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DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer
User Guide (Rev. 1.1)
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User Guide (Rev. 1.0)
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Table of Contents
Section 1: Introduction _____________________________________________________ 1-1
How to use the manual__________________________________________________ 1-1
Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 1-2
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer Overview _________________________ 1-3
Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Block Diagram _________________ 1-3
Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Sequence of Operations___________ 1-4
Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Boot up Sequence _______________ 1-7
Section 2: Specifications ____________________________________________________ 2-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 2-1
Regulatory Compliances ________________________________________________ 2-2
Agency Listings _______________________________________________________ 2-3
Technical Specifications ________________________________________________ 2-3
Visual Security Solutions (Specifications)___________________________________ 2-6
VeriMarkTM Cards - 2-D holographic foil application_______________________ 2-6
Custom HoloMarkTM Cards ___________________________________________ 2-6
Visual Security - Card Stock Part Numbers________________________________ 2-6
Visual Security - Fargo Certified Overlaminates (Special Order in 50 quantity
minimum)__________________________________________________________ 2-6
Visual Security Card Stock - Tolerances __________________________________ 2-6
VeriMarkTM - Application Specifications ________________________________ 2-7
HoloMarkTM and Custom HoloMarkTM - Application Specifications __________ 2-7
Functional Specifications ________________________________________________ 2-8
Printer Components: Front Cover _______________________________________ 2-9
Printer Components: Print Ribbons ____________________________________ 2-10
Printer Components: Resin-Only Print Ribbons ___________________________ 2-11
Printer Components: Dye-Sublimation Print Ribbons ______________________ 2-12
Printer Components: Dye-Sublimation/Resin Print Ribbons _________________ 2-13
Printer Components: Blank Cards______________________________________ 2-14
Section 3: Setup and Installation Procedures ___________________________________ 3-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 3-1
Printer Setup and Installation_____________________________________________ 3-3
Choosing A Good Location ____________________________________________ 3-3
About Moisture Condensation __________________________________________ 3-3
Unpacking and Inspection _____________________________________________ 3-4
Reviewing the Printer (front view) ______________________________________ 3-5
Reviewing the Printer (front view; Cartridge being installed)__________________ 3-5
Reviewing the LCD (top-front part of Printer) _____________________________ 3-6
Connecting the Printer power___________________________________________ 3-7
Installing the Print Ribbon Cartridge _____________________________________ 3-8
Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper______________________________ 3-11
Lowering the Card Output Hopper _____________________________________ 3-14
Printer Driver Installation ______________________________________________ 3-15
Installing the Printer Driver ___________________________________________ 3-15
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Printing a Test Print Image ___________________________________________ 3-27
Printer Transport _____________________________________________________ 3-29
Moving the Printer to another location __________________________________ 3-29
Section 4: General Troubleshooting __________________________________________ 4-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 4-1
Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 4-3
Communications Errors _________________________________________________ 4-4
Resolving the Communication Errors ____________________________________ 4-4
Print Process Errors ____________________________________________________ 4-6
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Cards will not feed off the Hopper) ___________ 4-6
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Two (2) or more card feed at the same time) ____ 4-9
Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Antenna is Corrupted) _________ 4-11
Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Sensor is Corrupted) __________ 4-13
Resolving the Mag Verify Error _______________________________________ 4-14
Resolving the No Mag Installed Error ___________________________________ 4-17
Resolving a Ribbon Sensor Error (Ribbon Miscue) ________________________ 4-19
Resolving a Ribbon Break Jam Error____________________________________ 4-21
Resolving a Ribbon Out Error _________________________________________ 4-23
Resolving a No Ribbon Installed Error __________________________________ 4-24
Resolving a Invalid Ribbon Error ______________________________________ 4-26
Resolving a Wrong Ribbon Error ______________________________________ 4-28
Resolving a Card Jam Error ___________________________________________ 4-30
Resolving a Headlift Motor or Sensor Error ______________________________ 4-32
Resolving the Cover Open Error Message________________________________ 4-34
Resolving the Blank Output issues _____________________________________ 4-35
Diagnosing Image Problems ____________________________________________ 4-38
Resolving the Pixel Failure problems ___________________________________ 4-38
Resolving the Card Surface Debris problems _____________________________ 4-39
Resolving the Incorrect Image Darkness problems _________________________ 4-40
Resolving Ribbon Wrinkle problems____________________________________ 4-42
Resolving the Excessive Resin Printing problems__________________________ 4-44
Resolving the Incomplete Resin Printing problems_________________________ 4-46
Resolving the Image Placement problems ________________________________ 4-47
Resolving the Poor Image Quality problems ______________________________ 4-50
Running the Self Test__________________________________________________ 4-51
Running the Standard Self Test Print____________________________________ 4-52
Running the Magnetic Self Test (HiCo Only) _____________________________ 4-53
Section 5: Printer Adjustments _______________________________________________ 5-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 5-1
Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 5-4
DTC400/DTC300 Print Driver Options_____________________________________ 5-5
Reviewing DTC400, DTC300 and DTC300M Printer Drivers _________________ 5-5
Reviewing DTC400 Printer Drivers______________________________________ 5-5
Reviewing DTC300 Printer Driver ______________________________________ 5-6
Reviewing DTC300M Printer Drivers ____________________________________ 5-7
Using the Card tab _____________________________________________________ 5-8
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Adjusting the Card Size Option _________________________________________ 5-8
Adjusting the Orientation Option________________________________________ 5-9
Selecting the number of copies ________________________________________ 5-10
Using the Diagnostics button under the Card tab___________________________ 5-11
Using the Clean Printer Option ________________________________________ 5-12
Using the Test Print button ___________________________________________ 5-14
Using the About button ______________________________________________ 5-15
Using the Device Options tab (DTC400/DTC300) ___________________________ 5-16
Adjusting the Ribbon Type option______________________________________ 5-16
Selecting the Auto Ribbon Select option _________________________________ 5-17
Adjusting the Color Matching option ___________________________________ 5-18
Adjusting for the Resin Dither _________________________________________ 5-19
Using the Rotate Image 180 Degrees option ______________________________ 5-20
Using the Disable Printing option ______________________________________ 5-21
Using the Device Options tab (DTC300M) _________________________________ 5-22
Adjusting the Ribbon Type option______________________________________ 5-22
Selecting the Auto Ribbon Select option _________________________________ 5-23
Adjusting for the Resin Dither _________________________________________ 5-24
Using the Rotate Image 180 Degrees option ______________________________ 5-25
Using the Disable Printing option ______________________________________ 5-26
Using the Resin Heat (K) option _______________________________________ 5-27
Using the Overlay Heat (O) option _______________________________________ 5-28
Using the Image Color tab (DTC400/DTC300)______________________________ 5-29
Using the Resin Heat (K) option _______________________________________ 5-30
Using the Overlay Heat (O) option _____________________________________ 5-31
Using the Color Matching option and Default button _______________________ 5-32
Using the Calibrate tab_________________________________________________ 5-33
Using the Image Position Controls _____________________________________ 5-34
Using the Sensors button _____________________________________________ 5-36
Using the Settings button _____________________________________________ 5-37
Using the Magnetic Encoding tab ________________________________________ 5-38
Using the Magnetic Track Selection radio buttons _________________________ 5-39
Using the Magnetic Track Options radio buttons __________________________ 5-41
Using the Bit Density radio buttons _____________________________________ 5-42
Using the Character Size radio buttons __________________________________ 5-43
Reviewing the Enable MLE Support checkbox ____________________________ 5-44
Using the ASCII Offset radio buttons ___________________________________ 5-45
Using the LRC Generation radio buttons_________________________________ 5-46
Using the Character Parity radio buttons _________________________________ 5-46
Using the Shift Data Left checkbox _____________________________________ 5-47
Reviewing the ISO Track Locations ____________________________________ 5-48
Sending the Track Information ________________________________________ 5-49
Entering the Track Information ________________________________________ 5-49
Reviewing Tracks 1, 2 and 3 (in table format)_____________________________ 5-50
Reviewing the Track Data Note________________________________________ 5-50
Reviewing the ASCII Code and Character Table __________________________ 5-51
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Using the Overlay / Print Area tab________________________________________ 5-52
Using the Overlay / Print Area dropdown menu ___________________________ 5-53
Using the Overlay / Print Area_________________________________________ 5-55
Using the Defined Area Option ________________________________________ 5-57
Using Security Options (Visual Security Solutions) ________________________ 5-62
Selecting Orientation - Landscape under Card tab _________________________ 5-63
Selecting the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu (A to D) _____________ 5-64
Selecting Orientation - Portrait under Card tab ____________________________ 5-65
Selecting the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu (E to H) _____________ 5-66
Selecting the VeriMark radio button ____________________________________ 5-67
Selecting the HoloMark radio button____________________________________ 5-68
Reviewing the Custom VeriMark Card (Custom Graphic in a 2D foil) _________ 5-69
Reviewing the Custom HoloMark Card (Custom Graphic in a 2D foil) _________ 5-70
Using the K Panel Resin tab_____________________________________________ 5-71
Selecting from the Print All Black With K Panel options ____________________ 5-72
Selecting the Full Card option _________________________________________ 5-73
Selecting the Defined Area(s) option____________________________________ 5-74
Selecting the Undefined Area(s) option__________________________________ 5-75
Selecting the Defined Area(s) function __________________________________ 5-76
Selecting the Print YMC under K and Print K Only options__________________ 5-83
Using the Printer Supplies tab ___________________________________________ 5-84
Reviewing the Ribbon Information _____________________________________ 5-85
Reviewing the Ribbon Level Indicator __________________________________ 5-86
Using the Printer Calibration Utility ______________________________________ 5-87
Using the Image Darkness Option ______________________________________ 5-88
Using the Print Top of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-89
Using the Print End of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-90
Using the Print Left of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-91
Using the Magnetic Encoder Voltage Offset Option ________________________ 5-92
Using the Mag Top of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-95
Using the Ribbon Tension Option ______________________________________ 5-97
Using the LCD Contrast Option________________________________________ 5-97
Section 6: Cleaning ________________________________________________________ 6-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 6-1
Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 6-2
Using the Required Supplies ___________________________________________ 6-3
Cleaning Procedures____________________________________________________ 6-4
Cleaning the Printhead ________________________________________________ 6-4
Cleaning the Card Feed and Cleaning Rollers ______________________________ 6-5
Cleaning the Printer's Interior __________________________________________ 6-6
Section 7: Parts Replacement ________________________________________________ 7-1
Section 8: Packing the Card Printer___________________________________________ 8-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 8-1
Section 9: Board Level Diagnostics ___________________________________________ 9-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 9-1
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Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 9-2
Sensor and Motor ______________________________________________________ 9-3
Reviewing the Sensor Location and Voltages ______________________________ 9-3
Reviewing the Motor Voltages (when active) ______________________________ 9-3
Section 10: Diagnostic Tool Utility___________________________________________ 10-1
Table of Contents _____________________________________________________ 10-1
Using the Diagnostic Tool Utility ________________________________________ 10-2
Selecting from the Printer Selection menu _______________________________ 10-2
Reviewing customized Diagnostic Utility tabs for your Printer _______________ 10-3
Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs _________________________________________ 10-4
Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility ____________________ 10-4
Selecting the Firmware Updates tab in the Diagnostics Utility ________________ 10-9
Downloading Firmware Updates ______________________________________ 10-10
Selecting the Firmware File __________________________________________ 10-10
Placing the Printer in the Upgrade Mode________________________________ 10-11
Sending the Firmware File ___________________________________________ 10-12
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility _____________________ 10-13
Selecting the Self Tests tab in the Diagnostics Utility______________________ 10-24
Selecting the Card Samples tab in the Diagnostics Utility __________________ 10-25
Selecting the Magnetic Encoding tab in the Diagnostics Utility ______________ 10-26
Selecting the Help button in the Diagnostics Utility _______________________ 10-27
Selecting the About button in the Diagnostics Utility ______________________ 10-28
Selecting the Exit button in the Diagnostics Utility________________________ 10-29
Section 11: Firmware Upgrades _____________________________________________ 11-1
Section 12: Fargo Technical Support ________________________________________ 12-1
Table of Contents _____________________________________________________ 12-1
Contacting Fargo Technical Support ______________________________________ 12-1
Reading the Serial Numbers on a Fargo Printer _____________________________ 12-2
Finding out when a Fargo Card Printer was manufactured ___________________ 12-2
Reviewing Example No. 1: Serial Number 80453289 ______________________ 12-2
Reviewing Example No. 2: Serial Number A1280224______________________ 12-2
Section 13: Reviewing the Spare Parts List ____________________________________ 13-1
Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Spare Parts List ________________ 13-1
Section 14: Glossary of Terms ______________________________________________ 14-1
Section 15: Index___________________________________________________________ 2
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Section 1: Introduction
How to use the manual
The DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer User Guide (Rev. 1.1) is, in fact, the
troubleshooting and User Guide for the entire card Printer. The manual is designed to
provide Installers and Technicians with quick, efficient lookup of related procedures,
components and terms. The manual can be used effectively either in soft or hard copy,
depending on the preference of the Installer or Technician.
Manual
Description
Sequence of Operations,
Glossary of Terms and
Technical/Functional
Specifications (hyper-linked)
You can go directly to the Sequence of Operations,
Glossary of Terms, Technical Specifications and
Functional Specifications to learn how to use the
processes, procedures, functions and windows for the
card Printer within concise, correlative tables.
Table of Contents (hyperlinked)
You can use the automated Table of Contents to quickly
locate, for example, an error message, a procedure, the
index, or an appendix.
Troubleshooting,
Replacement, Removal,
Diagnostic and Navigation
Procedures (in hyper-linked
Sections)
You can go directly to Specifications, General
Troubleshooting, Printer Adjustments, Parts Replacement,
Printer Packing, Board Level Diagnostics, LCD On-Line
Menu Navigation and Firmware Updates to find
troubleshooting, removal and replacement procedures.
The section titles are always labeled according to their
function for consistent usage.
Cross-Referencing (hyperlinked)
You can use the cross-referencing links to quickly locate,
for example, an error message or a procedure.
Comprehensive Index
(hyper-linked)
You can use the COMPREHENSIVE INDEX to quickly
locate information on the card Printer, relating to a
specification, a procedural step, a window or screen, a
component, a term, a qualifier, or a related feature to this
Printer.
Appendices
You can use Appendix A and B to locate information
relating to engineering drawings and technical updates,
which are specific to the card Printer.
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Safety Messages (review carefully)
Symbol
Critical Instructions for Safety purposes
Danger:
Failure to follow these installation guidelines can result in death or
serious injury.
Information that raises potential safety issues is indicated by a warning
symbol (as shown to the below).
Caution:
•
To prevent personal injury, refer to the following safety messages
before performing an operation preceded by this symbol.
•
To prevent personal injury, always remove the power cord prior to
performing repair procedures, unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent personal injury, make sure only qualified personnel
perform these procedures.
This device is electrostatically sensitive. It may be damaged if
exposed to static electricity discharges.
Information that raises potential electrostatic safety issues is indicated
by a warning symbol (as shown to the below).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, refer to the following
safety messages before performing an operation preceded by this
symbol.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, observe all established
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) procedures while handling cables in
or near the Circuit Board and Printhead Assemblies.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always wear an
appropriate personal grounding device (e.g., a high quality wrist
strap grounded to avoid potential damage).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always remove the
Ribbon and Cards from the Printer before making any repairs,
unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, take jewelry off of
fingers and hands, as well as thoroughly clean hands to remove oil
and debris before working on the Printer.
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DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer Overview
Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Block Diagram
Motors
1
Card Feed
2
Print Stepper
3
Ribbon Drive
4
Print Headlift
5
Ribbon Rewind
Motor
Sensors
6
Card Feed
7
Ribbon Sensor
8
Ribbon Encoder
9
Headlift Sensor
10
Printhead Thermistor
Parts
13 Card Input Roller
14 Cleaning Roller
15 Card Feed Roller
16 Printhead Cooling
Fan
17 Card Input Hopper
11
Ribbon LED SNR
18
12
RFID Antenna
19
20
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Head Module
Platen Roller
Pinch Roller
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Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Sequence of Operations
The following sequence describes a full color print job with magnetic encoding.
Step
Process
1
The File information is received from the PC
2
Printer checks the installed Ribbon type stored in memory against the Ribbon
type command that was sent from the Printer.
a. If Ribbon type does not match, the media light will begin flashing.
3
The Card Input Motor and Print Stepper Motor engage.
4
The Card Feed Sensor detects leading edge of card and disengages the card
input Motor.
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Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Sequence of Operations (continued)
Step
Process
Step
Process
5
The Print Ribbon Drive engages.
6
The Print Ribbon Sensor looks for the color transition from Yellow to Magenta.
Print Ribbon Encoder detects number of revolutions required to use an entire color
panel.
7
The Print Stepper Motor engages.
8
The Card Feed Sensor detects trailing edge of card.
9
The Print Stepper Motor queues card to the middle of the platen Roller. All Stop
10
The Print Headlift Motor engages.
11
The Print Headlift Sensor detects closed state.
12
The Print Headlift Motor disengages.
13
The Print Stepper Motor engages.
14
The Print Cover Sensor checks for a closed state.
15
The Ribbon Drive Motor engages.
16
The Image data is burned by the Printhead until image data is depleted. All Stop.
17
The Thermistor engages Printhead Cooling Fan to maintain proper operating
temperature.
18
The Headlift Motor engages.
19
The Print Headlift Sensor detects an open state.
20
The Print Headlift Motor disengages.
21
The Print Stepper Motor engages.
22
The Print Ribbon Drive engages.
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Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Sequence of Operations (continued)
Step
Process
23
The Card Feed Stepper Motor engages to queue card for magnetic encoding.
24
The Encoding data is written to the card.
25
The Card Feed Stepper will re-queue card for each verification pass required.
26
After Ribbon advances a few encoder clicks, assume Ribbon free of card. All Stop.
27
Repeat steps 9 through 23 for appropriate number of color/overlay panels.
28
The Card is ejected from the Printer.
29
All Stop.
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Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Boot up Sequence
Step
Process
1
On Power up, the Printer checks the current state of the Card Feed Sensor and
the Headlift Sensor.
2
If the Headlift Sensor is found to be open, the Headlift Motor will turn until a
closed state is seen.
3
If the Card Feed Sensor is found to be blocked, the Card Feed Stepper will
engage to eject the card.
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Section 2: Specifications
The purpose of this section is to provide the User with specific information on the
Regulatory Compliances, Agency Listings, Technical Specifications and Functional
Specifications for the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer User Guide (Rev. 1.1).
Table of Contents
Section 2: Specifications __________________________________________________ 2-1
Table of Contents ____________________________________________________ 2-1
Regulatory Compliances ______________________________________________ 2-2
Agency Listings _____________________________________________________ 2-3
Technical Specifications ______________________________________________ 2-3
Technical Specifications (continued)_________________________________ 2-4
Technical Specifications (continued)_________________________________ 2-5
Visual Security Solutions (Specifications)_________________________________ 2-6
VeriMarkTM Cards - 2-D holographic foil application_____________________ 2-6
Custom HoloMarkTM Cards _________________________________________ 2-6
Visual Security - Card Stock Part Numbers______________________________ 2-6
Visual Security - Fargo Certified Overlaminates (Special Order in 50 quantity
minimum)________________________________________________________ 2-6
Visual Security Card Stock - Tolerances ________________________________ 2-6
VeriMarkTM - Application Specifications ______________________________ 2-7
HoloMarkTM and Custom HoloMarkTM - Application Specifications ________ 2-7
Functional Specifications ______________________________________________ 2-8
Printer Components: Front Cover _____________________________________ 2-9
Printer Components: Print Ribbons __________________________________ 2-10
Printer Components: Resin-Only Print Ribbons _________________________ 2-11
Printer Components: Dye-Sublimation Print Ribbons ____________________ 2-12
Printer Components: Dye-Sublimation/Resin Print Ribbons _______________ 2-13
Printer Components: Blank Cards____________________________________ 2-14
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Regulatory Compliances
Term
Description
CSA
The Printer manufacturer has been authorized by UL to represent
the Card Printer as CSA Certified under CSA Standard 22.2.
File Number: E145118
FCC
The Card Printer complies with the requirements in Part 15 of the
FCC rules for a Class B digital device. (Note: These
requirements are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation.)
If equipment operation in a residential area causes unacceptable
interference to radio and TV reception, the operator is required to
take whatever steps are necessary to correct the interference.
ITS-EMC
The Card Printer has been tested and complies with EN55022
Class B: 1995 and EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3 and
EN55024:1998 standards for EMI emissions.
(Note: Based on the above testing, the Printer manufacturer
certifies that the Card Printer complies with all current EMC
directives of the European Community and has placed the CE
mark on the Card Printer.)
UL-GS
The Card Printer has been tested and complies with EN 609501:2001 and bears the UL-GS mark.
License Number: 1176
UL
The Card Printer is listed under UL IEC 60950-1 (2001)
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT.
File Number: E145118, Volume 1, Section 22
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Agency Listings
Term
Description
EMC Standards
CE, FCC, CRC c1374, BSMI, ITS (EN 55022 Class B:1998, FCC
Class B, EN 55024: 1998).
Safety
Standards
UL IEC 60950-1 (2001), CSA 22.2 No. 60950 and UL-GS (EN 609501:2001).
Technical Specifications
Type
Description
Accepted
Standard
Card Sizes
CR-80 (3.375"L x 2.125"W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW)
Accepted
Card
Thickness
20 mil and 30 mil (.030" / .76mm)
Accepted
Card Types
PVC or polyester cards with polished PVC finish; monochrome resin
required for straight polyester
Agency
Listings
Safety: UL 1950, CSA C2.2 and TüV-GS (IEC-950) Emissions: FCC
Class A, CRC c1374, Class A and TüV-EMC (IEC-801 -2, -3, -4; CISPR
22, Class B), CE, BSMI
Card Input
Hopper
Capacity
100 cards (30 mil)
Colors
DTC400/DTC300: Up to 16.7 million (DTC300M): Monochrome
Dimensions
6.7"H x 13.1"W x 10.5"D / 170mmH x 333mmW x 267mmD
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Technical Specifications (continued)
Type
Description
Humidity
20-80% non-condensing
Interface
USB 1.1
Memory
2MB RAM
Operating
Temperature
65° to 80° F / 18° to 27° C
Print Area
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M: CR-80 edge-to-edge
Printer
Drivers
Windows 98SE, Me/2000/XP
Print Method
•
DTC400/DTC300: Dye-Sublimation/Resin Thermal Transfer
•
DTC300M: Resin Thermal Transfer
•
DTC400/DTC300: 30 seconds per card / 120 cards per hour
(YMCKO)
•
DTC300M: 5 seconds per card / 720 cards per hour (K)
Print Speed
(Note: Indicates the print Ribbon type and the number of Ribbon panels
printed where Y=Yellow, M=Magenta, C=Cyan, K=Resin Black, B=DyeSublimation Black and O=Overlay.)
Resolution
•
Print speed is measured from the time a card feeds into the Printer to
the time it ejects from the Printer.
•
Print speeds do not include the time needed for the PC to process the
image.
•
Process time is dependent on the size of the file, the CPU, amount of
RAM and the amount of available resources at the time of the print.
300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm)
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Technical Specifications (continued)
Type
Description
Supply
Voltage
100-240 VAC, .6-1.3 A
Supply
Frequency
50 Hz/60 Hz
System
Requirements
IBM-PC or compatible; Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 and XP; Pentium™
class 233 MHz computer with 64 MB of RAM or higher, 200 MB free hard
disk space or higher, USB 1.1
Weight
15 lbs. / 7 kg
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Visual Security Solutions (Specifications)
VeriMarkTM Cards - 2-D holographic foil application
VeriMarkTM Cards are a low cost, customized 2-D holographic foil application, that is made
in two steps.
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The first step is to emboss a base foil 1.9 cm (L) x 1.3 cm (H) onto the surface of a
blank white card.
•
The second step is debossing a custom made dye into the surface of the base foil leaving a customized image, logo or text provided by the customer.
•
Two separate color foils are used to contrast the impression.
End Users will be able to choose between 8 different card placements (4 - landscape) and
(4-portrait) where the VeriMarkTM can be located. When its time to print through the Driver,
the End User will select the location on their organizations card design around which no
printing and overlay will be placed.
Custom HoloMarkTM Cards
A Custom HoloMark TM Card is a three-dimensional holographic image transferred to
metal foil and embossed to blank cards. The image is customer specific and the program
mirrors our holographic laminates program with a couple exceptions.
Visual Security - Card Stock Part Numbers
All Visual Security Cards will be offered on the following Fargo Card Stocks only:
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P/NNo. 81754 Ultra Card
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P/NNo. 81762 Ultra Card III with hi-coercivity magnetic stripe
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P/NNo. 81763 Ultra Card III
Visual Security - Fargo Certified Overlaminates (Special Order in
50 quantity minimum)
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Part No. 82255: PolyGuard 1.0 mil for HoloMarkTM and VeriMarkTM Cards, Clear
•
Part No. 82256: PolyGuard 1.0 mil for HoloMarkTM and VeriMarkTM Cards, High
Resolution Globe design hologram with "Secure" micro-text
Visual Security Card Stock - Tolerances
•
Tolerance of base foil placement will equal +/- .010" from the nearest edges of the card
•
Tolerance of layered foil will equal +/- .010"
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VeriMarkTM - Application Specifications
VeriMarkTM foils will cover a dimensional area of 1.9 cm length x 1.3 cm height. The
exclusive areas are as follows:
•
VeriMarkTM Card customers will be able to choose 1 of 8 pre-defined placements
(corners) via Printer Driver (4 positions) Landscape and (4 Positions) Portrait mode.
•
VeriMarkTM foil placement will not interfere with card punch slots .
•
Foil color base is silver; debossed impression is gold foil.
•
VeriMarkTM foil placement will be located 0.4 cm from the edges of the card except for
the top two locations on portrait orientation cards (positions E & F). The foil will be
located 0.9 cm from the top of the card and 0.4 cm from the sides of the card.
HoloMarkTM and Custom HoloMarkTM - Application Specifications
HoloMarkTM and Custom HoloMarkTM foils will cover a dimensional area of 1.5 cm x 1.5
cm. The exclusive areas are as follows:
•
HoloMarkTM and Custom HoloMarkTM card end-users will be able to choose 1 of 8
pre-defined placements (corners) via Printer Driver (4 positions) Landscape and (4
positions) Portrait mode.
•
HoloMarkTM foil placement will not interfere with card punch slots.
•
Foil Color options will be silver or gold.
•
Outside edge placement of Foil impression options on card will be 0.4 cm from edge of
card.
•
HoloMarkTM foil placement options will be at all four corners of card located 0.4 cm
from edge of card.
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Functional Specifications
This Card Printer utilizes two different, yet closely related printing technologies to achieve
its remarkable direct-to-card print quality for dye-sublimation and resin thermal transfer.
The Card Printer will print from any IBM-PC® or compatible running Windows® 98SE, Me,
Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
The following describes how each of these technologies works:
Function
Description
DyeSublimation
Dye-Sublimation is the print method the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M uses
to produce smooth, continuous-tone images that look truly photographic.
(Note: This process uses a dye-based Ribbon roll that is partitioned by a
number of consecutive color panels.)
The panels are grouped in a repeating series of these three process colors
along the entire length of the print Ribbon: yellow, magenta and cyan or
YMC.
The Printer always prints the yellow panel first, followed by the magenta
panel and the cyan panel. (Note: As the print Ribbon passes beneath the
Printhead, hundreds of thermal elements within the Printhead heat the
dyes on the Ribbon. When these dyes are heated, they diffuse into the
surface of the card. A separate pass is made for each of the three color
panels on the Ribbon.)
By combining the colors of each panel and by varying the heat used to
transfer these colors, it is possible to print up to 16.7 million different
shades of color. (Note: This blends one color smoothly into the next,
producing photo-quality images with absolutely no dot pattern.)
Resin
Thermal
Transfer
Resin Thermal Transfer is the print method the Printer uses to print sharp
black text and crisp bar codes, which can be read by both infrared and
visible-light bar code scanners.
•
Used to print ultra-fast, one-color ID cards on the
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M. (Note: Like dye-sublimation, this process
uses the same thermal Printhead to transfer color to a card from a
resin-only print Ribbon or the resin black (K) panel of a full color print
Ribbon.)
•
Solid dots of resin-based ink are transferred and fused to the surface of
the card. (Note: This produces durable, saturated printing.)
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Printer Components: Front Cover
Components
Description
Front Cover
Opens to allow access to the Ribbon Cartridge. (Note: This cover must
be closed in order for the Printer to begin printing.)
Printhead
The component of the Printer that actually does the printing. (Note: This
component is fragile and must not be bumped or touched with anything
other than a cleaning swab.)
Cancel button
The Cancel button turns the Printer ON and OFF. (Note: It also
serves to cancel the current print job and reset the Printer for the next
print job.)
If a card is left within the Printer after a print job is canceled, it will
automatically be ejected when the Printer is turned back ON.
Pause button
The Pause button is used to pause the Printer during normal operation
and also to resume operation after an error condition is cleared. (Note:
In general, as the icon above this button indicates, errors are related to
either the Ribbon or the cards. If an error occurs, the Pause LED will
flash.)
Card
Cleaning
Roller
Automatically cleans cards for higher print quality. (Note: Clean the
Card Cleaning Roller during every Ribbon change (every 250 cards) or
as needed.)
Card Input
Hopper
Load blank cards into this Hopper.
Power Port
Connect to the included power cord.
USB Port
Connect to a Windows PC with a USB cable.
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Printer Components: Print Ribbons
The Card Printer utilizes both dye-sublimation and/or resin thermal transfer methods to
print images directly onto blank cards. Since the dye-sublimation and the resin thermal
transfer print methods each provide their own unique benefits, print Ribbons are available
in resin-only, dye-sublimation-only and combination dye-sublimation/resin versions.
To make it easier to remember which print Ribbons are which, a letter code has been
developed to indicate the type of Ribbon panels found on each Ribbon. This letter code is
as follows:
= Dye-Sublimation Yellow Panel
= Dye-Sublimation Magenta Panel
= Dye-Sublimation Cyan Panel
= Resin Black Panel
= Clear Protective Overlay Panel
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Printer Components: Resin-Only Print Ribbons
Resin-only print Ribbons consist of a continuous roll of a single resin color. No protective
overlay panel (O) is provided since resin images do not require the protection of such an
overlay. The following resin-only Ribbon types are available for use with both
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M:
Type
Description
Standard Resin Black
(K) (provides 1,000
prints)
This Ribbon provides high resin durability ideal for most
general-purpose monochrome ID card applications. Resin black
bar codes are readable by both infrared and visible-light bar
codes scanners.
Premium Resin Black
(K) (provides 1,000
prints)
This Ribbon provides maximum resin durability ideal for
applications such as access control where cards are repeatedly
swiped through a Magnetic Stripe reader. Resin black bar codes
are readable by both infrared and visible-light bar codes
scanners.
(Note: Using a Premium Resin Black Ribbon will provide better
photo realistic output.)
Colored Resin
(provides 1,000 prints)
Metallic Resin
(provides 1,000 prints)
Several colored resin Ribbons are available in a variety of colors
for customizing or color-coding resin-only ID cards.
Metallic resin Ribbons are available for printing resin images
with a unique metallic sheen.
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Printer Components: Dye-Sublimation Print Ribbons
Note that the Printer requires both specialized and authorized print Ribbons in order to print
and function properly.
Step
1
Procedure
Do not run the cards with a contaminated, dull, or uneven surface through the
Printer.
Caution: Printing onto such cards will ultimately lead to poor print
quality and will greatly reduce the life of the Printhead.
2
Always store the card stock in its original packaging or in a clean, dust-free
container.
3
Do not print onto cards that have been dropped or soiled. (Note: Printhead
damage caused by contaminated or poor quality cards will automatically void the
Printhead's factory warranty.)
4
If printing onto cards with a pre-punched slot, do not print over the area of the
card with the punched slot. (Note: To avoid this area when printing, use the
options in the Overlay / Print Area tab to omit printing in this area, or punch the
slot after the card has printed.)
Here is the table for Dye-Sublimation-Only Print Ribbon and Dye-Sublimation Black (BO)
(provides 500 prints).
Type
Description
DyeSublimationOnly Print
Ribbon
It is available in a monochrome version. This Ribbon consists of dyesublimation Ribbon panels which alternate with a clear protective Overlay
(O) Panel. Dye-Sublimation images must have an overlay panel applied
to them or they will quickly begin to wear or fade.
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Printer Components: Dye-Sublimation/Resin Print Ribbons
Type
Description
DyeSublimation/
resin print
Ribbon
The Dye-Sublimation/resin print Ribbon combines the yellow (Y),
magenta (M) and cyan (C) dye-sublimation panels with a resin black (K)
panel.
By combining both types of Ribbon panels, this Ribbon can be used to
print full-color, photo-quality images with the dye-sublimation panels
along with sharp, black text and bar codes with the resin black panel.
A clear overlay panel (O) is also included on most Ribbons to protect the
dye-sublimation images. Dye-Sublimation images must have an overlay
panel applied to them, or they will quickly begin to wear or fade.
Full-Color
(YMCKO)
(provides 250
prints)
This Ribbon is used to print full-color photo ID cards along with resin
black text and bar codes. Both infrared and visible-light bar code
scanners can read bar codes printed with resin black.
•
An overlay panel (O) is included to protect the full-color dyesublimation printing.
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Printer Components: Blank Cards
Type
Description
Card Size
The Card Printer accepts standard CR-80 sized and 20 mil. cards (3.370"L x
2.125"W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW) with a thickness of 30 mil (.030"/.762mm).
Card
Design
The Printer will print onto any card with a clean, level and polished PVC
surface.
Although the Printer is equipped with card cleaning Rollers, it is very
important to always print onto cards specifically designed for direct-to-card
dye-sublimation printing.
Card
Surface
Suitable cards must have a polished PVC surface free of fingerprints, dust, or
any other types of embedded contaminants. In addition, cards must have a
completely smooth, level surface in order for the Printer to achieve consistent
color coverage.
Certain types of Proximity cards have an uneven surface that will inhibit
consistent color transfer.
•
UltraCard
Stock
Certain types of smart card chips are raised slightly above the cards
surface which also results in poor color transfer.
Due to the importance of using high-quality blank cards, a factory-approved
card stock called UltraCard™ is available and recommended for best results.
•
UltraCard stock has a glossy PVC laminate on top and bottom and is
optically inspected to provide the cleanest, most scratch and debrisreduced cards possible.
•
Two types of these cards are available: UltraCard and UltraCard III.
UltraCard stock has a PVC core and offers medium card durability.
UltraCard III stock has a 40% polyester core and offers high durability.
•
Both types of UltraCards produce printed images with a glossy, photoquality finish.
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Section 3: Setup and Installation
Procedures
The following guide will walk you through the installation of the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M
Card Printer Driver.
•
Time Requirement (software): This software installation process will require
approximately 2 to 5 minutes (depending on the speed of your PC).
•
Time Requirement (Printer): The time required to set up a standard
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Printer would be approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
The System Requirements are as follows:
IBM-PC or compatible, Windows® 98SE, Me/2000/XP, Pentium® class 233MHz computer
with 64MB of RAM or higher, 200MB free hard disk space or higher, USB 1.1
Table of Contents
Section 3: Setup and Installation Procedures ___________________________________ 3-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 3-1
Printer Setup and Installation_____________________________________________ 3-3
Choosing A Good Location ____________________________________________ 3-3
About Moisture Condensation __________________________________________ 3-3
Unpacking and Inspection _____________________________________________ 3-4
Reviewing the Printer (front view) ______________________________________ 3-5
Reviewing the Printer (front view; Cartridge being installed)__________________ 3-5
Reviewing the LCD (top-front part of Printer) _____________________________ 3-6
Connecting the Printer power___________________________________________ 3-7
Installing the Print Ribbon Cartridge _____________________________________ 3-8
Installing the Print Ribbon Cartridge (continued) _________________________ 3-9
Installing the Print Ribbon Cartridge (continued) ________________________ 3-10
Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper______________________________ 3-11
Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper (continued) __________________ 3-12
Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper (continued) __________________ 3-13
Lowering the Card Output Hopper _____________________________________ 3-14
Printer Driver Installation ______________________________________________ 3-15
Installing the Printer Driver ___________________________________________ 3-15
Installing the Printer Driver (continued) _______________________________ 3-16
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Printing a Test Print Image ___________________________________________ 3-27
Printing a Test Print Image (continued) ________________________________ 3-28
Printer Transport _____________________________________________________ 3-29
Moving the Printer to another location __________________________________ 3-29
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Printer Setup and Installation
Choosing A Good Location
Follow these guidelines:
•
Place the unit in a location with adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat build up.
•
Use the Printer's dimensions as a guideline for the minimum clearances to the unit.
(Note: Allow for adequate clearance in front of the unit to accommodate the unit with its
Covers open.)
•
Do not install unit (a) near heat sources such as radiators or air ducts, or (b) in a place
subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust, mechanical vibration or shock.
About Moisture Condensation
If the unit is brought directly from a cold to a warm location, or is placed in a very damp room,
moisture may condense inside the unit. Should this occur, print quality may not be optimum.
Leave the unit turned OFF in a warm, dry room for several hours before using. This will allow
the moisture to evaporate.
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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.
Check that the following items are included:
•
Power Supply
•
US Power Cable
•
Europe Power Cable
•
Software Installation CD/User Guide
•
User Guide
•
Warranty Statement, Registration Card and Compliancy Document
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Reviewing the Printer (front view)
Reviewing the Printer (front view; Cartridge being installed)
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Reviewing the LCD (top-front part of Printer)
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Connecting the Printer power
Follow this procedure. (Note: Do not connect the Printer’s USB cable until prompted during
the Printer Driver installation.)
Step
Procedure
1
Plug the AC adapter power cable into the back of the Printer. See Display A.
2
Plug the wall power cable into the AC power adapter.
3
Plug the wall power cable into a standard 110VAC power outlet.
Display A – Shows back of Printer with AC power cable (below).
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Installing the Print Ribbon Cartridge
The Fargo DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer uses a one-piece, disposable Ribbon
Cartridge load system. Every full color Ribbon Cartridge contains a 250 “full color card count”
Ribbon and a Card Cleaning Roller.
Step
1
Procedure
To install the Ribbon Cartridge, simply open the front Cover by pressing the
black rubber pad or touch pad and lowering the Cover down, as shown below.
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Installing the Print Ribbon Cartridge (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
a. Remove the liner on the Card Cleaning Roller before installing the Cartridge,
as shown in Display A (upper right arrow of display).
b. Remove the Ribbon securing tape, as shown in Display A (middle right arrow
of display).
3
Slide the Ribbon Cartridge into the Printer, as shown in this section.
4
Raise the front Cover and press the front Cover’s black rubber pad or touch pad
to secure it.
Display A – Shows the Print Ribbon Cartridge before it is installed or inserted into the Printer.
The Card Cleaning Roller (see arrow) is already inserted into the Print Ribbon Cartridge.
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Installing the Print Ribbon Cartridge (continued)
Display B – Shows direction that Cartridge is inserted in the Printer.
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Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper
The Fargo DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Printer is capable of printing single load cards and
multiple feed cards (batch mode).
•
To print using single feed, simply remove all cards from the Card Hopper, leave the Card
Hopper door closed and place a card in the single Feed Card Slot (which can be used
repeatedly).
•
Again, the cards should be loaded with the print side down and (if applicable) the
magnetic strip up and towards the front of the Printer.
To print using Batch mode follow the instructions below.
Step
Procedure
1
Open the Card Hopper Cover.
2
Press the Card Hopper Load Lever down until the Card Tray locks into place,
as shown in Display B in this section.
3
Load up to 100 cards into the Hopper with the print side down.
If using cards with a magnetic strip, the magnetic strip should be loaded with
the strip up and to the front of the Printer, as shown in Display C in this section.
4
Close the Card Hopper Cover to release the Card Tray.
Continued on the next page
Display A – This is a graphics showing how to insert the cards.
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Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper (continued)
Display B - Press the Card Hopper Load Lever down. Insert the cards.
Here the Lever is still up.
Here the Lever is pressed down.
Continued on the next page
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Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper (continued)
Here are the cards ready to insert.
Here the Input Hopper Door is closed.
Continued on the next page
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Lowering the Card Output Hopper
Step
1
Procedure
The Fargo DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M comes with a Card Output Hopper (to
hold cards after they have been printed).
Pull on the Output Hopper and lower its Cover down until it snaps into place.
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Printer Driver Installation
Installing the Printer Driver
Step
1
Procedure
Close all programs and insert the Software Installation CD into your computer’s
CD drive. After a few seconds, the CD’s installer program will automatically open.
Follow the CD’s on-screen Procedures to complete installation.
(Note: If the CD does not automatically open, use “My Computer” or “Windows
Explorer” to view the contents of the CD. Then, double-click on the Setup.exe file
listed on the CD.)
2
Click on the following buttons to install the appropriate Printer Driver and Online
User’s Guide, as shown below:
•
DTC400 Card Printer/Encoder button
•
DTC300 Card Printer/Encoder button
•
DTC300M Card Printer/Encoder button
Continued on the next page
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Step
3
Procedure
Wait during the installation.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Click on the Next button to continue with the Setup program.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
5
Procedure
Read the License Agreement. Select the I accept the terms of the license
agreement option and click Next to continue.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
6
Procedure
a. Select the Complete option to install the following components:
•
Printer Driver Software
•
Printer Driver User’s Guide
•
Fargo Diagnostics Utility
(Note: Selecting Custom will provide the option to select which components to
install.)
b. Click Next to continue.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
7
Procedure
Click Install to begin the installation.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
8
Procedure
Select the port that your Printer is connected to at this time. Click on the OK
button and continue with the installation.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
9
Procedure
a. Connect the USB cable to the Printer.
b. Turn ON the Printer at this time if it is not already ON.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
10
Procedure
Wait while the Driver components are being copied to your PC.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
11
Procedure
Click on the Finish button to complete the Setup, as shown below.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
12
Procedure
a. Click on the Yes button to exit the installer, as shown below.
b. Click on the No button to return to the installer’s main menu to install
additional software components.
Continued on the next page
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Installing the Printer Driver (continued)
Step
13
Procedure
You have completed the installation.
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Printing a Test Print Image
Step
1
Procedure
a. From your computer’s startup menu, select Settings > Printers and Faxes
(Windows XP) or > Printers (Windows 98SE, Me and 2000).
b. Double click on the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer under the
Printers window.
c. Select Printing Preferences under the Printer drop-down menu. This will bring
up the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Printing Preferences window.
2
a. Select the Card tab, and then click on the Test Print button, as shown in
Display A in this section. (Note: Ensure that a full color YMCKO Ribbon is
installed before proceding.)
b. When the Test Print button is selected, an image is copied to the Printer.
Display A - DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Printer Driver Card Tab:
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Printing a Test Print Image (continued)
Step
3
Procedure
This completes the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer/Encoder Installation
Guide.
For additional help regarding the Test Print and other related items please see
the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer User Guide located under Start >
Programs > Fargo.
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Printer Transport
Moving the Printer to another location
Step
Procedure
1
The Printer can be transported by gripping it under the back lid, as shown in the
photo below.
2
You have completed the setup and installation procedures in this section.
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Section 4: General Troubleshooting
This section provides Troubleshooting procedures for this Printer for Communication Errors,
Card Feed Errors, Print Process Errors, Card Jam Errors, Encoding Errors and Diagnosing
Image Problems.
Table of Contents
Section 4: General Troubleshooting __________________________________________ 4-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 4-1
Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 4-3
Communications Errors _________________________________________________ 4-4
Resolving the Communication Errors ____________________________________ 4-4
Resolving the Communication Errors (continued) ________________________ 4-5
Print Process Errors ____________________________________________________ 4-6
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Cards will not feed off the Hopper) ___________ 4-6
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Cards will not feed off the Hopper) (continued)4-7
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Cards will not feed off the Hopper) (continued)4-8
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Two (2) or more card feed at the same time) ____ 4-9
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Two (2) or more card feed at the same time)
(continued) ______________________________________________________ 4-10
Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Antenna is Corrupted) _________ 4-11
Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Antenna is Corrupted) (continued)412
Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Sensor is Corrupted) __________ 4-13
Resolving the Mag Verify Error _______________________________________ 4-14
Resolving a Mag Verify Error (continued) _____________________________ 4-15
Resolving a Mag Verify Error (continued) _____________________________ 4-16
Resolving the No Mag Installed Error ___________________________________ 4-17
Resolving a No Mag Installed Error (continued)_________________________ 4-18
Resolving a Ribbon Sensor Error (Ribbon Miscue) ________________________ 4-19
Resolving a Ribbon Sensor Error (Ribbon Miscue) (continued) _____________ 4-20
Resolving a Ribbon Break Jam Error____________________________________ 4-21
Resolving a Ribbon Break Jam Error (continued) ________________________ 4-22
Resolving a Ribbon Out Error _________________________________________ 4-23
Resolving a No Ribbon Installed Error __________________________________ 4-24
Resolving a No Ribbon Installed Error (continued) ______________________ 4-25
Resolving a Invalid Ribbon Error ______________________________________ 4-26
Resolving a Invalid Ribbon Error (continued)___________________________ 4-27
Resolving a Wrong Ribbon Error ______________________________________ 4-28
Resolving a Wrong Ribbon Error (continued) ___________________________ 4-29
Resolving a Card Jam Error ___________________________________________ 4-30
Resolving a Card Jam Error (continued) _______________________________ 4-31
Resolving a Headlift Motor or Sensor Error ______________________________ 4-32
Resolving a Headlift Motor or Sensor Error (continued)___________________ 4-33
Resolving the Cover Open Error Message________________________________ 4-34
Resolving the Blank Output issues _____________________________________ 4-35
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Resolving the Blank Output issues (continued) __________________________ 4-36
Resolving the Blank Output issues (continued) __________________________ 4-37
Diagnosing Image Problems ____________________________________________ 4-38
Resolving the Pixel Failure problems ___________________________________ 4-38
Resolving the Card Surface Debris problems _____________________________ 4-39
Resolving the Incorrect Image Darkness problems _________________________ 4-40
Resolving the Incorrect Image Darkness problems (continued) _____________ 4-41
Resolving Ribbon Wrinkle problems____________________________________ 4-42
Resolving Ribbon Wrinkle problems (continued) ________________________ 4-43
Resolving the Excessive Resin Printing problems__________________________ 4-44
Resolving the Excessive Resin Printing problems (continued) ______________ 4-45
Resolving the Incomplete Resin Printing problems_________________________ 4-46
Resolving the Image Placement problems ________________________________ 4-47
Resolving the Image Placement problems (continued) ____________________ 4-48
Resolving the Image Placement problems (continued) ____________________ 4-49
Resolving the Poor Image Quality problems ______________________________ 4-50
Running the Self Test__________________________________________________ 4-51
Running the Standard Self Test Print____________________________________ 4-52
Running the Magnetic Self Test (HiCo Only) _____________________________ 4-53
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Safety Messages (review carefully)
Symbol
Critical Instructions for Safety purposes
Danger:
Failure to follow these installation guidelines can result in death or
serious injury.
Information that raises potential safety issues is indicated by a warning
symbol (as shown to the below).
Caution:
•
To prevent personal injury, refer to the following safety messages
before performing an operation preceded by this symbol.
•
To prevent personal injury, always remove the power cord prior to
performing repair procedures, unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent personal injury, make sure only qualified personnel
perform these procedures.
This device is electrostatically sensitive. It may be damaged if
exposed to static electricity discharges.
Information that raises potential electrostatic safety issues is indicated
by a warning symbol (as shown to the below).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, refer to the following
safety messages before performing an operation preceded by this
symbol.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, observe all established
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) procedures while handling cables in
or near the Circuit Board and Printhead Assemblies.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always wear an
appropriate personal grounding device (e.g., a high quality wrist
strap grounded to avoid potential damage).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always remove the
Ribbon and Cards from the Printer before making any repairs,
unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, take jewelry off of
fingers and hands, as well as thoroughly clean hands to remove oil
and debris before working on the Printer.
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Communications Errors
Resolving the Communication Errors
Symptom(s): Incorrect output, communications error on PC or Printer, stalling, no response
from Printer, no job printed, “paper out” error.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Confirm that the system meets the minimum requirements, as shown here:
•
IBM-PC or compatible.
•
Windows 98SE, Me/2000/XP Pentium™ class 233 MHz computer with 64
MB of RAM or higher
•
200 MB free hard disk space or higher
•
USB Port
Confirm the correct installation of the Printer Driver.
a. Close the software program and check the Printer Driver.
b. Reboot the computer.
c. Ensure the Printer Driver is installed correctly. (Note: Especially if an
obsolete Driver was recently removed.)
d. Ensure the correct setup options within the Printer Driver are selected.
e. Confirm that the Driver is current by checking at: www.fargo.com
3
Determine the problem with printing from the application.
a. Print a self-test from the Printer by holding down the Pause button on
power up to ensure that the Printer (itself) is functioning properly.
b. Print the Windows test page that is located in the General tab of the Driver.
c. Use WordPad (a Windows 98SE, Me/2000/XP word processing program in
the Accessories Program Group).
1) Go to the File menu and select Page Setup.
2) Click on the Printer button and select the
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer.
3) Click OK and reset all four margins to zero. (Note: The WordPad
will automatically replace the values with it’s minimum margins.)
4) Open the program and type: “This is a Test.” then, go to File on the
menu bar and select Print.
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Resolving the Communication Errors (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Determine whether there is adequate hard Drive space.
(Note: A large volume of temporary files on the computer can cause
communications errors.)
a. Access the temporary files by following this process:
•
Search for all folders called TEMP. Once found, clear out the contents
of the folders.
•
If using Windows 98SE, Me/2000/XP, run the System Utility - Disk
Defragmenter found in the Accessories folder of the Start Menu.
•
Use a disk cleanup utility (such as Disk Cleanup found in the System
Tools folder of the Start menu) or use a third party application.
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Print Process Errors
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Cards will not feed off the Hopper)
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Cards will not feed at all.
•
Printer Error State: Card is not being detected by the Card TOF Sensor 11
seconds after the initiation of a print job causing the Printer to produce an
error
•
LCD Error Display: Card Not Fed
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Unable to Feed Card
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Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Cards will not feed off the Hopper) (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Check the card quality / loading.
a. Remove cards from the Card Hopper.
b. Ensure that the cards are not sticking together by fanning them out and then
lining them back together in straight deck.
c. Press the Card Hopper Load Lever down until the Card Tray locks into place.
d. Load up to 100 cards into the Hopper with the print side down.
e. Close the Card Hopper Cover to release the Card Tray.
f.
Press on the Resume button.
g. If the cards do not feed, continue to Step 3.
3
Press the Cancel Print button on the Driver Monitor Error Display Message.
4
Reboot the Printer by cycling the power.
5
Check the Card Feed Motor.
a. Remove all cards from the Hopper.
b. Press the Card Hopper Load Lever down until the Card Tray locks into place.
c. Using the Fargo Diagnostic utility send a test print to the Printer. See the
Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs.
d. Gently touch the Card Hopper Feed Roller to verify that it is turning
e. If Roller is NOT turning, continue to Step 7.
f.
If Roller is turning, continue to Step 6.
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Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Cards will not feed off the Hopper) (continued)
Step
6
Procedure
Check Hopper Tray Spring Tension.
a. Open Card Hopper Cover.
b. Using the Fargo Diagnostic utility, send a test print to the Printer. See the
Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs.
c. When the Card Hopper Feed Roller engages, push up on the Card Hopper
Tray.
g. If the cards feed, replace the Card Hopper Lift Spring.
d. If the cards do not feed, replace the Card Hopper Feed Roller.
7
Card Hopper Feed Roller is not turning during a print job.
a. Remove the Printer rear cover.
b. Ensure that the Card Hopper Feed Motor power cable is securely connected
to J-20 on the Printers Main Board.
c. Ensure that the Card Hopper Feed Motor power cable is securely connected
to the Card Hopper Feed Motor.
d. Use the Fargo Diagnostic utility to send a test print to the Printer. See the
Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs.
e. If the Card Hopper Feed Motor is not moving, continue to Step 8.
8
Replace Card Hopper Feed Motor.
a. Replace the Card Hopper Feed Motor.
b. Use the Fargo Diagnostic utility to send a test print to the Printer. See the
Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs.
c. If the Card Hopper Feed Motor does not turn, replace the Main Board.
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Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Two (2) or more card feed at the
same time)
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptoms: Two or more cards feed at the same time causing the cards to
jam at the Card Hopper Roller. Printer is out of cards.
•
Printer Error State: Card is not being detected by card TOF Sensor 11
sec after the initiation of a print job causing the Printer to produce an error
•
LCD Error Display: Card Not Fed
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Unable to Feed Card
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Resolving a Card Not Fed Error (Two (2) or more card feed at the same time)
(continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Check card quality / loading.
a. Remove cards from the Card Hopper.
b. Ensure that the cards are not sticking together by fanning them out and then
lining them back together in straight deck.
c. Press the Card Hopper Load Lever down until the Card Tray locks into place.
d. Load up to 100 cards into the Hopper with the print side down.
e. Close the Card Hopper Cover to release the Card Tray.
f.
Press on the Resume button.
g. If the cards do not feed, continue to Step 3.
3
Press the Cancel Print button on the Driver Monitor Error Display Message.
4
Reboot the Printer by cycling the power.
5
Check Card Feed TOF Sensor.
a. Remove the Printers rear cover.
b. Use a digital volt meter to place the Positive lead to pin 9 of the J-4 Main
Board connection and the negative lead to pin 12 of the J-4 Main Board
connection.
•
The blocked Sensor should read +4.99 vdc.
•
The open Sensor should read +1.5 vdc.
c. If the Card Feed TOF Sensor does not read properly, replace the Sensor.
6
Clean the Card Feed Roller.
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Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Antenna is Corrupted)
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printer RFID Sensor does not detect a recognizable signal from
the Ribbon.
•
Printer Error State: The Ribbon tag information is corrupted or incorrect.
•
LCD Error Display: Ribbon RFID Error
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Ribbon RFID Error
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Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Antenna is Corrupted)
(continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Replace the Print Ribbon
a. Replace the Print Ribbon Cartridge.
b. Press on the Resume button.
c. If the error continues, see Resolving the Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID
Sensor is Corrupted) in this section.
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Resolving a Ribbon RFID Error (Ribbon RFID Sensor is Corrupted)
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printer RFID Sensor does not detect a recognizable signal from
the Ribbon.
•
Printer Error State: The Ribbon tag information is corrupted or incorrect.
•
LCD Error Display: Ribbon RFID Error
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Ribbon RFID Error
Replace the Print Ribbon RFID Sensor.
a. Replace the Print Ribbon RFID Sensor.
b. Press on the Resume button.
c. If the error continues, replace the Printer Main Board.
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Resolving the Mag Verify Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: The Printer is unable to verify encoded data.
•
Printer Error State: The Printer is unable to verify encoded data.
•
LCD Error Display: Mag Verify
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Mag Verify
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Resolving a Mag Verify Error (continued)
Step
Procedure
2
Check to ensure that the cards are loaded with the Magnetic Stripe facing Up
and towards the front of the Printer.
3
a. Press on the Resume button.
b. If the error continues continue to step 4
4
Verify the Driver settings if cards are loaded properly. See the Using the
Magnetic Encoding tab procedure in .
5
Verify that data is being encoded to the Magnetic Stripe.
a. Clear any Error Messages from the LCD by unplugging the Printer and
reapplying power.
b. Remove the failed card.
c. Use a Magnetic Stripe reader or magnetic developer spray to determine if
data is being written to the Magnetic Stripe.
d. If data is not being written to the Magnetic Stripe,
•
Open the front cover.
•
Remove the Magnetic Module cover screw.
•
Remove the Magnetic Module cover.
•
Verify that the Magnetic Module is seated securely into the Magnetic
Module docking station.
e. If the Magnetic module is properly seated, replace the magnetic head (as
needed). (Note: See the current DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M User Guide
for related instructions in the Parts Replacement Section.)
f.
If data is being written to the Magnetic Stripe, the Magnetic Offset may
need to be adjusted. See the Using the Mag Top of Form Option.
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Resolving a Mag Verify Error (continued)
Step
6
Procedure
Verify that the coercivity of the cards matches the Driver Settings.
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Resolving the No Mag Installed Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: There is not Magnetic Encoder installed.
•
Printer Error State: A print job with Magnetic encoding was sent with no
Magnetic encoder installed in the Printer.
•
LCD Error Display: No Mag Installed
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: No Mag Installed
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Resolving a No Mag Installed Error (continued)
Step
Procedure
2
Press the Cancel Print button on the Driver Monitor Error Display Message.
3
Reboot the Printer by cycling the power.
4
Verify that the Printer has a Magnetic Encoder installed.
a. Open the front cover.
b. Remove the Magnetic Module cover screw.
c. Remove the Magnetic Module cover.
d. Verify that the Printer has a Magnetic Module installed. (Note: If the
Printer is equipped with a Magnetic Encoder Module, ensure that it is
seated securely into the Magnetic Module docking station. If the issue
persists, replace the Magnetic Module. See the
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M User Guide for replacement procedures.)
5
If the Printer has no Magnetic Encoder module, verify that the encoding data
was sent in error, check the appropriate software user’s manual for encoding
instructions.
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Resolving a Ribbon Sensor Error (Ribbon Miscue)
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: The Printer rolls through Ribbon and errors out
•
Printer Error State: The Printer cannot find the next panel on the Ribbon.
•
LCD Error Display: Ribbon Miscue
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Ribbon Sensor
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Resolving a Ribbon Sensor Error (Ribbon Miscue) (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Open the front cover and remove the Ribbon Cartridge.
a. Check that the Ribbon is in good condition and not wrinkled or broken.
a. If Ribbon is broke or wrinkled, repair the Ribbon and wind up the takeup roll 4-color panels past the damaged area.
3
Press on the Resume button.
If the issue persists, continue to Step 4.
4
Replace the Ribbon Cartridge.
a. Press on the Resume button.
b. If the issue persists, continue to Step 5.
5
Press the Cancel Print button on the Driver Monitor Error Display Message.
6
Reboot the Printer by cycling the power.
7
Using the driver calibration tab calibrate the Ribbon Sensor.
If the issue persists, continue to Step 8.
8
Replace the Ribbon Sensor.
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Resolving a Ribbon Break Jam Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: The Print Ribbon has become jammed or has broken in the
Printer
•
Printer Error State: The Ribbon Supply Encoder Sensor has
unexpectedly stop receiving information from the Ribbon Encoder
•
LCD Error Display: Ribbon BreakJam
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Ribbon BreakJam
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Resolving a Ribbon Break Jam Error (continued)
Step
2
3
Procedure
Open the front cover and remove the Ribbon Cartridge.
•
If Ribbon is broken, continue to Step 3.
•
If Ribbon is in good condition, continue to Step 6.
Adjust the print offset (See Using the Print Top of Form Option)
If the issue persists, continue to Step 4.
4
Repair the Ribbon and wind up the take-up roll 4 color panels past the damage
area.
a. Press on the Resume button.
If the issue persists, continue to Step 5.
5
Use the Fargo Diagnostic utility to cycle the Printhead to ensure proper
printhead operation. See the Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs.
•
If the Printhead does not cycle properly, see Resolving the Headlift Motor /
Sensor Error.
If the Printhead functions properly, continue to Step 6.
6
Replace the Ribbon Cartridge.
a. Press on the Resume button.
If the issue persists, continue to Step 7.
7
Remove the rear cover in order to check that the Ribbon Encoder Sensor is
securely connected to the J-4 Main Board connection and to the Encoder
Sensor.
a. Press on the Resume button.
If the issue persists, replace the Encoder Sensor.
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Resolving a Ribbon Out Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printer will not print.
•
Printer Error State: The Ribbon Sensor has detected the End Of Ribbon
mark
•
LCD Error Display: Ribbon Out
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Ribbon Out
Replace the Ribbon Cartridge
a. Press on the Resume button.
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Resolving a No Ribbon Installed Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printer errors out as soon as it receives data from PC
•
Printer Error State: The Printer RFID Sensor is not receiving a signal from
the Ribbon
•
LCD Error Display: No Ribbon
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: No Ribbon Installed
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Resolving a No Ribbon Installed Error (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Verify that a Ribbon Cartridge is installed in the Printer.
a. Press on the Resume button.
If the issue persist, continue to Step 3.
3
4
Remove the rear cover and check that the Ribbon RFID cable is securely
connected to the Main Board (J-5) and the RFID Sensor.
•
If the connections are loose, reattach
•
. Press on the Resume button.
•
If the connections are good or if the issue persists, continue to Step 4.
Replace the Ribbon RFID Sensor.
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Resolving a Invalid Ribbon Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printer errors out as soon as it receives data from the PC
•
Printer Error State: The Ribbon installed does not match the Printer model.
•
LCD Error Display: Invalid Ribbon
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Invalid Ribbon
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Resolving a Invalid Ribbon Error (continued)
Step
Procedure
2
Verify that the Ribbon Cartridge installed is designed for the correct Printer
model.
3
Press on the Resume button.
If the issue persists, continue to Step 4.
4
5
Remove the rear cover and check that the Ribbon RFID cable is securely
connected to the Main Board (J-5) and the RFID Sensor.
•
If the connections are loose, reattach
•
Press on the Resume button..
•
If the connections are good or if the issue persists, continue to Step 5.
Replace the Ribbon RFID Sensor.
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Resolving a Wrong Ribbon Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printer errors out as soon as it receives data from the PC
•
Printer Error State: The Ribbon installed does not match the Printer Driver
information
•
LCD Error Display: Wrong Ribbon
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Wrong Ribbon
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Resolving a Wrong Ribbon Error (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Verify the Driver settings are correct.
a. Open the Printer Control Panel from the Computer.
•
If using Windows 98SE, Me, right click on the DTC400/DTC300 Card
Printer Icon and select Properties.
•
If using Windows 2000/XP, right click on the DTC400/DTC300 Card
Printer and select Printing Preferences.
b. Click on the Device Option tab.
c. Click on the auto select button.
d. Check that the Ribbon type matches the Ribbon selected.
3
Press on the Resume button..
If the issue persists, continue to Step 4.
4
5
Remove the rear cover and check that the Ribbon RFID cable is securely
connected to the Main Board (J-5) and the RFID Sensor.
•
If the connections are loose, reattach
•
Press on the Resume button...
•
If the connections are good or if the issue persists, continue to Step 5.
Replace the Ribbon RFID Sensor.
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Resolving a Card Jam Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Card is jammed.
•
Printer Error State: Card TOF Sensor is detecting no card motion
•
LCD Error Display: Card Jam
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: Card Jam
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Resolving a Card Jam Error (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Look for a jammed card in the Printer.
a. Open the Printer’s front cover.
b. Remove the Ribbon Cartridge from the Printer.
c. Check to see if a card is jammed in the print station of the Printer.
d. If a card is found in the print station, continue to Step 3.
e. If no card was found in the print station, continue to Step 4.
3
Clearing a jammed card.
a. If a card is jammed in the Printer, use the Cancel button and the Pause
button to move the Feed Rollers and free the card.
b. The card can then be fed out of the Printer.
4
Test the Card Sensor.
a. Remove the rear cover.
b. Using a Digital Voltmeter, connect the negative lead to ground.
c. Connect the positive lead to Pin 10 of J4.
•
If blocked, the Sensor should read 4.9 to 5.5 VDC.
•
If unblocked, the Sensor should read 0.15 to 0.18 VDC.
d. If the voltages do not read correctly, replace the Sensor. (Note: See the
current DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M User Guide for related instructions in
the Parts Replacement Section.)
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Resolving a Headlift Motor or Sensor Error
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
Procedure
1
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: The Printhead continuously cycles or does not cycle at all
•
Printer Error State: Headlift Sensor is not detecting movement from the
Headlift Cam
•
LCD Error Display: Head Lift Error
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: General Error
Continued on the next page
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Step
Procedure
2
Press the Cancel Print button on the Driver Monitor Error Display Message.
3
Reboot the Printer by cycling the power.
4
Cycle the Headlift Motors.
a. Use the Fargo Diagnostic utility to cycle the Printhead to ensure proper
printhead operation. See the Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs.
a. Verify that the Headlift Motor turns.
b. If the Motor does not turn or jams, continue to Step 5.
5
Check the Headlift Motor Main Board Connection (J20).
a. Unplug the Printer.
b. Remove the back cover.
c. Verify that connection J20 is properly connected to the Main Board.
d. If the Motor does not turn, continue to Step 7.
6
Test the Headlift Sensor.
a. Remove the back cover.
b. Attach the positive lead from a Digital Voltmeter to Pin 1 of J9. Attach the
negative lead to the Pin 3 of J9.
•
If open, the Sensor should read 0.17 to 0.9 VDC.
•
If closed, the Sensor should read 4.9 to 5.5 VDC.
c. Replace the Sensor if the voltages do not read correctly. (Note: See the
current DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M User Guide for related instructions in
the Parts Replacement Section.)
d. If the Motor does turn, continue to Step 7.
7
Replace the Headlift Motor. (Note: See the current
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M User Guide for related instructions in the Parts
Replacement Section.)
a. If the Motor does turn, continue to Step 8.
8
Replace the Main Board.
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Resolving the Cover Open Error Message
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: The Printer errors immediately after sending a print job, or the
Rollers do not operate by pressing the cottons on the front panel (when the
cover is open).
•
Printer Error State: The front cover Sensor detects that the cover is open
•
LCD Error Display: Cover Open
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
Check for debris, as follows:
a. Open the front cover and check that no debris has accumulated in the lid
Sensor opening. Use compressed air to clean the opening id as needed.
b.
3
If the Sensor still does not work, continue to Step 3.
Check that the Sensor tab on the front cover is not damaged.
a. Open the front cover and examine the Lid Sensor tab for damage, if the
Sensor tab is damaged, replace the front cover. (Note: See the current
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M User Guide for related instructions in the Parts
Replacement Section.)
b. If the Sensor still does not work, continue to Step 4.
4
Replace the Main Board. (Note: See the current DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M
User Guide for related instructions in the Parts Replacement Section.)
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Resolving the Blank Output issues
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: A card is ejected blank (that should be printed).
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
Run a self-test.
a. Clear any card jams.
b. Unplug power from the Printer.
c. While holding down the Pause button, reapply power.
(Note: A self-test card will be printed.)
3
Look for an image on the Ribbon.
a. After a self-test has been run, open the top cover.
b. Remove the Print Ribbon from the Printer.
c. Visually inspect the set of panels that were last used by the Printer.
d. If an image is noticeable on the used Ribbon, continue to Step 4.
e. If an image is not noticeable on the used Ribbon, continue to Step 5.
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Resolving the Blank Output issues (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Adjust the placement.
a. Reset the Printer to clear any Error Messages by removing the power and
reapplying it.
b. Open the Printer Control Panel from the Computer.
•
If using Windows 98SE, Me, right click on the
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer Icon and select Properties.
•
If using Windows 2000/XP, right click on the
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer and select Printing
Preferences.
c. Click on the Calibrate tab.
d. Click on the Settings button.
e. Adjust the Image Placement Setting by +5.
f.
Click on the OK button.
g. Print a self-test.
h. After adjusting the Image Placement, if a white border appears on the card,
adjust the image placement back toward its original value in increments of
2 until the white edge is gone.
i.
5
If still having blank card issues, continue to Step 5.
Check the Printhead connections.
a. Remove the Printer power and USB cables.
b. Turn the Printer over to gain access to the base plate.
c. Remove the one (1) thumbscrew from the Printhead cover plate and
remove the cover plate.
d. Depress the Printhead locking tabs and remove the Printhead.
e. Check to ensure that Power and Data Cables (that connect to the
Printhead) are properly seated.
f.
Remove the Back Cover.
g. Ensure that the Printhead Power/Data Cable is properly seated on J16 on
the Main board.
h. If still having blank card issues, continue to Step 6.
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Resolving the Blank Output issues (continued)
Step
6
Procedure
Ensure that the proper voltage is being applied to the Printhead.
a. Remove the back cover.
b. Using a Digital Voltmeter, connect the negative lead to ground.
c. Probe Pins 1 to 5 of the Printhead power connection on J16.
d. Ensure that a voltage between 22 to 23 VDC is read on each pin.
•
If less than 22 volts is read on any of the pins, replace the Printhead.
•
If still having issue with blank cards, replace the Main Board. (See the
current DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M User Guide for instructions on
replacing the Main Board in the Parts Replacement Section.)
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Diagnosing Image Problems
Resolving the Pixel Failure problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: A thin line or scratch travels the entire length of the card (See
sample image below).
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
2
Check the card stock for scratches. Replace the cards (as needed).
3
Examine the Printhead for visible damage.
4
Clean the Printhead. See the Cleaning the Printhead procedure.
5
Replace the Printhead if the problem persists. See Replacing the Printhead
Assembly (D900023).
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Resolving the Card Surface Debris problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Prints have spots (white or colored voids) and/or dust on them
(See sample image below).
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
2
Ensure the cards are clean and stored in a dust-free environment. Do not use
cards with embedded contaminants in the surface.
3
Clean the inside of the Printer. See Cleaning the Printer's Interior.
4
Clean the Cleaning Roller. See Cleaning the Card Feed and Cleaning Rollers.
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Resolving the Incorrect Image Darkness problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printed cards are too dark or too light.
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
2
Run a self-test to ensure that the issue is not with the Driver settings.
3
Adjust the Dye-Sub Intensity setting within the Image Color tab of the Printer
Driver. See Using the Image Color tab procedure.
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Resolving the Incorrect Image Darkness problems (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Correct the Image Darkness. See the Using the Image Darkness option
procedure.
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Resolving Ribbon Wrinkle problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printed cards have off-colored lines or streaks on them.
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
2
Confirm that the Printer is using the most current Driver via:
http://www.fargo.com
3
Reduce the Dye-Sub Intensity setting within the Image Color tab of the Printer
Driver. See the Using the Image Color tab.
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Resolving Ribbon Wrinkle problems (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Reduce the Image Darkness. See the Using the Image Darkness option
procedure.
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Resolving the Excessive Resin Printing problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Black resin text and barcodes appear smeared or too thick.
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
Reduce the Resin Heat setting within the Image Color tab of the Printer Driver.
See the Using the Image Color tab.
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Resolving the Excessive Resin Printing problems (continued)
Step
3
Procedure
Reduce the Image Darkness. See the Using the Image Darkness option
procedure.
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Resolving the Incomplete Resin Printing problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Black resin text and barcodes appear faded or too light.
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
2
Increase the Resin Heat setting within the Image Color tab of the Printer
Driver. See the Using the Image Color tab.
3
Increase the Image Darkness. See the Using the Image Darkness option
procedure.
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Resolving the Image Placement problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer. This procedure is used to adjust the position of the card in the Print driver and
does not change the internal settings of the printer. See Using the Printer Calibration Utility
for instructions on changing the printers internal settings.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Printing is cut off or is not centered on the card, or a white border
appears.
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
Verify if the Image Position option within the Calibrate tab is set correctly or
incorrectly.
a. Open the Printer Control Panel from the Computer.
•
If using Windows 98SE, Me, right click on the
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer Icon and select Properties.
•
If using Windows 2000/XP, right click on the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M
Card Printer and select Printing Preferences.
b. Click on the Calibrate tab.
c. Adjust the Vertical and/or Horizontal Image Position settings based on
where the white border is on the card.
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Resolving the Image Placement problems (continued)
Step
3
Procedure
Verify if the Horizontal Image Position Setting is set correctly or incorrectly.
See the graphic below.
•
If the white border is on the leading edge of the card, adjust the
Horizontal value by +2.
•
If the white border is on the trailing edge of the card, adjust the Horizontal
value by -2.
a. Click on OK.
b. Run a self-test.
c. If the white border is diminished, continue the adjustment until it is gone.
Continued on the next page
Graphic A
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Resolving the Image Placement problems (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Verify if the Vertical Image Position Setting is set correctly or incorrectly. See
the graphic below.
•
If the white border is on the top edge of the card, adjust the Vertical value
by +2.
•
If the white border is on the botom edge of the card, adjust the Vertical
value by -2.
a. Click on OK.
b. Run a self-test.
c. If the white border is diminished, continue the adjustment until it is gone.
Graphic B
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Resolving the Poor Image Quality problems
All Troubleshooting procedures assume that only factory-authorized supplies are in use in
the Printer.
Step
1
2
Procedure
Review the following information.
•
Symptom: Photos on the cards look pixilated or grainy, as shown below.
•
Printer Error State: None
•
LCD Error Display: None
•
Driver Monitor Error Display: None
Use high-resolution, 24-bit color images to always capture an image:
•
at a 24-bit color setting
•
at 300 dpi
•
at the same size that it will be printed on the card, as captured either with a
scanner or with a digital camera
If a small or low-resolution image is stretched or blown up, a pixilated or grainy
effect will occur when printing, as shown below (rightside).
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Running the Self Test
Perform a self-test after (a) an initial setup of the Printer, (b) a calibration procedure has
been conducted, or (c) a part has been replaced to check for proper Printer operation.
Step
1
Procedure
Verify that a full-color or Premium Resin Ribbon Cartridge is installed and that
cards are properly loaded.
Caution: If the power is ON, disconnect the Power Cable from the
Printer’s rear panel.
2
Press and hold the Pause/Resume button.
3
While holding down the Pause/Resume button, plug the power cable back into the
Printer.
4
•
Full Color Ribbon Cartridge installed: The Printer will print a 3-color process
gray scale on the front of the card. The overlay pass is not printed during the
Self-test. (See Display A below)
•
Premium Resin Ribbon Cartridge installed: The Printer will print a single color
gray scale on the front of the card. See Display B below)
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Running the Standard Self Test Print
Display A Full Color Test Print
Display B Resin Test Print
(insert image of resin test print)
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Running the Magnetic Self Test (HiCo Only)
Perform a self-test after (a) an initial setup of the Printer, (b) a calibration procedure has
been conducted, or (c) a part has been replaced to check for proper Printer operation.
Step
1
Procedure
Remove Ribbon Cartridge from the Printer and close the front cover
Caution: If the power is ON, disconnect the Power Cable from the
Printer’s rear panel.
2
Press and hold the Pause/Resume button.
3
While holding down the Pause/Resume button, plug the power cable back into the
Printer.
4
The Printer will Encode magnetic information on all 3 magnetic tracks
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Section 5: Printer Adjustments
See this section for printer adjustments.
Table of Contents
Section 5: Printer Adjustments _______________________________________________ 5-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 5-1
Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 5-4
DTC400/DTC300 Print Driver Options_____________________________________ 5-5
Reviewing DTC400, DTC300 and DTC300M Printer Drivers _________________ 5-5
Reviewing DTC400 Printer Drivers______________________________________ 5-5
Reviewing DTC300 Printer Driver ______________________________________ 5-6
Reviewing DTC300M Printer Drivers ____________________________________ 5-7
Using the Card tab _____________________________________________________ 5-8
Adjusting the Card Size Option _________________________________________ 5-8
Adjusting the Orientation Option________________________________________ 5-9
Selecting the number of copies ________________________________________ 5-10
Using the Diagnostics button under the Card tab___________________________ 5-11
Using the Clean Printer Option ________________________________________ 5-12
Using the Clean Printer Option (Continued) ____________________________ 5-13
Using the Test Print button ___________________________________________ 5-14
Using the About button ______________________________________________ 5-15
Using the Device Options tab (DTC400/DTC300) ___________________________ 5-16
Adjusting the Ribbon Type option______________________________________ 5-16
Selecting the Auto Ribbon Select option _________________________________ 5-17
Adjusting the Color Matching option ___________________________________ 5-18
Adjusting for the Resin Dither _________________________________________ 5-19
Using the Rotate Image 180 Degrees option ______________________________ 5-20
Using the Disable Printing option ______________________________________ 5-21
Using the Device Options tab (DTC300M) _________________________________ 5-22
Adjusting the Ribbon Type option______________________________________ 5-22
Selecting the Auto Ribbon Select option _________________________________ 5-23
Adjusting for the Resin Dither _________________________________________ 5-24
Using the Rotate Image 180 Degrees option ______________________________ 5-25
Using the Disable Printing option ______________________________________ 5-26
Using the Resin Heat (K) option _______________________________________ 5-27
Using the Overlay Heat (O) option _______________________________________ 5-28
Using the Image Color tab (DTC400/DTC300)______________________________ 5-29
Using the Resin Heat (K) option _______________________________________ 5-30
Using the Overlay Heat (O) option _____________________________________ 5-31
Using the Color Matching option and Default button _______________________ 5-32
Using the Calibrate tab_________________________________________________ 5-33
Using the Image Position Controls _____________________________________ 5-34
Using Image Position controls (continued) _____________________________ 5-35
Using the Sensors button _____________________________________________ 5-36
Using the Settings button _____________________________________________ 5-37
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Using the Magnetic Encoding tab ________________________________________ 5-38
Using the Magnetic Track Selection radio buttons _________________________ 5-39
Using the Magnetic Track Selection radio buttons (continued)______________ 5-40
Using the Magnetic Track Options radio buttons __________________________ 5-41
Using the Bit Density radio buttons _____________________________________ 5-42
Using the Character Size radio buttons __________________________________ 5-43
Reviewing the Enable MLE Support checkbox ____________________________ 5-44
Using the ASCII Offset radio buttons ___________________________________ 5-45
Using the LRC Generation radio buttons_________________________________ 5-46
Using the Character Parity radio buttons _________________________________ 5-46
Using the Shift Data Left checkbox _____________________________________ 5-47
Reviewing the ISO Track Locations ____________________________________ 5-48
Sending the Track Information ________________________________________ 5-49
Entering the Track Information ________________________________________ 5-49
Reviewing Tracks 1, 2 and 3 (in table format)_____________________________ 5-50
Reviewing the Track Data Note________________________________________ 5-50
Reviewing the ASCII Code and Character Table __________________________ 5-51
Using the Overlay / Print Area tab________________________________________ 5-52
Using the Overlay / Print Area dropdown menu ___________________________ 5-53
Using the Overlay / Print Area dropdown menu (continued) _______________ 5-54
Using the Overlay / Print Area_________________________________________ 5-55
Using the Overlay / Print Area (continued) _____________________________ 5-56
Using the Defined Area Option ________________________________________ 5-57
Using the Defined Area Option (continued) ____________________________ 5-58
Using the Defined Area Option (continued) ____________________________ 5-59
Using the Defined Area Option (continued) ____________________________ 5-60
Using the Defined Area Option (continued) ____________________________ 5-61
Using Security Options (Visual Security Solutions) ________________________ 5-62
Selecting Orientation - Landscape under Card tab _________________________ 5-63
Selecting the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu (A to D) _____________ 5-64
Selecting Orientation - Portrait under Card tab ____________________________ 5-65
Selecting the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu (E to H) _____________ 5-66
Selecting the VeriMark radio button ____________________________________ 5-67
Selecting the HoloMark radio button____________________________________ 5-68
Reviewing the Custom VeriMark Card (Custom Graphic in a 2D foil) _________ 5-69
Sample 1: VeriMark Card (Landscape - Orientation) - 4 positions (below) ____ 5-69
Sample 2: VeriMark Card (Portrait - Orientation) - 4 positions (below)_______ 5-69
Reviewing the Custom HoloMark Card (Custom Graphic in a 2D foil) _________ 5-70
Sample 1: HoloMark Card (Landscape - Orientation) - 4 positions (below)____ 5-70
Sample 2: HoloMark Card (Portrait - Orientation) - 4 positions (below) ______ 5-70
Using the K Panel Resin tab_____________________________________________ 5-71
Selecting from the Print All Black With K Panel options ____________________ 5-72
Selecting the Full Card option _________________________________________ 5-73
Selecting the Defined Area(s) option____________________________________ 5-74
Selecting the Undefined Area(s) option__________________________________ 5-75
Selecting the Defined Area(s) function __________________________________ 5-76
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued) ______________________ 5-77
Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued) ______________________ 5-78
Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued) ______________________ 5-79
Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued) ______________________ 5-80
Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued) ______________________ 5-81
Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued) ______________________ 5-82
Selecting the Print YMC under K and Print K Only options__________________ 5-83
Using the Printer Supplies tab ___________________________________________ 5-84
Reviewing the Ribbon Information _____________________________________ 5-85
Reviewing the Ribbon Level Indicator __________________________________ 5-86
Using the Printer Calibration Utility ______________________________________ 5-87
Using the Image Darkness Option ______________________________________ 5-88
Using the Print Top of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-89
Using the Print End of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-90
Using the Print Left of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-91
Using the Magnetic Encoder Voltage Offset Option ________________________ 5-92
Adjusting the Hi-Co Voltage Offset __________________________________ 5-93
Adjusting the Lo-Co Voltage Offset __________________________________ 5-94
Using the Mag Top of Form Option ____________________________________ 5-95
Using the Mag Top of Form Option (continued) _________________________ 5-96
Using the Ribbon Tension Option ______________________________________ 5-97
Using the LCD Contrast Option________________________________________ 5-97
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Safety Messages (review carefully)
Symbol
Critical Instructions for Safety purposes
Danger:
Failure to follow these installation guidelines can result in death or
serious injury.
Information that raises potential safety issues is indicated by a warning
symbol (as shown to the below).
Caution:
•
To prevent personal injury, refer to the following safety messages
before performing an operation preceded by this symbol.
•
To prevent personal injury, always remove the power cord prior to
performing repair procedures, unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent personal injury, make sure only qualified personnel
perform these procedures.
This device is electrostatically sensitive. It may be damaged if
exposed to static electricity discharges.
Information that raises potential electrostatic safety issues is indicated
by a warning symbol (as shown to the below).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, refer to the following
safety messages before performing an operation preceded by this
symbol.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, observe all established
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) procedures while handling cables in
or near the Circuit Board and Printhead Assemblies.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always wear an
appropriate personal grounding device (e.g., a high quality wrist
strap grounded to avoid potential damage).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always remove the
Ribbon and Cards from the Printer before making any repairs,
unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, take jewelry off of
fingers and hands, as well as thoroughly clean hands to remove oil
and debris before working on the Printer.
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DTC400/DTC300 Print Driver Options
Reviewing DTC400, DTC300 and DTC300M Printer Drivers
The functionality of the DTC400, DTC300 and DTC300M Printer Drivers is identical. The
window title reflects the specific Printer Driver in use as shown in this introductory section.
Reviewing DTC400 Printer Drivers
This section applies to the DTC400 Printer.
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Reviewing DTC300 Printer Driver
This section applies to the DTC300 Printer.
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Reviewing DTC300M Printer Drivers
This section applies to the DTC300M Printer.
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Using the Card tab
Adjusting the Card Size Option
Step
1
Description
Click on the inches or mm option to choose the desired unit of measurement.
(Note No.1: When designing a card format, always set the card size or page
size within the card design program to the exact dimensions of a CR-80 card.)
(Note No.2: The Card Size indicates that the Printer accepts standard, "credit
card" size CR-80 (ISO ID-1) cards. The dimensions of the total print area for this
card size appear in the Print Width and Print Length boxes.)
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Adjusting the Orientation Option
Step
1
Description
Select Portrait under Orientation to cause the card to print in a vertical
orientation.
OR
Select Landscape under Orientation to cause the card to print in a horizontal
orientation.
(Note: An icon illustrating a printed card helps represent the difference between
the two.)
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Selecting the number of copies
Step
1
Description
Select the number of copies by clicking on the UP or DOWN arrows, as shown
below.
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Using the Diagnostics button under the Card tab
Step
1
Description
Click on the Diagnostic button to bring up the Fargo Diagnostics Utility window.
See the Section 9: Diagnostic Tool Utility.
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Using the Clean Printer Option
Step
Description
1
Click on the Clean Printer button to display the Clean Printer Utility window.
2
Remove all cards from the Card Hopper and close the Hopper door.
3
Open the Front Cover and remove the Ribbon Cartridge.
4
Remove the paper backing from both sides of the Cleaning Card.
5
Place the Cleaning card into the Single Feed Slot.
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Using the Clean Printer Option (Continued)
Step
Description
6
Click on the Clean button at the bottom of the window. (Note: The Printer will
begin to feed the cleaning card through the card path.)
7
Reinsert the print Ribbon and cards after the cleaning procedure has
completed.
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Using the Test Print button
Step
1
Description
Click on the Test Print button to send a simple self-test print to the Printer.
•
Ensure that a YMCKO Ribbon is installed for DTC400/DTC300 or a
Premium Resin Ribbon installed for DTC300M.
•
Ensure that the computer is effectively communicating with the Printer and
that the Printer is functioning properly.
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Using the About button
Step
1
Description
Click on the About button to open a dialog box containing the copyright and
version, date code information about this Printer Driver software.
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Using the Device Options tab (DTC400/DTC300)
Adjusting the Ribbon Type option
Use the Ribbon Type option to select print Ribbons.
Step
1
Description
Select the appropriate print Ribbon Type option from the dropdown menu for
the type of print Ribbon in use.
•
YMCKO – Full Color/Resin Black/Overlay
•
K – Standard Resin
•
K – Premium Resin
•
Colored Resin
•
Metallic Resin
•
KO – Premium Resin/Overlay
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Selecting the Auto Ribbon Select option
Step
1
Description
Click on the Auto Ribbon Select button to verify that the Ribbon type selected
matches the Ribbon installed in the Printer. (Note: The Printer Driver will
change the Ribbon type to the correct setting or validate. It will also display a
dialog that it has changed the current setting or that the current Ribbon type is
correct.)
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Adjusting the Color Matching option
Use the Color Matching dropdown menu to choose the color matching options which best
fits the print job requirements.
Step
1
Description
Select None for print speed versus print color or for use of third party color
matching software.
OR
Select Algebraic (a) for the Printer Driver to make very simple, yet fast, color
balance adjustments; (b) for more natural looking images without actually
utilizing any specific color matching; or (c) for customized, printed coloring of
the cards through the Image Color tab.
OR
Select Monitor for the Printer Driver to make color corrections similar to the
Algebraic option but through a more complex color matching algorithm.
OR
Select System Color Management for Windows to make color corrections.
This provides a closer match to the sRGB color specifications. (Note: This
option shifts colors to a different color model so the colors in the image will
more closely match how they appear on the monitor.)
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Adjusting for the Resin Dither
Select the appropriate dither method according to the type of image to be printed. This option
affects objects printed with a resin-only print Ribbon.
Step
1
Procedure
Select Optimized for Photo when printing photo quality images with resin.
OR
Select Optimized for Graphics when printing drawings and graphics (e.g.,
clipart, logos, etc.) with resin.
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Using the Rotate Image 180 Degrees option
Use this option to rotate the image on the front of the card 180 degrees when printed.
Step
1
Description
Select this option to change the position of the printed image in relation to the
set location of a card's Magnetic Stripe or smart chip.
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Using the Disable Printing option
Use this option to disable the printing capabilities of the Printer, yet still allows the Printer to
encode cards.
Step
1
Description
Select this option to encode or re-encode cards without wasting additional
time, effort, or printing supplies. (Note: When this option is selected, no print
data will not be sent to the Printer. All encoding instructions will be sent
according to how they are configured within the software.)
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Using the Device Options tab (DTC300M)
Adjusting the Ribbon Type option
Use the Ribbon Type option to select print Ribbons.
Step
1
Description
Select the appropriate print Ribbon Type option from the dropdown menu for
the type of print Ribbon in use.
•
K – Standard Resin
•
K – Premium Resin
•
Colored Resin
•
Metallic Resin
•
KO – Premium Resin/Overlay
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Selecting the Auto Ribbon Select option
Step
1
Description
Click on the Auto Ribbon Select button to verify that the Ribbon type selected
matches the Ribbon installed in the Printer. (Note: The Printer Driver will
change the Ribbon type to the correct setting or validate. It will also display a
dialog that it has changed the current setting or that the current Ribbon type is
correct.)
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Adjusting for the Resin Dither
Select the appropriate dither method according to the type of image to be printed. This option
affects objects printed with a resin-only print Ribbon.
Step
1
Procedure
Select Optimized for Photo when printing photo quality images with resin.
OR
Select Optimized for Graphics when printing drawings and graphics (e.g.,
clipart, logos, etc.) with resin.
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Using the Rotate Image 180 Degrees option
Use this option to rotate the image on the front of the card 180 degrees when printed.
Step
1
Description
Select this option to change the position of the printed image in relation to the
set location of a card's Magnetic Stripe or smart chip.
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Using the Disable Printing option
Use this option to disable the printing capabilities of the Printer, yet still allows the Printer to
encode cards.
Step
1
Description
Select this option to encode or re-encode cards without wasting additional
time, effort, or printing supplies. (Note: When this option is selected, no print
data will not be sent to the Printer. All encoding instructions will be sent
according to how they are configured within the software.)
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Using the Resin Heat (K) option
Use this option to control the amount of heat the Printer uses when printing with the resin
black panel(s) of a full-color Ribbon or when printing with a resin-only Ribbon by adjusting
the Resin Heat slide.
Step
1
Procedure
Move the slide to the left to cause less heat to be used in the printing process,
causing resin images to be lighter or less saturated.
OR
Move the slide to the right to cause more heat to be used.
(Note: This control can be helpful for fine-tuning the transfer of resin text and
bar codes.)
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Using the Overlay Heat (O) option
Use this option to control the amount of heat the Printer uses when printing with the overlay
panel of a Ribbon.
Step
1
Procedure
Move the slide to the left to cause less heat to be used in the printing process.
(Note: Certain card types may need additional heat for better transfer of the
overlay material.)
OR
Move the slide to the right to cause more heat to be used.
(Note: This control can be helpful for fine-tuning the transfer of overlay onto
the card.)
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Using the Image Color tab (DTC400/DTC300)
Step
Procedure
1
Select the Algebraic color matching option and then use this option to control
the Contrast and Gamma of the printed image, as well as the individual color
balance of Yellow, Magenta and Cyan. (Note: In most cases, the default
settings of these options will suffice.)
2
Control the overall darkness and lightness of the printed image by adjusting the
Dye-Sub Intensity slide by clicking and dragging the slide.
•
Move the slide to the left to cause less heat to be used in the printing
process, thus generating a lighter print.
OR
•
Move the slide to the right to cause more heat to be used, thus generating a
darker print. (Note: This slide only affects those images printed with dyesublimation Ribbon panels (YMC).)
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Using the Resin Heat (K) option
Use this option to control the amount of heat the Printer uses when printing with the resin
black panel(s) of a full-color Ribbon or when printing with a resin-only Ribbon by adjusting
the Resin Heat slide.
Step
1
Procedure
Move the slide to the left to cause less heat to be used in the printing process,
causing resin images to be lighter or less saturated.
OR
Move the slide to the right to (a) cause more heat to be used or (b) cause the
resin image to be darker or more saturated.
(Note: This control can be helpful for fine-tuning the transfer of resin text and
bar codes.)
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Using the Overlay Heat (O) option
Use this option to control the amount of heat the Printer uses when printing with the overlay
panel of a Ribbon.
Step
1
Procedure
Move the slide to the left to cause less heat to be used in the printing process.
(Note: Certain card types may need additional heat for better transfer of the
overlay material.)
OR
Move the slide to the right to cause more heat to be used.
(Note: This control can be helpful for fine-tuning the transfer of overlay onto
the card.)
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Using the Color Matching option and Default button
Step
1
Procedure
To return all options to their factory settings, click on the Default button.
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Using the Calibrate tab
Use the Calibrate tab to (a) control the position of the printable area in relation to the card,
(b) calibrate Sensors and (c) adjust the internal Printer settings that are customized for every
Printer and saved directly within the Printer's memory.
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Using the Image Position Controls
Use the Image Position controls to adjust the position of the overall print area to be
precisely centered on a card.
Step
1
Procedure
Click on the Vertical and Horizontal adjustment arrows to adjust the Image
Position values.
•
When adjusting these values, keep in mind that cards always remain in the
same position while moving through the Printer, regardless of image
orientation.
•
To illustrate this, the card illustration shown in the Image Position box will flip
and rotate according to the Portrait, Landscape, or Rotate 180 Degrees
selection.
•
The outline around the illustration will always remain in the same Landscape
orientation.
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Using Image Position controls (continued)
Review the Image Position diagram, which displays how the printed image will move in
relation to the fixed card position as positive and negative image placement values are
entered.
Step
2
Procedure
Use the Vertical adjustment to move the image:
•
Move toward the rear of the Printer if a positive number is entered.
•
Move toward the front of the Printer if a negative number is entered.
OR
Use the Horizontal adjustment to move the image:
•
Move toward the card output side of the Printer if a positive number is entered.
•
Move toward the card input side of the Printer if a negative number is entered.
(Note No.1: The maximum value for the Vertical and Horizontal adjustments is
±100 pixels (10 pixels = about .03"/. 8mm).)
(Note No.2: The Vertical and Horizontal adjustment arrows point to within the
Image Position window, which represents the direction that the printed image
moves.)
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Using the Sensors button
Use the Sensors button to bring up a separate dialog box for calibrating the Printer's Ribbon
Sensor (see instructions in the Calibration window below).
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Using the Settings button
Use the Settings button (see above) to bring up a separate dialog box for adjusting the
internal Printer settings, which are customized for every Printer at the factory and saved
directly within the Printer's memory. (Note: You can select the Restore Defaults to restore
the internal default settings.) See the Using the Settings dialog box procedure.
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Using the Magnetic Encoding tab
Use this option only if the Printer has an optional Magnetic Stripe Encoding Module installed.
The following describes these options and the Printer's magnetic encoding process.
•
The Card Printer comes with either a high-coercivity factory-installed Magnetic Stripe
Encoding Module or a low-coercivity module.
•
The Printer cannot encode both types of Magnetic Stripes interchangeably within the
same Printer.
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Magnetic Encoding tab to display options for controlling the
Magnetic Stripe encoding process.
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Using the Magnetic Track Selection radio buttons
Use the Magnetic Track Selection option to specify which track to configure through the
Magnetic Track Options if the application requires customization of the standard ISO
encoding process. (Note: Although the default ISO Magnetic Track Options should be
correct for almost all applications, these options can be customized if the application requires
it.)
Step
1
Procedure
Select a Track selection to:
a. Change all options separately for each of the three individual tracks.
b. Select the Default button for each of the separate tracks to set these options
back to the ISO Standard settings (once they have been changed).
(Important: Please refer to the following for a description of all Magnetic
Track Options.)
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Using the Magnetic Track Selection radio buttons (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Use the Magnetic Track Selections to configure the way in which each of the
three magnetic tracks will encode.
(Note No.1: They do not designate which tracks the Printer will encode (e.g., to
encode only Track 2). This must be done through the specific software program.)
(Note No.2: Although the Printer Driver will remember the settings specified for
each of the three tracks, the Printer Driver will always default to displaying the
options for Track 1 whenever the Printer Driver setup screen is first opened.)
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Using the Magnetic Track Options radio buttons
Use the Magnetic Track options for these purposes:
•
Customize the ISO encoded data format for each of the Magnetic Stripe's three tracks.
•
Customize each track independently of the other two.
•
Specify which of the three tracks to customize by selecting one of the three track options.
(Note No.1: After making the required selection, the Magnetic Track Options box displays
the current set of customization options for the selected track.)
(Note No.2: For most applications, the default settings for these options do not need to be
changed.)
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Using the Bit Density radio buttons
Use this option to customize the Bit Recording Density (Bits per Inch) used to encode the
magnetic data on the currently selected track.
Step
1
Procedure
Select 75 BPI to change the bits per inch to 75 BPI.
OR
Select 128 BPI to change the bits per inch to 128 BPI.
OR
Select 210 BPI to change the bits per inch to 210 BPI.
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Using the Character Size radio buttons
Use this option to customize the Character Data Size (Bits per Character) used to encode
the magnetic data on the currently selected track. (Note: This character size includes the
parity bit (if enabled).)
Step
Procedure
1
Select 5 Bits to change the bits per character to 5 BPC.
OR
Select 7 Bits to change the bits per character to 7 BPC.
OR
Select 8 Bits to change the bits per character to 8 BPC.
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Reviewing the Enable MLE Support checkbox
Multi-Language Extension (MLE) support in Windows XP can cause text strings to be broken
up into fragments. This fragmentation of the text string prevents magnetic encoding. (Note:
This option may help correct encoding problems in all operating systems.)
Step
1
Procedure
Check this box to allow the Driver to process the fragmented text.
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Using the ASCII Offset radio buttons
Use this option to customize the Character ASCII Offset used to encode the magnetic data
on the currently selected track. (Note: This character offset value is subtracted from the
ASCII value of each Magnetic Stripe data character prior to encoding on the track.)
Step
1
Procedure
Select NULL to change the ASCII Offset to NULL.
OR
Select SPACE to change the ASCII Offset to SPACE.
OR
Select ZERO to change the ASCII Offset to ZERO.
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Using the LRC Generation radio buttons
Use this option to customize the LRC Generation Mode (used to encode the magnetic data
on the currently selected track).
Step
1
Procedure
Select NO LRC to change the LRC Generation to none.
OR
Select Even Parity to change the LRC Generation to Even Parity.
OR
Select Odd Parity to change the LRC Generation to Odd Parity.
Using the Character Parity radio buttons
Use this option to customize the Character Data Parity (used to encode the magnetic data on
the currently selected track).
Step
1
Procedure
Select No Parity to change the Character Parity to none.
OR
Select Even Parity to change the Character Parity to Even Parity.
OR
Select Odd Parity to change the Character Parity to Odd Parity
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Using the Shift Data Left checkbox
Use this option to shift the recorded magnetic data to the left-hand side of the card's
Magnetic Stripe.
OR
Use this option for situations that require cards to be readable with insert type readers that
may be unable to read the right-hand side of the card.
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Shift Data Left checkbox option to apply to all tracks.
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Reviewing the ISO Track Locations
Review the magnetic encoding module, which encodes onto tracks in accordance with an
ISO 7811-2 Magnetic Stripe. (Note: Refer to the diagram (below) for track locations.)
0.223" 0.353" 0.493"
TRACK1
0.110"
0.130"
TRACK2
0.110"
TRACK3
0.110"
0.140"
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Sending the Track Information
Magnetic track data is sent in the form of text strings from the application software to the
Printer Driver along with all of the other printable objects within the card design.
•
Magnetic Track Data added: In order for the Printer Driver to differentiate between
magnetic track data and the rest of the printable objects, the magnetic track data strings
must be uniquely tagged or added.
•
Specific Characters added: In other words, specific characters must be added to the
magnetic track data in order for the Printer Driver to know which data is to be encoded,
which tracks to encode, when the track data stops and starts and so forth.
•
Manually or automatically added: In some cases, these specific characters are
automatically added to the string of track data by customized ID software applications. In
most cases, however, the User must manually add these characters to the string of
magnetic track data.
Entering the Track Information
(Note: If these characters are not added to the track data, the text intended for the magnetic
track will most likely appear as printed text on the card.)
Step
1
Procedure
To avoid this symptom, track information must be entered as follows.
When entering track data, the "~" character is entered first, followed by the desired
track number (1, 2, or 3) used to encode the data.
•
The data to be encoded should then follow. (Note: The first character of this
data string must be the track's specific Start Sentinel (SS) and the last
character must be the specific End Sentinel (ES).)
•
The characters or data in between the SS and ES can include all of the valid
characters specific to each track. (Note: The number of these characters is
limited by each track's maximum character capacity.)
Caution: When segmenting track data, strictly use the appropriate Field
Separator (FS).
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Reviewing Tracks 1, 2 and 3 (in table format)
Review this table, which displays the SS, ES, FS and the valid characters defined for each
track.
Track 1
Start
Sentinel
End
Sentinel
Field
Separator
Valid Characters
Maximum
Number of
Characters
%
?
^
ASCII 32-95
78
(See the table below.)
Track 2
;
?
=
ASCII 48-63
39
(See the table below.)
Track 3
;
?
=
ASCII 48-63
106
(See the table below.)
Reviewing the Track Data Note
Review this Note, which displays how track the data should be entered for Tracks 1, 2 and 3:
Track
Data Entry
Sending data to Track 1
~1%JULIE ANDERSON^623-85-1253?
Sending data to Track 2
~2;0123456789?
Sending data to Track 3
~3;0123456789?
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Reviewing the ASCII Code and Character Table
ASCII Code
Character
ASCII Code
Character
ASCII Code
Character
32
space
56
8
80
P
33
!
57
9
81
Q
34
"
58
:
82
R
35
No.
59
;
83
S
36
$
60
<
84
T
37
%
61
=
85
U
38
&
62
>
86
V
39
'
63
?
87
W
40
(
64
@
88
X
41
)
65
A
89
Y
42
*
66
B
90
Z
43
+
67
C
91
[
44
'
68
D
92
\
45
-
69
E
93
]
46
.
70
F
94
^
47
/
71
G
95
_
48
0
72
H
49
1
73
I
50
2
74
J
51
3
75
K
52
4
76
L
53
5
77
M
54
6
78
N
55
7
79
O
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Using the Overlay / Print Area tab
Use this option to control where the Overlay (O) Panel and/or the print area appear on a
card. (Note: This option is helpful if, for example, you would like to omit or block out the
overlay or printing around a card's smart chip or Magnetic Stripe.)
•
By default, this option is set to print and overlay the entire card. To customize the overlay
and/or print area, select one of the options listed under "Overlay / Print Area."
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Using the Overlay / Print Area dropdown menu
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Full Card option for the Printer to overlay and/or print the entire card.
OR
Select the Defined Area(s) option for the Printer to overlay and/or print only in
the selected and defined area or areas.
OR
Select the Undefined Area(s) option for the Printer to overlay and/or print only in
the space outside the selected and defined area.
OR
Select the Omit Smart Chip Area option for the Printer to overlay and/or print
only in the space outside the standard location of a smart chip.
OR
Select the Omit Magnetic Stripe Area option for the Printer to overlay and/or
print only in the space outside the standard location of an ISO Magnetic Stripe.
OR
Select the Omit Signature Area option for the Printer to overlay and/or print only
in the space outside the standard location of a signature panel.
(Note: In the card grid, black indicates the area in which the overlay and/or
printing will be applied.)
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Using the Overlay / Print Area dropdown menu (continued)
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Using the Overlay / Print Area
Use these Overlay / Print Area options to control both the print and overlay together or
control each individually.
Step
1
Procedure
Select For Print and Overlay for the defined area to apply to both the printing and
overlay process.
OR
Select For Overlay Only for the defined area to apply only to the overlay process.
(Note: In this mode, printing will still be allowed over the entire card and only the
overlay will be affected.)
OR
Select For Print Only (No Overlay) for the defined area to apply only to the print
process. (Important: In this mode, the overlay is completely disabled so it will not
be applied.)
Caution: An overlay or an overlaminate must protect dye-sublimation
printing or it will quickly begin to wear or fade.
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Using the Overlay / Print Area (continued)
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Using the Defined Area Option
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Defined Area(s) option to activate the card grid in the upper half of
the window. It is through this card grid that up to five (5) Defined Areas can be
assigned.
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Using the Defined Area Option (continued)
Step
2
3
Procedure
When the card grid is first activated, a small black square will appear at its
default size of .2" x .2" / 5mm x 5mm and at its default location in the lower lefthand corner (0, 0). This square represents the first defined area.
•
Determine the area of the card needed to define for a signature panel with a
different size and location than the Driver's standard Omit Signature Area
setting. (Note: This area is indicated by the dashed outline.)
•
Determine the area size by actually printing a card and looking at it in the
same orientation as when it exits the Printer.
Measure the total size of the desired area and enter those dimensions into the
dimension boxes. (Note: The minimum size an area is .2" x .2" / 5mm x 5mm.)
Continued on the next page
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Using the Defined Area Option (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Measure from the lower left corner of the card up and over to the lower left
corner of for the defined area to begin and enter these values into the X and Y
boxes. (Note: The card grid lines are spaced at .2 inch / 5mm intervals.)
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Using the Defined Area Option (continued)
Step
5
Procedure
a. Print the card design and observe how the image is oriented on the card as it
ejects from the Printer. (Note: The location of a defined area is based on the
card orientation as it exits the Printer.)
b. Measure the defined area location based on the printed card. (Note: If
selecting the Rotate Front 180 Degrees option, the image will appear
upside down as it exits the Printer.)
c. Position the defined area opposite to the measurement of the onscreen card
design (which will appear right side up).
Continued on the next page
Karen Atkins
Access Level-2
ID# 1234478
X=1.3“
Y=0.3“
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Using the Defined Area Option (continued)
Step
6
Procedure
Use the Defined Area arrows to navigate back and forth from area to area.
(Note: The active area will always be highlighted with a dotted outline.)
a. Define another area by clicking on the Defined Area UP arrow.
•
Another .2" x .2" / 5mm x 5mm area will appear in the lower left-hand
corner. (Note: This is the location in which all newly defined areas will
first appear.)
•
Up to 5 areas can be defined; however, additional areas cannot be added
until the most recently created area has been moved or sized. (Note: For
this reason, size and position each area as it is created.)
b. Delete an area by using the Defined Area arrows to select the area and click
on the Delete button. (Note: If all areas are deleted, the K Panel Resin
options will automatically be deselected.)
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Using Security Options (Visual Security Solutions)
The Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu list will be used to enable and select which
type of visual security will be used. The Visual Security dropdown list will be selectable only
on the Front side (see below). Visual Security is not an option for the back side.
The following actions will occur when one of the Visual Security locations is selected.
•
The Overlay / Print Area will be disabled.
•
The Security Options become selectable.
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Selecting Orientation - Landscape under Card tab
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Landscape radio button (below) under Orientation under the Card
Size tab to use the Visual Security Solutions (A to D), as shown in this window.
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Selecting the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu (A to D)
Step
1
Procedure
Click on the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu (below) under the
Landscape - Orientation (see above) to use the options shown in this display.
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Selecting Orientation - Portrait under Card tab
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Portrait radio button (below) under Orientation under the Card Size
tab to use the Visual Security Solutions (E to H), as shown in this window.
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Selecting the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu (E to H)
Step
1
Procedure
Click on the Visual Security Solutions dropdown menu under the Portrait Orientation (see above) to use the options shown below.
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Selecting the VeriMark radio button
Step
Procedure
1
Click on either the VeriMark or HoloMark radio button, as shown below. The foil
options are used to control the size of the exclusion area. (Note: When
VeriMark is selected a rectangle-sized area is excluded, HoloMark uses a
square sized area.)
2
Click on the VeriMark radio button (below) for the rectangle-sized area.
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Selecting the HoloMark radio button
Step
1
Procedure
Click on the HoloMark radio button (below) for the squared-area size.
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Reviewing the Custom VeriMark Card (Custom Graphic in a 2D foil)
The custom VeriMark image is stamped on blank, standard-sized cards. You can select one
of eight positions (A to H), as shown in the Portrait and Landscape samples below.
Sample 1: VeriMark Card (Landscape - Orientation) - 4 positions (below)
A
B
C
D
Sample 2: VeriMark Card (Portrait - Orientation) - 4 positions (below)
E
F
G
H
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Reviewing the Custom HoloMark Card (Custom Graphic in a 2D foil)
The custom HoloMark image is stamped on blank, standard-sized cards. You can select one
of eight positions (A to H), as shown in the Portrait and Landscape samples below.
Sample 1: HoloMark Card (Landscape - Orientation) - 4 positions (below)
A
B
C
D
Sample 2: HoloMark Card (Portrait - Orientation) - 4 positions (below)
E
F
G
H
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Using the K Panel Resin tab
Select the K Panel Resin option to control where the resin black (K) panel of a full-color
Ribbon is printed.
•
If printing with a resin-only Ribbon type all K Panel Resin options will be grayed out.
•
Resin black text is desirable due to its sharp, saturated black coloring and resin black bar
codes are often required by Ultra Violet barcode readers to ensure readability when
scanned.)
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Selecting from the Print All Black With K Panel options
Select one of the three options listed under Print All Black With K Panel if the black text or
bar codes are not TrueType fonts and/or are not printing with the resin black panel. (Note:
The Printer Driver will print areas of the image where it finds black coloring with the print
Ribbon's resin black (K) panel as specified by each of the following options.
Step
1
Procedure
When none of the options within this window are selected, the Printer Driver will
automatically print all TrueType black text and bar codes only with the Resin
Black (K) Panel of the print Ribbon.
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Selecting the Full Card option
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Full Card option for the Printer Driver to print the resin black (K) panel
for all black found within all areas of the image.
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) option
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Defined Area(s) option for the Printer Driver to print the resin black
(K) panel for all black found only in a desired and defined area or areas.
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Selecting the Undefined Area(s) option
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Undefined Area(s) option for the Printer Driver to print the resin black
(K) panel for all black found only in the space outside the defined areas. (Note:
In the card grid, black indicates the area in which the resin black (K) panel will be
printed.)
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function
To define an area, refer to the following steps:
Step
1
Procedure
Click on the Defined Area(s) check box. (Note: This will activate the card grid
in the upper half of the window. It is through this card grid that up to five areas
can be defined.)
When the card grid is first activated, a small square will appear at its default size
of .2" x .2" / 5mm x 5mm and at its default location in the lower left-hand corner
(0,0). This square represents the first defined area.
(Note: Changing the orientation of the card in the Card Tab will change the
appearance of this Tab.)
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
a. Determine the area of the card necessary to define. In the sample (below),
this area is indicated by the dashed outline.
b. Determine the size of this area by actually printing a card and looking at it
in the same orientation as when it exits the Printer.
3
Measure the total size for the area and enter those dimensions into the
dimension boxes. (Note: The minimum size an area can be is .2" x .2" / 5mm
x 5mm.)
Continued on the next page
Karen Atkins
Access Level-2
ID# 1234478
1.2“
* 172355*
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
a. Once the area is sized properly measure from the lower left corner of the
card up and over to the lower left corner for the defined area to begin.
b.
Enter these values into the X and Y boxes.
(Note: The card grid lines are spaced at .2 inch / 5mm intervals.)
5
a. Print the card design and note how the image is oriented on the card as it
ejects from the Printer. (Note: The location of a defined area is based on
the card orientation as it exits the Printer.)
b. Measure the defined area location based on the printed card. (Note: If
selecting the Rotate Front 180 Degrees option, the image will appear
upside-down as it exits the Printer. In this case, position the defined area
opposite to the measurement from the onscreen card design, which will
appear right side up.)
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued)
Refer to the previous procedure.
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued)
Refer to the previous procedure.
Karen Atkins
Access Level-2
ID# 1234478
* 172355*
X=1.4“
Y=0.2“
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued)
Refer to the previous procedure.
Continued on the next page
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Selecting the Defined Area(s) function (continued)
Step
Procedure
6
Define another area by clicking on the Defined Area up arrow. (Note: Another
.2" x .2" / 5mm x 5mm area will appear in the lower left-hand corner. This is the
location in which all newly defined areas will first appear.)
7
Use the Defined Area arrows to navigate back and forth from area to area.
(Note: The active area will always be highlighted with a dotted outline. Up to 5
areas can be defined.)
Size and position each area as it is created because additional areas cannot be
added until the most recently created area has been moved or sized.
8
Delete an area by using the Defined Area arrows to select the area and clicking
on the Delete button. (Note: If all areas are deleted, the K Panel Resin options
will automatically be deselected.)
Continued on the next page
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Selecting the Print YMC under K and Print K Only options
Step
1
Procedure
•
Select between the Print YMC Under K and Print K Only options. (Note:
When the Print YMC Under K option is selected, all black in the designated
areas will print with the Yellow (Y), Magenta (M) and Cyan (C) Ribbon panels
directly beneath the resin black (K) panel.)
OR
•
2
Select this option if printing resin black text or bar codes onto a colored
background to provide a more gradual transition between the two.
Select the Print K Only option if printing resin black onto a white background to
maximize the sharpness of printed text and bar codes. (Note: When this option
is selected, all black in the designated areas will print only with the resin black
(K) panel.)
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Using the Printer Supplies tab
Use the options on this tab to view information about the Ribbon installed in the Printer.
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Reviewing the Ribbon Information
Step
1
Procedure
Use the Ribbon information to determine which Ribbon is being used to print with
and its part number.
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Reviewing the Ribbon Level Indicator
Step
1
Procedure
Use the Ribbon Level indicator to view approximately how much Ribbon is left.
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Using the Printer Calibration Utility
Access the Settings dialog box via the Settings button on the Calibrate tab. Use the
adjustment mode to change the Printer's internal settings. (Note: The Card Printer is
equipped with an internal adjustment mode programmable through the Settings dialog box.
This dialog box is accessible only if the Printer is powered ON, it is in Ready Mode and it is
properly connected to the PC.)
Caution! These settings are optimized at the factory. In most cases, these settings
can be used without changing them.
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Using the Image Darkness Option
Use this option to set the overall darkness of the printed image by increasing or decreasing
the amount of heat used by the Printhead when printing.
Step
1
Procedure
Lighten the printed image by clicking the down arrow
value and decrease the amount of Printhead heat.
to enter a negative
OR
Darken the image by clicking the up arrow
increase the amount of Printhead heat.
to enter a positive value and
Caution: If the value is set too high, the Ribbon may jam or even
break.
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Using the Print Top of Form Option
Use this option to adjust the lengthwise or horizontal position of the printed image on a card
so it appears centered. (Note: When adjusting this value, keep in mind that cards always
remain in the same landscape orientation while moving through the Printer.)
The diagram (below) represents how the printed image will move in relation to the fixed card
position as a positive or negative Image Placement value is entered.
Step
1
Procedure
Enter a negative value to move the printed image toward the leading edge of the
card, or the card output to the side of the Printer.
OR
Enter a positive value to move the printed image toward the trailing edge of the
card, or the card input to the side of the Printer.
•
Maximum Adjustment Range: The maximum adjustment range is ±127. As a
rule, 10 equals about .030"/. 8mm, which is about the same as the thickness of
a standard CR-80 size card.
Caution: If the negative value is set too high, the print Ribbon may
break.
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Using the Print End of Form Option
Use this option to reduce or increase the overall printable area in order to optimize edge-toedge printing toward the trailing edge of a card. (Note: When adjusting this value, keep in
mind that cards always remain in the same position while moving through the Printer.)
The diagram (below) represents how the end of form will move in relation to the fixed card
position as a positive or negative Print End of Form value is entered.
Step
1
Procedure
Enter a negative value to reduce the Print End of Form and move the end of the
printable area more toward the leading edge of the card.
OR
Enter a positive value to increase the print length and move the end of the
printable area more toward the trailing edge of the card.
•
Maximum Adjustment Range: The maximum adjustment range is ±127. As a
rule, 10 equals about .030"/. 8mm, which is about the same as the thickness of
a standard CR-80 size card.)
Rear of Printer
Card Output
Side of Printer
(Leading Edge
of Card)
Card Input
Side of Printer
(Trailing Edge
of Card)
Direction card travels through printer
Front of Printer
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Using the Print Left of Form Option
Use this option to adjust the vertical position of the printed image on a card so it appears
centered. (Note: When adjusting this value, keep in mind that cards always remain in the
same landscape orientation while moving through the Printer.)
Step
1
Procedure
Enter a negative value to move the image towards the bottom edge of the
card (See image below),
OR
Enter a positive value to move the image towards the back top edge of the
card (see image below).
•
Maximum Adjustment Range: The maximum adjustment range is ±127.
As a rule, 10 equals about .030"/. 8mm. This is about the same as the
thickness of a standard CR-80 size card.
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Using the Magnetic Encoder Voltage Offset Option
Use this option to adjust the voltage of the Magnetic Encoder.
•
Encoder voltage is set from the factory at a default of 7.24vdc for Hi-Co Magnetic cards
and 2.54vdc for Lo-Co Magnetic cards.
•
Depending on the cards that are being used, it may be necessary to adjust the encoder
voltage out of default.
See the next two procedures for instructions on adjusting the Magnetic Encoder Voltage.
(Note: The required encoder voltage for the cards will need to be known in order to properly
set the Encoder Voltage Offset value. This information should be available through the card
manufacturer or reseller).
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Adjusting the Hi-Co Voltage Offset
Step
Procedure
1
Identify the Magnetic Encoder voltage required by the cards. (Note: The
required encoder voltage for the cards will need to be known in order to
properly set the Encoder Voltage Offset value. This information should be
available through the card manufacturer or reseller).
2
Use the following equation to identify the proper Mag Hi-Co Voltage Offset
value
•
((((36500/(((<Desired Voltage>+4.6)/1.23)-1))-2670)/39.0625) – 40)X-1
For example:
Required Encoder Voltage = 9vdc
•
3
((((36500/(((9+4.6)/1.23)-1))-2670)/39.0625) – 40)X-1 = 15
Change the Mag Hi-Co Voltage Offset value.
I.E 15
4
Use the Diagnostic Utility to run a Magnetic Self test and verify encoded
quality.
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Adjusting the Lo-Co Voltage Offset
Step
Procedure
1
Identify the Magnetic Encoder voltage required by the cards. (Note: The
required encoder voltage for the cards will need to be known in order to
properly set the Encoder Voltage Offset value. This information should be
available through the card manufacturer or reseller).
2
Use the following equation to identify the proper Mag Lo-Co Voltage Offset
value
•
((((36500/(((<Desired Voltage>+4.6)/1.23)-1))-2670)/39.0625) – 126)X-1
For example:
Required Encoder Voltage = 1.5vdc
•
3
((((36500/(((1.5+4.6)/1.23)-1))-2670)/39.0625) – 126)X-1 = -42
Change the Mag Lo-Co Voltage Offset value.
I.E -42
4
Use the Diagnostic Utility to run a Magnetic Self test and verify encoded
quality.
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Using the Mag Top of Form Option
Use this option only if the Printer has a built-in Magnetic Stripe encoder. (Note: If so, use
this option to shift the starting point of where the Printer will begin encoding the magnetic
track data on a card's Magnetic Stripe. When adjusting this value, keep in mind that a card
and its Magnetic Stripe will always remain in the same relative position as the card travels
through the Printer.)
The diagram (below) represents how the magnetic data will move in relation to the fixed
position of a card's Magnetic Stripe as a positive or negative Magnetic Offset value is
entered. (Note: For this diagram, imagine that the card is transparent and the card's
Magnetic stripe can be seen through the top or front side of the card.)
Step
1
Procedure
Enter a negative value to move the start of the magnetic data more toward the
leading edge of the card, or the card output to the side of the Printer.
OR
Enter a positive value to move the start of the magnetic data toward the trailing
edge of the card, or the card input to the side of the Printer.
•
Magnetic Data Direction: The arrows on these buttons indicate the direction
the magnetic data will move on the card's Magnetic Stripe.
•
Maximum Adjustment Range: The maximum adjustment range is ±127. As a
rule, 10 equals about .030"/. 8mm.) (Note: Keep this in mind when adjusting
this option to avoid over-adjusting.)
Caution: If the negative value is set too high, the Printer may start
encoding before the card's Magnetic Stripe reaches the encoding head.
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Using the Mag Top of Form Option (continued)
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Using the Ribbon Tension Option
Step
1
Procedure
Use the Ribbon Tension option to increase the amount of tension (drag) on the
ribbon during printing.
Enter a negative value to decrease the amount of tension that is placed on the
ribbon during printing
OR
Enter a positive value to increases the amount of tension that is placed on the
ribbon during printing.
Using the LCD Contrast Option
Use this option to adjust the contrast of the LCD.
Step
1
Procedure
Enter a positive value to increase the contrast of the LCD display on the front of
the Printer.
OR
Enter a negative value to decrease the contrast of the LCD display on the front
of the Printer.
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Section 6: Cleaning
The Card Printer is built to require a minimum amount of maintenance. Nevertheless, there
are a few procedures you can perform on a regular basis or as needed to ensure the best
possible performance
Table of Contents
Section 6: Cleaning ________________________________________________________ 6-1
Table of Contents ______________________________________________________ 6-1
Safety Messages (review carefully) ________________________________________ 6-2
Using the Required Supplies ___________________________________________ 6-3
Cleaning Procedures____________________________________________________ 6-4
Cleaning the Printhead ________________________________________________ 6-4
Cleaning the Card Feed and Cleaning Rollers ______________________________ 6-5
Cleaning the Printer's Interior __________________________________________ 6-6
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Safety Messages (review carefully)
Symbol
Critical Instructions for Safety purposes
Danger:
Failure to follow these installation guidelines can result in death or
serious injury.
Information that raises potential safety issues is indicated by a warning
symbol (as shown to the below).
Caution:
•
To prevent personal injury, refer to the following safety messages
before performing an operation preceded by this symbol.
•
To prevent personal injury, always remove the power cord prior to
performing repair procedures, unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent personal injury, make sure only qualified personnel
perform these procedures.
This device is electrostatically sensitive. It may be damaged if
exposed to static electricity discharges.
Information that raises potential electrostatic safety issues is indicated
by a warning symbol (as shown to the below).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, refer to the following
safety messages before performing an operation preceded by this
symbol.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, observe all established
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) procedures while handling cables in
or near the Circuit Board and Printhead Assemblies.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always wear an
appropriate personal grounding device (e.g., a high quality wrist
strap grounded to avoid potential damage).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always remove the
Ribbon and Cards from the Printer before making any repairs,
unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, take jewelry off of
fingers and hands, as well as thoroughly clean hands to remove oil
and debris before working on the Printer.
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Using the Required Supplies
For the maintenance procedures outlined for the Printer, you will need a Printer Cleaning Kit,
available from the reseller. This kit includes the following:
•
Printhead Cleaning Swabs pre-moistened with 99.99% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning the
Printer's Printhead.
•
Cleaning Cards with an adhesive backing for cleaning the Printer's Card Feed Rollers
and Platen Roller.
•
Cleaning Pads pre-moistened with 99.99% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning the Printer's
general inside and outside area.
Caution: As with any electronic device, internal components of the Printer, such as
the Printhead, may be damaged if exposed to static electrical discharges.
•
To avoid potential damage, always wear an appropriate personal grounding device, such
as a wrist strap (with integral resistor) connected to an ESD ground.
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Cleaning Procedures
Cleaning the Printhead
Perform this procedure during every 1000 prints to maintain consistent print quality. Also,
perform this procedure after noticing a streak on the card where color was not transferred.
Warning: Never use a sharp tool or abrasive object of any kind to clean the
Printhead, which can damage it.
Step
Procedure
1
Open the Printer's Front Cover.
2
Remove print ribbon
3
Use a Printhead Cleaning Swab from the Printer Cleaning Kit (P/N 085976) to
gently rub back and forth over the entire length of the printhead 3 to 4 times
4
Once the Printhead is completely dry, replace the ribbon cartridge and close the
Printer.
Caution: If a streak persists, use an Acetone compound to clean the
Printhead.
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Cleaning the Card Feed and Cleaning Rollers
The Card Feed Rollers move the card throughout the print process. The Cleaning Roller
removes dust particles from a blank card as it feeds into the Printer. Cleaning these Rollers
will help prevent card jams and card contamination and will ultimately lead to better print
quality and extended Printhead life.
Step
1
Procedure
Ensure a consistent Printer operation by cleaning these Rollers approximately
every 1000 prints, depending on the cleanliness of the card stock and the
environment (in which the Printer is located).
Clean the Rollers if the Rollers appear dirty or if the cards start showing speckles
or debris on the printed surface by following Steps 2 to 7 (below).
2
Leave the Printer power ON and open the Printer's Front Cover.
3
Remove all cards from the Printer's Card Input Hopper.
4
Get a Cleaning Card from the Printer Cleaning Kit and remove its adhesive
backing paper from both sides.
5
Insert the Cleaning Card into the card exception Single Feed Slot until the card
stops.
6
a. Open the Printer Control Panel from the Computer.
•
If using Windows 98SE/Me, right click on the
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer Icon and select Properties.
•
If using Windows 2000/XP, right click on the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M
Card Printer and select Printing Preferences. Click on the Calibrate tab.
b. Click on the Clean Printer button. (See below.)
c. Remove the Ribbon and close the front cover.
d. Click on the Clean button.
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Cleaning the Printer's Exterior
The Printer has a durable casing that should retain its luster and appearance for many years.
Clean it only with a Cleaning Pad from the Printer Cleaning Kit.
Caution: Do not use cleaning solvents of any kind or spray the printer’s exterior
with a cleaner!
Cleaning the Printer's Interior
Dust and other particles may accumulate inside the Printer with continued usage. These
particles are attracted to the print Ribbon or blank card by static produced during printing and
can contaminate the printed card causing spots or speckles to appear. Periodically, use the
following procedure to remove dust and other contaminants:
Step
Procedure
1
Open the Printer's Front Cover.
2
Remove the Ribbon Cartridge from the Printer.
3
Use a Cleaning Pad from the Printer Cleaning Kit to wipe out all visible areas
inside the Printer. Remove any debris that may be inside. Be extremely careful
not to let any alcohol drip inside the Printer!
4
Re-install the printing supplies and close the Printer.
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Section 7: Parts Replacement
Refer to the appropriate User Guide for this printer for this section.
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Section 8: Packing the Card Printer
The purpose of this section to provide the User with a specific packing procedure for this
Card Printer.
Table of Contents
Section 8: Packing the Card Printer...................................................................................... 8-1
Table of Contents ............................................................................................................ 8-1
Follow this instruction to pack the Card Printer for transport.
Step
Procedure
1
Clean the inside of the Printer with compressed air.
2
Wipe it down with a lint-free cloth.
3
Clean the Printhead with a alcohol swab.
4
Pack the Printer in the original carton and packing materials.
5
Ensure to enclose any necessary paperwork, test cards, etc.
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Section 9: Board Level Diagnostics
The purpose of this section to provide the User with specific Board Level Diagnostic
procedures for Board Errors and Sensor Testing for this Card Printer.
Table of Contents
Section 9: Board Level Diagnostics
Table of Contents
Safety Messages (review carefully)
Sensor and Motor
Reviewing the Sensor Location and Voltages
Reviewing the Motor Voltages (when active)
9-1
9-1
9-2
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Safety Messages (review carefully)
Symbol
Critical Instructions for Safety purposes
Danger:
Failure to follow these installation guidelines can result in death or
serious injury.
Information that raises potential safety issues is indicated by a warning
symbol (as shown to the below).
Caution:
•
To prevent personal injury, refer to the following safety messages
before performing an operation preceded by this symbol.
•
To prevent personal injury, always remove the power cord prior to
performing repair procedures, unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent personal injury, make sure only qualified personnel
perform these procedures.
This device is electrostatically sensitive. It may be damaged if
exposed to static electricity discharges.
Information that raises potential electrostatic safety issues is indicated
by a warning symbol (as shown to the below).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, refer to the following
safety messages before performing an operation preceded by this
symbol.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, observe all established
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) procedures while handling cables in
or near the Circuit Board and Printhead Assemblies.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always wear an
appropriate personal grounding device (e.g., a high quality wrist
strap grounded to avoid potential damage).
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, always remove the
Ribbon and Cards from the Printer before making any repairs,
unless otherwise specified.
•
To prevent equipment or media damage, take jewelry off of
fingers and hands, as well as thoroughly clean hands to remove oil
and debris before working on the Printer.
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Sensor and Motor
Reviewing the Sensor Location and Voltages
Use this table as a reference tool for Board Level Diagnostics
Location
Pin
Low Range VDC
High Range VDC
RFID Board
J5
3
Present .02
Not Present .70
Headlift
J9
1, 3
(+, -)
Not Depressed
0 - .17
Depressed
4.9 – 5.5
Print Cover Sensor
(Sensor mounted to
Main Board)
J4
1, 2
(+, -)
Not Depressed
0 - .17
Depressed
4.9 – 5.5
Print Ribbon Encoder
Sensor
J4
3,4
(+, -)
Unblocked 0 -.17
Blocked 4.9 – 5.5
Card Detection
Sensor
J4
Unblocked 0 -.17
Blocked 4.9 – 5.5
Sensor
Reviewing the Motor Voltages (when active)
Use this table as a reference tool for Board Level Diagnostics
Motor
Location
Pin
VDC
Print Drive Stepper
J3
4
4
Print Headlift
J20
6
17.0
Ribbon Drive
J20
8
5
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Section 10: Diagnostic Tool Utility
The Fargo Diagnostics Utility is designed to provide access to the following:
•
The diagnostic capabilities of the Printer.
•
The internal Self Tests of the Printer.
•
The testing options for Magnetic and E-card encoding options.
The set of sample images to test the Printer's operation.
Table of Contents
Section 10: Diagnostic Tool Utility___________________________________________ 10-1
Table of Contents _____________________________________________________ 10-1
Using the Diagnostic Tool Utility ________________________________________ 10-2
Selecting from the Printer Selection menu _______________________________ 10-2
Reviewing customized Diagnostic Utility tabs for your Printer _______________ 10-3
Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs _________________________________________ 10-4
Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility ____________________ 10-4
Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) ________ 10-5
Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) ________ 10-6
Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) ________ 10-7
Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) ________ 10-8
Selecting the Firmware Updates tab in the Diagnostics Utility ________________ 10-9
Downloading Firmware Updates ______________________________________ 10-10
Selecting the Firmware File __________________________________________ 10-10
Placing the Printer in the Upgrade Mode________________________________ 10-11
Sending the Firmware File ___________________________________________ 10-12
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility _____________________ 10-13
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-14
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-15
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-16
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-17
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-18
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-19
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-20
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-21
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-22
Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued) _________ 10-23
Selecting the Self Tests tab in the Diagnostics Utility______________________ 10-24
Selecting the Card Samples tab in the Diagnostics Utility __________________ 10-25
Selecting the Magnetic Encoding tab in the Diagnostics Utility ______________ 10-26
Selecting the Help button in the Diagnostics Utility _______________________ 10-27
Selecting the About button in the Diagnostics Utility ______________________ 10-28
Selecting the Exit button in the Diagnostics Utility________________________ 10-29
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Using the Diagnostic Tool Utility
Selecting from the Printer Selection menu
Step
Procedure
1
Click on the dropdown Printer selection menu to view a list of currently installed
Fargo Printer Drivers installed on the computer.
2
Select the Printer that is going to be tested, as shown below.
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Reviewing customized Diagnostic Utility tabs for your Printer
Step
1
Procedure
Select a Printer from the Printer Selection menu that will customize the tabs that
are available. (Note: Only the Diagnostic Utility tabs for the selected Printer will
be shown. For example, the Lamination tab will not be shown if the Printer does
not have Lamination capabilities.)
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Using the Diagnostic Utility tabs
Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Print Spooler tab, as shown below.
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Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2
Procedure
Click on the Select File button to bring up the Browse for Print File window, as
shown below and on the next page.
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Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
3
Procedure
a. Click on the Browse button to browse through an open file dialog box, as
shown below.
b. Select the Print File (.PRN) that is to be sent to the Printer.
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Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
4
Procedure
Select the number of copies to be printed, as shown below.
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Selecting the Print Spooler tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
5
Procedure
Click on the Send File button in order to send the selected Print Files (.PRN)
to the Printer.
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Selecting the Firmware Updates tab in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Firmware Updates tab, as shown below.
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Downloading Firmware Updates
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Download Firmware button. If you have Internet access, this will
automatically take you to the Firmware Updates section of the Fargo website. If
it does not, manually open your browser and go to the Firmware Updates
section in the Fargo Electronics Technical Support Web site:
http://www.FargoSupport.com/
2
Select your specific Printer model and click on the Submit button. Click on the
Firmware file link labeled for the specific Printer model.
3
Click on OK when prompted to Save this Program to Disk and then select a
folder in which to save the Update file.
4
a. Once the file has been downloaded, navigate to the location where the file
was saved. (Note: The Firmware Update file has been compressed for
ease of downloading.)
b. Decompress the file by double-clicking on the designated icon.
Selecting the Firmware File
Step
Procedure
1
Select the Select Firmware File to open a Browse Dialog Box.
2
Browse to the location where the firmware file is located.
3
Click on the OK button.
4
The file name and Firmware Version will be displayed below.
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Placing the Printer in the Upgrade Mode
Step
Procedure
1
Disconnect Power from the Printer.
2
Press and hold down the power and pause buttons on the Printer.
3
Reapply power to the Printer. (Note: The LCD display should now show
Upgrade Firmware.)
4
Press the Yes button on the LCD to continue.
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Sending the Firmware File
Step
Procedure
1
Ensure that the firmware File is selected.
2
Ensure that the Printer LCD says Upgrade Firmware Send File Now.
3
Click on the Send Firmware button.
4
Upon successful completion of the firmware update, the Printer will restart.
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
a. Select the Mechanics tab to test Motors and Sensors in the Printer. (Note:
This section has a procedure for each function by a Run button, as shown
below.)
b. See the entire Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility
section for related sub-procedures (Steps 2A to 2G).
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2A
Procedure
Click on the Calibrate the Ribbon Sensor button to calibrate the Print Ribbon.
(Note: This will ensure proper operation of the Ribbon Sensing systems.)
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2B
Procedure
Click on the Clean Printer (Remove Cards) button to activate the function. See
the Running the Magnetic Self Test (HiCo Only) procedure on page 4-53.
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2C
Procedure
Click on the Cycle the Printhead button to verify operation of the Printhead
Headlift Motor and Headlift Sensor. (Note: When selected, the Printhead should
cycle up and down.)
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2D
Procedure
Click on the Advance the Stepper Motor button to move the Card Rollers
forward in the Printer.
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2E
Procedure
Click on the Reverse the Stepper Motor button to move the Card Rollers
backwards in the Printer.
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2F
Procedure
Click on the Cycle the Card Input Roller (Remove Cards) button to activate
the Card Input Motor. (Note: Ensure that all cards have been removed from the
Printer before selecting this option.)
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2F
Procedure
Click on the Advance the Ribbon Motor (Remove Ribbon) button to
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2G
Procedure
Click on the Reverse the Ribbon Drive Motor (Remove Ribbon) button to
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2H
Procedure
Click on the Magnetic TOF Calibrate (HiCo) button to
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Selecting the Mechanics tab in the Diagnostics Utility (continued)
Step
2I
Procedure
Click on the Magnetic TOF Calibrate (LoCo) button to
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Selecting the Self Tests tab in the Diagnostics Utility
Use these options to run the internal Printer Self Tests.
Step
1
Procedure
Select the appropriate Run button to execute either the Barcode Test Card,
the Standard Self Test or the Magnetic Self Test, as shown below. (Note:
These options apply to the DTC400, DTC300 and DTC300M Printers).
•
Click on the Barcode Test Card button to test the resin printing capabilities
of the Printer (Note: A full color ribbon (YMC) with a resin panel (K) or a
resin ribbon is required for this test.)
•
Click on the Standard Self Test button to determine Image Placement and
confirm that the Printer is working properly. (Note: The image consists of
fifteen (15) gray scale boxes. The gray boxes are composed from a
composite of YMC color panels.)
•
Click on the Magnetic Self Test button to test the Magnetic Encoding
capabilities of the Printer. (Note: Be sure to have magnetic stripe cards
installed in your Printer when running this test.)
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Selecting the Card Samples tab in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
a. Select the Card Samples tab to print sample images from the Printer.
b. Select the desired Image, as shown below. (Note: You will see the
enlarged Image after you select it from several options.)
c. Check the settings defined in your Driver before printing your selection.
d. Click on the Print button when you are ready, as shown below. (Note: The
default Card Size is CR-80, a shown below.)
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Selecting the Magnetic Encoding tab in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
a. Select the Magnetic Encoding tab to test the Magnetic Encoding
capabilities of the Printer.
b. Click on the Auto Fill Track Data button to automatically fill in Track 1,
Track 2 and Track 3.
c. Click on the Encode button to encode the data. Click on the Clear button
to clear existing data from Track 1, Track 2 and Track 3.
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Selecting the Help button in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Help button to access the Fargo Diagnostics Utility Help document,
as shown below.
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Selecting the About button in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
Select the About button to access version information for the Diagnostics tool.
(Note: A list of the Printers that the Diagnostic Utility supports is also available.)
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Selecting the Exit button in the Diagnostics Utility
Step
1
Procedure
Select the Exit button to close out and exit from the Fargo Diagnostics Utility.
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Section 11: Firmware Upgrades
See Firmware Updates in Section 8: Diagnostic Tool Utility.
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Section 12: Fargo Technical Support
The purpose of this section to provide the User with an efficient, step-by-step procedure to
be used when contacting Fargo Technical Support as needed for this Card Printer.
Table of Contents
Section 12: Fargo Technical Support ________________________________________ 12-1
Table of Contents _____________________________________________________ 12-1
Contacting Fargo Technical Support ______________________________________ 12-1
Reading the Serial Numbers on a Fargo Printer _____________________________ 12-2
Finding out when a Fargo Card Printer was manufactured ___________________ 12-2
Reviewing Example No. 1: Serial Number 80453289 ______________________ 12-2
Reviewing Example No. 2: Serial Number A1280224______________________ 12-2
Contacting Fargo Technical Support
Step
1
Procedure
Refer to Section 3: General Troubleshooting as needed.
Contact the Fargo Technical Support Group by phone at (952) 941-0050 or by fax
at (952) 941-1852 for additional technical assistance.
OR
Contact Fargo Technical Support via the Web:
http://www.fargosupport.com
2
Position a phone near the Printer and Computer so Fargo technicians can help to
help troubleshoot the Printer(s).
3
Please have a self-test and a sample card ready when calling Fargo Technical
Support.
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Reading the Serial Numbers on a Fargo Printer
The purpose of this section is to provide updated instructions for reading serial numbers on a
Fargo Printer.
Finding out when a Fargo Card Printer was manufactured
You can determine when your card Printer was manufactured by reading directly from the
serial number (affixed to your card Printer).
1. Year Built: The first two digits in the serial number indicate the year that the Printer was
manufactured.
2. Week Built: The second two digits indicate the week.
3. Numeric Order: The last four digits indicate the sequence number for the numeric order
in which the Printers were built.
Reviewing Example No. 1: Serial Number 80453289
1. 80453289: The first two digits in the serial number indicate the year the Printer was built
(e.g., the digits 80 indicate the year 1998).
2. 80453289: The third and fourth digits in the serial number indicate the week the Printer
was built (e.g., the digits 45 indicate week 45 of that year).
3. 80453289: The last four digits indicate the sequence number for the numeric order in
which the Printers were built.
Reviewing Example No. 2: Serial Number A1280224
1. A1280224: The first two digits in the serial number indicate the year the Printer was built
(e.g., the letter and digit A1 indicate the year 2001).
2. A1280224: The third and fourth digits in the serial number indicate the week the Printer
was built (e.g., the digits 28 indicate week 28 of that year).
3. A1280224: The last four digits indicate the sequence number for the numeric order in
which the Printers were built.
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Section 13: Reviewing the Spare Parts
List
Reviewing the DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Spare Parts List
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M ID Card Printer
Recommended Spare Parts List
Effective Date: June 2004
For current pricing see http://www.fargopartner.com/support_services/
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Section 14: Glossary of Terms
Term
Definition
24-bit color
A color depth for an image that uses 8 bits for each color (red, blue,
green) combining the possible 256 shades to provide a color depth
of 16.7 million colors.
AC - Alternating
Current
An electrical current that reverses its direction at regular intervals
(typically 50 - 60 times a second).
Access Card
The card for the SmartGuard security system. A cared with
embedded electronics that can be removed from the Printer, locking
the Printer and preventing unauthorized use.
Adhesion
The firm attachment of a material to the card surface, confirmed by
using the Tape Test -pulling an applied piece of adhesive tape
(Scotch 600 or equivelent) off the card at 1 sec/in to see if any
material is pulled off by the tape.
Algebraic
A type of color matching that takes the colors value of pixels and
applies them to an algebraic equation to adjust the levels of hue,
saturation and brightness.
ANSI (American
National Standards
Institute)
The United States Representative to ISO, providing standardization
for U.S. Manufactures prior, or in addition, to acceptance by ISO.
AS400
An IBM operating system running on a main frame. DTC500 Fargo
Printers are built with fonts saved in the Printer memory so users of
AS400 can write escape codes and print from the Printer.
ASCII (American
Standard Code for
Information
Interchange)
A standard for processing information in computer processors. An
8-bit character set of 255 decimal numbers, each assigned to
numbers, letters, punctuation and special characters.
AT
Refers to an IBM standard in early computing with regard to the
chipset and function of the parallel port, set up in the BIOS.
B (Black)
Black Dye-Sublimation panels are distinguished from the black
panel using resin by the use of B for dye sub black. K denotes resin
black.
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Term
Definition
Barcodes
A series of alternating black and white stripes, of varying widths
(each character denoted by a set number and width of black
stripes) that allows characters to be optically read by a computer.
Batch print
A file sent down from the computer that contains commands to print
a number of cards, sequentially.
Battery Back-up
A power supply that can keep AC electronic equipment running for
a short time when power is interrupted, allowing enough time for the
user to save data and close the machine properly.
Bi-directional
A communication standard that allows two way data transfer
between PC and Printer.
BIOS (Basic
Input/Output System)
The part of the operating system in a computer that handles
communication between the PC mainboard and its peripherals.
Typically residing in chip-based, non-volatile memory.
Bit
An abbreviation for binary digital. Each bit is an element of
information that can have two states: off and on.
Bit map
A graphic produced by an array of pixel elements with the color
hue, brightness and saturation information stored in bits. The more
bits, the more values and thus the greater variety. 1 bit color is
black and white, 8-bit color produces 256 shades of gray and 24-bit
color can produce 16.7 million colors.
Board
A term used for the circuit board, a hard mylar plate made of many
layers, that holds the electronic circuit elements and wire traces.
Boot-up
A series of operations that the Printer runs through when power is
first applied including a series of initializing, status testing and a
diagnostics program to ensure a ready state.
Buffer
A block of memory, in the Printer or PC, that holds print files until
the processor is ready to print them.
Cable
A set of conductors wrapped together and often concealed within
insulation, used for signal transfer from one device to another, with
connectors on either end that allows the cable to be removed.
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Term
Definition
Cache
A type of memory buffer to store data temporarily, used to hold
information that is most often exchanged between contRoller and
peripheral, to expedite data transfer.
Calibrating
A procedure to adjust an electro-mechanical device so that it
operates within established parameters.
Cleaning Roller
High tack Rollers positioned just after the input Hopper to lift debris
off the card as it rolls over it. A clean card surface improves print
quality.
CD (Compact Disc)
A 4.75 inch (12 cm) optical disk that stores data, written too and
read from using a laser.
DMA (Direct Memory
Access)
Channels designated within the Windows operating environment
that are used for dedicated high-speed communication between the
PC and the Printer port.
Centronics
A parallel communications interface that has become the standard
for connections to Printers, designed by the Centronics Corp.
Coercivity
The property of a Magnetic Stripe that indicates the amount of force
needed before magnetic saturation, measured in Oersted (Oe).
Color matching
The process of adjusting color hue, saturation and brightness, to
duplicate a desired color. An algorithm within the Driver, which
adjusts the color balance and provides output with the desired
color, automates this process.
Compressed air
Air stored in a tank or produced by an aerosol can, delivered by
through nozzle at a high speed. Used in the Printer to blow out
debris.
Contrast
The degree of difference in luminance of two areas.
Control panel
The panel on the Printer from which the user can control Printer
functions. The Printer is usually composed of the control buttons
and an LED or LCD display.
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Term
Definition
CR-79
A card dimension standard of 2.0625" L X 3.3125" W (+/-0.002" W,
+/-0.005" L) or 52.400 X 84.150 mm.
CR-80
A card dimension standard of 2.125" X 3.370" (+/-0.002" W, +/0.005" L) or 53.975 X 85.598 mm.
CR-90
A card dimension standard of 2.375" X 3.625" (+/-0.002" W, +/0.005" L) or 60.325 X 92.075 mm.
CR-100
A card dimension standard of 2.625" X 3.875" (+/-0.002" W, +/0.005" L) or 66.675 X 98.425 mm.
Cursor
The marker in the LCD Display Window that indicates the active
selection.
Darkness
A reference to color saturation.
DB-9
A 9 pin, D-shaped connector, typically used in serial port interfaces.
DC Motor
A Motor that works on DC with continuous motion.
DC (Direct Current)
Electronic flow that is unidirectional, flowing from the positive (+) to
negative (-) of a power source.
Default
A setting or parameter that comes preset from the factory in Driver
or firmware. Performance parameters may be customized in the
Driver, but can be reset to the factory values usually through the
push of the default button. The default values for the firmware are
usually denoted on a label attached to the Printer.
Defrag
Abbreviation for defragmenting. The process of reformatting data on
a hard Drive so that it uses space more efficiently.
DIP switches (Dual
In-line Package
Switches)
A small array of mechanical switches installed on the board that can
be configured to change Printer operations including providing a
variety of self-tests.
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Term
Definition
Direct-to-Card (DTC)
Printing
The Direct-to-Card printing process prints digital images directly
onto any plastic card with a smooth, clean, glossy PVC surface.
Dither
A system of distributing dots to control the hue, brightness and/or
saturation. In monochrome printing, this controls the brightness. In
color printing, dithering can supply a larger color gamut than nondithering. In the Driver, dither modes can be selected to provide
better image quality depending on the type of image to be printed.
Dongle
A peripheral that attaches to a port to act as a key for an installed
application. The PC is able to run that application only when the
dongle is installed. Typically, it works as a pass-through device and
is connected in serial to the parallel cable.
Dot
The smallest unit of an image that the Printer is able to produce.
The smaller the dot, see dot pitch, the sharper the image.
Dot pitch
A measurement of image sharpness denoting the width of the dots
that make up a pixel. The smaller the pitch, the sharper the image.
Download
The transfer of a data file from one device to the other over a
network or cable, typically from the Internet to a PC.
DPI (Dot Per Inch)
A measurement of the Printer resolution indicating how many dots a
Printer can produce in a linear inch.
DRAM (Dynamic
Random Access
Memory)
A microchip based volatile memory storage device. The Printer
uses this to buffer a print job, transferred from the PC, until the
Printer contRoller is able to process the packet.
Driver
Software utility installed in Windows, that interfaces an application
to rasterize image data and include command codes so the Printer
can process the file.
Duplex Printing
Printing on the front and the back of the card.
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Term
Definition
Dwell Time
The speed at which the card moves across the lam Roller,
measured in seconds/inch (secs/in). This may be adjusted in the
Driver to ensure adhesion and card flatness.
Dye Migration
The diffusion of dye out of the card surface and into another
receptive surface, such as a vinyl pouch card holder, resulting in a
faded image.
Dye-Sublimation
Also called dye diffusion/thermal transfer, it is the process of
heating a dye suspended in a cellulous substrate until the dye can
flow, diffusing into the dye receptive surface of the card or InTM.
This produces the image in the surface of the card.
E-card
An abbreviation for electronic card. A generic term used to
reference any card with built-in electronic devices such as smart
cards or prox cards.
E-card Docking
Station
The device in the Printer that accepts smart cards with an ISO
smart card contact station. This allows the user to write to the smart
card chip with a standard RS-232 interface in the back of the Printer
or with the optional built-in encoder.
Edge-to-Edge
Refers to the maximum printable area on a card resulting in printed
cards with virtually no border.
ECP Mode
(Enhanced
Capabilities Port
Mode)
A type of parallel port mode, developed by Microsoft, to increase
the port throughput and improve performance.
EE Memory
An abbreviation for EEPROM.
EEPROM
(Electrically Erasable
Programmable Read
Only Memory)
A microchip based non-volatile memory storage device that can be
rewritten in the field. The chip can hold new values as the Printer
adapts its operational parameters.
Encoder (smart card)
An electro-mechanical interface to transfer data from the PC to a
chip or Magnetic Stripe built into the card.
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Term
Definition
Encoder (wheel)
An electromechanical device, attached to a shaft that detects the
change in rotational position, incremented to count ticks per
revolution. The Printer's encoder wheel both detects motion and
measures the amount of rotation in the movement of the Ribbon.
Engine
A generic term for a collection of systems and mechanisms that is
dedicated to executing a specific function. A Printer that also
laminates would have both a print engine and a lamination engine.
EOF (End Of Form)
The trailing edge of the card, detected to indicate when the Printer
should stop printing.
EPP (Enhanced
Parallel Port)
A type of parallel port mode, developed by Intel, to increase the port
throughput.
EPROM
(Electronically
Programmable Read
Only Memory)
A microchip based non-volatile memory storage device that cannot
be rewritten in the field. Firmware for many Fargo Printers is stored
on these chips and so a change of the chip is necessary for an
upgrade.
Escape sequence
A string or control character that indicates to the processor that
what follows is a command and not data.
ESD (ElectroStatic
Discharge)
The discharge of static electricity (high voltage, low current) that
can damage electronic devices.
Ethernet
A system of networking a series of computers for the sharing of
data or peripherals.
Film
A thin flexible transparent sheet used to carry dye-impregnated
material or resin to be transferred to the card.
Firmware
The instruction set, stored in chip memory, inside the Printer that
controls functional and operational data. Some models require a
chip change for updates; some firmware can be changed by
reprogramming from the PC.
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Term
Definition
Flash Memory
A microchip based non-volatile memory device that holds its data
when power is removed. This allows for field reprogramming of
the Printer commands, such as Printer firmware upgrades, without
the necessity of changing chips.
Font
A character set similar in style and form. Fonts can be graphical
or mathematical constructs, represented by a series of dots or an
assembly of curves and lines.
FPGA (Field
Programmable Gate
Array)
A microchip with configurable logic circuits installed that is
programmed to act as the Printer's central processor.
Full bleed
Printing that covers the entire card surface.
Gamma
The degree of contrast of an image or the display of a monitor
determined by the slope of a characteristic curve relating optical
density to relative log exposure.
Glossy / Matte
A smooth polished surface in comparison to a rougher matte
surface. Fargo matte cards have a surface index (Ra) of
approximately 65 microinches while glossy have a Ra = 3.
Glossy PVC
A card made of PVC with a smooth polished surface (Surface
roughness of approximately 0 - 10 micro-inches). This is required
for direct to card dye-sublimation printing.
Graphical Device
Interface (GDI)
A Windows standard for protocol between Drivers and
applications and the Windows interface. An application uses a
Driver to rasterize the data in the format necessary for the Printer
but also for the Windows interface to execute the print
commands.
Gray Scale
A graduation through the various brightness levels from white to
black.
Halftoning
A process in monochrome printing that simulates continuous tone
by using changes to the distribution of single dots. Increasing the
number of dots in a given area increases the darkness even
though the individual dots stay the same size.
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Term
Definition
Hard Drive
A high capacity storage device in a PC consisting of nonremovable magnetically encodable platters.
Hardware
Physical components of a system such as the Printer, the PC, the
power supply.
HDP (High Definition
Printing™)
The High-Definition Printing process prints full-color images onto
clear HDP transfer film (InTM). The HDP film is then fused to the
card through heat and pressure via a heated Roller. The
Printhead is capable of 256 shades with a sharper print and better
color match.
Head
Abbreviation for Printhead.
Heat sink
A device used to dissipate heat into the ambient.
Heat Seal
A resinous film transferred by the Printhead onto the back of an
HDP intermediate transfer film to facilitate adhesion.
HiCo (High
Coercivity)
The coercivity value of magnetic media between 2500 - 4000 Oe
(ISO 7811-6). Fargo's High Coercivity encodes at 2750 Oe.
HTML (HyperText
Markup Language)
A standard protocol used to format text files for use in a browser
or on the Internet.
HTTP (HyperText
Transfer Protocol)
A standard protocol by which computers can transfer data,
compatible through multiple platforms.
IC (Integrated Circuit)
An electronic device that contains many individual circuits
interconnected and placed within a discrete package.
ID (Identification)
An abbreviation for identification.
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Term
Definition
IEEE 1284 (Institute
of Electrical and
Electronics
Engineers 1284)
A standard method of signaling for a bi-directional parallel
interface on personal computers. To ensure proper Printer
communications and image output, Fargo recommends a parallel
interface cable that complies with this specification.
Image
A collection of pictures or graphical elements that compose the
visual features on a card. Also refers to the digital representation.
Input
Any data or material being transferred to the Printer.
Input Hopper
The area of the Printer that stores the blank cards, ready to print.
Intermediate Transfer
Media (InTM)
A thin flexible material coated with a resin material into which the
dye is transferred from the Ribbon by the Printhead. The film is
then transferred to the card surface by the hot lamination Roller.
ISO
For the Greek, "iso", meaning same. Used to represent data from
the International Organization for Standardization.
JIS II (Japanese
Industrial Standard)
The standard for encoding to a Magnetic Stripe provided by the
Japan Standards Association. The single track is as wide as ISO
tracks 1 and 2 combined and in the same approximate location as
those tracks but on the front of the card. The coercivity level is
600 Oe.
K Panel
An area of a multicolored Ribbon (e.g., YMCK) that contains black
resin for transfer to the card surface. Also used in reference to the
application of preference to items printed on the card - those
using the black panel in lieu of a process (YMC) black.
Lamination
The application of a film or resinous substance, fused by heat and
pressure, to the surface of a card.
LAN (Local Area
Network)
An array of several computers connected through a series of data
transfer cables for the sharing of data and peripherals.
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Term
Definition
Landscape
A document layout that is viewed with the document's long axis in
a horizontal orientation.
LCD (Liquid Crystal
Display)
A device that contains a liquid crystal between two pieces of
polarized film through which reflected or ambient light can pass.
When a current is applied, the liquid's polarity changes and blocks
the passage of the light resulting in an opaque area of the display.
The areas are arrayed to form characters.
LED (Light Emitting
Diode)
A semiconductor that emits light when a current is applied.
Media
A generic reference to anything onto which the Printer can
transfer an image including cards, Ribbon and film.
LoCo (Low
Coercivity)
The coercivity value of magnetic media between 250 - 600 Oe
(ISO 7811-2). Fargo's Low Coercivity encodes at 300 Oe.
LPT Port (Line
Printer Port)
The system abbreviation for a PC's parallel Printer port.
Magnetic encoding
The process of orienting successive magnetic bits to produce a
serial data string.
Magnetic stripe
An area of the card with an applied or impregnated ferrous
material that may hold encoded data through a series of
prescribed polarity changes.
Magnetic Track
An area of a magnetic strip running the length of the card, with a
given width and position, constitutes a track. This is the area
dedicated to one data string, restricted to specific rules of format.
ISO Standards specify three magnetic tracks on the back of a
card. The JIS standard specifies one track on the front.
Magnetic Verify
A process to confirm proper magnetic encoding. After encoding,
the information is read off back and compared to the intended
string.
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Term
Definition
MB (Megabyte)
A unit of storage that equals 1,048,576 bytes.
Memory
A generic term for any device that stores digital information using
magnetic media or digital chip storage device.
Menu
A descriptive list of headings above nested functions that aid
navigation to a specific operation. These are found in computer
applications, with the heading at the top of a subset of like
functions. They are also on the Printer LCD control panel.
Monochrome
An image composed of a single color.
Network
A series of computers connected by data transfer cable for
communication and sharing of functions and peripherals.
Oersted (Oe)
The unit of magnetic field strength named after Dutch scientist
Hans Christian Oersted who found the science of
electromagnetism.
Offset
The prescribed distance between a reference point and the target
point. The offset in card printing may refer to the position of the
image relative to the leading edge or the distance of the start of
magnetic encoding from the leading edge of the card.
O-Ring
A rubber ring used as a belt in several media driving applications.
OS (Operating
System)
The instructions installed on the computer hard Drive that run the
computer's operations and applications. The Driver used for any
given OS will differ from other platforms. The correct version
Driver must be loaded for the Printer to interface with the OS and
the application to print.
Output
Any product of the Printer including card image, encoded data
and lamination.
Output Hopper
The portion of the Printer that accepts the completed cards.
Overlay
A resin-like substance that is transferred by the Printhead to the
card surface over a printed dye image to prevent image fading,
increase abrasion durability and prevent dye migration.
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Term
Definition
Oversized Cards
Oversized cards are used for more efficient visual identification
and are available in many non-standard sizes. The most popular
sizes are CR-90 (3.63" x 2.37"/92mm x 60mm) and CR-100 (3.88"
x 2.63"/98.5mm x 67mm).
Overlaminate
Protective clear or holographic material to increase security and
durability applied over the printed surface with a hot Roller.
(Thin Film)
Overlaminate
A 0.25-mil thick resin material that enhances card security and
durability applied over the printed surface with a hot Roller.
Available as clear or with embedded holographic-type security
images.
Parallel
A method of data transfer in which serial data is divided into
sections and sent simultaneously down parallel wires to speed
transfer rate.
Parallel port
A communication socket on a device that allows for parallel data
transfer.
PC (Personal
Computer)
A stand-alone, programmable, electronic device that can store,
retrieve and process data consisting of a CPU, mouse, keyboard
and monitor.
PCB (Printed Circuit
Board)
A solid, multi-layered plate on which electronic elements are
attached, either through the board or on the surface.
Peel
The removal of a film or Ribbon from a card surface (at a
perpendicular angle) to ensure proper transfer, then separation,
from the card surface.
Peel-Off
A bar on the lamination section that holds the film at the correct
position and provides proper peel angle.
Peripheral
Any device that is attached externally to a PC. These often share
the same data cable or port as a Printer and may be the source of
communication problems.
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Term
Definition
Pinch Roller
A free spinning (non-Driven) Roller that presses the card against
the Drive Roller, on the opposite side, to ensure an adequate
normal force for proper traction.
Pixel
Short for picture element. The smallest element of a graphic.
Platen
The hard rubber Roller that Drives the media through the Printer,
providing support to the backside of the media during printing or
laminating.
PET
Abbreviation for polyester terephthalate, often called polyester.
Sheets of PET are laminated with sheets of PVC to produce
thermal acceptance composite cards.
Port
A communication interface, serial or parallel, used for the
transference of data.
PolyGuard
Overlaminate
A 1-mil or .6-mil thick polyester material that enhances card
security and durability applied over the printed surface with a hot
Roller. Available as clear or with embedded holographic-type
security images.
Portrait
A document layout that is viewed with the document's long axis in
a vertical orientation.
Potentiometer
An electronic resistor with a variable resistance value that can be
mechanically set.
Print Driver
A software utility that serves as an interface between the Printer
and the Windows GDI (Graphical Device Interface), making the
Printer's functions available through the software application. It
also provides the format information for the rasterizing of the print
file including any necessary escape or function commands.
Print Job
A file of one or more cards for the Printer to print, including image
data and Printer functions, transmitted through the parallel
interface and at times stored temporarily in the print buffer and
spooler.
Print Server
A device used to connect and control a Printer on a network.
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Term
Definition
Printhead
The device on a Printer that produces the image on the media.
PVC
Abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride, often called vinyl. PVC is the
component of the 0.002" thick clear, dye receptive film on the
surface of the identification card and is the primary component of
the identification card cores.
Queue
A sequence of files or sets of data, awaiting transmission or
processing.
Proximity (“Prox”)
Card
Proximity cards allow access and tracking utilizing contactless
technology, usually by communicating through a built-in antenna.
Prox Card Encoder
The Fargo prox card encoder uses an HID ProxPoint® Plus
reader mounted on the e-card docking station inside the
Printer/encoder. The ProxPoint is a "read only" device producing
a Wiegand signal that is converted to RS-232 using a Cypress
Computer Systems CVT-2232. Application programs can read
information from HID prox cards via a RS-232 signal through a
dedicated DB-9 port on the outside of the Printer labeled "Prox."
RAM (Random
Access Memory)
A storage device for digital information to be held temporarily, to
facilitate processing.
Rasterize
The process of converting the elements of a graphic into a bitmap
to be printed.
Reboot
Cycling the power to the Printer so that it resets and reinitializes.
Registration
The quality of the alignment of the separate primary-color images:
YMCK.
Resident Font
A set of characters loaded into the Printer memory that can be
programmed to print those characters on the card without
rasterizing the image.
Resin
A semisolid material.
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Term
Definition
Resolution
The number of individual pixel elements in a graphic, taken over a
given length, used to indicate the sharpness of the picture and the
level of detail. The number of elements in the Printhead
determines Fargo Printer resolution.
RFI (Radio
Frequency
Interference)
Electromagnetic waves radiated by poorly shielded cables or
electronic devices that interferes with the operation or data
transfer of another device.
RGB
(Red/Green/Blue)
The three primary colors of the luminance, or additive, model.
Combinations of these three colors can produce practically all the
colors of the spectrum that humans can detect. Computer
monitors operate on an RGB model.
Ribbon
The dye impregnated film that is used for color printing.
Ribbon cable
Parallel wires held flat in a row by plastic insulation.
RibbonTraq
A Fargo Electronics method of placing bar code-like marks on the
transition area between color panels. These marks are arranged
for detection by a reflective Sensor array for the identification of
Ribbon type and the Ribbon position.
RMA number (Return
Merchandise
Authorization
number)
A number, acquired from Fargo Support, that authorizes the
return of merchandise for repair or credit.
Roller
Elements of the Printer used for the transport of media consisting
of a rotating steel shaft (for Ribbon) or a rotating steel shaft with a
rubber cylinder installed at the shaft midpoint (for moving cards).
RS-232
An interface standard, established in 1969 by the Electronic
Industries Association, regarding the connecting of computer
peripherals.
Saturation
A measure of the degree of color, from gray, with the same
brightness.
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Term
Definition
Self-test
A pre-determined print file used to confirm Printer operation
typically sent from the Driver or stored in the Printer's memory.
Sensor
An electro-mechanical/electro-optical device used to indicate a
change in state in the Printer such as when a card reaches a
certain location.
Serial
communications
The transfer of data, one bit at a time and in sequential order,
using a single wire.
Serial interface
A sub D 9 pin input/output port on the Printer, used for serial
communication with the PC for AS400 operating systems or for e
card encoding.
SIMM (Single In-Line
Memory Module)
An array of memory chips, attached to a printed circuit board that
installs in a slot on the main board.
Simplex
Single-sided printing.
SmartGuard
An application from Fargo Electronics that allows users to prevent
access to the Printer through the use of a personally encoded
smart card.
SmartGuard™
SmartGuard is a Printer security option that uses a custom access
card and a built-in reader to restrict Printer access. Only a valid
access card can enable the Printer to print cards.
SmartShield™
This option allows the Printer to print custom, security images on
the card that reflect under a black or UV light source.
Smart Card
Smart cards have an embedded computer circuit that contains
either a memory chip or a microprocessor chip. There are several
types of smart cards: Memory, Contact, Contactless, Hybrid
(Twin), Combi (Dual Interface), Proximity and Vicinity.
Software
Instructions saved in computer memory that directs the computer
to perform certain tasks and functions.
Spooler
A computer application that allows the spooling of print jobs.
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Term
Definition
Spooling
Rather than moving a print job directly to the Printer, the job is
written to the disk so that the user can access the application
faster while Windows takes care of printing in the background.
SS (Start Sentinel)
The character denoting the end of a magnetic data string.
Stacker
The device that moves the finished cards onto the output column,
ordering them "First In, First Out".
Stepper Motor
A Motor whose shaft turns in discrete steps, rather than
continuously.
String
A sequence of characters that form a line of data.
Surface mount
A method of mounting circuit elements onto the surface of a
circuit board, attached at solder pads, rather than through holes in
the board.
Surge Protector
An electronic device, placed in serial to the Printer's power
supply, that prevents damage to the Printer from electronic surges
and electrical current that is outside of the normal parameters.
Switch box
An electromechanical device to which a user may connect several
peripheral devices to the parallel port simultaneously, yet using
the selector switch to designate the active port.
TAC
Thermal Acceptance Composite cards. Card stock produced by
laminating sheets of PVC with sheets of PET for better thermal
distortion resistance. Ultra III cards.
Temp file
A temporary file, generated automatically by Windows, to store
the information for an active document. Windows should delete
these files when the application is closed.
Test-print
A file stored in or generated through windows that is sent to the
Printer to test basic functionality.
Thermistor
An electronic resistor on the Printhead with a resistance value
that varies in proportion to the heat to which it is exposed.
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Term
Definition
Thermocouple
A device for measuring temperature using a junction of two wires
of dissimilar metals that produce a voltage when heated that
varies proportionally with the temperature.
Through-hole
A method of mounting circuit elements with the leads passing
through holes in the circuit board and soldered on the opposite
side.
Timeout
An interruption of a print job that occurs when a function is not
completed in the time allotted by the operating system.
TOF (Top of Form)
The leading edge of the card, as it travels through the Printer.
Track
The area on a Magnetic stripe designated to contain the magnetic
data string.
Troubleshooting
The process of investigating and determining the cause of a
problem.
TrueType (TT)
A font format that produces each character using a mathematical
equation, rather than a graphical representation, resulting in a
much sharper, cleaner image.
UltraCard
The Fargo brand of card stock, recommended for use in Fargo
Printers, with the necessary glossy surface and composed of
PVC.
UltraCard III
The Fargo brand of card stock, recommended for use in Fargo
Printers that laminate, with the necessary glossy surface and
composed of PVC and PET to prevent heat distortion.
Update
The process of installing a new revision of software or firmware to
implement new changes to the Printer's command codes and
procedures.
UPS (Un-interruptible
Power Supply)
An AC power supply, typically powered by batteries, which
provides temporary power to the PC or Printer during an
interruption of the supply voltage.
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Term
Definition
USB (Universal
Serial Bus)
A 1.5M/sec (12Mbit/sec) serial communication interface that can
support 127 separate devices consisting of 4 wires: power,
ground, data in and data out.
Virtual Memory
A technique used by Windows when chip memory is exhausted,
in which data is written to the hard to hold data temporarily and
support Window's operations.
Wrinkle
The appearance in the card image of wavy or arched lines, either
colored or clear, caused by improper film or Ribbon tension.
YMC
The designation of colored Ribbon by the panels of color in the
order in which they are printed: Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan
(C).
YMCK
The designation of colored Ribbon by the panels of color in the
order in which they are printed: Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan
(C), Black (K).
YMCKH
The designation of colored Ribbon by the panels of color in the
order in which they are printed: Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan
(C), Black (K), Heat Seal (H).
YMCKK
The designation of colored Ribbon by the panels of color in the
order in which they are printed: Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan
(C), Black (K), Black (K) (the second K is for backside, black only
printing).
YMCKO
The designation of colored Ribbon by the panels of color in the
order in which they are printed: Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan
(C), Black (K), Overlay (O).
YMCKOK
The designation of colored Ribbon by the panels of color in the
order in which they are printed: Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan
(C), Black (K), Overlay (O), Black (K) (used for backside, black
only printing).
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Section 15: Index
A
About button, 5-15
AC - Alternating Current, 14-1
Accepted Card Thickness, 2-3
Accepted Card Types, 2-3
Accepted Standard Card Sizes, 2-3
Access Card, 14-1
Adhesion, 14-1
Adjusting the Image Darkness, 4-41, 4-43
Agency Listings, 2-3
Algebraic, 5-18, 14-1
ANSI (American National Standards
Institute), 14-1
AS400, 14-1
ASCII (American Standard Code for
Information Interchange), 14-1
ASCII Code, 5-50
ASCII Offset, 5-45
AT, 14-1
B
B (Black), 14-1
Barcodes, 14-2
Batch print, 14-2
Battery Back-up, 14-2
Bi-directional, 14-2
BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), 14-2
Bit, 14-2
Bit Density, 5-42
Bit map, 14-2
blocked Sensor, 4-33
Board, 14-2
Boot-up, 14-2
Buffer, 14-2
C
Cable, 14-2
Cache, 14-3
Calibrate tab, 4-36, 4-47, 5-33
Calibrating, 14-3
Cancel button, 2-9
Card Cleaning Roller, 2-9
Card Design, 2-14
Card Feeding Errors, 4-7, 4-8, 4-10, 412, 4-15, 4-16, 4-18, 4-20, 4-22, 4-25, 427, 4-29, 4-31, 4-33
card grid, 5-58
card grid area, 5-57
card grid lines, 5-59
card input, 5-89
Card Input Hopper, 2-9
Card Input Hopper Capacity, 2-3
card orientation, 5-60
card output, 5-89
Card Size, 2-14
card stock scratches, 4-38
Card Surface, 2-14
cards look pixilated or grainy, 4-50
CD (Compact Disc), 14-3
Centronics, 14-3
Character, 5-50
Character ASCII Offset, 5-45
Character Parity, 5-46
Character Size radio buttons, 5-43
Cleaning Card Feed/Cleaning Rollers, 6-5
Cleaning Cards, 6-3
Cleaning Inside Printer, 4-39
Cleaning Pad, 6-6
Cleaning Pads, 6-3
Cleaning Printer's Interior, 6-6
Cleaning Roller, 14-3
Cleaning the Printhead, 4-38
Clear Protective Overlay Panel, 2-10
Coercivity, 14-3
Color matching, 14-3
Color Matching, 5-18
Color Matching software, 5-18
Colored Resin, 2-11
Colors, 2-3
Communication Errors, 4-4, 4-5
Compressed air, 14-3
Contrast, 14-3
Contrast / Gamma, printed image, 5-29
Control panel, 14-3
CR-100, 14-4
CR-79, 14-4
CR-80, 14-4
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CR-90, 14-4
CSA, 2-2
CSA Certified, 2-2
Cursor, 14-4
customized ID software applications, 5-49
D
Darkness, 14-4
Data Cables, 4-36
DB-9, 14-4
DC (Direct Current), 14-4
DC Motor, 14-4
Default, 14-4
Default button, 5-32, 5-39
default ISO Standard selections, 5-42, 5-46
default location, 5-77
defined area, 5-60
Defined Area arrows, 5-61
Defined area(s), 5-76
Defined Area(s) check box, 5-76, 5-77, 578, 5-82, 5-83, 5-85, 5-86, 5-91, 5-93, 594, 5-97
Defined Area(s) option, 5-53, 5-58, 5-74
Defined/undefined area(s), 5-73, 5-75
Defrag, 14-4
Delete button, 5-61
Device Option tab, 4-29
Diagnostic Utility / Diagnostics Tool, 5-11
dimension boxes, 5-77
Dimensions, 2-3
DIP switches (Dual In-line Package
Switches), 14-4
Direct-to-Card (DTC) Printing, 14-5
Disable Printing option, 5-21, 5-26
Disables Magnetic Verification, 4-52
disk cleanup utility, 4-5
Dither, 14-5
DMA (Direct Memory Access), 14-3
Dongle, 14-5
Dot, 14-5
Dot pitch, 14-5
Download, 14-5
DPI (Dot Per Inch), 14-5
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DRAM (Dynamic Random Access
Memory), 14-5
Driver, 14-5
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M, 2-4
DTC400/DTC300/DTC300M Card Printer,
8-1
Duplex Printing, 14-5
Dwell Time, 14-6
Dye Migration, 14-6
Dye-Sub Intensity setting, 4-42
Dye-Sublimation, 2-8, 14-6
Dye-Sublimation Cyan Panel, 2-10
Dye-Sublimation Magenta Panel, 2-10
Dye-Sublimation Yellow Panel, 2-10
Dye-Sublimation-Only Print Ribbon, 2-12
Dye-Sublimation-Only Print Ribbons, 2-12
E
E-card, 14-6
E-card Docking Station, 14-6
ECP Mode (Enhanced Capabilities Port
Mode), 14-6
Edge-to-Edge, 14-6
EE Memory, 14-6
EEPROM (Electrically Erasable
Programmable Read Only Memory), 146
embedded contaminants, 2-14, 4-39
Emissions Standards, 2-3
EN 60950-1
2001, 2-2
Enable MLE Support checkbox, 5-44
Encoder (smart card), 14-6
Encoder (wheel), 14-7
End Sentinel (ES)., 5-49
Engine, 14-7
EOF (End Of Form), 14-7
EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port), 14-7
EPROM (Electronically Programmable
Read Only Memory), 14-7
EPROM version number, 4-51, 4-53
Escape sequence, 14-7
ESD, 1-2, 5-4, 6-2, 9-2
ESD (ElectroStatic Discharge), 14-7
Ethernet, 14-7
excessive resin printing problems, 4-45
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exposed to static electrical discharges, 6-3
F
Fargo Technical Support, 12-1
Fargo Technical Support via the Web, 12-1
FCC, 2-2
feed card into encoder, 4-4
Field Separator (FS), 5-49
Film, 14-7
Firmware, 14-7
Flash Memory, 14-8
Font, 14-8
For Overlay Only, 5-55
For Print and Overlay, 5-55
FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array),
14-8
Front Cover, 2-9
Full bleed, 14-8
Full Card option, 5-53, 5-73
G
Gamma, 14-8
Glossy / Matte, 14-8
Glossy PVC, 14-8
Graphical Device Interface (GDI), 14-8
Gray Scale, 14-8
H
Halftoning, 14-8
Hard Drive, 14-9
hard Drive space
adequate or inadequate, 4-5
HDP (High Definition Printing™), 14-9
Head, 14-9
Headlift Motors, 4-33
Headlift Sensors, 4-33
Heat Seal, 14-9
Heat sink, 14-9
HiCo (High Coercivity), 14-9
high-resolution, 24-bit color images, 4-50
Horizontal adjustment, 5-35
HTML (HyperText Markup Language),
14-9
HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol), 14-9
Humidity, 2-4
I
IC (Integrated Circuit), 14-9
ID (Identification), 14-9
Identification Card sample, 5-77
IEEE 1284 (Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers 1284), 14-10
Image, 14-10
Image Color tab, 5-18, 5-29
Image Darkness option, 5-88
Image Placement, 4-48, 4-49
Image Placement option, 5-89
image placement problems, 4-48
Image Placement value, 5-89
Image Position controls, 5-34
inches or mm option, 5-8
incorrect image darkness problems, 4-41
increase Printhead heat, 5-88
Input, 14-10
Input Hopper, 14-10
integral resistor, 6-3
Interface, 2-4
Intermediate Transfer Media (InTM), 1410
internal electrical components, 6-3
internal Printer settings, 5-33
ISO, 14-10
ISO 7811-2 Magnetic Stripe, 5-48
ISO encoded data format, 5-41
ISO Standard selections, 5-46
ISO Standard settings, 5-39
ISO Track Locations, 5-48
ITS-EMC, 2-2
ITS-EMC, 2-2
J
JIS II (Japanese Industrial Standard), 14-10
K
K Panel, 14-10
K Panel Resin options, 5-61, 5-82
K Panel Resin tab, 5-72
L
Lamination, 14-10
Lamination Drive, 9-3
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Lamination Drive Stepper, 9-3
Lamination Roller Lift, 9-3
Lamination Sensor Calibration, 4-52
LAN (Local Area Network), 14-10
Landscape, 14-11
Landscape orientation, 5-34
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), 14-11
LED (Light Emitting Diode), 14-11
less heat / more heat, 5-27, 5-28, 5-30, 531
LoCo (Low Coercivity), 14-11
LPT Port (Line Printer Port), 14-11
LRC Generation, 5-46
LRC Generation Mode, 5-46
M
M41, 2-4
magnetic data, 5-95
Magnetic Encoder, 4-18
Magnetic encoding, 14-11
Magnetic Offset option, 5-95
Magnetic Offset value, 5-95
Magnetic stripe, 14-11
, 4-15
Magnetic Stripe Encoding Module, 5-38
Magnetic Stripe reader, 4-15
Magnetic Track, 14-11
Magnetic Track Options, 5-39
Magnetic Track Selection, 5-39, 5-40
Magnetic Track Selection option, 5-39
Magnetic Verify, 14-11
maximum adjustment range, 5-90, 5-95
MB (Megabyte), 14-12
Media, 14-11
Memory, 2-4, 14-12
Menu, 14-12
Metallic Resin, 2-11
Monitor, 5-18
Monochrome, 14-12
Monochrome Dye-Sub (B), 4-52
Monochrome Resin (K), 4-52
Motor Voltages (when active), 9-3
Multi-Language Extension (MLE), 5-44
N
Network, 14-12
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None, 5-18
O
Oersted (Oe), 14-12
Offset, 14-12
Omit Signature Area setting, 5-58
On LED, 4-51, 4-53
onscreen card design, 5-78
Operating Temperature, 2-4
optional Magnetic Stripe Encoding
Module, 5-38
O-Ring, 14-12
OS (Operating System), 14-12
Output, 14-12
Output Hopper, 14-12
Overlaminate, 14-13
Overlay, 14-12
Overlay / Print Area, 5-58, 5-59
Overlay / Print Area options, 5-55
Overlay / Print Area tab, 5-52
Oversized Cards, 14-13
P
Parallel, 14-13
Parallel port, 14-13
Pause button and LED, 2-9
Pause/Resume button, 4-51, 4-53
PC (Personal Computer), 14-13
PCB (Printed Circuit Board), 14-13
Peel, 14-13
Peel-Off, 14-13
Peripheral, 14-13
PET, 14-14
Photo, 5-19, 5-24
Pinch Roller, 14-14
Pixel, 14-14
, 4-38
Platen, 14-14
PolyGuard Overlaminate, 14-14
poor image quality problems, 4-48, 4-49
Port, 14-14
Portrait, 14-14
Portrait or Landscape, 5-9
Portrait, Landscape, or Rotate 180
Degrees, 5-34
positive / negative Print Length value, 5-90
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POSITIVE / NEGATIVE value., 5-89
Potentiometer, 14-14
Power Port, 2-9
power/data cables, 4-36
Premium Resin Black (K), 2-11
prevents magnetic encoding, 5-44
Print All Black With K Panel, 5-72
print and overlay, 5-52
Print Drive Stepper, 9-3
Print Driver, 14-14
Print Job, 14-14
Print K Only options, 5-83, 5-85, 5-86, 591, 5-93, 5-94, 5-97
Print Length option, 5-90
Print Method, 2-4
Print Ribbons, 2-10
Print Server, 14-14
Print speed, 2-4
Print YMC Under K option, 5-83
printable area, 5-33
Printed cards
dark or light, 4-40
printed image diagram, 5-35
Printer Cleaning Kit, 6-5
Printer Driver setup screen, 5-40
Printer Drivers, 2-4
Printer's Front Cover, 6-5, 6-6
Printer's memory, 5-33
Printhead, 2-9, 14-15
Printhead Cleaning Swabs, 6-3
Printhead power cable, 4-36
printing supplies, 6-6
Prox Card Encoder, 14-15
Proximity cards, 2-14
PVC, 14-15
PVC laminate, 2-14
Q
Queue, 14-15
R
RAM (Random Access Memory), 14-15
Rasterize, 14-15
Reboot, 14-15
Registration, 14-15
Regulatory Compliances, 2-2
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Reject Hopper, 4-15
Reset Printer, 4-36
Resident Font, 14-15
Resin, 14-15
resin black (K) panel, 5-72, 5-73, 5-83
Resin Black Panel, 2-10
resin dither, 5-19, 5-24
Resin Heat slide, 5-27, 5-28, 5-30, 5-31
Resin Thermal Transfer, 2-8
Resolution, 2-4, 14-16
RFI (Radio Frequency Interference), 14-16
RGB (Red/Green/Blue), 14-16
Ribbon, 14-16
Ribbon / Cards, 1-2, 5-4, 6-2, 9-2
Ribbon cable, 14-16
Ribbon Sensor Calibration, 4-52
Ribbon Type option, 5-16, 5-22
Ribbon wrinkle problems, 4-43
RibbonTraq, 14-16
RMA number, 14-16
Roller, 14-16
Roller Up/Down Error, 4-33
Rotate Front 180 Degrees option, 5-60, 578
Rotate Image 180 Degrees option, 5-20,
5-25
RS-232, 14-16
S
safety issues, 1-2, 4-3, 5-4, 6-2, 9-2
Safety Standards, 2-3
Saturation, 14-16
Selecting Orientation - Landscape under
Card tab, 5-63
Selecting Orientation – Portfolio under
Card tab, 5-65
Selecting the number of copies, 5-10
Selecting the Visual Security Solutions, 566, 5-67, 5-68
Selecting the Visual Security Solutions
dropdown menu, 5-64
Self-test, 4-51, 4-53, 14-17
Sending data to Track 1, 5-50
Sensor, 14-17
Sensors button, 5-36
Serial interface, 14-17
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Settings button, 4-48, 4-49
Shift Data Left checkbox, 5-47
Shift Data Left option, 5-47
SIMM, 14-17
Simplex, 14-17
Smart Card, 14-17
SmartGuard, 14-17
SmartShield™, 14-17
Software, 14-17
special precautions, 1-2, 5-4, 6-2, 9-2
Spooler, 14-17
Spooling, 14-18
SS (Start Sentinel), 14-18
Stacker, 14-18
Standard Resin Black (K), 2-11
Standard Self-test (YMC), 4-52
Start Sentinel (SS), 5-49
Stepper Motor, 14-18
String, 14-18
Supply Frequency, 2-5
Supply Voltage, 2-5
Surface mount, 14-18
Switch box, 14-18
System Requirements, 2-5
T
TAC, 14-18
Temp file, 14-18
Test Core Pins (Lam), 4-52
Test Core Pins (Print), 4-52
Test Print option, 5-14
Test-print, 14-18
Tests Magnetic Encoding, 4-52
Thermistor, 14-18
Thermocouple, 14-19
Through-hole, 14-19
Timeout, 14-19
TOF (Top of Form), 14-19
Track, 14-19
Track 2, 5-40
Track Data Note, 5-50
track number (1, 2, or 3), 5-49
tracks, 5-40
tracks 1, 2 and 3, 5-50
troubleshoot the Printer, 12-1
Troubleshooting, 14-19
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TrueType (TT), 14-19
TrueType black text, 5-72
U
UL, 2-2
UL-GS, 2-2
UltraCard, 14-19
UltraCard III, 14-19
UltraCard Stock, 2-14
unblocked Sensor, 4-33
Undefined Area(s) option, 5-53, 5-75
Update, 14-19
UPS (Un-interruptible Power Supply), 1419
USB (Universal Serial Bus), 14-20
USB Port, 2-9
Using Clean Printer Option, 5-12
Using the Image Color tab, 4-46
V
Verify data encoded, 4-15
Vertical / Horizontal adjustment arrows, 534
Vertical / Horizontal Image Position
settings, 4-47
Vertical adjustment, 5-35
Virtual Memory, 14-20
W
Weight, 2-5
Windows 2000/XP, 4-29, 4-36, 4-47, 6-5
Windows 95/98/ME, 4-29
Windows 98SE, Me, 4-36, 4-47, 6-5
WordPad, 4-4
Wrinkle, 14-20
X
X and Y boxes, 5-59, 5-78
Y
Yellow, Magenta and Cyan, 5-29
YMC, 14-20
YMCK, 14-20
YMCKH, 14-20
YMCKK, 14-20
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YMCKO, 14-20
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YMCKOK, 14-20
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