Epson 10000 Series Printer User Manual

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Copyright © 1994 by Epson America, Inc.
Printed on recycled paper
User’s Guide
FCC Compliance Statement
For United States Users
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures.
❑ Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
❑ Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
❑ Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
❑ Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will
invalidate the FCC Certification of this device and may cause interference levels which
exceed the limits established by the FCC for this equipment. It is the responsibility of the
user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this device. If this
equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to unused
interfaces. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
For Canadian Users
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites
applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans le règlement sur le
brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le Ministère des Communications du Canada.
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Contents
Getting Started
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Energy Star Compliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Energy-saving tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where to Get Help for U.S. and Canadian Users
CompuServe on-line support . . . . . . . . .
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . .
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0-2
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Using Your Ink Jet Printer Safely and Efficiently . . . . . .
Unpacking the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching the paper support and the paper separators
Your Work Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Plugging in and Turning on the Printer . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing the Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
More about ink cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading Plain Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Testing the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the Printer to Your Computer . . . . . . . . . .
Calibrating the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recalibrating the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing the EPSON Windows Printer Driver . . . . . . .
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Chapter 1
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Setting Up
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Chapter 2
Choosing and Loading Paper
Choosing Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Special papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Thick paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading plain paper . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading special coated and glossy paper
Loading transparencies . . . . . . . . . .
Loading envelopes . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2-2
2-2
2-3
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2-4
2-5
2-6
About the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Displaying the dialog boxes . . . . . . . . . .
Choosing settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the command buttons . . . . . . . . .
Saving settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restoring prior settings . . . . . . . . . . . .
Getting help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exiting the driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Before Printing for the First Time . . . . . . . . .
About printing with color . . . . . . . . . . .
Choosing required settings . . . . . . . . . .
Driver Settings and Options . . . . . . . . . . . .
Choosing the Best Settings for your Document .
Printing black text quickly . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing Color with Selected Windows Software
Making color selections in your software . .
Printing your color Windows documents . .
Printing Color with Selected DOS Software . . .
Making color selection in your software . . .
The EPSON Spool Manager . . . . . . . . . . . .
The EPSON Despooler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-9
3-9
3-12
3-25
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3-27
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3-29
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3-32
3-33
Chapter 3
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Printing with Windows
Chapter 4
The Control Panel
Using the Control Panel . . . . . .
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Special Power-On Functions
Selecting Fonts . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scalable fonts . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting Condensed Printing . . .
Using the Default-Setting Mode . .
About the default settings . . .
Changing the default settings .
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. 5-2
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Problems With Printing . . . . . . . . . .
Print Quality Problems . . . . . . . . . .
Problems with Printing . . . . . . . . . .
Paper Handling Problems . . . . . . . .
Clearing and preventing paper jams
Paper feeding problems . . . . . . .
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Chapter 5
Maintenance
Replacing an Ink Cartridge
Cleaning the Print Heads .
Cleaning the Printer . . . .
Transporting the Printer .
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
4-2
4-2
4-4
4-6
4-7
4-8
4-9
4-10
4-11
4-13
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Troubleshooting
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Using Optional Interfaces
Optional Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2
Installing optional interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2
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Appendix A Specifications
General Specifications
Printing . . . . . .
Paper . . . . . . . .
Ink cartridges . . .
Mechanical . . . . .
Electrical . . . . . .
Environmental . .
Safety approvals .
Interface Specifications
Parallel interface .
Serial interface . . .
Optional interfaces
Initialization . . . . . .
Default Settings . . . .
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A-2
A-2
A-4
A-7
A-8
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A-9
A-9
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A-12
A-13
A-13
A-14
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B-2
B-3
B-7
B-8
Appendix B Commands and Character Tables
Command List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Character Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
International character sets . . . . . . . . . .
Characters available with ESC (^ command:
Glossary
Index
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Printer Parts
printer
cover
sheet
feeder
cover
paper
separators
knob
rear edge
guide
paper
support
interface
card
cover
parallel
interface
(AC inlet)
ink
cartridge
clamps
paper
thickness
lever
Control Panel
Operate button
control
panel
Getting Started
The EPSON® Stylus COLOR printer gives you presentationquality color and monochrome printing with quiet operation.
To get started with your EPSON Stylus COLOR printer, please:
❑
Make sure you have the equipment you need to use this
printer as described below in “System Requirements.”
❑
Read about using energy wisely and the important safety
instructions in this introduction.
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Read Chapter 1, “Setting Up,” to test and install the
Windows printer driver software.
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Refer to the rest of this User’s Guide for help with selecting
paper, choosing printer driver settings, maintenance,
troubleshooting, optional interfaces, and printer
specifications.
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See the Color Printing Tips booklet to learn to produce
high-quality color documents.
If you need additional assistance, see “Where to Get Help for
U.S. and Canadian Users” on page 3.
Getting Started
1
System Requirements
To use your EPSON Stylus COLOR printer, you need
Microsoft® Windows 3.1 or higher or Windows for Workgroups
3.1 or higher, a shielded, twisted-pair parallel cable, and:
Minimum system
Recommended system
80386/16 MHz processor
80386/25 MHz or faster processor
4MB RAM
8MB RAM
10MB
More than 10MB free hard disk space
VGA monitor
VGA or better monitor
Your computer dealer can help you update your system if it
does not meet these requirements.
Energy Star Compliant
Your EPSON Stylus COLOR printer complies with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program,
which promotes the manufacture of energy-efficient printers,
computers, and monitors.
The EPA estimates that if all desktop computers, printers, and
other peripheral devices met Energy Star standards, energy
cost savings would exceed $1 billion annually and carbon
dioxide emissions would be reduced by 20 million tons.
All of EPSON’s ink jet printers conform to Energy Star
standards.
The Energy Star emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any
product or service.
2
Getting Started
Energy-saving tips
Here are a few additional tips you can use to be even more
energy-wise:
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If your monitor isn’t Energy Star compliant, turn it off
when you’re not using it.
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Use the print preview option on your software before you
print something. You’ll be able to catch formatting errors
before you commit them to paper.
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If you have an electronic mail system available to you, send
E-mail rather than memos. Not only is this faster, but you’ll
save paper and storage space too.
Where to Get Help for U.S. and Canadian Users
Epson America provides local customer support and service
through a nationwide network of authorized EPSON dealers
and Service Centers.
EPSON also provides the support services listed below through
EPSON Connection.SM U.S. users can call (800) 922-8911;
Canadian users can call (800) GO-EPSON.
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Assistance in locating your nearest Authorized EPSON
Reseller or Service Center
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Technical assistance with the installation, configuration,
and operation of EPSON products
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EPSON technical information library fax service
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Product literature with technical specifications on EPSON’s
current and new products
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Customer Relations
Getting Started
3
You can purchase supplies, parts, documentation, and
accessories by calling EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766
(U.S. sales only). In Canada, call (800) GO-EPSON for sales
locations.
When you call for technical assistance, be ready to identify
your system and its configuration, and provide any error
messages to the support staff.
If you need help with any software application program you
are using, see the documentation that came with that program
for technical support information.
CompuServe ® on-line support
The fastest way to access helpful tips, specifications, drivers,
application notes, and bulletins is through the Epson America
Forum on CompuServe.
If you are not currently a member of CompuServe, you are
eligible for a free introductory membership as an owner of an
EPSON product. This membership entitles you to:
❑
An introductory $15 credit on CompuServe
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Your own user ID and password
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A complimentary subscription to CompuServe Magazine,
CompuServe’s monthly publication.
To take advantage of this offer, call 1-800-848-8199 in the
United States and Canada and ask for representative #529. In
other countries, call (614) 529-1611 or your local CompuServe
access number.
If you are already a CompuServe member, simply type
GO EPSON at the menu prompt to reach the Epson America
Forum.
4
Getting Started
Important Safety Instructions
Read all of these instructions and save them for later reference.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the printer.
❑
Unplug the printer before cleaning. Clean with a damp
cloth only. Do not spill liquid on the printer.
❑
Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a
radiator or heat register.
❑
Do not block or cover the openings in the printer’s cabinet.
Do not insert objects through the slots.
❑
Use only the type of power source indicated on the
printer’s label.
❑
Connect all equipment to properly grounded power
outlets. Avoid using outlets on the same circuit as
photocopiers or air control systems that regularly switch on
and off.
❑
Do not let the power cord become damaged or frayed.
❑
If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure the
total ampere rating of the devices plugged into the
extension cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating.
Also, make sure the total of all devices plugged into the
wall outlet does not exceed 15 amperes.
❑
Except as specifically explained in this User’s Guide, do not
attempt to service the printer yourself.
❑
Unplug the printer and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
If the power cord or plug is damaged; if liquid has entered
the printer, if the printer has been dropped or the cabinet
damaged; if the printer does not operate normally or
exhibits a distinct change in performance. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operating instructions.
Getting Started
5
Chapter 1
Setting Up
Using Your Ink Jet Printer Safely and Efficiently . . . . . . . .
1-2
Unpacking the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching the paper support and the paper separators . .
1-3
1-4
Your Work Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-5
Plugging in and Turning on the Printer
1-6
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Installing the Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
More about ink cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-7
1-11
Loading Plain Paper
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1-12
Testing the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-14
Connecting the Printer to Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-15
Calibrating the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Setting Up
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Using Your Ink Jet Printer Safely and Efficiently
The EPSON Stylus COLOR uses two ink cartridges, one black
and one color. Inside the print head, tiny spray units shoot ink
from the cartridges onto the page to form characters or graphics.
The printer will be damaged if you use ink or cartridges
not manufactured by EPSON or which do not meet EPSON’s
specifications. Do not attempt to refill ink cartridges manually.
If you use substandard products with your EPSON printer,
you will damage the print heads and void your warranty.
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Under normal circumstances, ink will not come out of the
cartridge. If it does get on your skin, wash it off with soap
and water. If it gets in your eyes, flush them immediately
with water.
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Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children.
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Once you install an ink cartridge, do not open the clamp or
remove the cartridge except to replace it with a new one.
The cartridge may become unusable otherwise.
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Install an ink cartridge immediately after you remove it
from its package. Leaving a cartridge unpacked for a long
time before use may result in poor print quality.
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Do not use an ink cartridge beyond the date printed on the
cartridge carton. Use up the ink cartridges within six
months of installing them.
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Do not shake an ink cartridge; this can cause leakage.
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Do not put your hand inside the printer or touch the
cartridge during printing.
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Before you turn off the printer, make sure that the print
head is capped (in the far right position). The print head is
capped when no data is received for several seconds; you
can also cap the print head by pressing the Pause button.
Setting Up
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Before you unplug the printer, be sure to turn it off by
pressing the Operate button. Then wait until the Operate
light stops flashing before unplugging the power cord or
turning off the power to the electrical outlet.
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Do not remove the ink cartridges before transporting the
printer.
Unpacking the Printer
Your printer box should include an EPSON printer driver disk
and these items:
paper
separators
printer
black ink
cartridge
color ink
cartridge
paper
support
Remove all protective materials packed with your printer
before you set it up and turn on the power. Follow the
directions on the Notice Sheet (inserted with the printer) to
remove these materials. Save all of the packaging and the
protective materials in case you need to transport the printer
in the future.
Setting Up
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Attaching the paper support and the paper separators
1. Place the paper support’s right side hole over the mounting
post as shown in bubble 1 below. Then push the support’s
left side notch onto the mounting post until it snaps in
place as shown in bubble 2.
2. Hold the wire paper separator, marked with an R near its
shortest tip, and insert the longer tip into the third notch
from the left, as shown by arrow 1 below. Next, twist the
other tip and fit it in the fourth printer notch as shown by
arrow 2 below. Repeat this procedure for the paper
separator marked with an L.
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Setting Up
Your Work Area
When choosing a location for your printer, follow these
guidelines:
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Place the printer on a flat, horizontal, stable surface. If the
printer is tilted, it cannot operate properly.
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Always leave approximately 2 inches of clear area next to
the knob on the printer’s right side. The printer will not
print if anything is pressing against the knob.
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Avoid places subject to rapid changes in temperature and
humidity. Also keep the printer away from direct sunlight,
strong light, or heat sources.
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Place the printer near a wall outlet where the plug can be
easily unplugged.
Note for French-speaking users:
Placez l’imprimante près d’une prise de contacte où la fiche
peut être débranchée facilement.
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Use a grounded power outlet; do not use an adapter plug.
If you plan to use a printer stand, follow these guidelines:
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Use a stand that supports at least 32 lb (14.8 kg).
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Never use a stand that tilts the printer. It should always be
kept level.
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Plugging in and Turning on the Printer
1. Make sure you have removed all protective packing
materials as described in the Notice Sheet.
2. Make sure that the Operate button is turned off. It is off
when its surface is even with the button protectors on the
left and right.
button
protectors
3. Plug the power cord into a properly grounded electrical outlet.
4. Turn on the printer by pressing the Operate button as
shown below.
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Setting Up
Installing the Ink Cartridges
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Caution:
The ink cartridges are self-contained units. Under ordinary
use, ink will not leak from a cartridge. If ink does get on your
hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets
into your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
Note:
❑ Do not open an ink cartridge package until just before you install
the cartridge or the ink may become unusable.
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Install both ink cartridges. If either of the cartridges is not
installed, the printer will not work.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on, and then open the
printer cover. Press the Pause button.
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2. Hold down the Alt button for about 5 seconds until the print
head moves very slightly to the left, which is the ink
cartridge install position.
3. Pull each of the ink cartridge clamps toward you to open
them.
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Setting Up
4. Open the foil ink cartridge packages and remove the
cartridges from their protective cardboard. Remove the
tape seal from each ink cartridge. (Your packaging may
differ slightly from that shown below.)
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Caution:
You must remove the tape seal from the cartridges.
Leaving the tape on will permanently damage them.
5. Lower the cartridges into their holders with the labels face
up and the arrow on the top of the cartridge pointing
toward the rear of the printer. The color cartridge, which is
larger, goes on the left, the black ink cartridge on the right.
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6. Push the ink cartridge clamps toward the back of the printer
until they lock in place.
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Caution:
Once you install the ink cartridges, do not open the clamps
or remove them except to replace them with new ones.
Otherwise, cartridges may become unusable.
7. Press the Alt button again to return the print head to its
home position. (Even if you do not press Alt, the printer
moves the print head back to its home position about
60 seconds after you install the cartridges.)
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Setting Up
8. Close the printer cover.
The first time you install ink cartridges, the printer
automatically charges the ink delivery system. This takes
about one minute. The printer mechanism moves while the
system is charging.
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Caution:
During the ink charging process, the Pause light flashes.
Never turn off the printer while the Pause light is
flashing.
9. Press the Pause button.
10. While holding down the Alt button, press the Font button.
The carriage moves to the left.
11. Look at the small blue lever in front of the ink cartridges.
Make sure that the left side of this lever is pressed down.
12. Press the Alt button.
13. Press the Pause button.
More about ink cartridges
In order to maintain optimum print quality, the printer
periodically performs a cleaning operation. You might notice
the cleaning cycle being performed when the printer has been
on for a while without being used or when you turn the printer
on after it has been off for a while.
The number of pages a black ink cartridge can print
depends on the amount of text and graphics you use. The
number of pages a color cartridge can print depends on the
amount of color you print. You can replace black and color ink
cartridges independently. See Appendix A for ink cartridge
capacities.
Setting Up
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Loading Plain Paper
The following procedure describes how to load plain paper
(copier-quality or paper specifically designed for ink jet
printers), which works well for most color printing. To load
coated papers for higher-quality output or to load
transparencies and other special papers, see Chapter 2.
1. Open the sheet feeder cover by lifting the lever on the left
until it clicks into place. Then slide the left edge guide as far
to the left as it will go.
2. Fan a stack of paper; then tap it on a flat surface to even the
edges.
Note:
The sheet feeder holds up to 100 sheets of 17-lb or 64-gm2 paper.
Do not load paper above the mark on the edge guide.
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3. While aligning the paper’s edge with the right edge guide,
insert it with the printable surface (the printable surface is
marked with an arrow on most plain paper packaging) face
down into the sheet feeder until it meets resistance. Then
adjust the left edge guide as shown.
4. Adjust the rear edge guide to match the length of your
paper as shown below. Then close the sheet feeder cover.
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Testing the Printer
Use paper at least 8.27 inches (210 mm) wide; otherwise the
print head sprays ink directly on the platen, which could
smudge your next document.
1. Make sure the printer is turned off.
2. While holding down the Load/Eject button, press the
Operate ( ) button.
The self test begins by printing on the first and last lines of
the first sheet of paper to measure the page length. Then the
printer prints character samples on the next sheet of paper in
the available fonts and colors.
3. To pause the test, press the Pause button. (The test may
continue to print for a few seconds.) Otherwise, the test
continues until the paper in the sheet feeder runs out. To
resume the test, press the Pause button again.
4. To end the self test, press the Pause button and turn off the
printer by pressing the Operate button.
Note:
Do not turn off the printer before pressing the Pause button.
Otherwise, a cleaning cycle occurs when you turn it on again and ink
is wasted.
If the quality of the test output is not good, clean the print
heads as described in Chapter 5. Note that it might take as
many as three cleaning cycles to solve the problem. If cleaning
the print heads does not improve the print quality, see
Chapter 6, “Troubleshooting.”
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Setting Up
Connecting the Printer to Your Computer
You need a shielded, twisted-pair parallel cable to connect your
computer to the printer’s built-in parallel interface.
Note:
The printer also has an RS-422 serial port, which is standard for the
Apple® Macintosh® but is not often used for PCs.
1. Make sure both the printer and computer are turned off.
2. Plug the cable connector securely into the printer’s interface
connector. Then squeeze the wire clips together until they
lock in place on both sides.
3. Plug the other end of the cable into the computer’s parallel
interface.
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Calibrating the Printer
Before calibrating the printer, make a backup copy of the
EPSON printer driver disk. Then put away the original and use
the backup for calibration and printer driver installation.
Use the print calibration utility to adjust your printer so that
the vertical lines in text and graphics are correctly aligned. This
ensures the highest possible quality printing.
You can calibrate your printer in either DOS or Windows. Just
follow the appropriate steps below:
DOS
1. Insert the EPSON printer driver disk into drive A (or B).
2. At the DOS prompt, type A:CALIBRAT (or B:CALIBRAT).
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows
1. Open Program Manager in Windows.
2. Insert the EPSON printer driver disk into drive A (or B).
3. Pull down the File menu and choose Run.
4. When the Run dialog box appears, type A:CALIBRAT (or
B:CALIBRAT) and press Enter.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Recalibrating the printer
In most cases, you will only need to calibrate your printer once.
If, however, your text or graphics print quality declines, repeat
the calibration procedure.
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Setting Up
Installing the EPSON Windows Printer Driver
Now that you have calibrated your printer, you can install the
EPSON Windows printer driver. It allows your computer to
communicate with the printer.
Always use this printer driver when you print from Windows;
it is specifically designed to provide fast, sharp printing while
optimizing all of the printer’s features.
Note:
If you are not using Windows, choose the LQ-2550 printer driver in
your software. This lets you print in color but does not give you some
EPSON Stylus COLOR features, such as 720-dpi printing and
MicroWeave.
1. Make sure Windows is running and that the Main window
is open.
2. In the Main window, double-click the Control Panel icon.
3. Double-click the Printers icon. The Printers dialog box
appears.
4. Click the Add button. A list of printers appears at the bottom
of the box. Click Install Unlisted or Updated Printer once
to highlight it and then click Install. The Install Driver box
appears.
5. Insert the EPSON printer driver disk into your computer.
Make sure the correct drive letter (A or B) is displayed in
the Install Driver box and then choose OK.
6. The Add Unlisted or Updated Printer box appears. Select
EPSON Stylus COLOR.
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7. Click OK. Windows automatically copies the new printer
driver to your hard disk and adds it to the list of installed
printers.
8. Choose the Set As Default Printer button so that your
printer is selected whenever you begin using your
Windows software. Click Close.
If you want to use the driver’s original factory settings, simply
choose Print in your Windows software and then choose OK.
To customize the printer settings and learn more about printing
in color with your Windows software, see Chapter 3, “Printing
with Windows.”
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Caution:
Color printing of large photographs may require a large
amount of free hard disk space.
To let you get back to work more quickly, the Stylus COLOR
sends print data to your hard disk for temporary storage before
it is printed. The amount of hard disk space required depends
on the size and complexity of the image and on the application
you are using. Ordinary text and graphics use very little hard
disk space, but photographic images in color can use more.
Although your Windows driver compresses data, a full-page
color photographic image at 360 dpi may require 10MB to
20MB of hard disk space (or in some cases as much as 30MB).
A full-page color photographic image at 720 dpi may require
40MB to 60MB, or in some cases up to 125MB.
If you plan to print large photographic images, be sure to have
enough hard disk space available or do one of the following:
Reduce the size of your image.
Reduce the resolution of your image.
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Setting Up
Chapter 2
Choosing and Loading Paper
Choosing Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Special papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Thick paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Loading plain paper . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading special coated and glossy paper
Loading transparencies . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading envelopes . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Choosing Paper
While most correspondence-quality plain paper works well in
your printer, you should be sure the paper is suitable for ink jet
printers. For detailed paper specifications, see Appendix A.
Special papers
For the highest quality print output and overhead
presentations, EPSON offers the following special papers:
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EPSON Special coated paper for 360 dpi (dots per inch)
(S041028 for letter, S041025 for A4)
Use this paper for high-quality 360 dpi output.
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EPSON Special coated paper for 720 dpi
(S041029 for letter, S041026 for A4)
This paper can be used only when printing at 720 dpi.
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EPSON High Quality Glossy paper (S041033)
When you use this paper, choose Special coated paper 360
or Special coated paper 720 in the Media/Options section
of the printer driver.
Note:
When printing at 720 dpi, use only EPSON Special coated paper
for 720 dpi or High Quality Glossy paper.
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EPSON Transparency film
(S041030 for letter, S041027 for A4)
Use this film with 360 dpi printing to produce high-quality
overhead transparency presentations. Do not use 720 dpi
printing on transparencies.
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Choosing and Loading Paper
Make sure to select the appropriate media type from the
printer setup dialog box of your driver. See Chapter 3,
“Printing with Windows,” for information about changing
printer driver settings.
Thick paper
You can also print on some kinds of thick paper and envelopes.
Note:
If your printing becomes faint when you print on thick paper, you
need to adjust the paper-thickness lever as shown in steps 1 through 5
in “Loading envelopes,” later in this chapter.
Make sure to select the appropriate paper type in your printer
driver setup. See Chapter 3, “Printing with Windows,” for
information about changing printer driver settings.
Loading Paper
You can select from several paper types for your printer’s
built-in sheet feeder: plain paper, special ink jet paper, coated
ink jet paper, transparency film, and envelopes.
Loading plain paper
To load plain paper, see “Loading Plain Paper” in Chapter 1.
Make sure to select “Plain Paper” as the paper type in your
printer driver setup. See Chapter 3, “Printing with Windows,”
for information about changing printer driver settings.
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Loading special coated and glossy paper
To load EPSON Special coated paper for 360 and 720 dpi and
the EPSON High Quality Glossy paper:
1. Make sure the printable surface of the paper is face down.
For coated paper, the printable side is whiter than the other
side. For glossy paper, the printable side is face down when
the cut corner is toward you on the right as you insert
paper in the sheet feeder.
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Caution:
Do not touch the printable surface; hold the sheets by their
edges.
2. Insert the paper into the sheet feeder until it meets
resistance. You can insert up to 70 sheets of coated paper
and up to 50 sheets of glossy paper.
3. Select Special coated paper in the printer driver setup and
either 360 or 720 dpi resolution.
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Caution:
Do not print on 720 dpi paper with 360 dpi resolution;
likewise, do not print on 360 dpi paper with 720 dpi
resolution.
Return unused sheets to the original packaging. Unfavorable
storage conditions, especially high temperature, humidity,
and direct sunlight, can damage the paper.
4. Adjust the left and rear edge guides so the paper feeds
straight into the paper path.
If you have paper feed or paper jam problems, see Chapter 6,
“Troubleshooting.”
When you need more special paper, see your dealer or call
EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766.
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Choosing and Loading Paper
Loading transparencies
When printing on transparencies, use only EPSON
Transparency film S041030 (Letter). For best results, use
transparencies within six months of opening the package.
1. Make sure the printable surface of the transparencies is
face down. The printable side is face down when the cut
corner is on the bottom right as you hold the transparencies
in front of you.
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Caution:
Do not touch the printable surface; hold the sheets by their
edges.
2. Insert up to 50 transparencies into the sheet feeder until
they meet resistance.
3. Adjust the left and rear edge guides so that the
transparencies feed straight into the paper path.
4. Select Transparency and 360 dpi resolution in the printer
driver setup as shown in Chapter 3.
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Do not print on transparencies using 720 dpi resolution.
Return unused sheets to the original packaging.
Unfavorable storage conditions, especially high
temperature, humidity, and direct sunlight, can damage
transparencies.
If you have paper feed or paper jam problems, see Chapter 6,
“Troubleshooting.”
When you need more transparencies, see your dealer or call
EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766.
Loading envelopes
You can print up to 10 envelopes at a time. First you need to
adjust the paper-thickness lever.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on. Then press the Pause
button and open the cover.
Note:
When adjusting the paper-thickness lever, make sure no paper is
in the paper path. Paper loaded in the printer is ejected when you
adjust this lever.
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2. While holding down the Alt button, press the Font button.
The carriage moves to the lever-adjusting position.
3. Turn the lever clockwise as far as it will go.
4. Press the Alt button.
5. Press the Pause button.
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6. Remove the rear edge guide from the printer and re-install
it as shown.
7. Insert up to 10 envelopes into the printer as shown.
8. Adjust the rear and left edge guides carefully so that the
envelopes feed straight into the paper path.
9. Choose the envelope size (called paper type in your printer
driver) from the printer driver setup as shown in Chapter 3.
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Choosing and Loading Paper
Note:
❑ Do not use envelopes that are too thin; they may curl during
printing.
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Return unused envelopes to the original packaging.
Unfavorable storage conditions, especially high temperature,
humidity, and direct sunlight, can damage envelopes.
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Do not choose 720 dpi resolution for envelope printing.
10. Re-adjust the paper-thickness lever to its original position
after you finish printing on envelopes or thick paper.
Otherwise, the print on plain paper may be faint.
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Chapter 3
Printing with Windows
About the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Using the Printer Driver . . . .
Displaying the dialog boxes
Choosing settings . . . . . .
Saving settings . . . . . . . .
Restoring prior settings . . .
Getting help . . . . . . . . .
Exiting the driver . . . . . .
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About printing with color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Choosing required settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Setting Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driver setup tabs and command buttons. . . . . . . . . . .
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Choosing the Best Settings for your Document . . . . . . . . .
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Printing Color with Selected Windows Software . . . . . . . .
Making color selection in your software . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing your color Windows documents . . . . . . . . . .
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About the Printer Driver
This chapter describes how to use the EPSON Windows (3.1 or
higher) printer driver. You’ll also find on-line help throughout
the driver.
Note:
If you are not using Windows, choose the LQ-2550 printer driver in
your software. This lets you print in color but does not give you some
EPSON Stylus COLOR features, such as 720-dpi printing and
MicroWeave.
A printer driver is a custom-designed program that works with
the software on your computer to send codes that run (or
“drive”) your printer. These software codes select the page size,
orientation, resolution, and other features of the document you
are printing.
because color printing is more complex than black-and-white
(monochrome) printing, results and print speed vary
depending on printer driver and software settings. Therefore,
it’s important that you use the EPSON driver that comes with
your EPSON Stylus COLOR and that you install it correctly
by using the Printers icon in the Windows Control Panel.
Installing the driver is described in Chapter 1, “Setting Up.”
Note:
Be sure you see the section in this chapter called “Before Printing for
the First Time.” If you do not choose the right settings, your printed
output may be unsatisfactory.
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Using the Printer Driver
Your printer driver settings are divided into six categories
which display as tabs. This table shows you the printer driver
settings, dialog boxes, and options. It also lists factory settings.
Driver settings
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Setting
Dialog box
Options
Paper
Paper size
Letter (8 l/2 x 11 in)
Legal (8 1/2x 14 in)
A4 (210 x 297 mm)
A5(148x210mm)
B5 (182 x 257 mm)
Statement (5 l/2 x 8 l/2 in)
Executive (7 l/2 x 10 in)
Envelope # 10 (4 l/8 x 9 l/2 in)
Envelope DL (110 x 220 mm)
Envelope C5 (162 x 229 mm)
6 3/4” Envelope (3 5/8 x 6 l/2 in)
Orientation
Portrait
Landscape
Paper source
Auto Sheet Feeder
Copies
Number (l-99)
Collate (a = on, 0 = off)
Reverse order print (@ = on, 0 = off)
Paper type
Plain paper
Special coated paper 360 dpi
Special coated paper 720 dpi
Transparency film
Print options
High Speed (I3 = on, 0 = off
MicroWeave (II = on, 0 = off)
Media/
Options
Options in bold type indicate the driver’s factory default settings.
An asterisk indicates settings not available when Monochrome is selected
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Driver settings (continued)
Setting
1 Dialog box
Image
Settings
Options
-5G% - 0% - 50%
-5046 - 0% - 50%
H = on
0 = Off
-5c% - 0% - 50%
Red Strength*
-50% - 0% - 50%
1 Green strength*
-50% - 0% - 50%
1 Blue strength*
-50% 0% - 50%
El = on
cl = off
Monochrome
Color (CMYK)
Super - 720 x 720 dpi
Best - 360 x 360 dpi
Draft - 180 x 180 dpi
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No halftoning
Line art pattern
Fine dither pattern
Coarse dither pattern
Diffused (Pencil art)
Diffused (High speed)
Diffused (Images)
Diffused
(Complex Diagrams)
[Printer driver
informotion]
N/A
Options in bold type indicate the driver’s factory default settings.
An asterisk indicates settings not available when Monochrome is selected
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Displaying the dialog boxes
You can display the driver setup screen in two ways:
Q Double-click the Printers icon in the Control Panel dialog
box. Then click Epson Stylus COLOR in the Installed
Printers list box to highlight it and click the Setup button.
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Choose Print Setup or a similar name from the File menu
of your software. Highlight Epson Stylus Color in the
Installed Printers list box and then click the Setup button.
When you display the driver setup screen, the Paper dialog box
appears. The top of the screen looks like this:
Choosing settings
You can select settings in any of the following ways:
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Click the option button or name
0
Click the check box
u Click the scroll box on the scroll bar and drag it
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Click the drop-down list box, then click the item
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Click the text box, then enter the number
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Hold down the Alt key on your computer keyboard and
type the underlined character representing the setting.
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Saving settings
When you have selected the settings you want and you’re
ready to print, choose the OK button. This exits you from the
driver setup and saves your selections. Your settings stay in
effect until you make additional changes and choose the OK
button again.
Restoring prior settings
If you decide you want to use the driver’s original factory
settings, click the Defaults button,
Getting help
Whenever you want more information about the driver
settings, choose the Help button. Once you are in Help, you can
also use the Search menu to look up specific topics.
When you are in a Help dialog box, click once on underlined
words and phrases to view related information.
If you want more information about using Help, see your
Microsoft Windows User’s Guide.
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Exiting the driver
There are two ways to exit the setup screen:
0
Click the OK button to save all settings you made and exit
the printer driver.
0
Click the Cancel button to ignore all changes you made
during your current printer driver setup session and exit
the printer driver.
Before Printing for the First Time
Before you start printing, there are a few things you should
know about printing with color in order to get the results you
expect.
About printing with color
We recommend you read the color guide that came with your
printer before you begin printing. Keep in mind these
guidelines for improving printed output:
a
You can often improve quality by using the right paper.
0
For highest quality printing, always turn on MicroWeave
and turn off High Speed in the Media/Options section of
the printer driver.
cl
You can make adjustments in the software you use to
create your documents.
cl
With scanned documents, you can adjust scanner settings.
cl
You can make adjustments through your printer driver.
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Choosing required settings
Choose the following driver settings to match your document
requirements:
Paper size
The size of the paper loaded in the printer.
Orientation
The direction of printing on the document.
Resolution
The number of dots per inch printed.
Ink
Monochrome (black) or color (CMYK) ink.
Note:
The following procedure assumes you are using 360 dpi resolution
and plain paper for your document.
1.
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Click the Setup button in the Print Setup dialog box. You see
the following:
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2.
Select the paper size you have loaded in the printer from the
Paper Size drop-down list box. The diagram on the screen
changes the printable area according to the paper size you
select.
3.
Select Portrait or Landscape orientation. Portrait is up and
down orientation, landscape is lengthwise. If you would
like to print your document lengthwise, select Landscape.
The diagram on the screen changes according to the
orientation you select.
4.
Click the Ink/Resolution tab at the top of the dialog box.
You see the following:
5.
Select the Ink option. Select Color (CMYK) only when your
document includes color.
6. Select the Resolution.
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7.
Click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog box.
Note:
0 To print with 720 dpi resolution or use special coated paper or
transparencies, you need to change other settings. See “Setting
Descriptions “ below.
0 The 360 x 360 dpi - Best option is suitable for most types of
documents. 7’he 180 x 280 dpi - Draft option is useful forfaster
prin fing.
Now print your document. A window with information about
the print job appears on the screen. This is the Despooler
screen, which is explained at the end of this chapter.
Setting Descriptions
This section describes your printer driver settings. Settings in
bold print are the original factory settings.
Driver setup tubs and command buttons
This printer driver has six categories which display as tabs.
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Click a tab to make your selection. The dialog box appears.
These four command buttons appear at the bottom of the
screen:
OK
Saves your settings and exits the driver setup. Any changes
you made go into effect when you exit using this button.
Cancel
Cancels all setting changes you made during your current
printer driver setup session and exits the driver setup.
Defaults
Cancels all settings you made in your current printer driver
setup session and returns to the driver’s factory default settings.
Help
Displays help dialog boxes for the printer driver. To exit Help,
click Exit in the File menu within Help or click anywhere
outside a help dialog box.
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Paper
Select the paper size, orientation, paper source, and number of
copies.
Paper size
This drop-down list box displays the available paper sizes.
Select the paper size you loaded in the printer. The diagram
changes according to the paper size you select and displays the
printable area dimensions. Your choices are:
Letter
Legal
A4
A5
B5
Statement
Executive
Envelope #lO
Envelope DL
Envelope C5
6 3/4 Envelope
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8 l/Z x 11 in
81/2xl4in
210 x 297 mm
148 x 210 mm
182 x 257 mm
51/2x81/2in
7 l/2 x 10 in
41/8x91/2
110 x 220 mm
162 x 229 mm
3 518 x 6 l/2 in
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Orientation
You can select the direction of the print on a document. To
change the orientation, click the appropriate option button.
Portrait prints up and down, Landscape prints lengthwise.
Portrait
Landscape
Paper Source
Your printer has a built-in sheet feeder, so you do not need to
change this setting.
Auto sheet feeder
Copies
Note:
In most cases you should choose multiple copies with your application
software, not with the driver. Be sure that you do not choose multiple
copies in both the application and the driver.
You can print multiple copies using these settings. To select
multiple copies of your document, click the copies text box and
then enter the number from your keyboard.
1 to 99
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Collate
Reverse Page Order
The Collate and Reverse Page Order options are factory-set to
Off.
Note:
Because these settings often require additional system memory and
hard disk space and may conflict with your software settings, keep
them turned off. Use them only for special circumstances.
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o
To print multiple-page documents in sets, set Collate to on
by clicking the check box so that an El appears.
o
To print more than one document set so that each set is in
the correct order after printing, click both the Collate and
Reverse Page Order check boxes so that an El appears in
each one.
0
To print one multiple-page document so that its pages are
in the correct order after printing, click Reverse Page Order
so that an El appears.
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Media/Options
Use the Media /Options tab to select paper type and printing
options.
For highest quality printing, always turn off High Speed in the
Media/Options section of the printer driver.
Media type
Your Stylus COLOR can print on most types of paper.
However, to get the best printing results, it is important to
match the driver settings to your paper type. The available
paper types are:
Plain Paper
Special coated paper 360 dpi
Special coated paper 720 dpi
Transparency film
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Plain paper
Select this option for most types of documents. You can use
either standard office copier paper or paper suitable for ink jet
printers. Select this option if your paper is not a special coated
paper or transparency film.
Note:
For highest quality printing with the media types below, always turn
off High Speed in the Media/Options section of the printer driver.
Special coated paper 360 dpi
To obtain good print quality, use special coated paper for ink
jet printers. To print at 360 dpi, use EPSON SO41028 (Letter)
Special coated paper for 360 dpi printing with this option. EPSON
paper is designed to work best with the ink used in your
printer. Also choose this option if you use other special coated
paper for ink jet printers.
Special coated paper 720 dpi
To get the highest print quality, use EPSON SO41029 (Letter)
Special coated paper for 720 dpi printing and select this option.
You must use this EPSON paper for 720 dpi printing. Do not
use this paper if you are not printing in 720 dpi resolution.
Transparent y film
To print transparencies, use EPSON SO41030 (Letter)
Transparencyfilm and select this option. Use only 360 dpi
resolution when printing transparencies, and use only EPSON
transparency film.
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Print Options
These options allow you to select high speed printing or
MicroWeave, which gives you higher quality output.
High speed (IXI = on, Cl = off)
MicroWeave (IXl = on, 0 = off)
High Speed
When you select this option, the printer prints in both
directions. Bi-directional printing is fast, but for highest quality
printing, always turn off High Speed.
Note:
If the vertical lines in printing appear misaligned when you print
with High Speed, you may need to calibrate the printer as described in
Chapter 1, “Setting Up. II
Micro Weave
When MicroWeave is selected, your printer generates superior
output because sections are printed in finer increments. This
reduces the possibility of banding-light horizontal lines in
graphics. EPSON recommends you use special coated paper or
transparency film when you use MicroWeave.
Note:
MicroWeave is recommended for printing in color. You can select
MicroWeave for Monochrome printing to reduce banding, but the
printing time is significantly longer.
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Image Settings
You can modify a document’s color (or gray scale) settings
using this setting.
Note:
lf you simply want to print high-quality color or black-and-white, do
not change the original factory settings. To make adjustments in
brightness, color, and other settings affecting printed output, use your
computer software. However, if your software does not allow you to
make adjustments and you want to modify your images, experiment
with the Image Settings dialog box until you achieve satisfactory
results.
When you select Image Settings, the following appears:
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Note:
0 An image will appear in the dialog box giving you an impression
of how your setting changes will affect printed images.
0 You can replace the image by double-clicking the current image
and using the dialog box to insert your own bitmap image.
There are two setting categories within Image Settings: Image
and Color.
Image
The Image settings include Brightness, Contrast, and Enable
Ink Density Correction.
Brightness
The Brightness option changes the lightness or darkness of
your image.
-50% - 0% - 50%
Contrast
The Contrast option changes the ratio between the brightest
and the darkest parts of your image.
-50% - 0% - 50%
Enable Ink Density Correction
This setting takes into account the characteristics of the
Stylus COLOR printer when it determines the amount of ink
used to print the text or image. Printing with this option turned
off usually produces dark images.
q =on
Cl = off
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Color
The color settings allow you to modify the five color options:
Saturation, Red Strength, Green Strength, Blue Strength, and
Enable Ink Color Correction. (These settings cannot be changed
when Monochrome is selected in the Ink/Resolution setting.)
Saturation
You can adjust the saturation (vividness of a color) using the
scroll bar. Negative saturation produces colors that are duller
than those produced with positive saturation.
-50% - 0% - 50%
Red/Green/Blue Strength
You can adjust the strength of each primary color (Red, Green,
and Blue) using the scroll bar. Experiment with these settings if
your printed colors do not appear as you expect and you
cannot change the colors with your software.
-50% - 0% - 50%
Note:
Try using your software settings before you change printer settings to
make color adjustments.
Enable Ink Color Correction
This setting takes into account the characteristics of the
Stylus COLOR printer when it determines the colors of ink
used to print the text or image. Printing with this option turned
off usually produces dull colors.
El = on
cl = off
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Ink/Resolution
When you select Ink/Resolution, the following appears:
Use this tab to select the ink and resolution.
Ink
This setting lets you select either monochrome or color.
Monochrome
Color (CMYK)
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Resolution
Three resolutions are available, but 360 x 360 dpi - Best is
suitable for the majority of your documents. Keep in mind that the
higher the resolution,the longer the printing time.
Super - 720 x 720 dpi
Best - 360 x 360 dpi
Draft - 180 x 180 dpi
Note:
0
You’ll want to use 720 dpi resolution and MicroWeave for your
highest-quality color photographic images.
0
When you choose this resolution, you must use only EPSON
Special coated paper for 720 dpi printing.
0 For highest quality printing, always turn off High Speed in the
Media/Options section of the printer driver.
0 A half-page color photographic image at 360 dpi requires over
10MB of hard disk space (or over 20MB at 720 dpi). If you plan
to print large photographic images, be sure to have enough hard
disk space available or reduce the size or resolution of your image.
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Halftoning
When you select Halftoning, the following appears:
Halftone
The printer driver has seven halftoning settings-which you
select according to the type of image you are printing-and
a No halftoning selection. The halftoning image you select
displays on the screen. You may need to experiment with
different settings until your printed output is satisfactory.
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Use this chart to select the appropriate halftoning method for
your image:
Halftone method
Use for...
No halftoning
Black text and no graphics. This is the
fastest setting. Do not use with color.
I
Simple line art and computer graphics.
Graphic images with significant detail but
Graphic images with limited detail and
Diffused (Pencil art)
Art with fine gradations, such a s pencil
drawings.
Diffused (High speed)
This is a faster holftoning setting.
Diffused (Images)
Photographic images or equivalent
drawings.
I
Diffused (Complex
diagrams)
Detailed diagrams or drawings, such as
those produced with CorelDRAW!?
I
Note:
0 All four diffused methods give an air-brushed look to images and
shaded areas.
0 When printing at 720 dpi, only the four diffused methods are
selectable.
Caution:
Use the halftoning methods in the driver before you use the
dithering options in your software.
About
This tab gives you general information about your printer
driver.
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Choosing the Best Settings for your Document
Use the Settings guide table below to help you get the best
results with your Stylus COLOR.
Note:
When printing speed is important, remember that the following
settings take more time than standard black-and-white text printing:
c;1 MicroWeave set to on with Monochrome
o Color (CMYK)
~3 Diffused halftone methods for complex printing
0 Higher resolution
Settings guide table
Printing
type
Text and
simple
graphics
Desired results
Minimum
media setting
Sharp black text
Plain paper
360 dpi resolution
Monochrome
No halftoning
Sharp black or
color text and
basic, nongradated
graphics
Plain paper
360 dpi resolution
Color (CMYK)
tine art pattern
Low-detail
pencil drawings
Plain paper
360 dpi resolution
Monochrome
Halftone Diffused
(Pencil art)
Suggested settings
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Settinas auide table (continued)
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”
.
I
Minimum
media setting
Printing
We
Desired results
Grayscale
graphics
Clear, low-detail
images
Plain poper
Monochrome
Halftone Diffused
(High speed)
360 dpi resolution
High-quality,
detailed
diagrams or
drawings
Plain paper
Monochrome
Halftone Diffused
(Complex Diagroms)
360 dpi resolution
Special
coated
paper
360 dpi
Monochrome
Halftone Diffused
(Images)
360 dpi resolution
Sharp. color
graphics or
scanned images
Special
coated
poper
360 dpi
Color (CMYK)
360 dpi resolution
Holftone - Diffused
(Images)
MicroWeave set to on
Highest-quolity,
color graphics
or scanned
photographic
images
Special
coated
paper - 720
dpi
Color (CMYK)
720 dpi resolution
Halftone Diffused
(Images)
MicroWeove set to on
High-quality
photographic
Images or
equivalent
’ drawings
Complex
Color
Images
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Suggested settings
Printing Color with Selected Windows Software
You’re ready to use your Windows software to make color
selections for your documents.
Note:
If you have not installed the EPSON Windows Printer Driver, see
Chapter 1, “Setting Up.”
Making color selection in your software
The following table shows you how to locate color settings in
some popular Windows applications.
The table may not include all the steps for using color in the
application. For complete details, see your software
documentation.
Quick co/or selection locator for Windows
Software
Name
Action
Desired
Microsoft
Word for
Windows 2.0
Color text
Select text thot you wont to color
Choose Character from Formot menu
Choose color from Color drop-down
Draw color
graphics
Click drow icon in formatting ribbon
Draw graphic with Tools
Choose colors beside Line and Fill
Select text
color
Select text thot you wont to color
Choose Color from Font menu
Choose colors from Select Text Color
Draw color
graphics
Color graphics con be imported, but
color connot be changed or odded
Select text
color
Select cells that you wont to color
Choose Font from Format menu
Choose Color from color drop-down
Select cell
bockground
color
Select cells that you wont to color
Choose Patterns from Format menu
Try the 3 cell shading options
WordPerfectB
for Windows
5.1
Microsoft
Excel’4.0
Action(s) or Selections(s) Required
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Quick color selection locator for Windows (continued)
Software
Name
Action
Desired
Aldus
PageMaker@
4.0
Customize
color palette
Choose Define Colors from Element
menu
Use New .,,, Edit ,,,, Copy . . . . or Remove
command buttons
Select text
and
graphics
color
Choose Color Palette from Window
menu
Choose text tool in Tools menu
Select what you want to color
Choose the color in Colors window
Select fill
color for
objects
Select pointer tool from toolbox
Select object you want to color
Click color from Color Palette with Fill
tool icon
Choose Uniform fill icon from flyout
menu
Select color from UNIFORM FILL*
Select color
for text or
object
outlines
Select pointer tool from toolbox
Select text or object outline to color
Use Outline tool icon from toolbox
Use Custom Outline Color tool icon
Select color from one of six dialog
boxes
CorelDRAW 1
2.01
*
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Action(s) or Selections(s) Required
CorelDRAW! 2.01 offers additional dialog boxes for choosing colors, See
your software documentation for details.
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Printing your color Windows documents
After you locate and make your color selections, you can:
0
Choose Print from your software to print the document
using the current EPSON printer driver settings, or
Cl
Choose Print and then Setup to access the EPSON printer
driver settings. Once you make your setting selections,
choose OK three times to print.
Remember that printing in color takes longer than printing in
monochrome.
Printing Color with Selected DOS Software
Because the EPSON printer driver requires Windows, you
cannot use it when working with non-Windows software.
Instead, choose the LQ-2550 printer driver in your software.
This lets you print in color but does not give you some
EPSON Stylus COLOR features, such as 720dpi printing and
MicroWeave.
Making color selection in your software
The following table shows you how to locate color settings in
some popular DOS applications.
The table may not include all the steps for using color in the
application. For complete details, see your software
documentation.
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Quick color selection locator for DOS
Software
Name
Action
Desired
Microsoft
Word 5.5
Select text
color
WordPerfect
5.1
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Action(s) or Selections(s) Required
Select text that you want to color
Choose Format Character
Select font name in Font box
/ Select point size in Point Size box
Select color in Color box
Select
paragraph
shading
Place cursor in paragraph
Choose Format Borders
Select shading percentage
Select new
text color
Press Ctrl F8
Select Print Color (5)
Select a color
Press F7
Type text you want in color.
Select text
color
Move cursor right before text to color
Press Ctrl F8
Select Print Color (5)
Select a color
Press F7
To end color text, move cursor just
after color text
Press Ctrl F8
Select Print Color (5)
Select a color
Press F7
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Quick co/or selection locator for DOS (continued)
Sofhvare
Name
Action
Desired
L otus@ l-2-3@
R‘el. 2.3
Add color to
text
Press Shift : > for WYSIWYG menu
Select Format
Select Color
Select Text
Select color
Highlight range to color
Press Enter
Add color to
graph
Press Shift : > for WYSIWYG menu
Select Graph
Select Edit
Select cell in graph
Press Enter
Select object to color
Select color
Select Inside, Lines, Text, or Background
Select color from palette
Select quit
Add color to
objects
Choose
Choose
Choose
Choose
Add color to
charts
Choose Chart
Choose Edit-data for Style menu
Choose chart component to color
Press space bar
Choose color
Press FlO to draw chart
Add color to
text on
spreadsheets
Select Edit Chart
Press F8
Select Text Attributes or other option
Select color from color column
Select F3
Select color
Select F2
Add color to
objects
Select Edit Chart
Press F4
Select object
Select color icon
Select fill, line/text, or shadow color
Select color
Select F4
iFreelonce
I (sraphics
rtel. 4.0
iarvard
Graphics 3.0
Action(s) or Selections(s) Required
Edit
Color
Edge or Inside
color
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Remember that printing in color takes longer than printing in
monochrome.
The EPSON Spool Manager
When you print your document, the driver uses a print spool
manager to send the data to your hard disk and then to the
printer. Then it uses a despooler to print the data.
The EPSON Spool Manager icon appears when you send data
to the printer. If you double-click the spool manager icon, a
window appears that includes:
0
A queue menu that allows you to place queues (lists of
print jobs) on hold, release them to be printed, and identify
if a queue is local or remote (network printing).
Q
A document menu that allows you to hold files from
printing, re-order them for later printing, delete them from
the queue, or save them for reprinting.
0
A view menu that allows you to limit the amount of
information that the spool manager displays and keep the
despooler from appearing.
0
An options menu that allows you to send files to a default
directory, adjust timers, and adjust the default font for the
spool manager window.
To view the EPSON Spool Manager Window:
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1.
Select Print from the File menu of your application software
and choose to print a document.
2.
Once the EPSON Spool Manager icon appears on your
screen, double-click it. The EPSON Spool Manager Window
appears.
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3.
The spool manager window shows you the list of printers
supported by the EPSON Stylus series printing system and
a list of files currently printing or waiting to print. If you
wish to make changes affecting print timing or location (if
you are sending a file over a network for remote printing),
choose the Help menu in the EPSON Spool Manager
window to learn about using the spool manager.
Note:
0 Files are called journals or journal files throughout Help.
Q If you print a large complex color document file, the spool
manager may break it down into smaller files to save hard disk
space. This will not affect printing.
The EPSON Despooler
After you send a file to the printer, a status box for the EPSON
Despooler appears on the screen. The despooler processes your
file in sections thereby producing documents more quickly.
Once a section is finished, the despooler updates the status
message and begins processing another section.
The status box includes the following information:
0
The time it takes the document to be sent and printed.
0
A series of bands representing the number of units into
which the document is divided.
0
A message telling you which page is printing.
0
A message telling you which copy out of a total number of
copies is printing.
0
An About button that gives general information about the
EPSON Despooler.
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Q
A Help button to help you understand the EPSON Spool
Manager.
0 Three icons: Cancel - to cancel print, Pause - to pause print,
and Restart - to restart from the current page, reprint the
whole document, or delay printing.
If you want to keep the EPSON Despooler status box from
appearing, use the View menu of the EPSON Spool Manager
window.
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Chapter 4
The Control Panel
Using the Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Using Special Power-On Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4-6
Selecting Fonts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scalable fonts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-8
Selecting Condensed Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4-9
Using the Default-Setting Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About the default settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the default settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-11
4-13
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The Control Panel
4-1
Using the Control Panel
The lights and buttons on the control panel give you easy
control over most common printer operations.
Note:
Software usually overrides control panel selections. Use your software
to select print functions whenever possible.
Lights
Operate
On when the printer is on. Flashes when the printer is turned
on or off.
Data
Flashes when data is being received by the printer. On when
data remains in the printer’s memory.
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The Control Panel
Paper Out
On when the printer runs out of paper. Rapid flashing
indicates a paper jam.
No Ink Cartridge
On when either ink cartridge is not installed. The printer will
not work unless both cartridges are installed.
Font
Indicates the current font setting. For instructions on selecting
fonts, see page 4-7.
Economy
On when the economy printing mode is selected. In economy
mode the printer uses less ink by printing fewer dots per
character. Use this mode for rough drafts of text only.
Condensed
On when the condensed-printing mode is selected. In this
mode, the printer prints selected fonts so that more characters
fit on a page. See page 4-9 for more information.
Pause
On when printing is paused. This light flashes when you clean
the print heads or replace ink cartridges.
Note:
The Data and Pause lights flash when an error occurs.
The Control Panel
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Buttons
Operate
Turns the printer on and off.
c
Caution:
Always turn off the printer by pressing the Operate button.
Then be sure to wait until the Operate light stops flashing
before unplugging the printer.
Font
Press this button to cycle through the font choices on the
control panel font menu. The Font lights indicate the current
selection.
Load/Eject
Press this button to load or eject a sheet of paper.
Pause
Press this button to stop printing temporarily. Press it again to
resume printing.
Economy/Condensed
Press this button to select economy or condensed mode. The
indicator light goes on or off next to the mode you select.
Alt
Hold down this button about five seconds to move the carriage
to the ink cartridge replace position when the Pause light is on.
See “Replacing an Ink Cartridge” on page 5-2 for details.
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The Control Panel
The Alt button alters the functions of the other buttons. Hold
down the Alt button and press another button to change the
functions as follows:
Reset (Alt + Pause)
Clears the printer’s buffer and initializes the printer settings to
their factory settings. See “Initialization” in Appendix A.
Black print head cleaning (Alt + Load/Eject)
Starts the black print head cleaning cycle. See “Cleaning the
Print Heads” on page 5-6 for details.
Color print head cleaning (Alt + Economy/Condensed)
Starts the color print head cleaning cycle. See “Cleaning the
Print Heads” on page 5-6 for details.
Note:
❑ Cleaning the print head uses ink. Don’t do it unless print quality
declines.
❑
When you clean a print head, the printer ejects the page you are
currently printing.
Paper-thickness adjust (Alt + Font)
For special papers, such as envelopes and transparencies, you
should change the paper-thickness setting using this function.
See “Loading Envelopes” on page 2-6 for details.
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4-5
Using Special Power-On Functions
These functions are available when you hold down the
following buttons when turning on the printer:
Self test (Operate + Load/Eject)
Checks the paper length and performs self-test printing. See
Chapter 1, “Testing the Printer.”
Hex dump (Operate + Font + Load/Eject)
Prints the print data in hexadecimal code. See page 6-5.
Demonstration ( Operate + Alt)
Prints a demonstration page.
Default setting (Operate + Economy/Condensed)
Enters the default-setting mode. See “Using the Default-Setting
Mode” on page 4-10 for details.
Note:
To exit the hex dump, demonstration, or default-setting modes, press
the Pause button and then the Operate button to turn off the
printer.
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The Control Panel
Selecting Fonts
Your printer has seven built-in character fonts including two
new EPSON fonts: EPSON Roman T and EPSON Sans Serif H.
(Roman T is similar to the Times font; Sans Serif H is similar
to Helvetica. )
Note:
Font selections you make with your software override your printer’s
control panel selections. For best results, use your software to select
fonts.
Press the Font button to select from the seven fonts listed on
the control panel. The indicator light comes on to indicate the
active font.
The table below shows the available fonts.
Fonts
Sample
EPSON Courier
EPSON Roman T
EPSON Sans Serif H
EPSON Roman
EPSON Sans Serif
EPSON Prestige
EPSON Script
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4-7
Note:
❑ Roman T and Sans Serif H fonts are available in proportional
spacing only.
❑
Some of the character tables might not be able to print with
EPSON Roman T and EPSON Sans Serif H fonts. In these cases,
selected character tables are printed with EPSON Roman.
Scalable fonts
The size of the Roman, Sans Serif, Roman T, and Sans Serif H
fonts can be selected from 8 to 32 points in 2-point increments
through your software or by sending an ESC/P 2 command.
See the documentation that came with your software for
information on selecting the size of scalable fonts.
EPSON
Roman
EPSON
Roman T
scalable sample
EPSON
Sans Serif
EPSON
Sans Serif H
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The Control Panel
Selecting Condensed Printing
Condensed printing reduces the size of characters to
approximately 60 percent of their normal width, allowing more
characters to fit on a line. This is useful for spreadsheets and
other applications where you need to print the maximum
amount of information on a page.
You can condense the current font by pressing the
Economy/Condensed button. (EPSON Roman T and EPSON
Sans Serif H cannot be condensed.) You can condense printing
that is 10 characters per inch (cpi), 12 cpi, and proportionally
spaced. You cannot condense 15-cpi printing.
Note:
If your software controls fonts and can select the condensed mode,
you should select fonts and condensed mode through the software
rather than with the control panel. Program or command settings
override control panel settings.
The Control Panel
4-9
Using the Default-Setting Mode
You can change several printer settings that control a variety of
functions such as print direction and loading position. Because
these settings take effect each time you turn on the printer, they
are called default settings.
The factory default settings are designed to meet the needs of
most users, so you may not need to change them. The table
below lists the features you can select in the default-setting
mode.
*
Setting
Options
Print direction
Auto*, Bi-D, Uni-D
Network interface mode
On, Off*
Auto line feed
On, Off*
Loading position
3 mm, 8.5 mm*
Interface mode
Auto I/F mode*, Parallel I/F, Serial I/F,
Option I/F
Auto interface wait mode
10 seconds*, 30 seconds
Character table
Italic U.S.A.*, Italic France, Italic Germany,
Italic U.K., Italic Denmark, Italic Sweden,
Italic Italy, Italic Spain I, PC437, PC850,
PC860, PC863, PC865, PC861, BRASCII, or
Abicomp
Default setting
For details, see “About the default settings” below. To change a
setting, see “Changing the default settings” on page 4-13.
Note:
Most software controls the character table and auto line feed. If your
software controls these features, you may never need to set them with
the control panel.
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The Control Panel
About the default settings
Print direction
Your printer has three direction settings: Uni-d, Bi-d, and Auto.
Note:
Most software controls this setting. If your software does, you may
never need to set it with the control panel.
Uni-d causes the print head to print in one direction only. This
provides maximum alignment for both graphics and character
printing.
Bi-d causes the print head to print in both directions. This
provides the fastest printing. If vertical lines are not aligned,
calibrate your printer as shown in Chapter 1.
When Auto is selected, the printer switches automatically
between bidirectional (for text data) and unidirectional (for
graphics data).
Network interface mode
If your printer is connected to a single computer, leave this
feature off. If you want to use the printer in a network and
share it among multiple computers, set this feature to on.
When this feature is set to on, data may be present in the
printer’s buffer even though the printer is not printing. Always
make sure the Data light is off before turning off the printer.
Auto line feed
When the auto line feed feature is on, each carriage return (CR)
code is accompanied by a line feed (LF) code. If your printed
text is unexpectedly double-spaced, set this feature to off. If
text lines print on top of each other, set it to on.
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4-11
Loading position
When you want to print more lines on a page, set this feature to
3 mm. If you set the top margin with your software, that setting
is added to the default-setting value.
Interface mode
The interface mode specifies which interface port can receive
print data.
The EPSON Stylus COLOR has a parallel interface port and
an RS-422 serial port. You can also install an optional interface
card, including an RS-232C serial interface card or an
additional parallel interface. See Chapter 7 for more
information about optional interface cards.
Note:
The RS-422 serial port is standard for the Apple Macintosh but is not
often used for PCs.
By default, interface mode is selected for automatic selection so
the printer can automatically select the interface that is
receiving data. This allows you to connect the printer to more
than one computer without having to specify the interface port.
If you wish, you can set the interface mode for a specific
interface. However, the printer will not detect print data that is
received over a different interface.
Auto interface wait mode
When you select Auto I/F mode in the Interface mode option,
you can set the interface timeout to 10 seconds or 30 seconds.
The printer does not accept data from another interface unless
it receives no data from the current interface for the period set
in I/F timeout.
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The Control Panel
Character table
Character tables contain the characters and symbols used by
different languages. The printer prints text based on the
selected character table. For the available character tables, see
Appendix B. To change the character table, see the next section,
“Changing the default settings.”
Changing the default settings
To change the printer’s default settings, you use the control
panel buttons; the control panel lights show your selections.
1. Make sure the printer is turned off and paper is loaded in
the sheet feeder.
2. Hold down the Economy/Condensed button and turn on
the printer to enter the default-setting mode.
The printer loads a sheet of paper and prints a brief
summary and instructions. It instructs you to select the
language that you want messages printed in (English,
French, German, Italian, or Spanish).
3. Press the Font button until the Font lights indicate the
language of your choice; then press the Alt button to make
your selection.
Language
Font
English
Courier
French
Roman T (PS)
German
Sans Serif H (PS)
Italian
Roman
Spanish
Sans Serif
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4-13
After you press the Alt button, the printer prints the current
default settings and the next instruction in the language
you selected.
4. To move to the feature you want to change, press the Font
button until the Courier, Roman T (PS), and Sans Serif H
(PS) lights indicate the appropriate selection.
Courier
light
Roman T
(PS) light
Sans Serif H
(PS) light
Print direction
N
O
O
Network interface mode
O
N
O
Auto line feed
N
N
O
Loading position
O
O
N
Interface mode
O
O
N
Auto interface
O
N
N
Character table
N
O
O
Default-setting menu
On N
Off
O
For example, if you want to change the loading position
setting, press the Font button until the Courier and
Roman T (PS) lights are off and the Sans Serif H (PS) light
is on.
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5. Then after the font lights indicate your selection, press the
Alt button until the Operate, Data, and Paper Out lights
match your desired setting as shown in the tables below
and on the next page.
Default-setting
menu
Settings
Print direction
Network
interface mode
Auto line feed
Loading position
Interface mode
Auto interface
wait mode
On N
Operate
light
Data
light
Paper out
light
Auto
N
O
O
Bi-d
O
N
O
Uni-d
N
N
O
Off
O
O
O
On
N
O
O
Off
O
O
O
On
N
O
O
3 mm
O
O
O
8.5 mm
N
O
O
Auto
interface
mode
N
O
O
Parallel
interface
O
N
O
Serial
interface
N
N
O
Option
interface
O
O
N
10 seconds
O
O
O
30 seconds
N
O
O
Off O
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Character table setting table
Operate
light
Data
light
Paper out
light
Italic U.S.A
O
O
O
Italic France
N
O
O
Italic Germany
F
O
O
Italic U.K.
O
N
O
Italic Denmark
N
N
O
Italic Sweden
F
N
O
Italic Italy
O
F
O
Italic Spain 1
N
F
O
PC 437
F
F
O
PC 850
O
O
N
PC 860
N
O
N
PC 863
F
O
N
PC 865
O
N
N
PC 861
N
N
N
BRASCII
F
N
N
Abicomp
O
F
N
Character table
On N
Off O
Flashing
F
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to change as many default settings as
desired.
7. Exit the default-setting mode by turning off the printer.
Note:
You may exit the default-setting mode any time by turning off the
printer. Any changes you have made remain in effect until you
change them again.
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The Control Panel
Chapter 5
Maintenance
Replacing an Ink Cartridge
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5-2
Cleaning the Print Heads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5-6
Cleaning the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5-7
Transporting the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5-8
Maintenance
5-1
5
Replacing an Ink Cartridge
When the printed image is faint, has many gaps, or nothing
prints, either wait until the document finishes printing or press
the Pause button and then the Load/Eject button to eject the
page. Then clean one or both of the print heads. If three
cleanings do not improve print quality, replace one or both ink
cartridges.
If the colors you print are very different from what you expect,
print a self test as described in Chapter 1. If one or more of the
colors do not appear in the self test, replace one or both ink
cartridges.
Use these EPSON ink cartridges or cartridges manufactured to
EPSON’s specifications only:
Black ink cartridge
Color ink cartridge
S020034
S020036
When you need new ink cartridges, contact your dealer or call
EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766.
1. Make sure the printer is on.
2. Open the printer cover.
3. Press the Pause button to turn the Pause light on.
4. Hold down the Alt button for about five seconds until the
print head moves slightly left to the ink cartridge install
position. The Pause light begins blinking.
5. Lift the cartridge lever up as far as it will go. The cartridge
rises partly out of the carriage.
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Maintenance
6. Lift the cartridge out of the printer and dispose of it properly.
Do not take the used cartridge apart or try to refill it.
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Caution:
If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with
soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them
immediately with water.
Leave the old cartridge installed in the printer until you
are ready to replace it with a new one. Attempting to print
without a cartridge installed can damage the printer.
Never use a refilled or reassembled cartridge. If you use
substandard products with your EPSON printer, you will
damage the print heads and void your warranty.
Note:
When replacing the ink cartridge, make sure no paper is in
the paper path. Paper loaded in the printer is ejected
automatically when you replace the cartridge.
The carriage returns to the home position after 60 seconds
if the ink cartridges are not removed.
Maintenance
5-3
7. Open the package containing the ink cartridge and remove
the cartridges from their protective cardboard. Remove the
tape seal from the cartridge. (Your packaging may differ
slightly from that shown below.)
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Caution:
You must remove the tape seal from the cartridge. Leaving
the tape on when you install the cartridge will
permanently damage it.
8. Lower the ink cartridge into the cartridge holder with
the label on the cartridge face up and the arrow on the
cartridge pointing to the rear of the printer. The larger
(color) cartridge goes on the left, the black ink cartridge on
the right.
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Maintenance
9. Push the ink cartridge clamp toward the back of the printer
until it locks in place. The Pause light begins flashing.
10. Press the Alt button again. The printer mechanism moves
while the Pause light continues to flash.
c
Caution:
Never turn off the printer while the Pause light is
flashing.
11. When the Pause light quits flashing and stays on, press the
Pause button and close the printer cover.
Note:
If you have print quality problems after you replace the cartridge, try
cleaning the print heads as described in Chapter 5.
Maintenance
5-5
Cleaning the Print Heads
If print quality diminishes, use the printer’s built-in print head
cleaning cycle to enable the nozzles to deliver ink properly.
You can clean the color and black print heads separately.
To avoid wasting ink, clean the print head only if print quality
declines.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on and press the Pause
button.
Note:
When cleaning a print head, make sure no paper is in the paper
path. Paper loaded in the printer is ejected automatically when
you clean a print head.
2. Hold down the Alt button and press Economy/Condensed
to clean the color print head.
Hold down the Alt button and press Load/Eject to clean the
black print head.
Note:
The cleaning cycle takes about one minute. The Pause
light flashes throughout the cycle and then stays on when
the cleaning cycle is finished.
You cannot perform both color and black print head
cleaning operations at the same time.
3. Press the Pause button to resume printing.
Note:
If the print quality does not improve after you perform cleaning
three times, replace the ink cartridge following the steps shown
earlier in this chapter.
5-6
Maintenance
Cleaning the Printer
To keep your printer operating at its best, you should clean it
thoroughly several times a year.
1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Then unplug the power
cord.
2. Remove any paper from the sheet feeder.
3. Use a soft brush to carefully brush away all dust and dirt.
4. If the outer case or the inside of the sheet feeder is dirty,
clean it with a soft, clean cloth dampened with mild
detergent. Keep the printer cover closed to prevent water
from getting inside.
5. If the inside of the printer accidentally gets soiled with ink,
wipe it off with a damp cloth.
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Caution:
Never use alcohols or thinners to clean the printer; these
chemicals can damage the components as well as the case.
Be careful not to get water on the printer mechanism or
electronic components.
Do not use a hard or abrasive brush.
Do not spray the inside of the printer with lubricants;
unsuitable oils can damage the mechanism. Contact your
dealer or a qualified service person if lubrication is needed.
Maintenance
5-7
Transporting the Printer
If you need to transport your printer some distance, carefully
repack it using the original box and packing materials as
follows:
1. Open the printer cover and make sure that the print head is
capped in the far right position. If the print head is not
capped, turn on the printer to cap it. Then turn off the
printer.
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Caution:
Transporting the printer without the cartridges installed
can damage the printer.
2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet; then
disconnect the interface cable from the printer.
3. Remove the paper from the sheet feeder.
4. Attach the protective material to the printer. See the Notice
Sheet that came in the box.
5. Repack the printer in the original box.
6. Keep the printer flat in the box during transport.
If the printed image is faint, has gaps, or nothing prints when
you first use the printer after transport, clean the print heads.
See “Cleaning the Print Heads” earlier in this chapter. If the
printed image is misaligned, calibrate the printer as described
in Chapter 1, “Setting Up.”
5-8
Maintenance
Chapter 6
Troubleshooting
Problems With Printing
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6-2
Print Quality Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6-2
Problems with Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6-5
Paper Handling Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clearing and preventing paper jams . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Paper feeding problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6-8
6-8
6-9
Troubleshooting
6-1
6
Problems With Printing
This chapter describes what you can do if you are having
problems printing. It is divided into the following sections:
❑
Print quality problems. See this section if the print quality
is not good or not what you expect.
❑
Problems with printing. See this section if your printer is
not printing.
❑
Paper handling problems. See this section if you have
paper jams or other problems with paper feeding
incorrectly.
If you have a printing problem, check the appropriate section
and follow all suggestions that apply to your problem. If
none of the suggested solutions solve your problem, call the
EPSON Connection at (800) 922-8911. (Canadian users can call
(800) GO-EPSON.)
Print Quality Problems
Print quality problems can often be solved by cleaning the print
heads as described in Chapter 5. Note that it may take as many
as three cleaning cycles to solve a print quality problem. If
cleaning the print heads does not improve the print quality, try
the following:
❑
6-2
Check whether the ink cartridges are empty. Print a self test
as described in Chapter 1. After the first page prints, the
printer prints an entire page of text lines in various colors,
including black, magenta, cyan, and yellow. If the black
lines don’t print, replace the black ink cartridge; if the
magenta, cyan, or yellow lines don’t print, change the color
ink cartridge.
Troubleshooting
❑
For color or complex grayscale images, turn on
MicroWeave and turn off High Speed.
❑
Use a higher-quality paper.
❑
For monochrome printing, check that Monochrome is
selected.
❑
Make sure the Media Type setting matches the type of
paper loaded in the printer.
Other problems may be caused by an incorrect driver setting. If
you’re printing a scanned image, check the scanner software
settings.
If print quality does not improve, see the following specific
items.
Printed output is not what you expect or is faint or blurred.
Clean one or both print heads as described in Chapter 5.
Replace one or both ink cartridges.
Make sure MicroWeave is on and High Speed is off.
Use a higher quality paper. Also, check that the Media Type
setting in the driver is selected for the type of paper loaded. If
you are using 720-dpi resolution, be sure to load special coated
720-dpi paper or High Quality Glossy paper. Always use this
special paper when printing at 720 dpi.
Check that the paper thickness lever is set correctly for the type
of paper. (See “Loading envelopes” in Chapter 2 for more
information.) Faint printouts can result if you print on plain
paper when the paper thickness lever is set for thick paper.
Check whether your paper is moist or damp. Ink jet printers
are sensitive to moisture absorbed by paper. Do not store paper
in damp or humid places.
Troubleshooting
6-3
Check whether economy printing mode is on. To turn off this
mode, press the Economy/Condensed button until the
Economy light goes off.
You might not be printing on the right side of the paper. Flip
the paper so the side that was face down is up and reload it.
Your video driver might not be compatible with the printer.
Use the standard Windows VGA driver or contact the
manufacturer of your video card for an updated driver. For
information on changing the video driver, see your Windows
documentation.
Set the Network Interface Mode to on in the printer’s default
settings mode. See “Using the Default-Setting Mode” in
Chapter 4.
Vertical lines do not align or you see white banding.
Calibrate your printer as described in Chapter 1.
The font selected on the control panel does not print.
Software settings override the control panel settings. Use the
font settings in your software.
Printing starts too high or too low on the page, or the page length
is not what you expect.
Use your software program to adjust the top and bottom
margins. Change the number of lines per page in your software.
The page length setting may not match the length of the paper
loaded in the printer. Change the page length setting within
your software to match the paper you are using.
6-4
Troubleshooting
Hex dump mode
Experienced users can use hex dump mode to pinpoint
communication problems between the printer and a software
program. To turn on hex dump mode, hold down the
Load/Eject and Font buttons and turn on the printer. Then
send a print job. The printer prints the exact codes it receives
from the computer in hexadecimal format.
Problems with Printing
If you cannot get the printer to print, first check that paper is
loaded in the printer. Then check that the printer is plugged
into a working electrical outlet that is not controlled by a
switch or timer. Verify that the interface cable is securely
connected to the printer and computer.
If the problem is not with the power cord or interface cable,
print a self test as described in Chapter 1. If the self test does
not print, the problem is with the printer. If the self-test prints
correctly, the problem probably lies with your software.
After you perform the self test, see the following specific
problems.
The Data light is on and the Stylus COLOR window appears on
screen, but you cannot print.
There may be a conflict between the printer and your
computer. To resolve the problem, do the following:
1. In the Program Manager, double-click the Main program
group to open it.
2. Double-click the File Manager icon.
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6-5
3. Use the File Manager to open the System directory in the
Windows directory.
4. Locate and double-click the EPSPLMGR.EXE file.
5. Double-click the entry for the Stylus COLOR. This brings up
the Queue Setup dialog box.
6. Select the Use Print Manager for this Port checkbox.
7. Choose OK.
8. Exit the dialog box. Then exit the File Manager.
Printing has stopped and the Pause light is on.
Printing is temporarily suspended. Press the Pause button to
continue.
Printing has stopped but the Pause light is off.
One or both ink cartridges may be empty or too old. A
cartridge is too old if it has been used longer than six months or
beyond the date on its packaging. First clean the print heads as
described in Chapter 5. If this does not solve the problem,
replace the ink cartridges.
The interface cable might not meet the specifications for the
printer or computer.
The No Ink Cartridge light is on, and the printer does not print.
One or both ink cartridges are not installed. Install both ink
cartridges.
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Troubleshooting
The printer makes a grinding noise and does not feed paper.
Something is pressing against the knob on the printer’s right side.
Turn off the printer and reposition it, leaving approximately
2 inches of open area next to the printer’s right side. The printer
will not work if anything is pressing against the knob.
All lights except the Operate light flash and nothing prints.
Contact your dealer or EPSON.
Printing stops and the Data and Pause lights flash.
There is a problem with the carriage. Turn off the printer. After
a few seconds, turn it back on and try printing again. If the error
is not cleared, contact your dealer or a qualified service person.
The printer sounds like it is printing, but nothing prints.
The print heads may need cleaning. See Chapter 5 for
instructions.
One or both ink cartridges are empty or too old. A cartridge is
too old if it has been used longer than six months or beyond
the date on its packaging. First clean the print heads as
described in Chapter 5. If this does not solve the problem,
replace the ink cartridges.
Ink cartridges do not last as long as expected.
The ink cartridge life varies, based on the amount of ink used
in printing and how often you clean the print heads. If you
often print pages with large graphics and dense text with little
white space, you will use up cartridges faster than if you print
pages with lots of white space.
Troubleshooting
6-7
Paper Handling Problems
This section describes how to clear paper jams inside your
printer and how to ensure that paper feeds properly.
Clearing and preventing paper jams
If paper has jammed inside the printer, clear the paper as
follows:
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Open the printer cover.
3. Rotate the knob on the right side of the printer while
pushing it in as shown below.
Do not feed paper backward. If you do, ink from the printed
sheet can come off onto the printer and smear other sheets.
4. Pull the paper out carefully. If it tears, make sure you
remove any remaining pieces.
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Troubleshooting
5. If paper is caught in the paper eject area, gently pull it out
of the printer.
6. Close the printer cover.
7. Turn on the printer to move the print heads to the correct
positions.
8. Adjust the left and rear paper edge guides on the paper
support.
If you have frequent paper jams, try the following corrective
measures.
❑
Use a higher-quality paper, one that is not too thin or
rough. Make sure it is suitable for ink jet printers. Also,
some types of paper should be fed one sheet at a time. See
Chapter 2 more information about loading paper.
❑
Fan the stack of paper before you load it.
❑
Do not load too many sheets in the sheet feeder. You can
load up to 100 sheets of plain paper, 70 sheets of special
coated paper, or 50 sheets of transparency film or High
Quality Glossy paper.
Paper feeding problems
If paper is not feeding properly, the most likely causes are the
following:
❑
Paper is curled or folded. Use flat, nondamaged paper.
❑
Too many sheets are loaded in the paper feeder. Do not
load more than 100 plain paper sheets or more than
70 special coated sheets.
❑
The paper is too thin or thick. For specifications, see
Appendix A.
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6-9
❑
The edge guides are too tight or too loose. Adjust the edge
guides for the size of the paper.
If you still have paper feeding problems, see the following:
The printer loads more than one sheet at a time.
The paper is too thin or thick. For specifications, see
Appendix A.
Ejected paper is wrinkled.
The paper is too thin or damp. Do not store paper in damp or
humid places.
Single-sheet paper does not fully eject.
Use the Load/Eject button to eject the page.
The paper is too long. Use paper that is within the specified
size. See Appendix A for exact size specifications.
Paper is feeding crooked.
The paper is old or creased. Use only new, smooth sheets of
paper.
Too much paper is on the paper support. Remove a few sheets.
The paper is not the proper size and quality. See Appendix A
for exact specifications.
6-10
Troubleshooting
Chapter 7
Using Optional Interfaces
Optional Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing optional interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7-2
7-2
7
Using Optional Interfaces
7-1
Optional Interfaces
You can use various interface cards to supplement the
capabilities of your printer’s built-in hardware interfaces. The
following EPSON interface cards are compatible with your
printer:
Interface card
Model number
Serial Interface Card
C823051
32KB Serial Interface Card
C823071
32KB Parallel Interface Card
C823101
Twinax Interface Card
C823151
Coax Interface Card
C823141
If you are not sure whether you need an optional interface or if
you want to know more about interfaces, contact your dealer.
Installing optional interfaces
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
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Warning:
Do not install or remove an interface card when the
printer is connected to the electrical outlet. If you do, you
may damage your printer or computer.
3. Turn the printer around so that its back faces you and
disconnect any interface cables.
7-2
Using Optional Interfaces
4. Use a cross-head screwdriver to remove the two screws
securing the shield plate to the optional interface slot; then
lift off the plate.
5. Be sure to set any switches and jumpers on the card. See the
interface card manual for details. If your interface card has
a jumper named JG, make sure that you set it to on, or the
card will not work properly.
6. Slide the interface card along the slots on both sides of the
interface compartment. Push it in firmly to fully insert the
connector at the rear of the interface card into the printer’s
internal socket.
Using Optional Interfaces
7-3
7. Secure the interface card in the slot with the two screws
included with the interface card.
8. Connect the proper interface cable to the interface card and
to your computer.
Also, connect other interface cables if you are using more
than one computer.
9. Make sure the printer is turned off. Then plug in the power
cord.
Before you use the optional interface, you may need to change
the settings for the interface option in the default-setting mode.
See Chapter 4.
To remove the interface card, follow the above steps in reverse
order.
The C823051 and C823071 serial interface cards
To use the C823051 or C823071 interface card, see the sections
below to set the correct baud rate, handshake timing, and error
handling.
For all other data transfer conventions, such as word structure
and communications protocol, see the C823051 or C823071
interface card manual.
Selecting the baud rate
You can select from the following baud rates: 300, 600, 1200,
2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200 bps (bits per second). To set the
baud rate, see the bit-rate selection table in the C823051 or
C823071 interface card manual.
7-4
Using Optional Interfaces
Handshake timing
When the vacant area for data in the input buffer drops to
256 bytes, the printer outputs an X-OFF code or sets the DTR
flag to 1 (MARK) to indicate that it cannot receive data. When
the vacant area for data in the buffer increases to 512 bytes, the
printer outputs an X-ON code or sets the DTR flag to 0
(SPACE) to indicate that it is ready to receive data.
Error handling
When the printer detects a parity error, it prints an asterisk (*).
The printer ignores all other errors, including framing and
overrun errors.
Using Optional Interfaces
7-5
Appendix A
Specifications
General Specifications
Printing . . . . . .
Paper . . . . . . .
Ink cartridges . .
Mechanical . . . .
Electrical . . . . .
Environmental . .
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Interface Specifications
Parallel interface . .
Serial interface . . .
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A-13
Initialization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A-13
Default Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A-14
A
Specifications
A-1
General Specifications
Printing
Printing method:
On-demand ink jet
Nozzle configuration:
Monochrome (black) 64 nozzles
(16 × 4 staggered)
Color 48 nozzles
(16 × 3, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)
Printable columns and print speed (black):
Character pitch
(characters per inch)
*
Printable
columns
Printing speed*
(characters per second)
10
80
200
12
96
240
15
120
300
17 (10 condensed)
137
340
20 (12 condensed)
160
400
Print speeds vary depending on system configuration, software
application, and amount of page covered.
Print speed (color)*:
Highest quality
(MicroWeave on)
5.5 MPP (minutes per page)
High quality and
high speed
3 MPP
*
A-2
Print speeds vary depending on system configuration, software
application, and amount of page covered.
Resolution:
180 × 180 dpi, 360 × 360 dpi, or
720 × 720 dpi, switchable using printer
driver settings
Print direction:
Bidirectional with logic-seeking for text and
graphics. (Auto-print direction can be set in
the default-setting mode.)
Control code:
ESC/P 2 color
Specifications
Line spacing:
1/6 inch, 1/8 inch, or programmable in
1/360-inch increments
Paper feed speed:
89 milliseconds per 1/6-inch line
Input buffer:
64KB
Bitmap fonts:
10
cpi
12
cpi
15
cpi
Proportional
EPSON Roman
N
N
N
N
EPSON Sans Serif
N
N
N
N
EPSON Courier
N
N
N
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EPSON Prestige
N
N
N
—
EPSON Script
N
N
N
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Font
Select other font/pitch combinations using ESC/P 2 commands.
See the Command List in Appendix B.
Scalable fonts:
Font
Min pt
Max pt
Increments
EPSON Roman
8
32
2 pt
EPSON Sans Serif
8
32
2 pt
EPSON Roman T
8
32
2 pt
EPSON Sans Serif H
8
32
2 pt
Character tables:
1 italic and 8 graphics character tables
Character sets:
14 international character sets and 1 legal
character set
Specifications
A-3
Paper
Note:
Since the quality of any particular brand or type of paper may be changed by the
manufacturer at any time, EPSON cannot guarantee the use of any particular
brand or type of paper. Always test samples of paper stock before purchasing large
quantities or printing large jobs.
Paper path:
Sheet feeder, front entry
Single sheets:
ASF (automatic sheet
feeder) capacity
100 sheets at 64 g/m2 (17 lb) paper
10 envelopes
50 transparency films
70 sheets of EPSON Special coated paper
Size
A4 (210 mm × 297 mm)
Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
Legal (8.5 × 14 inches)
A5 (148 mm × 210 mm)
B5 (182 mm × 257 mm)
Executive (7.5 × 10 inches)
Paper types
Plain paper and special papers distributed
by EPSON (special coated paper and
transparencies)
Paper thickness
0.08 to 0.11 mm (0.003 to 0.004 inches)
Paper weight
64 to 90 g/m2 (17 to 24 lb)
❑ Use 90 g/m2 (24 lb) paper under normal
temperature and humidity conditions.
Envelopes:
A-4
ASF capacity
10 envelopes
Size
No. 6
No. 10
DL
C5
Paper types
Bond paper
Paper thickness
Less than 0.52 mm (0.020 inches)
Paper weight
75 to 90 g/m2 (20 to 24 lb)
Specifications
166 × 92 mm ( 6.5 × 3.6 inches)
240 × 104 mm (9.5 × 4.1 inches)
220 mm × 110 mm (8.7 × 4.3 inches)
162 mm × 229 mm
Note:
❑ Use recycled paper under normal temperature and humidity conditions only.
Poor quality paper may reduce print quality and cause paper jams and other
problems. If you encounter problems, switch to a higher grade of paper.
❑
Envelope and transparency printing are available only under normal
conditions:
Temperature
15 to 25°C ( 59 to 77°F)
Humidity
40 to 60% RH
❑
Use envelopes that do not curl.
❑
The following EPSON genuine papers are available:
S041025 Special coated paper for 360 dpi printing (A4)
S041028 Special coated paper for 360 dpi printing (Letter)
S041026 Special coated paper for 720 dpi printing (A4)
S041029 Special coated paper for 720 dpi printing (Letter)
S041027 Transparency film (A4)
S041030 Transparency film (Letter)
S041032 Starter Pack (samples of 360, 720, and transparency film special
media)
Specifications
A-5
Printable area:
Single sheets
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B
C
Envelopes
A
B
B
C
A The minimum top margin is 3.0 mm (0.12 inches).
B The minimum left margin is 3.0 mm (0.12 inches).
The right margin is:
3.8 mm (0.15 inches) for A4, B5 size paper, and No. 6 envelope.
9.8 mm (0.38 inches) for Letter and Legal size paper.
13.8 mm (0.54 inches) for DL envelope.
33.8 mm (1.33 inches) for No.10 envelope.
C The minimum bottom margin is 13.0 mm (0.51 inches).
A-6
Specifications
Ink cartridges
Black ink cartridge (S020034):
Color
Black
Print capacity*
Approximately 1.5 million characters
(840 sheets, A4, 5% duty at 360 dpi)
Cartridge life*
2 years from production date and
within 6 months after opening the package,
at 25°C (77°F)
Temperature
−30 to 40°C (−22 to 104°F)
1 month at 40°C (104°F)
Transit:
−30 to 60°C (−22 to 140°F)
1 month at 40°C (104°F)
120 hours at 60°C (140°F)
Freezing:** −4°C (24.8°F)
Dimensions
26.9 mm (W) × 67.4 mm (D) × 41.8 mm (H)
Storage:
Color ink cartridge (S020036):
Colors
Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow
Print capacity*
In each color, approximately 1.2 million
characters (670 sheets/color, A4, 5% duty at
360 dpi)
Cartridge life*
2 years from production date and
within 6 months of opening the package at
25°C (77°F)
Temperature
Storage:
Dimensions
54.0 mm (W) × 67.4 mm (D) × 41.8 mm (H)
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−30 to 40°C (−22 to 104°F)
1 month at 40°C (104°F)
Transit:
−30 to 60°C (−22 to 140°F)
1 month at 40°C (104°F)
120 hours at 60°C (140°F)
Freezing:** −6°C (21.2°F)
The cartridge life may vary, depending on how often you use the
print head cleaning function.
** The ink freezes at −4°C (24.8°F) for black ink and −6°C (21.2°F) for
color ink. It thaws in approximately 2 hours at 25°C (77°F).
Specifications
A-7
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Caution:
❑ The printer will be damaged if you use ink or cartridges not
manufactured by EPSON or to EPSON’s specifications. Do not
attempt to refill ink cartridges manually. If you use substandard
products with your EPSON printer, you will damage the print
heads and void your warranty.
❑
Do not use an ink cartridge if the date on the package has expired.
Mechanical
Paper feed method:
Friction
MTBF:
4,000 power-on hours
Print head life:
1,000 million dots per nozzle
Total print volume:
75,000 pages
Dimensions and weight:
Printing
Width 470 mm (18.5 inches)
Depth 525 mm (20.7 inches)
Height 192 mm (7.56 inches)
No paper
Width 470 mm (18.5 inches)
Depth 344 mm (13.5 inches)
Height 294 mm (11.6 inches)
Weight:
7.4 kg (15.9 pounds) including the ink
cartridges
Electrical
120 V model
220-240 V model
Input voltage range
103.5 to 132 V
198 to 264 V
Rated frequency range
50 to 60 Hz
50 to 60 Hz
Input frequency range
49.5 to 60.5 Hz
49.5 to 60.5 Hz
Rated current
0.6 A
0.4 A
Power consumption
Approx. 20 W
(during self-test
printing at 10 cpi)
Approx. 20 W
(during self-test
printing at 10 cpi)
Note:
Check the label on the back of the printer for the voltage of your printer.
A-8
Specifications
Environmental
Temperature:
Operation 10 to 35°C (50 to 95°F)
Storage*
−20 to 60°C (14 to 140°F)
1 month at 40°C (104°F)
120 hours at 60°C (140°F)
Humidity:
Operation 20 to 80% RH
Storage* ** 5 to 85% RH
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Stored in shipping container
** Without condensation
Safety approvals
Safety standards:
UL 1950 with D3, CSA 22.2 950 with D3
R.F.I.:
FCC part 15 subpart B class B
Interface Specifications
Your printer is equipped with an 8-bit parallel interface and a
serial interface.
Parallel interface
The built-in parallel interface has the following characteristics:
Data format:
8-bit parallel
Synchronization:
STROBE pulse
Handshake timing:
BUSY and ACKNLG signals
Signal level:
TTL compatible
Connector:
36-pin 57-30360 Amphenol connector or
equivalent
Specifications
A-9
Pin assignments
The parallel interface connector pin assignments and a
description of the interface signals are shown in the table below.
A-10
Signal
Pin
Return
Pin
1
19
STROBE
IN
STROBE pulse to read data.
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
DATA 1
DATA 2
DATA 3
DATA 4
DATA 5
DATA 6
DATA 7
DATA 8
IN
IN
IN
IN
IN
IN
IN
IN
These signals represent
information in bits 0 to 7 of
parallel data respectively.
Each signal is at HIGH level
when data is logical 1 and
LOW when it is logical 0.
10
28
ACKNLG
OUT
About a 5-µs pulse. LOW
indicates data has been
received and the printer is
ready to accept more data.
11
29
BUSY
OUT
A HIGH signal indicates the
printer cannot receive data.
The signal goes HIGH in the
following cases:
1) During data entry
(for each character)
2) During initialization
3) During self test,
demonstration, and
default-setting printing
4) During a printer-error state
12
30
PE
OUT
A HIGH signal indicates the
printer is in a paper-out state
or in an error state.
13
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SLCT
OUT
Pulled up to +5 V through
1 kΩ resistance
14
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AUTO
FEED
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IN
15
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NC
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Not used
16
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GND
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Logic ground level
Specifications
Signal
Direction
Description
When this signal is LOW, the
paper is automatically fed
one line after printing.
Signal
Pin
Return
Pin
17
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CHASSIS
GND
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Printer’s chassis ground,
which is connected to the
logic ground.
18
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NC
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Not used
19-30
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GND
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Twisted-pair return signal
ground level
31
16
INIT
IN
32
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ERROR
OUT
33
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GND
-
Same as for Pins 19-30
34
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NC
-
Not used
35
-
+5 V
OUT
36
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NC
-
Signal
Direction
Description
When this signal goes LOW,
the printer controller is reset
to its state when the power is
first turned on and the print
buffer is cleared. This level is
normally HIGH; its pulse width
must be more than 50 µs at
the receiving terminal.
This signal level goes LOW
when the printer:
1) Is out of paper
2) Is in an error state
3) Has no ink cartridges
installed
Pulled up to +5 V through
1 KΩ resistance
Not used
Note:
❑ The column heading “Direction” refers to the direction of signal flow as
viewed from the printer.
❑
“Return” denotes the twisted-pair return to be connected at signal ground
level. For the interface wiring, be sure to use a twisted-pair cable for each
signal and to complete the connection on the return side.
❑
All interface conditions are based on TTL level. Both the rise and fall times of
each signal must be less than 0.2 microseconds.
❑
Data transfer must be carried out by observing the ACKNLG or BUSY
signal. Data transfer to this printer can be carried out only after receipt of
the ACKNLG signal or when the level of the BUSY signal is LOW.
Specifications
A-11
Timing chart
The figure below shows the timing chart for the parallel
interface.
BUSY
ACKNLG
DATA
STROBE
0 µs (Min.)
0.5 µs (Min.)
0 µs (Min.)
5 µs (Typ.)
Transition time (both the rise and the fall) of every signal must be less
than 0.2 µs.
Serial interface
The printer’s built-in serial interface is based on the RS-422
standard. This interface has the following characteristics:
Standard:
Based on RS-422
Synchronization:
Asynchronous
Bit rate:
57.6 Kbps
Handshaking:
DTR and XON/XOFF protocol
Word format:
Data bit
Parity bit
Start bit
Stop bit
Connector:
A-12
Specifications
8 bits
None
1 bit
1 bit
8-pin mini-circular connector
Optional interfaces
The available interfaces are listed in Chapter 7. Please refer to
the specifications in the user’s guide packed with the optional
interface card.
Initialization
The printer can be initialized (returned to a fixed set of
conditions) in these ways:
Hardware initialization
∗ The printer is turned on.
∗ The printer receives an INIT signal from
the parallel interface: pin 31 goes LOW.
Software initialization
∗ Software sends the ESC @ (initialize the
printer) command. The last panel
settings are kept.
Control panel initialization
∗ Hold down the Alt button and press
the Pause button (buffer clear). The
last panel settings are kept.
Each kind of initialization has slightly different effects. All
three methods reset the font according to the default settings
selected using the control panel. However, ESC @ does not
initialize the printer mechanism, clear the input data buffer, or
clear the user-defined character set. The control panel
initialization does not initialize the printer mechanism or clear
the user-defined character set.
Specifications
A-13
Default Settings
The table below shows the default settings that take effect
when the printer is initialized.
Item
Default setting
Top-of-form position
Current paper position
Page length
Single sheets:
65 lines for A4-size paper
61 lines for letter-size paper
Left and right margins
Cancelled
Line spacing
1/6-inch line spacing
Character pitch
Last font selected on control panel
Vertical tab position
Cleared
Horizontal tab positions
Every eight characters
Font selection
Last font selected on control panel
Special printing effects
Cancelled (except condensed and
economy printing)
User-defined character set
Hardware/control panel initialization:
cleared
Software initialization: deselected only
Graphic mode assignment
ESC K = ESC ∗ 0, ESC L = ESC ∗ 1,
ESC Y = ESC ∗ 2, ESC Z = ESC ∗ 3
In addition, hardware and control panel initialization erases
any text in the data buffer.
A-14
Specifications
Appendix B
Commands and Character Tables
Command List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
B-2
Character Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
International character sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Characters available with ESC (^ command: . . . . . . . .
B-3
B-7
B-8
Commands and Character Tables
B-1
B
Command List
This printer works with the following ESC/P 2 commands. If
you need more information about using printer commands,
you can purchase the ESC/P 2 Reference Manual (ESCP2REF)
from EPSON Accessories by calling (800) 873-7766. Use only
the commands listed below:
General operation:
ESC @, ESC U 1/0, ESC EM R
Paper feeding
CR, FF, LF, ESC 0, ESC 2, ESC 3 n, ESC + n
Page format
ESC ( c nn, ESC ( C nn, ESC C n, ESC C 0 n, ESC N n, ESC O,
ESC L n, ESC Q n
Print position motion
ESC $ n1 n2, ESC \ n1 n2, ESC ( V nn, ESC ( v nn, ESC D nn,
HT, ESC B nn, VT, ESC J n
Font selection
ESC k n, ESC X nn, ESC P, ESC M, ESC g, ESC p 1/0, ESC x n,
ESC 4, ESC 5, ESC E, ESC F, ESC ! n
Font enhancement
SI, DC2, SO, ESC W 1/0, DC4, ESC w 1/0, ESC G, ESC H,
ESC S 0, ESC S 1, ESC T, ESC ( - nn, ESC - 1/0, ESC q n
Spacing
ESC SP n, ESC ( U nn, ESC c n1 n2
Character handling
ESC ( t nn, ESC t n, ESC R n, ESC & nn, ESC : 0 n 0, ESC % n,
ESC 6, ESC 7, ESC ( ^ nn
Bit image
ESC * nn
Graphics
ESC ( G nn, ESC . nn
Color
ESC r n
MicroWeave
ESC c i
B-2
Commands and Character Tables
Character Tables
These character tables are selected with the default-setting
mode or by using software commands.
All tables except the italic are the same as the PC437 table for
hex codes 00 through 7F, so only the PC437 table is shown
completely. The rest of the tables show only the characters for
hex codes 80 through FF.
PC437 (U.S., Standard Europe)
Commands and Character Tables
B-3
PC850 (Multilingual)
PC860 (Portuguese)
PC861 (Icelandic)
PC863 (Canadian-French)
B-4
Commands and Character Tables
PC865 (Nordic)
Abicomp
BRASCII
Commands and Character Tables
B-5
Italic
No characters are available for
hex code 15 in the italic character
table.
B-6
Commands and Character Tables
International character sets
You can select one of the following international character sets
with the default-setting mode or the ESC R command. For
example, when you select “Italic France,” the characters in the
“France” row on the table below are used in the italic character
table.
The following eight international character sets can be selected
with the default-setting mode or with the ESC R command.
The following seven additional sets can be selected only with
the ESC R command.
Commands and Character Tables
B-7
Characters available with ESC (^ command:
To print the characters in the table below, use the ESC ( ^
command.
B-8
Commands and Character Tables
Glossary
The following definitions apply specifically to printers unless otherwise
stated.
additive colors
Colors that are produced by adding together the varying intensities of
three colors: red, green, and blue. See also RGB.
bidirectional printing
See high speed printing.
brightness
The lightness or darkness level of an image.
characters per inch (cpi)
A measure of the size of text characters, sometimes referred to as pitch.
character table
A collection of letters, numbers, and symbols that provides you with the
characters used in a particular language.
CMYK
Cyan (blue-green), magenta, yellow, and black. These colored inks are
used to create the subtractive system array of printed colors.
condensed printing
Printing in which the width of each character is approximately 60% of the
width of standard characters. Useful for fitting wide tables or
spreadsheets onto the paper.
contrast
The amount of difference between the darkest and lightest colors in an
image. The greater the difference, the higher the contrast value.
cpi
See characters per inch.
default
A value or setting that takes effect when the equipment is turned on,
reset, or initialized.
Glossary
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diffused
A halftoning or dithering method where dot patterns are used to
represent blended images in millions of colors. The printer driver has four
diffused settings: pencil art, high speed, images, and complex diagrams.
dithering
See halftoning.
dpi
Dots per inch. The dpi measures the resolution. See also resolution.
driver
See printer driver.
economy printing
Printing in which images are printed with fewer dots to save ink.
ESC/P ®
Abbreviation for EPSON Standard Code for Printers. See also ESC/P 2.
ESC/P 2
The enhanced version of the ESC/P printer command language.
Commands in this language produce laser-like features, such as scalable
fonts and enhanced graphics printing.
font
A style of type designated by a family name.
grayscale
A method of portraying color images in black and white.
halftoning
Methods of using tiny dot patterns to represent images.
hex dump
A troubleshooting feature that helps advanced users find the cause of
communication problems between the printer and the computer. When
the printer is in hex dump mode, it prints each code it receives in
hexadecimal notation and ASCII characters. Also called data dump.
high speed printing
Images are printed in both directions for faster printing.
hue
The name of a color representing the color or its gradations.
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Glossary
initialization
Returns the printer to its defaults (fixed set of conditions).
ink color correction
A function of the driver that takes into account the characteristics of the
Stylus COLOR printer when it determines the colors of ink used to print
the text or image.
ink density correction
A function of the driver that takes into account the characteristics of the
Stylus COLOR printer when it determines the amount of ink used to print
the text or image.
ink jet
A method of printing in which each letter or symbol is formed by
precisely spraying ink onto paper.
intensity
The relative strength caused by the amount of color. See also saturation.
interface
The connection between the computer and the printer. A parallel interface
transmits data one character or code at a time.
media
Materials upon which data is printed such as envelopes, plain paper,
special paper, and transparency film.
MicroWeave
Printing in which images are printed in finer increments to reduce the
possibility of banding and to produce laser-like images.
parallel interface
See interface.
phosphor
The materials in your computer monitor that give off red, green, or blue
light when radiated by the monitor’s electron gun.
printable area
The area of a page on which the printer can print. It is smaller than the
physical size of the page due to margins.
Glossary
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printer driver
A software program that sends commands for using the features of a
particular printer.
resolution
The number of dots per inch used to represent an image. Your printer has
three resolution settings: 180 × 180, 360 × 360, and 720 by 720.
RGB
Red, green, and blue. These colors, in phosphors radiated by the computer
monitor’s electron gun, are used to create the subtractive system array of
screen colors.
saturation
The amount of ink used to represent the colors in an image. See also
intensity.
scanned image
An image that is captured as software data by a scanning device.
software program
A computer language device that helps you carry out a particular task,
such as word processing, financial planning, or image editing.
subtractive colors
Colors produced by pigments that absorb some colors of light and reflect
others. See also CMYK.
unidirectional printing
Printing in which the print head prints in one direction only.
Unidirectional printing is useful for printing graphics because it allows
precise vertical alignment.
user-defined characters
Characters that are defined and stored in the printer by the user. Also
called download characters.
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Glossary
Index
A
Accessories, how to buy, 4
Additive colors, Glossary-1
Adjusting paper thickness lever,
2-7–9
Aligning printer, 1-16
Alignment problems, 6-4
Alt button, 4-4–5
Auto interface wait mode, 4-10, 4-11
Auto line feed, 4-10, 4-11
Auto print direction, 4-10
B
Banding problems, 6-4
Bidirectional printing, 4-11,
Glossary-1
Blue Strength, 3-20
Blurred images, 6-3
Brightness, 3-19, Glossary-1
Buttons, control panel, 4-4
C
Calibrating the printer, 1-16
Cartridges, see Ink cartridges
Changing default settings, 4-13–16
Changing resolution, 3-22
Character tables, 4-10, 4-13, B-3–8,
Glossary-1
Characters per inch, Glossary-1
Cleaning
print heads, 5-6
printer, 5-7
Cleaning cycle, 1-11
CMYK, Glossary-1
Coarse dither pattern, 3-24
Coated papers, 2-2, 2-4
Color
considerations when printing, 3-9
correcting, 3-20
selecting color printing, 3-21
Color photographs, amount of hard
disk space required, 1-18
Color driver setting, 3-18, 3-20
from DOS applications, 3-30–31
from Windows applications, 3-27–28
Command list, B-2
CompuServe on-line support, 4
Condensed light, 4-3
Condensed printing, 4-3, 4-9,
Glossary-1
Connecting the printer to your
computer, 1-15
Contrast, 3-19, Glossary-1
Control Panel, 4-2
Controlling the printer
using the control panel, 4-2–9
using the driver, 3-2–26
Copies, 3-14
CPI, see Characters per inch
D
Data light, 4-2
Default settings, 4-10, A-14
changing, 4-10–16
Defaults button, 3-8
Deleting print jobs, 3-32
Demonstration page, 4-6
Despooler, 3-33–34
Diffused, Glossary-2
halftone methods, 3-24
Dithering, 3-24, Glossary-2
Double-spacing, problems with, 4-11
DPI, Glossary-2
Driver, see Printer driver
IN-1
E
H
Economy/Condensed button, 4-4,
4-9
Economy light, 4-3
Economy printing, 4-3, Glossary-2
Ejecting a page, 4-4
Electrical specifications, A-8
Enable Ink Color Correction, 3-20
Enable Ink Density Correction, 3-19
Energy conservation tips, 3
Energy Star Compliance, 2
Envelopes
loading, 2-6–9
specifications, A-4
Environmental specifications, A-9
EPSON Accessories, 4
EPSON Connection, 3
EPSON Despooler, 3-33–34
EPSON Spool Manager, 3-32–33
ESC/P, Glossary-2
Halftoning, 3-23, Glossary-2
Handshake timing, 7-5
Help
getting, 3, 4
in the printer driver, 3-7, 3-8
telephone, 3
Hex dump mode, 4-6, 6-5, Glossary-2
High-Quality Glossy paper, 2-2
loading, 2-4
High-Speed, 3-17
turning off for highest quality, 3-22
Horizontal tab positions, A-14
Hue, Glossary-2
F
Faint output, 6-3
Fine dither pattern, 3-24
Font button, 4-4, 4-7
Font light, 4-3
Fonts, Glossary-2
problems with, 6-4
selecting from control panel, 4-7–8
G
Glossy paper, 2-2
Graphic mode assignment, A-14
Graphics
choosing a halftone pattern, 3-23–24
Grayscale, Glossary-2
Green Strength, 3-20
IN-2
I
Image Settings, 3-18
Initialization, Glossary-3
Initializing the printer, A-13
Ink, 3-21
conserving, 4-3
Ink cartridges, 1-2, 1-11, 5-2
installing, 1-7–11
life, 6-7, A-7
precautions, 1-2
problems with, 6-7
replacing, 5-2–5
specifications, A-7–8
Ink color correction, 3-20, Glossary-3
Ink density correction, 3-19, Glossary-3
Ink jet, Glossary-3
Ink/Resolution, 3-21
Installation
ink cartridges, 1-7–11
printer, 1-3–6
printer driver, 1-17–18
Intensity, Glossary-3
Interface, Glossary-3
built-in parallel, 1-15
built-in serial, 1-15
optional interfaces, 7-2
specifications, A-9–13
Interface mode, 4-10, 4-12
L
P
Landscape orientation, 3-13
Language, selecting for control
panel, 4-13
Lights, control panel, 4-2–3
Line art pattern (halftone), 3-24
Line spacing, A-14
Load/Eject button, 4-4
Loading
envelopes, 2-6–9
plain paper, 1-12–14
position, 4-10, 4-12
special paper, 2-4
transparencies, 2-5–6
LQ-2550 printer driver, 1-17, 3-2
Page length, A-14
Paper
choosing, 2-2
loading coated and glossy, 2-4
loading plain, 1-12–14
printer driver settings, 3-12–13, 3-16
problems with, 6-8–10
size, 3-13, A-4
special papers, 2-2–3
specifications, A-4–5
storing, 2-4
thick, 2-3
Paper jams, clearing, 6-8–9
Paper Out light, 4-3
Paper separators, attaching, 1-4
Paper Source, 3-13
Paper support, attaching, 1-4
Paper thickness lever, 2-6, 6-3
adjusting, 2-7–9
checking the position, 1-11
Parallel interface, 1-15
pin assignments, A-10-11
specifications, A-9–12
Pause button, 4-4
Pause light, 4-3
Power-on functions, 4-6
Portrait orientation, 3-13
Print direction, 4-10, 4-11, A-2
Print heads, cleaning, 5-6
Print quality
improving, 3-9, 3-25–26
problems with, 6-2–5
Print queue, viewing, 3-32
Print speed, A-2
increasing, 3-17
Printable area, Glossary-3
M
Maintenance, 5-2–8
Margins, problems with, 6-4
Media, Glossary-3
Media Options, 3-15
Media Type, 3-15
MicroWeave, 3-17, Glossary-3
Monitoring print jobs, 3-32–33
Monochrome, 3-21
N
Network interface mode, 4-10, 4-11,
6-4
No Ink Cartridge light, 4-3, 6-6
O
Operate button, 1-6, 4-4
Operate light, 4-2
Optional interfaces, 7-2–5
Orientation, 3-13
IN-3
Printer
calibrating, 1-16
changing printer driver settings,
3-3–8, 3-12–24
changing the resolution, 3-22
choosing best settings, 3-25
choosing a work area, 1-5
cleaning, 5-7
connecting to your computer, 1-15
initializing, A-13
safety instructions, 5
specifications, A-2–3
testing, 1-14–15
transporting, 5-8
turning on, 1-6
unpacking, 1-3
Printer driver, 3-2, Glossary-4
accessing, 3-5
exiting, 3-8
getting help, 3-7, 3-8
installing, 1-17–18
restoring settings to their defaults,
3-8
settings, 3-4–5, 3-12–24
using LQ-2550 in DOS, 1-17, 3-2
Printing status, 3-33–34
Printing text, 3-25
Problems
paper handling, 6-8–10
print quality, 6-2–5
printing, 6-5–7
R
RAM requirements, 2
Red Strength, 3-20
Replacing an ink cartridge, 5-2–5
Resetting the printer, 4-5
Resolution, A-2, Glossary -4
selecting, 3-22
RGB, Glossary-4
RS-422 serial port, 1-15
specifications, A-12
IN-4
S
Safety instructions, 5
Saturation, 3-20, Glossary-4
Scalable fonts, 4-8
Serial interface port, 1-15
specifications, A-12
Service, 3, 4
Specifications, A-2–14
Spool Manager, 3-32–33
Subtractive colors, Glossary-4
System requirements, 2
T
Technical specifications, A-2–14
Testing the printer, 1-14–15
Text, printing, 3-25
Timers, adjusting, 3-32
Top-of-form position, A-14
Transparency film, 2-2
Transporting the printer, 5-8
Troubleshooting, 6-2–10
Turning the printer on/off, 1-6
U
Unidirectional printing, 4-10,
Glossary-4
Unpacking the printer, 1-3
User-defined characters, Glossary-4
V
Vertical lines, problem with, 6-4
Vertical tab position, A-14
Video driver, problems with
incompatibility, 6-4
W
Where to get help, 3, 4
Work area, choosing, 1-5
Wrinkled paper, 6-10