterboard
Enhanced Matte Poster Board
Somerset Velvet (cut sheets only)
* Other Media Type settings in the list can be used to experiment with other
paper types.
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Chapter 4:
Printing With
Epson Drivers
for Windows
Your Epson Stylus Pro 7900 or Pro 9900 comes with drivers and utilities
that let you print and manage print jobs. For the best black and white
photography output, the Epson printer driver offers Advanced Black and
White Photo mode.
ICC profiles are included, so you can use the color management features in
Adobe Photoshop or other applications, or in the driver itself. A
color-managed workflow using Photoshop and a color-calibrated monitor
will give you the most accurate colors and best output from your printer for
color photos. See your on-screen User’s Guide for instructions.
You can create your own profiles if you have the required hardware and
software, or you can have them created by a color specialist. Make sure any
profiles you want to use are located in the standard folder for your operating
system. When you install the Epson printer driver, the ready-made profiles
are automatically copied to the right folder.
Before you print, you need to set basic printing properties. Make sure you
have installed the Epson driver and utilities from the CD-ROM. See page 52
for instructions.
If you plan on printing borderless images on roll paper, check the guidelines
on page 124 to size your image correctly.
Tip: Check the Epson Pro
Imaging website at
www.proimaging.epson.
com for updated drivers
and utilities that may
become available.
This chapter includes the following information:
•
Sizing images for borderless printing on roll paper
•
Choosing basic print options
•
Choosing color management options
•
Choosing roll paper settings
•
Choosing cut sheet paper settings
•
Choosing page layout options
•
Choosing advanced black and white photo settings
•
Choosing paper configuration options
•
Saving, exporting, and importing groups of settings
•
Managing print jobs
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Sizing Images for Borderless Printing on Roll
Paper
For true borderless printing on roll paper, you can select either Auto
Expand or Retain Size or create a custom paper size, as described on
page 132. Your image may be clipped on the left and right edges, but you
can minimize clipping by sizing your image according to the roll paper width
and by adjusting the length by adding 0.1 inch (2.54 mm) to it.
Auto Expand provides the best solution for borderless printing with
minimal image clipping because you can create an image width almost equal
to the width of the roll media. If you use Retain Size, you need to size your
image slightly wider than the paper width. See the table below for guidelines:
Roll paper width
Image width
(with Auto Expand)
Image width
(with Retain Size)
10 inches
(254 mm)
9.7075 inches
(246.57 mm)
10.25 inches
(260.35 mm)
13 inches
(330 mm)
12.8 inches
(325.1 mm)
13.25 inches
(338.8 mm)
16 inches
(406 mm)
15.8 inches
(401.3 mm)
16.25 inches
(412.75 mm)
17 inches
(432 mm)
16.8 inches
(426.7 mm)
17.25 inches
(438.15 mm)
24 inches
(610 mm)
23.8 inches
(604.5 mm)
24.25 inches
(615.9 mm)
36 inches*
(914 mm)
35.8 inches
(909.3 mm)
36.25 inches
(920.7 mm)
44 inches*
(1118 mm)
43.8 inches
(1112.5 mm)
44.25 inches
(1124.0 mm)
*
Epson Stylus Pro 9900 only
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Choosing Basic Print Options
The driver offers automatic settings that optimize print quality and speed
when you’re using Epson media. You can also choose custom settings for
more control over your printer and color management options.
Follow these steps to make basic settings:
1. Start an application, open the file you want to print, and select Print in
your application. You see the Print window.
2. Make sure your printer is selected, then click the Properties or
Preferences button. (If you see a Setup, Printer, or Options button,
click it instead. Then click Properties or Preferences.)
You see a window like the following:
Note: If you need more
information about print
options, you can click
the Help button on
any screen.
This box shows you the
current settings, but you
can’t change them from here
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3. Select a Media Type setting that corresponds to the paper you are
printing on. See the table on page 127 for more information.
Note: If a color setting is
grayed out, it is not
supported for the
selected Media Type.
•
If you are using a color-managed workflow, make sure you choose
media type and resolution settings that match the ICC profile you
are using.
•
If you have saved custom media type configurations or set up
custom paper configurations, you can select them by clicking the
Custom Settings button. See page 140 for more information
about custom paper configurations.
•
If the media type has been set on the printer’s control panel, select
Auto Acquire.
4. For the Color setting, select one of the following:
•
Color for any type of photographic printing.
•
Advanced B&W Photo for printing black and white photos on
certain paper types. See page 138 for more information. (For paper
types that don’t support this option, print black and white photos
using the Color setting.)
•
Black only if you’re printing line drawings or other
non-photographic images.
Note: The Print Quality
settings depend on the
Media Type you selected.
Choose lower print quality
for faster printing, or
SuperPhoto - 2880dpi
for best quality.
5. For the Print Quality setting, choose Quality or Max Quality. Or
choose Quality Options to display a window like the following:
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Use the Speed/Quality slider to set the desired quality level. Select from
the following additional options and click OK:
•
High Speed for fast, bidirectional printing at lower quality.
•
Edge Smoothing to improve the quality of low-resolution images.
•
Finest Detail for sharper edges on vector-based data including text,
graphics, and line art. (This setting does not affect photographs and
is not recommended for large files.)
6. Set the Mode option as follows:
•
Click Automatic to have the printer driver analyze the contents of
your image or file and make the appropriate printing adjustments.
You can choose one of these settings in the drop-down menu:
Charts and Graphs intensifies colors and lightens the midtones
and highlights of an image. Use this setting for presentation
graphics.
EPSON Standard (sRGB) increases the contrast in images. Use
this setting for color photographs.
Adobe RGB matches image colors to the Adobe RGB color
standard. Use this setting if your source file was captured in Adobe
RGB.
•
Click Custom, then follow the instructions on page 129 to select
color management options.
Selecting the Correct Media Type Setting
The table on the next page lists the settings designed to produce the best
results on Epson media.
If your paper is not listed, check the instructions included with the paper, or
look on the Epson website www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales),
www.epson.ca (Canadian sales). If you are using non-Epson paper, consult
the manufacturer for the best setting. You may have to experiment with
different settings to determine which one is best for the media you’re using.
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For this media
Select this Media Type setting*
Photo Paper
Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)
Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (250)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (250)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
(250)
Premium Semimatte Photo Paper (260)
Premium Semimatte Photo Paper
(260)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (170)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper (170)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (170)
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
(170)
Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
Premium Photo Paper Semigloss
Premium Photo Paper Semi-Gloss
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Proofing Paper
Proofing Paper White Semimatte
Proofing Paper White Semimatte
Proofing Paper Publication
Proofing Paper Publication
Proofing Paper Commercial
Proofing Paper Commercial
Proofing Paper Commercial Semimatte
Fine Art Paper
Velvet Fine Art Paper
Velvet Fine Art Paper
Watercolor Paper - Radiant White
Watercolor Paper - Radiant White
Premium Canvas Satin
PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas
Premium Canvas Matte
Piezo Pro Matte Canvas
Textured Fine Art Paper
Textured Fine Art Paper
UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper
UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper
Canvas
Canvas
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For this media
Select this Media Type setting*
Matte Paper
Doubleweight Matte Paper
Doubleweight Matte Paper
Singleweight Matte Paper
Singleweight Matte Paper
Presentation Paper Matte
Presentation Paper Matte
Enhanced Matte Paper
Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Enhanced Matte Paper
Somerset Velvet (roll paper only)
Plain Paper
Plain paper
Plain Paper
Others
Enhanced Adhesive Synthetic Paper
Enhanced Adhesive Synthetic Paper
Enhanced Matte Posterboard
Enhanced Matte Poster Board
Somerset Velvet (cut sheets only)
* Other Media Type settings in the list can be used to experiment with other
paper types.
Choosing Color Management Options
The printer driver offers several methods for managing the color in your
prints, including turning the driver’s color management settings off.
If you are using color management settings in Photoshop or another
application, it is very important to access the advanced settings and turn off
color management in the printer driver, as described here. (For instructions
on using Photoshop to manage color, see your on-screen User’s Guide.)
1. In the Properties or Preferences window, make sure the Main tab is
selected.
2. For the Mode setting, select Custom.
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Tip: If you turn off color
management, you can
still control the ink
density, as described
on page 141.
3. Choose one of the following settings (if you select Color Controls,
PhotoEnhance™, or ICM, click the Advanced button after you select
the setting):
•
Off (No Color Adjustment) disables color management in the
printer driver. Choose this mode when you use a color managed
workflow in Photoshop or other software. See your on-screen User’s
Guide for instructions.
•
Color Controls lets you specify individual values for adjusting
brightness, contrast, saturation, and CMY inks, or choose from
three Printer Color Adjustment modes. You can also choose from
two Gamma settings, and use either a color circle or slide bar to
adjust color.
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•
PhotoEnhance allows you to automatically correct images and
choose from six Scene Correction settings.
•
ICM adjusts colors based on the printer’s ICC profile, using the
Image Color Matching system. You can choose the input profile
and other settings as shown below.
In most cases, you will get better results by applying color management
in your application, rather than in the printer driver. See your on-screen
User’s Guide for instructions.
4. Click OK to save your settings.
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Choosing Roll Paper Options
Note: Many application
settings override settings
in the printer driver.
Always verify settings
to get the results
you expect.
Follow the steps in this section to print on roll paper and select settings for
borderless printing and automatic cutting. (If you’re printing on cut sheets,
see page 135).
1. On the Properties or Preferences window, make sure the Main tab is
selected.
2. For the Source setting, select Roll Paper or Roll Paper (Banner).
The Roll Paper (Banner) setting allows you to print a series of
continuous images without any space between them. This option is not
available with all applications, and is mostly for tiling an image.
Tip: Creating a
user-defined paper size
generally lets you make
the best use of your roll
paper.
Save Roll Paper saves paper by not feeding the blank portion of the last
page of your document. Available only if you’ve selected Roll Paper
(Banner) as the Source setting.
3. For the Size setting, select the size of your image or output paper.
To make the best use of your roll paper, creating a custom paper size is
recommended. Select User Defined. You see this window:
Type a name for your custom size, then enter the size in hundredths of
an inch (or centimeters) and click Save. Then click OK.
4. If you want to reduce or enlarge your image, click the Page Layout tab.
See page 137 for more information.
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5. If you want to print without margins, click Borderless. If you’re not
printing borderless images, go to step 7.
Note that borderless printing takes longer than normal printing. See
page 124 for more information about borderless printing on roll paper.
6. Click the Expansion button to select a borderless sizing option. Choose
Auto Expand or Retain Size, then click OK.
Auto Expand enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the size of the
paper. You can use the slider to adjust the expansion.
Retain Size prints your image at the size you specify in your
application. You need to size it slightly wider than the paper width if
you want to print without borders. See page 124 for more information.
The widths shown in the table on page 124 work with the Standard
Expansion setting.
•
Use the Min setting to minimize the amount of image clipping. You
may see a white border around your image.
•
Use the Max setting to maximize the image width. This will
increase the amount of image clipping.
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7. Click the Roll Paper Option button. You see this window:
Normal
cut
8. Choose one of the following Auto Cut settings:
•
Normal Cut allows margin space at the top and bottom of each
image.
•
Double
cut
Double Cut extends the space between images and trims each print
individually. This provides the cleanest edge for borderless printing.
•
Single Cut allows images to be printed end-to-end and saves paper.
With borderless printing, you may see a sliver of the previous or
next image if you print multiple images in one print job. You will
see a white margin between print jobs.
•
Off disables automatic cutting. Choose this setting if you want to
operate the cutter manually, use the optional Auto Take-Up Reel,
or print multiple print jobs without cutting. See page 70 for
instructions on operating the cutter manually.
Single
cut
9. Select these additional roll paper options, if necessary:
•
Note: These settings
override settings made
through the control panel.
Auto Rotate saves paper if your document length is shorter than
the printable width of the roll. The document is automatically
rotated 90 degrees and printed crosswise. Be sure to click Roll
Width and select the width of your roll paper.
•
Print Page Line prints trim lines on the right and bottom edges of
your pages.
10. When you’re finished, click OK.
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Choosing Cut Sheet Paper Options
Follow the steps in this section to print on cut sheet paper and select settings
for borderless printing, if desired. (If you’re printing on roll paper, see
page 132.)
1. On the Properties or Preferences window, make sure the Main tab is
selected.
2. For the Source setting, select Sheet.
3. For the Size setting, select the size of the sheet loaded in the printer.
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If the size of your paper is not listed, you can create a custom paper size.
Select User Defined. You see this window:
Type a name for your custom size, then enter the size in hundredths of
an inch (or centimeters) and click Save. Then click OK.
4. If you want to center your image on the sheet, click Printable Area,
then select Centered.
5. If you want to print to the edges of the page, click Borderless (not
available for custom paper sizes). If you’re not printing borderless
images, go to step 7.
Note that borderless printing applies only to the left and right sides of
the page on cut sheets; margins are required at the top and bottom of the
page. For full-bleed borderless printing, use roll paper (see page 132 for
instructions).
6. Click the Expansion button and choose Auto Expand or Retain Size:
•
Auto Expand enlarges your image (up to 3%) to fit the size of the
paper. You can use the slider to control the amount of expansion.
•
Retain Size prints your image at the size you specify in your
application. You need to size it slightly wider than the paper width if
you want to print without borders.
7. If you want to reduce or enlarge your image, click the Page Layout tab.
See the next section for more information.
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Choosing Page Layout Options
You can print a poster-size image, even if your application does not support
poster printing. Follow these steps to reduce or enlarge your image:
1. On the Properties or Preferences window, click the Page Layout tab.
You see this window:
Note: Select Landscape
when you want to rotate
your image 90°.
2. Select the settings you want for Orientation and Copies.
3. Click Reduce/Enlarge if you want to have the driver resize your image.
You can select Fit to Page or Fit to Roll Paper Width, or select
Custom and enter a scaling percentage.
4. If you are enlarging your image beyond the limits of your application
program, make sure Optimize Enlargement is selected. The driver will
increase the image size up to 650% and decrease the output resolution
to stay within the pixel limitations. Depending on the resolution of your
image and the print size, you may see reduced quality in the print.
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5. Click Print Bckg Color if you want to print color on the background of
the page. Click the Color Settings button to select the color you want.
6. Click Job Settings if you want to have the time, date, and other
information about your print job printed at the top or bottom of the
page. Click Details, select the settings you want to use, and click OK.
Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo
Settings
Note: If you are printing
from Photoshop, make
sure you do not use
Photoshop’s color
management settings
when using Advanced
Black and White Photo
mode. There are no
profiles associated with
this screening and color
management technology.
Note: If Advanced Black
and White Photo is not
available for your media
type, you may need to
change your black ink
cartridge. See page 163
for more information.
Advanced Black and White Photo mode allows you to easily produce neutral
and toned black-and-white prints using your Epson driver. This mode offers
an alternative black and white workflow with settings for more advanced
control.
Whether your photo is color or grayscale, you can use this unique screening
and color management technology to create stunning black-and-white
prints. This mode is available only when printing on certain media types.
1. On the Properties or Preferences window, make sure the Main tab is
selected.
2. Select a Media Type setting that corresponds to the paper you are
printing on. (See page 127 for instructions.)
3. For the Color setting, choose Advanced B&W Photo.
4. For the Mode setting, select Custom, then click Advanced.
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You see this screen:
5. You can adjust the following advanced black and white photo settings:
•
Color Toning allows you to add tone (hue) to your black and white
output. The default is Neutral, which will provide you with a
neutral tonal scale print. You can also choose other popular presets
such as Cool, Warm, and Sepia. Note that the presets will affect
the target found in the tone color circle.
•
Tone allows you to easily change the entire tonal scale of your black
and white output. While Darker is the default setting, you may see
better results if you choose Dark.
•
Brightness adjusts the overall lightness and darkness of your image.
•
Contrast adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of
your image.
•
Shadow Tonality and Highlight Tonality allow you to control
tonality only in the shadow or highlight areas of your image.
•
Max Optical Density adjusts the overall density or focus of the
print. Create a soft focus print by setting the density lower.
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•
Highlight Point Shift helps to reduce gloss differential by adding
density to the highlights of your image or the full page.
•
The tone color circle adjusts the hue of your black and white print.
Click on any portion of the color wheel or enter corresponding
values to customize the tone (hue) you want to add. The closer you
select to the edge of the wheel, the more color you add.
The preview image approximates the image tone based on your settings.
Note that this preview always shows the same image and is not color
managed. It provides a level of feedback as you make changes.
6. When you finish selecting settings, click OK.
Choosing Paper Configuration Options
If you are using non-Epson media and you need to fine-tune its
performance, you can create a custom paper configuration and save it as a
Media Type setting in the printer driver. Then, whenever you print on that
media, you can select the custom Media Type, select the rest of your print
settings, and print. You can even export the settings to a file you can share.
1. Click the Paper Config button on the Main tab. You see this window:
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Note: You may need to
change the Color Density
setting if your custom
profile was created to
optimize D-max and color
gamut.
2. Select the correct settings to match your ICC profile. These settings
override any paper configuration settings you may have made using the
printer’s control panel.
•
Color Density lets you control the ink saturation level (for example,
when you turn off color management in your printer software).
•
Drying Time per Print Head Pass lets you print with non-Epson
media and avoid smearing the ink. You can make the print head
wait up to 5 seconds after each pass to allow ink to dry on the page.
•
Paper Feed Adjustment helps reduce banding. Choose a lower
value if you see white lines on your prints, or a higher value if you
see dark lines.
•
Paper Suction lets you decrease the paper suction level when
printing on thinner papers (less than 12 lb), such as CAD drafting
paper.
•
Paper Thickness helps reduce vertical banding and creates a
sharper image when printing on unusually thick or thin paper.
•
Platen Gap lets you fine-tune the setting for various paper
thicknesses.
•
Roll Paper Back Tension lets you adjust the tension when printing
on roll paper. Change the value if you find wrinkles on your
printouts when Auto is selected.
3. When you finish selecting Paper Configuration settings, click OK.
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4. On the Main tab, select any other necessary setting for your paper in the
Media Settings box. (See page 125 through page 131 for details.)
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5. Click the Custom Settings button. You see a window like this:
6. Verify that your settings are correct, type a name for the custom media
type, and click Save.
7. After saving your settings, you can do the following:
•
To use the settings to print right away, select the name you gave
them in the Media Type list. Select the rest of the necessary print
settings and print.
•
To save the settings to a file that you can share, click the Custom
Settings button again, click the name of the settings in the list,
click Export, select a location, enter a file name, and click Save.
•
To import settings from a file shared with you that does not exist in
your Media Type list, click the Custom Settings button again,
click Import, select the file you want to import, and click Open.
When you return to the window shown above, click Cancel.
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Saving, Exporting, and Importing Custom
Settings
You can save groups of settings so you can reuse them for future print jobs
with the same profile/printer/ink/media combination. You can also export
them as a file that you can share with others, who can import them for
printing.
In addition, the printer driver includes pre-defined setting groups for various
types of printing. You can select them to set most of the settings you need,
and then customize them for your particular print job.
You can also add, delete, or hide items in the printer driver window to
customize the driver for your uses.
Saving and Exporting a Custom Settings Group
1. Follow the instructions in this chapter to select all the correct settings for
a print job.
2. Click the Save/Del button at the top of the Main or Page Layout
screen. You see a window like this:
3. Verify that your settings are correct, type a name for the settings group,
and click Save.
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4. After saving your settings, you can do the following:
•
To use the setting group to print right away, select the name you
gave it in the Select Setting list, if necessary, and print.
•
To save the settings to a file that you can share, click the Save/Del
button again, click the name of the setting group in the list, click
Export, select a location, enter a file name, and click Save.
Importing a Custom Settings Group
1. To import settings from a file shared with you that does not exist in your
Select Setting list, click the Save/Del button.
2. Click Import, select the file you want to import, and click Open.
3. When you return to the settings list window, click Cancel.
4. To use the setting group to print right away, select the name you gave it
in the Select Setting list, if necessary, and print.
Loading a Pre-Defined Settings Group
1. To view the settings associated with the pre-defined setting groups that
came with your printer driver, click the Save/Del button. Then click
the following category and name, and check the Registered Settings
column:
•
Photo > Highest Quality
•
Fine Art > Monochrome
•
Proofing > ICM
•
Poster > Chroma Saturation
•
Others > 2Page N-up
2. Click Cancel.
3. To load a pre-defined setting group, select its category name in the
Select Setting list (if necessary), customize any of the settings that do
not match your print job, and print.
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Editing Printer Driver Settings
1. Click the Utility tab, then select Menu Arrangement.
2. Select the item you want to edit. You can do the following:
•
Drag and drop the items to rearrange them
•
Add or delete groups
•
Move unused items into the Not Display group
3. When you’re finished, click Save.
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Managing Print Jobs
Your printer comes with two utilities that let you check on your print jobs
and cancel, pause, or restart them.
The Progress Meter opens each time you send a print job. Status Monitor 3,
which appears on the taskbar when you print, lets you check the printer’s
status and monitor print jobs. You can control how these programs work
using the Speed and Progress and Monitoring Preferences utilities.
Using the Progress Meter
Note: If it is no longer
spooling in the computer,
you can also cancel a
print job by pressing the
button on the
printer, selecting JOB
CANCEL, and pressing
the OK button.
After you send a print job, the Progress Meter window appears:
May not appear if you
are printing over a
network
Click for more details
on the displayed
printing tip
Click to cancel
printing
You can use the Stop button to cancel your print job. You also see how
much ink you have left and view printing tips.
If you don’t want the Progress Meter to appear, you can turn it off. See the
next section for instructions.
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Optimizing Print Speed
You can use the Speed and Progress utility to improve printing speed.
1. Click the Utility tab, then click the Speed and Progress button. You
see this window:
Note: If you want to
disable display of the
progress meter during
printing, you can click the
Show Progress Meter
checkbox to deselect it.
2. Select from the following options:
•
High Speed Copies speeds up printing of multiple copies of the
same document using hard disk space as a cache. If you have
multiple hard drives, you can select a different drive to spool to in
the High Speed Copy Folder list to the right.
•
Show Progress Meter lets you control whether or not the Progress
Meter is displayed when you send a print job.
•
Disable EPSON Status Monitor 3 disables the printer software
utilities. Selecting this option is not recommended unless you
experience conflicts with other software.
•
Always spool RAW datatype lets you spool documents using the
RAW format instead of the EMF (metafile) format. Because the
RAW format requires fewer resources, printing is faster and you can
avoid certain problems, such as insufficient memory or disk space.
•
Page Rendering Mode speeds printing by rendering the entire
page. Use this setting if print speed is extremely slow or the print
head stops for a few minutes while printing. Printing will take
longer to start.
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•
Coarse Rendering allows you to override the length or width
limitations in applications (such as Photoshop) that restrict the
number of pixels you can print.
•
Print as Bitmap allows large or complex vector graphics to print
faster in Adobe Acrobat® or any other non-image based application.
•
Show Mouse Over Help lets you turn off the tool tips that appear
when you move your cursor over the screen.
•
Processed by Printer allows the halftone output processing to be
performed by the printer. This feature speeds up processing,
especially for older computers, and ensures that the printer runs at
maximum speed. This involves image compression and
decompression, and does not affect the quality of your output.
3. Click OK to save your settings.
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Setting Monitoring Preferences
You can choose when and how you want to be notified of problems, whether
you want a Status Monitor 3 icon to appear on your Windows taskbar, and
whether you want to allow monitoring by other users who share the printer.
1. Click the Utility tab, then click the Monitoring Preferences button.
You see this window:
2. Select the notification options you want to use if various printing events
occur.
3. If you want to have the Status Monitor 3 icon appear in your Windows
taskbar, click the Shortcut Icon checkbox. Then select the icon to use.
When the shortcut is enabled, you can simply double-click the icon to
open the Status Monitor 3 window or right-click it, then select
Monitoring Preferences in the pop-up menu.
4. Select Allow monitoring of shared printers if your printer is shared
and you want to let other users monitor it.
5. Click OK to save your settings.
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Chapter 5:
Maintaining
and
Transporting
the Printer
The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Pro 9900 require little maintenance to keep
working at their best. This chapter describes the following routine
procedures:
•
Checking printer status
•
Checking and cleaning the print head
•
Aligning the print head
•
Replacing ink cartridges
•
Changing the date and time
•
Performing additional maintenance tasks
•
Replacing the paper cutter blade
•
Replacing the maintenance tank
•
Cleaning the printer
•
Transporting or storing the printer
In addition to the features described in this chapter, you can also use the
menu system on the printer to fine-tune a variety of printer settings. For
more information, see the electronic User’s Guide included on the CD-ROM
that came with your printer.
Checking Printer Status
Using the control panel, you can check the amount of ink remaining, the
total number of prints, and the status of your maintenance tank(s), and other
information. You can print out a status check (described in the next section),
or view the printer’s status on the LCD display (see page 152) or a printer
driver screen (see page 153).
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Printing Status Information
The status check sheet shows some of the current default settings, the page
count, and the status of the maintenance tank.
1. Make sure paper is loaded in the printer.
Note: You can replace
the ink cartridges, cutter
blade, and maintenance
tank yourself. Other
printer parts need to
be replaced by an
authorized Epson service
technician.
2. Press r Menu.
3. Press d to select TEST PRINT, then press r.
4. Press d to select STATUS SHEET, then press r.
5. Press OK to start printing.
Viewing Status Information
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press d to select PRINTER STATUS, then press r.
3. Do one of the following:
Note: You can change
the units of
measurement from
centimeters to inches
and feet using
maintenance mode on
the printer’s control
panel. See page 164 for
instructions.
•
To check the firmware version, press r again. When done, press l.
•
To check the amount of ink left, press d to select INK LEVEL, then
press r. The percentage of ink left in the first cartridge is displayed.
Continue pressing d to see the status of the remaining cartridges.
When done, press l.
•
To check how much capacity the maintenance tank(s) have, press d
to select MAINTENANCE TANK, then press r. The percentage
remaining for each tank is displayed. As the tank is filled, the
percentage drops. When done, press l.
•
To check job history, press d to select JOB HISTORY, then
press r. For the last 10 print jobs saved in the printer, you see the
ink used (in milliliters) and paper used (in square centimeters). The
most recent job is saved as No. 0. When done, press the l button.
•
To check the total number of prints, press d to select TOTAL
PRINTS, then press r. When done, press l.
•
To check the status of the printer for myEpsonPrinter.com, press d
to select EDM STATUS, then press r. When done, press l.
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4. Press
to exit the menu.
For more information about the Printer Status menu, see your on-screen
User’s Guide.
Checking Printer Status From the Printer Driver
Tip: On a Macintosh, you
can also run maintenance
utilities by clicking the
Utility button in the print
job window or the icon
on the printer settings
screen.
If you added a shortcut
icon for your printer to
the Windows taskbar,
you can right-click it and
select any utility you
want to run. See
page 150 to add the icon.
The Epson Status Monitor utility installed with your printer driver lets you
check the levels of ink in the printer and the level of the maintenance
tank(s). Follow the steps below to use the utility to check the status.
1. Do one of the following to access the printer utilities:
•
Mac OS X: Open the EPSON Printer Utility3 in your
Applications folder. Select your printer and click OK.
•
Windows Vista: Click , select Control Panel, select Hardware
and Sound, and click Printers. Right-click the icon for your
printer and select Printing Preferences. Click the Utility tab.
•
Windows XP: Click Start and select Control Panel. Double-click
Printers and Faxes. Right-click your printer icon and select
Printing Preferences. Click the Utility tab.
2. Click the EPSON Status Monitor 3 icon.
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The software checks the amount of ink in the printer and maintenance
tank(s) and displays one of these windows:
Checking and Cleaning the Print Head
If your printed image shows a color shift or horizontal lines, you should
check the print head to see if any nozzles are clogged or deflected. If
necessary, you can run a cleaning cycle to clear the nozzles.
You can also turn on Auto Nozzle Check from the printer’s control panel.
The printer will then check the nozzles periodically or before each print job
and clean them if necessary.
Running the Nozzle Check and Head Cleaning Utilities
Tip: On a Macintosh, you
can also run maintenance
utilities by clicking the
Utility button in the print
job window or the icon
on the printer settings
screen.
If you added a shortcut
icon for your printer to
the Windows taskbar,
you can right-click it and
select any utility you
want to run. See
page 150 to add the icon.
Follow these steps to use your printer software to check the print head
nozzles and clean them if necessary:
1. Make sure paper is loaded in the printer.
2. Do one of the following to access the printer utilities:
•
Mac OS X: Open the EPSON Printer Utility3 in your
Applications folder. Select your printer and click OK.
•
Windows Vista: Click , select Control Panel, select Hardware
and Sound, and click Printers. Right-click the icon for your
printer and select Printing Preferences. Click the Utility tab.
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•
Windows XP: Click Start and select Control Panel. Double-click
Printers and Faxes. Right-click your printer icon and select
Printing Preferences. Click the Utility tab.
You see a menu like the following:
3. Select the Nozzle Check icon and follow the instructions on the screen.
4. After the pattern is printed, use at least a 10× eye loupe to examine it.
Caution: Don’t run a
cleaning cycle while
thick media is loaded in
the printer.
•
If the pattern looks good, as shown below, the print head is clean.
•
If any dots or segments are missing or deflected, as shown below,
run a cleaning cycle as described on page 157. Then print another
nozzle check pattern to make sure the nozzles are clean.
•
If the nozzles are still clogged after three cleaning cycles, run a power
cleaning cycle as described on page 157.
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Checking and Cleaning the Print Head Using the Control
Panel
You can print a nozzle check from the control panel and examine it to
determine whether any nozzles are clogged or deflected. Then you can run a
cleaning cycle if necessary.
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press d until TEST PRINT is selected, then press r. NOZZLE CHECK is
selected.
3. Press r, then press OK to start printing the nozzle check pattern.
4. After the pattern is printed, use at least a 10× eye loupe to examine it.
Caution: Don’t run a
cleaning cycle while
thick media is loaded in
the printer.
•
If the pattern looks good, as shown below, the print head is clean.
•
If any dots or segments are missing or deflected, as shown below,
run a cleaning cycle as described on page 157. Then print another
nozzle check pattern to make sure the nozzles are clean.
•
If the nozzles are still clogged after three cleaning cycles, run a power
cleaning cycle as described on page 157.
Automatically Checking and Cleaning the Print Head
The printer automatically checks the nozzles and cleans them if necessary.
You can specify how often you want this to happen or turn this feature off.
You can also have a nozzle check pattern printed on a regular basis, so you
can check it yourself.
1. Press r Menu. PRINTER SETUP is selected. Press r again.
2. Press d until AUTO NOZZLE CHECK is selected, then press r.
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3. Select one of the following, then press OK:
•
ON: PERIODICALLY—The printer periodically checks its nozzles
and runs a cleaning cycle if necessary (default).
•
ON: EVERY JOB—The printer automatically checks its nozzles
and runs a cleaning cycle if necessary before each print job. This
process uses a very small amount of ink (and no paper) and is
recommended if you are running large print jobs unattended.
•
OFF—The printer will not perform automatic nozzle checks and
cleaning cycles.
4. Press l, then select PRINT NOZZLE PATTERN and press r.
5. Select ON: EVERY PAGE to have the nozzle check pattern printed
before each print job, or ON: EVERY 10 PAGES or OFF. These settings
take effect only when you print on roll paper.
6. Press OK to save the setting.
Running Cleaning Cycles
You can run several types of cleaning cycles from the control panel (or from
the Epson LFP Remote Panel2): normal cleaning, power cleaning, and
cleaning each pair of ink colors.
Run the power cleaning only if the normal cleaning process is not sufficient
to clear the nozzles. The power cycle uses a large quantity of ink, so it is
recommended only as a last resort.
The cartridges need to be at least 50% full to use power cleaning. You may
need to replace a low cartridge to run the cleaning cycle. After cleaning, you
can reinsert the old cartridge.
1. Print a nozzle check to make sure the print head needs cleaning, as
described on page 156.
Caution: Don’t run a
cleaning cycle while
thick media is loaded in
the printer.
2. Make sure the printer is ready and the red B ink Check light on the
printer’s control panel is not on or flashing.
3. Press r Menu.
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4. Press d until MAINTENANCE is selected, then press r.
5. Press d until CLEANING is selected, then press r.
6. Select one of the following, then press r:
•
NORMAL CLEANING—Press OK to start the cleaning cycle.
•
CLEAN EACH COLOR—Press r, select the color pair you want to
clean, then press OK to start the cleaning cycle.
•
POWER CLEANING—Press OK to start the cleaning cycle.
7. When cleaning is finished and the Power light stops flashing, print the
nozzle check again to confirm that the head is clean.
Note: You must use at
least a 10× eye loupe to
examine the nozzle check
pattern for deflected
nozzles.
For effective cleaning, always run a nozzle check between cycles.
If the pattern is still missing segments or has deflections after a power
cleaning cycle, turn the printer off and leave it overnight, then clean the
print head again the following morning with regular cleaning cycles. If
you still see no improvement, contact Epson for assistance.
Aligning the Print Head
Aligning the print head is the most important thing you can do to ensure the
best print quality. If banding appears on your prints, if they look grainy or
blurry, or if you see misregistration or “ghosting,” you need to align the print
head.
Although you can align the print head using the printer utility software, it’s
also easy to align from the printer’s control panel. This will do the most
thorough job in the shortest time, and it’s all automatic.
If you haven’t already done so, it’s a good idea to run a nozzle check before
aligning the print head (page 156). This ensures that the print head
alignment patterns print correctly.
Tip: To properly align the
print head, you can also
use Epson Doubleweight
Matte Paper or Ultra
Premium Photo Paper
Luster.
Follow these steps to align the print head using the control panel:
1. Make sure the printer is turned on. Then load Epson Enhanced Matte
paper.
2. Press r Menu.
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3. Press u or d until HEAD ALIGNMENT is selected, then press r.
PAPER THICKNESS is selected.
4. Press r, then select the paper type loaded in the printer and press OK.
5. Press l three times, then press d to select ALIGNMENT.
6. Press r to select AUTO, then press r again. UNI-D (uni-directional) is
highlighted. This is the type of alignment to start with.
7. Press r, then press OK to start the alignment process.
Each head alignment takes about 7 minutes. The printer’s white beam
sensor reads the alignment pattern and adjusts the printer automatically.
Make sure you don’t open the front cover or turn off the printer during
this process.
8. When the uni-directional alignment is finished, press r.
9. Select HEAD ALIGNMENT, then select ALIGNMENT.
10. Select BI-D ALL and press OK to start the alignment process.
11. When done, press
to exit head alignment mode.
Replacing Ink Cartridges
Tip: You can store
partially used ink
cartridges for up to
6 months. If you do so,
Epson recommends
covering the openings
with tape.
Before you begin a large print job, you should check your ink levels. If one of
your cartridges is low, you can replace it before you start. Or you can wait
until the ink is expended, replace the cartridge, and then continue the job
without any loss of print quality. However, it is best to replace a low ink
cartridge before starting a large print job.
The easiest way to check ink levels is from the control panel LCD display.
The numbers above the ink icons on the LCD display correspond to the
11 ink cartridge slots on the printer.
The icons show the approximate amount of ink remaining.
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When the red B Ink Check light is flashing and INK LOW appears on the
LCD display, the indicated cartridge is almost expended. Make sure you
have a replacement cartridge. When the light stays on and REPLACE INK
CARTRIDGE is displayed, the cartridge is expended. You must replace the
cartridge before you can continue printing.
You can install any combination of 150, 350, and 700 ml cartridges. Use the
following Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink cartridges:
Note: We recommend
that you use genuine
Epson cartridges and do
not refill them. The use of
other products may affect
your print quality and
could result in printer
damage.
Yields vary considerably
based on images printed,
print settings, paper type,
frequency of use, and
temperature. For print
quality, a small amount of
ink remains in the
cartridge after the
“replace cartridge”
indicator comes on.
For best printing results,
use up a cartridge with
six months of opening the
package.
Ink bay
Slot no. Cartridge
150 ml
350 ml
700 ml
Left
1
Cyan (C)
T642200
T596200
T636200
2
Orange (O)
T642A00 T596A00
T636A00
3
Yellow (Y)
T642400
T596400
T636400
4
Light Cyan (LC)
T642500
T596500
T636500
5
Matte Black (MK)
T642800
T596800
T636800
6
Photo Black (PK)
T642100
T596100
T636100
7
Vivid Magenta (VM)
T642300
T596300
T636300
8
Light Black (LK)
T642700
T596700
T636700
9
Green (G)
T642B00 T596B00
T636B00
10
Light Light Black (LLK)
T642900
T596900
T636900
11
Vivid Light Magenta
(VLM)
T642600
T596600
T636600
Right
You can purchase genuine Epson ink and paper from an Epson Professional
Imaging Authorized Reseller. To find the nearest reseller, visit
www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales), www.epson.ca (Canadian sales), or
call 800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). Or you can purchase online at
www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales) or www.epson.ca (Canadian sales).
Before you start, make sure the printer is turned on. Then follow these steps:
Caution: Leave the
expended cartridge in the
printer until you are ready
to replace it.
To prevent ink reporting
errors, never replace the
ink cartridges with the
printer turned off.
1. Note the color of the cartridge that is low or expended.
2. Press the
button.
•
If ink in one or more cartridges is expended, the corresponding ink
cover is unlocked.
•
If the ink is not expended, select the ink bay you want to open and
press OK.
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3. Open the ink cover all the way.
4. Then press in the cartridge you want to replace. The cartridge pops out.
WARNING: Do not shake
the expended cartridge, or
ink may leak out. If ink gets
on your hands, wash them
thoroughly with soap
and water. If ink gets in
your eyes, flush them
immediately with water.
5. Remove the expended ink cartridge from the printer. It’s a good idea to
save your first set of expended cartridges so you can use them for
transporting the printer, if necessary.
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6. Make sure the replacement cartridge is the correct color and remove it
from its package. Gently shake the cartridge for about 5 seconds before
installing it.
Note: If you can’t insert
the cartridge smoothly,
you may have the wrong
cartridge. Check the
package and product
code. If the B Ink light
remains on after installing
the cartridge, it may not
be inserted fully.
Caution: Do not remove
and re-insert cartridges
more often than
necessary. Doing so can
compromise the needle
valve seal and allow air to
enter the ink tubes,
causing nozzle damage.
7. Hold the cartridge with the arrow pointing toward the printer. Then
insert the cartridge into the slot until it clicks into place. Don’t force it
in.
8. Close the ink cover.
Once the cartridge is installed, the printer returns to its READY state.
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Switching Black Ink Mode
You can switch the black ink from Photo Black to Matte Black or vice-versa
by pressing the
button on the control panel.
•
The Photo Black cartridge is ideal for printing photographic images on
all media types. It is optimized for traditional photographic and ink
jet-coated papers, such as Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster,
Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss, Proofing Paper Commercial, and so
on.
•
The Matte Black cartridge is optimized for printing photographic
images on matte or fine art papers, such as Epson Ultra Premium
Presentation Paper Matte and Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper. This
cartridge significantly increases black optical density.
Generally, you should switch black ink cartridges only if you plan to run a
large number of print jobs in the new mode.
•
Switching from Photo Black to Matte Black takes 2 minutes and
consumes approximately 1.2 ml of ink.
•
Switching from Matte Black to Photo Black takes 3 minutes and
consumes approximately 3.4 ml of ink.
Changing the Date and Time
Note: You can use the
PRINTER SETUP menu to
enable the roll paper
counter, paper size
check, and several other
printer features. For more
information, see your
on-screen User’s Guide.
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press d until MAINTENANCE is highlighted, then press r.
3. Press d until you see CLOCK SETTING, then press r.
4. Use the d, u, and r buttons to set each item in the date and time,
displayed in the following format: MM/DD/YY HH:MM.
5. Press OK to save the setting.
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Using Maintenance Mode
Maintenance mode allows you to make special settings and perform
maintenance procedures that may be needed occasionally. You can use
maintenance mode to do the following:
•
Change the language or units of measurements used on the printer’s
control panel menus.
•
Adjust the maximum value for roll paper tension.
•
Run a “super strong” cleaning cycle.
•
Return all of the printer’s control panel settings to their default values.
Follow these steps to use maintenance mode:
1. Make sure the printer is turned off.
button, then press the P Power button and
2. Press and hold the
hold it until the printer turns on and the LCD displays
MAINTENANCE MODE.
3. Use the d and u buttons to select the settings described below. If you
need to back up to the previous menu level, press l.
•
To change the language on the LCD display, press d to highlight
LANGUAGE, then press r. Press d until you see the language you
want, then press OK to select it. The printer exits maintenance
mode and returns to normal operation.
•
To change the units of measurement, press d to highlight LENGTH
UNITS, then press r. Press d to switch from METRIC to
FEET/INCH, then press OK to select it. Press l when done.
•
To change the temperature units of measurement, press d to
highlight TEMPERATURE UNITS, then press r. Press d to switch
from C (Celsius or centigrade) to F (Fahrenheit), then press OK to
select it. Press l when done.
•
To change the maximum roll paper tension, press d to highlight
ROLL PAPER TENSION, then press r. Press d to decrease the
maximum value, or u to increase it (from 1 to 5). Press OK to select
the setting you want.
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•
To run a super strong cleaning cycle, press d to highlight
SS CLEANING, then press r to display EXECUTE. Press OK to
start the cleaning cycle.
•
To return all control panel settings to their default values, press d to
highlight DEFAULT PANEL, then press r to display EXECUTE.
Press OK to restore the default settings.
4. To exit maintenance mode, turn off the printer by pressing the P Power
button. Press the P Power button again to turn on the printer in the
normal operating mode.
Replacing the Paper Cutter
If you notice that your paper isn’t being cut cleanly, the cutter may need to
be replaced.
You can obtain a new cutter from Epson (part number C12C815331). See
page 12 for ordering details.
Removing the Old Cutter
Make sure the printer is turned on, then follow these steps to remove the
blade:
1. Press r Menu.
2. Press d until MAINTENANCE is highlighted, then press r.
Note: If the optional
SpectroProofer is
attached to the printer,
remove it following the
instructions that came
with it. Then turn off the
printer.
3. Press d until CUTTER REPLACEMENT is highlighted, then press r
again.
4. Press OK. The paper cutter moves to the replacement position.
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5. To remove the cutter cover, press in the tab and pull it down.
6. Loosen the screw using a cross-head screwdriver.
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WARNING: The blade is
sharp. Be careful when
removing it.
7. Carefully remove the cutter.
8. Dispose of the cutter in accordance with local regulations.
Installing the New Cutter
Remove the new blade from its package, then follow these steps to install it:
1. Insert the new cutter into the holder. Make sure the cutter pin goes into
the hole.
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2. Tighten the screw using a cross-head screwdriver.
Note: Reinstall the
optional SpectroProofer if
necessary, following the
instructions that came
with it. Then turn on the
printer and press the OK
button.
3. Align the cover, then press it in until it clicks into place.
4. Press OK to finish the replacement process. The cutter moves to home
position.
5. Run the Cutter Adjustment from the Maintenance Menu on the control
panel.
After you print the pattern, put the two cut pieces together and select
the pattern with the most precise cut between the two colors. Select the
pattern number on the control panel and press OK.
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Replacing the Maintenance Tank
The maintenance tank stores ink that gets flushed from the system during
the initial ink charge and manual and automatic print head cleaning. When
the tank is almost full, the message MAINTENANCE TANK NEARLY FULL
appears on the LCD display. When the tank is completely full, the printer
stops working and MAINTENANCE TANK FULL appears on the LCD.
You can check how much space remains in the maintenance tank by viewing
its icon on the control panel, shown below. You can also check its status
using the menus (see page 152), using your printer software (see page 153),
or by printing a nozzle check sheet (see page 156).
Maintenance tank icons
(only one tank icon
appears on the
Pro 7900 LCD display)
The icon(s) show the approximate amount of space remaining in the tank(s).
The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 has one maintenance tank (on the right side),
and the Pro 9900 has two (one on either side). Replacement tanks are
available from Epson (part number C12C890191). See page 12 for details.
The printer will not print if one of the maintenance tanks is full. On the
Epson Stylus Pro 9900, the right tank is used more than the left. To
maximize tank life, you can switch the tanks when the right tank reaches
approximately 40% to 60% of capacity.
Follow these steps to replace the tank:
1. If you have the Epson Stylus Pro 9900, check the LCD display to
determine which tank needs to be replaced (left or right).
2. Turn off the printer.
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3. Grasp the handle at the bottom of the tank (on the side of the printer)
and gently pull out the maintenance tank. Then place it in the plastic
bag included with the new tank.
Caution: Be careful not
to spill ink from the
maintenance tank when
removing it. Hold it upright
at all times and dispose of
it carefully.
4. Insert the new tank.
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Cleaning the Printer
To keep your printer working at its best, clean it if it becomes soiled.
1. If your prints are soiled by ink on the roller, load inexpensive roll paper
and press d to feed the paper without printing on it. Press d several
times until the paper is clean.
2. Turn off the printer and wait until all the lights are off. Then unplug the
power cord and disconnect the printer from your system.
Caution: Be careful not
to touch the gears inside
the printer.
To avoid damaging the
components as well as
the case, never use
alcohol or thinners to
clean the printer.
3. Open the front cover and use canned air or a soft lint-free cloth to
carefully clean away any dust or dirt inside the printer.
4. Clean the area shown below in the direction of the arrows. If necessary,
dampen the cloth, clean the inside of the printer, then dry it with a soft
cloth.
Be careful not to get
water on the printer
mechanism or electronic
components.
Don’t use a hard or
abrasive brush.
Don’t spray the inside
of the printer with
lubricants; unsuitable
oils can damage the
mechanism. Contact
Epson if you think the
printer needs lubrication.
Do not touch the gray
area, roller, or absorption
pads inside the printer;
otherwise your prints may
be soiled.
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5. If your prints are soiled on the back, wipe the blue area carefully.
6. If powdery dust has accumulated, use a toothpick or similar tool to
remove it.
7. Remove the paper basket. Then clean away any dust or dirt around the
leg assembly using a soft brush.
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8. If the outer case is dirty, clean it with a soft, clean cloth dampened with
mild detergent. Keep the ink cartridge compartments closed to prevent
water from getting inside.
9. To wash the paper basket, remove the shafts, then machine wash with
mild detergent and air dry.
Transporting or Storing the Printer
If you are moving the printer a short distance (for example, in the same
building), you can roll it on its stand (see page 175). To ship the printer a
longer distance, you should repack it using the original box and packing
materials. Follow the instructions below to prepare the printer for shipment.
If you don’t have the original packaging, you can purchase replacement
packaging from Epson. See page 12 for more information.
Preparing the Printer for Shipment
1. Turn off the printer and wait until the carriage moves to the home
position (on the far right) and the P Power light goes off. Then unplug
the printer.
2. Remove the following parts:
•
Power cord and interface cables
•
Paper basket
•
All paper or other media
•
Optional Auto Take-Up Reel (if installed)
•
Optional SpectroProofer Mounter (if installed)
3. Leave the ink cartridges installed.
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4. Open the front cover and reinstall the packing material that you
removed from the print head during setup. Then close the cover.
Tip: For more secure
transportation, tape all
doors and covers shut.
5. Before you remove the printer from the stand, make sure the casters are
locked.
6. Remove the two wing nuts and lock washers securing the printer to the
stand (underneath the printer). Keep them in a safe place.
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WARNING: The printer is
very heavy. Make sure you
have four people lift it.
7. Lift the printer using the hand grips where provided. (See the stickers
located near the rear hand grips for the correct holding position.)
8. Keep the printer level while moving it. See page 176 for information
about setting up the printer after transporting it.
To ship the printer a longer distance, you should repack it using the original
box and packing materials. If you don’t have the original packaging, you can
purchase replacement packaging from Epson. See page 12 for more
information.
Caution: Do not roll the
printer on angled or
uneven surfaces.
Moving the Printer on the Stand
When you need to move the printer a short distance, such as within the same
building, you can roll the printer on its casters.
1. Make sure the printer is turned off and the carriage is in the home
position (on the far right). If not, turn the printer back on, wait until the
carriage moves to the home position, then turn off the printer.
2. Disconnect the power cord and interface cable.
3. Remove any paper and close the roll paper cover. Make sure the front
cover is closed.
4. Store the paper basket as described on page 82.
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5. Release the front casters.
6. Carefully roll the printer to its new location, then lock the casters.
Setting Up the Printer After Transportation
Setting up the printer after transporting it is almost identical to setting it up
for the first time.
Keep in mind that the first time you start printing after moving the printer,
the print head nozzles may be clogged—especially if the printer hasn’t been
turned on for a long time. You may need to run a cleaning cycle (page 154)
and realign the print head (page 158) to ensure good print quality.
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Chapter 6:
Solving
Problems
As you use your printer, you may occasionally experience a problem. You
can diagnose the problem following the guidelines in this chapter or check
the FAQs at www.proimaging.epson.com. Then try the most likely solutions
until the problem is fixed.
This chapter provides instructions for the following:
•
Diagnosing problems
•
Checking error messages and lights
•
Improving print quality
•
Solving operational problems
•
Solving miscellaneous printing problems
•
Solving paper problems, including clearing paper jams
•
Uninstalling and reinstalling the printer driver
Diagnosing Problems
The printer includes a number of ways to help you diagnose problems:
•
To identify the most common problems, check the messages and lights
on the control panel. See pages 178 through 182 for more information.
•
If you’re using the Epson printer driver and Status Monitor utility,
check your software for error messages. See page 153 for more
information.
•
To determine whether the problem is caused by the printer itself, print a
status sheet from the control panel. See page 151 for instructions.
•
Review the FAQs at www.proimaging.epson.com for possible solutions.
•
If none of the suggested solutions in this chapter solve your problem,
contact Epson as described under “Where To Get Help” on page 13.
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Checking Error Messages and Lights
The control panel includes various lights and an LCD display to indicate the
status of the printer:
Paper feed up button
Paper
light
Ink
light
Black ink change button
Paper release (ePlaten)
light and button
Power
light and
button
OK button
Menu button
Paper cut
button
Ink open button
Pause/reset
light and button
LCD
display
Paper feed down button
Left arrow or paper
source button
When your paper runs out, ink is low, or a problem occurs, a message
appears on the LCD display, and the lights on the control panel come on or
flash. The following table lists the messages in alphabetical order and
includes an explanation and instructions for correcting the problem.
Message
Explanation
Response
BORDERLESS ERROR
The borderless setting is
selected and paper that doesn’t
support borderless printing is
loaded.
Press
to cancel the print job. Change
the setting in the printer driver or load
different paper.
The sheet size is not
recognized.
Make sure the paper is flat.
Paper is not loaded correctly.
Make sure paper is loaded correctly.
BLACK INK MISMATCH
The black ink setting on the
printer and in the driver do not
match.
Cancel the print job or press the
button
to change the black ink setting on the
printer.
CALL FOR SERVICE
An error has occurred.
Note the error number, then turn the printer
off. Then check the power cord connection
at both ends and turn it back on. If the
message remains after restarting the printer
several times, contact Epson as described
on page 13.
LOAD A SUPPORTED PAPER
SIZE OR LOAD PAPER
CORRECTLY
The number 3000 indicates that
the power cord is not
connected correctly.
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Message
Explanation
Response
CANNOT OPEN INK COVER
Something is obstructing the
indicated ink cover
Remove the obstruction and press the
button again.
CLEANING ERROR
Head cleaning did not clear the
nozzles.
Press
to clear the error and run the
head cleaning utility again. If cleaning
doesn’t start, cancel printing from the
computer. Then turn the printer off and back
on again.
CLEANING ERROR
NOT ENOUGH INK OR
SPACE IN MAINT TANK.
CONTINUE CLEANING?
YES (RECOMMENDED)
NO
Not enough ink or not enough
maintenance tank capacity for
head cleaning.
Select Yes and replace the cartridge (see
page 159) or maintenance tank (see
page 169).
COMMAND ERROR
You may be using the wrong
printer driver.
Press the
Pause/reset button to
cancel the print job and reset the printer.
Make sure you installed the correct driver
for your printer.
AUTOMATIC HEAD
CLEANING FAILED
RETRY?
YES
NO
CHECK DRIVER SETTINGS
Damaged data was sent to the
printer or the data has an
incorrect command.
CUTTER UNIT NEARING
END OF SERVICE LIFE.
RECOMMEND REPLACING
THE CUTTER UNIT
The paper cutter may be dull.
Replace the paper cutter; see page 165.
FRONT COVER OPEN
Front cover is open.
Close the front cover.
Firmware update failed.
Restart the printer, then update the
firmware again; see page 54.
The ink cartridge is expended.
Replace the ink cartridge; see page 159.
A non-genuine ink cartridge is
installed.
Select DECLINE and replace the ink
cartridge with a genuine Epson ink cartridge;
see page 159.
A non-genuine ink cartridge is
installed.
Replace the ink cartridge with a genuine
Epson ink cartridge; see page 159.
CLOSE COVER
F/W INSTALL ERROR
UPDATE FAILED RESTART
THE PRINTER
INK CARTRIDGE
INK LOW REPLACE INK
CARTRIDGE
INK CARTRIDGE
NON-GENUINE CARTRIDGE!
QUALITY OF NON-GENUINE
INK MAY VARY.
INK CARTRIDGE
PLEASE USE GENUINE
EPSON INK CARTRIDGES
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Message
Explanation
Response
INK CARTRIDGE ERROR
Ink cartridge(s) may have a bad
contact or condensation.
Remove and reinstall the ink cartridge; if the
error remains, replace the cartridge. See
page 159.
You tried to install an ink
cartridge that cannot be used
with this printer.
If you are replacing ink cartridges, check the
package and product code. Replace the ink
cartridge with a genuine Epson ink cartridge.
The ink cover or covers are
open.
Close the cover(s).
INK LOW
Ink cartridge(s) are nearly
expended (printing continues).
Make sure you have replacement cartridges
available; see page 159. Print quality may
decline when ink is low.
INK TOO LOW TO CLEAN
Not enough ink for head
cleaning.
Replace the cartridge(s) before cleaning; see
page 159.
Not enough ink for head
cleaning, but enough for
printing.
Replace the cartridge(s) before cleaning; see
page 159. After cleaning is finished, you can
re-use the low ink cartridge.
MAINTENANCE REQUEST
A printer part may need to be
replaced soon.
Note the code number and contact Epson as
described on page 13.
MAINTENANCE TANK
NEARLY FULL
The maintenance tank is almost
full.
Make sure you have a replacement
maintenance tank. For the Pro 9900, note
which tank is nearly full; see page 169.
MAINTENANCE TANK
ERROR
The maintenance tank may be
incorrectly installed.
Reinstall the maintenance tank. If the error
remains, replace the maintenance tank. For
the Pro 9900, note which tank needs
replacement; see page 169.
The maintenance tank is full.
Replace the maintenance tank. For the
Pro 9900, note which tank is full; see
page 169.
Ink cartridge(s) not installed, or
an incorrect cartridge is
installed.
Install ink cartridge(s); see page 159. Do not
reinstall the incorrect cartridge.
Maintenance tank is not
installed.
Make sure the maintenance tank is fully
inserted. For the Pro 9900, note which tank
is missing; see page 169.
REPLACE CARTRIDGE
INK CARTRIDGE ERROR
PLEASE INSTALL THE
CORRECT CARTRIDGES
INK COVER OPEN
CLOSE INK COVER
REPLACE INK CARTRIDGE
INK TOO LOW TO CLEAN
THE CARTRIDGE BEING
USED CAN BE INSTALLED
AGAIN FOR PRINTING
REPLACE THE
MAINTENANCE TANK
MAINTENANCE TANK FULL
REPLACE THE
MAINTENANCE TANK
NO CARTRIDGE
INSTALL INK CARTRIDGE
NO MAINTENANCE TANK
INSTALL THE
MAINTENANCE TANK
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Message
Explanation
Response
NOT ENOUGH EMPTY
SPACE
The maintenance tank is too
full for head cleaning.
Replace the maintenance tank; see
page 169.
Auto cleaning cannot be
performed.
Press the button to clear the error, then try
cleaning again. If necessary, cancel cleaning
from the computer, then restart the printer.
Not enough ink or maintenance
tank capacity for head cleaning.
Select YES, then follow the instructions to
replace the ink cartridge or maintenance
tank.
Roll paper was not cut
correctly.
Press the
button and open the front
cover. Remove the uncut paper.
The cutter may be blunt or
incorrectly installed.
Reinstall or replace the cutter if necessary;
see page 165.
Roll paper is used with the cut
sheet setting.
Press the
button and remove the paper.
Paper is not loaded correctly.
Press the
correctly.
button, then reload paper
Paper has jammed in the
printer.
Press the
button and remove the
jammed paper; see page 191 for more
information.
PAPER LOW
The paper roll is almost
finished.
Replace the roll.
PAPER OUT
No paper is loaded.
Load paper.
LOAD PAPER
The
button has been
pressed with no paper loaded.
Press the
Paper ran out during printing.
Press the
button and remove the roll
paper core. Then load another roll.
The
button has been
pressed.
Load paper, then press the
The paper is not detected.
Press the
button to clear the error,
then select the right paper.
REPLACE THE RIGHT SIDE
MAINTENANCE TANK
NOZZLE CHECK ERROR
PRESS THE
BUTTON
NOZZLE CLOG DETECTED
NOT ENOUGH INK OR
SPACE IN MAINT TANK
PAPER CUT ERROR
REMOVE UNCUT PAPER
PAPER EJECT ERROR
REMOVE PAPER FROM
PRINTER
PAPER ERROR
LOAD PAPER CORRECTLY
PAPER JAM
REMOVE PAPER
PAPER RELEASED
LOAD PAPER
PAPER SENSOR ERROR
PRESS THE
BUTTON
LOAD DIFFERENT PAPER
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button, then load paper.
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Message
Explanation
Response
PAPER SETTING ERROR
The paper source selected in
the printer driver and the
control panel do not match.
Check the Paper Source settings and make
sure the paper is loaded correctly.
The loaded paper size does not
match the size of the image.
Make sure the paper size matches the size
of the image.
Paper is not loaded straight.
Press the
button and make sure the
paper is loaded straight.
You tried to print while an error
condition was present.
Press the P Power button to turn off the
printer, then turn it back on.
CHECK THE PAPER SOURCE
IN THE DRIVER SETTINGS
AND LOAD PAPER
CORRECTLY
PAPER SIZE ERROR
LOAD CORRECT PAPER SIZE
PAPER SKEW
LOAD PAPER PROPERLY
PRINTER ERROR
RESTART THE PRINTER
Improving Print Quality
You can often improve print quality by doing the following:
•
Run a nozzle check and cleaning cycle. See page 154 for instructions.
•
Align the print head. See page 158 for instructions.
•
When you send a print job, make sure your print options are set
correctly. For more information, see page 87 (Macintosh) or page 123
(Windows).
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If none of these suggestions help, try the solutions in the following table.
Problem
Solution
Your print has horizontal
banding.
◗ Check the ink indicators and light to see if you are low on ink. (If you replace
ink cartridges with the printer turned off, the ink indicators will not be
accurate.) Replace ink cartridges if necessary, as described on page 159.
◗ Run a nozzle check and cleaning cycle. See page 154 for instructions.
◗ Turn off the High Speed setting.
◗ Make sure the Media Type setting in the printer software is correct.
◗ If you’re using cut sheet media, make sure the printable side is face up.
◗ Choose a higher resolution, such as SuperPhoto - 2880x1440dpi.
◗ If you’re using a third-party RIP and non-Epson media, see if the RIP provides
a method for adjusting the paper feed.
Try adjusting your advanced media control settings (page 97) or paper
configuration settings (page 113 for Mac OS X or page 141 for Windows).
Check these settings:
◗ Make sure the Paper Thickness setting is correct for your paper.
◗ Use the Paper Feed Adjustment to tune out banding. Reduce the value for
white lines, and increase it for overlapping dark lines.
◗ If you’ve created a custom paper configuration, be sure to return the setting
to standard (STD) when you’re done using it. See page 83.
Your print has vertical
banding.
◗ Turn off the High Speed setting.
◗ Align the print head; see page 158.
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Problem
Solution
Your print is grainy, or has
misregistration or ghosting.
◗ Check the ink indicators and light to see if you are low on ink. (If you replace
ink cartridges with the printer turned off, the ink indicators will not be
accurate.) Replace ink cartridges if necessary, as described on page 159.
◗ Run a nozzle check and cleaning cycle. See page 154 for instructions.
◗ Align the print head, as described on page 158.
◗ Make sure the Media Type setting in the printer software is correct.
◗ If you’re using cut sheet media, make sure the printable side is face-up.
◗ Choose a higher resolution, such as 2880 dpi.
◗ Turn off the High Speed setting.
You may need to adjust your advanced media control settings (page 97) or
paper configuration settings (page 113 for Mac OS X or page 141 for Windows).
Check these settings:
◗ Make sure Paper Thickness setting is correct for your paper.
◗ If you’ve created a custom paper configuration, be sure to return the setting
to standard (STD) when you’re done using it. See page 83.
Colors are incorrect or
missing.
◗ Make sure the Media Type setting in the printer software is correct.
◗ If you are using the color management features in Photoshop or another
application, you must turn off color management in the printer driver. See
page 96 or page 112 (Mac OS X) or page 130 (Windows).
◗ Adjust the Color Density setting in the Paper Configuration utility.
◗ If you’re using a third-party RIP or non-Epson media, custom color profiles
will give you the best color reproduction.
◗ If you’re using cut sheet media, make sure the printable side is face-up.
◗ Run a nozzle check and cleaning cycle; see page 154.
◗ Check the expiration date printed on each of the ink cartridges. If the
cartridge is too old, replace it as described on page 159.
◗ Check the ink indicators and light, and replace ink cartridges if your ink
supply is low, as described on page 159. (If you replace ink cartridges with
the printer turned off, the ink indicators will not be accurate.)
◗ Make sure color settings in your application or printer software are correct.
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Problem
Solution
Your print has gaps or
appears faint.
◗ Check the expiration date printed on each of the ink cartridges. If the
cartridge is too old, replace it as described on page 159.
◗ Make sure the Media Type setting in the printer software is correct.
◗ Run a nozzle check and cleaning cycle (see page 154).
◗ Check the ink indicators and light and replace ink cartridges if your ink supply
is low, as described on page 159. (If you replace ink cartridges with the
printer turned off, the ink indicators will not be accurate.)
◗ The paper thickness setting is not correct for your paper. Use your printer
software (page 97 or page 113 for Mac OS X or page 141 for Windows) to
choose the correct setting. When you’re done printing with a custom paper
configuration, be sure to return the setting to standard (STD).
◗ The PLATEN GAP setting is too wide. Use the menu system to change the
setting to STANDARD, or to NARROW if printing on very thin paper. See
page 77 for instructions.
Your print appears blurry or
smeared.
◗ Make sure the Media Type setting in the printer software is correct.
◗ If you’re printing on non-Epson media, you may need to adjust the paper
thickness setting, drying time, or color density. Use your printer software
(page 97 or page 113 for Mac OS X or page 141 for Windows) to choose the
correct setting. When you’re done printing with a custom paper
configuration, be sure to return the setting to standard (STD).
◗ Your paper doesn’t meet the required specifications or wasn’t stored in a
dry, humidity-free environment. Load new paper.
◗ If you’re using cut sheet media, make sure the printable side is face-up.
◗ Ink has leaked into the paper path. Wipe the paper path area of the printer
with a soft, clean cloth. See page 171 for cleaning instructions.
◗ Turn off the High Speed setting.
◗ The PLATEN GAP setting is too narrow. Use the control panel to change the
setting to WIDE or WIDER. See page 77 for instructions.
◗ Run a nozzle check and cleaning cycle (see page 154).
◗ You may need to uninstall and reinstall the printer driver (see page 193).
◗ If ink is smeared on the back of your print, make sure PAPER SIZE CHECK is
ON in the control panel menu. This prevents printing beyond the edge of the
paper and soiling the inside of the printer.
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Problem
Solution
The bottom edge of your
print is smeared.
◗ The paper is curled toward the printable side. Flatten the paper or curl it
toward the other side.
◗ Make sure the Media Type setting in your printer software is correct.
◗ If you’re printing on non-Epson media, you may need to adjust the paper
thickness setting or drying time. Use your printer software (page 97 or
page 113 for Mac OS X or page 141 for Windows) to choose the correct
setting. When you’re done printing with a custom paper configuration, be
sure to return the setting to standard (STD).
◗ If printing on thick paper, the PLATEN GAP setting may be incorrect. Use the
control panel to change the setting to WIDE or WIDER; see page 77.
Solving Operational Problems
If you can’t turn the printer on, if it stops printing unexpectedly, or if
nothing prints, check the following:
•
Paper is loaded correctly.
•
The printer is plugged securely into a working electrical outlet that’s not
controlled by a switch or timer.
•
The interface cable is securely connected to the printer and your system.
•
The voltage supplied by the electrical outlet matches the voltage on the
printer’s rating label. If not, turn off the power and unplug the power
cord immediately. Contact Epson for assistance; see page 13 for details.
If none of these suggestions help, try the solutions below.
Problem
Solution
The printer stops printing
unexpectedly.
◗ If the
Pause/reset light is flashing, the printer is performing a
maintenance procedure or waiting for ink to dry. Check the display message
and lights on the control panel. Wait until the light stops flashing.
◗ Check the display message and lights on the control panel to see if an error
has occurred. Follow the instructions for the messages beginning on
page 178.
The printer sounds as if it’s
printing, but nothing prints.
◗ Follow the instructions beginning on page 154 to clean the print head.
◗ Communication between the computer and printer may have been
momentarily interrupted. Try restarting the computer and printing again.
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Problem
Solution
Nothing prints.
◗ Turn off the printer and computer. Make sure the interface cable is securely
plugged in. Then restart the printer and computer.
◗ Make sure the interface cable meets the requirements; see page 13 or 14.
◗ The printer port setting doesn’t match the printer connection port
(Windows).
Windows Vista: Click
> Control Panel > Hardware and Sound >
Printers. Right-click the icon for your printer, then select Properties. Click
the Ports tab and make sure your printer port is selected.
Windows XP: Click Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware
> Printers and Faxes. Right-click the icon for your printer, then select
Properties. Click the Ports tab and make sure your printer port is selected.
◗ Download and install the latest driver for Macintosh or Windows from the
Epson website at www.proimaging.epson.com.
Solving Miscellaneous Printing Problems
If your printouts are not what you expected, try the suggestions below:
Problem
Solution
Your print has incorrect or
garbled characters.
◗ Make sure your software is installed correctly and the printer is selected.
◗ Clear any stalled print jobs.
◗ Turn off the printer and computer. Make sure the interface cable is securely
plugged in at both ends.
Your print has incorrect
margins.
◗ Check the page size or paper size settings in your application. Make sure
they are within the printer’s printable area.
◗ Make sure the Paper Size and Borderless settings in your printer software
are correct for the paper you’re using.
◗ Paper is loaded incorrectly. Follow the instructions beginning on page 57 to
reload the paper. Make sure PAPER SKEW CHECK is ON in the control panel
menu.
◗ The ROLL PAPER MARGIN setting on the PRINTER SETUP menu is
incorrect. See the on-screen User’s Guide for more information.
Your image is inverted.
◗ Turn off the Flip Horizontal or Mirror Image setting in your printer software.
See page 95 or page 111 (Mac OS X) or page 137 (Windows) for
instructions.
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Problem
Solution
Blank paper is printed.
◗ Make sure your software is installed correctly and the printer is selected.
◗ Make sure the Paper Size setting in your printer software is correct for the
paper you’re using.
◗ Make sure the Paper Source setting in your printer software is correct.
A ruled line on your print
appears to shift.
◗ Align the print head as described on page 158.
Color images print in black
only.
◗ Make sure the Color setting is correct in your printer software.
The printer continues to feed
paper after you have
cancelled a job.
◗ Press the
Pause/reset button on the printer to clear any print job data
in the printer’s buffer and reset the printer.
◗ Make sure the paper source is set correctly.
Roll paper cannot be cut.
◗ The paper cutter may be dull. Follow the instructions on page 165 to replace
the cutter.
◗ Run a nozzle check and cleaning cycle; see page 154.
◗ Make sure
appears on the LCD display. If not, press the l Paper
Source button to select this setting. Also check the Auto Cut settings in your
printer software.
Printing is too slow.
◗ Turn on the High Speed setting.
◗ Choose a lower resolution in your printer software for faster printing.
◗ Clear space on your hard drive or run a defragmentation utility.
◗ Don’t run too many applications at the same time.
◗ Turn off virtual memory.
◗ Add RAM to your system.
◗ Try printing when there is less traffic on the network, or move the printer to a
different network segment.
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Solving Paper Problems
If paper feed or paper jam problems occur frequently, try one or more of the
following solutions:
•
For roll paper, try adjusting the Paper Suction setting. See page 83 for
more information. You can also adjust this setting through your printer
driver.
•
For heavy or thick media, follow the instructions on page 76 to load the
media correctly.
•
Make sure the paper is not folded, wrinkled, or damp.
•
Make sure the printer’s environment falls within the required
temperature and humidity range.
•
Make sure the paper is not too thick or too thin. See page 57, page 196,
and page 197 for paper specifications.
•
Make sure no foreign objects are inside the paper path.
•
Make sure the printer isn’t located in a brightly lit area. The paper
sensors may not operate correctly.
•
Make sure the Media Type and Paper Source settings in the printer
software are correct.
•
Make sure the PLATEN GAP setting is correct for the paper or media
you’re printing on. See page 77 for more information.
•
If you’re not using Epson media, use a paper configuration to adjust for
the paper’s thickness and drying time; see page 83.
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Fixing Paper Eject Problems
If the paper is curled too tightly to eject properly, make sure the paper guides
are attached to the printer. There are two paper guides for the Epson Stylus
Pro 7900 and five for the Pro 9900.
Attach the guides to the bottom of the printer as shown:
Epson Stylus Pro 7900
Epson Stylus Pro 9900
Do one of the following:
Note: If banding appears
on your print, leave the
paper guides in the
forward position.
•
If you are feeding paper in front of the printer,
move the guides to the forward position.
•
If you are feeding paper backward (under the
printer), gently squeeze the paper guides and
push them to the backward position, as shown
below:
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Clearing Paper Jams
When roll paper gets jammed in the printer, printing stops and you see a
PAPER JAM message on the LCD display. Follow these steps to clear a
paper jam:
1. Cut the paper at the paper insertion slot.
2. Press the
button to release the paper.
3. Rewind the paper.
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4. Open the front cover if necessary.
5. Carefully pull down the jammed paper.
Caution: To avoid damaging the printer, do not touch the cables around
the print head or the roller, ink absorption pad, or ink tubes.
6. Close the front cover, if necessary. Press the P Power button to turn the
printer off and then back on.
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Tip: Check the Epson
Pro Imaging website at
www.proimaging.epson.
com for updated drivers
and utilities that may
become available.
Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Printer Driver
If you need to uninstall and then reinstall the printer driver software for any
reason, follow the instructions in the appropriate section below.
Macintosh OS X 10.5
1. Select System Preferences, then select Print & Fax.
2. Select your printer, then click the – button.
3. If you want to reinstall your printer software, restart your Macintosh.
Then follow the instructions on page 49 to install the software.
Macintosh OS X 10.4
1. Open the Applications folder, then the Utilities folder.
2. Double-click Printer Setup Utility, select your printer, and then click
Delete.
3. If you want to reinstall your printer software, restart your Macintosh.
Then follow the instructions on page 49 to install the software.
Windows
1. Do one of the following:
> Control Panel > Uninstall a program.
Windows Vista: Click
Select EPSON Printer Software in the program list.
Windows XP: Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove
Programs. Select EPSON Printer Software in the program list and
click Change/Remove.
2. Select your printer icon and click OK. Follow the on-screen instructions
to uninstall your software.
3. If you want to reinstall your printer software, restart your computer.
Then follow the instructions on page 52 to install the software.
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Appendix A:
Specifications
Environmental
Temperature
Operation
Storage
50 to 95 °F
(10 to 35 °C)
–4 to 156 °F
(–20 to 60 °C)
Print quality guarantee:
59 to 77 °F
(15 to 25 °C)
Humidity
(without
condensation)
20 to 80% RH
Print quality guarantee:
40 to 60%
5 to 85% RH
(stored in shipping
container)
Electrical
Specification
Description
Input voltage range
90 V to 264 V
Rated frequency range
50 to 60 Hz
Input frequency range
49.5 to 60.5 Hz
Rated current
1.0 A at 120 V
0.5 A at 220 V
Power consumption
Epson Stylus Pro 7900:
Approx. 70 W
Approx. 16 W in low-power mode
Approx. 1 W or less in power off mode
Epson Stylus Pro 9900:
Approx. 80 W
Approx.16 W in low-power mode
Approx.1 W or less in power off mode
Check the label on the back of your printer for voltage information.
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Dimensions and Weight
Specification
Epson Stylus Pro 7900
Epson Stylus Pro 9900
Height
48 inches (1218 mm)
48 inches (1218 mm)
Width
53.4 inches (1356 mm)
73.4 inches (1864 mm)
Depth
26.26 inches (667 mm)
26.26 inches (667 mm)
Weight
(without consumables)
222 lb (100.9 kg) printer,
stand, and paper basket
298 lb (135.1 kg) printer,
stand, and paper basket
Printer Interfaces
•
USB (1.1 and 2.0 compatible)
•
Ethernet 10/100 BaseT
Safety Approvals
Note: Since the quality of
any particular brand or
type of paper may be
changed by the
manufacturer at any time,
Epson cannot attest to
the quality of any
non-Epson brand or type
of paper. Always test
samples of paper stock
before purchasing large
quantities or printing large
jobs.
Safety standards
UL 60950-1
CSA 22.2 No. 60950-1
EMC
FCC part 15 subpart B, class B
CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22 Class B
Media
Roll Paper
Maximum roll width
Epson Stylus Pro 7900: 24 inches (610 mm)
Epson Stylus Pro 9900: 44 inches (1118 mm)
Maximum roll length
Up to 147.6 feet for 2-inch cored media
Up to 662.7 feet for 3-inch cored media
Weight range
17 to 24 lb (64 to 90 g/sm)
Paper thickness
3.15 to 19.7 mil (0.08 to 0.5 mm)
Roll paper compatibility
Handles both 2- and 3-inch cored media
Maximum roll paper
diameter
2-inch core: 4 inches (103 mm)
3-inch core: 6 inches (150 mm)
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Cut Sheets
17 lb (64 g/m2) bond up to posterboard
Weight range
Epson Cut Sheet Paper Sizes
Size group
Size name
Measurements
A Series
A4
8.3 × 11.7 inches
(210 × 297 mm)
A3
11.7 × 16.5 inches
(297 × 420 mm)
Super A3/B
13 × 19 inches
(329 × 483 mm)
A2
16.5 × 23.4 inches
(420 × 594 mm)
A1
23.4 × 33.1 inches
(594 × 841 mm)
Super A1
24 × 36 inches
(610 × 910 mm)
A0*
33.1 × 44 inches
(841 × 1189 mm)
Super A0*
36 × 50.9 inches
(914 × 1292 mm)
Letter
8.5 × 11 inches
(216 × 279 mm)
US B
11 × 17 inches
(279 × 430 mm)
US C
17 × 22 inches
(430 × 559 mm)
US D
22 × 34 inches
(559 × 864 mm)
US E*
34 × 44 inches
(864 × 1120 mm)
US-ANSI
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Size group
Size name
Measurements
US-ARCH
ARCH A
9 × 12 inches
(229 × 305 mm)
ARCH B
12 × 18 inches
(305 × 457 mm)
ARCH C
18 × 24 inches
(457 × 610 mm)
ARCH D
24 × 36 inches
(610 × 910 mm)
ARCH E*
36 × 48 inches
(910 × 1219 mm)
B5
7.2 × 10.1 inches
(182 × 257 mm)
B4
10.1 × 14.2 inches
(257 × 364 mm)
B3
14.2 × 20.3 inches
(364 × 515 mm)
B2
20.3 × 28.7 inches
(515 × 728 mm)
B1*
28.7 × 40.5 inches
(728 × 1030 mm)
B1 Landscape*
40.5 × 28.7 inches
(1030 × 728 mm)
B0
40.5 × 57.3 inches
(1030 × 1456 mm)
Super B0*
44 × 62.2 inches
(1118 × 1580 mm)
—
8 × 10 inches
(203 × 254 mm)
—
10 × 12 inches
(254 × 305 mm)
—
11 × 14 inches
(279 × 356 mm)
—
12 × 12 inches
(305 × 305 mm)
—
16 × 20 inches
(406 × 508 mm)
B Series
Photo Series
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Size group
Size name
Measurements
Others
—
24 × 30 inches
(610 × 762 mm)
—
30 × 40 inches*
(762 × 1016 mm)
—
36 × 44 inches*
(914 × 1118 mm)
—
11.8 × 15.7 inches
(30 × 40 cm)
—
15.7 × 23.6 inches
(40 × 60 cm)
—
23.6 × 35.4 inches
(60 × 90 cm)
* Epson Stylus Pro 9900 only
Note: We recommend
that you use genuine
Epson cartridges and do
not refill them. The use of
other products may affect
your print quality and
could result in printer
damage.
Printable Area
Default roll paper margins are 0.59 inch (15 mm) top and bottom, and
0.12 inch (3 mm) right and left. Using the menu system, you can set all the
margins to 15 mm or 3 mm, or set the top margin to 35 mm.
The borderless printing feature allows edge-to-edge printing on some media.
Yields vary considerably
based on images printed,
print settings, paper type,
frequency of use, and
temperature. For print
quality, a small amount of
ink remains in the
cartridge after the
“replace cartridge”
indicator comes on. The
printer ships with full
cartridges and part of the
ink from this first set of
cartridges is used for
priming the printer.
Ink Cartridges
Cartridge life
2 years from production date if unopened;
within 6 months after opening package
Temperature (storage)
–4 to 104 °F (–20 to 40 °C); 1 month at 104 °F
(40 °C); installed or uninstalled
Capacity
700, 350, or 150 ml
Weight
150 ml: approximately 0.84 lb (381 g)
350 ml: approximately 1.46 lb (662 g)
700 ml: approximately 2.43 lb (1102 g)
For best printing results,
use up a cartridge within
six months of opening the
package.
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Index
A
C
Accessories, 12
Advanced Black and White Photo
Mac OS X 10.4, 116 to 119
Mac OS X 10.5, 101 to 103
Windows, 138 to 140
Aligning print head, 158 to 159
Always spool RAW datatype setting,
148
Auto Cut setting
Mac OS X 10.4, 114
Mac OS X 10.5, 99
Windows, 134
Auto Rotate setting, Windows, 134
Automatic media tracking, 61 to 62
Automatic Take-Up Reel, optional
ordering, 12
Cable
power, 45
printer, 13, 48 to 49
problems, 187
requirements, 13, 14
Canceling print jobs
Mac OS X 10.4, 120
Mac OS X 10.5, 105
Windows, 147
Cartridges, see Ink cartridges
Checking printer status, 151 to 154
Cleaning
print head, 154 to 158, 165
printer, 171
Coarse Rendering setting, 149
Color management
Mac OS X 10.4, 112 to 113,
116 to 119
Mac OS X 10.5, 96, 101 to 103
Windows, 129 to 131, 138 to 140
Color problems, 184, 188
ColorSync settings
Mac OS X 10.4, 113
Mac OS X 10.5, 96
Connecting printer, 48 to 49
Control panel
aligning print head, 158 to 159
buttons, 19, 178
changing language, 164 to 165
changing measurement units,
164 to 165
cleaning print head, 156 to 158
illustration, 19, 178
ink levels, checking, 151 to 153,
159 to 160
lights, 19, 178
messages, 178 to 182
monitoring printer, 178 to 182
restoring default settings,
164 to 165
selecting paper type, 59 to 61
status check, printing, 151 to 152
B
Banding, 183
Barcode, 61 to 62
Basket, paper
SP 7900, 27 to 33
SP 9900, 34 to 42
Black and white photos
Mac OS X 10.4, 116 to 119
Mac OS X 10.5, 101 to 103
Windows, 138 to 140
Black ink mode, switching, 163
Blank pages, 188
Blurry prints, 185
Borderless printing
Mac OS X 10.4, 88, 106 to 108
Mac OS X 10.5, 88, 89 to 92
Windows, 124, 132 to 136
Buttons, control panel, 19, 178
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Custom paper size
Mac OS X 10.4, 106 to 108
Mac OS X 10.5, 89 to 92
Windows, 124, 132, 136
Custom Preset
Mac OS X 10.4, 119
Mac OS X 10.5, 103 to 104
Windows, 144 to 145
Cut sheet paper
loading, 74 to 75
supported sizes, 197 to 199
Cutter
cutting paper manually, 70
ordering replacement, 12
replacing, 165 to 168
F
Faint prints, 185
Firmware, updating, 54 to 55
Flip Horizontal setting
Mac OS X 10.4, 111
Mac OS X 10.5, 95
problems, 187
G
Gaps in prints, 185
Garbled characters, 187
Ghosting, 184
Grainy prints, 184
H
D
Date and time setting, 163
Default settings, restoring, 164 to 165
Deleting print jobs
Mac OS X 10.4, 120
Mac OS X 10.5, 105
Windows, 147
Depth of printer, 196
Diagnosing problems, 177
Dimensions of printer, 196
Documentation, how to use, 11
E
EDM status, checking, 152
Electrical specifications, 195
Energy consumption, 195
Environmental specifications, 195
ePlaten, 19
Epson
accessories, 12
help, 13
media, 57 to 59
Preferred Limited Warranty, 13
EpsonNet Config, 50, 55
Error messages, 178 to 182
Error notification, Windows, 150
Ethernet port, 13, 18, 48, 196
202
Head Alignment menu, 158, 159
Height of printer, 196
Help, Epson, 13
High Speed Copies setting, 148
High Speed setting
Mac OS X 10.4, 111
Mac OS X 10.5, 95
Windows, 127
Humidity requirements, 195
I
ICM setting, 131
Ink light, 19, 178
Ink cartridges
checking status, 147, 151 to 154,
159 to 160
installing, 46 to 48
ordering, 160
replacing, 159 to 162
safety instructions, 17
specifications, 199
Ink, monitoring level, 152
Inverted images, 187
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J
Jams, paper, 191 to 192
Job history, 152
L
Language, control panel, 164 to 165
Layout
Mac OS X 10.4 options,
106 to 108
Mac OS X 10.5 options, 89 to 92
Windows options, 137 to 138
LCD display icons, 19
LFP Remote Panel, 54 to 55
Lights, control panel, 19, 178
Loading
cut sheet paper, 74 to 75
roll paper, 59 to 69
M
Mac OS X
checking printer status, 153 to 154
installing software, 49 to 52
system requirements, 13
uninstalling software, 193
Mac OS X 10.4
basic print options, 109 to 112
black and white photos, 116 to 119
borderless printing, 88, 106 to 108
canceling print jobs, 120
color management, 112 to 113,
116 to 119
ColorSync settings, 113
custom paper size, 106 to 108
custom preset, 119
Media Type setting, 110,
121 to 122
monitoring print jobs, 120
page setup options, 106 to 108
paper configuration settings,
113 to 114
roll paper settings, 114 to 115
203
Mac OS X 10.5
advanced media control settings,
97 to 98
basic print options, 89 to 95
black and white photos, 101 to 103
borderless printing, 88, 89 to 92
canceling print jobs, 105
color management, 96, 101 to 103
ColorSync settings, 96
custom paper size, 89 to 92
custom preset, 103 to 104
Media Type setting, 93, 121 to 122
monitoring print jobs, 105
page setup options, 89 to 92
roll paper settings, 98 to 99
Maintenance, 151 to 173
Maintenance menu, 158, 165
Maintenance mode, 164 to 165
Maintenance tank
checking status, 151 to 154
ordering, 12
replacing, 169 to 170
Manuals, how to use, 11
Margins
default, 199
incorrect, 187
printing without, 88 to 92,
132 to 136
Media tracking, setting up, 61 to 62
Media Type
Mac OS X 10.4, 110, 121 to 122
Mac OS X 10.5, 93, 121 to 122
Windows, 126, 138, 140 to 143
Memory, requirements, 13 to 14
Menus
Custom Paper, 83 to 85
Head Alignment, 158, 159
Maintenance, 158, 165
Printer Setup, 156
Printer Status, 54, 152 to 153
Test Print, 152
Messages, control panel, 178 to 182
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Mirror Image setting
problems, 187
Windows, 137
Monitoring printer
control panel, 178 to 182
Mac OS X 10.4, 120
Mac OS X 10.5, 105
Windows, 147 to 150
Moving printer, 173 to 176
MyEpsonPrinter.com, checking
status, 152
N
Network
configuring software, 50, 55
connection, 48, 53
O
Optional equipment, 12
P
Page Line setting
control panel, 70
Mac OS X 10.4, 115
Mac OS X 10.5, 99
Windows, 134
Page Rendering Mode setting, 148
Page setup options
Mac OS X 10.4, 106 to 108
Mac OS X 10.5, 89 to 92
204
Paper
configuration settings, 83 to 85,
97 to 98, 113 to 114,
140 to 143, 185
custom size, 89 to 92, 106 to 108,
124, 132, 136
cut sheet, see Cut sheet paper
cutting manually, 70
Epson, 57 to 59
handling, 57 to 85
jams, 191 to 192
light, 178
Mac OS X 10.4 options,
106 to 108
Mac OS X 10.5 options, 89 to 92
non-Epson, 83 to 85
ordering, 57
printable area, 199
problems, 189 to 192
removing from printer, 71 to 73
roll, see Roll paper
sizes, 196, 197 to 199
specifications, 196 to 199
suction, 84, 98, 114, 141
trim lines, 70, 99, 115, 134
Paper basket
SP 7900, 27 to 33
SP 9900, 34 to 42
storing, 82
using, 78 to 81
Paper cutter, see Cutter
Paper Size setting
Mac OS X 10.4, 106 to 108
Mac OS X 10.5, 89 to 92
problems, 187, 188
Windows, 132, 135 to 136
Paper Source setting
problems, 188
Windows, 132, 135
Paper Type, selecting on control
panel, 59 to 61
Pause/reset light, 19, 178
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Pausing print jobs
Mac OS X 10.4, 120
Mac OS X 10.5, 105
Windows, 147
PhotoEnhance, 131
Platen Gap setting
control panel, 77 to 78
Mac OS X 10.4, 114
Mac OS X 10.5, 98
problems, 185
Windows, 141
Power cable, 42
Power cleaning cycle, 157 to 158
Power consumption, 195
Power light, 19, 178
Preset
Mac OS X 10.4, 119
Mac OS X 10.5, 103 to 104
Windows, 144 to 145
Print as Bitmap setting, 149
Print head
aligning, 158 to 159
checking status, 151 to 153
cleaning, 154 to 158, 165
locking for transportation, 174
unlocking, 44
Print jobs
canceling, 105, 120, 147
managing, 105, 120, 147 to 150
pausing, 105, 120, 147
Print quality
Mac OS X 10.4, 111
Mac OS X 10.5, 95
problems, 182 to 186
Windows, 126 to 127
Print speed, improving in Windows,
148
Printable area, 199
205
Printer
cable, 13, 48
checking status, 147 to 150,
151 to 154
cleaning, 171
connecting, 48 to 49
default settings, restoring,
164 to 165
dimensions, 196
firmware update, 54 to 55
maintaining, 151 to 173
monitoring, 147 to 150,
153 to 154
mounting on stand, 26
moving, 173 to 176
parts, 18
plugging in, 45
setting up, 21 to 45
software, installing, 49 to 53
software, uninstalling, 193
specifications, 195 to 199
status check, 151 to 154
storing, 173 to 176
total print volume, 152
transporting, 173 to 176
turning off, 16
weight, 196
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Problems
banding, 183
blank paper, 188
blurry prints, 185
cable, 187
color, 184, 188
diagnosing, 177
faint prints, 185
garbled characters, 187
ghosting, 184
graininess, 184
inverted image, 187
margin, 187
misalignment, 183
misregistration, 184
nothing prints, 187
operational, 186 to 187
paper, 189 to 192
print quality, 182 to 186
print speed, 148, 188
printing stops, 186
roll paper cannot be cut, 188
smeared prints, 185
Progress Meter, 147, 148
Q
Quality Options, Windows,
126 to 127
R
Registering non-Epson media
control panel, 83 to 85
Mac OS X 10.4, 113 to 114
Mac OS X 10.5, 97 to 98
Windows, 140 to 143
Remaining paper setup, 61
Requirements, system, 13 to 14
Resolution
Mac OS X 10.4, 111
Mac OS X 10.5, 95
Windows, 126
206
Roll paper
cannot be cut, 188
cutting manually, 70
loading, 59 to 69
Mac OS X 10.4 settings,
114 to 115
Mac OS X 10.5 settings, 98 to 99
ordering adapters, 12
printable area, 199
remaining, 61
removing from printer, 71 to 73
Save Roll Paper setting, 99, 115,
132
tracking, 61
trim lines, 70, 99, 115, 134
Windows settings, 132 to 134
S
Safety
approvals, 196
instructions, 15 to 17
Save Roll Paper setting
Mac OS X 10.4, 115
Mac OS X 10.5, 99
Windows, 132
Setting up printer, 21 to 45
Software
installing, 49 to 53
uninstalling, 193
Specifications
electrical, 195
environmental, 195
ink cartridges, 199
paper, 196 to 199
printable area, 199
printer, 195 to 199
SpectroProofer, ordering, 12
Speed and Progress utility, 147 to 150
Status Monitor
Mac OS X, 153 to 154
Windows, 147 to 150, 153 to 154
Storing printer, 173 to 176
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Stylus Pro 7900, paper basket,
27 to 33
Stylus Pro 9900, paper basket,
34 to 42
Suction, 84, 98, 114, 141
Super strong cleaning cycle, 165
Support, Epson, 13
System requirements, 13 to 14
T
Take-Up Reel, Auto, see Automatic
Take-Up Reel, optional
Technical support, 13
Temperature requirements, 195
Test Print menu, 152
Time and date setting, 163
Total prints, checking, 152
Transporting printer, 173 to 176
Trim lines, printing
control panel, 70
Mac OS X 10.4, 115
Mac OS X 10.5, 99
Windows, 134
Troubleshooting, 177 to 193
U
UltraChrome HDR ink cartridges,
160
Uninstalling software, 193
Unit ID number, 13
USB cable
connecting, 49
port, 196
requirements, 13, 14
User-defined paper size
Mac OS X 10.4, 106 to 108
Mac OS X 10.5, 89 to 92
Windows, 124, 132, 136
Utility menu
Mac OS X, 153, 154
Windows, 148, 153, 155
207
W
Waste ink system, 151 to 154,
169 to 170
Weight of printer, 196
Width of printer, 196
Windows
basic print options, 125 to 127
black and white photos, 138 to 140
borderless printing, 124,
132 to 136
canceling print jobs, 147
checking printer status, 153 to 154
color management, 129 to 131,
138 to 140
custom paper size, 124, 132, 136
custom presets, 144 to 145
installing software, 52 to 53
layout options, 137 to 138
managing print jobs, 147 to 150
Media Type setting, 126, 138,
140 to 143
monitoring preferences, setting,
150
paper configuration options,
140 to 143
roll paper options, 132 to 134
Speed and Progress utility,
147 to 150
status alerts, 150
Status Monitor, 147 to 150
system requirements, 14
uninstalling software, 193
user-defined paper size, 124, 132,
136
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