EPSON ActionLaser™ 1400 Read This First

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EPSON
ActionLaser™ 1400
Read This First
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EPA POLLUTION PREVENTER
This booklet is to help you set up your printer and begin printing
quickly. It also gives you instructions for routine maintenance. If you
need detailed information on printer use or if you have problems
printing, see your Reference Guide.
ActionLaser is a trademark of Epson America. Inc.
EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
HP and LaserJet are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Company.
General Notice: Other product names used herein are identification purposes only and may be
trademarks of their respective companies. EPSON disclaims any and all rights in those trademarks.
The Energy Star emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service.
Manual is copyright 0 1994 by Epson America, Inc., Torrance, California, USA
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Contents
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5 Attaching the power cord
6 Testing the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
7 Connecting the printer to the computer . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
8 Testing the computer-to-printer connection . . . . . . . . . 13
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Using Energy Wisely
Maintenance
Replacing the Toner Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clearing Feed Jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clearing Paper Jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Setup
This guide is designed to help you install your printer and
set up the software as quickly as possible in a Microsoft®
Windows™ environment. If you are not running Windows, use
procedures 1 through 8 in this guide to set up the printer. Then
see Appendix B in your Reference Guide for information on how
to install and use the EPSON® Control Panel for DOS.
1 System requirements
To use the printer and the software included with the printer,
you need the following:
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A 386-based or higher IBM® PC or compatible
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MS-DOS® 3.3 or higher
0 Microsoft Windows 3.1 (not required if you install the
EPSON Control Panel for DOS)
0 4MB of RAM installed on the computer
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1.3MB of hard disk space
To connect the printer to your computer, you also need to
obtain a shielded parallel interface cable.
Setup 1
2 Unpacking
1. Remove the printer and accessories from the shipping carton.
2. Set the printer on a flat, stable surface. Leave adequate room
to provide ventilation. Allow approximately 9 inches
(230 mm) above the printer to be able to fully extend the
paper trays and load paper.
3. Take the packaging off the printer and the other items and
store in case you need to later ship the printer. It should
always be transported in its original packaging or the
equivalent.
Note:
The printer weights about 11 lb (5 kg) and should be lifted with
care.
4. Open the paper (1) and exit (2) trays at the top of the printer
and remove the shipping spacer from the center of the
feeder (3).
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Close the paper and exit trays.
Setup
3 Installing the toner cartridge
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Caution:
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necessary.
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Do not touch the green drum inside the toner cartridge.
1. Remove the toner cartridge from its aluminum bag.
2. Remove the shipping spacer from the cartridge by lifting
the horizontal tab in the direction of the arrow. Then
remove the protective cap at the end of the cartridge.
3. Gently shake the toner cartridge back and forth a few times
to distribute the toner evenly.
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4. Set the toner cartridge on a clean, flat surface.
5. While holding the cartridge steady with one hand, firmly
grip the tab on the left side of the cartridge. Pull the clear
seal all the way out with firm, even pressure as shown- Do
not pull up on the seal.
6. Open the front cover by pulling the top of the cover toward
you.
Do not lean on or rest heavy objects on the open front cover.
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7. With one hand, hold the toner cartridge in the middle. Place
the other hand on the rear of the printer to hold it steady
while you insert the toner cartridge.
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Insert the cartridge into the opening at the front of the
printer. Position the locking knobs on both sides of the
cartridge into the guides inside the printer.
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9. Slide the cartridge into the printer until it stops. Then press
the cartridge firmly until it locks in place.
10. Close the front cover and press the top comers to lock the
cover into position
Note:
When the printer is turned on, the Ready light will not light if the
toner cartridge is not inserted properly or if the front cover is not
completely closed.
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Setup
4 Loading paper
1. Lift the paper tray from its recessed position in the top of
the printer and extend the paper support located at the top
of the tray.
2.
If you are loading legal-sized or other oversized paper,
extend the support further by rotating the paper support
extension out of its recess at the end of the paper support.
- paper guide
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3. Position the paper guides slightly further apart than the
width of the paper.
4. Open the exit tray. If you’re printing oversized pages, pull
out the paper support extension.
5. Fan a stack of paper and even up the edges.
6. Pull the paper release lever at the top right of the printer
toward you.
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Setup
7. Insert the paper stack (up to 100 sheets) between the paper
guides of the paper tray.
8. Slide the paper guides against the paper stack. Make sure
the paper guides do not press the paper too tightly.
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9. Push the paper release lever toward the back of the printer.
This places the feed rolls in contact with the paper. Paper
will not feed correctly if the paper release lever is not in the
feed position.
Note:
To reload paper, pull the paper release lever toward the front of the
printer and remove any paper from the paper tray. (Do not add paper
to paper already loaded in the paper tray.) Take a new stack of paper,
combine the old stack with the new stack, and insert in the paper tray.
Then push the paper release lever toward the back of the printer.
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5 Attaching the power cord
1. Make sure the power switch on the right of the printer is
turned off as shown below.
2. Insert the power cord into the AC receptacle at the back of the
printer. Then plug the other end into a properly grounded outlet.
Use a grounded, three-prong electrical outlet. Do not use an
adapter to fit the three-prong plug into a two-hole outlet.
Avoid using an outlet that is controlled by wall switches or
automatic timers. Accidental disruption of power can wipe
out valuable information in the memory of your computer
or printer. Also avoid outlets on the same circuit with large
motors or appliances that might disturb the power supply.
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6 Testing the printer
To test whether the printer is correctly installed, first turn it on.
Then print a test sheet by briefly pressing the reset button at
the back of the printer. The test sheet contains information
about the printer, including the current settings.
reset button
interface connector
7 Connecting the printer to the
computer
1. Turn off the printer and make sure the computer is off.
2. Connect a shielded parallel interface cable to the connector
on the back of the printer. Fasten the connector with the
two wire clips.
3. Connect the other end of the interface cable to the back of
your computer. Tighten the screws on both sides of the
connector.
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Setup
8 Testing the computer-to-printer
connection
Use the following procedure to make sure you properly
connected your computer to the printer.
1. Turn on your computer; then turn on your printer.
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Bring up a DOS prompt on your screen such as the following:
c:>
3. Type the following and press Enter:
PRINT AUTOEXEC.BAT
The computer displays the following message:
NAME OF LIST DEVICE (PRN):
4. Type the following and press Enter:
LPT1
Note:
If you are using an interface port other than LPT1, be sure to
specify the appropriate port.
The printer prints the AUTOEXECBAT file.
If nothing prints or the results are not what you expect, make
sure you are using the proper cable and that the cable is
connected securely to both the computer and printer.
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9 Setting up your software
The software included with your printer comes on two
diskettes. One diskette contains the EPSON Control Panel for
Windows, and the other contains the EPSON Control Panel for
DOS. You only need to use one of the diskettes, depending on
whether you are running Windows or not. This section
describes how to install the EPSON Control Panel for
Windows. If you are not running Windows, see Appendix B in
the Reference Guide for information on installing and using the
EPSON Control Panel for DOS.
The EPSON Control Panel for Windows is an on-screen utility
that keeps you informed of the printer status and notifies you
when a print error occurs. For more information about this
utility, see your Reference Guide.
When you install the EPSON Control Panel for Windows, you
also install the ActionLaser™ 1400 printer driver. The driver
works with your software to control the operation of the
printer by translating a document’s margins, fonts, and other
selections into control codes that the printer understands.
Note:
Although you can use other drivers, such as the HP Laser]et’ 4P
driver, you should normally use the ActionLaser 1400 driver since
it is specifically designed to work with this printer.
When you install the EPSON Control Panel for Windows, the
ActionLaser 1400 is automatically selected as the default printer
in the Windows Control Panel.
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To install the EPSON Control Panel for Windows:
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Insert the EPSON Control Panel for Windows diskette in a
diskette drive.
2. From the Program Manager, choose Run in the File menu.
This brings up the Run dialog box.
3. In the Command Line text box, type A:SETUP or B:SETUP,
depending on your drive. This brings up the initial setup
screen. Click the mouse button or press a key to continue.
4.
The first dialog box prompts you to select the
communications port that will be used by the EPSON
Control Panel and the printer. To use the default of LPT1,
choose Connect.
If you are using another port, change the port selection as
appropriate and choose Connect.
5. The next dialog box prompts you for the name of the
directory in which the EPSON Control Panel software is to
be installed. To accept the default EPPRT directory, choose
OK. The setup program begins copying files to your hard
disk.
6. When a message appears telling you that the SYSTEM.INI
and WIN.INI files are modified, choose OK.
7. You are now prompted to choose the Restart Windows
button to restart Windows. Your Control Panel installation
is complete.
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Using Energy Wisely
By purchasing this low-power, Energy Star compliant printer,
you join a growing number of users concerned about
conserving energy. Here are a few additional tips you can use
to be even more energy-wise.
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If your monitor isn’t Energy Star compliant, turn it off
when you’re not using it.
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Use the print preview option on your software before you
print something. You’ll be able to catch formatting errors
before you commit them to paper.
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If you have an electronic mail system available to you, send
E-mail rather than memos. Not only is this faster, but you’ll
save paper and storage space, too.
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Use recycled paper whenever you can.
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Maintenance
Replacing the Toner Cartridge
The toner cartridge prints up to 4000 pages, depending on the
complexity of your print jobs. You can make toner cartridges
last longer by using toner saving mode. See Chapter 2 in the
Reference Guide for more information.
If your printed images become too faint, you should replace the
toner cartridge as follows:
1. Turn off the printer if it is on and disconnect the power cord.
2. Remove paper from the paper tray and remove all printed
pages from the exit tray.
3. Close the paper and exit trays.
4. Open the front cover.
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Warning:
When you open the printer or remove the toner cartridge,
you expose components inside the printer that can be very
hot. Avoid touching the fuser area, which is located
immediately above the toner cartridge when you open the
front cover, and the motor, which is further inside the
printer.
5. Rest one hand on top of the printer. With the other hand,
grasp the toner cartridge by the molded center grip and
pull upward until the cartridge unlocks and releases.
6. Tilt the front of the cartridge downward slightly until it is
level and then slide it out of the printer. The cartridge will
not slide smoothly unless it is level.
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Discard the cartridge with nonburnable items.
8. Remove the new toner cartridge from its aluminum bag.
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Remove the shipping spacer by lifting the horizontal tab
straight up. Then remove the protective cap at the end of
the cartridge.
10. Gently shake the toner cartridge back and forth a few times
to distribute the toner evenly.
11. While holding the cartridge steady with one hand, firmly
grip the tab on the left side of the cartridge. Pull the clear
seal all the way out with firm, even pressure as shown. Do
not pull up on the seal.
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1 2 With one hand, hold the toner cartridge in the middle. Place
the other hand on the rear of the printer to hold it steady
while you insert the cartridge.
13. Insert the cartridge into the opening at the front of the
printer. Position the locking knobs on both sides of the
cartridge into the guides inside the printer.
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14. Slide the cartridge into the printer until it stops. Then push
the cartridge firmly until it locks in place.
15. Close the front cover and press the top comers to lock it into
position.
Clearing Feed Jams
If the printer stops printing and the Error light is on while the
Ready light is off, follow these steps.
1. Unlock the paper release lever by pulling it toward the front
of the printer.
2. Remove paper from the paper tray.
3. Remove any sheets that have misfed from the paper tray
into the paper feeder area.
4. Tap the edges of the paper stack on a flat surface and
carefully reload paper into the paper tray.
5. Push the paper release lever toward the back of the printer.
If the printer stops printing and the Error light is flashing while
the Ready light is off, follow these steps:
1. Unlock the paper release lever by pulling it toward the front
of the printer.
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Remove paper from the paper tray and remove all printed
pages from the exit tray.
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3. Close the exit tray.
4. Open the front cover.
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Warning:
When you open the printer or remove the toner cartridge,
you expose components inside the printer that can be very
hot. Avoid touching the fuser area, which is located
immediately above the toner cartridge when you open the
front cover, and the motor, which is further inside the
printer.
Rest one hand on top of the printer. With your other hand,
grasp the toner cartridge by its molded center grip.
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6. Pull upward on the cartridge until it unlocks and releases.
7. Tilt the front of the toner cartridge downward slightly until
it is level; then slide it out of the printer. The cartridge will
not slide out smoothly unless it is level.
Jammed paper may have caught in the toner cartridge,
making it difficult to remove the cartridge. Pull firmly to
remove the paper along with the cartridge.
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8. If the paper comes out along with the toner cartridge,
remove the paper from the cartridge by pulling it toward
the front of the cartridge as shown by the arrow.
Caution:
e Never pull jammed paper out from the rear of the cartridge.
9. If the jammed paper does not come out with the toner
cartridge, look inside the printer. If the paper is still inside,
draw it out from the front of the printer.
10. After removing the jammed paper, reinstall the toner
cartridge and close the front cover.
11. Open the exit tray.
12 Tap the edges of the paper stack on a flat surface and
carefully reload paper into the paper tray.
13. Push the paper release lever toward the back of the printer.
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