User's Guide
PB42 Portable
Receipt Printer
Intermec Technologies Corporation
Worldwide Headquarters
6001 36th Ave. W.
Everett, WA 98203
U.S.A.
www.intermec.com
The information contained herein is proprietary and is provided solely for the purpose of
allowing customers to operate and service Intermec-manufactured equipment and is not to be
released, reproduced, or used for any other purpose without written permission of Intermec.
Information and specifications contained in this document are subject to change without prior
notice and do not represent a commitment on the part of Intermec Technologies Corporation.
© 2006 by Intermec Technologies Corporation. All rights reserved.
The word Intermec, the Intermec logo, Norand, ArciTech, Beverage Routebook, CrossBar,
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Antares, and Vista Powered are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Intermec
Technologies Corporation.
Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A.
There are U.S. and foreign patents as well as U.S. and foreign patent applications pending.
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Document Change Record
This page records changes to this document. The document was
originally released as version -001.
Version
Number
Date
Description of Change
002
12/2005
Revised to support release 2 of the PB42
firmware.
003
3/2006
Revised to add more information on
Intermec Settings, downloading fonts
and graphics, and cold booting the
printer.
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Contents
Before You Begin......................................................................................................vii
Safety Icons ................................................................................................vii
Global Services and Support .......................................................................vii
Who Should Read This Document? ............................................................ix
Related Documents .....................................................................................ix
Learning About the PB42 Portable Receipt Printer .................................................. 11
Identifying the Parts of the Printer ............................................................ 11
What’s New? ............................................................................................. 12
Understanding the Control Panel .............................................................. 13
Understanding the Printer Sounds............................................................. 15
Using the Batteries................................................................................................... 16
Installing the Batteries ............................................................................... 16
Charging the Batteries ............................................................................... 18
Extending Battery Life............................................................................... 20
Loading Media ........................................................................................................ 20
Printing a Configuration Test Page.......................................................................... 23
Configuring the PB42.............................................................................................. 25
Establishing Communications With a Host ............................................................. 25
Setting Up Bluetooth Communications..................................................... 26
Setting Up Serial Communications............................................................ 26
Cancelling a Print Job.............................................................................................. 28
Downloading Fonts, Graphics, and Upgrades to the PB42 ...................................... 28
Upgrading the Printer Firmware .............................................................................. 29
Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................... 30
Calling Product Support............................................................................ 31
Printer Problems and Possible Solutions .................................................... 32
Cold Booting the PB42 ........................................................................................... 34
Cleaning the Printer ................................................................................................ 35
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Specifications........................................................................................................... 37
Accessories for the PB42 .......................................................................................... 39
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Before You Begin
This section provides you with safety information, technical
support information, and sources for additional product
information.
Safety Icons
This section explains how to identify and understand cautions
and notes that you see in this document.
A caution alerts you to an operating procedure, practice,
condition, or statement that must be strictly observed to
prevent equipment damage or destruction, or corruption
or loss of data.
Note: Notes either provide extra information about a topic or
contain special instructions for handling a particular condition
or set of circumstances.
Global Services and Support
Warranty Information
To understand the warranty for your Intermec product, visit the
Intermec web site at www.intermec.com and click Service &
Support > Warranty.
Web Support
Visit the Intermec web site at www.intermec.com to download
our current documents (in PDF). To order printed versions of
the Intermec manuals, contact your local Intermec representative
or distributor.
Visit the Intermec technical knowledge base (Knowledge
Central) at intermec.custhelp.com to review technical
information or to request technical support for your Intermec
product.
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Telephone Support
These services are available from Intermec Technologies
Corporation.
Service
Description
In the U.S.A. and
Canada call
1-800-755-5505
and choose this
option
Order
Intermec
products
• Place an order.
1 and then choose 2
Order
Intermec
media
• Ask about an existing
order.
Order printer labels and
ribbons.
1 and then choose 1
Order spare
parts
Order spare parts.
1 or 2 and then
choose 4
Technical
Support
Talk to technical support
about your Intermec
product.
2 and then choose 2
Service
• Get a return
authorization number
for authorized service
center repair.
2 and then choose 1
Service
contracts
• Request an on-site
repair technician.
• Ask about an existing
contract.
1 or 2 and then
choose 3
• Renew a contract.
• Inquire about repair
billing or other service
invoicing questions.
Outside the U.S.A. and Canada, contact your local Intermec
representative. To search for your local representative, from the
Intermec web site, click Contact.
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Who Should Read This Document?
The PB42 Portable Receipt Printer User’s Guide is written for the
person who is responsible for installing, configuring,
maintaining, and troubleshooting the printer.
Related Documents
The Intermec web site contains Intermec documents (in PDF)
that you can download for free.
To download documents
1 Visit the Intermec web site at www.intermec.com.
2 Click Service & Support > Manuals.
3 In the Select a Product field, choose the product whose
documentation you want to download.
To order printed versions of the Intermec manuals, contact your
local Intermec representative or distributor.
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Learning About the PB42 Portable Receipt Printer
The PB42 is a rugged receipt printer designed for use with the
CK60 or 700 Computer with a Bluetooth™ radio. The PB42
provides:
• print resolution of 203 dpi.
• print speeds up to 5.1 cm (2 inches) per second (ips).
• serial or Bluetooth™ communication options.
Identifying the Parts of the Printer
Use the next two illustrations to familiarize yourself with the
printer.
Media
cover
Battery
cover
Control
panel
Communications
port
PB42 Front View: View of the front of the PB42 to show important features. A
weather-resistant flap protects the communications port.
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Media cover
release button
Media
window
PB42 Back and Side View: View of the back and side of the PB42 to show
important features.
What’s New?
This revision of the user’s guide supports these new features:
• How to upgrade the computer or download fonts and
graphics using SmartSystems console. For more information,
see “Downloading Fonts, Graphics, and Upgrades to the
PB42” on page 28.
• How to cold boot the printer. For more information, see
“Cold Booting the PB42” on page 34.
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Understanding the Control Panel
The PB42 control panel contains two buttons and four lights.
Use the buttons to work with the PB42. Use the lights to
understand the state of the printer. See the following tables to
understand how the buttons work and what the lights mean.
Battery
lights
Radio button
and light
Feed
button
Ready-to-Work
indicator
PB42 Control Panel: Use this illustration to familiarize yourself with the
buttons and lights on the PB42.
Understanding How to Use the PB42 Buttons
Button
Function
Radio button
Press to turn the radio on and off.
Feed button
Press once to advance media by 7.5 mm (0.29
inch) or 63 dots.
Press and hold to advance media at 5.08 cm (2
inches) per seconds until you release the button.
Radio and Feed
buttons
Press and hold both buttons until the printer
beeps and prints out configuration test page.
For more information, see “Printing a
Configuration Test Page” on page 23.
While the printer is printing, pressing both
buttons causes the printer to cancel all print
jobs. For more information, see “Cancelling a
Print Job” on page 28.
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Understanding the PB42 Lights
Light
State
Description
Battery lights
(printer powered
externally)
Off
No batteries are installed.
Fast blinking
red
There is a charging error.
Verify that battery is good by
inserting it in a known good
charger.
Solid red
The batteries are charging.
Solid green
The battery charging is
complete.
Battery lights
(printer battery
powered)
Off
The batteries are in a charged
state.
Blinking red
The batteries are low.
Recharge or replace your
batteries now.
Ready-toWork™
indicator
Off
The PB42 is not connected to
a host through the Bluetooth
radio or a serial cable.
Solid blue
The PB42 is connected to a
Bluetooth radio or the serial
port is enabled.
Blinking blue
A blinking blue light can
mean one of several
conditions:
• Printer is out of paper.
• Media cover is open.
• Printer hardware error. For
a list of possible problems,
see “Troubleshooting” on
page 30.
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Understanding the PB42 Lights (continued)
Light
State
Description
Radio light
Fast blinking
green
The radio is receiving data.
Slow
blinking
green
The Bluetooth radio is on.
Off
The radio is off.
Understanding the Printer Sounds
The PB42 plays sounds in response to several actions that you
can do with the printer. See the following table to understand
when the sounds occur.
Understanding the Printer Sounds
Sound
Occurs When:
Power
•
•
•
•
•
•
Hardware
Button
Error
You insert a battery in the printer.
The PB42 starts charging the batteries.
You plug in an AC adapter.
You close the media door.
You press the Radio button.
You press both the Feed and Radio buttons to
print the configuration test page.
• The paper is not feeding out of the printer because
the media door is open or the printer is out of
paper.
• A print job failed because the media door is open
or the printer is out of paper.
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Using the Batteries
The PB42 uses lithium-ion 2400 mAh batteries
(Model 318-015-001) for power. You can operate the PB42
with one or two batteries installed. You must fully charge the
batteries before you can use the PB42. Fully charged batteries
can last for up to one week without needing to be recharged.
Use Intermec battery pack model 318-015-001 only. Use of
another pack may present a risk of fire or explosion.
The battery pack used in this device may present a fire or
chemical burn hazard if mistreated. Do not disassemble, heat
above 100°C (212°F), or incinerate.
Dispose of used battery packs promptly. Keep away from
children.
Installing the Batteries
Make sure you fully charge the batteries before you use your
PB42. You can charge the batteries before or after you install
them into the PB42. You can use only one battery to power the
PB42, but you may experience reduced performance.
To install the batteries
1 Pull and hold the battery cover latch firmly toward the front
of the printer and lift up on the battery cover.
Battery
cover
Battery
cover
latch
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2 Insert batteries into the two battery slots until they lock in
place. The contact side of the battery faces the back of the
printer. The printer plays the Power sound when you insert
the battery completely.
Batteries
Battery
cover
3 Close the battery cover by pulling the battery cover latch
toward the front of the printer and pushing down.
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Charging the Batteries
There are several ways to charge the PB42 batteries:
• Connect AC power to the printer and charge the batteries
while they are inside the PB42.
• Place the PB42 with batteries installed in the 4-bay charger
(Model AC10).
• Charge the batteries in the CK60/PB42 quad battery charger
(Model AC4).
For information on charging your batteries in the 4-bay charger,
see the PB42 4-Bay Charger Quick Start Guide (P/N 930-118001). For information on charging your batteries in the quad
battery charger, see the CK60/PB42 Quad Battery Charger Quick
Start Guide (P/N 962-000-044).
It takes about 4 hours to charge the batteries inside the PB42
with the power cord attached. To charge the batteries inside the
PB42, you need:
• an Intermec 12 VDC power supply (Model 073573).
• an AC power cord.
To charge the batteries inside the PB42
1 Install the batteries in the PB42. For help, see the previous
section, “Installing the Batteries.”
2 Connect the power supply to the DC power connector on the
printer.
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AC outlet
AC power
cord
Power
supply
DC power
connector
3 Connect one end of the power cord to the power supply and
then plug the other end into an AC outlet.
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Extending Battery Life
Here are some tips for extending the overall life of your batteries:
• Never expose the batteries to direct sunlight or temperatures
over 40°C (104°F).
• Only charge the batteries inside the PB42 using a power
supply or a 4-bay charger (Model AC10) or in the
CK60/PB42 quad battery charger (Model AC4).
Here are some tips for extending the life of your battery between
charges:
• Turn off the radio when you are not using it.
• Remove the batteries from the printer if you will not be using
it for three days or more.
• Do not operate the PB42 in extremely cold temperatures.
Using the PB42 in temperatures below freezing reduces
overall battery life.
Remember that any rechargeable battery loses its ability to
maintain a charge over time. You can only recharge it a finite
number of times before you must replace it.
Loading Media
You can use roll or fanfold receipt media with the PB42. The
PB42 ships with one roll of media that you can use the first time
you unpack the shipping box and verify that the printer is
working correctly.
Media Specifications for the PB42
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Specification
Dimensions
Receipt roll core (ID)
1.9 cm (0.75 inch)
Receipt roll maximum diameter
6.5 cm (2.55 inches)
Media maximum width
11.2 cm (4.40 inches)
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To load media
1 Slide the media cover release button to the unlocked (left)
position.
Media cover
release button
2 Press the media cover release button to open the media cover.
Media
cover
Media cover
release button
3 Insert the media roll between the two media supports until it
fits into place. Make sure you load the media clockwise so
that it pulls off the core from the bottom of the printer.
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Media
supports
4 Pull out a few inches of the media.
5 Close the media cover by pressing in the middle of the lid (or
on both sides) until it latches. The printer emits the
Hardware sound to tell you that the media door closed
correctly.
6 Slide the media cover release button to the locked (right)
position.
7 Press the Feed button to advance the media.
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Printing a Configuration Test Page
After you have loaded the media in the printer, you are ready to
print out the configuration test page. Use this information for
reference when installing your PB42 and to verify proper printer
operation. If you cannot get the configuration test page to print,
see “Troubleshooting” on page 30 for help.
To print the configuration test page
• Press and hold the Feed and Radio buttons until the printer
emits the Button sound and the page starts to print.
The printer prints out a configuration test page containing
information about the printer configuration, the wired
configuration, the wireless configuration and the fonts and
graphics available on the printer.
-Intermec PB42 Printer ConfigurationSerial Number : 12345678901
Firmware
: PB42F3932_032806 (Ver 3.32)
Hardware
: RevA-001, Flash 4MB, Ram 16MB
Batteries
: #1 8.5V #2 8.5V
Low Battery Indicator: 6.6V
Dark Adjust
: Level 4 (0%)
Emulation
: PB42_REL2
Temperature
: 34C
Allow Messages from Printer:
Off
Wired (RS-232) Configuration:
Baud Rate
: 115200
Parity
Data Bits
Stop Bits
Flow Control
:
:
:
:
None
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1
Hardware
Example of Printer and Serial Port Configuration Settings
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Wireless (Bluetooth) Configuration:
F/W Ver : 2.15 12/27/2004 (c) Roving Networks
Device Address :
00A0960AF16F
00A0960AF16F
Device Name
Service Name
:
:
"PB42-12345678910"
"Wireless Printer"
Class of Device : 00040680
Mode
: Discoverable, Connectable
Reserve Printer : Disabled
Security: Authentication Off, Encryption Off
Version: 3.20 12/27/2004 (c) Roving Networks
Fonts:
LOC CPI *---DESCRIPTION---*
R 20.3 Arabic CP1256 10x16
R 14.5 Arabic CP1256 14x24
V *-DATE-* *--NAMES--*
1 20/01/06 ARABS f(66H)
1 08/02/06 ARABB F(46H)
R 20.3 Cyrillic 1251 10x16
R 14.5 Cyrillic 1251 14x24
1 10/10/05 CYRLS p(70H)
1 10/10/05 CYRLB P(50H)
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
3
1
1
20.3
14.5
20.3
14.5
16.9
8.8
10.7
14.5
20.3
20.3
33.8
10.7
20.3
14.5
Greek CP1253 10x16
Greek CP1253 14x24
Hebrew CP1255 10x16
Hebrew CP1255 14x24
Intermec OCR-A BT 25
Intermec OCR-B BT 39
Monospac821 BOLD 26
Monospac821 WGL4 24
Monospac821 WGL4 16
US Standard CP437/EU
Enhanced CNDS Font
Roman Bold 26
Thai CP874 10x16
Thai CP874 14x24
08/02/06
10/10/05
14/02/06
14/02/06
22/09/05
22/09/05
28/11/05
04/10/05
04/10/05
01/02/96
09/03/99
07/03/96
10/10/05
10/10/05
GREKS
GREKB
HBRWS
GREKS
OCR-A
OCR-B
PB107
PB145
PB203
PE203
PM05T
PM107
THAIS
THAIB
i(69H)
I(49H)
n(6EH)
N(4EH)
((28H)
)(29H)
+(2BH)
m(6DH)
”(22H)
!(21H)
B(42H)
&(26H)
j(6AH)
J(4AH)
Graphics:
LOC *---DESCRIPTION----* V *-DATE-* *--NAMES---*
Example of Bluetooth Configuration Settings and Resident Fonts
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Configuring the PB42
You can configure several settings on the PB42 by using
Intermec Settings from your CK60 or 700 Computer. Here are
some of the settings you can configure for the PB42 from your
handheld computer:
• Darkness adjust
• Set low battery indicator
• Bluetooth communications
• Restore factory defaults
Intermec Settings is available as part of the operating system
upgrade for your CK60 or 700 Computer. You can download
the upgrade files for your computer from the Intermec web site
at www.intermec.com.
You can also find all of the same settings you can configure in
Intermec Settings in the PB42 Programmer’s Reference Manual.
The reference manual explains each of the commands and lists
the options. You can download the reference manual from the
Intermec web site at www.intermec.com.
Establishing Communications With a Host
The PB42 must establish communications with a host that will
send the data for the printer to print. The PB42 provides two
ways to communicate with a host:
• Bluetooth communications
• Serial communications
Bluetooth communications is the default setting for the PB42.
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Setting Up Bluetooth Communications
The PB42 contains a Bluetooth radio that allows wireless
communication with a remote device from distances up to 100
meters (approximately 328 feet) depending on the Bluetooth
range capabilities of the remote device , environmental
conditions, and obstructions. For the Bluetooth-enabled devices
to exchange data, both devices must establish a connection.
Bluetooth software is always running in the background, ready
to respond to connection requests.
One device (the CK60 or 700) must request a connection with
another device. The second device (the PB42) then accepts or
rejects the connection. This miniature network is sometimes
referred to as a “piconet” and can consist of several Bluetoothenabled devices.
Each Bluetooth PB42 has a unique Bluetooth Device Address
(BDA) loaded into its module when manufactured. You can find
the BDA on the certification label located on the bottom of the
printer.
The PB42 cannot initiate a Bluetooth connection. You must
connect to the PB42 from a CK60 or 700 computer. Use
Intermec Settings on either device to enable the Bluetooth
settings on the PB42. For maximum security, you need to
configure a Bluetooth passcode for the PB42. The default
passcode for the PB42 is “1234.”
To set up Bluetooth communications
• Follow the procedure to discover and connect to Bluetooth
devices in your CK60 or 700 computer user’s manual.
Setting Up Serial Communications
You can use a serial cable (P/N 075497-001) to connect the
PB42 to either a PC, a 700, or a CK60. For the CK60, you also
need a snap-on serial adapter (P/N 225-690-xxx).
Before you can establish a serial connection, you need to make
sure that the settings on the PC or CK60 match those of the
PB42.
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Serial Port Settings on the PB42
Parameter
Default Setting
Baud rate
115200
Data bits
8
Parity
None
Stop bits
1
Flow control
Hardware
Note: The PB42 only supports CTS flow control. You must
disable DSR flow control in your printing application while
using serial communications with the PB42.
To connect the PB42 to a PC
1 Connect the 8-pin circular DIN connector to the serial port
on the PB42.
2 Connect the other end of the serial cable to a serial port on
the back of your PC or to a serial adapter on your CK60.
Serial
port
Serial
cable
Connecting the PB42 to the Serial Port of a PC
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Cancelling a Print Job
You can cancel or stop a print job at any time during the
printing process. You may find this feature helpful if you make a
mistake entering data or send incomplete information. This
procedure only works if you are in the process of sending a print
job or the printer is currently printing a print job. Otherwise,
pressing both buttons will print the configuration test page
information.
To cancel a print job
1 Press and hold the Feed and Radio buttons until the printer
beeps. The printer prints out the message “Print Job(s)
Cancelled by User” and asks you to wait a few seconds.
2 Cancel the print job from the CK60, 700, or host PC. The
PB42 clears the print job and warm boots or resets itself.
3 Start sending print jobs to the PB42 again when you see the
message “Printer Online.”
Downloading Fonts, Graphics, and Upgrades to the PB42
You can download fonts, graphics and firmware upgrades to the
PB42 from your handheld computer using files available from
the Intermec web site. There are two ways to download files to
your PB42:
• You can download a self-extracting cabinet files (.cab) to copy
onto your handheld computer. When you double-click the
.cab file, the handheld computer sends the files down to the
PB42.
• You can download a SmartSystems bundle (.exe) to your PC
and use SmartSystems Foundation to send the files down to
multiple PB42s. SmartSystems Foundation is available from
the Intermec web site at www.intermec.com/smartsystems.
To download fonts, graphics and upgrades using the .cab file
1 Download the PB42 font, graphics, or firmware upgrade .zip
file from the Intermec web site to your desktop PC.
2 Unzip the file on your desktop PC.
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3 Use an application such as ActiveSync to copy the .cab file
onto the root directory of your handheld computer.
4 Double-click the .cab file on your handheld computer.
To download fonts, graphics, and upgrades using SmartSystems
1 Download the PB42 fonts, graphics, or firmware upgrade .exe
file from the Intermec web site to your desktop PC.
2 Double-click the .exe file on your desktop PC. The file
automatically extracts and installs the files in the Software
Vault section of the SmartSystems Console.
3 Drag and drop the files from the Software Vault onto the
handheld computers. The files will then be sent directly to the
PB42 from the handheld computer.
Upgrading the Printer Firmware
You can download firmware to your PB42 from the CK60 or
700 computer. To upgrade your firmware, you need to send a
.upg file to the PB42 that follows this format:
PB42fxxxx_mmddyy.upg
where:
xxxx is the firmware version number.
mm is the month of the firmware release.
dd is the day of the firmware release.
yy is the last two digits of the year of the firmware release.
To load new firmware
1 On the CK60 or 700, go to My Device > Program Files >
Intermec and start FWUpgrade.
2 Select the Settings tab.
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3 On the Settings tab, make sure you select the following
values for these settings:
Setting
Select This Value
COM port
COM6
Baud rate
115200
Handshaking
Hardware
Use remote DCB
Enabled
4 Select the Printer Flash Update tab.
5 Click Choose Update. A browser window opens.
6 Browse to your .upg file, select it, and click OK. The browser
window closes and you return to the Printer Flash Update
tab.
7 Select Send Update.
8 Wait for the “Firmware Upgrade Success” message on the
CK60. The PB42 beeps when it is done with the upgrade.
9 Print the configuration test page to verify that your firmware
was upgraded correctly. For help printing the configuration
test page, see “Printing a Configuration Test Page” on page
23.
10 Cold boot the printer. For help, see “Cold Booting the PB42”
on page 34.
Troubleshooting
You may have printer operation, print quality, or printer
communication problems at some time during the life of the
printer. It is easy to fix most of the problems. If you cannot find
the answer to your problem in the “Printer Problems and
Possible Solutions” section, you may need to call Product
Support.
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Calling Product Support
To talk to an Intermec Product Support representative in North
America or Canada, call:
1-800-755-5505
Outside the U.S.A. and Canada, go to www.intermec.com and
click Contact to find your local Intermec representative.
Before you call Intermec Product Support, make sure you have
the following information ready:
• Serial number
• Firmware version
• Bluetooth or Serial port settings
You can find all of the information listed above on the
configuration test page. For help printing a test label, see
“Printing a Configuration Test Page” on page 23.
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Printer Problems and Possible Solutions
Use the following tables to troubleshoot some common
problems you may encounter with the PB42 printer.
Printer Problems and Possible Solutions
Problem
The printer has no
power.
Possible Solution
• Make sure the batteries are properly
installed. For help, see “Installing the
Batteries” on page 16.
• Recharge or replace the batteries as
necessary. For help, see “Charging the
Batteries” on page 18.
Media is not
feeding through the
printer.
• Make sure the media cover is closed and
latched. For help, see “Loading Media” on
page 20.
• Make sure the media is not binding
anywhere in the printer.
The printer is not
printing with a
serial connection.
• Make sure media is loaded and the media
cover is closed. For help, see “Loading
Media” on page 20.
• Replace or recharge the battery. For help,
see “Charging the Batteries” on page 18 or
“Installing the Batteries” on page 16.
• Check the cable to the PC. For help, see
“Setting Up Serial Communications” on
page 26.
• Print a configuration test page to make
sure that your serial port settings are
correct.
• Some printing and configuration
programs may leave the printer in a
different mode than printing mode. Please
cold boot your printer to make sure the
default printing mode is selected. For help,
see “Cold Booting the PB42” on page 34.
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Printer Problems and Possible Solutions (continued)
Problem
Possible Solution
The radio light is
not on.
• Press the radio button to turn the radio
on.
• Remove the batteries and connect a power
adapter. For help, see “Charging the
Batteries” on page 18.
The blue light is
blinking.
• Make sure media is loaded and the media
cover is closed. For help, see “Loading
Media” on page 20.
• Remove the batteries and connect a power
adapter. For help, see “Charging the
Batteries” on page 18.
The printer is not
printing with a
Bluetooth
connection.
• Make sure the radio light is blinking and
that the blue light is on solid.
• Re-establish a Bluetooth connection with
the handheld computer. For help, see your
CK60 or 700 user’s manual.
• Make sure the handheld computer can
print to a known good printer.
• Print a configuration test page to make
sure that the handheld computer
discovered your printer.
• Some printing and configuration
programs may leave the printer in a
different mode than printing mode. Please
cold boot your printer to make sure the
default printing mode is selected. For help,
see “Cold Booting the PB42” on page 34.
The printer is not
communicating
properly.
• Make sure media is loaded and the media
cover is closed. For help, see “Loading
Media” on page 20.
• Make sure the radio is turned on.
• Check the baud rate.
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Printer Problems and Possible Solutions (continued)
Problem
Possible Solution
The battery charge
is not lasting as
long as it should.
• Check the battery date. If the battery is a
few years old, the shortened life may be
due to normal aging.
• Replace the battery.
The configuration
test page does not
print.
• Make sure that the blue light is not
blinking. If it is, make sure your printer
has media and that the media cover is
closed.
• Make sure that you can advance media by
pressing the Feed button.
• Try removing batteries, connecting a
power adapter, and printing the
configuration test page again.
Print quality is
poor.
• Clean the printhead. For help, see
“Cleaning the Printer” on page 35.
• Check the battery and recharge or replace
as necessary. For help, see “Charging the
Batteries” on page 18.
• Check the quality of the media. Use only
Intermec media to ensure superior print
quality and product performance.
Cold Booting the PB42
You seldom need to cold boot the PB42. You should always cold
boot the printer after a firmware upgrade. In the rare instance
that your printer locks up, you may also want to cold boot the
printer.
After you perform a cold boot on the PB42, the printer resumes
using the default printing mode (Line Printer mode) and returns
to using the default font for printing.
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To cold boot the PB42
1 Disconnect the PB42 from power source if externally
powered.
2 Remove the batteries from the PB42.
3 Insert the batteries back into the PB42.
4 Reconnect external power if powered externally.
Cleaning the Printer
To properly maintain your PB42, you should clean it at the
recommended intervals.
To avoid possible personal injury or damage to the printer,
never insert any pointed or sharp objects into the printer.
Use only cleaning agents specified next. Intermec is not
responsible for damage caused by any other cleaning
materials used on this printer. Clean the printer with a
cotton swab saturated with alcohol.
Tear bar
Paper
sensor
Printhead
Platen
roller
PB42 Portable Receipt Printer: Identifying the parts of the PB42 to clean
regularly.
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Cleaning the PB42
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Printer Part
Cleaning Method
Cleaning Interval
Printhead
Use 70% isopropyl alcohol
on a cotton swab to clean the
print elements from end to
end.
After every five rolls
of media or more
often if necessary.
Platen roller
Rotate the platen roller and
clean it thoroughly with 70%
isopropyl alcohol on a cotton
swab.
After every five rolls
of media or more
often if necessary.
Paper sensor
Clean thoroughly with 70%
isopropyl alcohol and a
cotton swab.
After every five rolls
of media or more
often if necessary.
Tear bar
Clean thoroughly with 70%
isopropyl alcohol and a
cotton swab.
As needed.
Exterior
Clean with a waterdampened cloth.
As needed.
Interior
Brush or air blow. Make sure
the paper sensor is free of
dust.
After every five rolls
of media or more
often if necessary.
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Specifications
Label and Printing Specifications
Print density
8 dots/mm (203 dots/inch)
Maximum media width
11.2 cm (4.4 inches)
Print width
10.4 cm (4.1 inches)
Print speed
5.1 cm (2 inches) per second
Receipt roll core (ID)
1.9 cm (0.75 inch)
Receipt roll maximum diameter
6.5 cm (2.55 inches)
Physical Dimensions
Depth
7.87 cm (3.1 inches)
Height
18.03 cm (7.1 inches)
Width
16.82 cm (6.62 inches)
Weight
Less than 1.39 kg (49 ounces) with battery packs
and receipt paper.
Power Specifications
AC power adapter
Input voltage 100-240V
Input current: 1A
Printer voltage
12V
Operating
Rechargeable 7.4V 2400 mAh lithium-ion
batteries
Temperature and Humidity Specifications
Operating temperature
-20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)
Non-operating temperature
-30°C to 70°C (-22°F to 158°F)
Relative humidity
10% to 90% non-condensing
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Factory Default Settings
Setting
Default Value
Serial port
Baud rate
115200
Data bits
8
Parity
None
Stop bits
1
Flow control
Hardware
Bluetooth
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Bluetooth authentication
No
Discoverable
Yes
Connectable
Yes
Class of device
0x040680
Service name
Wireless printer
Device name
PB42-xxxxxxxxxxx (where x’s
represent the serial number of the
printer)
Baud rate
115200
Data bits
8
Parity
None
Handshake
hardware
Low battery indicator
7.2V
Allow messages from printer
Off
Dark adjust
100
Media sensitivity
2 (moderate heat setting)
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Accessories for the PB42
You can use these accessories (sold and ordered separately) with
the PB42. To order accessories, contact your local Intermec sales
representative.
AC4 Quad Charger (Model AC4)
Use the AC4 to charge up to four PB42 batteries at a time. The
battery charger is designed to sense when a battery is fully
charged and not overcharge it, ensuring long and consistent
battery life.
AC10 4-Bay Charger (Model AC10)
Use the AC10 to charge up to eight PB42 batteries without
having to remove them from the PB42. You can insert four
PB42 printers with the batteries installed in the charger to make
it easy to remember to charge batteries.
AV4 Vehicle Cradle (Model AV4)
Use the vehicle cradle mounting kit to attach the PB42 printer
to a truck.
Battery (Model 318-015-001)
Use the lithium-ion 2400 mAh batteries to provide power to the
PB42 printer and the CK60 computer.
Belt Clip (P/N 074964)
Use the PB42 belt clip to attach the PB42 printer to your belt.
Cigarette Lighter Adapter (P/N 074866)
Use the cigarette lighter adapter to power the PB42 from your
vehicle.
Handstrap (P/N 074789)
Use the PB42 handstrap to conveniently carry your PB42
printer. With the handstrap attached, you can also attach the
shoulder strap.
Power Supply (Model 073573)
Provides power to the PB42 and the 4-bay charger (Model
AC10).
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Serial Cable (P/N 075497)
The serial adapter is an 8-pin DIN to DB9 connector that
connects from the PB42 printer to your desktop PC.
Shoulder Strap (P/N 074788)
Use the shoulder strap in combination with the handstrap to
easily carry the PB42 printer. The wide padded strap makes it
comfortable to wear the PB42 for long periods of time.
System Bag (P/N 825-170-001)
Use the system bag to carry your PB42, a CK60 or 700, media,
and cables or other accessories in one bag.
PB42 DC Power Cable (P/N 852-909-001)
Provides power for the vehicle dock.
PB42 Vehicle Power Cable (P/N 236-065-001)
Provides power for the PB42 and CK60 vehicle docks.
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