FARGO electronic CD Color Printer Printer User Manual

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971015-510225-(01)
CD Color Printer
UserÕs Manual
© 1997 by FARGO Electronics, Incorporated
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Notices
The information in this document is subject to change without notice.
NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND IS MADE WITH REGARD TO THIS MATERIAL, INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
No liability is assumed for errors contained herein or for incidental damages in connection with the
furnishing, performance, or use of this material.
This document contains proprietary information which is protected by copyright. All rights are
reserved. No part of this document may be photocopied, reproduced, or translated into another
language without the prior written consent.
Trademark Acknowledgments
IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. Windows is a
trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks and QuickDraw
and AppleTalk are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.
Printing History
Edition 1.1, #971015
© Copyright 1997 by FARGO Electronics, Incorporated
All rights reserved.
For Users in the United States:
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 communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
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:
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Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Use of a shielded cable is required to comply with the Class B limits of Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate and/or obtain warranty service for this equipment.
For Users in Canada:
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise for digital apparatus set out on
the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
Le present appareil numerique nÕemet pas de bruits radioelectriques depassant les limites applicables
aux appareils numeriques de la class B prescrites dans le Reglement sur le brouillage radioelectrique
edicte par le ministere des Communications du Canada.
CAUTION!
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THE UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE EXTERIOR PANELS. NO USERSERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. OPERATE
THE UNIT ONLY ON 100-120 VAC, 50/60 HZ. FOR PRINTERS THAT HAVE BEEN SHIPPED
OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, OPERATE THE UNIT ONLY ON
220-250 VAC, 50/60 HZ. USE PRINTER ONLY WITH THE POWER SUPPLY LABELED FOR USE WITH
THE CD COLOR PRINTER.
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Table of Contents
Section 1: Getting Started
A. Choosing a Good Location...............................................................................1
B. Unpacking and Inspection ...............................................................................1
C. Identifying the Parts..........................................................................................2
D. Applying Power.................................................................................................3
Section 2: Ink Cartridges and Printable CD-R’s
A. About Ink Cartridges and Printable CD-RÕs .................................................4
B. Installing an Ink Cartridge ..............................................................................4
C. Loading Blank CD-R Media.............................................................................6
D. Printing a Self Test.............................................................................................8
E. Replacing or Switching Ink Cartridges ..........................................................9
Section 3: Using the CD Color Printer with Windows
A. Connecting the Printer to Your Computer ..................................................12
B. Installing the the Printer Driver ....................................................................13
C. Installing the 32-Bit Spooler for Windows 95 .............................................15
D. Setting Up the Printer Driver ........................................................................17
E. Printing a CD-R ...............................................................................................25
Section 4: Using the CD Color Printer with Macintosh
A. Connecting the Printer to Your Computer ..................................................27
B. Installing the Printer Driver...........................................................................28
C. The Chooser......................................................................................................29
D. Setting Up the Printer Driver ........................................................................30
E. Printing a CD-R ...............................................................................................35
Section 5: Using the Print Backgrounder for Macintosh
A. Installing the Backgrounder...........................................................................37
B. Printing with the Backgrounder....................................................................37
C. The Backgrounder Status Window ...............................................................38
D. Backgrounder Menus......................................................................................39
E. Problems During a Background Print ..........................................................41
Section 6: Interpreting the Printer Indicator Lights...............................................42
Section 7: Maintaining the Printer
A. Cleaning the Ink Cartridge Nozzles .............................................................43
B. Cleaning the CD Tray and Printer Casing...................................................44
C. Clearing a CD Media Jam ..............................................................................44
D. Technical Support ............................................................................................44
Section 8: Technical Specifications ...........................................................................45
Appendix A: Interfacing Information
A. Introduction......................................................................................................46
B. Centronics-Type Parallel Interface ................................................................46
C. Mini 8-Pin Serial Interface..............................................................................47
D. 6-Pin Minicircular Auxiliary Interface..........................................................48
Index ................................................................................................................................49
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Section 1: Getting Started
THANK YOU…
...for choosing the CD Color Printer. This printer is the perfect
way for you to label all of your custom CDÕs quickly, easily,
and with a touch of class. The CD Color Printer lets you print
razor-sharp text, vibrant spot colors, and even stunning photorealistic photographs directly onto the surface of printable
CDÕs. Operation is simple, quality is high, and printed images
are durable and highly smudge-resistant.
To begin using the printer, please refer to the remainder of this
manual. This UserÕs Manual is your complete step-by-step
guide to quickly and easily setting up and printing with your
new CD Color Printer!
A. CHOOSING A GOOD LOCATION
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Place the printer in a location with adequate air circulation
to prevent internal heat build up.
Do not place the printer near heat sources such as radiators
or air ducts or in a place subject to direct sun-light,
excessive dust, mechanical vibration or shock.
Allow for adequate clearance in front of the printer to
accommodate the length of the unit with its CD Tray open.
B. UNPACKING AND INSPECTION
While unpacking your printer, inspect the carton to ensure that
no damage has occurred during shipping. Make sure that all
supplied accessories are included with your unit. The
following items should be included:
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Printer
Power Cord
Printer Driver Software
32-Bit Print Spooler Software for Windows¨ 95
Windows CD Creation Software
Color Ink Cartridge
Spare Ink Cartridge Holder
Cardboard CD Templates (5)
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¥ Warranty Statement and Registration Card
¥ This manual and other printed information
Save the carton and packing materials. They will come in
handy when transporting the printer.
C. IDENTIFYING THE PARTS
This illustration shows the extended CD Tray and all of the
control buttons and LED indicator lights found on the printer.
Power Light
Power Button
Busy Light
CD Tray Button
Ink Cartridge Button
Front Cover
CD Tray
The
Power Button turns the printerÕs power ON and OFF.
This button also serves to cancel the current print job if a print
error occurs and to reset the printer for the next print job.
The
CD Tray Button opens or closes the CD Tray for
loading and ejecting CDÕs.
The Ink Cartridge Button positions the Cartridge Carrier for
easy ink cartridge replacement.
The Power Light indicates that power is ON. The
Busy
Light indicates that the printer is printing, processing, or is in
some way busy. Both of these lights can also indicate several
other printer conditions. For complete information on these
lights, please refer to Section 6.
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This illustration shows the input ports found on the rear panel
of the printer. Both a parallel and a serial interface port are
provided. If using the printer with Windows, you will use its
Parallel Interface Port. If using the printer with an Apple¨
Macintosh, you will use its Serial Interface Port. Note that the
printerÕs auxiliary port is for factory use only unless otherwise
directed. For more information on each of the interface ports,
please refer to Appendix A.
Parallel Interface Port
Auxiliary Port
Power Port
Serial Interface Port
D. APPLYING POWER
1.
Locate the power cord supplied with your printer.
2.
Place one end of the cord into the power port on the rear
panel of the printer.
3. Place the other end of the power cord into an available
wall outlet.
4. Once the power cord is connected, press and release
the
Power button to turn the printer power ON.
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Section 2: Ink Cartridges and
Printable CD-R’s
A. ABOUT INK CARTRIDGES AND PRINTABLE CD-R’S
For full-color printing, a 3-color ink cartridge is available. This
cartridge contains the three process-color inks of yellow,
magenta, and cyan, which combine to produce up to 16.7
million printable colors. A monochrome ink cartridge is also
available for fast, inexpensive black and white printing.
With either of these ink cartridges, you can print directly onto
virtually any brand of printable-surface CD-R media. Since
different brands of CD-RÕs have different printable coatings,
however, you may need to adjust the printer driver settings to
accommodate your specific brand of CD-R media. Refer to
Section 3 or 4 for further printer driver information.
Due to the wide variety of printable-surface CD-R media, you
may find that certain brands of CD-RÕs provide higher print
quality than others. For maximum print quality, use CD-R
media authorized by the printer manufacturer. Contact your
local CD Color Printer reseller or contact the printer
manufacturer directly for selection and pricing on all printer
supplies and accessories.
B. INSTALLING AN INK CARTRIDGE
1.
With the CD Tray closed, open the printerÕs front cover by
pulling down on its top-left corner.
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2.
Remove the ink cartridge from its packaging.
3.
Remove the tape covering the cartridgeÕs printhead.
DO NOT TOUCH THE COPPER AREA!
4.
Press and release the Ink Cartridge button to move the
carrier to the load position.
5
Insert the ink cartridge into the cartridge carrier, copperend first.
6.
Push the cartridge back until it snaps into place.
7.
Press and release the
the cartridge carrier.
8.
Close the printerÕs front cover.
Ink Cartridge button again to reset
NOTE: A Spare Ink Cartridge Holder is included with your printer. This
holder provides a convenient place to store an extra ink cartridge and
also prevents an opened ink cartridge from drying out. To use this
holder, simply insert an Ink Cartridge into the holder, copper-end
first, until it snaps into place.
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C. LOADING BLANK CD-R MEDIA
The CD Color Printer is capable of printing onto a variety of
CD-R related media including printable CD-RÕs, cardboard CD
templates, and jewel case booklets and inserts. Each of these
items is loaded one at a time, before the start of each print job.
Loading a Blank CD-R
1.
With the printerÕs front cover shut, press and release
the
CD Tray button.
2.
Once the CD Tray is fully extended, place the blank CD-R
onto the tray with the printable side facing upward.
Handle the CD-R only along its edges and DO NOT touch
its printable surface.
3.
Press and release the
CD Tray button to close the CD
Tray. If you wish, you may also leave the CD Tray open
and it will automatically close at the start of the print job.
Once the CD-R has been printed, the CD Tray will
automatically re-open so the next blank CD-R can be
loaded.
NOTE: Blank Cardboard CD templates are available for printing inexpensive
test prints and can be printed on both sides. Load in the exact same
fashion as an actual CD-R.
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Loading a Blank Jewel Case Booklet or Insert
Blank CD-R jewel case booklets and inserts are available for
creating custom jewel case labels. The jewel case booklet is
what slips into the top lid of the jewel case. The jewel case
insert is what is enclosed along the spine and back of the jewel
case. To load either, refer to the following:
1.
With the printerÕs front cover shut, press and release
the
CD Tray button.
2.
Once the CD Tray is fully extended, place the blank jewel
case media into the CD TrayÕs securing clips as shown
below. Be sure to read the instructions printed on the
media for a description of which tear-off sections of the
media to remove before and/or after printing.
First insert leading edge into printer.
Then, pull back and secure beneath securing clips.
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Press and release the
CD Tray button to close the CD
Tray. If you wish, you may also leave the CD Tray open
and it will automatically close at the start of the print job.
Once printing is complete, the CD Tray will automatically
re-open.
In order for the printer to print properly, CD-R media must be
installed. If you accidentally attempt to print without installing
any media, the CD Tray will open and the printer will pause
until media is loaded and the CD Tray is closed. When closing
the CD Tray, do not manually push on the front of the tray to
close it. Instead, always press the
CD Tray button to open
or close the CD Tray.
IMPORTANT! After you have loaded the CD-R media, you must also select
the appropriate Media option from within the printer driver
setup window. Please refer to Section 3 or 4 for more
information on selecting printer driver settings.
D. PRINTING A SELF TEST
Now that the printer is set up and print supplies are loaded, a
self test should be performed to check for proper operation of
the printer. A sample of the self test print is shown below. Refer
to the following steps to run a self test:
1.
If power is ON, turn it OFF now. The Power light should
be OFF. Verify that print supplies are installed and that the
CD Tray is closed.
2.
With the printerÕs front cover shut, press and hold the
CD Tray button as you turn the printer power ON.
3.
Continue to hold the
CD Tray button down for
approximately 8 seconds, until you hear the self test begin
to print.
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E. REPLACING OR SWITCHING INK CARTRIDGES
Once you begin using your CD Color Printer on a regular
basis, you will eventually need to replace an empty ink
cartridge or switch between color and monochrome cartridges.
To do this from a Macintosh, Windows 3.1x, or Windows NT,
use the same steps described in Part B of this section. To do
this from Windows 95, please refer to the following steps:
1.
With the CD Tray closed, open the printerÕs front cover by
pulling down on its top-left corner.
2.
If installing a new, replacement ink cartridge, remove the
cartridge from its packaging and remove the tape covering
the cartridgeÕs printhead. DO NOT TOUCH THE
COPPER AREA!
3.
If switching between color and monochrome cartridges,
simply remove the extra cartridge from the Spare Ink
Cartridge Holder by grasping the top of the cartridge and
firmly pulling it straight toward you. You will hear the
cartridge snap out of position.
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4.
From within the printer driver setup window, click on the
Cartridge button and then on the Change button to move
the carrier to the load position. Note that the printer driver
must be installed and that the printer must be connected to
your computer (see Section 3) in order to complete this
step.
5.
Remove the installed ink cartridge by grasping the top of
the cartridge and firmly pulling it straight toward you. You
will hear the cartridge snap out of position. Remove it from
the printer.
6.
Insert the replacement or extra ink cartridge into the
cartridge carrier, copper-end first.
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7.
Push the cartridge back until it snaps into place.
8.
Go back to the printer driver setup window and click on
either the New Cartridge Installed or the Old Cartridge
Installed button to indicate whether you installed a fresh,
new cartridge or simply switched between a previously
used color cartridge and a previously used monochrome
cartridge. The cartridge carrier will return to its home
position. See Section 3-D for more information on these
buttons.
9. Close the printerÕs front cover.
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Section 3: Using the CD Color Printer
with Windows
A. CONNECTING THE PRINTER TO YOUR COMPUTER
The CD Color Printer is designed to be used with nearly any
IBM-PC¨ or compatible running Windows 3.1x, Windows NT,
or Windows 95. For best performance, a minimum of a 486/66
computer with 8Mb of RAM or higher is recommended.
The printer is equipped with a standard 8-bit Centronics-type
parallel port. This port is the means through which it receives
data from your computer. To connect the printer to your
computer, simply obtain a shielded, bidirectional parallel cable,
and refer to the following steps:
NOTE You may experience printing problems if your computerÕs parallel
port mode is set to ECP. For best results, set your computerÕs parallel
port to the standard ÒPrinter PortÓ setting. Refer to your computerÕs
system documentation for instructions on checking and/or changing
the parallel port mode.
1.
Connect the Centronics-type parallel side of the cable to the
printer. Snap the fastening clips into place.
2.
Connect the other side to the back of your computer at
LPT1, LPT2, or the PARALLEL connector.
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The printer must have its Power light illuminated to receive
data. If the light is not on, press the
Power button.
B. INSTALLING THE PRINTER DRIVER
The Color CD Printer can be used with virtually any Windows
application program. This is accomplished by installing in
Windows what is called a Òprinter driver.Ó The printer driver is
simply a diskette with software on it which gives the printer all
the information needed for printing. Use the following steps to
install the printer driver. Once the driver is installed, put it away
in a safe place in case it ever needs to be re-installed.
NOTE: This section of the OperatorÕs Manual assumes that you are already
familiar with Windows and know how it operates. If you are not yet
familiar with Windows, consult the appropriate Microsoft
documentation to become familiar with the basics of Windows before
proceeding.
Windows 95/ Windows NT
To install the printer driver into Windows 95 or Windows NT,
refer to the following:
1.
Insert the printer driver diskette into your computerÕs disk
drive.
2. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and select Printers.
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3.
Double-click on the Add Printer icon.
4.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation.
When prompted, do not have Windows print a test print
since you most likely performed a printer self test in
Section 2. Once installed, the ÒCD Color PrinterÓ icon will
appear in the Printers folder.
NOTE Before installing updated printer driver versions, always delete the
existing printer driver version from your system. To do this, simply
select the printer driver icon from within the Printers folder, and
press the Delete key.
Windows 3.1x
To install the printer driver into Windows 3.1x, refer to the
following:
1.
After starting Windows, go to the Main program group
and select Control Panel.
2.
From the Control Panel, select Printers.
3.
Select Use Print Manager from the bottom left of the
Printers window.
4.
Select the Add>> button.
5.
Highlight the Install Unlisted or Updated Printer option
from List of Printers.
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6.
Select the Install button.
7.
Insert the supplied Printer Driver diskette into your
computerÕs disk drive. If you insert the diskette in a drive
other than the A: drive displayed in the Install Driver
dialog box, you must change the drive designation. Select
the OK button.
8.
ÒCD Color PrinterÓ should now be listed in the Add
Unlisted or Updated Printer dialog box. Select the OK
button. Your PCÕs disk drive will now load the printer
driver. Depending upon your computer, loading will take
about 10 to 20 seconds.
9.
Select the Set As Default Printer button in the Printers
window. The CD Color Printer has now been selected as
your default (main) printer. If you wish to use another
printer later, you must de-select the CD Color Printer and
switch back to the other printerÕs driver.
10. Finally, select the Connect button. Check that the box
called Fast Printing Direct to Port is selected. Although
this option is not necessary, it helps optimize printer driver
speed and performance. Select OK to exit the Connect
window. Select Close to exit the Printers window. See
Part D of this section for information on printer driver
settings and options.
C. INSTALLING THE 32-BIT PRINT SPOOLER FOR
WINDOWS 95
Your CD Color Printer ships with a print utility program called
the 32-Bit Print Spooler. This print spooler is for use only with
Windows 95. Once installed, the print spooler is able to process
your print jobs and send them to the printer at consistently
faster speeds than if sending print jobs through the
Windows 95 print spooler. This is especially true if printing
from a somewhat slower computer.
The 32-Bit Print Spooler is located on a single diskette and
installs just like any other standard Windows 95 application
program. To install the 32-Bit Print Spooler, refer to the
following:
1.
Insert the 32-Bit Print Spooler diskette into your
computerÕs disk drive.
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2.
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and select Control
Panel.
3.
Double-click on the Add/Remove Programs icon.
4.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation.
When installed, the 32-Bit Print Spooler will appear in the
Programs group of the Start menu.
NOTE Before installing updated 32-Bit Print Spooler versions, always
uninstall the existing print spooler version from your system. To do
this, simply select 32-Bit Print Spooler from the list of programs in
the Add/Remove Programs Properties window and click on the
Add/Remove button.
To print with the 32-Bit Print Spooler, you must select the Fast
32-bit Spooler option from within the printer driver setup
window as described in Part D of this section. When this
option is selected, the print spooler will automatically open
and close with the start and finish of each print job.
NOTE You can also manually open the 32-Bit Print Spooler simply by
selecting its icon from the Programs group of the Start menu.
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When the 32-Bit Print Spooler is running, its icon will appear
in the Windows 95 Task Bar. During a print job, it is sometimes
helpful to click on this icon to bring the 32-Bit Print Spooler
status window to the foreground of your application. This
window provides a number of details about the print jobs
being sent to the printer.
The Current Job tab tells you the name and size of the file
printing, the progress of the overall print job, as well as the
total number of copies left to print. It also provides buttons
which allow you to pause or cancel the print job at any time
during the printing process.
The Settings tab tells you the port and printer to which you
are printing and also allows you to configure the timeout
setting. In most instances, the settings under this tab rarely
need to be changed.
The Job Queue tab appears only when a print job is being sent
to the printer. This tab tells you the name and status of each job
in the queue and shows you the order in which the jobs will
print if you have sent multiple jobs to the printer. A control
button is also provided which allows you to delete every job
listed in the queue. To delete the job currently being printed,
simply select the Cancel Print button under the Current Job
tab.
D. SETTING UP THE PRINTER DRIVER
Once the printer driver has been successfully installed, you
will need to set the driver up with the appropriate print
options. Refer to the following steps to change or verify your
printer driver options:
1.
If using Windows 3.1x, go back to the Control Panel and
the Printers group using steps 1 and 2 on page 14. If using
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Windows 95 or Windows NT, click the Start button,
point to Settings, and select Printers. Then, click on the
CD Color Printer icon with the right mouse button and
select Properties if using Windows 95 or Document
Defaults if using Windows NT.
2.
In Windows 3.1x, select the Setup button. In Windows 95,
click on the Details tab of the Properties window and
select the Setup button. In Windows NT, click on the
Advanced tab of the Document Settings window.
NOTE Most applications allow you to change these same printer driver
options from their ÒPrintÓ and/or ÒPrinter SetupÓ screens. This
means that you donÕt have to go back to the main printer setup
window each time you want to change a setting or option in the
printer driver. These applications will usually give you the same
choices and options, but in a slightly altered format.
3.
In Windows 3.1x and Windows 95, the CD Color Printer
setup screen appears. In Windows NT, the CD Color
Printer Document Settings appear. Change these options
according to the following descriptions.
Media
Click on the Media down arrow. A list of media selections
appears. Select the CD option if printing onto printable
CD-RÕs. Select Booklet if printing onto a jewel case booklet.
Select Insert if printing onto a jewel case insert. When sizing
your images for printing, keep in mind that each type of CD
media has the following maximum printable areas:
CD 4.56Ó round (116mm), Booklet 4.7Ó x 4.73Ó (119 x 120mm),
and Insert 4.63Ó x 5.97Ó (118 x 152mm). For a complete
description of each type of print media and to see how each is
installed, refer to Section 2.
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Ink Cartridge
Select either Color or Monochrome according to the type of
ink cartridge you have installed.
Print Quality
Select the appropriate print quality option for your image.
Keep in mind that Draft provides the lowest quality but fastest
print, and that Presentation 600 x 300 provides the highest
quality but slowest print. You may wish to experiment with
these options to see which one is best for your particular CD
label.
Dither Mode
Select this option to choose the appropriate dither mode for
your image. Select Optimize for photos if printing a design
primarily composed of photographic images. Select Optimize
for graphics if mainly printing text, lines, and graphics.
Color Matching
Click on the Color Matching down arrow and choose the color
matching option thatÕs right for you. Select None if you are
more interested in print speed rather than print color, if you
have already color corrected your image for printing, or if you
are using some other third party color matching software.
Select Algebraic if you would like the printer driver to make
very simple color balance adjustments. This option gives you
more natural looking images without actually utilizing any
specific color matching software.
Select FargoColor to enable color matching profiles written
specifically for the CD Color Printer. The FargoColor option
automatically adjusts the color of your image according to
preconfigured printer profiles and default system profiles.
This results in a very precise color match compliant with
ICC standards.
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Ink Saturation
This option controls the ink saturation of the printed image.
When printing onto the printer manufacturerÕs TuffCoat CD-R
media, this option should be left at its default setting of 100%.
When printing onto other brands of printable CD-R media, you
may need to adjust this control in order to optimize the ink
saturation for the printable surface of your specific CD-R
media. Click and drag on the slideÕs box, or click on the left
and right arrows to change the ink saturation setting. Moving
the slideÕs box to the left reduces the overall ink saturation,
while moving it to the right increases it.
Rotate 180
Select this option to rotate your printed image 180¡. Although
this option is not relevant when printing onto a CD-R, it does
provide greater flexibility when printing onto a jewel case
booklet or insert.
Manual Load
Select this option when you are printing multiple copies of a
single design or if using an auto-loader. If you do not select
this option when printing multiple copies, the printer has no
way of knowing whether or not you have loaded a blank CD-R
and will print each of the selected number of copies onto the
same CD. When this option is selected, you must press the
CD Tray button after each new CD-R blank is loaded. This will
close the CD Tray and let the printer know that a fresh CD-R is
installed and ready to be printed.
Write Direct to Port
Select this option to provide faster print processing when
printing from Windows 3.1x. When selected, this option allows
the printer driver to bypass the Windows 3.1x print manager
and to send all print data directly to the printer. This option
devotes all of your system resources to the current print job,
thereby increasing overall print speed. When the print job is
finished, your system resources will again be devoted to the
normal function of your on-screen applications.
Depending upon the brand of your computer, you may or may
not wish to select this option when printing. For most
computers, selecting this option will enhance the rasterizing
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and printing process. In this case, the Write Direct to Port
option should be selected. For some computers, however, this
option may not be supported by the particular brand of PC and
should not be selected.
Fast 32-bit Spooler
Select this option for consistently faster print processing under
Windows 95. This option is only selectable if operating under
Windows 95 and if the included 32-Bit Print Spooler software
has been installed. When selected, this option allows the
printer driver to send all print jobs to the 32-Bit Print Spooler
rather than to the Windows 95 print spooler. See Part C of this
section for complete details on the 32-Bit Print Spooler. This
option and the 32-Bit Print Spooler software will not function
in Windows 3.1x or Windows NT.
Orientation
Select either Portrait or Landscape according to the orientation
of your jewel case booklet/insert design. An icon illustrating
each orientation helps your remember the difference between
the two. This option does not apply when printing onto a CD-R.
Cartridge
This button is only selectable if operating under Windows 95
and if the included 32-Bit Print Spooler software has been
installed. Select this button to display the type of ink cartridge
currently installed as well as its current ink levels.
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If this window appears as shown below, check that an ink
cartridge is installed, that the 32-Bit Print Spooler is installed,
and that your computer is connected and communicating
properly with the printer.
The Cartridge Maintenance Functions window also provides
the following other functions:
Select the Clean button to send a simple test print pattern to
the printer. Be sure to have a CD template installed. This test
print pattern purges the ink cartridge nozzles and lets you
know if any one of the Yellow, Magenta, or Cyan nozzles is
clogged. If one of these colors does not appear on the test print,
repeat the cleaning procedure. If after several cleanings a color
still does not appear on the test print, the cartridge may be
damaged or empty and may need to be replaced.
Select the Change button to install a fresh, new ink cartridge or
to switch back and forth between a previously used color
cartridge and a previously used monochrome cartridge. After
the cartridge has been replaced according to the instructions in
Section 2-E, select either the New Cartridge Installed button or
the Old Cartridge Installed button accordingly. These
selections are necessary for the printer to accurately keep track
of ink cartridge ink levels.
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Calibrate
Select this button to display options for fine-tuning the position
of your printed image and the size of a CD-RÕs non-printable
center.
When facing the printer, the Vertical adjustment moves the
printed image toward the printer if a positive number is entered
and away from the printer if a negative number is entered. The
Horizontal adjustment moves the printed image toward the lefthand side if a positive number is entered and toward the righthand side if a negative number is entered. The Center Size
adjustment enlarges the non-printable center if a positive
number is entered and reduces its size if a negative number is
entered. As a rule, an adjustment of 12 pixels is equivalent to
approximately 1 millimeter. Once you have entered the optimum
calibration values, you will most likely not need to change them
again. The following diagram illustrates exactly how each of
these adjustments affect the printed image.
Printer
+ Vertical
+ Horizontal
Center Size
- Horizontal
- Vertical
Extended CD Tray
HINT: Notice the direction the Vertical and Horizontal adjustment
arrows point within the Calibration window are representative of
the direction the printed image moves on the CD-R.
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If you have just unboxed your new printer and are using it for
the first time, you should run a simple calibration procedure to
assure that your images will be centered when printed on a
CD. To calibrate your printer, refer to the following steps:
1.
Verify that a cardboard CD template and a color ink
cartridge are installed in the printer. Also, verify that the
printer is powered ON and that it is connected to your
computer.
2.
Click on the Test Print button of the Printing Position
Calibration window. The printer will begin printing the
calibration test print.
3.
When the print is complete, rotate the CD template
180¼ in the CD Tray and repeat step 2 using the same
CD template.
4.
When the second run of the print is compete, you should
have a test print that looks like the following:
Find the number
whose lines touch
3
6
9
12
15
9 12 15
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
6
9 12 15
Vertical Calibration
0
3
6
-3
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
3
-9
-6
-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
-15
-12
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
12
15
9
6
3
0
-3
Find the number
whose lines touch
Vertical Calibration
-6
-9
-12
-15
5.
Along the Vertical axis of the printed CD template, find the
number whose lines touch. For example, in the above
illustration, the number would be -6. Enter that number
into the Vertical box of the Calibration window. Repeat this
same step for the Horizontal axis.
6.
Select the OK button. The numbers you entered will stay
the same until you change them. Your images should now
be centered when printed on a CD.
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After your selections have been made, close out of the printer
setup window. You are now ready to go to an application
program and print. All printer driver selections will stay the
same until you change them.
E. PRINTING A CD-R
Now that you have hooked up the printer, loaded the print
supplies, and installed the printer driver, you are ready to print
you first CD-R label. Follow these steps to print your first
image:
1.
Go to your favorite graphics application program. Or,
install and open the Windows CD creation software
included with your printer.
2.
Open or create the image file you wish to print. If using a
program other than the included Windows CD creation
software, you will need to create a custom page or canvas
size in your program according to the type of label you
intend to create. The following tips will help you do this:
3.
¥
If creating a label for a CD-R, set your page size to
4.56Ó x 4.56Ó (116 x 116mm). Although your image will
appear square on screen, the printer driver will
automatically crop your image to the round shape of a
CD-R for printing. The driver will also automatically
crop out the center 1.6Ó (41mm) of your image to
accommodate a CD-RÕs non-printable center hub. If you
would like to better visualize where the round outside
edge and the round non-printable center of a CD-R will
fall in relation to your image, simply draw one circle
with a 4.56Ó (116mm) diameter and another with a
1.6Ó (41mm) diameter. Then, center both circles within
your active page or canvas area. These circles will serve
as a guide while designing your image. Be sure to
delete these circles before printing.
¥
If creating a label for a jewel case Booklet, set your
page size to 4.7Ó x 4.73Ó (119 x 120mm).
¥
If creating a label for a jewel case Insert, set your page
size to 4.63Ó x 5.97Ó (118 x 152mm).
Once you have created your image and are ready to print,
select Print Setup (or the equivalent) from the programÕs
File menu to verify that the printer driver settings are
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correct for your image. Be sure the proper Media and Ink
Cartridge options are selected according to the supplies
you have installed in the printer. Once the driver is set,
select Print from the programÕs File menu.
4.
The printer driver will then begin to process the image.
Depending upon the size of the image and the processing
speed of your computer, processing time can take from
several seconds to a few minutes.
5.
Once processing is complete, the printer will begin to print.
Print time will vary depending on whether you are
printing with a color or monochrome cartridge and on
which Print Quality setting you selected. When printing is
complete, the CD Tray will automatically open and remain
fully extended until the next print job is received.
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Section 4: Using the CD Color Printer
with Macintosh
A. CONNECTING THE PRINTER TO YOUR COMPUTER
The CD Color Printer is designed to be used with any Apple
Macintosh supporting Color QuickDrawª and running system
software 7.0 or higher. For best performance, a Macintosh with
a 68040 processor and 8Mb of RAM (or higher) or a
PowerPCª with 8Mb of RAM (or higher) is recommended.
The printer driver is accelerated for use with a PowerPC.
The printer is equipped with a high-speed serial port. This port
is the means through which the printer receives data from your
computer. This port is not AppleTalkª compatible. To connect
the printer to your computer, simply obtain a standard serial
cable with an 8 pin mini-DIN connection on each end, and
refer to the following steps:
1.
Connect one end of the serial cable to the printer.
2.
Connect the other end of the cable to either the Printer or
Modem port of your Macintosh.
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The printer must have its Power light illuminated to receive
data. If the light is not on, press the
Power button.
B. INSTALLING THE PRINTER DRIVER
The CD Color Printer can be used with virtually any Macintosh
application program. This is accomplished by installing what is
called a Òprinter driver.Ó The printer driver is simply a diskette
with software on it which gives the printer all the information
needed for printing. Use the following steps to install the
printer driver. Once the driver is installed, put it away in a safe
place in case it ever needs to be re-installed.
NOTE: This section of the OperatorÕs Manual assumes that you are already
familiar with a Macintosh Operating System (OS) and know how it
operates. If you are not yet familiar with a Macintosh OS, consult the
appropriate documentation to become familiar with the basics before
proceeding.
1.
After starting your Macintosh, insert the supplied printer
driver diskette into your computerÕs disk drive. The CD
Color Printer Installer automatically opens.
2.
Click on the READ ME file(s) to get the latest information
on the driver and the installation process. When you are
finished reading, select Quit from the File menu.
3.
Double-click on the CD Color Printer Installer icon.
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4.
When the Installer window appears, select the options you
would like the installer program to install. In most
instances, the default selections will suffice. For a
description of each of these options, refer to the notes
found in the box directly above these options (use the up
and down arrows to scroll through the notes). Once the
desired options are selected, click on Install. The
appropriate files will automatically install onto your
computer. An alert box will then display indicating that
installation is complete.
5.
Click on OK to exit the installer. Driver installation is now
complete.
C. THE CHOOSER
The Chooser is a Desk Accessory in the Apple menu. Before
you can use the printer, you need to select the CD Color Printer
driver using the Chooser. This instructs your Macintosh to
send print jobs to the CD Color Printer instead of to some other
printer you may already have connected to your system. Refer
to the following steps to select the CD Color Printer driver:
1.
Select Chooser from the Apple menu.
2.
The Chooser displays an icon for all the printer drivers
installed in the System Folder. Among these, you should
see the icon for the CD Color Printer driver you just
installed. If you do not see the icon, go through the
installation procedure again making sure the Install driver
and prefs option is selected. Once you locate the CD Color
Printer icon, click on the icon to select it.
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3.
Select either the Modem or Printer Port to indicate to
which port the serial interface cable was connected. If the
Printer port is selected, AppleTalk should remain inactive
while printing unless you are using AppleTalk through
your Ethernet port. AppleTalk does not apply when
printing with the Modem port selected.
4.
Select either On or Off to enable or disable the printerÕs
Background Printing function. When enabled, this function
allows you to work in the foreground of your application
program while printing in the background. Please refer to
Section 5 for more information on background printing.
The next time you open the Chooser, the selected driver will no
longer be highlighted. The Chooser remembers, however,
which driver is the current one but does not display it when
opened.
D. SETTING UP THE PRINTER DRIVER
Once the printer driver has been successfully installed, you will
need to set the driver up with the appropriate print options. To
change or verify your printer driver options, select Page Setup
from the File menu and change the options as follows:
Media
Click on the Media down arrow. A list of media selections
appears. Select the CD option if printing onto printable
CD-RÕs. Select Booklet if printing onto a jewel case booklet.
Select Insert if printing onto a jewel case insert. When sizing
your images for printing, keep in mind that each type of CD
media has the following maximum printable areas:
CD 4.56Ó round (116mm), Booklet 4.7Ó x 4.73Ó (119 x 120mm),
and Insert 4.63Ó x 5.97Ó (118 x 152mm). For a complete
description of each type of print media and to see how each is
installed, refer to Section 2.
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Ink Cartridge
Select either Color or Monochrome according to the type of ink
cartridge you have installed.
Print Quality
Select the appropriate print quality option for your image. Keep
in mind that Draft provides the lowest quality but fastest print,
and that Presentation provides the highest quality but slowest
print. You may wish to experiment with these options to see
which one is best for your particular CD label.
Dither Mode
Select this option to choose the appropriate dither mode for
your image. Select Best For Photos if printing a design
primarily composed of photographic images. Select Best For
Graphics if mainly printing text, lines, and graphics.
Color Matching
Click on the Color Matching box and choose the color matching
option thatÕs right for you. Select None if you are more
interested in print speed rather than print color, if you have
already color corrected your image for printing, or if you are
using some other third party color matching software.
Select Algebraic if you would like the printer driver to make
very simple color balance adjustments. This option gives you
more natural looking images without actually utilizing any
specific color matching software.
Select FargoColor to enable color matching profiles written
specifically for the CD Color Printer. The FargoColor option
automatically adjusts the color of your image according to
preconfigured printer profiles and default system profiles. This
results in a very precise color match compliant with ICC
standards.
Select ColorSnyc to perform a ColorSyncª match on the image
to be printed. This option enables ColorSync to color correct
your image according to preset printer profiles and the selected
system profiles. A recommended default system profile is
installed into the ColorSync Preferences folder. For best results,
it is recommended that only this default system profile be used.
To select this profile, select Control Panel from the Apple
menu, and double-click on ColorSync System Profile. Then,
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click on the Set Profile… button, select the FARGO Default
System (icc) profile, and click on the Select button. The profile
is now selected.
Ink Saturation
This option controls the ink saturation of the printed image.
When printing onto the printer manufacturerÕs TuffCoat CD-R
media, this option should be left at its default setting of 100%.
When printing onto other brands of printable CD-R media, you
may need to adjust this control in order to optimize the ink
saturation for the printable surface of your specific CD-R
media. Click and drag on the slideÕs box, or click on the left
and right arrows to change the ink saturation setting. Moving
the slideÕs box to the left reduces the overall ink saturation,
while moving it to the right increases it.
Manual Load
Select this option when you are printing multiple copies of a
single design or if using an auto-loader. If you do not select
this option when printing multiple copies, the printer has no
way of knowing whether or not you have loaded a blank CD-R
and will print each of the selected number of copies onto the
same CD. When this option is selected, you must press the
CD Tray button after each new CD-R blank is loaded. This will
close the CD Tray and let the printer know that a fresh CD-R is
installed and ready to be printed.
Orientation
Select either Portrait or Landscape according to the orientation
of your jewel case booklet/insert design. An icon illustrating
each orientation helps your remember the difference between
the two. This option does not apply when printing onto a CD-R.
Enlarge/reduce
This option alters the size of the printed image between the
integers of 25% and 400%. A setting of 100% indicates the
document will be printed at actual size. Please note that
significantly enlarging or reducing the image may cause the
image to appear pixelated or ÒjaggyÓ when printed.
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Cartridge
Select this button to display options for changing or cleaning an
ink cartridge.
Select the Change button to move the printerÕs ink cartridge
carrier to the load position in order to change ink cartridges.
Note that pressing the printerÕs Ink Cartridge button serves
this same purpose. See Section 2 for further information on
changing ink cartridges.
Select the Clean button to send a simple test print pattern to the
printer. Be sure to have a CD template installed. This test print
pattern purges the ink cartridge nozzles and lets you know if
any one of the Yellow, Magenta, or Cyan nozzles is clogged. If
one of these colors does not appear on the test print, repeat the
cleaning procedure. If after several cleanings a color still does
not appear on the test print, the cartridge may be damaged or
empty and may need to be replaced.
Calibrate
Select this button to display options for fine-tuning the position
of your printed image and the size of a CD-RÕs non-printable
center.
When facing the printer, the Vertical adjustment moves the
printed image toward the printer if a positive number is
entered and away from the printer if a negative number is
entered. The Horizontal adjustment moves the printed image
toward the left-hand side if a positive number is entered and
toward the right-hand side if a negative number is entered.
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The Center Size adjustment enlarges the non-printable center if
a positive number is entered and reduces its size if a negative
number is entered. As a rule, an adjustment of 12 pixels is
equivalent to approximately 1 millimeter. Once you have
entered the optimum calibration values, you will most likely
not need to change them again. The following diagram
illustrates exactly how each of these adjustments affect the
printed image.
Printer
+ Vertical
+ Horizontal
Center Size
- Horizontal
- Vertical
Extended CD Tray
If you have just unboxed your new printer and are using it for
the first time, you should run a simple calibration procedure to
assure that your images will be centered when printed on a
CD. To calibrate your printer, refer to the following steps:
1.
Verify that a cardboard CD template and a color ink
cartridge are installed in the printer. Also, verify that the
printer is powered ON and that it is connected to your
computer.
2.
Click on the Test Print button of the Printing Position
Calibration window. The printer will begin printing the
calibration test print.
3.
When the print is complete, rotate the cardboard CD
template 180¡ in the CD Tray and repeat step 2
using the same CD template.
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When the second run of the print is compete, you should
have a test print that looks like the following:
9 12 15
Find the number
whose lines touch
3
6
9
12
15
9 12 15
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
6
6
Vertical Calibration
0
3
3
-9
-6
-3
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
-15
-12
-15 -12 -9 -6 -3 0
-15
-12
-9
-6
-3
0
3
6
9
12
Horizontal Calibration
Find the number whose lines touch 15
-15-12 -9 -6 -3 0 3 6 9 12 15
4.
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12
15
9
6
3
0
-3
Find the number
whose lines touch
Vertical Calibration
-6
-9
-12
-15
5.
Along the Vertical axis of the printed CD template, find the
number whose lines touch. For example, in the above
illustration, the number would be -6. Enter that number
into the Vertical box of the Calibration window. Repeat this
same step for the Horizontal axis.
6.
Select the OK button. The numbers you entered will stay
the same until you change them. Your images should now
be centered when printed on a CD.
After your selections have been made, select the OK button to
save your printer driver selections and to exit the Page Setup
window. You are now ready to go to an application program
and print. All printer driver selections will stay the same until
you change them.
E. PRINTING A CD-R
Now that you have hooked up the printer, loaded the print
supplies, and installed the printer driver, you are ready to print
you first CD-R label. Follow these steps to print your first
image:
1.
Go to your favorite graphics application program.
2.
Open or create the image file you wish to print. You will
need to create a custom page or canvas size in your
program according to the type of label you intend to create.
The following tips will help you do this:
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¥
If creating a label for a CD-R, set your page size to
4.56Ó x 4.56Ó (116 x 116mm). Although your image will
appear square on screen, the printer driver will
automatically crop your image to the round shape of a
CD-R for printing. The driver will also automatically
crop out the center 1.6Ó (41mm) of your image to
accommodate a CD-RÕs non-printable center hub. If
you would like to better visualize where the round
outside edge and the round non-printable center of a
CD-R will fall in relation to your image, simply draw
one circle with a 4.56Ó (116mm) diameter and another
with a 1.6Ó (41mm) diameter. Then, center both circles
within your active page or canvas area. These circles
will serve as a guide while designing your image. Be
sure to delete these circles before printing.
¥
If creating a label for a jewel case Booklet, set your
page size to 4.7Ó x 4.73Ó (119 x 120mm).
¥
3.
If creating a label for a jewel case Insert, set your page
size to 4.63Ó x 5.97Ó (118 x 152mm).
Once you have created your image and are ready to print,
select Page Setup (or the equivalent) from the programÕs
File menu to verify that the printer driver settings are
correct for your image. Be sure the proper Media and Ink
Cartridge options are selected according to the supplies
you have installed in the printer. Once the driver is set,
select Print from the programÕs File menu.
4.
The printer driver will then begin to process the image.
Depending upon the size of the image and the processing
speed of your computer, processing time can take from
several seconds to a few minutes.
5.
Once processing is complete, the printer will begin to print.
Print time will vary depending on whether you are
printing with a color or monochrome cartridge and on
which Print Quality setting you selected. When printing is
complete, the CD Tray will automatically open and remain
fully extended until the next print job is received.
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Section 5: Using the Print Backgrounder
for Macintosh
The printer driver for Macintosh provides a background print
utility called the Print Backgrounder. This print utility is turned
on or off through the Chooser. When the Backgrounder is
turned on, it allows you to conveniently continue working in
the foreground of your application while printing in the
background. When Backgrounder is turned off, all print jobs
are processed immediately in the foreground of your
application. The Backgrounder offers many helpful features
which are described further in this section.
A. INSTALLING THE BACKGROUNDER
The Backgrounder is installed by selecting the Install
Background Print Utility option from within the printer
driverÕs installer program. This option is NOT selected by
default, so if you did not select the Backgrounder option when
installing the printer driver, it is most likely not installed. To
install the Backgrounder, simply go through the printer driver
installation procedure described in Section 4-B making sure
that the Install Background Print Utility option is selected.
The Backgrounder installs into the Extensions folder of your
startup drive. Once installed, Backgrounder will automatically
open and close with the start and finish of each print job. To
manually open Backgrounder, double-click on the Print
Backgrounder icon within the Extensions folder.
B. PRINTING WITH THE BACKGROUNDER
With the Backgrounder turned on in the Chooser, select Print
from the File menu to print your image. A message appears
telling you the image is being spooled to disk for Background/
Later processing. Once the message disappears, background
processing has begun so your application is free to be used for
other work.
The print job is processed automatically by the Backgrounder.
Other documents can be printed and, in turn, will be processed
by Backgrounder. While Backgrounder is running, you can quit
the current application and start another without disturbing
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your print jobs. Backgrounder processes all print jobs in the
order in which they were sent to the printer.
C. THE BACKGROUNDER STATUS WINDOW
Status of currently processing print job
“On hold”
print job
List of
queued
print
jobs
Print job in which a print error has occurred
The Backgrounder status window gives you detailed
information about the status of the print job currently
processing and about each print job waiting in the queue. The
status of the job currently processing displays at the top of the
status window. The message indicates how much of the job has
been processed and displays any other relevant information.
This line is blank if, for example, you manually start
Backgrounder and no job is currently being processed.
The list of queued jobs displays below the current job in the
order in which they were sent to the printer. Some applications,
however, may put each page of the document into a separate
spool file, creating a different job in the queue for each page.
Print jobs are always added to the bottom of the queue. When
the job currently processing is complete, the spool file for that
job is deleted from the hard disk, and the top-most job in the
queue is then processed.
Jobs that are Òon holdÓ are displayed at the bottom of the job
list in italic font. A job goes on hold when it has been canceled
or when an error is detected during processing. An overall
status message about the Backgrounder displays in the lower
left corner of the window. The normal message is ÒAvailable,Ó
indicating that the Backgrounder can process jobs immediately
or add them to the queue.
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D. BACKGROUNDER MENUS
File menu
Open Status Window and Close Status Window: Opens and
closes the Backgrounder status window. The Backgrounder
continues to work if the status window is closed.
Log Files: The Backgrounder has the ability to create and
maintain a sequential history file, or Log file, of Backgrounder
print jobs. This Log file can be enabled and manipulated with
the following commands of the File menu:
New Log File: Selects a new file in which to maintain your
ongoing Backgrounder printing log.
Save Copy of Log as: Saves the current Log file to a new
file name or location of your specification.
Start Recording Log: Begins logging print history. Before
the Log file is started, you are asked to specify a Log file in
which to save your processed print job entries. When
logging begins, this option dims.
Stop Recording Log: Stops logging print history. This
option dims once print logging stops.
Get Info: Provides additional information about the currently
selected print job. Click on the processing job or any job in the
queue, before selecting Get Info. Double-clicking on a job in
the status window is a shortcut for Get Info.
Quit: Exits the Backgrounder. Note that you cannot quit while
a job is being processed (see Stop Processing on the following
page). All jobs in the queue are retained and processed when
Backgrounder is next started.
NOTE: The spool files are stored in the ÒSpool Folder,Ó inside the ÒSystem
Folder.Ó If these files are deleted, the corresponding print jobs will be
lost, and must be printed again.
Admin menu
Stop Processing: Stops the Backgrounder from processing any
jobs, although it will still receive them and add them to the
queue. A dialog box is displayed if Stop Processing is selected
while Backgrounder is processing a job, asking when the job
should be put on hold. The Backgrounder status box in the
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lower left-hand corner of the window indicates that
Backgrounder has stopped.
You cannot quit from Backgrounder while it is processing a job.
Stop Processing must first be selected to cancel the processing
job and stop Backgrounder. When Backgrounder stops, the
menu changes to Continue Processing. When this option is
selected, the server starts processing the top job in the queue.
Preferences: Presents a dialog box containing options for finetuning the Backgrounder. Background printing priority
determines how much time your Mac spends processing the
image, and how much time it spends in the foreground
application (interpreting mouse clicks, key presses, etc.). When
the priority is set to High, Backgrounder processes the image
faster, but the foreground application may become less
responsive. With the priority set to Low, Backgrounder takes
longer to process the image, yet the responsiveness of the other
applications is improved.
Jobs menu
All commands in the Jobs menu act on the currently selected job.
Hold: Prevents an individual job from being processed. Jobs
that are Òon holdÓ are displayed in italic font at the bottom of
the queue. Placing a job on hold is useful if you wish to create
a print job at present, yet save its processing until later.
If Hold is selected on the job currently processing, the job is
canceled before it is placed on hold. Canceling the current job
can take some time, since the printer software may be
performing a lengthy task that cannot be interrupted.
Remove Hold: Moves the job from the hold section of the list
and places it at the bottom of the waiting queue.
Delete: Permanently removes the selected print job. The
corresponding spool file is deleted from the Spool Folder. Use
this command only when you are sure that you do not wish to
process the job. Note that the job currently processing cannot
be deleted (this happens automatically when it is printed
successfully).
Move Job Up and Move Job Down: Adjusts the position of the
selected job in the queue, allowing you to prioritize jobs. The
queue is processed in top-to-bottom order.
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E. PROBLEMS DURING A BACKGROUND PRINT
Errors that are detected during a background print must be
reported. The Backgrounder, however, cannot simply present a
dialog box as soon as the error occurs, since the dialog could
obscure work that is being done in the foreground. Error
dialogs appear immediately, however, if the Backgrounder is in
the foreground when the error is detected.
If operating in the background, Backgrounder stops processing
until it is brought to the front. When Backgrounder detects an
error, it beeps and visually indicates an error condition. This
error condition is signaled by alternately flashing between the
Application menu and the Backgrounder icon. A small
diamond symbol is also displayed next to the Backgrounder
icon within the Application menu.
Complete and save any work in the foreground application
before bringing the Backgrounder to the front. Once
Backgrounder is in the foreground, the error dialog displays
and processing continues or is canceled. Some errors force
Backgrounder to stop processing all jobs.
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Section 6: Interpreting the Printer’s
Indicator Lights
The Power and Busy LED indicator lights located on the top of
the printer can tell you a lot about what is happening inside the
printer. To accurately interpret what it means when these lights
are on, off, or flashing, please refer to the following:
Power Light
Power Light
Busy Light
Busy Light
Printer
on solid
off
Is ready to receive a print job.
on solid
on solid
Is processing and printing an image.
on solid
blinking slowly Has received a print job and is
waiting for you to load CD-R media
or has a print media jam.
If media loading is required, simply
load media into the CD Tray
according to Section 2-C and press
the
CD Tray button to resume
printing. If print media is jammed,
clear the media from the printer and
turn the printer OFF and ON to reset
for the next print job.
blinking
on solid
Is not receiving print data properly.
Turn the printer OFF and ON to reset
and cancel print job from your
computer. Before sending next print
job, make sure you are using a
shielded interface cable and that it is
properly connected.
both lights are flashing
alternately with each other
Has either the wrong ink cartridge or
no ink cartridge installed.
See Section 2-B or 2-E for more
information on changing or replacing
ink cartridges.
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Section 7: Maintaining the Printer
The CD Color Printer is designed to require very little
maintenance. Nevertheless, there are a few procedures you can
perform on a regular basis or as needed to ensure your
printerÕs best performance.
A. CLEANING THE INK CARTRIDGE NOZZLES
This procedure is done if the printer does not seem to be laying
down ink evenly or if you suspect an ink cartridge nozzle has
become slightly dried out or clogged. If using Windows 95 or a
Macintosh, refer to the cleaning procedure explained within
the Cartridge button description of Section 3-D or 4-D, or refer
to the steps below.
If using a Windows 3.1x or Windows NT, simply perform the
printerÕs self test procedure as described below:
1.
If printer power is ON, turn it OFF now. The Power light
should be OFF. Verify that print supplies are installed and
that the CD Tray is closed.
2.
With the printerÕs front cover shut, press and hold the
CD Tray button as you turn the printer power ON.
3.
Continue to hold the
CD Tray button down for
approximately 8 seconds, until you hear the self test begin
to print.
The self test print pattern purges the ink cartridge nozzles
and lets you know if a nozzle is not functioning. If using a
color ink cartridge and one of the Yellow, Magenta, or Cyan
colors does not appear on the self test print, repeat the cleaning
procedure. If after several cleanings a color still does not
appear on the test print, the cartridge may be damaged or
empty and may need to be replaced.
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B. CLEANING THE CD TRAY AND PRINTER CASING
If ink gets on the printerÕs CD Tray, it may stain if left on the
tray too long. To avoid this, simply wipe off any ink from the
CD Tray as soon as you notice it. Use a lint-free cloth slightly
moistened with isopropyl alcohol to wipe off the CD Tray. If
necessary, use these same items to wipe off the outside casing
of the printer. Always disconnect your printer’s power cord
before cleaning. Do not allow alcohol to drip inside the
printer. Resume printer operation only after the printer is
completely dry.
C. CLEARING A CD MEDIA JAM
If CD Media becomes jammed inside the printer, first press the
CD Tray button to try and eject the media. If this does not
work, turn the printer power OFF and gently try to clear or
remove the CD media manually.
D. TECHNICAL SUPPORT
If you have difficulty operating your CD Color Printer, the
procedures in this manual should, in most cases, solve the
problem. If you still have difficulty, contact the technical
support number listed on the insert in this manual. Technical
support representatives are available Monday through Friday,
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Central Standard Time.
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Section 8: Technical Specifications
Print Method:
Print Resolution:
Print Speed:
Colors:
Printer Driver:
Interface:
Ink Cartridges:
Media:
Thermal Ink-Jet
Normal: 300 x 300 dpi
Highest Quality: 600 x 300 dpi
Depends upon coverage and print quality mode;
about two minutes per full-color CD, less than 30
seconds for monochrome black (15% coverage)
16.7 million colors or black monochrome
Windows 3.1x/Windows NT/Windows 95 or
Macintosh Color QuickDraw
Standard 8-Bit Centronics-type Parallel (IBM- PC) and
High-Speed Serial (Macintosh),
Auxiliary Port (Transporter)
3-Color (C, M, Y)
Black Monochrome (K)
Printable-surface CD-RÕs, cardboard CD templates,
jewel case booklets and inserts
System Requirements:
Recommended: 486/66 MHz or Pentiumª, 8MB RAM, 100MB free
hard drive space or Macintosh 68040 processor or
PowerPC, 8MB RAM, 100MB free hard drive space
10.5"W x 7.5"H x 10.5"D (266mmW x 190mmH x 266mmD)
Dimensions:
Weight:
8.5lbs (3.9 kg)
Temperature:
Operating:
10¼C to 43¼C
Storage:
-20¼C to 60¼C
Humidity:
Operating:
20% to 80% (RH non-condensation)
Storage:
5% to 80% (RH non-condensation)
Supply Voltage:
100-120 VAC .4A 50Hz/60Hz
220-250 VAC .2A 50Hz/60Hz
Safety:
USA Ñ UL1950
Canada Ñ C22.2 No. 950-95
Europe Ñ EN60950
Safety Approvals:
UL, UL-C, T†V-GS, CE
EMC:
USA Ñ FCC Class B
Canada Ñ CRC c1374, Class B
Europe Ñ IEC 801-2,-3,-4, CISPR 22-B
EMC Approvals:
T†V-GS, CE
Warranty:
One year parts and labor
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Appendix A: Interfacing Information
A. INTRODUCTION
The CD Color Printer is equipped with both a standard 8-bit
centronics-type parallel interface port and a high-speed serial
interface port. These communication ports are the means
through which the printer receives data from your computer.
This section describes the pin assignments and signal
specifications for each of these ports as well as for the printerÕs
auxiliary interface port.
B. CENTRONICS-TYPE PARALLEL INTERFACE
The Centronics-type parallel interface is the most widely
used printer interface due to its simplicity, speed, and
standardization throughout the computer industry. The
printerÕs parallel interface connector is a standard 36-pin Amp
type with two metal-wire retaining clips. It mates with a
standard computer to printer parallel cable. For best results,
always use a shielded, bidirectional parallel cable which is less
than 6 feet in length.
Pin assignments are as follows:
19
PIN 1
36
18
WIRE DIAGRAM
DB36P
DB25P
1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
7
8
8
9
9
10
10
11
11
12
12
13
13
14
14
32
15
31
16
36
17
THROUGH 3019
THROUGH 25
SHELL
SHELL
25
14
13
PIN 1
TABLE A-1: Parallel Interface Pin Assignments
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C. MINI 8-PIN SERIAL INTERFACE
The mini 8-pin serial interface connector is the standard
interface used by Macintosh. The printerÕs serial port mates
with a standard computer to printer serial cable. For best
results, always use a high-quality serial cable which is less than
6 feet in length.
Pin assignments are as follows:
8
7
4
5
2
Pin Number
6
3
1
Signal Name Signal Description
1
HSKo
External Clock Output
± 2V < Vout < ± 3.6V; Rout < 450½
2
HSKi
Not Connected
3
TxD-
Not Connected
4
GND
Signal ground. Connected to
logic and chassis ground.
5
RxD-
Receive data (inverted);Vih = 0.2V;
Vil = -0.2V; Rin > 12K½
6
TxD+
Not Connected
7
GPi
8
RxD+
Not Connected
Receive data. Received uninverted
at SCCÕs RxD. Vih = 0.2V;
Vil = -0.2V; Rin > 12K½
TABLE A-2: Serial Interface Pin Assignments
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D. 6-PIN MINICIRCULAR AUXILIARY INTERFACE
The 6-pin minicircular auxiliary interface is used for connecting
the printer with auxiliary equipment such as a CD transporter/
auto-loader.
Pin assignments are as follows:
6
5
4
3
2
1
Uses 74HC logic voltage levels
Pin Number
1
2
3
4
5
6
Signal Description
Busy - Output is high when the printer is busy
or moving the CD Tray.
Tray Out - Output is high when the CD Tray
is fully ejected.
Tray In - Output is high when the CD Tray is
fully inserted.
CD In - Output is high when the CD Tray is in
and a CD is present.
Ground.
Tray In/Out - A low input moves the CD Tray
in if it is out, and out if it is in.
TABLE A-3: Auxiliary Interface Pin Assignments
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Index
Algebraic .....................................................................................19, 31
Auxiliary Port...............................................................................3, 48
Backgrounder ...................................................................................37
Booklet.................................................................................................7
Busy Light.....................................................................................2, 42
Calibrate ......................................................................................23, 33
Cartridge......................................................................................21, 33
CD-R’s..............................................................................................4, 6
CD Tray................................................................................................2
CD Tray Button ..................................................................................2
Chooser..............................................................................................29
Color Matching ..........................................................................19, 31
Dither Mode ...............................................................................19, 31
Ink Cartridges ........................................................................4, 19, 31
Ink Cartridge Button.........................................................................2
Ink Saturation ............................................................................20, 32
Insert ....................................................................................................7
Interface Port..........................................................................3, 46, 47
Jewel Case Booklet............................................................................7
Jewel Case Insert ...............................................................................7
Manual Load ..............................................................................20, 32
Media ...........................................................................................18, 30
Orientation..................................................................................21, 32
Parallel Port ............................................................................3, 12, 46
Print Quality...............................................................................19, 31
Printable CD-R’s................................................................................4
Printer Driver .............................................................................13, 28
Power Button......................................................................................2
Power Light ..................................................................................2, 42
Rotate 180 ..........................................................................................20
Self Test ...............................................................................................8
Serial Port ...............................................................................3, 27, 47
Technical Support............................................................................44
32-Bit Print Spooler...................................................................15, 21
Write Direct to Port .........................................................................20
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.A.
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