Primera Signature User`s manual

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000424-510171-(05)
CD Color Printer III
User’s Manual
© 2000 All rights reserved.
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Notices: The information in this document is subject to change without notice.
NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND IS MADE WITH REGARD TO THIS MATERIAL, INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE. No liability is assumed for errors contained herein or for incidental or
consequential damages in connection with the furnishing, performance, or use of this material. This
document contains proprietary information which is protected by copyright. All rights are reserved.
No part of this document may be photocopied, reproduced, or translated into another language
without prior written consent.
Trademark Acknowledgments: IBM is a registered trademark of International Business
Machines Corporation. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Apple and Macintosh are
registered trademarks and QuickDraw and AppleTalk are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. CandelaColor® Charged by Pictographics
is a registered trademark of Pictographics International Corporation.
Printing History
Edition 1.3, #000424, © Copyright 2000, All rights reserved.
FCC Compliance Statement: This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation
is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
For Users in the United States: 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 communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or 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:
• Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Use of a shielded cable is required to comply with the Class B limits of Part 15 of the FCC Rules. You
are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate and/or obtain warranty service for this equipment.
For Users in Canada: This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise
for digital apparatus set out on the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of
Communications. Le present appareil numerique n’emet pas de bruits radioelectriques depassant les
limites applicables aux appareils numeriques de la class B prescrites dans le Reglement sur le
brouillage radioelectrique edicte par le ministere des Communications du Canada.
CAUTION!
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THE UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE EXTERIOR PANELS. NO USERSERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. OPERATE
THE UNIT WITH ONLY THE PROPER ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS AS LABELED ON THE
PRINTER AND AC ADAPTER
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Read Me First!
Congratulations on the purchase of your new CD Color Printer. To
begin printing with your new printer immediately, please refer to the
following quick start instructions. For more complete information
regarding all aspects of your printer’s operation, please refer to the
printer’s main User’s Manual.
HARDWARE SETUP
1.
Unpackage your printer, and check that the following
items are included:
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Power Adapter: Power Cord (220-240V units)
Printer Software CD
Color Ink Cartridge
Spare Ink Cartridge Holder
Cardboard CD Templates (5)
Warranty Statement and Registration Card
Operator’s Manual and Other Printed Information
2.
Connect your printer’s power.
3.
Install the included color ink cartridge by pressing the
Ink Cartridge Button and inserting the cartridge
copper-end first into the ink cartridge carrier. Then, push
the top of the cartridge back until it snaps into place. When
the cartridge is in place, press the
Ink Cartridge Button
again to reset the cartridge carrier.
4.
Press the
CD Tray Button, and install one of the
cardboard CD templates into the CD Tray.
5.
Run a self test according to the instructions in Section 2-D
of the printer User’s Manual. This will ensure that both the
printer and the ink cartridge are functioning properly. This
procedure should also be done whenever you install a
new ink cartridge or if your printer has sat for a few days
without printing. If some of the nozzles do not seem to be
firing, perform a clean operation after the printer driver
has been installed. Refer to the cleaning procedure
explained within the cartridge button description of section
3-D or 4-D in the manual to clean the cartridge nozzles.
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The self-test should look like this:
6.
Connect the printer to your computer using the proper
interface cable. For best results, use a IEEE 1284-Compliant
cable and do not connect to an A/B switch box. Also, note
that the printer will print fastest if your computer’s
parallel port is set to ECP mode (most new computers are
set to ECP). Your computer’s manual will have information
on changing the parallel port mode if you need to switch it
to ECP.
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION
Once you have set up your printer, you must then install all of
the appropriate software required for printing. The included
CD contains all of the necessary software. At a minimum, you
must install the printer driver appropriate for your computer’s
specific operation system (Windows® 95/98, Windows
NT/2000, or Macintosh®). Below is a description of the CD
contents as well as installation instructions for each software
component.
CD Contents:
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CD Color Printer Driver III for Windows 95/98
CD Color Printer Driver III for Windows NT/2000
CD Color Printer Driver III for Macintosh
32-Bit Print Spooler for Windows 95/98 (provides
optimum print processing under Windows 95/98)
2 Sample CD Designs (TIFF format)
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Installation Instructions:
Windows 95/98 or Windows NT/2000 Printer Drivers:
1.
Insert the included CD into your computer’s CD-ROM
drive.
2.
Click on the Start button on the task bar, point to Settings,
and select Printers.
3.
Double-click on the Add Printer icon. This will launch the
Add Printer Wizard. Click Next, then click Next again.
4.
Click the Have Disk button.
5.
Click Browse, select your CD-ROM drive.
6.
For Windows 95/98, open the Win95-98 folder, then select
the Driver folder and select the file named
CDCOLOR3.INF. For Windows NT or Windows 2000,
open the NT folder and select the file named
OEMSETUP.INF.
(Example: If you are installing the Windows 95/98, and
your CD-ROM drive is drive D:, then you would browse
to: D:\Windows and NT Software\Windows Driver. You
would then select the file named CDCLOR3.INF). Follow
the on-screen instructions to complete installation.
Macintosh Printer Driver:
1.
Insert the included CD into your computer’s CD-ROM
drive.
2.
Double-click on the CD Color Printer III Installer to install
the printer driver.
32 Bit Print Spooler: (MUST INSTALL if using Windows 95/98
only)
1.
Insert the included CD into your computer’s CD-ROM
drive.
2.
Close down all other software applications.
3.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and select Control
Panel.
4.
Double-click on the Add/Remove Programs icon, and
select the Install button.
5.
Click Next, the click on the Browse button.
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6.
Select your CD-ROM drive, open the folder named
Win95-98 folder, then open the folder named 32 Bit Print
Spooler.
7.
Double-click on the Setup.exe file then select the Finish
button to complete installation.
IMPORTANT! Once the printer driver software is installed, the Image
Placement values labeled on your printer’s rear panel must
be entered into the printer driver’s Calibrate window. These
values have been optimized specifically for your printer and
allow images to be centered on a CD when printed.
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Please Note
The Spare Ink Cartridge Holder provides a convenient
place to store an extra ink cartridge and also prevents an
opened ink cartridge from drying out. To use this holder,
simply set it next to the printer. The Spare Ink Cartridge
Holder must always remain in an upright or vertical
position. Insert an Ink Cartridge into the holder, copper-end
first, until it snaps into place. To remove the Ink Cartridge,
push back on the holder’s securing tab and lift the Ink
Cartridge out.
Please Note
To fully utilize Signature III’s high-speed printing, you must
set your PC parallel printer port to the ECP setting.
Otherwise, you may find that print speed is up to 50%
slower than you might expect.
Please refer to your computer system’s documentation for
instructions on enabling ECP. It is almost always found in
the CMOS settings which are entered upon power-up.
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Table of Contents
Section 1: Getting Started
A. Choosing a Good Location...............................................................................1
B. Unpacking and Inspection ...............................................................................1
C. Identifying the Parts..........................................................................................2
D. Applying Power.................................................................................................3
Section 2: Ink Cartridges and Printable CDs
A. About Ink Cartridges and Printable CDs ......................................................4
B. Installing an Ink Cartridge ..............................................................................4
C. Loading Blank CD Media.................................................................................6
D. Printing a Self Test .............................................................................................7
E. Replacing or Switching Ink Cartridges ..........................................................8
Section 3: Using the CD Color Printer III with Windows
A. Connecting the Printer to Your Computer ..................................................11
B. Installing the Printer Driver...........................................................................12
C. Installing the 32-Bit Spooler for Windows 95/98 .......................................14
D. Setting Up the Printer Driver ........................................................................16
E. Printing a CD....................................................................................................24
Section 4: Using the CD Color Printer III with Macintosh
A. Connecting the Printer to Your Computer ..................................................26
B. Installing the Printer Driver...........................................................................27
C. The Chooser......................................................................................................28
D. Setting Up the Printer Driver ........................................................................29
E. Printing a CD....................................................................................................34
Section 5: Using the Print Backgrounder for Macintosh
A. Installing the Backgrounder...........................................................................36
B. Printing with the Backgrounder....................................................................36
C. The Backgrounder Status Window...............................................................37
D. Backgrounder Menus......................................................................................38
E. Problems During a Background Print ..........................................................40
Section 6: Interpreting the Printer Indicator Lights...............................................41
Section 7: Maintaining the Printer
A. Cleaning the Ink Cartridge Nozzles .............................................................43
B. Cleaning the CD Tray and Printer Casing ...................................................43
C. Clearing a CD Media Jam ..............................................................................43
D. Technical Support ............................................................................................43
Section 8: Technical Specifications ...........................................................................44
Appendix A: Interfacing Information
A. Introduction......................................................................................................45
B. Mini 8-Pin Serial Interface..............................................................................46
C. 6-Pin Minicircular Auxiliary Interface .........................................................47
Index ................................................................................................................................48
Warranty..........................................................................................................................49
Supplies and Technical Support Information
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Section 1: Getting Started
THANK YOU…
...for choosing the CD Color Printer III. This printer is the
perfect way for you to label all of your custom CDs quickly,
easily, and with a touch of class. The CD Color Printer III lets
you print razor-sharp text, vibrant spot colors, and even
stunning photo-realistic photographs directly onto the surface
of printable CDs. Operation is simple, quality is high, and
printed images are durable and highly smudge-resistant.
To begin using the printer, please refer to the remainder of this
manual. This User’s Manual is your complete step-by-step
guide to quickly and easily setting up and printing with your
new CD Color Printer!
A. CHOOSING A GOOD LOCATION
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Place the printer in a location with adequate air circulation
to prevent internal heat build up.
Do not place the printer near heat sources such as radiators
or air ducts, or in a place subject to direct sun-light,
excessive dust, mechanical vibration or shock.
Allow for adequate clearance in front of the printer to
accommodate the length of the unit with its CD Tray open.
B. UNPACKING AND INSPECTION
While unpacking your printer, inspect the carton to ensure that
no damage has occurred during shipping. Make sure that all
supplied accessories are included with your unit. The
following items should be included:
• Printer
• Power Cord
• Printer Software CD
• Color Ink Cartridge
• Spare Ink Cartridge Holder
• Cardboard CD Templates (5)
• Warranty Statement and Registration Card
• This manual and other printed information
Save the carton and packing materials. They will come in
handy when transporting the printer.
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C. IDENTIFYING THE PARTS
This illustration shows the extended CD Tray and all of the
control buttons and LED indicator lights found on the printer.
The
Power Button turns the printer’s power ON and OFF.
This button also serves to cancel the current print job if a print
error occurs and to reset the printer for the next print job.
The
CD Tray Button opens or closes the CD Tray for
loading and ejecting CDs.
Power Light
Power Button
Busy Light
CD Tray Button
Ink Cartridge Button
Front Cover
CD Tray
The Ink Cartridge Button positions the Cartridge Carrier for
easy ink cartridge replacement.
The Power Light indicates that power is ON. The
Busy
Light indicates that the printer is printing, processing, or is in
some way busy. Both of these lights can also indicate several
other printer conditions. For complete information on these
lights, please refer to Section 6.
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This illustration shows the input ports found on the rear panel
of the printer. Both a parallel and a serial interface port are
provided. If using the printer with Windows, you will use its
Parallel Interface Port. If using the printer with an Apple®
Macintosh, you will use its Serial Interface Port (use a USB-toparallel converter cable for a USB-only Mac). Note that the
printer’s auxiliary port is for factory use only unless otherwise
directed. For more information on each of the interface ports,
please refer to Appendix A.
Parallel Interface Port
Auxiliary Port
Power Port
Serial Interface Port
D. APPLYING POWER
1.
Locate the power adapter supplied with your printer.
2.
Place one end of the adapter cord into the power port on
the rear panel of the printer.
3. Plug the power cord of the adapter into an available wall
outlet. Once the power cord is connected, the printer will
automatically turn ON.
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Section 2: Ink Cartridges and
Printable CDs
A. ABOUT INK CARTRIDGES AND PRINTABLE CDS
For full-color printing, a 3-color ink cartridge is available. This
cartridge contains the three process-color inks of yellow,
magenta, and cyan, which combine to produce up to 16.7
million printable colors. A monochrome ink cartridge is also
available for fast, inexpensive black and white printing.
With either of these ink cartridges, you can print directly onto
virtually any brand of printable-surface CD media. Since
different brands of CDs have different printable coatings,
however, you may need to adjust the printer driver settings to
accommodate your specific brand of CD media. Refer to
Section 3 or 4 for further printer driver information.
Due to the wide variety of printable-surface CD media, you
may find that certain brands of CDs provide higher print
quality than others. For maximum print quality, use CD media
authorized by the printer manufacturer. Contact your local CD
Color Printer reseller or contact the printer manufacturer
directly for selection and pricing on all printer supplies and
accessories.
B. INSTALLING AN INK CARTRIDGE
1.
With the CD Tray closed, open the printer’s front cover by
pulling down on its top-left corner.
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2.
Remove the ink cartridge from its packaging.
3.
Remove the tape covering the cartridge’s printhead.
DO NOT TOUCH THE COPPER AREA!
4.
Press and release the Ink Cartridge button to move the
carrier to the load position.
5.
Insert the ink cartridge into the cartridge carrier, copper
end first.
6.
Push the cartridge back until it snaps into place.
7.
Press and release the
the cartridge carrier.
8.
Close the printer’s front cover.
Ink Cartridge button again to reset
NOTE: When changing to subsequent new cartridges, refer to Section E.
NOTE: A Spare Ink Cartridge Holder is included with your printer. This
holder provides a convenient place to store an extra ink cartridge and
also prevents an opened ink cartridge from drying out. To use this
holder, simply insert an Ink Cartridge into the holder, copper-end
first, until it snaps into place.
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C. LOADING BLANK CD MEDIA
The CD Color Printer III is capable of printing onto a variety of
CD related media including printable CDs and DVDs, and
cardboard CD templates. Each of these items is loaded one at a
time, before the start of each print job.
Loading a Blank CD
1.
With the printer’s front cover shut, press and release the
CD Tray button.
2.
Once the CD Tray is fully extended, place the blank CD
onto the tray with the printable side facing upward.
Handle the CD only along its edges and DO NOT touch
its printable surface.
3.
Press and release the
CD Tray button to close the CD
Tray. If you wish, you may also leave the CD Tray open
and it will automatically close at the start of the print job.
Once the CD has been printed, the CD Tray will
automatically re-open so the next blank CD can be loaded
(if Manual Load is selected in the printer driver then you
must press the CD Tray button to manually open and close
the tray).
NOTE: Blank Cardboard CD templates are available for printing inexpensive
test prints and can be printed on both sides. Load in the exact same
fashion as an actual CD.
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D. PRINTING A SELF TEST
Now that the printer is set up and print supplies are loaded, a
self test should be performed to check for proper operation of
the printer. A sample of the self test print is shown below.
Refer to the following steps to run a self test:
1.
If power is ON, turn it OFF now. The Power light should
be OFF. Verify that print supplies are installed and that the
CD Tray is closed. Also, disconnect the interface cable from
the printer if connected.
2.
With the printer’s front cover shut, press and hold the
CD Tray button as you turn the printer power ON.
3.
Continue to hold the
CD Tray button down for a few
seconds, until you hear the self test begin to print.
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E. REPLACING OR SWITCHING INK CARTRIDGES
Once you begin using your CD Color Printer III on a regular
basis, you will eventually need to replace an empty ink
cartridge or switch between color and monochrome cartridges.
To do this from a Macintosh use the same steps described in
Part B of this section. To do this from Windows 95/98 or
Windows NT, please refer to the following steps:
1.
With the CD Tray closed, open the printer’s front cover by
pulling down on its top-left corner.
2.
If installing a new, replacement ink cartridge, remove the
cartridge from its packaging and remove the tape covering
the cartridge’s printhead. DO NOT TOUCH THE
COPPER AREA!
3.
If switching between color and monochrome cartridges,
simply remove the extra cartridge from the Spare Ink
Cartridge Holder by grasping the top of the cartridge and
firmly pulling it straight toward you. You will hear the
cartridge snap out of position.
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4.
From within the printer driver setup window, click on the
Cartridge button and then on the Change button to move
the carrier to the load position. Note that the printer driver
must be installed and that the printer must be connected to
your computer (see Section 3) in order to complete this
step.
5.
Remove the installed ink cartridge by grasping the top of
the cartridge and firmly pulling it straight toward you. You
will hear the cartridge snap out of position. Remove it
from the printer.
6.
Insert the replacement or extra ink cartridge into the
cartridge carrier, copper-end first.
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7.
Push the cartridge back until it snaps into place.
8.
Go back to the printer driver setup window and click on
either the New Cartridge Installed or the Old Cartridge
Installed button to indicate whether you installed a fresh,
new cartridge or simply switched between a previously
used color cartridge and a previously used monochrome
cartridge. The cartridge carrier will return to its home
position. See Section 3-D for more information on these
buttons.
9.
Close the printer’s front cover.
NOTE: When you choose New Cartridge, the ink levels are cleared and the
ink level indicator should go back to full capacity (for either color or
monochrome).
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Section 3: Using the CD Color
Printer III with Windows
A. CONNECTING THE PRINTER TO YOUR COMPUTER
The CD Color Printer III is designed to be used with nearly any
IBM-PC® or compatible running Windows NT/2000, or
Windows 95/98.
The printer is equipped with a standard 8-bit Centronics-type
parallel port. This port is the means through which it receives
data from your computer. To connect the printer to your
computer, simply obtain a shielded, bi-directional parallel
cable, and refer to the following steps:
NOTE: For faster printing, your computer’s parallel port mode should be set
to ECP. If you experience problems with this setting or if your
computer’s parallel port is not ECP compatible, set your computer’s
parallel port to the standard “Printer Port” setting. Refer to your
computer’s system documentation for instructions on checking and/or
changing the parallel port mode.
1.
Connect the Centronics-type parallel side of the cable to the
printer. Snap the fastening clips into place.
2.
Connect the other side to the back of your computer at
LPT1, LPT2, or the PARALLEL connector.
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The printer must have its Power light illuminated to receive data.
If the light is not on, press the
Power button.
B. INSTALLING THE PRINTER DRIVER
The CD Color Printer III can be used with virtually any
Windows application program. This is accomplished by
installing in Windows what is called a “printer driver.” The
printer driver is simply software which gives the printer all the
information needed for printing. Use the following steps to
install the printer driver.
NOTE: This section of the Operator’s Manual assumes that you are already
familiar with Windows and know how it operates. If you are not yet
familiar with Windows, consult the appropriate Microsoft
documentation to become familiar with the basics of Windows before
proceeding.
Windows 95/ 98 or Windows NT/2000
To install the printer driver into Windows 95/98 or Windows
NT/2000, refer to the following:
1.
Insert the included CD into your computer’s CD-ROM
drive.
2.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and select Printers.
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3.
Double-click on the Add Printer icon. This will launch the
Add Printer Wizard. Click Next, then click Next again.
4.
Click the Have Disk button.
5.
Click Browse, select your CD-ROM drive.
6.
For Windows 95/98, open the Win 95 & 98 Driver folder
and select the file named CDCOLOR3.INF. For Windows
NT/2000, open the NT Driver folder and select the file
named OEMSETUP.INF. (Example: If you are installing the
Windows 95/98 driver, and your CD-ROM drive is drive
D:, then you would browse to: D:\Win 95 & 98 Driver. You
would then select the file named CDCOLOR3.INF.) Follow
the on-screen instructions to complete installation. Once
installed, the “CD Color Printer III” icon will appear in the
Printer’s folder.
CD Color Printer III
IMPORTANT! During installation of the Windows 2000 driver you must
de-select (uncheck) the check box “Automatically detect and
install my plug and play printer”.
IMPORTANT! Once the printer driver software is installed, the Image
Placement values labeled on your printer’s rear panel must
be entered into the printer driver’s Calibrate window (see
page 22). These values have been optimized specifically for
your printer and allow images to be centered on a CD when
printed.
NOTE: Before installing updated printer driver versions, always delete the
existing printer driver version from your system. To do this, simply
select the printer driver icon from within the Printers folder, and
press the Delete key.
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C. INSTALLING THE 32-BIT PRINT SPOOLER FOR
WINDOWS 95/98
Your CD Color Printer III ships with a print utility program
called the 32-Bit Print Spooler. This print spooler is for use only
with Windows 95 or Windows 98. Once installed, the print
spooler is able to process your print jobs and send them to the
printer at consistently faster speeds than if sending print jobs
through the Windows system print spooler. This is especially
true if printing from a somewhat slower computer. As a result,
it is highly recomended that you use the 32-Bit Print Spooler
when printing from Windows 95 or Windows 98.
The 32-Bit Print Spooler is located on the included Printer
Software CD and installs just like any other standard Windows
application program. To install the 32-Bit Print Spooler, refer to
the following:
1.
Insert the included CD into your computer’s CD-ROM
drive.
2.
Close down all other software applications.
3.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and select Control
Panel.
4.
Double-click on the Add/Remove Programs icon, and
select the Install button.
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5.
Click Next, then click on the Browse button.
6.
Select your CD-ROM drive, then open the folder named
32 Bit Print Spooler.
7.
Double-click on the Setup.exe file, then select the Finish
button to complete installation. When installed, the 32-Bit
Print Spooler icon will appear in the Programs group of the
Start menu.
NOTE: Before installing updated 32-Bit Print Spooler versions, always
uninstall the existing print spooler version from your system. To do
this, simply select 32-Bit Print Spooler from the list of programs in
the Add/Remove Programs Properties window and click on the
Add/Remove button.
To print with the 32-Bit Print Spooler, you must select the Fast
32-bit Spooler option from within the printer driver setup
window as described in Part D of this section. When this
option is selected, the print spooler will automatically open
and close with the start and finish of each print job.
NOTE: You can also manually open the 32-Bit Print Spooler simply by
selecting its icon from the Programs group of the Start menu.
When the 32-Bit Print Spooler is running, its icon will appear in the
Windows 95/98 Task Bar. During a print job, it is sometimes
helpful to click on this icon to bring the 32-Bit Print Spooler status
window to the foreground of your application. This window
provides a number of details about the print jobs being sent to the
printer.
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The Current Job tab tells you the name and size of the file printing,
the progress of the overall print job, as well as the total number of
copies left to print. It also provides buttons which allow you to
pause or cancel the print job at any time during the printing process.
The Settings tab tells you the port and printer to which you are
printing and allows you to configure the timeout settings. In most
instances, these settings will rarely need to be changed. This tab also
provides two other options called Save last job for reprint and
Direct to Port Mode.
When the Save last job for reprint option is selected, the 32-Bit Print
Spooler will automatically save the last print job you sent to the
printer and allow you to instantly reprint the job without the delay
of having to reprocess it. The print job will be saved in the spooler
until another print job is sent and saved over it. If you do not wish
to save the last print job for reprint, deselect this option. To print a
saved job, simply select the Print button from the spooler’s Current
Job tab.
HINT: If you want to send the last job without having to rasterize
it again, simply open the 32-bit Spooler and click print.
The Direct to Port Mode option is selected by default. In most
instances, this option allows the spooler to send data to the printer at
its optimum speed. If, however, you experience problems when
printing with this option selected, simply deselect it and try your
print job again.
The Job Queue tab appears only when a print job is being sent to
the printer. This tab tells you the name and status of each job in the
queue and shows you the order in which the jobs will print if you
have sent multiple jobs to the printer. A control button is also
provided which allows you to delete every job listed in the queue.
To delete the job currently being printed, simply select the Cancel
Print button under the Current Job tab.
D. SETTING UP THE PRINTER DRIVER
Once the printer driver has been successfully installed, you will
need to set the driver up with the appropriate print options.
Refer to the following steps to change or verify your printer
driver options:
1.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and select Printers.
Then, click on the CD Color Printer III icon with the right
mouse button and select Properties if using Windows 95/98
or Document Defaults if using Windows NT, or Printing
Preferences if using Windows 2000.
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In Windows 95/98, you will see several tabs from which
printer settings can be changed including Media, Device
Options, Cartridge, and Calibrate. In Windows NT, click
on the Advanced tab of the Document Settings window. In
Windows 2000 click on the Advanced button for more
driver settings.
NOTE: Most applications allow you to change these same printer driver
options from their “Print” and/or “Printer Setup” screens. This
means that you don’t have to go back to the main printer setup
window each time you want to change a setting or option in the
printer driver. These applications will usually give you the same
choices and options, but in a slightly altered format.
3.
In Windows 95/98, you must click on one of the four tabs
to see the printer setting options; each tab contains
different printer settings. In Windows NT, the CD Color
Printer Document Settings appear. In Windows 2000 the
Layout and Paper/Quality tabs appear; the Advanced
button contains more printer driver settings. Although
each printer driver displays the print options in a slightly
different format, the basic options are the same. Refer to
the remainder of this section for a description of each
printer driver option.
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The media option will be set to CD for printing onto printable
surface CDs, DVDs, and cardboard template CDs. When sizing
your images for printing, keep in mind that each type of CD
media has the following maximum printable areas:
CD 4.567” round (116mm). For a complete description of each
type of print media and to see how each is installed, refer to
Section 2.
Ink Cartridge
Select either Color or Monochrome according to the type of
ink cartridge you have installed.
Print Quality
Select the appropriate print quality option for your image.
Keep in mind that Fast 600 provides the lowest quality but
fastest print, and that Photo 1200 provides the highest quality
but slowest print. You may wish to experiment with these
options to see which one is best for your particular CD label.
Dither Mode
Select this option to choose the appropriate dither mode for
your image. Select Optimize for photos if printing a design
primarily composed of photographic images. Select Optimize
for graphics if mainly printing text, lines, and graphics.
Color Matching
Click on the Color Matching down arrow and choose the color
matching option that’s right for you. Select None if you are
more interested in print speed rather than print color, if you
have already color corrected your image for printing, or if you
are using some other third party color matching software.
Select Algebraic if you would like the printer driver to make
very simple color balance adjustments based on an RGB color
model. This option gives you more natural looking images
without actually utilizing any specific color matching software.
Select PrimaColor to enable color matching profiles written
specifically for the CD Color Printer III. The PrimaColor by
Candela Color Management System automatically adjusts the
color of your image according to preconfigured printer profiles
and default system profiles. This results in a very precise color
match compliant with ICC standards.
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Ink Saturation
This option controls the ink saturation of the printed image.
When printing onto the printer manufacturer’s TuffCoat CD
media, this option can be left at its default setting of 50%.
When printing onto other brands of printable CD media, you
may need to adjust this control in order to optimize the ink
saturation for the printable surface of your specific CD media.
Click and drag on the slide’s box, or click on the left and right
arrows to change the ink saturation setting. Moving the slide’s
box to the left reduces the overall ink saturation, while moving
it to the right increases it.
Manual Load
Select this option when you are printing multiple copies of a
single design or if using an auto-loader. If you do not select
this option when printing multiple copies, the printer has no
way of knowing whether or not you have loaded a blank CD
and will print each of the selected number of copies onto the
same CD. When this option is selected, you must press the
CD Tray button after each new CD blank is loaded. This
will close the CD Tray and let the printer know that a fresh CD
is installed and ready to be printed.
Write Direct to Port
Select this option to provide faster print processing if printing
from Windows 95/98. When selected, this option allows the
printer driver to bypass the Windows 95/98 print manager and
to send all print data directly to the printer. This option
devotes all of your system resources to the current print job,
thereby increasing overall print speed. When the print job is
finished, your system resources will again be devoted to the
normal function of your on-screen applications.
Depending upon the brand of your computer, you may or may
not wish to select this option when printing. For most
computers, selecting this option will enhance the rasterizing
and printing process. In this case, the Write Direct to Port
option should be selected. For some computers, however, this
option may not be supported by the particular brand of PC and
should not be selected.
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Use 32-bit Spooler
Select this option for consistently faster print processing under
Windows 95/98. This option is only selectable if operating
under Windows 95/98 and if the included 32-Bit Print Spooler
software has been installed. When selected, this option allows
the printer driver to send all print jobs to the 32-Bit Print
Spooler rather than to the Windows system print spooler. See
Part C of this section for complete details on the 32-Bit Print
Spooler. This option and the 32-Bit Print Spooler software will
not function in Windows NT/2000.
Cartridge
Select this button to display the type of ink cartridge currently
installed, its current ink levels, as well as options for cleaning
and changing a cartridge. Note that the ink cartridge type and
ink levels can only be reported when operating under
Windows 95/98 or Windows NT/2000.
Select the Clean button to send a simple test print pattern to
the printer. Be sure to have a CD template installed. This test
print pattern purges the ink cartridge nozzles and lets you
know if any one of the Yellow, Magenta, or Cyan nozzles is
clogged. If one of these colors does not appear on the test print,
repeat the cleaning procedure. If nozzles still appear to be
clogged, remove the cartridge and gently wipe the nozzle area
sideways with a clean water-dampened cloth. If after several
cleanings a color still does not appear on the test print, the
cartridge may be damaged or empty and may need to be
replaced.
Select the Change button to install a fresh, new ink cartridge or
to switch back and forth between a previously used color
cartridge and a previously used monochrome cartridge. After
the cartridge has been replaced according to the instructions in
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Section 2-E, select either the New Cartridge Installed button or
the Old Cartridge Installed button accordingly. These
selections are necessary for the printer to accurately keep track
of ink cartridge ink levels.
NOTE: The ink type shown will be whatever Ink Cartridge is selected in the
driver. Also, the ink levels are shown for both color and monochrome
cartridges even though only one can be installed at a time.
Open the printer door and
install the new cartridge;
then, click at right to
indicate if a new or old
cartridge has been installed
Calibrate
Select this button to display options for fine-tuning the position
of your printed image and the size of a CD’s non-printable
center. The following gives a complete description of each of
the Calibration options.
IMPORTANT! The Image Placement values labeled on your printer’s rear
panel must be entered into the Vertical and Horizontal boxes
prior to printing. These values have been optimized
specifically for your printer and allow images to be centered
on a CD when printed.
When facing the printer, the Vertical adjustment moves the
printed image toward the back of the printer if a positive
number is entered and toward the front of the printer if a
negative number is entered. The Horizontal adjustment moves
the printed image toward the left-hand side if a positive
number is entered and toward the right-hand side if a negative
number is entered. The Center Size adjustment enlarges the
non-printable center if a positive number is entered and
reduces its size if a negative number is entered. As a rule, an
adjustment of 12 pixels is equivalent to approximately 1
millimeter. Once you have entered the optimum calibration
values, you will most likely not need to change them again.
The following diagram illustrates exactly how each of these
adjustments affect the printed image.
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Printer
+ Vertical
+ Horizontal
Center Size
- Horizontal
- Vertical
Extended CD Tray
HINT: Notice the direction the Vertical and Horizontal adjustment
arrows point within the Calibration window are representative of
the direction the printed image moves on the CD.
If you ever wish to verify your factory-recommended Vertical
and Horizontal calibration settings, you can run a simple
calibration procedure to assure that your images will be centered
when printed on a CD. To do this, refer to the following steps:
1.
Verify that a cardboard CD template and a color ink cartridge
are installed in the printer. Also, verify that the printer is
powered ON and that it is connected to your computer.
2.
Click on the Test Print button of the Image Placement box
within the Calibration window. The printer will begin
printing the calibration test print.
3.
When the print is complete, rotate the CD template
180º in the CD Tray and repeat step 2 using the same
CD template.
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When the second run of the print is compete, you should
have a test print that looks like the following:
9 12 15
Find the number
whose lines touch
3
6
9
12
15
9 12 15
6
Vertical Calibration
0
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
6
3
-9
-6
-3
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
-15
-12
3
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
4.
INDEX
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
12
15
9
6
3
0
-3
Find the number
whose lines touch
Vertical Calibration
-6
-9
-12
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Along the Vertical axis of the printed CD template, find the
number whose lines touch. For example, in the above
illustration, the number would be -6. Enter that number
into the Vertical box of the Calibration window. Repeat this
same step for the Horizontal axis.
6.
Select the OK button. The numbers you entered will stay
the same until you change them. Your images should now
be centered when printed on a CD.
After your selections have been made, close out of the printer
setup window. You are now ready to go to an application
program and print. All printer driver selections will stay the
same until you change them.
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E. PRINTING A CD
Now that you have hooked up the printer, loaded the print
supplies, and installed the printer driver, you are ready to print
your first CD. Follow these steps to print your first image:
1.
Go to your favorite graphics application program. Or, install
and open the Windows CD creation software included with
your printer.
2.
Open or create the image file you wish to print. If using a
program other than the included Windows CD creation
software, you will need to create a custom page or canvas
size in your program according to the type of label you
intend to create. The following tips will help you do this:
•
If creating a label for a CD, set your page size to 4.567” x
4.567” (116 x 116mm). Although your image will appear
square on screen, the printer driver will automatically
crop your image to the round shape of a CD for
printing. The driver will also automatically crop out the
center 1.6” (41mm) of your image to accommodate a
CD’s non-printable center hub. If you would like to
better visualize where the round outside edge and the
round non-printable center of a CD will fall in relation
to your image, simply draw one circle with a 4.567”
(116mm) diameter and another with a 1.6” (41mm)
diameter. Then, center both circles within your active
page or canvas area. These circles will serve as a guide
while designing your image. Be sure to delete these
circles before printing.
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3.
Once you have created your image and are ready to print,
select Print Setup (or the equivalent) from the program’s
File menu to verify that the printer driver settings are
correct for your image. Be sure the proper Ink Cartridge
options is selected according to the supplies you have
installed in the printer. Once the driver is set, select Print
from the program’s File menu.
4.
The printer driver will then begin to process the image.
Depending upon the size of the image and the processing
speed of your computer, processing time can take from
several seconds to a few minutes.
5.
Once processing is complete, the printer will begin to print.
Print time will vary depending on whether you are
printing with a color or monochrome cartridge and on
which Print Quality setting you selected. When printing is
complete, the CD Tray will automatically open and remain
fully extended until the next print job is received.
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Section 4: Using the CD Color
Printer III with Macintosh
A. CONNECTING THE PRINTER TO YOUR COMPUTER
The CD Color Printer III is designed to be used with any Apple
Macintosh supporting Color QuickDraw™ and running system
software 7.0 or higher. For best performance, a Macintosh with
a 68040 processor and 8MB of RAM (or higher) or a
PowerPC™ with 8MB of RAM (or higher) is recommended.
The printer driver is accelerated for use with a PowerPC/G3.
The printer is equipped with a high-speed serial port. This port
is the means through which the printer receives data from your
computer. This port is not AppleTalk™ compatible. To connect
the printer to your computer, simply obtain a standard serial
cable with an 8 pin mini-DIN connection on each end, and
refer to the following steps:
1.
Connect one end of the serial cable to the printer.
2.
Connect the other end of the cable to either the Printer or
Modem port of your Macintosh.
NOTE: If your Macintosh does not have a high-speed serial port (Printer or
Modem Port) but has a USB port, then you must purchase a USB-toparallel port cable adapter. One end connects to the USB bus of your
computer, and the other to the parallel connector of the printer.
The printer must be powered up and connected to be displayed in the
Chooser.
MacOS 8.6 or higher is recommended, as well as using Apple’s
version of USB Print Driver.
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The printer must have its Power light illuminated to receive
data. If the light is not on, press the
Power button.
B. INSTALLING THE PRINTER DRIVER
The CD Color Printer III can be used with virtually any
Macintosh application program. This is accomplished by
installing what is called a “printer driver.” The printer driver is
simply software which gives the printer all the information
needed for printing. Use the following steps to install the
printer driver.
NOTE: This section of the Operator’s Manual assumes that you are already
familiar with a Macintosh Operating System (OS) and know how it
operates. If you are not yet familiar with a Macintosh OS, consult the
appropriate documentation to become familiar with the basics before
proceeding.
1.
After starting your Macintosh, insert the supplied Printer
Software CD into your computer’s CD-ROM drive, and
open the Macintosh Software folder
2.
Click on the READ ME file(s) to get the latest information
on the driver and the installation process. When you are
finished reading, select Quit from the File menu.
3.
Double-click on the CD Color Printer III Installer icon.
CD Color Printer III Installer
Install CD Color Printer III Driver
Install Color Matching Software
4.
When the Installer window appears, select the options you
would like the installer program to install. In most
instances, the default selections will suffice. For a
description of each of these options, refer to the notes
found in the box directly above these options (use the up
and down arrows to scroll through the notes). Once the
desired options are selected, click on Install. The
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appropriate files will automatically install onto your
computer. An alert box will then display indicating that
installation is complete.
5.
Click on OK to exit the installer. Driver installation is now
complete.
C. THE CHOOSER
The Chooser is a Desk Accessory in the Apple menu. Before you
can use the printer, you need to select the CD Color Printer III
driver using the Chooser. This instructs your Macintosh to send
print jobs to the CD Color Printer III instead of to some other
printer you may already have connected to your system. Refer
to the following steps to select the CD Color Printer III driver:
1.
Select Chooser from the Apple menu.
2.
The Chooser displays an icon for all the printer drivers
installed in the System Folder. Among these, you should see
the icon for the CD Color Printer III driver you just
installed. If you do not see the icon, go through the
installation procedure again making sure the Install driver
and prefs option is selected. Once you locate the CD Color
Printer III icon, click on the icon to select it.
CD Color Printer III
3.
Select either the Modem or Printer Port to indicate to which
port the serial interface cable was connected. If the Printer
port is selected, AppleTalk should remain inactive while
printing unless you are using AppleTalk through your
Ethernet port. AppleTalk does not apply when printing with
the Modem port selected.
NOTE: If you have a USB-to-parallel cable connected to the printer, CD
Color Printer III should show up in the Chooser also; Select this to
print through the USB-to-parallel cable. For this to work properly you
must have MacOS 8.6 or higher. Contact the printer manufacturer for
a list of currently-supported and approved USB-to-parallel cable
manufacturers. Printer needs to be connected and ON for USB-toparallel to show in Chooser.
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Select either On or Off to enable or disable the printer’s
Background Printing function. When enabled, this function
allows you to work in the foreground of your application
program while printing in the background. Please refer to
Section 5 for more information on background printing.
The next time you open the Chooser, the selected driver will no
longer be highlighted. The Chooser remembers which driver is
the current one although it does not display it when opened.
D. SETTING UP THE PRINTER DRIVER
Once the printer driver has been successfully installed, you will
need to set the driver up with the appropriate print options. To
change or verify your printer driver options, select Page Setup
from the File menu and change the options as follows:
CD Color Printer III
Photo 600
PrimaColor
Media
The only available choice is CD which has a maximum
printable area of round (116 mm)
Ink Cartridge
Select either Color or Monochrome according to the type of
ink cartridge you have installed.
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Print Quality
Select the appropriate print quality option for your image. Keep
in mind that Fast 600 provides the lowest quality but fastest
print, and that Photo 1200 provides the highest quality but
slowest print. You may wish to experiment with these options to
see which one is best for your particular CD label.
Dither Mode
Select this option to choose the appropriate dither mode for
your image. Select Best For Photos if printing a design
primarily composed of photographic images. Select Best For
Graphics if mainly printing text, lines, and graphics.
Color Matching
Click on the Color Matching box and choose the color matching
option that’s right for you. Select None if you are more
interested in print speed rather than print color, if you have
already color corrected your image for printing, or if you are
using some other third party color matching software.
Select Algebraic if you would like the printer driver to make
very simple color balance adjustments. This option gives you
more natural looking images without actually utilizing any
specific color matching software.
Select PrimaColor to enable color matching profiles written
specifically for the CD Color Printer III. The PrimaColor by
Candela Color Management System automatically adjusts the
color of your image according to preconfigured printer profiles
and default system profiles. This results in a very precise color
match compliant with ICC standards.
Select ColorSync to perform a ColorSync™ match on the image
to be printed. This option enables ColorSync to color correct
your image according to preset printer profiles and the selected
system profile. A default system profile is installed into the
ColorSync Preferences folder. For best results, however, it is
recommended that you use the specific profile for your monitor.
To select this profile, select Control Panels from the Apple
menu, and double-click on ColorSync System Profile. Then,
click on the Set Profile… button, and select the specific profile
for your monitor. If you cannot find your monitor’s profile,
select the default system profile called Default CD Monitor.
Click on the Select button. The profile is now selected.
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Ink Saturation
This option controls the ink saturation of the printed image.
When printing onto the printer manufacturer’s TuffCoat CD
media, this option can be left at its default setting of 50%.
When printing onto other brands of printable CD media, you
may need to adjust this control in order to optimize the ink
saturation for the printable surface of your specific CD media.
Click and drag on the slide’s box, or click on the left and right
arrows to change the ink saturation setting. Moving the slide’s
box to the left reduces the overall ink saturation, while moving
it to the right increases it.
Manual Load
Select this option when you are printing multiple copies of a
single design or if using an auto-loader. If you do not select
this option when printing multiple copies, the printer has no
way of knowing whether or not you have loaded a blank CD
and will print each of the selected number of copies onto the
same CD. When this option is selected, you must press the
CD Tray button after each new CD blank is loaded. This
will close the CD Tray and let the printer know that a fresh CD
is installed and ready to be printed.
Enlarge/reduce
This option alters the size of the printed image between the
integers of 25% and 400%. A setting of 100% indicates the
document will be printed at actual size. Please note that
significantly enlarging or reducing the image may cause the
image to appear pixelated or “jaggy” when printed.
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Cartridge
Select this button to display options for changing or cleaning an
ink cartridge.
Select the Change button to move the printer’s ink cartridge
carrier to the load position in order to change ink cartridges.
Note that pressing the printer’s Ink Cartridge button serves
this same purpose. See Section 2 for further information on
changing ink cartridges.
Select the Clean button to send a simple test print pattern to
the printer. Be sure to have a CD template installed. This test
print pattern purges the ink cartridge nozzles and lets you
know if any one of the Yellow, Magenta, or Cyan nozzles is
clogged. If one of these colors does not appear on the test print,
repeat the cleaning procedure. If nozzles still appear to be
clogged, remove the cartridge and gently wipe the nozzle area
sideways with a clean, water-dampened cloth. If after several
cleanings a color still does not appear on the test print, the
cartridge may be damaged or empty and may need to be
replaced.
Calibrate
Select this button to display options for fine-tuning the position
of your printed image and the size of a CD’s non-printable
center.
IMPORTANT! The Image Placement values labeled on your printer’s rear
panel must be entered into the Vertical and Horizontal boxes
prior to printing. These values have been optimized
specifically for your printer and allow images to be centered
on a CD when printed.
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When facing the printer, the Vertical adjustment moves the
printed image toward the back of the printer if a positive
number is entered and toward the front of the printer if a
negative number is entered. The Horizontal adjustment moves
the printed image toward the left-hand side if a positive
number is entered and toward the right-hand side if a negative
number is entered.
The Center Size adjustment enlarges the non-printable center
if a positive number is entered and reduces its size if a negative
number is entered. As a rule, an adjustment of 12 pixels is
equivalent to approximately 1 millimeter. Once you have
entered the optimum calibration values, you will most likely
not need to change them again. The following diagram
illustrates exactly how each of these adjustments affect the
printed image.
Printer
+ Vertical
+ Horizontal
Center Size
- Horizontal
- Vertical
Extended CD Tray
If you ever wish to verify your factory-recommended Vertical
and Horizontal calibration settings, you can run a simple
calibration procedure to assure that your images will be
centered when printed on a CD. To do this, refer to the
following steps:
1.
Verify that a cardboard CD template and a color ink
cartridge are installed in the printer. Also, verify that the
printer is powered ON and that it is connected to your
computer.
2.
Click on the Test Print button of the Printing Position
Calibration window. The printer will begin printing the
calibration test print.
3.
When the print is complete, rotate the cardboard
CD template 180° in the CD Tray and repeat step 2
using the same CD template.
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When the second run of the print is compete, you should
have a test print that looks like the following:
9 12 15
Find the number
whose lines touch
3
6
9
12
15
9 12 15
6
Vertical Calibration
0
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
6
3
-9
-6
-3
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
-15
-12
3
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
4.
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-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
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15
9
6
3
0
-3
Find the number
whose lines touch
Vertical Calibration
-6
-9
-12
-15
5.
Along the Vertical axis of the printed CD template, find the
number whose lines touch. For example, in the above
illustration, the number would be -6. Enter that number
into the Vertical box of the Calibration window. Repeat this
same step for the Horizontal axis.
6.
Select the OK button. The numbers you entered will stay
the same until you change them. Your images should now
be centered when printed on a CD.
After your selections have been made, select the OK button to
save your printer driver selections and to exit the Page Setup
window. You are now ready to go to an application program
and print. All printer driver selections will stay the same until
you change them.
E. PRINTING A CD
Now that you have hooked up the printer, loaded the print
supplies, and installed the printer driver, you are ready to print
your first CD. Follow these steps to print your first image:
1.
Go to your favorite graphics application program.
2.
Open or create the image file you wish to print. You will
need to create a custom page or canvas size in your
program according to the type of label you intend to
create. The following tips will help you do this:
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If creating a label for a CD, set your page size to 4.567”
x 4.567” (116 x 116mm). Although your image will
appear square on screen, the printer driver will
automatically crop your image to the round shape of a
CD for printing. The driver will also automatically
crop out the center 1.6” (41mm) of your image to
accommodate a CD’s non-printable center hub. If you
would like to better visualize where the round outside
edge and the round non-printable center of a CD will
fall in relation to your image, simply draw one circle
with a 4.567” (116mm) diameter and another with a
1.6” (41mm) diameter. Then, center both circles within
your active page or canvas area. These circles will
serve as a guide while designing your image. Be sure
to delete these circles before printing.
3.
Once you have created your image and are ready to print,
select Page Setup (or the equivalent) from the program’s
File menu to verify that the printer driver settings are
correct for your image. Be sure the proper Ink Cartridge
options is selected according to the supplies you have
installed in the printer. Once the driver is set, select Print
from the program’s File menu.
4.
The printer driver will then begin to process the image.
Depending upon the size of the image and the processing
speed of your computer, processing time can take from
several seconds to a few minutes.
5.
Once processing is complete, the printer will begin to print.
Print time will vary depending on whether you are
printing with a color or monochrome cartridge and on
which Print Quality setting you selected. When printing is
complete, the CD Tray will automatically open and remain
fully extended until the next print job is received.
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Section 5: Using the Print Backgrounder
for Macintosh
The printer driver for Macintosh provides a background print
utility called the Print Backgrounder. This print utility is turned
on or off through the Chooser. When the Backgrounder is
turned on, it allows you to conveniently continue working in
the foreground of your application while printing in the
background. When Backgrounder is turned off, all print jobs
are processed immediately in the foreground of your
application. The Backgrounder offers many helpful features
which are described further in this section.
A. INSTALLING THE BACKGROUNDER
The Backgrounder is installed by selecting the Install
Background Print Utility option from within the printer
driver’s installer program. This option is NOT selected by
default, so if you did not select the Backgrounder option when
installing the printer driver, it is most likely not installed. To
install the Backgrounder, simply go through the printer driver
installation procedure described in Section 4-B making sure
that the Install Background Print Utility option is selected.
The Backgrounder installs into the Extensions folder of your
startup drive. Once installed, Backgrounder will automatically
open and close with the start and finish of each print job. To
manually open Backgrounder, double-click on the Print
Backgrounder icon within the Extensions folder.
B. PRINTING WITH THE BACKGROUNDER
With the Backgrounder turned on in the Chooser, select Print
from the File menu to print your image. A message appears
telling you the image is being spooled to disk for Background/
Later processing. Once the message disappears, background
processing has begun so your application is free to be used for
other work.
The print job is processed automatically by the Backgrounder.
Other documents can be printed and, in turn, will be processed
by Backgrounder. While Backgrounder is running, you can quit
the current application and start another without disturbing
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your print jobs. Backgrounder processes all print jobs in the
order in which they were sent to the printer.
C. THE BACKGROUNDER STATUS WINDOW
Status of currently processing print job
List of
queued
print
jobs
“On hold”
print job
Print job in which a print error has occurred
The Backgrounder status window gives you detailed
information about the status of the print job currently
processing and about each print job waiting in the queue. The
status of the job currently processing displays at the top of the
status window. The message indicates how much of the job has
been processed and displays any other relevant information.
This line is blank if, for example, you manually start
Backgrounder and no job is currently being processed.
The list of queued jobs displays below the current job in the
order in which they were sent to the printer. Some applications,
however, may put each page of the document into a separate
spool file, creating a different job in the queue for each page.
Print jobs are always added to the bottom of the queue. When
the job currently processing is complete, the spool file for that
job is deleted from the hard disk, and the top-most job in the
queue is then processed.
Jobs that are “on hold” are displayed at the bottom of the job
list in italic font. A job goes on hold when it has been canceled
or when an error is detected during processing. An overall
status message about the Backgrounder displays in the lower
left corner of the window. The normal message is “Available,”
indicating that the Backgrounder can process jobs immediately
or add them to the queue.
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D. BACKGROUNDER MENUS
File menu
Open Status Window and Close Status Window: Opens and
closes the Backgrounder status window. The Backgrounder
continues to work if the status window is closed.
Log Files: The Backgrounder has the ability to create and
maintain a sequential history file, or Log file, of Backgrounder
print jobs. This Log file can be enabled and manipulated with
the following commands of the File menu:
New Log File: Selects a new file in which to maintain your
ongoing Backgrounder printing log.
Save Copy of Log as: Saves the current Log file to a new
file name or location of your specification.
Start Recording Log: Begins logging print history. Before
the Log file is started, you are asked to specify a Log file in
which to save your processed print job entries. When
logging begins, this option dims.
Stop Recording Log: Stops logging print history. This
option dims once print logging stops.
Get Info: Provides additional information about the currently
selected print job. Click on the processing job or any job in the
queue, before selecting Get Info. Double-clicking on a job in
the status window is a shortcut for Get Info.
Quit: Exits the Backgrounder. Note that you cannot quit while
a job is being processed (see Stop Processing on the following
page). All jobs in the queue are retained and processed when
Backgrounder is next started.
NOTE: The spool files are stored in the “Spool Folder,” inside the “System
Folder.” If these files are deleted, the corresponding print jobs will be
lost, and must be printed again.
Admin menu
Stop Processing: Stops the Backgrounder from processing any
jobs, although it will still receive them and add them to the
queue. A dialog box is displayed if Stop Processing is selected
while Backgrounder is processing a job, asking when the job
should be put on hold. The Backgrounder status box in the
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lower left-hand corner of the window indicates that
Backgrounder has stopped.
You cannot quit from Backgrounder while it is processing a job.
Stop Processing must first be selected to cancel the processing
job and stop Backgrounder. When Backgrounder stops, the
menu changes to Continue Processing. When this option is
selected, the server starts processing the top job in the queue.
Preferences: Presents a dialog box containing options for finetuning the Backgrounder. Background printing priority
determines how much time your Mac spends processing the
image, and how much time it spends in the foreground
application (interpreting mouse clicks, key presses, etc.). When
the priority is set to High, Backgrounder processes the image
faster, but the foreground application may become less
responsive. With the priority set to Low, Backgrounder takes
longer to process the image, yet the responsiveness of the other
applications is improved.
Jobs menu
All commands in the Jobs menu act on the currently selected
job.
Hold: Prevents an individual job from being processed. Jobs
that are “on hold” are displayed in italic font at the bottom of
the queue. Placing a job on hold is useful if you wish to create
a print job at present, yet save its processing until later.
If Hold is selected on the job currently processing, the job is
canceled before it is placed on hold. Canceling the current job
can take some time, since the printer software may be
performing a lengthy task that cannot be interrupted.
Remove Hold: Moves the job from the hold section of the list
and places it at the bottom of the waiting queue.
Delete: Permanently removes the selected print job. The
corresponding spool file is deleted from the Spool Folder. Use
this command only when you are sure that you do not wish to
process the job. Note that the job currently processing cannot
be deleted (this happens automatically when it is printed
successfully).
Move Job Up and Move Job Down: Adjusts the position of the
selected job in the queue, allowing you to prioritize jobs. The
queue is processed in top-to-bottom order.
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E. PROBLEMS DURING A BACKGROUND PRINT
Errors that are detected during a background print must be
reported. The Backgrounder, however, cannot simply present a
dialog box as soon as the error occurs, since the dialog could
obscure work that is being done in the foreground. Error
dialogs appear immediately, however, if the Backgrounder is in
the foreground when the error is detected.
If operating in the background, Backgrounder stops processing
until it is brought to the front. When Backgrounder detects an
error, it beeps and visually indicates an error condition. This
error condition is signaled by alternately flashing between the
Application menu and the Backgrounder icon. A small
diamond symbol is also displayed next to the Backgrounder
icon within the Application menu.
Complete and save any work in the foreground application
before bringing the Backgrounder to the front. Once
Backgrounder is in the foreground, the error dialog displays
and processing continues or is canceled. Some errors force
Backgrounder to stop processing all jobs.
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Section 6: Interpreting the Printer’s
Indicator Lights
The Power and Busy LED indicator lights located on the top of
the printer can tell you a lot about what is happening inside the
printer. To accurately interpret what it means when these lights
are on, off, or flashing, please refer to the following:
Power Light
Power Light
Busy Light
Busy Light
Printer
on solid
off
Is ready to receive a print job.
on solid
on solid
Is processing and printing an image.
on solid
blinking slowly Has received a print job and is
waiting for you to load CD media
or has a print media jam.
If media loading is required, simply
load media into the CD Tray
according to Section 2-C and press
the
CD Tray button to resume
printing. If print media is jammed,
clear the media from the printer and
turn the printer OFF and ON to reset
for the next print job.
both lights are flashing
alternately with each other
Waiting for a cartridge to be installed
and the Ink Cartridge button to be
pressed.
See Section 2-B or 2-E for more
information on changing or replacing
ink cartridges.
on solid
flashing rapidly The tray or the carrier has stalled.
Turn the unit OFF and ON again. You
may need to clear an obstruction such
as a jammed disc.
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Power Light
flashing
rapidly
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Busy Light
on solid
Printer
Has either the wrong cartridge
or no cartridge installed. Make sure
the proper ink cartridge is installed:
Turn the printer OFF, cancel the job
from the computer, turn the printer
ON, and try again after installing
proper cartridge.
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Section 7: Maintaining the Printer
The CD Color Printer III is designed to require very little
maintenance. Nevertheless, there are a few procedures you can
perform on a regular basis or as needed to ensure your
printer’s best performance.
A. CLEANING THE INK CARTRIDGE NOZZLES
It may be necessary to clean the ink cartridge nozzles if the
printer does not seem to be laying down ink evenly or if you
suspect an ink cartridge nozzle has become slightly dried out
or clogged. Refer to the cleaning procedure explained within
the Cartridge button description of Section 3-D or 4-D to clean
the cartridge nozzles.
B. CLEANING THE CD TRAY AND PRINTER CASING
If ink gets on the printer’s CD Tray, it may stain if left on the
tray too long. To avoid this, simply wipe off any ink from the
CD Tray as soon as you notice it. Use a lint-free cloth slightly
moistened with water to wipe off the CD Tray. If necessary, use
these same items to wipe off the outside casing of the printer.
Always disconnect your printer’s power cord before
cleaning. Resume printer operation only after the printer is
completely dry.
C. CLEARING A CD MEDIA JAM
If CD Media becomes jammed inside the printer, first press the
CD Tray button to try and eject the media. If this does
not work, turn the printer power OFF and gently try to clear or
remove the CD media manually.
D. TECHNICAL SUPPORT
If you have difficulty operating your CD Color Printer III, the
procedures in this manual should, in most cases, solve the
problem. If you still have difficulty, contact the technical
support number listed on the insert included in the supply
pack.
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Section 8: Technical Specifications
Model:
Print Method:
CD Color Printer III
Ink-Jet
Printing Resolution:
1200 x 1200 dpi, 600 x 600 dpi, or 600 x 300 dpi, driver
selectable
Print Speed:
Depends upon percentage of coverage and print mode
selected.
About 134 seconds for 100% full-color coverage, Photo 1200.
About 68 seconds for 100% full-color coverage, Photo 600
(default).
About 27 seconds for 100% full-color coverage, Fast 600.
About 6 seconds for 15% black monochrome coverage,
Fast 600.
Colors:
16.7 million or black monochrome
Ink Types:
3-Color (C, M, Y) and black monochrome (K)
Media Types:
Printable-surface CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM; DVD,
DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RAM
Printer Driver:
Windows 95/98, Windows NT/2000, and Macintosh Color
QuickDraw
Data Interfaces:
Centronics-type parallel; high-speed serial for Macintosh
(must purchase a USB-to-Parallel cable for USB-only Mac).
Recommended System
Requirements:
Pentium®-class computer or greater, 16MB RAM, 100MB
free hard drive space; Macintosh PowerPC or greater.
Control Interface:
TTL level signals for busy printing, tray open/close, etc.;
available on rear-panel 6-pin DIN connector.
Maximum Print Width:
4.567” (116 mm)
Electrical Ratings:
30 VDC 0.8A
Adapter Types:
Three voltages: 100 VAC, 120-127 VAC, 220-240 VAC
Certifications:
UL, UL-C, TÜV-GS, CE, FCC Class B
Dimensions:
7.5"H x 10.5"W x 10.5"D (190mmH x 266mmW x 266mmD)
Weight:
8.5lbs (3.9 kg)
Temperature:
Operating:
50°F to 109.4°F (10ºC to 43ºC)
Storage:
-4°F to 140°F (-20ºC to 60ºC)
Humidity:
Operating:
20% to 80% (RH non-condensation)
Storage:
5% to 80% (RH non-condensation)
Warranty:
One Year
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Appendix A: Interfacing Information
A. INTRODUCTION
The CD Color Printer III is equipped with both a standard
8-bit centronics-type parallel interface port and a high-speed
serial interface port. These communication ports are the means
through which the printer receives data from your computer.
This section describes the pin assignments and signal
specifications for each of these ports as well as for the printer’s
auxiliary interface port.
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B. MINI 8-PIN SERIAL INTERFACE
The mini 8-pin serial interface connector is the standard
interface used by Macintosh. The printer’s serial port mates
with a standard computer to printer serial cable. For best
results, always use a high-quality serial cable which is less than
6 feet in length.
Pin assignments are as follows:
8
7
4
5
2
Pin Number
6
3
1
Signal Name Signal Description
1
HSKo
External Clock Output
± 2V < Vout < ± 3.6V; Rout < 450ž
2
HSKi
Not Connected
3
TxD-
Not Connected
4
GND
Signal ground. Connected to
logic and chassis ground.
5
RxD-
Receive data (inverted);Vih = 0.2V;
Vil = -0.2V; Rin > 12Kž
6
TxD+
Not Connected
7
GPi
Not Connected
8
RxD+
Receive data. Received uninverted
at SCC’s RxD. Vih = 0.2V;
Vil = -0.2V; Rin > 12Kž
TABLE A-1: Serial Interface Pin Assignments
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C. 6-PIN MINICIRCULAR AUXILIARY INTERFACE
The 6-pin minicircular auxiliary interface is used for connecting
the printer with auxiliary equipment such as a CD transporter/
auto-loader.
Pin assignments are as follows:
6
5
4
3
2
1
Uses 5v logic @ 5mA
Pin Number
1
2
3
4
5
6
Signal Description
Busy - Output is high when the printer is busy
or moving the CD Tray.
Tray Out - Output is high when the CD Tray
is fully ejected.
Tray In - Output is high when the CD Tray is
fully inserted.
CD In - Output is high when the CD Tray is in
and a CD is present.
Ground.
Tray In/Out - A low input moves the CD Tray
in if it is out, and out if it is in.
TABLE A-2: Auxiliary Interface Pin Assignments
NOTE: Pins 1-4 are low if the printer is plugged in but the power has been
turned off using the printer’s Power Button
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Algebraic .....................................................................................18, 30
Auxiliary Port ...............................................................................3, 47
Backgrounder ...................................................................................36
Busy Light.....................................................................................2, 41
Calibrate ......................................................................................21, 32
Cartridge......................................................................................20, 32
CDs...................................................................................................4, 6
CD Tray................................................................................................2
CD Tray Button ..................................................................................2
Chooser..............................................................................................28
Color Matching ..........................................................................18, 30
Dither Mode ...............................................................................18, 30
Ink Cartridges ........................................................................4, 18, 29
Ink Cartridge Button.........................................................................2
Ink Saturation ............................................................................19, 31
Interface Port ..........................................................................3, 45, 46
Manual Load ..............................................................................19, 31
Media ...........................................................................................18, 29
Parallel Port.............................................................................3, 11, 45
Print Quality...............................................................................18, 30
Printable CDs .....................................................................................4
Printer Driver .............................................................................12, 27
Power Button ......................................................................................2
Power Light...................................................................................2, 41
Self Test ...............................................................................................7
Serial Port................................................................................3, 26, 46
Technical Support............................................................................43
32-Bit Print Spooler...................................................................14, 20
Write Direct to Port .........................................................................19
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A. WHAT IS COVERED
Primera Technology, Inc. (“Primera”) warrants to the original purchaser that the
product enclosed with this Limited Warranty statement and used in the country
of purchase will conform to the manufacturer’s specifications and be free from
defects in workmanship and materials for a period of one (1) year from the date
of original purchase.
B. WHAT PRIMERA WILL DO TO CORRECT PROBLEMS.
Should your PRIMERA product prove defective during this period, please call,
FAX or write PRIMERA’s Technical Support Group at the telephone number or
address listed below for a Return Authorization Number (“RAN”). Then,
deliver the product securely packaged in its original container or an equivalent,
along with proof of the date of original purchase along with your RAN, to your
place of purchase or an Authorized PRIMERA Service Center. PRIMERA will, at
its option, repair or replace the defective unit at no charge to you.
C. WHAT THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER.
This warranty covers only normal office-environment use in the country of
original purchase. Ink Jet Cartridges are warranted separately under the terms
of Section D below. PRIMERA is not responsible for warranty service should the
PRIMERA label or logo or the rating label or serial number be removed or
should the product fail to be properly maintained or fail to function properly as
a result of misuse, abuse, improper installation, neglect, duty cycle abuse,
improper shipping, damage caused by disasters such as fire, flood, and lighting,
improper electrical current, software problems, interaction with non-PRIMERA
products, or service other than by a PRIMERA Authorized Servicer. Duty cycle
abuse is defined as operation of this printer beyond its nominal duty cycle; all
repairs thereafter are to be billed on a time and materials basis. Postage,
insurance, or shipping costs incurred in presenting your PRIMERA product for
warranty service are your responsibility. If a claimed defect cannot be identified
or reproduced in service, you will be held responsible for costs incurred.
IMPORTANT: if using a mechanical switch box between this printer and
another printer, be certain that it includes surge protection. Non-warranty
damage to your printer could result from the use of unprotected mechanical
switch boxes.
D. INK JET CARTRIDGE WARRANTY.
PRIMERA warrants that, under normal use and service, ink jet cartridges shall
be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of thirty (30)
days from the date of shipment by PRIMERA.
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PRIMERA SHALL NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE INTEGRITY AND/OR
LONGEVITY OF ANY TEXT, PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES, DIGITIZED IMAGES,
GRAPHICS, BAR CODES, OR COMBINATION THEREOF THAT ARE
PRODUCED, GENERATED, OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED TO DISCS BY
THE USE OF PRIMERA’S HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE NOR IS PRIMERA
LIABLE FOR THE INTEGRITY, VIABILITY, OR LONGEVITY OF THE DATA
ENCODED ON THE DISC.
THE WARRANTY AND REMEDY PROVIDED ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE AND
IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
UNLESS STATED HEREIN, ANY STATEMENTS OR REPRESENTATIONS
MADE BY ANY OTHER PERSON OR FIRM ARE VOID. THE DURATION OF
ANY WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ON YOUR PRIMERA PRODUCT SHALL BE
LIMITED TO THE DURATION SET FORTH ABOVE.
NEITHER PRIMERA TECHNOLOGY, INC. NOR ITS AFFILIATES SHALL BE
LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, INCONVENIENCE, OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING
DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE PRIMERA
PRODUCT, WHETHER RESULTING FROM BREACH OF WARRANTY OR
ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY EVEN IF PRIMERA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF
THE POSSIBLITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
This Limited Warranty is governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, United
States of America, and the venue for the resolution of any and all disputes shall
be resolved in the county of PRIMERA’s principle place of business. Any dispute
arising out of or relating to this Limited Warranty shall be submitted to U.S.
Arbitration and Mediation of Minnesota for mediation. U.S. Arbritration and
Mediation of Minnesota’s rules and procedures governing mediation shall apply.
Some states and/or countries do not allow limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts and some states and/or countries do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation and
exlusion may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other legal
rights which vary from state to state and/or country to country.
To locate the PRIMERA Authorized Reseller or PRIMERA Authorized Service
Center nearest you, call or FAX:
Telephone: (763) 475-6676
FAX: (763) 475-6677
or write to:
PRIMERA Technology, Inc.
Attn: Warranty Service Department
Two Carlson Parkway North
Plymouth, MN 55447-4446 U.S.A.
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Supplies
and
Technical
Support
Information
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Need
Supplies?
See your local dealer or call
Primera at 763-475-6676 or
Fax 763-475-6677 or order
direct from our www site:
www.primerastore.com
53315
Blank Tuff-Coat™ CD-Rs, White
53325
Blank Tuff-Coat CD-Rs, Silver
53318
Color Ink Cartridge
53319
Monochrome Black Ink Cartridge
53306
Cardboard Printing Templates
53307
Custom Jewel Case Inserts
53313
Jewel Case Booklets
52207
Shielded Parallel Cable
76832
Serial Interface Cable
50-disc spindle, no jewel cases included
50-disc spindle, no jewel cases included
Package of 50 two-sided discs
These inserts are specially designed to be printed on
and fit below the jewel case tray, package of 50.
These booklets are specially designed to be printed on
and fit inside the jewel case front cover, package of 50.
(for Mac or PowerPC)
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Signature III Prints
Onto Virtually Any
Printable-Surface
CD-R Media
The following are
Primera-approved
media partners . . .
To order additional Primera-approved CD-R
media, call Primera at 1-800-797-2772,
or call our media partners directly at:
Microboards: 1-800-646-8881
Maxell: 1-800-377-5887
Mitsui Advanced Media: 1-800-682-2377
Ricoh: 1-877-742-6479
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Introducing
Signature CD-R
Media from Primera
Revolutionary New Signature CD-Rs
Leave Lasting Impressions!
F
or the ultimate in CD-R durability and quality choose
Signature media. Unlike most printable-surface CD-Rs
that take ten minutes or more to dry, Signature CD-Rs dry
immediately, saving you time. And other CD-Rs are not
water-resistant no matter how long they dry. But Signature
CD-Rs feature a unique protective coating called Tuff-Coat™,
developed by Primera engineers.
This durable new coating makes discs highly water-resistant
and eliminates smearing and fading. So, the colorful designs
you make will leave lasting impressions!
Plus with Tuff-Coat, Signature’s clean white surface means
the colors you print will be bright and vibrant. Upgrade your
image with Signature CD-Rs!
To Order, call 1-800-797-2772
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NEED
TECHNICAL
SUPPORT?
WE’RE GLAD
TO HELP!
I
f you find that you need some help in operating your new
Primera printer, the instructions in the User’s Manual should
in many cases solve the problem. If you still have difficulty or
can’t find the right answer to your question, please call Primera’s
Technical Support Group at (763) 475-6669. Customer and
technical support representatives are available Monday through
Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 (CST).
Additional support options are also available free of charge,
24-hours per day, 365 days per year. They are:
PRIMERA WWW SITE
http://www.primeratechnology.com
PRIMERA TECH SUPPORT FAX
763-475-6906
ON
THE
WWW SITE,
YOU’RE ABLE
TO DOWNLOAD PRINTER DRIVERS ALONG WITH A
WIDE RANGE OF HELPFUL TEXT FILES.
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Two Carlson Parkway North • Plymouth, MN 55447-4446 USA
763-475-6676 • Fax 763-475-6677
WWW Home Page: http://www.primeratechnology.com
E-mail: sales@primeratechnology.com
Signature and Tuff-Coat are trademarks and Primera is a registered trademark of Primera Technology, Inc. ©2000
Primera Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. 510182-000424
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Printed in the United States of America
P/N 510171