Specifications | Epson 1430 Printer User Manual

EPSON Stylus 1500
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 sheets:
Size
Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
A4 (210 × 297 mm)
A2 (420 × 594 mm)
Super A3/B (13 × 19 inches)
A3 (297 × 420 mm)
US B (11 × 17 inches)
US C (17 × 22 inches)
B4 (250 × 353 mm)
B5 (176 × 250 mm)
Legal (8.5 × 14 inches)
Statement (8.5 × 5.5 inches)
Executive (7.5 × 10 inches)
Paper types
Plain paper and EPSON’s coated paper
and high-quality glossy paper
Thickness
0.0025 to 0.004 inch (0.065 to 0.11 mm)
Paper weight
Sheet feeder, 17 to 24 lb (64 to 90 g/m2)
Manual feed slot, 14 to 24 lb (52 to 90
g/m2)
Printer Specifications
Printing
Printing method:
On-demand ink jet
Nozzle
configuration:
64 monochrome (black) nozzles
60 color (cyan, magenta, yellow) nozzles
(20 × 3; 20 for each color)
Printable columns and printing speed:
Character pitch
(characters per
inch)
Printable
columns
LQ printing
speed
(characters
per second)
10
136
200
400
12
169
240
480
15
200
300
600
17 (10 condensed)
233
343
686
20 (12 condensed)
272
400
800
Draft printing
speed
(characters
per second)
Envelopes:
Size
No. 10
DL
C5
9.5 × 4.1 inches (241 × 104 mm)
8.7 × 4.3 inches (220 × 110 mm)
9.0 × 6.4 inches (229 × 162 mm)
Resolution:
Maximum 720 × 720 dpi
Paper types
Plain bond or air mail paper
Paper feed speed:
72 milliseconds per 1⁄6-inch line
Thickness
0.006 to 0.02 inch (0.16 to 0.52 mm)
Input buffer:
256KB
Paper weight
12 to 24 lb (45 to 90 g/m2)
Print direction:
Bidirectional with logic seeking for text
and graphics; unidirectional and
autodirectional modes available in
Default Setting mode
Control code:
Line spacing:
Index cards:
ESC/P 2 and expanded raster graphics
code
IBM XL24E emulation code
(default), 1⁄8-inch, or
programmable in 1⁄360-inch increments
1 Italic and 10 graphics character tables
Character sets:
1 legal and 14 International character
sets
A6 (105 × 148 mm)
Paper types
Plain paper
Thickness
0.21 mm
Weight
188 g/m2
Single sheet labels:
1⁄6-inch
Character tables:
Size
Size
Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
A4 (210 × 297 mm)
Paper types
Plain paper (Use labels that completely
cover the backing sheet.)
Total thickness Maximum 0.2 mm
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Printable area:
Transparencies:
Size
Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
A4 (210 × 297 mm)
Thickness
0.075 to 0.085 mm
Single sheets
A
Banner paper:
Size
8.3 to 17 inches × 16.4 feet
(210 to 432 mm × up to 5 m)
Paper types
Plain paper
Thickness
0.08 mm to 0.1 mm
Weight
17 to 22 lb (64 g/m2 to 82 g/m2)
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C
A
B
Continuous paper:
Size
4 to 16 inches × 4 inches
(102 to 406 × 102 mm)
(minimum folding length)
Paper types
Plain paper
Thickness
0.065 mm to 0.1 mm
Weight
52 g/m2 to 82 g/m2
C
The minimum top margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
The minimum left margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
For oversized paper, this margin is 0.98 inch (25 mm) for
A3 landscape, A2 portrait, US B landscape, and US C portrait,
and 0.2 inch (5 mm) for B4 landscape.
The minimum right margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
For oversized paper, this margin is 1.97 inches (50 mm) for
A3 landscape and A2 portrait, and 2.44 inches (62 mm) for
US B landscape and US C portrait.
The minimum bottom margin is 0.55 inch (14 mm).
Note:
The maximum printable width is 13.6 inches (345 mm).
Continuous labels:
Size
BR
Envelopes
Backing sheet:
4 to 16 inches × 4 inches
(101.6 to 406.4 × 101.6 mm)
(minimum folding length)
Label sheet:
Minimum 2.5 × 0.9 inches
(63.5 × 23.9 mm)
A
BR
BL
C
Paper types
Plain paper
A
B
Thickness
Total thickness: Maximum 0.2 mm
Label thickness: Maximum 0.12 mm
C
The minimum top margin is 0.33 inch (8.5 mm).
The minimum left margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
The minimum right margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
The minimum bottom margin is 0.55 inch (14 mm).
Note:
Load envelopes long edge first, face down.
Note:
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.
Continuous paper
Print on coated paper, high-quality glossy paper, envelopes, and
transparencies only under these normal conditions:
A
Temperature
Humidity
A
59 to 77°F (15 to 25°C)
40 to 60% RH
(High-quality glossy paper can be stored at 20 to 60% relative
humidity and 59 to 86°F (15 to 30°C).
B
Do not load folded or curled paper, envelopes, and transparencies.
A
B
B
The minimum top and bottom margins above and below the perforation
are 9.0 mm (0.35 inch).
The minimum left and right margins are 0.51 inch (13 mm).
Note:
The maximum printable width is 13.6 inches (345 mm).
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Ink Cartridges
Mechanical
Black ink cartridge (S020062):
Paper feed method: Friction, tractor feeder
Color
Black
Paper path:
Sheet feeder, front entry
Manual feed slot, rear entry
Tractor feeder, rear entry
Sheet feeder
capacity:
100 sheets at 17 lb (64 g/m2) paper
70 sheets* of EPSON coated paper
30 sheets of EPSON high-quality glossy
paper
50 sheets of transparency film
30 index cards
10 envelopes
Print capacity* 1900 pages (A4 paper; text)
Cartridge life*
2 years from production date and up to
6 months after opening the package at
77°F (25°C)
Temperature
Storage:
Dimensions
–22 to 104°F (–30 to 40°C)
1 month at 104°F (40°C)
Transit:
–22 to 140°F (–30 to 60°C)
1 month at 104°F (40°C)
120 hours at 140°F (60°C)
Freezing:** 27°F (–3°C)
* For oversized coated paper, such as
Super A3/B and A2, the sheet feeder
capacity is 30 sheets.
1.0 inch (W) × 5.5 inches (D) ×
4.2 inches (H)
25.1 mm (W) × 139.6 mm (D) ×
105.3 mm (H)
Total print volume: 75,000 pages (A4, text)
Dimensions:
Width: 26.1 inches (664 mm)
Depth, storage: 19.8 inches (504 mm)
Depth, printing: 24.4 inches (619 mm,
maximum)
Height: 8.0 inches (202 mm)
Weight:
24.9 lb (11.5 kg) without ink cartridges
Color ink cartridge (S020049):
Colors
Cyan, magenta, and yellow
Print capacity* 320 pages (A4; 360 dpi; 5% of each color)
Cartridge life*
Temperature
Dimensions
*
2 years from production date and up to
6 months after opening the package at
77°F (25°C)
Electrical
Input voltage range:
−4 to 104°F (−20 to 40°C)
1 month at 104°F (40°C)
Transit:
−22 to 140°F (−30 to 60°C)
1 month at 104°F (40°C)
120 hours at 140°F (60°C)
Freezing:** 29°F (−6°C)
Rated frequency range: 50 to 60 Hz
Storage:
Input frequency range: 49.5 to 60.5 Hz
1.7 inches (W) × 2.2 inches (D) ×
1.5 inches (H)
42.9 mm (W) × 56.5 mm (D) ×
38.5 mm (H)
Rated current:
0.7 A
Power consumption:
Approx. 23 W (during self test,
LQ at 10 cpi)
Environmental
Ink cartridge life may vary. If you often print large graphics and dense
text with little white space, you use ink faster than if you print pages
with lots of white space.
Temperature:
Operation 50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)
Storage*
−4 to 140°F (−20 to 60°C)
1 month at 104°F (40°C)
120 hours at 140°F (60°C)
Humidity:
Operation 20 to 80% RH
Storage*
5 to 85% RH
(without condensation)
** The ink thaws in approximately 3 hours at 77°F (25°C).
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Caution:
Use only genuine EPSON ink cartridges and do not refill
them. Other products may cause damage to your printer that
is not covered by EPSON’s warranties.
*
The printer comes with an installed set of fonts, which are
selectable using the Default Setting mode. However, the
printer always uses the fonts you select with your software
program. The only time you need to select the printer’s
installed fonts is when your software program does not
allow you to select fonts.
Safety Approvals
UL 1950 with D3, CSA 22.2 950 with D3
EMC:
FCC part 15 subpart B class B
Ink Jet Printers
Stored in shipping container
Fonts
Do not use an ink cartridge after the expiration date on the
package.
Safety standards:
103.5 to 132 V
You can select other font and pitch combinations using

ESC/P 2 commands.
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Bitmap fonts
Item
Fonts
Last font selected in Default Setting mode
√
Vertical tab position
Cleared
√
√
Horizontal tab positions
Every eight characters
√
—
Font selection
Last font selected in Default Setting mode
√
√
—
Special printing effects
√
√
—
Cancelled (except condensed and economy
printing)
User-defined character
set
Hardware/control panel initialization: cleared
Software initialization: deselected only
12 cpi
15 cpi
Proportional
EPSON Roman
√
√
√
EPSON Sans Serif
√
√
EPSON Courier
√
√
EPSON Prestige
√
EPSON Script
√
Scalable fonts
Minimum
point size
Fonts
Default setting
Character pitch
10 cpi
Maximum
point size
Increments
EPSON Roman
8
32
2
EPSON Sans Serif
8
32
2
EPSON Roman T
8
32
2
EPSON Sans Serif H
8
32
2
Control Panel
The printer’s control panel contains lights for displaying the
printer status and buttons for controlling certain functions, as
described in this section. Most printer settings can be
controlled from your software.
Interface Specifications
Data format:
8-bit parallel, IEEE P1284 compatible
mode
Synchronization:
STROBE pulse
Handshake timing: BUSY and ACKNLG signals
Signal level:
TTL compatible
Connector:
36-pin, Centronics connector or
equivalent
Initialization
The printer can be initialized (returned to a fixed set of
conditions) in these ways:
Lights
Operate
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 Pause button and the Alt button; the
last panel settings are kept
On when the printer is on.
Data
On when data remains in printer memory or when printing a
self test or demonstration page. Flashes when data is being
received by the printer.
Ink Out O
On when the black ink cartridge is empty or not installed.
The printer will not work if the black ink cartridge is empty
or not installed. Flashes when the black ink cartridge is low
on ink.
All three initialization 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.
Ink Out N N N
On when the color ink cartridge is empty. Flashes when the
color ink cartridge is low on ink.
Default Settings
If color ink runs out while you’re printing, the printer stops.
You can continue to print with the black ink cartridge by
switching to monochrome printing. To do this, turn off the
printer, turn it on again, and resend your print job.
The table below shows the default settings that take effect
when the printer is initialized. In addition, hardware and
control panel initialization erases any text in the data buffer.
Item
Default setting
Top-of-form position
Current paper position
Page length
Single sheets: measured by self-test printing
Left and right margins
Cancelled
Line spacing
1⁄
Paper Out
On when the printer runs out of paper. Flashes rapidly if
there is a paper jam.
Pause
On when printing is paused. Flashes while the ink cartridge
is being replaced or during print head cleaning.
6-inch line spacing
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Economy
Load/Eject
On when economy printing mode is selected. In economy
mode the printer uses less ink by printing fewer dots per
character. Note that black may print as gray. Use this mode
for rough drafts of text only.
Loads or ejects a sheet of paper. The printer normally loads
and ejects paper automatically. When using continuous
paper, press this button to feed paper backward to the
paper-park position.
Condensed
Button combinations and power-on functions
On when condensed mode is selected. In this mode, the
printer prints selected fonts at 60% of their width so that
more characters can fit on a page.
The button combinations below perform additional functions
to control your printer.
Alt + Pause (Reset)
Font
Clears the printer’s buffer and resets the printer settings to
their factory defaults.
Indicates which font is selected. Use the Default Setting
mode to select fonts other than those displayed on the
control panel. Both lights flash when the printer is in micro
adjust mode.
Alt + LF/FF (Cleaning O )
Cleans the black print head; see “Cleaning the Print Heads.”
Alt + Load/Eject (Cleaning N N N )
Buttons
Cleans the color print head; see “Cleaning the Print Heads.”
In addition to the button functions explained below, you
can perform additional functions using certain button
combinations and power-on sequences.
Pause + Operate button (Printer adjustment mode)
Enters printer adjustment mode and prints a multilingual
instruction sheet on calibrating the printer. (Paper must be
loaded in the printer.) Hold both buttons until the font lights
flash. Use this mode only if you are printing from DOS
applications. To exit printer adjustment mode, press the
Pause button and turn off the printer.
Alt
Hold down this button for about five seconds to move the
carriage to the color ink cartridge replacement position. The
Pause light begins flashing. Press the Alt button again to
return the carriage to its home position. See “Replacing the
Color Ink Cartridge.”
Note:
When using the following Operate button combinations, wait
until the Data light flashes or paper is loaded before releasing the
buttons.
This button is also used in combination with other buttons to
reset the printer or clean the print heads; see the next section
for more information.
Load/Eject + Operate button (LQ self test)
Pause (or Reset)
Checks the paper length and performs a printer self test at
360 dpi; see “Testing the Printer.”
Stops printing temporarily. Press it again to resume. Hold
down this button for about three seconds to enter micro
adjust mode.
LF/FF + Operate button (Draft self test)
Checks the paper length and performs a printer self test at
180 dpi; see “Testing the Printer.”
Economy/Condensed (or Cleaning O )
Selects economy or condensed mode as indicated by the
Economy and Condensed lights. Use this button only if
you print from a DOS application.
LF/FF + Load/Eject + Operate button (Hex dump)
When connected to a PC, prints a page containing a
hexadecimal representation of the data sent to the printer
(hex dump) for troubleshooting use. To exit hex dump mode,
press the Pause button and then turn off the printer.
LF/FF
Press this button briefly to feed paper line by line. Hold it
down to load a single sheet or to advance continuous paper
to the next top-of-form position.
Alt + Operate button (Demonstration page)
Prints a demonstration page of the printer’s fonts and colors.
(Paper must be loaded in the printer.) To exit demonstration
mode, press the Pause button and then turn off the printer.
Font
Press this button until the combination of lights indicates the
font of your choice. Use this button only if you print from a
DOS application.
Note:
If the printer is in economy mode when a demonstration page is
printed, black will print as gray.
Micro Adjust D /Micro Adjust U
Adjusts the loading position or tear-off position for
continuous paper while in micro adjust mode. Press the
Micro Adjust D button to advance paper forward or press
Micro Adjust U to feed paper backward. To enter micro
adjust mode, hold down the Pause button for about three
seconds. Both Font lights begin to flash. To exit micro adjust
mode, press Pause again. The settings made in this mode are
saved in the printer’s memory.
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Economy/Condensed + Operate button (Default Setting
mode)
Enters the printer’s Default Setting mode; see the next section
for more information. To exit Default Setting mode, press the
Pause button and then turn off the printer.
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Print direction. Specifies how the print head moves across
the page. The options are Uni-D, Bi-D, and Auto (default).
When Uni-D is on, the print head prints in only one direction
to provide the most precise alignment for graphics and text.
In Bi-D printing, the print head prints in both directions. Bi-D
is faster but the vertical alignment may not be as precise as
Uni-D. When Auto is on, the printer automatically switches
between Uni-D and Bi-D as needed when data is received.
Alt + Pause + Operate button (Ink smear prevention mode)
Decreases the printing speed to allow more time for the ink
to dry. Use this function when your output is smeared. This
mode is not saved as a default setting.
Using the Default Setting Mode
Additional printer functions are available through the
Default Setting mode. If you need to change the printer’s
factory defaults, turn on Default Setting mode and change
the settings using the control panel buttons.
Font and Pitch. Select the built-in printer font and character
pitch used as the default. Normally you use your software to
select the font and pitch. The default Font and Pitch are
Courier 10 cpi (characters per inch).
To turn on the Default Setting mode and print instructions,
turn off the printer. Load paper in the printer. Then hold
down the Economy/Condensed button while you turn the
printer back on. Follow the instructions the printer prints to
change the default settings by pressing the buttons on the
control panel. When you are finished, press Pause and turn
off the printer to exit Default Setting mode.
Interface mode. Determines from which interface the printer
receives print data. Auto (default) allows the printer to
automatically switch as needed between the parallel and
serial interfaces. However, if you experience communication
problems, you might want to set the interface mode to either
Parallel or Option. Option requires an optional interface
card. The printer will ignore data from the parallel interface.
The printer functions are shown in the table below and
described in the following paragraphs. The default settings
are in bold.
Auto interface wait time. Sets the time period (10 seconds
[default] or 30 seconds) for the printer to wait for data from
the current interface (and accept no data from the other
interface) when you’re using the Auto interface mode.
Setting
Print direction
Options
Auto , Bi-D, Uni-D
Font
Roman, Sans Serif, Courier , Prestige,
Script, Roman T, Sans Serif H
Pitch
10 cpi, 12 cpi, 15 cpi, 17.1 cpi, 20 cpi,
Proportional
I/F mode
Auto , Parallel, Option
Auto interface wait time
10 seconds, 30 seconds
Software
ESC/P 2, IBM XL24E
Auto CR*
Off, On
AGM*
Off, On
Character table
PC437 , PC850, PC860, PC861, PC863,
PC865, Abicomp, BRASCII, Roman 8,
ISO Latin 1, Italic
International character
set for Italic table
Italic U.S.A. , Italic France, Italic
Software. Specifies the printer control language to use when
printing from DOS: EPSON ESC/P 2 (default) or IBM XL24E.
If your software allows you to select EPSON ESC/P 2,
choose it for the most advanced fonts and graphics.
Auto CR. Specifies that the printer perform a carriage return
and line feed operation if the print positions exceed the right
margin of the paper. (Used in IBM XL24E mode only.)
AGM (Alternate Graphics Mode). Specifies that the printer
use high-resolution, 24-pin graphics commands. (Used in
IBM XL24E mode only.)
Character table. Selects the set of characters and symbols
that can be printed. The default is the Italic U.S.A. character
table. If you commonly use a language containing accents,
symbols, or other characters not available in the Italic U.S.A.
character table, change to a different character table.
Germany, Italic U.K., Italic Denmark 1,
Italic Sweden, Italic Italy, Italic Spain I
Auto line feed
Off, On
Network I/F mode
Off, On
0 slash
0, 0/
Page length for
continuous paper
Others
Skip over perforation
Off, On
Auto tear off
Off, On
Print mode
Plain paper (true black) , Plain paper
Auto line feed. Specifies that a carriage return character
encountered in the print file be accompanied by a line feed
command. By default, auto line feed is off. If text lines print
on top of one another, turn on auto line feed.
11 inch , 12 inch, 8.5 inch, 70/6 inch,
Network interface mode. If you’re having trouble printing
when the printer is connected to a network, turn on network
interface mode. By default, network interface mode is off.
(composite black), Exclusive paper,
Transparency
Banner paper
Off, On
0 Slash. Specifies whether the printer prints a slashed zero
(0
/) or unslashed zero (0). This feature is useful for clearly
distinguishing between an uppercase letter O and a zero.
* IBM mode only
Page length for continuous paper. Available only when you
use continuous paper with the tractor feeder. You can set the
paper length to 11 (default), 12, 8.5, or 70/6 (the length of A4
paper) inches.
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Skip over perforation. Selects whether or not the printer
skips over the perforations of continuous paper, providing a
1-inch margin between the last line printed on one page and
the first line printed on the next. Because most software
programs set their own top and bottom margins, use this
feature only if your program does not provide them. This
feature does not affect single-sheet paper.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on.
2. Remove the ink compartment cover as shown.
Auto tear off. When using continuous paper, advances the
paper perforation to the tear-off position where you can easily
tear off the printed pages. When the printer receives data, it
automatically reverses the paper to the top-of-form position
and starts printing, so you can use all of the next sheet.
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Caution:
When you use the tractor to print on labels, set this feature to
off. Otherwise labels may come off the backing and jam the
printer.
3. Remove the ink cartridge from its package.
4. Insert the end of the cartridge with the foil plug into the ink
compartment following the instructions on the cartridge.
Push the cartridge all the way into the compartment. You
will feel some resistance.
Print mode. Selects the paper type you plan to use. Use this
feature to select paper types only when printing from a DOS
application. Select Plain paper (true black) when printing text
on plain paper. Select Plain paper (composite black) for color
images on plain paper or when the black ink in a printed
image is blurred. (Composite black is produced by mixing
cyan, magenta, and yellow inks.) Select Exclusive paper for
coated paper and high-quality glossy paper. Select
Transparency when printing on transparencies. When
Transparency is selected, printing is unidirectional.
Banner paper. Specifies that banner paper is not recognized
as single-sheet paper even if the paper-release lever is set to
the single-sheet position. Paper is not ejected and advanced
forward to the next page with the LF/FF button.
When the cartridge is correctly installed, the Ink Out O
light goes off.
Removing the Protective Materials
Note:
If the Ink Out O light remains on, the ink cartridge may not be
installed correctly. Remove it and then reinsert it as described
above.
You must remove all protective materials packed around and
inside your printer before you set it up and turn on the
power. Save all packaging and protective materials in case
you need to transport the printer in the future. The printer
should always be transported in its original packaging or
equivalent materials.
5. Reattach the ink compartment cover as shown.
Installing the Black Ink Cartridge
Follow the steps in this section to install your printer’s black
ink cartridge.
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Warning:
The ink cartridge is a self-contained unit. Under ordinary use,
ink will not leak from a cartridge. If ink gets on your hands,
wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets into
your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
The first time you install the ink cartridge, the printer
automatically charges the ink delivery system. This takes
about two minutes.
Caution:
Do not open the ink cartridge package until just before you
install the cartridge, or the ink may dry up.
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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. Also, never remove the ink cartridge while ink is
being charged in the system.
3. Lower the cartridge into the print head unit with the label
face up and the arrow mark pointing to the rear. Do not
push down on the ink cartridge.
When you need to replace ink cartridges, be sure to use only
genuine EPSON ink cartridges and do not refill them.
Other products may cause damage not covered by
EPSON’s warranty.
Installing the Color Ink Cartridge
Follow the steps in this section to install your printer’s color
ink cartridge.
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4. Press the ink cartridge clamp down until it locks in place.
You will feel some resistance.
Caution:
Do not remove the color print head. If you remove it, it may
become unusable.
Do not open the ink cartridge package until just before you install
the cartridge, or the ink may dry up.
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Warning:
The ink cartridge is a self-contained unit. Under ordinary use,
ink will not leak from a cartridge. If ink gets on your hands,
wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets into
your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
1. Lift up the ink cartridge clamp. Then remove the protective
sheet from the cartridge holder.
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Caution:
Once you install the ink cartridge, do not open the clamp
or remove the ink cartridge except to replace it with a new
one. Otherwise, the cartridge and print head may become
unusable.
5. Press the Alt button again to return the print head unit to
its home (far right) position. (Even if you do not press Alt,
the printer moves the print head unit back to its home
position about 30 seconds after you install the cartridge.)
2. Open the ink cartridge package. Next, remove the tape seal
from the top of the cartridge as shown.
The first time you install the ink cartridge, the printer
automatically charges the ink delivery system and
returns the print head unit to its home position. This
operation takes about two minutes to complete.
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Caution:
During the ink charging process, the Pause light flashes.
Never turn off the printer while this light is flashing.
In order to maintain optimum print quality, the printer
periodically performs a cleaning operation. You may notice
the cleaning cycle being performed when the printer has
been on for a while without being used or when you turn on
the printer after it has been off for a while.
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Caution:
Do not remove the tape seal from the bottom of the
cartridge; ink will leak out.
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Loading Plain Paper in the Sheet Feeder
5. Fan a stack of paper; then tap it on a flat surface to even the
edges.
You can load up to 100 sheets of plain paper. Always load
paper with the printable surface facing down. The printable
surface is marked with an arrow on most paper packaging.
6. Load the stack of paper into the sheet feeder. Make sure the
right edge of the stack is against the right edge guide.
Slide the left edge guide against the left edge of the paper.
1. Make sure the paper-release lever is set to the single-sheet
position.
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The sheet feeder can hold up to 100 sheets of 17-lb (64 g/m )
plain paper. Do not load paper above the arrow mark, which is
located on the inside surface of the edge guide.
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2. Raise the output tray until it locks in the upright position.
7. Adjust the rear edge guide to match the length of your
paper.
When you load paper in the landscape direction (wider
than it is tall), the rear edge guide may not match the
length of your paper. In this case, remove the rear edge
guide and re-insert it as shown.
3. Slide the right edge guide to the left as far as it will go.
Slide the left edge guide to match your paper’s width.
4. Move the center support midway between the edge guides.
Then gently extend the rear edge guide until it stops.
8. Lower the output tray to the printing position. Make sure
that the rear edge guide of the paper tray is positioned
under the output tray. The rear edge guide must be
under the output tray to allow room for the paper loaded
in the sheet feeder and to prevent a paper jam.
Testing the Printer
Before continuing, test the printer to ensure it is functioning
properly. For the self test, use paper that is at least 8.25
inches (210 mm) wide. If you load narrower paper, the print
head will spray ink directly onto the platen, which could mar
future printouts.
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1. Press the Operate button to turn off the printer.
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Installing the Windows Printer Driver
If you are using Windows 3.1, follow the steps in the next
section to install the printer driver.
Caution:
Never turn off the printer by unplugging it or switching
off a power strip. Always turn off the printer by pressing
the Operate button.
Installing the Driver for Windows 3.1
Follow these steps to install the printer driver for
Windows 3.1:
2. While holding down the Load/Eject button, press the
Operate button to turn on the printer. Wait for the
paper to load, then release the buttons.
1. Turn on your printer and computer.
The 360 dpi self test begins by printing in black ink on the
first and last lines of the first sheet of paper to measure
the page length.
2. Make sure Windows is running.
Note:
If the self test does not begin, turn off the printer and repeat
step 2. You may need to hold down the buttons a few seconds
longer.
4. In the File menu, select Run. You see the Run dialog box.
3. Insert the Windows printer driver diskette in a diskette
drive.
5. In the Command Line box, type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP
if you inserted the diskette in drive B). Press Enter or
click OK. You see the EPSON Printer Driver Setup dialog
box.
If you installed the color ink cartridge, the self test prints in
color. If you want to run the 180 dpi self test, turn on the
printer while holding down the LF/FF button. The 180 dpi
self test always prints in black,
6. Highlight EPSON Stylus 1500 in the Printer Driver pulldown menu and click Continue.
The installation program begins copying the driver files.
You see a screen showing the progress of the installation
as it proceeds. After a few moments, the installation
program creates the EPSON program group in Windows
containing these icons:
3. To end the self test, press the Pause button. If there is
paper in the paper path, press the Load/Eject button to
eject it. Then turn off the printer. Otherwise, the test
continues until the paper in the sheet feeder runs out.
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Caution:
Do not turn off the printer before pressing the Pause
button.
EPSON Calibration Utility
Spool Manager
EPSON Stylus Help
EPSON Stylus ReadMe
If the quality of the test output is not good, clean the print
heads. Then print a demonstration page or another self test
to check the print quality. You may need to repeat these
procedures several times to fully solve the problem.
When the installation is complete, you see a confirmation
screen.
7. Click OK to exit the installation program.
You may also need to calibrate your printer. After connecting
the printer to your PC and installing the printer driver,
calibrate your printer using the calibration utility program
that came with your printer.
8. Calibrate your printer using the EPSON Calibration Utility.
The installation program automatically selects the EPSON
Stylus 1500 printer as your default printer for Windows
applications and assigns the printer driver to port LPT1.
Installing the Printer Driver
Installing the Driver for Windows 95
A printer driver is software that allows your computer to
control the printer. You must install the printer driver
included on the Windows or Macintosh driver diskette that
came with your printer.
Follow these steps to install the printer software for
Windows 95. First you’ll install the driver using the
Windows 95 plug-and-play capabilities; then you’ll run the
EPSON Printer Driver Setup program to install the printer
driver utilities and create an EPSON folder on your hard disk.
Note:
If you originally installed the Stylus 1500 driver under
Windows 3.1, you must reinstall the driver under Windows 95.
The driver diskette also contains two utilities: the EPSON
Spool Manager and Printer Calibration Utility. When you
install the printer driver, they are automatically copied to
your hard disk.
1. Make sure plain paper is loaded and the printer is
connected to the computer’s parallel port. (The paper is
used to perform a test print in step 12.)
Note:
It is a good idea to make a backup copy of your driver diskette.
2. Turn off the printer and your computer, if necessary.
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3. Turn on the printer first; then turn on the computer. Your
computer begins loading Windows 95.
The EPSON folder contains these icons:
EPSON Calibration Utility
Spool Manager
EPSON Stylus Help
EPSON Stylus ReadMe
4. If you defined a password in Windows 95, enter it at the
prompt. You see the New Hardware Found screen.
5. Your printer model name is displayed on the screen.
Select the Driver from disk provided by hardware
manufacturer button. Do not select any other buttons.
19. Calibrate your printer using the EPSON Calibration
Utility.
6. Click OK. You see the Install From Disk screen.
7. Insert the Windows printer driver diskette that came with
your printer in a diskette drive.
8. If you inserted the diskette in drive A, click OK. Otherwise,
change the drive letter in the Copy manufacturer’s files
from box and click OK. You see the Select Device screen.
9. Make sure your printer model name is selected in the
Models pull-down list and click OK.
10. At the next screen you can give the printer a unique name.
We recommend that you keep the model name, but you
can type a new one in the Printer name box, if desired.
The installation program automatically selects your printer
driver as the default printer for Windows 95 applications and
assigns the printer driver to port LPT1. If you need to change
your default printer driver or the port assignment, see your
Windows 95 online help utility for instructions.
Installing a Driver for DOS Programs
Most DOS software programs include drivers for EPSON
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ESC/P 2 printers. If the Stylus 1500 driver is not listed in
your software, choose the first printer available in the lists
below. Also check with your software manufacturer to see if
a Stylus 1500 driver is available.
When printing black and white only, select:
To use the printer as the default printer for all Windows 95
applications, select Yes (No is the default).
Stylus 1000
Stylus 800/800(+)
LQ-870/1170
LQ-570(+)/1070(+)
SQ-870/1070
LQ-850
LQ-500
11. Click the Next button.
12. At next screen, select Yes to print a test page.
13. Click the Finish button. The program copies the files to
your hard disk and adds an icon using the printer name
to the Windows 95 Printers folder. Then it sends a test
page to the printer. Wait for the page to print completely.
When printing in color as well as black and white, select:
LQ-860
LQ-2550
DLQ-3000
14. Select Yes again at the test page confirmation screen if the
page printed correctly. (If it did not print correctly, there
may be a problem with the printer connection; check the
connection and start over.)
Note:
These drivers let you use your printer but do not support some
features, such as 720 dpi and MicroWeave.
Your computer finishes loading Windows 95.
15. To run the Setup program and install the rest of the
printer software in an EPSON folder, click Start; then
select Run. You see the Run dialog box.
Installing the Macintosh Printer Driver
16. In the Open pull-down menu, type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP)
and click the OK button. You see the EPSON Printer
Driver Setup dialog box.
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Follow these steps to install the Macintosh driver and utilities.
17. Highlight your printer model name in the Printer Driver
pull-down menu and click Continue.
18. The installation program begins copying the files to your
hard disk and shows the progress of the installation as it
proceeds. After the status bar disappears, the driver
continues installing for a minute or so. Wait until the
EPSON folder and EPSON Printer Driver Setup
confirmation screen appear. Then click OK on the
confirmation screen to exit the installation program.
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Caution:
Turn off all virus protection programs before you install the
printer software. You do this by holding down the Shift key
while you restart your Macintosh. You must hold down the
Shift key until the Welcome to Macintosh screen appears.
After installation, you can restart the computer without
pressing Shift to use the virus protection programs.
1. Turn on your printer and your Macintosh.
2. Insert the EPSON Macintosh driver diskette into a diskette
drive.
3. If necessary, double-click the Driver Disk icon to open the
Driver Disk window.
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4. Double-click the README1st icon in the Driver Disk
window to read the latest information on your printer
and its driver. After you install the driver, you can click
the README1st icon on your screen to read the file.
Calibrating the Printer
Your printer has been calibrated at the factory so that vertical
lines in your text and graphics are properly aligned. If you
notice misaligned images in printouts, however, you can
calibrate the printer with the EPSON Printer Calibration
Utility.
5. Double-click the Installer icon to install the driver.
6. When you see the initial screen, click OK to continue. You
see the following screen:
Calibrating with a PC
Note:
If you cannot use the calibration utility program, you can use the
printer-adjustment mode to calibrate your printer.
Follow these steps:
1. Double-click the EPSON Printer Calibration icon in the
EPSON group.
2. Click OK at the next screen to start the calibration program.
3. Select EPSON Stylus 1500 as the printer. Select which print
head (black or color) to calibrate. Then click Next.
4. Select the port the Stylus 1500 is connected to. Then click
Next.
7. You can install the Network Driver Package containing
the driver and three utilities or you can select the
components individually. To install the package, click
Network Driver Package.
5. Make sure the printer is on and letter-size paper is loaded;
then click Next. The Current Alignment Sheet is printed.
You do not have to install the utilities. However, you must
install the AT-StylusColor driver. If you do not install the
utilities and you need to use them later, you must run the
installer again.
6. Select the patterns that are misaligned; then click Next.
Note:
Only patterns 2, 3, and 4 are selectable. Do not select pattern 1.
For each pattern you selected, the printer prints a Test
Alignment Sheet of multiple vertical lines. In most
samples, the vertical lines are slightly misaligned. Look
for the sample that is most closely aligned.
Note:
Do not select the Serial Driver Package or the StylusColor
driver.
The driver and its utilities are described below.
❏
AT-StylusColor driver. This driver lets you use the
optional AppleTalk interface to connect the printer
to an AppleTalk network.
❏
Epson Monitor2. This utility manages print jobs that
have been sent to the printer. Background printing
must be on to use the Epson Monitor2 Utility.
❏
Bi-D Calibration Utility. This utility calibrates the
printer so vertical lines are aligned.
❏
EPSON Namer. This utility assigns a unique name to
the printer.
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7. Enter the number of the sample that is aligned or select
Not-aligned if none of the samples are aligned. Then
click Next.
8. If you selected Not-aligned in step 7, select the sample that
is most closely aligned.
9. Repeat steps 6 through 8 until all the patterns have been
aligned. When the calibration is complete, click Finish to
exit the program.
8. Click Install to copy the software to your hard disk, and
follow any instructions on the screen.
Calibrating with a Macintosh
1. Open the Stylus 1500 folder and double-click
Bi-D Calibration Utility.
9. When the installation is complete, click Restart to eject the
driver diskette and restart the computer.
2. You see a prompt asking you to choose how your printer
is connected. Click Network.
The Installer places the Bi-D Calibration Utility in a new
folder called Stylus 1500 Folder, the Epson Monitor2 Utility
in the Extensions folder, and the EPSON Namer on your
hard drive. Remember to assign a name to the printer and
select the printer using the Chooser.
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3. You see the Bi-D Calibration Utility screen. Select your
printer and print head [Printer Type, either Stylus 1500
(monochrome) or Stylus 1500 (color)] to be calibrated.
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4. Make sure paper is loaded in the printer; then click the
Preview button to print a preview of all available
calibration patterns. Use these pages to select the patterns
that need to be calibrated.
Use the table below to set the thickness adjustment lever for
your media type. If a document is smeared, set the thickness
adjustment lever to the + position (regardless of the paper
type) and print it again.
Note:
If you want to stop printing the preview patterns, press Pause
and then turn off the printer using the Operate button.
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5. For example, if the lines shown under Pattern 2 need to
be aligned, highlight Pattern 2 in the Choose Pattern
pop-up menu and then click Start.
Media type
Wait while the printer prints a page containing multiple
patterns of vertical lines, each assigned with an offset
value. In most patterns, the vertical lines are slightly
misaligned. Look for the pattern that is most closely
aligned.
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Caution:
Before you change the lever setting, make sure there is no
paper in the paper path and that printing is paused. To do this,
press the Pause button or turn off the printer.
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Thickness
adjustment
lever position Media type
Thickness
adjustment
lever position
Standard paper
0
Envelopes
+
Transparency film
0
+
Labels
0
Continuous paper
0
Previously
smeared
documents
Using Special Paper and Other Media
You can use most plain paper with your printer and achieve
good results. Coated papers give better results because they
reduce the amount of ink that is absorbed. However, if the
coated paper does not absorb enough ink, the ink can smear.
6. Enter the offset value of the pattern that is most closely
aligned in the No. box and click OK. Wait for the printer
to print the pattern Confirming Alignment Sheet for the
offset value you entered.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each of the patterns that need to be
aligned.
8. When you finish, click Quit.
9. A dialog box opens reminding you to save the new settings
by turning the printer off using the Operate button.
Settings will not be saved if you turn off the power to the
printer with a wall switch or from a power strip.
To ensure the best results, EPSON provides coated papers
and transparencies that are formulated for the inks used in
EPSON ink jet printers. To order EPSON papers and
transparencies, contact your dealer or call EPSON
Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. only). In Canada, call (800)
BUY-EPSON for sales locations. Use the following part
numbers when ordering:
Paper or other media
Size
Part number
Coated paper for 720 dpi
Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
Legal (8.5 × 14 inches)
B (11 × 17 inches)
Super A3/B (13 × 19 inches)
S041062
S041067
S041069
S041070
Coated paper for 360 dpi
S041060
Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
Super A3/B (13 × 19 inches) S041066
Setting the Thickness Adjustment Lever
Before you start printing, check the thickness adjustment
lever to make sure it is set correctly for the type of paper or
media you are loading.
S041072
High-quality glossy paper Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
B (11 × 17 inches)
S041074
Super A3/B (13 × 19 inches) S041075
To access the lever, open the printer cover; the lever is in the
right back corner, as shown in the following illustration.
Transparency film
Letter (8.5 × 11 inches)
S041064
The built-in tractor feeder allows you to print on continuous
paper up to 17 inches (432 mm) wide or banner paper up to
16 inches (406 mm) wide. You can also use the tractor feeder
to print on continuous labels.
When using coated paper, glossy paper, transparencies,
envelopes, labels, or banner paper, keep the following in
mind:
❏ Use coated paper and glossy paper within one year of
purchase. Use transparencies within six months.
❏ Do not touch the printable surface of the paper; hold the
sheets by their edges. The moisture and oils on your
hands can reduce print quality.
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❏ After printing on high-quality glossy paper or
transparencies, remove each sheet from the output tray
immediately. Make sure each sheet is dry before stacking.
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❏ Return unused sheets and envelopes to their original
package as soon as possible after you finish printing. Keep
the paper wrapped and store flat in a dry, protected area.
Unfavorable storage conditions—especially high
temperature, humidity, and direct sunlight—can damage
the media.
Caution:
Do not use the knob on the left side of the printer to adjust
the loading position; this may damage the printer or cause
it to lose the top-of-form position.
❏ If the paper is released from the sprocket pins, never feed
paper backward; this may cause a paper jam. Reload the
paper by following the instructions in the next section.
Loading Continuous Paper
Follow these steps to load continuous paper in the printer:
Loading Coated or Glossy Papers and Transparencies
1. Place the supply of continuous paper directly behind the
printer so that paper can feed smoothly. Make sure the
paper path is not obstructed, and allow enough room for
printed pages to be stacked in front of the printer.
Use the same procedure described in “Loading Plain Paper
in the Sheet Feeder” to load coated or glossy papers and
transparencies in the sheet feeder. You can load up to the
following number of sheets:
2. Move the paper-release lever to the continuous paper
position.
❏ 70 sheets of coated paper. However, if you load legal-size
or oversize coated paper for 360 or 720 dpi, do not load
more than 30 sheets and make sure the paper does not
reach more than halfway to the arrow mark on the inside
of the edge guide.
Note:
If a single sheet is in the paper path, press the Load/Eject
button to eject it before moving the paper-release lever.
❏ 50 sheets of transparency film
❏ 30 sheets of high-quality glossy paper.
Note:
Use only EPSON transparency film and high-quality glossy paper.
Remember to change the printer driver settings so they are
appropriate for the media you loaded.
Printing on Continuous Paper
3. Hold the manual feed guide with both hands and gently lift
it up and off the printer.
The built-in tractor feeder lets you print on continuous paper
from 4 inches (102 mm) to 16 inches (406 mm) wide. You can
use the tractor feeder without removing paper from the sheet
feeder.
When printing on continuous paper, keep the following in
mind:
❏ When you turn on the printer with paper loaded on the
tractor feeder, it reverses the paper to the paper-park
position and then advances it to the next page. To keep
the loading position accurate, remove any printed sheets
before you turn off the printer.
❏ If the printer runs out of paper during a print job, load
paper onto the push tractor and press the Pause button to
continue printing.
4. Release the sprocket units on the tractor by raising the
sprocket-lock levers.
❏ If printing appears too high or low on the page, you can
use micro adjust mode to adjust the loading position or
tear-off position. The settings you make remain in effect
until you change them again, even if you turn off the
printer.
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5. Move the sprocket units to match the paper’s width; then
position the center support midway between the two
sprocket units.
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6. Open both sprocket covers.
11. Lower both page eject guides.
7. Make sure the printable side of the paper is up. Then fit
the first four holes of the paper over the sprocket pins
and close the sprocket covers.
8. Position the left sprocket unit so its right edge is aligned
with the arrow mark on the printer. The arrow mark
indicates the left edge of the printable area. Then lower
the sprocket-lock lever to lock the left sprocket unit.
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12. Make sure the rear edge guide of the paper support is
pushed under the output tray to prevent a paper jam.
13. When the printer receives data, it advances the continuous
paper to the loading position and starts printing.
Removing Continuous Paper
Follow these steps to remove continuous paper from the
printer:
9. Slide the right sprocket unit to remove any slack in the
paper. Then lower the sprocket-lock lever into place.
1. After you have finished printing a page of continuous
paper, press the Load/Eject button. The printer
advances the paper to the tear-off position.
Note:
If the auto tear off feature is on, you can skip step 1 because the
printer advances the paper perforation to the tear-off position
automatically.
2. Tear off the printed pages.
3. Press the Load/Eject button. The printer feeds the
continuous paper backward to the paper-park position.
Switching Between Continuous Paper and
Single Sheets
10. Reattach the manual feed guide to the printer. Match the
holes of the guide to the pins on both sides of the printer
and push until they click into place.
When using the tractor feeder, you can easily switch between
single-sheet and continuous printing without removing
either type of paper.
Switching to Single Sheets
To switch from continuous paper to single sheets, follow
these steps:
1. If any printed sheets remain in the printer, tear off the printed
pages.
2. Press the Load/Eject button. The printer feeds the
continuous paper backward to the paper-park position.
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Caution:
Always tear off paper before back-feeding; back-feeding too
many sheets can cause a paper jam.
Never back-feed labels. Labels can easily come off their
backing and jam the printer.
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❏ If you loaded plain paper, try turning the stack over.
The printable side should be facing down.
3. Move the paper-release lever to the single-sheet position.
Note:
If the Data and Paper Out lights flash, you may have moved
the paper-release lever before feeding the paper backward to the
paper-park position. Lower the paper-release lever to the
continuous-paper position and press the Load/Eject button;
then raise the paper-release lever to the single-sheet position.
❏ Do not load too many sheets in the sheet feeder. See
“Printer Specifications” for the sheet feeder capacity.
Paper feeding problems
If paper does not feed properly, the most likely causes are:
4. Change the driver settings to match your paper source,
size, and type.
❏ Paper is curled or folded. Use flat, undamaged paper.
❏ The paper is of poor quality; use a better quality paper.
5. The printer is ready to print. When it receives data, it loads
a single sheet from the sheet feeder or manual feed slot.
Note:
The paper eject guides raise automatically when a single sheet
is loaded from the sheet feeder.
❏ The paper is too thin or thick; see “Printer Specifications”
for paper size and type specifications.
❏ The paper was exposed to excess humidity. See “Printer
Specifications” for the required environmental conditions.
❏ The left edge guide is too tight or too loose; adjust it for
the size of the paper.
Switching to Continuous Paper
To switch from single sheets back to continuous paper,
follow the steps below:
❏ The thickness adjustment lever is set incorrectly for the
media; see “Setting the Thickness Adjustment Lever.”
1. If a single sheet is in the paper path, press the Load/Eject
button to eject it.
❏ Continuous paper may be in the paper path when you
print from the sheet feeder. Remove the continuous paper.
2. Raise the paper-release lever to the continuous-paper
position.
❏ The paper-release lever is set to the wrong position; see
“Switching Between Continuous Paper and Single Sheets.”
Note:
If the Data and Paper Out lights flash, you may have moved
the paper-release lever before ejecting a sheet of paper. Raise the
paper-release lever to the single-sheet position and press the
Load/Eject button; then lower the paper-release lever to the
continuous-paper position.
❏ Too many sheets are loaded in the sheet feeder. See
“Printer Specifications” for the sheet feeder capacity.
Printer Care
3. Lower the page eject guides.
Cleaning the Print Heads
4. Change the driver settings to match your paper source,
size, and type.
The printer periodically cleans its print heads automatically,
so normally you should not need to manually activate a
cleaning cycle. However, the ink nozzles in the print head
may become clogged occasionally and reduce the print
quality. If this happens, you can run a cleaning cycle to clear
the nozzles.
5. The printer is ready to print. When it receives data, it loads
continuous paper from the tractor feeder and begins to
print.
You can clean one or both print heads. Each cleaning cycle
takes about one minute. During the cleaning cycle, the
carriage moves back and forth and you can hear the printer
recharging the print heads. The Pause light flashes
throughout the cleaning cycle and then stays on when the
cycle is finished.
Paper Handling Problems
This section describes how to prevent paper jams and ensure
that paper feeds properly.
Paper jam problems
To clean the black print head:
If paper jams inside the printer frequently, try the following:
1. Make sure the printer is on and press the Pause button.
❏ Use a higher quality paper that is suitable for ink jet
printers and is not too thin, too thick, or rough. For best
quality, use EPSON coated and high-quality glossy
papers. See “Printer Specifications” for paper
specifications.
2. Hold down the Alt button and press LF/FF. The cleaning
cycle begins.
3. Press the Pause button to resume printing.
❏ Fan the stack of paper before you load it.
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To clean the color print head:
Replacing the Black Ink Cartridge
1. Make sure the printer is turned on and press the Pause
button.
Follow these steps to remove the empty black ink cartridge
and install a new one:
2. Hold down the Alt button and press Load/Eject. The
cleaning cycle begins.
1. Make sure the printer is on.
2. Press the Pause button (check that the Pause light
comes on).
3. Press the Pause button to resume printing.
3. Remove the ink compartment cover.
It can sometimes take up to three cleaning cycles to improve
print quality. To check the print quality, print a
demonstration page. If the print quality does not improve
after you clean the print heads three times, and you are sure
the cartridges are not low or out of ink (see the next section),
contact your dealer or authorized EPSON servicer.
4. Carefully pull the used ink cartridge straight out of the
printer and dispose of it so any excess ink does not spill
out. Do not take the used cartridge apart or try to refill it.
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Replacing the Ink Cartridges
The printer’s Ink Out O (black) and Ink Out N N N (color)
lights tell you when your ink cartridges are low on ink and
when you need to replace them. If one of these lights flashes,
the indicated cartridge is low on ink; if it remains on, you
need to replace the cartridge.
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5. Remove the ink cartridge from its package.
6. Insert the end of the cartridge with the foil plug into
the ink compartment following the directions on the
cartridge label.
Caution:
Do not replace an ink cartridge unless its Ink Out light tells
you to. If you replace a cartridge before its light flashes, the
sensor that tells you when ink is out will not work with the
new cartridge.
7. Push the cartridge all the way into the compartment until
the cartridge meets the back of the ink compartment.
Make sure the Ink Out O light goes off.
Note:
If the Ink Out O light remains on, the ink cartridge may not be
installed correctly. Remove the ink cartridge and then reinsert
it as described above.
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.
8. Replace the ink compartment cover.
If you replace a cartridge when the Data light is on, you
must turn off your printer and then turn it back on. This
erases the data received by the printer and you must resend
your print job.
9. Press the Pause button to resume printing.
10. If you want to check the print quality, print a
demonstration page.
Once you install the ink cartridges, do not open the clamp or
remove the cartridges except to replace them with new ones.
Once you remove a cartridge, you cannot reuse it.
Replacing the Color Ink Cartridge
Follow these steps to remove the empty color cartridge and
install a new one:
When the color ink cartridge is empty, you can continue
printing with the black ink cartridge by switching to
monochrome mode. To do this, turn off the printer, then
turn it back on and resend your print job.
1. Make sure the printer is on.
2. Press the Pause button (check that the Pause light
comes on).
If the black ink cartridge is empty, you cannot continue
printing, even if the color cartridge still contains ink.
3. Open the printer cover using the notch on the cover.
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. (The carriage
returns to the home position after 30 seconds if the ink
cartridge is not removed.)
Selecting the Correct Ink Cartridges
Use only these EPSON ink cartridges in your Stylus 1500
printer:
Black ink cartridge S020062
Color ink cartridge S020049
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5. Pull up the cartridge clamp to open it. The cartridge rises
partially out of the printer.
Caution:
Use only genuine EPSON ink cartridges and do not refill
them. Other products may cause damage not covered by
EPSON’s warranties.
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Warning:
If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with
soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them
immediately with water.
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6. Lift the cartridge out of the printer and dispose of it
carefully so any excess ink does not spill out. Do not take
the used cartridge apart or try to refill it.
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4. Clean the exterior with a soft, dampened cloth.
5. To clean ink out of the printer’s interior, wipe it gently with
a damp cloth.
Warning:
If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with
soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them
immediately with water.
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Do not use a hard or abrasive brush; these can scratch the
printer surfaces.
7. Remove the ink cartridge from its protective bag. Remove
the tape seal from the top of the cartridge.
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Do not allow water to get on the printer mechanism or any
electronic components.
Caution:
Do not remove the tape seal from the bottom of the
cartridge; otherwise, ink will leak.
Do not touch the gears inside the printer.
8. Lower the ink cartridge into its holder with the label facing
up and the arrow pointing to the back of the printer. Do
not push down on the ink cartridge.
9. Press the ink cartridge clamp down until it locks in place.
You will feel some resistance.
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Do not spray inside the printer with lubricants or oils; they
can damage the printer mechanisms.
Information Reference List
Caution:
Once you install the ink cartridge, do not open the clamp
or remove the ink cartridge except to replace it with a new
one. Otherwise, the print head and cartridge may become
unusable.
Engineering Change Notices
None
Product Support Bulletins
None
Once you remove a cartridge, do not reuse it. Reusing a
cartridge that has been removed may damage the print
head.
Technical Information Bulletins
None
10. Press the Alt button again. The Pause light flashes as the
printer charges the ink delivery system and moves the
carriage to its home (far right) position.
Related Documentation
TM-STYLUS15
PL-STYLUS15
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Even if you don’t press Alt, the printer moves the carriage
back to its home position about 30 seconds after you
install the cartridge.
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Caution:
Never use alcohol or thinner to clean the printer; these
chemicals can damage the components and the printer case.
Caution:
The Pause light flashes for about 60 seconds while ink is
being charged in the system. Never turn off the printer
while the Pause light is flashing; this can result in
incomplete charging of printer ink.
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EPSON Stylus 1500 Service Manual
EPSON Stylus 1500 Parts Price List
EPSON Stylus 1500 Reference Guide
EPSON Stylus 1500 Setup and Software Guide
for Windows
EPSON Stylus 1500 Setup and Software Guide
for Macintosh
11. Close the printer cover. When the charging cycle finishes,
the Pause light stops flashing and stays on. Press the
Pause button to turn off the light and resume printing.
12. If you want to check the print quality, print a
demonstration page.
Cleaning the Printer
If you want to clean the printer, follow these steps:
1. Turn off the printer and disconnect any cables connected to
it. Be sure to keep the printer cover closed as you clean it.
2. Remove any paper or other media from the sheet feeder
and rear tractor.
3. Carefully clean away loose dust and dirt with a soft brush.
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