Brother GT-%$! Scanner User Manual

GT-541
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Please read this manual before using the printer.
Please keep this manual within easy reach for quick reference.
GARMENT PRINTER
GT-541 US support homepage http://www.brother-usa.com/Garmentprinters/
Note based on California law (USA) on the use and handling of Perchlorate
This product contains a CR Coin Lithium Battery which contains
Perchlorate Material – special handling may apply.
See http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.
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Thank you very much for buying a BROTHER printer. Before using your new printer, please read the safety instructions below
and the explanations given in the instruction manual.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
[1] Safety indications and their meanings
This instruction manual and the indications and symbols that are used on the printer itself are provided in order to ensure safe
operation of this printer and to prevent accidents and injury to yourself or other people.
The meanings of these indications and symbols are given below.
Indications
DANGER
The instructions which follow this term indicate situations where failure to follow the
instructions will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING
The instructions which follow this term indicate situations where failure to follow the
instructions could result in death or severe injury.
CAUTION
The instructions which follow this term indicate situations where failure to follow the
instructions could cause injury when using the machine or physical damage to
equipment and surroundings.
Symbols
·····
This symbol (
) indicates something that you should be careful of. The picture inside the triangle
indicates the nature of the caution that must be taken.
(For example, the symbol at left means “beware of injury”.)
·····
This symbol (
·····
This symbol (
) indicates something that you must do. The picture inside the circle indicates the
nature of the thing that must be done.
(For example, the symbol at left means “you must make the ground connection”.)
) indicates something that you must not do.
[2] Notes on safety
DANGER
Wait at least 5 minutes after turning off the power switch and disconnecting the power cord from the wall outlet
before opening the cover of the control unit. Do not touch as high voltage can result in severe injury.
WARNING
Basic precautions
Do not disassemble or modify the printer, otherwise
it may cause fire or electric shocks or problems with
correct operation.
Ask the place of purchase or a qualified technician to
carry out any internal inspections, adjustments or
repairs that may be required.
(Any problems with correct operation that occur as a
result of the customer attempting to disassemble or
modify the printer will not be covered by the
warranty.)
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Do not handle the power cord with wet hands,
otherwise it may cause electric shocks.
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WARNING
Installation
Do not set up the printer in a dusty environment. If
dust collects inside the printer, it may cause fire or
electric shocks or problems with correct operation.
Do not bend the cords excessively or fasten them
too hard with staples or anything similar to secure
cords, otherwise there is the danger that fire or
electric shocks could occur.
Be sure to connect the ground. If the ground
connection is not secure, you run a high risk of
receiving a serious electric shock, and problems with
correct operation may also occur.
Printing
If a foreign object gets inside the printer, immediately
turn off the power switch and disconnect the power
cord, and arrange for a service call to resolve.
If you continue to use the printer while there is a
foreign object inside, it may result in fire or electric
shocks or problems with correct operation.
Do not allow water or oil to get onto the printer,
otherwise it may cause fire or electric shocks or
problems with correct operation.
If any liquids get onto the printer, immediately turn
off the power switch and disconnect the power cord,
and arrange for a service call to resolve.
Do not use the printer when smoke or a bad odor
coming from the printer, otherwise it may cause fire
or electric shocks or problems with correct
operation.
Immediately turn off the power switch and
disconnect the power cord, and arrange for a
service call to resolve.
Maintenance
Do not put your hands in the ink cartridge slot, otherwise the needle inside the slot may cause injury.
CAUTION
Environmental requirements
Use the printer in an area which is free from
sources of strong electrical noise such as electrical
line noise or static electric noise.
Sources of strong electrical noise may cause
problems with correct operation.
Any fluctuations in the power supply voltage should
be within ±10% of the rated voltage for the printer.
Voltage fluctuations which are greater than this
may cause problems with correct operation.
The power supply capacity should be greater than
the requirements for the printer’s power
consumption.
Insufficient power supply capacity may cause
problems with correct operation.
The ambient temperature should be within the
range of 15°C to 30°C during use.
Temperatures which are lower or higher than this
may cause problems with correct operation.
The relative humidity should be within the range of
20% to 85% during use, and no dew formation
should occur in any devices.
Excessively dry or humid environments and dew
formation may cause problems with correct
operation.
Use the printer in a place which is adequately
ventilated.
A slight odor is generated when the printed articles
are being fixed by heat.
In the event of an electrical storm, turn off the power
and disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet.
Lightning may cause problems with correct
operation.
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CAUTION
Installation
Setting up and moving of the printer should only be
carried out by a qualified technician.
The printer machine weighs approximately 100 kg.
Transporting and setting up of the printer should be
carried out by four or more people.
The machine must be transported using the correct
handling points only. Do not use the cartridge
housings to move the machine. The machine may
fall down and cause injury.
The printer must be used on a suitable stable
surface, otherwise it may tip over or fall down and
cause injury.
Furthermore, the table that supports the printer
should be at least 100 cm in width and 80 cm in
depth, and should be able to bear a weight of 150
kg or more.
Do not set up the printer in a place where it will be
affected by vibration. It may become unbalanced
and fall down, which cause injury or damage to the
printer.
Do not connect the power cord until setup is
complete, otherwise the printer may operate if the
power switch is turned on by mistake, which could
result in injury.
Do not climb onto the printer or place heavy objects
on top of it, otherwise it may become unbalanced
and tip over or fall down and cause injury.
Printing
This printer should only be used by operators who
are appropriately trained in its operation.
Ensure there is adequate space left for safe
working. The Platen moves forward while operating
and it may be injured.
Do not handle the platen while printing. If your hand
gets caught between the platen or the T-shirt tray
and the covers, it may be injured.
Do not move the Platen by hand.
The Printer may be mechanically and electrically
damaged.
Do not put your hands inside the covers while the
printer’s power is turned on, otherwise your hands
may touch against moving parts and this may result
in injury.
When a problem occurs with the operation of the
printer, contact the place of purchase or a qualified
technician.
Maintenance
Wait at least 1 minute after turning off the power
switch before opening the front cover.
Do not touch the head heat sink as it may be HOT
and may cause a burn.
Be careful not to get your fingers caught when
closing the front cover, otherwise it may result in
injury to your fingers.
Do not move the Platen by hand.
The Printer may be mechanically and electrically
damaged.
Do not disassemble the ink cartridge or the waste
ink cartridge.
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Take care not to let the ink, waste liquid or wash
liquid come into contact with your eyes or onto your
skin, otherwise inflammation can result. In case of
contact with eyes, do not rub but immediately rinse
the eyes with water.
Furthermore, do not drink the ink, waste liquid or
wash liquid under any circumstances, as they can
cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Keep the ink, waste liquid and wash liquid out of the
reach of children.
Use only the proper replacement parts as specified
by Brother.
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[3] Warning labels
The following warning labels appear on the printer.
Please follow the instructions on the labels at all times when using the printer. If the labels have been removed or are
difficult to read, please contact your nearest Brother dealer.
1
2
Watch your fingers, or you
may be injured.
3
4
High temperature
warning display
5
6
7
8
9
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Ink Cartridge
Wash Liquid
3932M
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Table of Contents
1. Read This First............................................................................................................................................................ 1
1-1. Precautions ......................................................................................................................................................... 1
1-2. Unpacking Your Printer....................................................................................................................................... 3
1-3. Required Condition............................................................................................................................................. 4
1-3-1. Environment ................................................................................................................................................ 4
1-3-2. Electrical Requirements.............................................................................................................................. 4
1-3-3. Software Information................................................................................................................................... 4
1-3-4. Other Requirements ................................................................................................................................... 5
1-3-5. Consumable Requirements....................................................................................................................... 5
2. Identifying Your Printer’s Parts................................................................................................................................... 6
2-1. Front..................................................................................................................................................................... 6
2-2. Left ....................................................................................................................................................................... 7
2-3. Right..................................................................................................................................................................... 7
2-4. Rear..................................................................................................................................................................... 8
2-5. Inside of the Front Cover.................................................................................................................................... 9
2-6. Under the Platen............................................................................................................................................... 10
2-7. Control Panel .................................................................................................................................................... 11
2-7-1. Indication Lamps....................................................................................................................................... 12
2-7-2. Display ....................................................................................................................................................... 13
3. Getting Started.......................................................................................................................................................... 14
3-1. Placing Your Printer .......................................................................................................................................... 15
3-2. Turning On/Off Your Printer.............................................................................................................................. 16
3-2-1. Turning On Your Printer ............................................................................................................................ 16
3-2-2. Turning Off Your Printer ............................................................................................................................ 16
3-3. Preparing Your PC............................................................................................................................................ 17
3-3-1. PC preparation: For Windows XP / 2000 (32 bit).................................................................................... 17
3-3-2. Connection with USB 2.0 Cable: for Windows XP................................................................................. 18
3-3-3. Connection with USB 2.0 Cable: for Windows 2000.............................................................................. 21
3-3-4. Opening the installed manuals................................................................................................................. 22
3-3-5. Installing Useful Tools................................................................................................................................ 23
3-3-6. Installation of PC for Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit).......................................................... 23
3-4. Setting Up Your Printer..................................................................................................................................... 26
3-4-1. Adjusting the Display Contrast ................................................................................................................. 26
3-4-2. Adjusting the Speaker Volume................................................................................................................. 26
3-4-3. Language................................................................................................................................................... 27
3-4-4. Temperature .............................................................................................................................................. 27
4. Printing Directly from Applications ........................................................................................................................... 28
4-1. Basic Printing Procedure.................................................................................................................................. 29
4-2. Setting the Applications’ Print Condition.......................................................................................................... 30
4-2-1. Common Notice for All Applications......................................................................................................... 30
4-2-2. Settings for CorelDRAW 10/11/12/X3 ..................................................................................................... 31
4-2-3. Settings for Adobe Photoshop 6/7/CS/CS2............................................................................................ 34
4-2-4. Settings for Adobe Illustrator 10/CS/CS2 ................................................................................................ 37
4-2-5. Settings for Adobe Photoshop Elements ................................................................................................ 41
4-2-6. Setting Paint Shop Pro Print Condition.................................................................................................... 42
4-2-7. Printing From Other Applications ............................................................................................................. 42
4-3. Setting the Printer Driver Condition ................................................................................................................. 43
4-3-1. Entering the Job Comment ...................................................................................................................... 44
4-3-2. Selecting the Platen Size.......................................................................................................................... 44
4-3-3. Setting the Media Color ............................................................................................................................ 44
4-3-4. Increasing the Vividness of the Colors .................................................................................................... 44
4-3-5. Setting Double Printing............................................................................................................................. 44
4-3-6. Selecting the Ink Volume.......................................................................................................................... 45
4-3-7. Setting Yellow / Black Printing .................................................................................................................. 46
4-3-8. Printing Color Chart................................................................................................................................... 46
4-4. Uninstalling / Installing the Platen..................................................................................................................... 48
4-4-1. Uninstalling the Platen .............................................................................................................................. 48
4-4-2. Installing the Platen................................................................................................................................... 49
4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen ...................................................................................................................... 50
4-6. Printing............................................................................................................................................................... 53
4-6-1. Making One Print ...................................................................................................................................... 53
4-6-2. Printing More than One Print Using the Same Print Data...................................................................... 54
4-7. Removing the T-shirt From the Platen ............................................................................................................ 54
4-8. Fixing the Ink onto the T-shirt ........................................................................................................................... 54
5. Printing ARP Files..................................................................................................................................................... 55
5-1. Making Print Data in ARP Format ................................................................................................................... 56
5-2. Reading ARP Files Saved in a CompactFlash............................................................................................... 58
5-3. Sending ARP Files from GT File Viewer to your Printer ................................................................................ 59
6. Maintenance............................................................................................................................................................. 60
6-1. Replacing Consumables.................................................................................................................................. 61
6-1-1. Replacing the Ink Cartridge...................................................................................................................... 61
6-1-2. Replacing the Wiper Cleaner................................................................................................................... 62
6-1-3. Replacing the Waste Ink Cartridge.......................................................................................................... 67
6-1-4. Replacing the Platen Sheet...................................................................................................................... 69
6-1-5. Required Maintenance for the Long Storage.......................................................................................... 70
7. Troubleshooting........................................................................................................................................................ 72
7-1. Solving Printer Problems.................................................................................................................................. 73
7-2. Solving Print Quality Problems ........................................................................................................................ 75
7-2-1. Procedure for Solving the Print Quality Problems .................................................................................. 76
7-2-2. Cleaning the Print Heads.......................................................................................................................... 79
7-2-3. Checking Print Quality with Nozzle Check Pattern................................................................................. 80
7-2-4. Changing the Print Direction .................................................................................................................... 81
7-2-5. Changing the Auto Head Cleaning Setting ............................................................................................. 82
7-2-6. Cleaning the Print Head Nozzles............................................................................................................. 83
7-2-7. Replacing the Print Head.......................................................................................................................... 86
7-2-8. Adjustment after the Print Head has been replaced............................................................................... 94
7-2-9. Cleaning the Carriage Shafts ................................................................................................................... 95
7-2-10. Replacing the Wiper Blade..................................................................................................................... 96
7-3. Solving Application Problems ........................................................................................................................102
7-4. Error Messages ..............................................................................................................................................104
8. Specifications.......................................................................................................................................................... 114
8-1. Mechanical Specification................................................................................................................................ 114
8-2. Software Specification .................................................................................................................................... 114
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1. Read This First
1-1. Precautions
Please observe the following precautions before using your printer.
Please advise the following to customers.
Printed colors may transfer when a printed surface rubs on a white or light-colored synthetic
leather made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). In that case, clean the stains with a soft cloth or
toothbrush with a household cleaner or alcohol.
The machine is designed to be used within the temperature and humidity levels below. Less
humidity may cause ink clogging in Print Head nozzles.
Temperature
Keeping your printer
Operating your printer
For the best print result
32 °F to 104 °F
(0 °C to 40 °C)
50 °F to 95 °F
(10 °C to 35 °C)
59 °F to 86 °F
(15 °C to 30 °C)
Humidity
20 % to 85 %
(no condensation)
35 % to 85 %
(no condensation)
Do not pull out Ink Cartridge(s) during the operation; it may result in poor print quality or cause
damage to your printer.
Do not turn off your printer, or open the Front Cover during the operation; otherwise the printer
may be damaged or spoil the print job.
Be careful in handling a printed T-shirt that has not yet fixed by heat. Ink is difficult to wash
from stained clothes.
When you replace Yellow Ink Cartridge, replace Wiper Cleaner and clean the Head Caps and
Wiper Blade at the same time. This regular treatment helps you to keep your printer in good
condition. If not, it may cause poor print quality or your printer may be damaged.
Never use alcohol when you clean Head Caps and Wiper Blade; it will cause damage to the
Print Heads. Use Wash Liquid.
Install the Ink Cartridges in the correct positions as shown. Confirm both the colors of labels
on your printer and the Ink Cartridges.
When the ink cartridge is used your printer will show "empty" status. At this point you will need
to replace with a new Ink Cartridge. A small amount of ink remains to avoid damage to your
printer.
New consumables should be stored away from direct sunlight until they are required. Use up
within six months by the date written on the cartridge.
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Never refill ink, never reconstruct ink cartridges; ink may cohere inside the cartridge bag, tube
or even Print Head and may cause serious damage to your printer. We assume no
responsibility for any problem caused by using them.Only genuine new ink cartridges should
be used.
The ink cartridges should always be installed; otherwise the needles may stopped up with ink
and your printer may be damaged.
If the printer is unused for a period of time there is a possibility that Print Heads may become
blocked as ink dries. To avoid this, we recommend that the printer should be turned on at least
once a week and press the Head Cleaning Button to clean the Print Head. If you are planning
not to use your printer for more than two weeks, follow “6-1-5. Required Maintenance for the
Long Storage" to prevent ink clogging.
<Note> Only for the use in the United States
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.
<Note>
Product names used in this manual are, in general, trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective developer or manufacture. However, in this manual, the ® marks or TM marks are not used.
Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.
Corel, CorelDRAW and Paint Shop Pro are registered trademarks of Corel Corporation.
Adobe, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop Elements are either registered
trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
Beefy-T is a trademark of Hanes Corporation.
Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered trademarks
of their respective owners.
Screen shots used in this document are in accordance with the guidelines of Microsoft Corporation.
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1-2. Unpacking Your Printer
<Note>
Your printer must be unpacked by a Brother representative or a Brother authorized shipping company.
After unpacking, check that the following parts are included.
Contact Brother Customer Service Hot Line if any of these is missing.
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Rear Cover
4 Print Heads
Install CD
AC cord, UL/CSA 13A
Ink Cartridges:
Ink GC-50K (black), Ink GC-50M (magenta), Ink GC-50C (cyan), and Ink GC-51Y (yellow)
Nozzle Cleaning Kit
Basic Operation Manual
"How to uncrate" Manual
<Note>
Four Filter Cartridges are installed in the Ink Cartridge Slots. Keep them since they should be used for
maintenance & transport operations.
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1-3. Required Condition
Please use your printer under the conditions described in this section.
1-3-1. Environment
Temperature
Humidity
32 °F to 104 °F
20 % to 85 %
(0 °C to 40 °C)
(no condensation)
50 °F to 95 °F
Operating your printer
(10 °C to 35 °C)
59 °F to 86 °F
35 % to 85 %
For the best print result
(15 °C to 30 °C)
(no condensation)
If your room is dry, we recommend using a humidifier to avoid Print Heads from clogging with dried
ink.
Keeping your printer
1-3-2. Electrical Requirements
Power:
120 V, 50/60 Hz (USA)
230 V, 50/60 Hz (Europe)
100 V, 50/60 Hz (Japan)
Power Consumptions:
0.8 A (average)
1-3-3. Software Information
Supported OS:
Latest Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit / 64 bit),
Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit)
Supported Interface:
USB 1.1/ 2.0
Minimum System Requirements:
256 MB RAM (512 MB or more is recommended),
128 MB free disk space (256 MB or more is recommended),
1 GHz CPU (2 GHz or more is recommended.)
Recommended Applications for precise output:
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro (for BMP editing)
Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW (for Vector Data editing)
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1-3-4. Other Requirements
When purchasing optional tools, choose one that meets the following requirements.
USB cable:
USB 2.0-compliant device cable (A/B)
<Note>
Using other USB 2.0-compliant device cable may result in improper connection.
CompactFlash:
Type I Memory Card, Capacity of 64 MB to 2 GB,
FAT16 formatted,
SanDisk CompactFlash is recommended.
Heat Press:
Must be able to handle the Platen 14 x 16, and maintain heat production of 356 °F (180 °C) for 35
seconds.
T-shirt:
White or light-colored
Made with 100 % cotton, or 50 % cotton and 50 % polyester
“Hanes Beefy-T” is recommended.
1-3-5. Consumable Requirements
For ordering new or replacement items please use the codes below.
Consumable
Item Code
Black Ink Cartridge
GC-50K
Magenta Ink Cartridge
GC-50M
Cyan Ink Cartridge
GC-50C
Yellow Ink Cartridge
GC-51Y
Waste Ink Cartridge
SA5629
Cap Cleaning Kit
SA5774
Nozzle Cleaning Kit
SA5885
Platen Sheet
SA5620
Platen Sheet S
SA6401
Platen Sheet SS
SA8211
Wash Liquid
SA6248
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2. Identifying Your Printer’s Parts
2. Identifying Your Printer’s Parts
2-1. Front
No.
1
2
Name
Platen
Platen Sheet
3
T-shirt Tray
4
5
6
Front Cover
Cover Locks
Control Panel
7
8
9
Power Switch
Waste Cartridge Tray
Shoulder Bar
Description
Holds the T-shirt to be printed.
Prevents a T-shirt from slipping so that an image is printed on
your desired position.
Keeps parts of T-shirt hanging from the Platen (e.g. sleeves)
on this T-shirt Tray.
Open this to work on the inside of your printer.
Push this up to open the Front Cover.
Use this to operate your printer.
See “2-7. Control Panel” for the details.
Turns on/off your printer.
Contains the Waste Ink Cartridge.
Adjusts the T-shirt position.
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2-2. Left
5
1
2
7
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Name
Black Ink Cartridge Slot
Magenta Ink Cartridge Slot
Cyan Ink Cartridge Slot
Yellow Ink Cartridge Slot
Ink Cartridge Storage
Cleaning Tool Storage
Filter Cartridge Storage
3
4
6
Description
Load an Ink Cartridge of the appropriate color.
Store the new Ink Cartridges.
Store the Cleaning Kits.
Store the four Filter Cartridges.
2-3. Right
1. CompactFlash slot
2. USB port
3. Power cord socket
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2-4. Rear
Rear Cover
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2-5. Inside of the Front Cover
Cancel any operation and turn off your printer before opening the Front Cover.
Open the Front Cover by pushing up the Cover Locks with both hands.
<Note> If you open the Front Cover while operating, the power automatically turns off.
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1
3
No.
1
Name
Print Heads
2
Obstruction Sensor
3
Wiper Cleaner Cassette
Description
Jets the ink to the platen.
From the left black, magenta, cyan, and yellow.
Cancels an operation for safety, if it detects obstructions on the
Platen.
Contains the Wiper Cleaner.
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2-6. Under the Platen
No.
1
Name
Platen Height
Adjustment Lever
2
Platen Fixing Lever
Description
Adjusts the Platen height.
Leftmost "A" is the normal T-shirt position.
Check the exact height with Platen Button on Control Panel
when you print on thicker material.
Fixes the Platen.
Tighten/Loosen this lever to install/uninstall the Platen and to
adjust the Platen height.
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2-7. Control Panel
No.
1
Name
Error Lamp
2
3
Platen Button
Head Cleaning
Button
4
Stop Button
5
Up Button
6
Down Button
7
OK Button
8
Back Button
9
Display
10
Print Button
Description
Indicates errors or warnings.
See “2-7-1. Indication Lamps” for the details.
Loads / Ejects the Platen.
Cleans the Print Heads.
See “7-2-2. Cleaning the Print Heads” in the Instruction Manual
for the details.
Cancels printing or Print Head cleaning.
Returns to Standby mode.
Selects the previous (upper) item.
Increases a numeric value.
Opens the Menu display.
Selects the next (lower) item.
Decreases a numeric value.
Opens the Menu display.
Executes the selected command.
Opens the Menu display.
Clears the error status.
Returns to the previous display.
Opens the Menu display.
Displays the Job Comment of the print data received, the status of
the printer, and the menu items for various settings.
Starts printing operation.
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2-7-1. Indication Lamps
The lamps on the control panel indicate the status of your printer as shown below.
Lamp
Printer Status
Off: No print data has been received.
Print Button
Flashing: Receiving a print data.
On: Printing data has been received.
Off: No error is detected.
Error Lamp
On: One or more errors have been detected (See “7-4. Error
Messages” in the Instruction Manual for the details).
<Note>
On machine initialization these lamps have a 30 second self check time.
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2-7-2. Display
Menu Display:
This display is used to select an operation for maintenance or setting up.
Job/ Status Display
When your printer has received a print data, it shows the Job/ Status Display: it displays the
information needed for printing operations.
No.
1
2
Item Shown
Description
Shows the last 17 characters of a received data.
Amount of Ink
Shows how much ink (cc) is required for making one print of the
Required
received data.
Shows warning message(s) if necessary.
3
Platen Size
Shows Platen Size set by Printer Driver.
4
Double Print Icon
Appears when “Double Printing” is checked.
5
Printer Status
Shows the printer status.
6
CF Icon
Appears when a CompactFlash card is inserted.
7
Amount of Ink
Shows amount of ink remained in each cartridge
Remained
(from the left, <K (Black)>/ <M (Magenta)>/ <C (Cyan)>/
<Y (Yellow)>). It flashes when ink is low.
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Number of Print
Shows “Number of prints completed”/ “Total number of prints set
by Printer Driver”.
<Note> When one or more errors are detected, error message(s) will be displayed instead.
Job Comment
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3. Getting Started
3. Getting Started
Before using your printer, it needs to be correctly setup as described in this chapter.
WARNING
Do not handle the power cord with wet hands, otherwise it may cause electric shocks.
Do not set up the printer in a dusty environment. If dust collects inside the printer, it may
cause fire or electric shocks or problems with correct operation.
Be sure to connect the ground. If the ground connection is not secure, you run a high risk of
receiving a serious electric shock, and problems with correct operation may also occur.
Do not bend the cords excessively or fasten them too hard with staples or anything similar
to secure cords, otherwise there is the danger that fire or electric shocks could occur.
CAUTION
Setting up and moving of the printer should only be carried out by a qualified technician.
The printer machine weighs approximately 100 kg. Transporting and setting up of the
printer should be carried out by four or more people.
The machine must be transported using the correct handling points only. Do not use the
cartridge housings to move the machine. The machine may tip over or fall down and cause
injury.
The printer must be used on a suitable stable surface, otherwise it may tip over or fall down
and cause injury.
Furthermore, the table that supports the printer should be at least 100 cm in width and 80
cm in depth, and should be able to bear a weight of 150 kg or more.
Do not set up the printer in a place where it will be affected by vibration. It may become
unbalanced and fall down, which cause injury or damage to the printer.
Do not connect the power cord until setup is complete, otherwise the printer may operate if
the power switch is turned on by mistake, which could result in injury.
Do not climb onto the printer or place heavy objects on top of it, otherwise it may become
unbalanced and tip over or fall down and cause injury.
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3-1. Placing Your Printer
Locate your printer taking the following into account
Environmental conditions are suitable.
Avoid direct sunlight, dust and extremes of humidity.
Never use an extension cable.
A working space must be left around the printer.
Minimum space of 80 cm on the front, 5 cm on the rear, 30 cm on the left side (for ink
cartridges) and 15 cm on the right side (for CF card, USB and power code).
Body size is about 120 cm x 95 cm x 60 cm . See the figure below.
Put your printer on a stable and flat table, at least 100 cm in width, 80 cm in depth, which
should be able to bear a weight of 150 kg or more.
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3-2. Turning On/Off Your Printer
<Note>
Before you connect the power cord, make sure:
The Ink Cartridges, Waste Cartridge Tray, and Wiper Cleaner Cassette are installed.
The Rear Cover is mounted.
Keep the front space as the Platen slides out approximately 30 cm (12 inches) when operating.
3-2-1. Turning On Your Printer
(1) Connect the power cord (included) to the power cord socket of your printer.
(2) Connect the power plug to the power outlet.
Ensue the printer is connected to a suitable earth point
(3) Press the Power Switch to turn on your printer.
Your printer turns on, displays "Welcome to GT-541", and lights up the Error Lamp and the Print
Button while initializing.
The initialization requires approx. 40 seconds and will indicate when it is completed.
When the installation finishes, the machine enters standby mode.
3-2-2. Turning Off Your Printer
When you have finished using your printer, follow the instructions below to turn it off.
(1) Make sure that your printer is "standby" or "ready" mode.
(2) Select "Platen Reset" in Menu or press Platen Button to store the Platen.
(3) Press Power Switch to turn off your printer.
(4) If you are planning not to use your printer for over-two-week periods of time, disconnect the power
plug from the power outlet.
<Note>
Do not turn off your printer when it is operating. It may cause serious damage to your printer. If
you turn off your printer accidentally during the operation, immediately restart it, and then turn it off
correctly following the steps described in this section.
If the printer is unused for a long time we recommend turning on your printer once a week and
press the Head Cleaning Button to clean the Print Head. This ensures the ink is kept free flowing.
If you are planning not to use your printer for more than two weeks, follow “6-1-5. Required
Maintenance for the Long Storage" to prevent ink clogging.
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3-3. Preparing Your PC
This section describes how to install the GT-541 Printer Driver (File Output), manuals (Basic
Operation Manual/ Instruction Manual), Brother GT File Viewer, and other tools. Make sure the
steps because there are some different dialogs shown by Windows OS.
After those installations are over, install GT-541 Printer Driver (USB) by connecting USB 2.0 cable.
3-3-1. PC preparation: For Windows XP / 2000 (32 bit)
Do not connect the printer to the PC at this stage.
<Note>
You must be logged on with Administrator rights on the PC.
(1) Turn on your PC.
(2) Close all open applications
(3) Insert the Install CD (included) to your PC. Open the CD-ROM drive, move to [ 32 bit_OS ] and
double-click "Setup.exe".
(4) The installer starts installation. Follow the indications of the dialogs.
<Note>
When you click "Install Driver & Tools" after completing the installation, the message to confirm
uninstallation appears. If you click "Yes", uninstallation starts to uninstall the necessary tools but
Printer Driver(s) is/are not uninstalled. If uninstallation fails, a dialog box appears “Uninstallation of
the former version failed. Do you want to continue installing the new version?”. Click [ No ] and quit
the installer. Open "Add or Remove Programs" of Control Panel and remove "Brother GT-Tools".
Then start the installation from the beginning.
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(5) During the installation, the following warning appears. Click "Continue Anyway" and continue.
Windows XP
Windows 2000
(6) After installation, your PC will need to restart. Remove your Install CD and restart your PC. If you are going
to use your printer without connecting it to your PC, this will be the end of PC preparation.
3-3-2. Connection with USB 2.0 Cable: for Windows XP
(1) Connect the USB 2.0 cable to your printer (power OFF).
<Note>
We do not recommend connection via a USB hub to the printer.
(2) Connect the other end of the USB 2.0 Cable to your PC.
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(3) Turn on your GT-541 printer. The following window appears.
Select "No, not this time”, and then click “Next”.
(4) Insert the Install CD. The following window appears.
(5) Select “Install the software automatically (Recommended)”, and the click “Next”.
The installation starts. When "Hardware installation" dialog (not passed Windows Logo testing)
appears during installation, Click "Continue Anyway". The installation continues.
<Note>
If the following window appears, follow the instruction below:
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(1) Confirm that the Install CD is inserted properly, and then click “OK”.
The following window appears.
(2) If install CD is not in drive [D:], the following window appears. Click “Browse…” to select the
CD drive, and then click “OK”. The installation continues.
(6) Click "Finish" when "Completing the Found New Hardware Wizard" dialog.
(7) Open "Printers and Faxes" in "Control Panel".
(8) Click either "Brother GT-541" or Brother GT-541 FileOutput icon and select "Set as Default Printer"
on “File” menu. “Brother GT-541” icon is checked and Brother GT-541 is set as the default printer.
This will help to do the layout with your application software.
The PC setup is now completed.
<Note> for installations of more than one GT-541 printer.
To connect another GT-541 to the PC, repeat the steps of 3-3-2. Connection with USB 2.0 Cable:
for Windows XP. From the second GT-541, the printer names automatically become
“GT-541(copyX)”. You can change the names as "GT-541 xxx" in the “Printer and Faxes” in the
“Control Panel” for your workability.
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3-3-3. Connection with USB 2.0 Cable: for Windows 2000
(1) Connect the USB 2.0 cable to your printer (power OFF).
<Note>
We do not recommend connection via a USB hub to the printer.
(2) Connect the other end of the USB 2.0 Cable to your PC.
(3) Turn on your GT-541 printer. Brother GT-541 Printer Driver starts installing automatically.
<Note>
If Brother GT-541 is not installed, the following window appears: follow the instruction below to
install it manually:
(1) Insert the Install CD, and then click “OK”. The following window appears.
(2) If install CD is not in drive [D:], the following window appears. Click “Browse…” to select the
CD drive, and then click “OK”. Brother GT-541 is installed.
(4) Open the "Printers" in the “Control Panel”.
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(5) Click either "Brother GT-541" or Brother GT-541 FileOutput icon and select "Set as Default Printer"
on “File” menu. “Brother GT-541” icon is checked and Brother GT-541 is set as the default printer.
This helps to do the layout with your application software.
The PC setup is now completed.
<Note>
To connect another GT-541 to the PC, repeat the steps 3-3-3. Connection with USB 2.0 Cable: for
Windows 2000. From the second GT-541, the printer names automatically become
“GT-541(copyX)”. You can change the names "GT-541 xxx" in the “Printers” in the “Control Panel”
for your workability.
Modify same as previous section for multiple printers.
3-3-4. Opening the installed manuals
(1) Click “All Programs” on “Start” menu.
(2) Select “Brother GT-Tools”.
(3) Click the manual you want to open.
<Note>
Only manuals with selected language are installed to your PC. Others PDF files are in the folder
"Manual" on Install CD.
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3-3-5. Installing Useful Tools
We provide Color Palettes for Adobe Photoshop (GT-541_Colors.aco) / CorelDRAW
(GT-541_Colors.cpl) to help you with printing. The colors are the same in ColorChart which is
available in "Test Print" menu of Printer Driver. Print ColorChart to check the colors that your
Printer actually provides as color formula guide. CorelDRAW template files are also available to
help you with final layout.
(1) Turn on your PC.
(2) Insert the Install CD (included) to your PC.
(3) Open [ UsefulTools ] folder.
(4) Select the language (UsefulTools_XXX.html).
3-3-6 Installation of PC for Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit)
Refer to "3-3-2. Connection with USB 2.0 Cable: for Windows XP" first and confirm the procedures and
notes. In brief, like for Windows XP and Windows 2000, GT-541 File Output Printer Driver, tools and
manuals are installed first from Install CD, and PC must be restarted. Then PC is connected to USB 2.0
cable, the printer turned ON, and USB 2.0 cable connected to the printer.
Installation of GT-541 File Output Printer Driver
Do not connect the printer to the PC at this stage.
<Note>
You must be logged on with Administrator rights on the PC.
(1) Turn on your PC.
(2) Close all open applications
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(3) Insert the Install CD (included) to your PC.
Select either [ 32bit_OS ] or [ 64bit_OS ] (depends on your PC) and execute "Setup.exe".
(4) The monitor turns dark and the following dialog appears when User Account Control is ON. Select
"Continue".
(5) The Installer starts installation. Follow the indications of the dialogs.
(6) During the installation, the following warning appears. Click "Install this driver software anyway" and
continue.
(7) After installation, your PC will need to restart. Remove your Install CD and restart your PC. If you are going
to use your printer without connecting it to your PC, this will be the end of PC preparation.
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Connection with USB 2.0 Cable
(1) Connect the USB 2.0 cable to your printer (power OFF).
(2) Connect the other end of the USB 2.0 Cable to your PC.
(3) Turn on your GT-541 printer. Installation starts automatically. The information appears at the right
bottom of the PC monitor.
(4) After installation, open "Printers" in "Control Panel" of PC.
(5) Click either "Brother GT-541" or Brother GT-541 FileOutput icon and select "Set as Default Printer"
on “File” menu. “Brother GT-541” icon is checked and Brother GT-541 is set as the default printer.
This will help to do the layout with your application software. The PC setup is now completed.
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3-4. Setting Up Your Printer
Adjust the display contrast and the speaker volume as required.
3-4-1. Adjusting the Display Contrast
(1) Press the OK Button on your printer’s Control Panel.
The following display appears.
(2) Use the Up/Down Button to highlight “LCD Contrast”, and then press the OK Button.
The following display appears.
(3) Use the Up/Down Button to select your desired contrast from 0 to 7, and then press the OK Button.
3-4-2. Adjusting the Speaker Volume
(1) Press the OK Button on your printer’s Control Panel.
The following display appears.
(2) Use the Up/Down Button to select “Speaker Volume”, and then press the OK Button.
The following display appears.
(3) Use the Up/Down Button to select your desired volume from 0 (silent) to 7, and then press the OK
Button.
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3-4-3. Language
(1) Press the OK Button on your printer’s Control Panel.
(2) Use the Up/Down Button to select “Language”, and then press the OK Button.
(3) Use the Up/Down Button to select your desired language from English / Español / Français /
Deutsch / Italiano and then press the OK button.
3-4-4. Temperature
(1) Press the OK Button on your printer’s Control Panel.
(2) Use the Up/Down Button to select “Temperature”, and then press the OK Button.
(3) Use the Up/Down Button to select your desired language from Fahrenheit / Centigrade and then
press the OK button.
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WARNING
If a foreign object gets inside the printer, immediately turn off the power switch and
disconnect the power cord, and arrange for a service call to resolve.
If you continue to use the printer while there is a foreign object inside, it may result in fire or
electric shocks or problems with correct operation.
Do not allow water or oil to get onto the printer, otherwise it may cause fire or electric shocks
or problems with correct operation.
If any liquids get onto the printer, immediately turn off the power switch and disconnect the
power cord, and arrange for a service call to resolve.
Do not use the printer when smoke or a bad odor coming from the printer, otherwise it may
cause fire or electric shocks or problems with correct operation. Immediately turn off the
power switch and disconnect the power cord, and arrange for a service call to resolve.
CAUTION
This printer should only be used by operators who are appropriately trained in its operation.
Do not move the Platen by hand.
The Printer may be seriously damaged by this.
When a problem occurs with the operation of the printer, contact the place of purchase or a
qualified technician.
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4-1. Basic Printing Procedure
(1) Set the proper color settings and print conditions of the application. For precise editing and output,
applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Paint Shop Pro are recommended.
See “4-2. Setting the Applications’ Print Condition” for further details.
(2) Create the artwork using a suitable graphic application.
(3) Select [ File ] > [ Print ] menu of your application an set Printer Driver conditions.
See “4-3. Setting the Printer Driver Condition”.
(4) Turn on your printer:
See “3-2-1. Turning On Your Printer”.
(5) Send data to your Printer. Select Printer Driver: either GT-541 Printer Driver (USB 2.0 Cable) for
direct print or GT-541 FileOutput Printer Driver to make print data file (.arp).
As for sending .arp file to your Printer, see "5. Printing ARP Files".
(6) Install the Platen of the size you have selected in step (3):
See “4-4. Uninstalling / Installing the Platen”.
(7) Set the T-shirt on the Platen and adjust the Platen height:
See “4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen”.
(8) Press the Print Button on the Control Panel to start printing.
(9) Remove the "printed" T-shirt from the Platen.
See “4-7. Removing the T-shirt From the Platen”.
(10) Fix the ink with heat onto the T-shirt.
Use the Heat Press to fix the ink onto the T-shirt. See “4-8. Fixing the Ink onto the T-shirt”.
(11) Repeat (7) to (10) until all the prints are finished.
(12) Turn off your printer if all printing is completed.
See “3-2-2. Turning Off Your Printer”.
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4-2. Setting the Applications’ Print Condition
This section describes the settings for correct printing of garments.
4-2-1. Common Notice for All Applications
Color Mode / Color Space:
GT-541 Printer is RGB (Red Green Blue) printer.. If you use Adobe, Corel applications, please
note that some colors in CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black) mode cannot be printed as
expected because of the color matching process.. We strongly recommend that the artwork
should be made in RGB mode and working space should be always "sRGB IEC61966-2.1".
Print Layout:
Your printer has a large print area 14x 16 inches (35 x 40 cm), Any application has a rule to do the
layout in printing, e.g. Microsoft Internet Explore sets the artwork at the center top, Microsoft Power
Point does at the center middle. The GT-541 Printer does not have Letter or A4 paper size. To
avoid this issue, please set the paper size as 14x 16 inches (35 x 40 cm) and do the layout
manually by yourself.
We recommend that GT-541 Printer should be your PC's default printer.
Print Cancel:
Your printer does not start printing until you press the Print Button; The printer memory only holds
one print job data at any time.
<Important!>
Do not use canceling command from “Printer and Faxes (for Windows XP)” / “Printers (for Windows
2000, Vista)” / "Devices and Printers (Windows 7)" in “Control Panel”. Doing so causes an error and you
may have to restart your printer.
Print ARP files:
Use “GT-541 FileOutput” Printer Driver, which saves print data in ARP format. With this you can
see the detailed print conditions and estimated ink cost. See “5. Printing ARP Files.” for the details.
<Important!>
Do not use “Print to File” command in the applications’ Print window.
<Note>
The settings of printer driver may be applied for one print; it depends on the application.
The settings made with Control Panel of your PC sometimes may not be applied to the application. If
so, make the settings again in the menu of printer driver; these are applied to the actual settings.
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4-2-2. Settings for CorelDRAW 10/11/12/X3
Color settings:
(1) Select [ Tools ] > [ Color Management ]
(2) CorelDRAW 10/11/12: Select “Color Management off” as the style.
CorelDRAW 10/11/12
CorelDRAW X3: Select RGB radio button. Check the left top menu:
it changes [default settings] to [ Custom (Current settings not saved)].
Also click the orange arrow from [ Generic CMYK printer profile ] to [ Generic Profile ]
CorelDRAW X3
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Print Area (CorelDRAW 10/11/12/X3) :
(1) Select [ File ] > [ Print Setup ] menu.
(2) Select “Brother GT-541” or "Brother GT-541 FileOutput" for the printer to be used. Your PC's default
printer is recommended.
(3) Select [ Layout ] > [ Page Setup ] menu.
<Note> These steps can be applied to set an accurate layout for already existing files.
(4) Click "Set From Printer" to preview the created image in the Platen size.
<Note>
The image may not be able to be previewed properly with the Platen 10 x 12. In this case, enter the
Platen size using the numeric buttons.
Color Palette in Install CD (CorelDRAW 10/11/12/X3):
(1) See "3-3-5. Installing the Useful Tools" and download CorelDRAW Color Palette.
(2) Select the [ Window ] > [ Color Palette ] > [ Open palette ] menu.
(3) Select "GT-541_Colors.cpl".
<Important!>
Do not use HKS, Pantone and other licensed palettes. Those spot Colors are treated "special" for
screen-printing Color separation (remember you can print each Color by print menu). GT-541 Printer
Driver cannot deal with these information in Color matching.
Print: (CorelDRAW 10/11/12/X3):
(1) Select [ File ] > [ Print ] menu.
Click "Properties" to do Printer Driver settings.
<Important!>
Do not check “Print to File" on Print window to make print files.
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Convert to Bitmap:
(1) Select [ Bitmaps ] > [ Convert to Bitmap... ] menu.
(2) CorelDRAW 10/11/12: Make sure that "Color" is RGB and "Apply ICC Profile" is OFF.
CorelDRAW X3: Make sure that "Color" is RGB and "Apply ICC Profile" is ON
<Important!>
The platen size may become 14x16 inches when pressing Set From Printer, even after setting the
size of 10x12 inches at "Document Properties" dialog box of Printer Driver. To make print data in
platen size of 10x12 inches, set Width : 10 inches, Height : 12 inches.
If the print data file is not saved from the printer driver menu but application menu, the extension of
the print data is automatically ".prn" although you added .arp. Before you use GT File Viewer to print,
change the extension to ".arp" manually.
There are some cases reported in CorelDRAW 11/12 that outline Colors of curved texts (often by
Envelop Effects) are not fully printed. In those cases, convert the text object into Bitmap before you
print or check "Rasterize entire page (DPI)" checkbox in [ Misc ] tag of [ Print ] menu. The default DPI
is 400, but 200-300 dpi will be enough to save time.
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4-2-3. Settings for Adobe Photoshop 6/7/CS/CS2
Color settings:
(1) Select [ Edit ] > [ Color Settings ] menu. The Color Settings window appears.
(2) Make Color settings as follows, and then click “OK".
Advanced Mode: Check
Working Spaces
RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
CMYK: U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 / Europe ISO Coated FOGRA27
Conversion Options/ Intent: Relative Colorimetric
<Important!>
Make the artwork in RGB mode because CMYK artwork is printed, colors e.g. black, yellow and
purple turn vague and dull. Convert to RGB in sRGB IEC61966-2.1 profile Color space and
improve the Color saturation: select [ Image ] > [ Arrangements ] to select the proper menu. Or use
Vivid Processing in Printer Driver (see "4-3. Setting the Printer Driver Condition").
Photoshop CS2
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Print:
(1) Select [ File ] > [ Print with Preview Alt + Ctrl + P ] menu (depends on versions).
When the default printer of the PC used is set "Brother GT-541”, the layout is set in this window.
(2) Photoshop 6/7/CS:
Make print options as follows, go to "Page Setup..." to do Printer Driver settings, and then click
“Print”.
Show More Options: Check
Pull-down menu: Color Management
Source Space/ Document: sRGB IEC61966-2.1 or Untagged RGB
Print Space/ Profile: Printer Color Management
Photoshop CS2
Make print options as follows, go to "Page Setup..." to do Printer Driver settings, and then click
“Print” .
More Options: click
Pull-down menu: Color Management
Print: Document: Profile: sRGB IEC IEC61966-2.1 or untagged
Options: Color Handing: Let Printer Determine Colors
Photoshop CS2
(3) Go on to the Page Setup dialog and click "OK".
<Note>
Do not check “Print to File" on Print window to make print files.
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Color Palette (Swatch) in Install CD:
(1) See "3-3-5. Installing the Useful Tools" and download Photoshop Color Palette (called swatch in
Photoshop) GT-541_Colors.aco.
(2) Select [ Window ] and check [ Swatches ] to show. Click the little triangle at the right top of the
window (in the orange circle below) to show the submenu.
Photoshop CS2
(3) Select [ Replace Swatches... ] and select file GT-541_Colors.aco.
The swatch replaced.
<Important!>
Do not use HKS, Pantone and other licensed palettes. Those spot Colors are treated "special" for
screen-printing Color separation (remember you can print each Color by print menu). GT-541 Printer
Driver cannot deal with these information in color matching.
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4-2-4. Settings for Adobe Illustrator 10/CS/CS2
<Important!>
Set Brother GT-541 as the default printer before you go on to the following steps, otherwise, an
image may be printed incorrectly.
Make the print data in RGB Color mode to get the best Color accuracy. In CMYK color mode
artwork may be printed dark and unclear. Transforming it to RGB (“Document Color Mode” on “File”
menu) may improve the result, but black, yellow, and purple cannot be printed accurately. We
recommend you edit the artwork or use Vivid Processing (see 4-3-4. Increasing the Vividness).
Color settings:
(1) Select [ Edit ] > [ Color Settings ] menu. The Color Settings window appears.
(2) Make Color settings as follows, and then click “OK".
Advanced Mode: Check
Working Spaces
RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
CMYK: U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 / Europe ISO Coated FOGRA27
Conversion Options/ Intent: Relative Colorimetric
Illustrator CS2
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Opening the new file:
Set the New Document settings as follows:
Width: 14 in
Height: 16 in
Orientation: Portrait
Color Mode: RGB Color
Illustrator CS2
Printing:
(1) Click [ File ] > [ Print ] menu.
(2) Illustrator 10/CS: Make sure the following settings.
Make sure Source Space is either "sRGB IEC61966-2.1" or "Untagged RGB".
Print Space/ Profile: Same As Source
Click "Properties" (Illustrator 10) or "Setup" (Illustrator CS) to do Printer Driver Settings.
Illustrator CS (English Version)
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llustrator CS2: Make sure the following settings.
Make sure Document Profile and Printer Profile are either "sRGB IEC61966-2.1" or "Untagged
RGB".
Color Handling: Let Illustrator determine Colors
Click "Setup" to do Printer Driver Settings.
Illustrator CS2
<Important!>
In Illustrator 10, if “Use Print Setup” is selected as the Artboard and “Single Full Page” is selected as
the View in “Document Setup” window, proper print image will not be sent to your printer. If you want
to use “Use Print Setup”, apply “Tile Full Pages” or “Tile Imageable Areas” as the View, and then
select “Use Print Setup”.
The tile print is not available; only the last-received image will be printed.
When printing a small image (especially an image smaller than 14 x 16 inches), the Platen Size may
be set to Platen 10 x 12 automatically. Confirm the Platen Size in the Printer Driver window before
you print.
Do not check “Print to File” on Print window to make print files.
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An image that is smaller than 14 x 16 inches (e.g. a letter-size image) may not be printed on proper
positions, or may result in errors. If this happens follow the steps below to correct.
(1) Open "Document Setup" on "File" menu.
(2) Select "Artboard".
(3) Check "Use Print Setup", and then click "Print Setup…".
The Print Setup window appears.
If "Platen 14x16" is selected for "Size", temporally change it to "Platen 10x12", and then click
“OK”.
If "Platen 10x12" is selected for "Size”, temporally change it to "Platen 14x16", and then click
“OK”.
(4) Click “OK” on the Document Setup window.
(5) Open "Document Setup" in "File" menu again, and select "Artboard".
(6) Click "Print Setup…" to open the Print Setup window.
(7) Change "Size" back to the original setting, and then click "OK".
(8) Click “OK” on the Document Setup window.
Landscape images may not be printed properly. Check the preview on Print window, and if it is not
correct, follow the procedure below to solve the problem.
(1) Confirm the Media Size in Print window is “Defined by Driver (it is set as default; do not change
it)”.
(2) Change the Orientation to portrait
To change the Platen Size, go on to the next step. If not, skip to step (6).
(3) Click “Setup…”. Click “Continue” when the warning window appears.
(4) Another Print window appears. Click “Preferences”.
(5) Change the Platen Size on Printer Driver window, and then click “OK”.
(6) Confirm the preview on the original Print window, and then click “Print”.
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4-2-5. Settings for Adobe Photoshop Elements
Color settings and print settings are required before printing. After the printer driver is installed, set
the Colors before editing the document.
Color settings:
(1) Select "Color Settings..." on "Edit" menu.
The Color Settings window appears.
(2) Select "Limited Color management" – optimized for Web graphics", and then click “OK”.
Photoshop Elements 3 (English Version)
Printing
Refer to Photoshop 6/7/CS page in "4-2-3. Settings for Photoshop 6/7/CS/CS2".
(1) Select [ File ] > [ Print... ] menu.
The Print Preview window appears.
(2) Do the settings as follows:
Show More Options: Check
Print Space/ Profile: Printer Color Management
(3) Click "Properties" on Print dialog to do Printer Driver settings.
Color Palette (swatch) in install CD:
Color Palette GT-541_Colors.aco is available for Photoshop Element. See "4-2-3 Settings for Adobe
Photoshop 6/7/CS/CS2".
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4-2-6. Setting Paint Shop Pro Print Condition
Color settings:
(1) Select [ File ] > [ Preferences ] menu.
(2) Select "Color Management".
The Color Management window appears.
(3) Uncheck "Enable Color Management", and then click “OK”.
Paint Shop Pro 9 (English Version)
Printing
(1) Select [ File ] > [ Print ] menu. Click "Properties" to do Printer Driver Settings.
<Important!>
Leaving the Job Comment blank displays Windows files system name called "PSP PRINT" which
indicates the application name on your printer’s display. If you have entered the Job Comment, it will
be displayed.
Do not check “Print to File” on Print window to make print files.
4-2-7. Printing From Other Applications
If the application does not have Color Settings, the Color space is sRGB (Windows standard). Just
select [ File ] > [ Print ] menu to print.
<Important!>
Fit Paper size / Page size to the Platen size you are going to use; either 14x16 or 10x12 and do the
layout of the artwork.
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4-3. Setting the Printer Driver Condition
Set the printer driver condition following the procedure below.
(1) Select [ File ] > [ Print ] menu of the graphic application.
The Print window appears.
(2) Select "Brother GT-541" for the printer, and then click "Properties ... ".
The following window appears: make the necessary settings, and then click “OK”.
The following items can be set in this window.
"Rollover help" indicates in the bottom of the dialog. Move the pointer on the menu. The information
can be seen with GT File Viewer when you use Brother GT-541 FileOutput Printer Driver to make
ARP file.
Job Comment: See “4-3-1. Entering the Job Comment”.
Platen Size:
See “4-3-2. Selecting the Platen Size”.
Media Color: See “4-3-3. Setting the Media”.
Vivid Processing: See “4-3-4. Increasing the Vividness”.
Double Printing: See “4-3-5. Setting Double Print”.
Ink Volume:
See “4-3-6. Selecting the Ink Volume”.
Yellow / Black Printing: See “4-3-7. Setting Yellow / Black Printing”.
Click “Default” to make all items to their defaults.
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4-3-1. Entering the Job Comment
You can enter a comment (max 17 characters) to display on your printer’s Control Panel. It is used
to advise the operator.
4-3-2. Selecting the Platen Size
Select the appropriate Platen size from the pull-down menu. When you use the Platen which
mismatches with print data, or use Baby Platen (7x8 inches, option) , make sure the location and
offset information.
4-3-3. Setting the Media Color
To reproduce the Color on a T-shirt, you need to specify the Color of T-shirt. Select "White", "Pink",
"Yellow", "Blue", or "Gray" from the pull-down menu are the available options.
4-3-4. Increasing the Vividness of the Colors
Use this function to increase the vividness of an image. Slide the “Vivid Processing” tab to select 0
(almost the same vividness as shown on the display), 1 (increases the vividness one level without
changing the tone; suitable for photo images), 2 (increases the vividness two levels; select this to
print photo images most vividly), 3 (increases the vividness three levels; suitable for illustrated
images), or 4 (increases the vividness four levels; also suitable for illustrated images).
The bigger the number is, the more vivid the image is printed. When the original artwork is i n
CMYK mode, Vivid Processing 3 (2-4) is recommended to increase the saturation.
<Note>
The Colors may be unexpectedly changed by Vivid Processing 3 or 4.
4-3-5. Setting Double Printing
Check the Double Printing to print an image clearer and sharper by widening the Color gamut.
This is recommended especially for black and white images.
<Note>
When you are using this function, you cannot select the “Ink Volume” or “Yellow / Black Printing”.
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4-3-6. Selecting the Ink Volume
To get the best print result, you may need to adjust the amount of ink depending on the fabric of
the T-shirt to prevent blurring
Print “Ink volume check pattern” first and select the best ink volume by sliding the Ink Volume tab.
(1) Make sure that your PC is connected to GT-541 printer with USB 2.0 Cable and select the Utility
tab.
(2) Select "Ink volume check pattern" form the pull down menu, and then click “Print” to send the data
to your printer.
(3) Set the Platen selected in the Main Setting tab.
See “4-4. Uninstalling / Installing the Platen”.
(4) Place the T-shirt you want to test on the Platen.
See “4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen”.
(5) Press the Print Button on your printer’s Control Panel to start printing the "Ink volume check
pattern".
(6) Remove the T-shirt from the Platen.
See “4-7. Removing the T-shirt From the Platen”.
(7) Set the ink onto the T-shirt using the Heat Press.
See “4-8. Fixing the Ink onto the T-shirt”.
(8) Find out which number shows the best result with Refer to the following examples:
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Example 1 (50% cotton 50% polyester thin T-shirt)
Select Ink Volume 10
Example 2 (100% polyester synthetic leather fabric)
Select Ink Volume 2
4-3-7. Setting Yellow / Black Printing
Yellow/black printing can sometimes show the problem below.
Check the Yellow / Black Printing check box to solve the problem.
Checking the Yellow / Black Printing means the printer prints with yellow ink first, and then prints
with other Colors, to optimize quality.
Yellow / Black Printing off
Yellow / Black Printing on
<Note> When you are using this function, you cannot select the “Double Printing”.
4-3-8. Printing Color Chart
For your information, GT-541 Color Chart is available to understand Color gamut. Print the T-shirt
and Color Chart will work something like Pantone's Color Formula Guide.
(1) Make sure that your PC is connected to GT-541 printer with USB 2.0 Cable and select the Utility
tab.
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(2) Select "Color Chart" form the pull down menu, and then click “Print” to send the data to your printer.
(3) Print on the T-shirt and set ink with Heat Press.
<Note>
Use our Color Palette for Photoshop and CorelDRAW, which is in Install CD. See "4-2-3. Settings for
CorelDRAW 10/11/12/X3" and "4-2-3. Settings for Adobe Photoshop 6/7/CS/CS2".
These are RGB values in Vivid Processing = 0. Colors change as the number increase.
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4-4. Uninstalling / Installing the Platen
Replace the Platen for your print material. When Youth Platen 10 x 12 inches is used, be sure to
set "Platen Size" in Printer Driver menu (see "4-3-2. Selecting the Platen Size").
4-4-1. Uninstalling the Platen
(1) Press the Platen Button to eject the Platen
(2) Loosen the Platen Fixing Lever underneath the Platen.
Platen Fixing Lever
(3) Uninstall the Platen by lifting it up straight.
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4-4-2. Installing the Platen
(1) Place the Platen.
(2) Tighten the Platen Fixing Lever securely.
<Note>
Adjust the Platen Height (see "4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen ").
Platen Fixing Lever
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4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen
CAUTION
Ensure there is adequate space left for safe working. The Platen moves forward while
operating.
Do not handle the platen while printing. If your hand gets caught between the platen or the
T-shirt tray and the covers, it may be injured.
Do not move the Platen by hand.
The Printer may be seriously damaged by this.
To get the optimum quality print result, you need to adjust the Platen height depending on the
thickness of the T-shirt.
<Note>
If Platen height is too low, the result may be poor quality (e.g. a straight line becomes double). Adjust it
properly by test moving the platen in with Platen Button on the Control Panel. When you have to lower
the Platen to avoid any material which is thicker i.e. hems the hems, use Uni-Directional print (see "7-2-4.
Changing the Print Direction").
(1) If the Platen is not ejected, press the Platen Button to eject it.
(2) Gently turn the Platen Height Adjustment Lever to the left until it stops.
Platen Height Adjustment Lever
Platen Fixing Lever
<Note> Do not use force.
(3) Loosen the Platen Fixing Lever.
(4) Turn the Platen Height Adjustment Lever to the “A” position (leftmost), where is best for normal
T-shirts.
(3) Tighten the Platen Fixing Lever securely.
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(4) Place the T-shirt, with its print side on the top of Platen and the other side underneath the Platen, as
shown below.
Print Side
<Note>
Pay attention to the hems; neck, arm holes, tags, and the bottom.
The side edges may raise and hit the Print Head during printing operation. It is important to ensure
the t shirt surface is flat and smooth.
(7) Smooth the surface to remove wrinkles and threads with your hands. It is easier to smooth from the
center of the shirt outwards.
<Note>
If the surface of T-shirt is not smooth enough, the Obstruction Sensor may be activated
When placing a thick fabric such as a sweatshirt, keep its surface as flat as possible.
(8) Keep the sleeves and overflows on the T-shirt Tray to avoid jamming.
T-shirt Tray
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(9) Press the Platen Button to insert the Platen, and check the gap between the Obstruction Sensor
and the T-shirt.
If the Platen height is appropriate, the space is around 2.0 mm.
<Note>
Make sure you check the space when the Platen is moving, so that the Obstruction Sensor work
properly. While the platen stops, it is in upper position.
If the Platen height is too high, the T-shirt, Print Head, or both of them may be damaged when
printing.
Obstruction Sensor
Obstruction Sensor
(10) Press the Platen Button to eject the Platen.
If the Platen height is appropriate, you can go to “4-6. Printing” to start printing.
If not, go on to the following steps.
(11) Loosen the Platen Fixing Lever.
(12) Adjust the Platen height by turning the Platen Height Adjustment Lever.
The “A” position is the highest. The Platen lowers as you turn the Platen Height Adjustment Lever to
the right.
(13) Tighten the Platen Fixing Lever securely.
(14) Repeat steps (9) and (10) and check the Platen height.
Repeat steps (11) to (14) until the Plate height becomes appropriate.
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4-6. Printing
CAUTION
Ensure there is adequate space left for safe working. The Platen moves forward while
operating.
Do not handle the platen while printing. If your hand gets caught between the platen or the
T-shirt tray and the covers, injury may result.
Do not move the Platen by hand.
The Printer may be mechanically and electrically damaged.
Do not put your hands inside the covers while the printer’s power is turned on, otherwise
your hands may touch against moving parts and this may result in injury.
4-6-1. Making One Print
(1) Make sure the Print Button has been turned on, which indicates your printer has received the print
data successfully.
<Note>
Your printer cannot receive a print data when printing, head cleaning, or in other menus. Do not
send data while the Printer is operating, or it may not be received correctly.
(2) Make sure that the Platen is ejected. If not, press the Platen Button.
(3) Confirm the Job Comment on the Display shows the correct print job details.
(4) Press the Print Button to start printing operation
When the printing is completed, the Platen is ejected and an audible indication is given.
If printing is to be stopped before it is finished the Stop button can be used.
<Note>
By pressing the Print Button, your printer automatically starts cleaning the Print Head every 24
prints (default) or every numbers of prints you have set (see "7-2-5. Changing the Auto Head
Cleaning Setting”), or after your printer has not been used for more than two hours. In this case,
wait until the cleaning completes (takes about 20 seconds), and then printing will automatically
start.
Keep away from the moving platen.
If the Platen is not at the appropriate position when the Print Button is pressed, it automatically
adjusts the position to start printing. Press the Print Button again to start printing after the Platen
is available
Do not open unlock or open the Cover during printing. If you do the power is turned off for safety
reasons.
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4-6-2. Printing More than One Print Using the Same Print Data
After making one print following the procedure in “4-6-1. Making One Print”, you can continue
making more prints using the same print data.
(1) If you change the printed material, we recommend setting the necessary print condition (see “4-3.
Setting the Printer Driver Condition”) and the Platen height before you print.
(2) Press the Print Button to start printing. The counter indicates how many images are printed.
4-7. Removing the T-shirt From the Platen
(1) Hold the shirt slightly to allow are to get between the shirt and the platen.
(2) Hold both shoulders of the T-shirt, and then pull it out straight from the Platen.
<Note>
Be careful not to get "wet" ink on your hands or printed material. Wash your hands or clothes with soap
if stained.
4-8. Fixing the Ink onto the T-shirt
To Fix the ink onto the T-shirt, A Heat Press is recommended.
Follow the instruction manual that comes with your Heat Press.
<Note>
An appropriate heat treatment requires 356 °F (180 °C) of heat for 35 seconds.
The fixing is important and if not done correctly the image may fade or have other symptoms.
The hat press should be used in a well ventilated environment.
After using the Heat Press, always confirm if the ink is completely dry and cured.
Make sure the surface of the Heat Press is clean before and after fixing the t shirt.
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5. Printing ARP Files
5. Printing ARP Files
When saving a print data in ARP format file, you can select the printing procedure by either of
these two methods
Print an ARP file with GT File Viewer. You can check the detailed print conditions and ink cost
before sending a print data to your printer.
Save ARP files in a CompactFlash. You can print with Stand-alone printer without using PC.
The procedure of printing ARP files:
(1) Use GT-541 FileOutput Printer Driver and save the print data in ARP file format.
See “5-1. Making Print Data in ARP format”.
(2) Turn on your printer:
See “3-2-1. Turning On Your Printer”.
(3) Send the ARP file to your printer using GT File Viewer or a CompactFlash.
See “5-2. Reading ARP Files Saved in a CompactFlash” or “5-3. Sending ARP Files from GT File
Viewer to your Printer”.
(4) Install the Platen.
See “4-4. Uninstalling / Installing the Platen".
(5) Place the T-shirt on the Platen and adjust the Platen height:
See “4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen”.
(6) Press the Print Button on the Control Panel to start printing.
(7) Remove the T-shirt from the Platen.
See “4-7. Removing the T-shirt From the Platen”.
(8) Set the ink with heat onto the T-shirt.
Use the Heat Press to set the ink onto the T-shirt. See “4-8. Setting the Ink onto the T-shirt”.
(9) Repeat (5) to (8) until all the prints are finished.
(10) Turn off your printer:
See “”3-2-2. Turning Off Your Printer”.
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5-1. Making Print Data in ARP Format
<Note>
You cannot edit ARP files; we recommend you save the data in the original format as well.
(1) Create the artwork using a graphic application. See “4-2. Setting the Applications’ Print Condition”
for proper settings.
(2) Select "Print" on "File" menu of the application.
Print dialog box appears.
(3) Select “Brother GT-541 FileOutput " Printer Driver and click "Properties".
The following Main Setting window appears.
Set the following items in this window, and then click “OK”:
Enter the job comment (see “4-3-1. Entering the Job Comment”).
Select the Platen size (see “4-3-2. Selecting the Platen Size”).
Select the media color (see “4-3-3. Setting the Media Color”).
Increase the vividness if necessary (see “43-4. Increasing the Vividness”).
Check Double Printing if necessary (see “4-3-5. Setting Double Print”).
Select the ink volume (see “4-3-6. Selecting the Ink Volume”).
Check Yellow / Black if necessary (see “4-3-7. Setting Yellow / Black Printing”).
Click “Default” to make all items to their default.
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(4) Follow the procedures in “4-2. Setting the Applications’ Print Condition”, as selecting “Brother
GT-541 FileOutput” for the printer, and then click “Print” or “OK” on the application’s print window.
Wait for a while until the following preview window appears.
<Important!>
Depending on the application or the image, it may take a few minutes to open the Preview window
after clicking “OK” or “Print”. Do not click “Print” or “OK” again.
(5) Click “Save”.
The following window appears.
(6) Select where to save the data, enter the file name, select “GT-541 Print File (*.arp)” as the file type,
and then click “Save”.
The ARP file is created and saved in the selected location.
<Important!>
Your printer cannot read files in a CompactFlash if it is saved in a folder.
<Note>
To read the file name of data saved in a CompactFlash and display it correctly on your printer’s
Display, the file name should be 8 characters or less.
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5-2. Reading ARP Files Saved in a CompactFlash
<Note>
Use a CompactFlash that meets the requirements (see “1-3-4. Other Requirements”).
Your printer can only read ARP files from a CompactFlash.
Save ARP files directly in a CompactFlash without making folder beneath it.
The names of ARP files must be less than 8 characters.
(1) Open the CompactFlash Slot Cover and insert the CompactFlash, and then close the
CompactFlash Slot Cover.
<Note> Do not insert the CompactFlash by force; it may destroy the data saved in it.
CompactFlash Slot
CompactFlash Slot Cover
(2) Press the OK Button on your printer’s Control Panel to select Menu.
(3) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Card Data Load”, and then press the OK Button.
The file information (file names, Job Comments, Platen Sizes, etc.) of the data in the CompactFlash
is displayed (one display per data) one by one.
(4) Press the Up/Down Button to select the file to be printed, and then press the OK Button.
Your printer starts reading the CompactFlash and the Print Button on your printer’s Control Panel
starts flashing.
When the ARP file finished reading, the printer beeps and the Print Button turns on.
<Note>
If a file name of the data saved in a CompactFlash cannot read properly, see “7-1. Solving Printer
Problems".
Do not touch the CompactFlash while the Print Button is flashing; it may destroy the saved data.
Reading the CompactFlash may take more than two minutes depending on the stored data sizes.
(5) Pull out the CompactFlash when you have finished printing the data, and then close the
CompactFlash Slot Cover.
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5-3. Sending ARP Files from GT File Viewer to your Printer
(1) Double-click the shortcut of GT File Viewer on the PC desktop.
GT File Viewer opens.
(2) Click “File” and select the ARP file you want to open, and then click “OK”.
The file’s print condition and the preview appear in the following window.
<Note>
You can open the ARP file by double-clicking it instead of doing steps 1 and 2.
(3) Confirm the print conditions and layout, then click “Send to GT Printer”. Also confirm that your
printer is connected to PC with USB 2.0 Cable.
The ARP file has been sent to your printer.
<Note>
If more than one GT-541 are installed in you PC, the Select Printer dialog appears.
Select the one to send the data to, and then click OK. PC starts sending the print data.
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6. Maintenance
For optimum product performance regular maintenance is required.
DANGER
Wait at least 5 minutes after turning off the power switch and disconnecting the power cord
from the wall outlet before opening the cover of the control unit. Do not touch as high
voltage can result in severe injury.
WARNING
Do not put your hands in the ink cartridge slot, otherwise the needle inside the slot may
cause injury.
CAUTION
Wait at least 1 minute after turning off the power switch before opening the front cover.
Do not touch the head heat sink as it may be HOT and may cause a bum.
Be careful not to get your fingers caught when closing the front cover, otherwise it may
result in injury to your fingers.
Do not move the Platen by hand.
The Printer may be seriously damaged by this.
Do not disassemble the ink cartridge or the waste ink cartridge.
Take care not to let the ink, waste liquid or wash liquid come into contact with your eyes or
onto your skin, otherwise inflammation can result.
Do not drink the ink, waste liquid or wash liquid under any circumstances, as they can
cause vomiting and diarrhea. In case of contact with eyes, do not rub but immediately rinse
the eyes with water.
Keep the ink, waste liquid and wash liquid out of the reach of children.
Use only the proper replacement parts as specified by Brother.
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6-1. Replacing Consumables
This section describes how to replace the consumables:
Ink Cartridge,
Wiper Cleaner,
Waste Ink Cartridge,
and Platen Sheet.
6-1-1. Replacing the Ink Cartridge
The ink indicator on the Display flashes when the Ink Cartridge is getting low. Prepare the new Ink
Cartridge, and replace it when “EMPTY XXXX (color)” is displayed.
<Note>
Use the Ink Cartridges described in “1-3-5. Consumable Requirements”.
Be careful not to get ink on your hands or clothing. Wash with soap if stained with ink.
Do not replace cartridges while printing or head cleaning; is in operation it may cause damage to your
printer.
Do not disassemble the Ink Cartridge.
Replace the Wiper Cleaner when Black Ink is empty. See 6-1-2. Replacing the Wiper Cleaner".
To keep the best print result, your printer will show empty status for the color cartridge that is empty. To
keep print quality, a small amount of ink remains to avoid damage to your printer.
(1) Remove the new Ink Cartridge from its packing.
(2) Carefully remove the used Ink Cartridge from your printer.
<Note>
Leave the used Ink Cartridge installed until just before the replacement. Leaving your printer with
no Ink Cartridge installed may cause ink leakage.
Do not put your finger to the Ink Cartridge Slot; otherwise you may get injured with the needle
inside.
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(3) Insert the new Ink Cartridge securely ( ensure the direction and the color are correct.
<Note>
Confirm the color of the ink cartridge. Loading a wrong color causes serious damage to print quality,
and could damage to the Print Heads. If you have installed a wrong color, immediately contact
Brother or your dealer for a service call
(4) When you have replaced the Black Ink Cartridge, refer to “6-1-2. Replacing the Wiper Cleaner” and
replace the attached Wiper Cleaner and clean the surroundings. This is really important to keep
your printer in good condition.
<Note>
Do not repeat uninstalling / installing the Ink Cartridge.
Dispose the used Ink Cartridge in compliance with your local regulations.
6-1-2. Replacing the Wiper Cleaner
The Wiper Cleaner is attached to the Black Ink Cartridge, and it needs to be replaced regularly
when the Ink Cartridge is replaced. Keep the Print Head Cap and Wiper Blade clean when
replacing the Wiper Cleaner.
<Note>
Generally Yellow Ink is used most of other colors when you print colorful artwork. But if you use other ink
more than Black Ink, e.g. Yellow Ink, the regular cleaning at the timing of Black Ink replacement might
be insufficient to keep print quality good. Please get a Cap Cleaning Kit and do this maintenance
regularly at the timing of ink replacement that you use most.
(1) Press the OK Button to show the Menu Display.
(2) Press the Up/Down Button to select the “Maintenance”, and then press the OK Button.
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(3) Press the Up/Down Button to select the “Cap/Wiper Clean”, and then press the OK Button.
The Wiper Blade will be at the cleaning position. Follow the message and turn off the printer.
(4) Open the Front Cover by unlocking the Cover Locks with both hands.
(5) Pull out the Wiper Cleaner Cassette straight and slowly.
<Note>
Do not tilt the Wiper Cleaner Cassette; ink may get on your hands or clothing.
Do not touch the Clearance Sensor (the bar above the Wiper Cleaner Cassette).
(6) If the ink inside of the Wiper Cleaner Cassette is soiled with ink:
Wear gloves and remove the ink with a dry cloth, and then clean with a moist cloth
Inside the Wiper Cleaner Cassette
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(7) Push both sides of the Wiper Cleaner Cassette to open it.
(8) Carefully drop off the used Wiper Cleaner And dispose of in accordance with local regulations.
Wiper Cleaner
<Note>
Dispose the used Wiper Cleaner in compliance with your local regulations.
(9) Insert the two projections of the Wiper Cleaner Cassette into the holes on the new Wiper Cleaner.
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(10) Close the Wiper Cleaner Cassette.
Make sure that the bottom of the Wiper Cleaner is set within the two projections on the Wiper
Cleaner Cassette. Push in the Wiper Cleaner after closing.
(11) Open the Wiper Cleaning Kit which comes with the new Black Ink Cartridge.
The following items are included.
(12) Wear the gloves, and wet both sides of a Clean Applicator with the Wash Liquid.
<Note>
Use only the Wash Liquid included to wet the Clean Applicators; using other liquid will cause
damage to the Print Heads.
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(13) Use the one side of wet Clean Applicator to clean the front side of the Wiper Blade.
(14) Use the other side of the wet Clean Applicator to clean the rear of the Wiper Blade.
(15) Wet other two Clean Applicators and use them to remove ink or dust from the Print Head Caps.
Use one side of the Clean Applicator to clean one Print Head Cap.
<Note>
Do not use dry Clean Applicator; it cannot clean ink or dust. It may damage the Print Head Caps.
Wipe off the dirty ink of Clean Applicator with soft cloth if it is too dirty and wet with Wash Liquid.
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(16) Insert the Wiper Cleaner Cassette straight into your printer.
<Note>
Do not touch the Clearance Sensor (the bar above the Wiper Cleaner Cassette)..
(17) Check the top edge of the black Flash Plate on the right and the front/back surface of the
Obstruction Sensor, if they are dirty with ink and/or dust wipe off the dirt with a soft wet cloth with
water.
<Note>
When ink or dust is mounted high on the top edge of the Flash Plate, it may touch the surface of
the print head during printing, this may cause misfiring. When the surface/back of the Obstruction
Sensor is dirty, it may damage the printing material when loading.
(18) Close the Front Cover, and then turn on your printer.
If your printer turns on with no errors, replacement of the Wiper Cleaner has been completed.
If there is problem (abnormal noise or error "WPC removed"), turn off your printer, and check if the
Wiper Cleaner and the Wiper Cleaner Cassette are correctly installed.
6-1-3. Replacing the Waste Ink Cartridge
When the message "WARNING WASTE INK FULL" is displayed on the Control Panel, prepare
the new Waste Ink Cartridge. Replace it when the message “ERROR WASTE INK FULL” is
displayed.
<Note>
Do not replace the Waste Ink Cartridge while printing or head cleaning. It may contaminate the
inside of your printer, which may cause damages to your printer.
Be careful not to get ink on your hands or clothing when you handle the Waste Ink Cartridge. Wash
with soap if stained with ink.
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(1) Pull out the Waste Cartridge Tray.
The message “ERROR NO WASTE INK TRAY” is displayed.
(2) Remove the sticker on the used Waste Ink Cartridge, and use it to seal the hole on it.
(3) Remove the new Waste Ink Cartridge from its package.
<Note>
Save the plastic package for storing the used cartridge.
(4) Remove the used Waste Ink Cartridge from the Waste Cartridge Tray, and put it in the package, in
which the new Waste Ink Cartridge came in.
(5) Install the new Waste Ink Cartridge into the Waste Cartridge Tray. Make sure that two projections of
the Waste Cartridge Tray pierce the two holes of the Waste Ink Cartridge.
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(6) Install the Waste Cartridge Tray. When the error display" ERROR NO WASTE INK TRAY "
disappears, the replacement of the Waste Ink Cartridge has been completed.
<Note> Dispose the used Waste Ink Cartridge in accordance with your local regulations.
6-1-4. Replacing the Platen Sheet
The Platen Sheet gets dirty in operation. Please replace the Platen Sheet to avoid making
smudges on a T-shirt.
(1) Press the Platen Button to eject the Platen.
(2) Remove the Platen Sheet and the adhesive tape from the Platen.
(3) Clean the surfaces of the Platen using a soft cloth damped with mild detergent, and then wipe it
using a soft and dry cloth.
(4) Make sure the surface of the Platen is completely dry, and then put the new Platen Sheet on the
Platen. It is easier if you peel off the release-coated paper little by little as you put the new Platen
Sheet.
<Note>
Put the Platen Sheet straight against the Platen without making creases.
(5) Press the Platen Button to install the Platen and check it is flat.
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6-1-5. Required Maintenance for the Long Storage
If you are not going to use your printer for more than two weeks, clean the Print Head Caps before
storage to prevent ink drying on the print heads
<Note>
The Wash Liquid is used for this cleaning. You can use the one in the Nozzle Cleaning Kit, the Cap
Cleaning Kit which comes with the new Black Ink Cartridge, or you can purchase one. If you use the
Wash Liquid in the Nozzle Cleaning Kit or the Cap Cleaning Kit, make sure you replace it with the new
one.
(1) Press the OK Button to open the Menu Display.
(2) Select “Maintenance”, and then press the OK Button.
(3) Select “Cap/Wiper Cleaning”, and then press the OK Button.
The Platen moves.
(4) Turn off your printer when the following display appears.
(5) Open the Front Cover.
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(6) Fill the Print Head Caps with Wash Liquid to prevent from ink clogging inside.
<Note>
Be careful not to spill the Wash Liquid around the Print Head Caps.
If the Wiper Cleaner and the surroundings are dirty, refer to "6-1-2. Replacing the Wiper Cleaner"
and clean them.
(7) Close the Front Cover.
(8) Turn on your printer wait for initialization to finish.
(9) After "Standby" is indicated, turn machine off.
(10) When the machine is first switch on after a long storage period. The heads are automatically
cleaned. If print quality is not good, refer to "7-2-6. Cleaning the Print Head Nozzle" and clean the
nozzles (the surface of the Print Heads) softly with Nozzle Cleaning Kit or Wash Liquid and Clean
Applicators.
(11) See also the Maintenance Video (English Only) in Install CD.
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WARNING
Do not put your hands in the ink cartridge slot, otherwise the needle inside the slot may
cause injury.
CAUTION
Ensure there is adequate space left for safe working. The Platen moves forward while
operating and it may be injured.
Do not handle the platen while printing. If your hand gets caught between the platen or the
T-shirt tray and the covers, it may be injured.
Do not move the Platen by hand.
The Printer may be seriously damaged by this.
Do not put your hands inside the covers while the printer’s power is turned on, otherwise
your hands may touch against moving parts and this may result in injury.
Wait at least 1 minute after turning off the power switch before opening the front cover.
Do not touch the head heat sink as it may be HOT and may cause a bum.
Be careful not to get your fingers caught when closing the front cover, otherwise it may
result in injury to your fingers.
Do not disassemble the ink cartridge or the waste ink cartridge.
Take care not to let the ink, waste liquid or wash liquid come into contact with your eyes or
onto your skin, otherwise inflammation can result.
Do not drink the ink, waste liquid or wash liquid under any circumstances, as they can
cause vomiting and diarrhea. In case of contact with eyes, do not rub but immediately rinse
the eyes with water.
Keep the ink, waste liquid and wash liquid out of the reach of children.
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7-1. Solving Printer Problems
Use the table below to help solve printer problems.
Problem
Cannot send print data from the
PC.
Cause
Solution
You have selected the wrong
printer.
Confirm the selected printer, and
select the correct one.
USB cable not connected
Disconnect and re-connect the
USB 2.0 cable
Your PC and OS do not satisfy
the requirements of GT-541.
See “1-3-3. Software
Information" and check your PC
properties.
Using an USB cable that does
not meet the requirement.
Use the USB cable that meets
the requirement.
See “1-3-4. Other requirements".
The USB hub is not working
properly.
Connect GT-541 directly to PC
with USB. USB hub is not
operationally approved.
Noise is disturbing the
Disconnect the USB 2.0 cable
communication between GT-541 once, and wait for 5 seconds
and the PC.
and connect it again.
If this does not solve the
problem, turn off GT-541, wait for
5 seconds and restart.
The PC is not working properly.
Restart the PC.
Try another inlet of USB port.
Added USB card in PC and
GT-541 do not match.
Connect GT-541 with the original
USB port in PC
Other USB device is connected
with your PC.
Remove the other USB device
and restart your PC, and check if
GT-541 works properly.
Something is wrong with the
USB cable.
Try other or shorter USB 2.0
cables.
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Problem
Pressing the Print Button does
not start printing.
GT-541 does not turn on.
Cause
Solution
GT-541 is indicating an error
Solve the cause of the error, and
try again.
Auto Head Cleaning is in
process.
Wait until the Head Cleaning
finishes.
The room temperature does
not meet the requirements.
Adjust the room temperature.
See “1-3-1 Environment”.
The printer has not received/
read a data, or is now
receiving/ reading the data.
Machine will not print until print job
has been received.
The Print Heads are
overheated and the message
"Fail: Head Temp (CMYK)"
appears.
Wait until the heads cool down.
There is no power..
Check the power cable
connections.
The Front Cover is open or not Close the Front Cover properly.
closed properly.
An error occurred just after
turning on GT-541.
An error occurred.
Check the error code with "7-4.
Error Messages" and restart
GT-541. If the error is not cleared,
please contact Brother or your
dealer.
GT-541 cannot read data from
CompactFlash.
No CompactFlash is inserted
in the slot, or it is not inserted
properly.
Insert CompactFlash properly.
That CompactFlash is not
supported.
Use the supported CompactFlash.
See “1-3-4. Other Requirements”.
The CompactFlash is not
FAT16 formatted.
Use the CompactFlash that is
FAT16 formatted.
The CompactFlash has poor
quality.
Use the recommended
CompactFlash.
See “1-3-4. Other Requirements”.
Files are under the folder in
CompactFlash.
Move files in root folder (out of the
sub-folder).
The file name has been
changed when saving it in the
CompactFlash because it had
more than 8 characters.
Rename the file with characters of
8 or less, and then save it again in
the CompactFlash.
The file name of the print data
saved in a CompactFlash is not
displayed properly.
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7-2. Solving Print Quality Problems
Use the table below to solve print quality problems.
Problem
Print is faded.
Cause
Solution
The graphic application’s
settings are not appropriate.
Maybe CYMK mode is being
used for data.
See “4-2 Setting the
Application’s Print Condition"
and modify the artwork.
The print condition is not
appropriate.
See “4-3. Setting the Printer
Driver Condition” and select
proper Vivid Processing & Ink
Volume.
Ink in the Ink Cartridge may be
getting low.
See “6-1-1. Replacing the Ink
Cartridge”.
Some nozzles misfired by
checking the Nozzle Check
Pattern (see "7-2-3. Checking
Print Quality with Nozzle Check
Pattern "). The Print Heads need
to be cleaned.
Press the Head Cleaning Button
to clean the Print Heads. Or
select "Head Cleaning" menu
and try "Powerful Cleaning".
After Head Cleaning, check the
nozzles with "Nozzle Check
Pattern. If repeating this 5 times
does not solve the problem, see
“7-2-2. Cleaning the Print
Heads”.
Printing by wider gaps between
Print Heads and printed medium
or printing on very high
absorbent material.
Select "uni-directional" of Print
Direction. See“7-2-4. Changing
the Print Direction”.
Too much ink is used.
Adjust the Ink Volume. See
“4-3-6. Selecting the Ink
Volume”.
Using a thin T-shirt that is not
made with 100% cotton.
Adjust the ink volume.
The outlines of printed image
are not clear, or texts and
outlines are printed doubled.
The Platen height may be
wrong. with a too large gap..
Adjust the Platen Height. See
“4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the
Platen”.
T-shirt is smudged with ink.
Print Heads hit garment
Keep the surface flat (esp. both
edges) and take care in
removing the wet T-shirt..
The Platen Sheet needs to be
replaced and is dirty.
See “6-1-4. Replacing the Platen
Sheet".
Select Yellow / Black Printing of
Printer Driver.
See “4-3-7. Setting Yellow /
Black Printing”.
Your print has horizontal stripes
(banding).
The ink runs and blurs on the
edge.
Ink dots smudged yellow area
where is next to black area.
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7-2-1. Procedure for Solving the Print Quality Problems
Follow the procedure (Step 1 to 7) below until the print quality problem is solved.
Step 1: Clean the Print Heads by pressing the Head Cleaning Button.
Head Cleaning with flushing fresh ink can solve most print quality problems. See “7-2-2. Cleaning the
Print Heads / Using the Head Cleaning” and do it a maximum of five times. Check the nozzles by test
printing of Nozzle Check Pattern (see "7-2-3. Checking Print Quality with Nozzle Check Pattern "). If the
problem is not solved, go on to the next step.
<Note>
It is very important the machine is used in an environment as specified. Use a humidifier to keep the
humidity up to 35% to keep print quality.
<Note>
Your printer automatically cleans its Print Heads every 24 prints; however more frequent Print Heads
cleaning may need to be done depending on the environment. In this case, change the Auto Head
Cleaning frequency (see “7-2-5. Changing the Auto Head Cleaning Setting”).
Step 2: Check the Wiper Cleaner, replace it when it is full.
The Wiper Cleaner absorbs some waste ink carried by the Wiper Blade. If Wiper Cleaner cannot
absorb waste ink any more, the dirty Wiper Blade wipes the Print Head Nozzles and this causes
misfiring or damage the Print Head. Please replace the Wiper Cleaner and clean the Wiper Blade and
caps when you insert the new Black Ink Cartridge; Check if it is too dirty to wipe off the waste ink. Please
use Cap Cleaning Kit. If the black ink is not changed frequently please consider the wiper.
How to Check:
(1) See “6-1-2. Replacing the Wiper Cleaner” and select “Cap/Wiper Clean” and then turn off your
printer.
(2) Open the Front Cover.
(3) Pull out the Wiper Cleaner Cassette in the left.
<Note>
Do not tilt the Wiper Cleaner Cassette; ink may get on your hands or clothing.
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(4) Check the Wiper Cleaner, and if it is heavily soiled, replace it using the Cap Cleaning Kit (see “6-1-2.
Replacing the Wiper Cleaner”). If the Wiper Cleaner is not heavily soiled, go on to the next step.
The condition of the left photo is "not yet but
soon". When the bottom absorber is full it
must be changed.
Wiper Cleaner
(5) Check the Wiper Blade, and if it is damaged or worn , replace it using the Wiper ASSY (see “7-2-10.
Replacing the Wiper Blade” for the details).
Wiper Blade
Step 3: Check the ink tubes and do “Powerful” head cleaning.
Check the ink tube inside to see if there is any "empty" air space longer than 5 mm. If so, do "Powerful"
head cleaning to fill the tube with ink. If not enough, please do "Initial" head cleaning (you can cancel if
the empty air space disappears.)
If the problem is not solved, proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Clean the Print Heads with the “Powerful” mode.
(1) Print the Nozzle Check Pattern, and check which Print Head has the problem (see "7-2-3.
Checking Print Quality with Nozzle Check Pattern ").
(2) Clean the Print Head that has the problem with the “Powerful” mode (see “7-2-2. Cleaning the Print
Heads”).
(3) Print the Nozzle Check Pattern and check if the problem is solved. If you still notice the problem,
repeat steps (1) to (3) up to five times.
If the problem is not solved, proceed to the next step.
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Step 5: Clean the Print Head Nozzles.
(1) Clean the Print Head Nozzle using the Nozzle Cleaning Kit (see “7-2-6. Cleaning the Print Head
Nozzles”).
<Note> Purchase the new one after use.
(2) Clean the Print Head with the “Powerful” mode and do test print with "Nozzle Check Pattern" (see
"7-2-3. Checking Print Quality with Nozzle Check Pattern "). If the problem is not solved, try the
Step 6 two or three times.
<Note> Make sure you always clean the Print Head with either “Powerful” or "Initial" mode after the
Print Head Nozzle cleaning.
If the problem is not solved, proceed to the next step.
Step 6: Contact Brother Customer Service or your dealer.
If you are asked to replace the Print Head (PRINT HEAD) by yourself, see “7-2-7. Replacing the
Print Head” for the procedure.
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7-2-2. Cleaning the Print Heads
Your printer automatically cleans its Print Heads every 24 prints (you can change the frequency;
see “7-2-5. Changing the Auto Head Cleaning Setting”), or when your printer has not been used
for more than two hours. The auto-cleaning starts when you press the Print Button in these
situations. However, the auto-cleaning may not be enough and cannot solve print quality problems
(e.g. stripes/ banding appears on the printed image). Please do the "manual" head cleaning.
Using the Head Cleaning Button
(1) Make sure your printer is either Standby or Ready mode.
(2) Press the Head Cleaning Button.
The message “Head Cleaning…” appears and your printer starts "Normal" head cleaning.
(Press the Stop Button to cancel cleaning.)
The message changes to “Stand By” or “Ready” when the head cleaning has been completed.
Normal/ Powerful/ Initial Head Cleaning
(1) Make sure your printer is either Standby or Ready mode.
(2) Press the OK Button to display the Menu Display.
(3) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Head Cleaning”, and then press the OK Button.
(4) Press the Up/Down Button to select the mode (Normal/Powerful/Initial), and then press the OK
Button. Select "Normal" or "Powerful" by the steps shown in "7-2-1. Procedure for Solving the Print
Quality Problems". After a long storage, or when you find ink tubes have "empty air" space inside,
try "Initial" head cleaning first to replace all the ink inside the tube.
(5) Press the Up/Down Button to select which Print Head (color) to clean (can select “All Colors” for
Normal mode), and then press the OK Button.
The message “Head Cleaning…” appears and your printer starts cleaning the Print Heads.
The message changes to “Stand By” when the head cleaning has been completed.
<Note>
The “Initial” cleaning cannot happen with the Waste Ink Cartridge is full, and the message “WASTE
INK FULL” on the display. In this case, replace the Waste Ink Cartridge before the “Initial” cleaning (see
“6-1-3. Replacing the Waste Ink Cartridge”).
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7-2-3. Checking Print Quality with Nozzle Check Pattern
You can identify which Print Head has the problem by using the Nozzle Check Pattern.
(1) Install the Platen 14 x 16 (see “4-4. Uninstalling / Installing the Platen”).
(2) Set the Platen height to the “A” position (see “4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen”).
(3) Place a sheet of paper (A4 or letter size) at the right corner of the Platen as shown below. You can
use a T-shirt instead of paper (see “4-5. Placing the T-shirt on the Platen”).
Paper
(4) Press the OK Button to open the Menu Display.
(5) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Test Print”, and then press the OK Button.
(6) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Nozzle Check”, and then press the OK Button.
The following message appears.
(7) Press the OK Button to start printing the Nozzle Check Pattern.
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(8) Check the printed pattern to identify which Print Head has the problem.
If there is stripes (arrow 1) or line breaks (arrow 2), the Print Head of the color (in the following
example: Black) has the problem. The Print Heads need to be cleaned (see “7-2-2. Cleaning the
Print Heads”).
2
1
7-2-4. Changing the Print Direction
When there are large gaps between the Print Heads and printed medium, or when printing on very
high absorbent material, horizontal stripes can appear on the printed image .You can solve this
problem using one-way "Uni-Directional " print.. If you adjust to a larger gap then we recommend
this mode is used.
(1) Send the print data, which you want to print changing the print direction, to your printer.
(2) Press the OK Button to display the Menu Display.
(3) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Print Direction”, and then press the OK Button.
Select “Uni-Directional”.
The print direction is then changed and returns to Job/ Status Display.
<Note>
There is no control panel indication that uni directional print has been set.
<Note>
The print direction setting returns to its default (Bi-Directional) when your printer receives the new print
data or once your printer turns off.
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7-2-5. Changing the Auto Head Cleaning Setting
Your printer automatically cleans its Print Heads every 24 prints. However more frequent Print
Heads cleaning needs to be done depending on the environment. In this case, change the Auto
Head Cleaning frequency as follows.
(1) Press the OK Button to open the Menu Display.
(2) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Maintenance”, and then press the OK Button.
(3) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Auto Cleaning”, and then press the OK Button.
The following display appears.
(4) Press the Up/Down Button to select the frequency from 1 to 24, and then press the OK Button.
The Auto Head Cleaning will be executed at every number of prints you have set.
<Note>
Cleaning the Print Heads frequently may hasten the Wiper Cleaner consumption.
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7-2-6. Cleaning the Print Head Nozzles
Use the Nozzle Cleaning Kit to clean the Head Nozzle.
See the “Maintenance Video” in the Install CD (English only).
Click this to play the
Maintenance Video.
<Note>
Pay careful attention in cleaning the clean Print Head Nozzles, which are tboth delicate and expensive.
The Print Head Nozzle should be cleaned only when it is needed as follows in “7-2-1. Procedure for
Solving the Print Quality Problems”.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Make sure your printer is in either "Standby" or "Ready".
Press the OK Button to display the Menu Display.
Press the Up/Down Button to select “Maintenance”, and then press the OK Button.
Press the Up/Down Button to select “Nozzle Cleaning”, and then press the OK Button. The Head
Caps and the Wiper Blade prepare for cleaning.
The following message appears.
(5) Turn off your printer.
(6) Open the Front Cover Using both hands after unlocking the cover locks.
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(7) Pull out the Wiper Cleaner Cassette.
<Note>
Do not tilt the Wiper Cleaner Cassette; ink may get on your hands or clothing.
Do not touch the Clearance Sensor (the bar above the Wiper Cleaner Cassette).
(8) Open the Nozzle cleaning Kit. Wear the gloves and wet a Clean Applicator with full of Wash Liquid.
<Note>
Use Clean Applicators in Nozzle Cleaning Kit (round form), not in Cap Cleaning Kit (green stick
with flat form) of Black Ink Cartridge.
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(9) Wet the surface (nozzle plate) of the Print Head with Wash Liquid. Then rub softly the nozzle plate
to remove ink and debris from the nozzle plate until the nozzle plate is clean. Use a soft, clean and
lint-free cloth to loosen and remove the dirty ink and debris from the Clean Applicator to keep its
surface clean and wet again with Wash Liquid. Use one Clean Applicator for each color.
(10) Insert the Wiper Cleaner Cassette straight into your printer.
<Note>
Do not touch the Clearance Sensor (the bar above the Wiper Cleaner Cassette);
(11) Close the Front Cover, and then turn on your printer.
(12) Do the "Powerful" head cleaning and print the Nozzle Check Pattern until the print quality is
satisfactory.
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7-2-7. Replacing the Print Head
The print heads can be replaced following the "Replacing the print head procedure". We also
recommend you to see the maintenance video in the Install CD (English only). If you have any
questions please contact your service number
Click this to play the
Maintenance Video.
<Note>
Replacement of the Black Print Head is shown as an example in this section.
(1) Make sure your printer is in either "Standby" or "Ready" modes.
(2) Press the OK Button to display the Menu Display.
(3) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Maintenance”, and then press the OK Button.
(4) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Head Replacement”, and then press the OK Button.
(5) Press the Up/Down Button to select the color of Print Head to be replaced, and then press the OK
Button. The following message appears. (e.g. Black)
(6) Remove the Ink Cartridge of color, and then press the OK Button.. The black example is shown.
The message “Set Filter Cartridge & Press OK” appears.
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(7) Insert the Filter Cartridge to the Ink Cartridge Slot, and then press the OK Button.
The ink draining of the head begins. Wait until the message “Turn Off & Please Change [X] Head”
appears
(8) Turn off your printer.
(9) Open the Front Cover by unlocking the Cover Locks with both hands
The Print Heads are on the left.
Tube
Print Heads
<Note>
Make sure the color of the corresponding head tube is clear.
Better to remove the Wiper Cleaner Cassette first before replacing Print Head. Otherwise the
space is narrow and the edge of the cassette may hit and seriously damage the Print Head.
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(10) Turn up the appropriate flat cable connector tab, and then disconnect the flat cable.
Connector tab
Flat cable
Connector tab
Flat cable
(11) Wear the gloves included with the new Print Head, and then remove the tube fitting from the new
Print Head.
Tube fitting
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(12) Rotate the tube connector 90 degrees as shown below.
(13) Disconnect the tube and put the tube fitting removed from the new Print Head to prevent the ink
from coming out.
(14) Turn the lever to the direction of the arrow to unlock the Print Head.
Lever
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(15) Take off your gloves and remove the used Print Head by lifting up the knob.
Knob
(16) Remove the Protective Tube from the new Print Head, and then install the new Print Head by
holding the knob, and holding the flat cable with the other hand.
Make sure the V-shaped groove of the Print Head hits the pin.
Protective Tube
V-shaped
groove
Pin
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(17) Press down the Print Head knob securely and push in the Print Head backward to align the Print
Head properly.
(18) Turn the lever to the direction of the arrow to lock the Print Head.
(19) Remove the Nozzle Protection Seal by pulling it up.
Nozzle Protection Seal
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(20) Take off the gloves, insert the flat cable into the connector, and then turn down the connector tab to
lock the cable.
<Note>
Make sure the flat cable is inserted straight against the connector. If not, reconnect it correctly.
The flat cable is very fragile. Be careful with handling it.
(21) Put on your gloves again, and then remove the tube fitting from the end of tube.
(22) Insert the tube into the new Print Head, and then rotate the tube connector 90 degrees to the
direction of the arrow.
(23) Close the Front Cover.
(24) Remove the Filter Cartridge, and then install the cartridge previously removed.
(25) Turn on your printer.
(26) Press the Platen Button to eject the Platen.
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(27) Press the OK Button to open the Menu Display.
(28) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Head Cleaning”, and then press the OK Button.
(29) Press the Up/Down Button to select “Initial” Cleaning mode, and then press the OK Button.
(30) Press the Up/Down Button to select the color of the Print Head you have replaced, and then press
the OK Button.
The following message appears, and the initial cleaning starts.
The display returns to the Print Head color-selecting display, when the initial cleaning has been
completed.
(31) Print and check the Nozzle Check Pattern (see "7-2-3. Checking Print Quality with Nozzle Check
Pattern ") if the replaced Print Head works.
(32) Print the Standard Check Pattern to check the alignment if the Print Head is placed properly.
<Note>
If the Print Heads do not align properly, the printer cannot make correct r colors. See the example
below: Cyan Print Head does not align (shifted forward). Check (17) and (18) in former page.
Cyan moves up and Yellow and
Magenta seems to move down.
(33) If the quality is OK go on to the next section "7-2-8. Adjustment after the Print Head replacement"
to complete the adjustment after the Print Head replacement.
If you still see the problem in print quality, contact your Brother dealer for assistance.
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7-2-8. Adjustment after the Print Head has been replaced.
If the printed image is unclear then the print head timing may need to be adjusted.
(1) Make sure your printer is connected to your PC.
(2) Turn on your PC.
(3) Prepare some sheets of paper and tapes to fix on the Platen.
(4) Execute GT Firing Adjustment in Brother GT-Tools.
Follow the instruction dialogs.
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7-2-9. Cleaning the Carriage Shafts
If the error message “Fail: CRG Speed” or “Fail: CRG Stop 1” is displayed, the Carriage Shafts
might be smudged with inks and dusts. Clean and oil the Carriage Shafts following the procedure
below.
(1) Turn off your printer.
(2) Open the Front Cover by unlocking the Cover Locks with both hands
(3) Wipe the Carriage Shafts with a cloth soaked with alcohol.
<Note>
Do not move the Print Heads.
Carriage Shafts
Print Heads
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
Soak a cloth with sewing oil and use it to apply the sewing oil on the Carriage Shafts.
Close the Front Cover.
Turn on your printer.
Adjust the timing of firing. See "7-2-8. Adjustment after the Print Head replacement".
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7-2-10. Replacing the Wiper Blade
The Wiper Blade needs to be replaced periodically , to solve the ink jetting problem. Use the Wiper
ASSY (sold separately) for the replacement.
Wiper Blade
(1) Turn on your printer if it is off.
(2) Press the OK Button to open the Menu Display.
(3) Press the Up/Down Button to select the “Maintenance”, and then press the OK Button.
(4) Press the Up/Down Button to select the “Cap/Wiper Clean”, and then press the OK Button.
The following message appears.
(5) Turn off your printer.
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(6) Open the Front Cover by unlocking the Cover Locks with both hands.
(7) Pull out the Wiper Cleaner Cassette.
<Note>
Do not tilt the Wiper Cleaner Cassette; ink may get on your hands or clothing.
Do not touch the Clearance Sensor (the bar above the Wiper Cleaner Cassette); it may cause a
malfunction.
(8) Open the Wiper Replacing Kit and put on the gloves.
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7. Troubleshooting
(9) Push the right Operation Arm about 5 mm (0.2 inches) to the right and pull out the Wiper Blade as
holding its left.
<Note>
Do not push the Operation Arm by force.
Operation
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7. Troubleshooting
(10) Remove the Wiper Blade by pulling it to the left.
(11) Insert the left projection of the new Wiper Blade to the slit of the left Operation Arm.
Projections
Slits
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7. Troubleshooting
(12) Insert the right projection of the new Wiper Blade to the slit of the right Operation Arm by pushing
the right Operation Arm about 5 mm (0.2 inches) to the right.
<Note>
Do not push the Operation Arm by force. It may be distorted.
Take care not to push down the Wiper Blade and the Operation Arms by force. They can be
easily damaged..
(13) Confirm that both projections of the Wiper Blade are inserted to the slits of the Operation Arms.
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(14) Insert the Wiper Cleaner Cassette straight into your printer.
<Note>
Do not touch the Clearance Sensor (the bar above the Wiper Cleaner Cassette);
(15) Close the Front Cover, and then turn on your printer.
If your printer turns on without any problem, replacement of the Wiper Blade has been completed.
If there is problem ( such as abnormal noise or an error )then turn off your printer, and check if the
Wiper Blade, the Wiper Cleaner and the Wiper Cleaner Cassette are correctly installed.
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7. Troubleshooting
7-3. Solving Application Problems
Problem
Cause
The image sent from Adobe
Illustrator 10 is printed 90 degree
rotated.
The Print Setup or
Document Setup is
not appropriate.
The image sent from Adobe
Illustrator CS is printed 90
degree rotated.
The Print Setup or
Document Setup is
not appropriate.
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Solution
In Adobe Illustrator 10 follow the instruction
below, and then try to send the print data
again:
(1) Open "Print Setup" in the "File" menu.
(2) Select GT-541 as the printer, and then
click “OK”.
(3) Open "Document Setup" on "File" menu.
(4) Check "Use Print Setup".
(5) Confirm the "Orientation", "Width" and
"Height".
If they are not appropriate, correct them, and
then click "OK".
With Adobe Illustrator CS, landscape image
may not be printed properly. Correct the
setting following the instruction below, and
then try to send the print data again:
(1) Open "Print" in the "File" menu.
(2) Confirm that the Media Size is “Defined
by Driver”.
(3) Change the Media Orientation to the
portrait.
(4) If you are not changing the Platen size,
skip to step (8). If you want to change the
Platen Size, click “Setup…”, and then click
“Continue”.
Print window appears.
(5) Click “Preference”.
(6) Change the Platen Size in the Printer
Driver Window, and then click "OK".
(7) Click “Print” in the Print window.
(8) Confirm the preview, and then click
“Print” to send the data to your printer.
7. Troubleshooting
Cause
Solution
The Platen Size setting changes
to Platen 10 x 12 (this happens
especially when printing the
image smaller than 14 x 16
inches).
Problem
――
Check the Platen Size in the Printer
Driver window before you send the
print data to your printer.
The image sent from Adobe
Illustrator cannot be printed on
proper position, or it cannot be
sent and result in errors.
――
See “4-2-4. Setting Adobe Illustrator
10 Print Condition”.
There are some Properties
windows shown in Photoshop
6/7/CS. When the values of
Printing Preferences in Windows
are set beforehand and you
modified the values from the
printer driver Properties window
of Photoshop, mismatching
information appears among
different dialog boxes.
――
The setting in the Properties of the
Print window is applied.
In CorelDRAW 12 and 11,
sometimes outlines of warped
artwork cannot be printed.
――
Upgrade CorelDRAW to X3(13).
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7. Troubleshooting
7-4. Error Messages
Here is a complete list of error messages that GT-541 shows. When mark ** is in Solution, write
down the error code number and the message, and then make contact to your dealer or Brother.
Error codes of Warnings (#1xxx) are only written in Log file.
Error
code
Message
Meaning
Solution
1000
(INK LOW Black)
Black ink level is too low.
Prepare a new black ink cartridge.
1001
(INK LOW Magenta)
Magenta ink level is too low.
Prepare a new magenta ink cartridge.
1002
(INK LOW Cyan)
Cyan ink level is too low.
Prepare a new cyan ink cartridge.
1003
(INK LOW Yellow)
Yellow ink level is too low.
Prepare a new yellow ink cartridge.
1010
WASTE INK FULL
Warning: The Waste Ink Cartridge
is almost full.
Prepare a new Waste Ink Cartridge. You can
keep printing for a while, but replacement is
soon required.
1021
Wp-Blade Life
The Print Head Wiper Blade needs See “7-2-10. Replacing the Wiper Blade”
to be replaced.
and replace to a new one.
1051
CR Motor Life
The Carriage Motor is worn.
**
1060
Temp Low: xxx °F
The ambient temperature is below
the range that maintains the print
quality.
“xxx” is the current temperature.
Raise the room temperature.
1061
Temp High: xxx °F
The ambient temperature is above
the range that maintains the print
Drop the room temperature.
quality.
“xxx” is the current temperature.
1070
Battery Life
The battery ran out.
**
1080
RTC not Adjusted
The internal clock has not been
set.
**
2000
NO INK Black
The Black Ink Cartridge is not
installed.
Install a Black Ink Cartridge.
2001
NO INK Magenta
The Magenta Ink Cartridge is not
installed.
Install a Magenta Ink Cartridge.
2002
NO INK Cyan
The Cyan Ink Cartridge is not
installed.
Install a Cyan Ink Cartridge.
2003
NO INK Yellow
The Yellow Ink Cartridge is not
installed.
Install a Yellow Ink Cartridge.
2010
NO WASTE INK
TRAY
The Waste Cartridge Tray is not
installed.
Install a Waste Ink Cartridge Tray
2020
EMPTY Black
The Black Ink Cartridge ran out of
ink.
Replace to a new Black Cartridge.
2021
EMPTY Magenta
The Magenta Ink Cartridge ran out
Replace to a new Magenta Cartridge.
of ink.
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Error
Message
code
Meaning
Solution
2022
EMPTY Cyan
The Cyan Ink Cartridge ran out of
ink.
2023
EMPTY Yellow
The Yellow Ink Cartridge ran out of
Replace to a new Yellow Cartridge.
ink.
2030
WASTE INK FULL
The Waste Ink Cartridge is full.
2040
WPC Removed
The Wiper Cleaner Cassette is not
Install the Wiper Cleaner Cassette.
installed.
2050
Temp Low: xxx °F
The ambient temperature is under
the operative temperature rage.
"xxx" shows the current
temperature.
Raise the room temperature.
2051
Temp High: xxx °F
The ambient temperature is over
operative temperature rage.
"xxx" is the current temperature.
Drop the room temperature.
2062
-
(1) Platen didn't return to the home
position because Platen Motor
stepped out. Or (2) Platen Org
**
Sensor did not work while Platen
returned correctly.
2070
GT-541 detected an obstacle on
OBSTACLE SENSED
the Platen (or the media) when
Push OK, Unload
printing is started.
Replace to a new Cyan Cartridge.
Replace to a new Waste Ink Cartridge.
Remove the obstacle, flat the platen surface
and then press OK Button.
2080
Sys Wrt Fault
Defect in FLASH ROM Check
Sum on the SH side.
When updating the firmware, no
backup was made because of the
defect of the current firmware.
2090
Not Initiated
No individual information (the serial
number etc.) is recorded in
**
GT-541.
2091
Fail: Head Temp
2092
Fail: Head Temp K
2093
Fail: Head Temp M
2094
Fail: Head Temp C
2095
Fail: Head Temp Y
2100
Card Not Ready
Push OK Button
Push OK Button to escape menu and
The Compact Flash is not inserted. re-enter Compact Flash. Or see " 7-1.
Solving Printer Problems".
2101
Not Enough Area
Check the free space of the Compact Flash
The Compact Flash does not have with PC.
enough area for storing logs.
Insert a Compact Flash with free area
available.
2102
Card Access Error
Failure in file reading / writing
The Print Head temperature is
raised too high while printing.
**
Wait until the head(s) cool down. Or contact
Brother Customer Service Hot Line.
Push OK Button to escape menu and
re-enter Compact Flash. Or see " 7-1.
Solving Printer Problems".
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7. Troubleshooting
Error
Message
code
Meaning
Solution
Check the connection between the PC and
GT-541, and send print data again. If it has
no effect, reboot both the PC and GT-541.
**
3000
PC Comm. Error
Send data again
GT-541 failed to receive the print
data (time out).
This error occurs when the USB
cable is disconnected during data
transmission, or data transmission
is canceled on the PC.
3001
-
The PC will not receive the data
sent from GT-541 (transmission
buffer overflow).
3002
PC Data Error
GT-541 received the data that is
not supported.
3003
PC Data Error
No compatibility of communication
command between the PC driver
and the GT-541 firmware.
The versions of he PC driver and
the GT-541 firmware do not
correspond.
3004
PC Data Error
The Check Sums of the received
program data did not correspond
when updating the firmware.
PC Data Error
The Check Sums of the received
data did not correspond when
updating EEPROM.
3006
Received NG Data
GT-541 received the data that is
not supported, or the data
transmission from the PC to
GT-541 is interrupted in an
inappropriate way.
The data transmission might be
made from the PC to GT-541 by
using a printer driver not for
GT-541.
3007
PC Data Error
GT-541 received a job in which
commands are arranged
improperly.
3008
PC Data Error
The Check Sums of the received
commands did not correspond.
3009
PC Data Error
3010
PC Data Error
3011
PC Data Error
Non-command data is mixed.
3012
PC Data Error
The Check Sums of the received
jobs did not correspond.
4000
PC Data Error
GT-541 received the data that is
not supported from the PC.
4001
PC Data Error
4002
PC Data Error
4003
PC Data Error
4004
PC Data Error
3005
Reboot and update GT-541 again.
Contact your dealer or Brother .
Check the printer setting of the PC.
Check the connection between the PC and
GT-541 and send print data again.
Reboot GT-541 and send print data again.
GT-541 received a command that Contact your dealer or Brother
These errors might happen when GT-541
is not supported.
malfunctions by environmental reasons. If
A maintenance command is mixed the error does not show, the printer is
in normal jobs.
available.
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Check the connection between the PC and
GT-541, and send print data again. Or
reboot both the PC and GT-541.
Contact your dealer or Brother .
Reboot GT-541 and send print data again.
Contact your dealer or Brother .
These errors might happen when GT-541
malfunctions by environmental reasons. If
the error does not show, the printer is
available.
7. Troubleshooting
Error
code
Message
4005
PC Data Error
4006
PC Data Error
Meaning
Solution
Check the print data with GT File Viewer.
Check the print range set in the application
on the PC.
Check the "Print with Preview" screen in e.g.
PhotoShop 7.0.
4007
Blank Data
GT-541 received blank print data
from the PC. This error
unintentionally occurs when the
print data is simply white design
(object or image), and when paper
size of application is too small and
the design is out of range, etc.
4008
PC Data Error
GT-541 received a print job that is
improperly large in data size.
4009
PC Data Error
GT-541 received a print job in
which commands are arranged
improperly.
Reboot GT-541 and send print data again.
Contact your dealer or Brother .
These errors might happen when GT-541
malfunctions by environmental reasons. If
the error does not show, the printer is
available.
4011
DT:ILGL MNT SEQ
Maintenance sequence data error
**
4020
PC Data Error
The received update program file is
not for SH.
4021
PC Data Error
The received update program file is Reboot GT-541 and update firmware again.
not for BY.
Contact your dealer or Brother .
4022
PC Data Error
The received update program file is
not for H8.
4100
Card Access Error
The file cannot be opened.
Check the contents in the Compact Flash.
Push OK Button to escape menu and
re-enter Compact Flash. Or see " 7-1.
Solving Printer Problems".
4101
Card Access Error
No file can be created.
**
4102
Card Access Error
The file cannot be closed.
4103
Card Access Error
Failure in file seeking
4104
Card Access Error
Failure in file reading
4105
Card Access Error
Failure in file writing
4106
Card Access Error
File error
4107
Card Access Error
File size error
4108
Card Access Error
Failure in file size acquisition
4109
No Files
Failure in file search
Check the contents in the Compact Flash.
See " 7-1. Solving Printer Problems".
4110
No Files
No file is found.
Check the contents in the Compact Flash.
Move ARP files out of the folder to the root
folder.
4200
Language Error
4201
Language Error
Error in program of selected
language
Update firmware again.
Contact your dealer or Brother .
4202
Language Error
Check the contents in the Compact Flash.
Push OK Button to escape menu and
re-enter Compact Flash. Or see " 7-1.
Solving Printer Problems".
**
Check the contents in the Compact Flash.
Check the contents in the Compact Flash.
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7. Troubleshooting
Error
code
Message
Meaning
Solution
5000
Machine Error
Communication error inside the
or
firmware.
SHBY: Send MSG TO
**
5003
Machine Error
or
SHBY:ILGL MSGID
**
5032
Machine Error
5033
Machine Error
5034
Machine Error
5035
Machine Error
5036
Machine Error
5080
BYSH: Send MSG TO
5081
BYSH:ILGL MSGID
5082
BYSH:ILGL MSGLEN
5083
Machine Error
or
BYSH: CHECKSUM
5090
BYSH: Cap On TO
Communication error inside the
firmware.
Communication error inside the
firmware.
**
Communication error inside the
firmware.
**
Communication error inside the
firmware.
**
Cap opening request time-out
(Cap opening completion message
did not return within the
predetermined time after sending
the Cap opening request.)
Cap closing request time-out
(Cap closing completion message
did not return within the
predetermined time after sending
the Cap closing request.)
5091
BYSH: Cap Off TO
5092
BYSH: WP FWD TO
5093
BYSH: WP BWD TO
Wipe (homeward) command
request time-out
5094
BYSH: PLT LD TO
Platen loading request time-out
**
Wipe (outward) command request
time-out
**
5095
BYSH: PLT UNLD TO Platen unloading request time-out
5096
BYSH: PLT LF TO
5097
BYSH: CRG ORG TO
5098
BYSH:ILGL PLT NO
Defect in the Platen number from
SH
5099
BYSH:ILGL SIZE X
Defect in the Platen information
from SH (x)
LF time-out
-
**
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**
7. Troubleshooting
Error
Message
code
Meaning
Solution
5100
BYSH:ILGL SIZE Y
Defect in the Platen information
from SH (y)
5101
BYSH:ILGL OFFSET
Defect in the scan print area from
SH
5102
Machine Error
Time-out of sending print data from
SH
5200
SHMN: Response TO
Time-out of waiting for the
Maintenance Unit response
5201
SHMN:ILGL RSP
Error in the Maintenance Unit
response format
5210
-
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit.
5211
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
purging.
5212
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
initializing.
5213
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
printing.
5214
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while wiping. **
5215
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
operating the Cap.
5216
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
initializing the Wiper Cleaner
Cartridge after mounting it.
5217
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
canceling purging.
5218
MNT RSP Error: XX
An overrun, framing error or parity
error has occurred.
**
5219
MNT ILGL VERSION
The Maintenance version is too
old.
**
5220
Error: RSP10
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
measuring negative pressure.
**
5221
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
updating the firmware.
**
5222
MNT RSP Error: XX
Received an error response from
the Maintenance Unit while
re-initializing after inserting the
Wiper Cleaner Cassette.
**
6000
Fail: PLTN Load
Platen loading error
6001
Fail: PLTN Unload
Platen unloading error
6002
Fail: PLTN LF
Platen moving error
**
**
**
**
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Error
code
Message
Meaning
Solution
6003
Fail: PLTN Put in
Platen moving error
6004
Fail: CLRNS SNSR
Clearance sensor error
6010
Fail: SH EEP WRT
Failure in writing to EEPROM of
SH
6011
Fail: SH FLSH ERS
Failure in clearing FLASH ROM of
SH
6012
Fail: SH FLSH WRT
Failure in writing to FLASH ROM of
SH
6013
Fail: SH FLSH CHK
Defect in FLASH ROM Check
Sum of SH.
6014
Fail: SH RAM Test
Defect in RAM check of SH
6020
Fail: RTC Read
Defect in the real time clock
6021
Fail: No Battery.
Battery exhaustion of the real time
clock
6031
Fail: Panel Button
Platen Button may be
malfunctioning.
6032
Fail: Panel Button
Print Button may be
malfunctioning.
6033
Fail: Panel Button
The Stop Button may be
malfunctioning.
6034
Fail: Panel Button
The Back Button may be
malfunctioning.
6035
Fail: Panel Button
The OK Button may be
malfunctioning.
6036
Fail: Panel Button
The Down Button may be
malfunctioning.
6037
Fail: Panel Button
The Up Button may be
malfunctioning.
6038
Fail: Panel Button
The Head Cleaning Button may be
malfunctioning.
6100
Fail: CRG Speed
Defect in the Carriage load (in the
high level).
6101
Fail: CRG Move
An error occurred while moving the
**
Carriage.
**
**
Check whether something is placed on the
Control Panel.
Contact your dealer or Brother .
Clean the Carriage by referring to “7-2-9.
Cleaning the Carriage Shafts”. If the cleaning
has no effect, contact your dealer or
Brother .
6102
Fail: CRG STOP 1
Failure in stopping the Carriage at
the proper position
Check whether the media is jamming in the
Carriage.
Clean the Carriage by referring to “7-2-9.
Cleaning the Carriage Shafts”. If the cleaning
has no effect, contact your dealer or
Brother .
6103
Fail: CRG STOP 2
Failure in stopping the Carriage at
the proper position (ASIC error)
**
6104
Fail: CRG STP PRT
CR time-out of the Carriage during
printing
6105
Fail: CRG STP FLS
CR time-out of the Carriage during
flashing
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**
7. Troubleshooting
Error
code
Message
Meaning
Solution
6110
Fail: BY EEP WRT
Failure in writing to EEPROM of
BY
6111
Fail: BY FLSH ERS
Failure in clearing FLASH ROM of
BY
6112
Fail: BY FLSH WRT
Failure in writing to FLASH ROM of **
BY
6113
Fail: BY FLSH CHK
Defect in FLASH ROM Check
Sum of BY
6114
Fail: BY RAM Test
Defect in RAM check of BY
**
6134
Fail: Head VLTG
Print Head voltage defect
**
6150
Fail: Sur Temp
Ambient temperature sensor
defect
**
6200
Fail: MNT Cap Drv
The operation stopped because
the Cap Driver has overheated.
6210
Fail: MNT Pump Drv
The operation stopped because
the Pump Driver has overheated.
6220
Fail: MNT Wipe Drv
The operation stopped because
the Wipe Driver has overheated.
6230
Fail: MNT INK-PCBA
The Maintenance Unit failed to
communicate with the Ink Sensor A **
PCB.
6240
Fail: MNT INK-PCBB
The Maintenance Unit failed to
communicate with the Ink Sensor
B PCB.
PRG: SH SCER
1508
Carriage initialization failed.
PRG: SH SCER
1757
Reading EEPROM Timeout (BY)
PRG: SH SCER
1788
Writing EEPROM Timeout (BY)
PRG: SH SCER
XXXX
Communication timeout (SH to
BY)
7001
PRG: SH Exception
Error inside the program
(Exceptionally occurs in CPU of
SH)
**
7002
PRG: SH ILGL TMR
Error inside the program
(Incorrect timer setting of SH)
**
7010
PRG: SH ILGL Arg
Error inside the program
(Argument defect of SH)
**
7011
PRG: SH ILGL RTN
Error inside the program
(Returning value defect of SH)
7012
PRG: SH Event TO
Error inside the program
(Time-out of waiting for the
vent/message of SH)
7000
**
**
**
**
7013
PRG: SH Internal
Error inside the program
(General program error of SH)
7100
PRG: BY SYSCALL
Error inside the program
(System call error of BY)
**
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Error
code
Message
Meaning
Solution
7101
PRG: BY Exception
Error inside the program
(Exceptionally occurs in CPU of
BY)
7110
PRG: BY ILGL Arg
Error inside the program
(Argument defect of BY)
7111
PRG: BY ILGL RTN
Error inside the program
(Returning value defect of SH)
7112
PRG: BY Event TO
Error inside the program
(Time-out of waiting for the
vent/message of BY)
7120
PRG: BY CRG Mode
Error inside the program
(Mode for optimizing the undefined **
Print Head movement)
7121
PRG: BY No Line
Error inside the program
(Error in the number of print lines (0
line))
7122
PRG: BY Line Over
Error inside the program
(Error in the number of print lines
(too many))
7123
PRG: BY ILGL Cmd
Error inside the program
(Commands other than CR/LF)
7124
PRG: BY ILGL Dir
Error inside the program
(Undefined print direction)
7125
PRG: BY Too near
Error inside the program
(Moving error: It is too close to
move.)
PRG: BY ILGL Mode
Error inside the program
(Undefined print mode)
7126
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**
**
**
7. Troubleshooting
Error Messages of Maintenance Unit
Error
code
Message
Meaning
Solution
CA
Cap Driver Overheat
The operation stopped because
the Cap Driver has overheated.
CC
Wiper Cleaner
Cassette error
Wiper Cleaner Cassette is coming
**
off.
CE
Communication error
Communication error other than
FE, OE and PE
**
CI
Cap initialization error
The Cap initialization was not
made before moving the Cap.
**
CO
Cap error
The Cap was in the raised position
**
when moving the Wiper.
CP
Cap Sensor error
Failure of the Cap Sensor or Cap
Motor
FE
Data framing error
Serial communication/data framing
**
error occurred.
IE
Internal error
Incorrect program behavior
OB
Cap obstacle error
An obstacle prevents the Cap from
**
being raised.
OE
Data overrun error
Serial communication/buffer
overrun occurred.
**
PA
Pump Driver Overheat
The operation stopped because
the Pump Driver has overheated.
**
PE
Parity error
Serial communication/parity error
occurred.
**
PI
Pump initialization
error
The Pump initialization was not
made before operating the Pump.
**
PN
The number of
The number of arguments is
arguments is different. abnormal.
PS
Pump Sensor Error
Failure in the Pump sensor or
Pump motor
**
RT
Response timeout
Time-out of waiting for the
Maintenance Unit response
**
SH
Ink Sensor error
Failure in the Ink Sensor harness
**
SR
Ink Sensor error
Defect in the Ink Sensor reading
**
VC
Valve error
The valve is closed when moving
the Cap.
**
VO
Valve error
The valve is open when operating
the Pump.
**
WA
Wiper Driver Overheat
The operation stopped because
the Wipe Driver has overheated.
**
WI
Wiper initialization
error
The Wiper initialization was not
made before moving the Wiper.
**
WS
Wipe Sensor error
Failure in the Wiper Sensor or
Wiper Motor
**
**
**
**
**
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8. Specifications
8. Specifications
8-1. Mechanical Specification
Dimensions
1170 (W) × 935 (D) × 610 (H) mm
Weight
(GT-541 including Platen)
Approx. 100 Kg
Maximum print area
14 x 16 inches (355.6 x 406.4 mm)
Print Resolution
600 x 600 dpi
Power source
Single-phase 120 V (USA)
230 V (Europe)
100 V (Japan)
Power supply frequency
50/60 Hz
Power consumptions
0.8 A (average)
Mechanical noise
Lower than 70 dB
Temperature and Humidity
For operation:
Temperature: 50 °F to 95 °F (10 °C to 35 °C)
Humidity: 20 % to 85 % (no condensation)
For optimum
print result
Temperature: 59 °F to 86 °F (15 °C to 30 °C)
Humidity: 35 % to 85 % (no condensation)
For storage:
Temperature: 32 °F to 104 °F (0 °C to 40 °C)
Humidity: 20 % to 85 % (no condensation)
8-2. Software Specification
Supported OS
Latest Windows 2000 Professional /
Windows XP (32 bit) / Windows Vista
(32 bit / 64 bit) / Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit)
Supported interface
USB 1.1/ 2.0, CompactFlash
Minimum system requirements
256 MB RAM (512 MB or more is recommended)
128 MB free disk space (256 MB or more is
recommended)
1 GHz CPU
Recommended Applications for precise
output
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements,
Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Paint Shop Pro
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INSTRUCTION MANUAL
http://www.brother.com/
1-5, Kitajizoyama, Noda-cho, Kariya 448-0803, Japan. Phone: 81-566-95-0088
© 2005-2007, 2010 Brother Industries, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
This is the original instructions.
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