Chapter 4 - Configuration Introduction Front Panel

Chapter 4 - Configuration Introduction Front Panel
Chapter 4 - Configuration
Introduction
This chapter describes configuring printer features, including manual settings
available through the front panel and advanced features available through PPD
options. You also can configure the printer using XANTÉ browser utilities; for
browser details, see “Using the Browser: Feature Access” in chapter 2 (Macintosh) or
chapter 3 (PC).
PPD options override printer default settings for a specific job or for all jobs sent to
the printer from your host.
Front Panel
The printer’s front panel provides printer status information and allows you to
configure some printer features (fig. 4.1).
Fig. 4.1 Printer Front Panel
Window
The printer’s front panel window displays configuration menu options and messages.
The messages indicate printer status, request operator help, and relay error or service
information (fig. 4.1).
Configuration 4-1
Status Lights
Printer front panel status lights, or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), indicate printer
status (fig. 4.1).
Online/Ready LED is on when the printer is ready to receive data. It is off
when an engine error occurs.
ONLINE/
READY
Data LED is on and does not blink when the printer is receiving data.
Blinking indicates that the printer is processing data.
DATA
Manual LED is on when the multipurpose feeder is selected.
MANUAL
Duplex LED is not functional on the ScreenWriter 4 printer.
DUPLEX
Control Keys
Front panel control keys allow you to configure some printer features and to access
the configuration menus.
ONLINE
FORM
FEED
TRAY
SELECT
Online key is used to take the printer on and off line. The window reads
Ready/Idle when the printer is on line or Offline if it is off line. The printer
must be on line to receive data from your computer.
Form Feed key allows you to feed a blank page through the printer. Some
applications do not issue a form feed command at the end of a page. If this
happens, take the printer off line and press the Form Feed key; after a blank
page feeds, press the Online key to put the printer back on line.
Tray Select key allows you to change the default paper tray. Press once to
display the current tray selection. Press the Tray Select key to toggle
between the available trays.
Duplex key is not functional on the ScreenWriter 4 printer.
DUPLEX
4-2 Configuration
RESET
Reset key allows you to return to the previous menu level when using
configuration menus. To cancel a job that the printer is processing, take the
printer off line and press the Reset key.
TEST
Test key allows you to scroll back through options on a menu level when
using the configuration menus. To print a start-up page, take the printer off
line and press the Test key. Then, press the Online key.
MENU
Menu key allows you to enter the menu structure when Ready/Idle or
Offline appears in the window and to scroll forward through menus and
options.
ENTER
Enter key allows you to select the menu or option displayed in the window.
When you select an option, an asterisk appears next to the option name in
the window to indicate it is now the current setting.
See “Interface Control” later in this chapter for using the control keys to set the IP
address.
Configuration Menus
Use configuration menus to set printer features and interfaces defaults. This section
describes using the configuration menus. The Menu Layout option in the front panel
Utility: Print menu prints a sheet with the main configuration menu structure and
current option settings.
As you scroll through options in a menu, an asterisk appears next to the option that is
the current setting. If necessary or desirable, you can return to factory default settings
(see “Resetting to Factory Defaults” later in this chapter).
PPD options override printer default settings for a specific job or for all jobs sent to
the printer from your host.
Selecting Menu Options
The following example explains changing the printer’s default resolution from 600 x
600 dpi, 1200 x 1200 dpi, and 2400 x 2400 dpi using control keys and configuration
menus.
Configuration 4-3
1.
Make sure the printer is on and idle.
2.
Press the Menu key until SETUP: GRAPHIC appears.
3.
Press the Enter key to enter the Graphic menu.
4.
Press the Menu key until GRAPHIC: DPI appears in the window.
5.
Press the Enter key to enter the Dpi menu.
6.
Press the Menu key until dpi: 600 600 appears.
7.
Press the Enter key to select 600 dpi as the default. An asterisk appears next to
the selection indicating it is now the current default.
8.
Press the On Line key. READY/IDLE appears in the window.
The printer’s default resolution is now 600 x 600 dpi.
Resetting to Factory Defaults
There are two levels for resetting to factory defaults: Level 1 (full reset) and Level 2
(partial reset).
Level 1 Reset
Level 1 resets all printer options to factory default settings.
To do a level 1 reset, turn off the printer, hold in the Online, Tray Select, and Test keys,
turn on the printer. Release the keys after RESET 1 appears in the window.
Level 2 Reset
Level 2 resets printer options to factory default settings except for printer margins,
gamma settings, IP network parameters, and More X-ACT settings.
To do a level 2 reset, turn off the printer, hold down the Online and Tray Select keys.
Release the keys after RESET 2 appears in the window.
Menu Structure
Configuration menus allow you to configure many printer feature and interface
defaults. The main configuration menu groups are Media, Utility, Graphic, and
Interfaces. Use Media menus to configure the printer for the type of media being
used. Use Utility menus to set printer feature defaults. Use Graphic menus to control
advanced graphic features, and use the Interfaces menus to set printer network
defaults.
4-4 Configuration
The PPD
The PostScript Printer Description (PPD) allows you to select many printer feature
settings from your application’s Print dialog box. These settings override printer default
and other software settings. You can customize printer features for each job or for all jobs
sent to the printer from your host without resetting printer front panel menus.
For these options to be available, the Adobe PostScript printer driver and your
printer’s PPD must be installed and configured properly. See chapter 2 (Macintosh) or
3 (PC) for details.
Usually printer specific options in the PPD are accessed through the Device Options
tab (Windows 98 and Me), the Device Settings tab (Windows NT, 2000, and XP), and
the Printer Specific Options menu on a Macintosh.
Selecting PPD Options (Macintosh)
To configure a printer feature from the Print dialog box
1.
Install and configure the AdobePS printer driver and your printer’s PPD
following the instructions in chapter 2.
2.
Choose File: Print. The Print dialog box appears.
3.
Make sure your printer is selected in the Printer drop-down menu; then, click
General to display the list of options (fig. 4.2).
Fig. 4.2 Adobe Options Menu
Fig. 4.3 Printer Specific Options Menu
4.
Choose Printer Specific Options. The printer option menus appear (fig. 4.3).
5.
Use the right scroll bar to locate the option; then, use the option’s drop-down
menu to select its setting. Repeat to configure other printer options.
6.
Click Save Settings to save the Print dialog box settings as the defaults for all
jobs sent to the selected printer.
7.
Click Print to send the file to the printer.
Configuration 4-5
Selecting PPD Options (Windows 98 and Me)
To configure a printer feature from the Print dialog box
1.
Install and configure the AdobePS printer driver and your printer’s PPD
following the instructions in chapter 3.
2.
Choose File: Print. The Print dialog box appears.
Fig. 4.4 Windows 98 and Me Print Dialog Box
3.
Make sure your printer is selected in the Name box (fig. 4.4); then, click
Properties. The Properties window appears.
4.
Click the Graphics tab to set the Resolution option.
5.
Click the Device Options tab to set other printer options.
Fig. 4.5 Windows 98 and Me Device Options Tab
4-6 Configuration
a.
Use the right scroll bar to locate the feature in the Printer features box.
Highlight the feature to display the options in the Change Setting for box
(fig. 4.5).
b.
Select the setting from the drop down menu in the Change Setting for box.
c.
Click Apply after you have made the desired changes.
For example, to change the printer memory setting, scroll through the Installable
options until you see VMOption. Highlight it; then, select the amount of memory on
the printer (see the memory size listed on the printer’s start-up page). Click Apply.
6.
Click OK. The Print dialog box reappears. Then, click OK to send the file to the
printer.
Selecting PPD Options (Windows NT/2000/XP)
To configure a printer feature from the Print dialog box
1.
Install and configure the AdobePS printer driver and your printer’s PPD
following the instructions in chapter 3.
2.
Choose File: Print. The Print dialog box appears (fig. 4.6).
Fig. 4.6 Windows NT 4.0 Print Dialog Box
3.
Make sure your printer is selected in the Name box in the Print dialog box (fig.
4.6); then, click Properties.
4.
Click the Advanced tab to set printer options (fig. 4.7).
Configuration 4-7
Fig. 4.7 Windows NT 4.0 Advanced Tab
5.
Highlight the feature in the top box; then select the setting from the options in
the bottom box (fig. 4.7).
6.
Click OK. The Print dialog box reappears. Then, click OK to send the file to the
printer.
PPD Menus
PPD settings override printer default settings. The AdobePS printer driver and your
printer’s PPD must be installed and configured properly for PPD options to appear in
your application’s Print dialog box. See “Adobe PostScript Printer Drivers and Printer
PPD Installation (OS 9)” in chapter 2 (Macintosh) or “Installing AdobePS Printer
Driver and Printer PPD” in chapter 3 (PC) for details.
On a Macintosh, use the Chooser’s Auto Setup feature to set installable options to agree
with the printer’s configuration. To change PPD menu defaults, use the Print dialog box
Save Settings button. See “Selecting PPD Options (Macintosh),” earlier in this chapter.
On a PC, PPD menu defaults and the installable options are set during PPD
configuration. See “Configuring the PPD” in chapter 3.
4-8 Configuration
The following chart lists features that can be configured from the Print dialog box.
Accurate Screens
Negative Print†
Enhanced Screens
Resolution
Fast Imaging
Smooth Shading
Gamma
Tray Switch §
Mirror Print
§
PC Menu only
† Not available on ScreenWriter 4
Some applications require additional configuration to access certain features. See your
application documentation.
Configuring Printer Features
Printer interface and features are set using front panel keys and menus, PPD options
in your application Print dialog box, and XANTÉ utilities via your browser. This
section describes available printer features and their configuration.
Accurate Calibration Technology (X-ACT)
X-ACT (XANTÉ’s patented Accurate Calibration Technology) allows you to calibrate
your printer line lengths as well as correct inaccuracies in printing width, height, skew,
and angle. X-ACT is part of your printer’s Graphic Software package.
You can use the front panel Graphic: Xact menu or the browser More X-ACT feature.
This section cover front panel calibration; see “PostScript Features (AccelaFont, DPI,
Linearization, LPI, Margins, More X-ACT, and VM)” in chapter 2 (Macintosh) or 3
(PC) for details on the browser procedure.
Because of manufacturing variations and usage, a printer may not print lines with the
exact dimensions specified by the application. X-ACT allows you to calibrate your
printer to compensate for these differences.
Front Panel X-ACT
Your printer’s front panel Graphic: Xact menu allows you to make 1/2 mm line length
adjustments using the following procedure.
To use the front panel XACT, you need a metric ruler with 1/2 millimeter rule
markings. Also, you must use the paper cassette, not the multipurpose feeder, when
making X-ACT adjustments. The adjustments for one size media apply to every media
size, so you do not have to make individual adjustments for each size.
Configuration 4-9
1.
Make sure the printer is on and idle. Then, make sure that media the size of
your final output is loaded in the printer’s paper cassette and the cassette is
selected as the media source.
2.
Press the Menu key until SETUP: GRAPHIC appears. Then, press the Enter
key.
3.
Press the Menu key until GRAPHIC: XACT appears. Then, press the Enter key.
4.
Press the Menu key until Test Page appears. Then, press the Enter key. A page
prints with 2 lines, Line A and Line B. The measurement listed by each line is
the desired length for that line on that media size. In this example, Tabloid size
11" x 17" (257 mm x 431 mm) media is used. Line A should be 251.46 mm and
Line B should 388.61 mm.
5.
Measure Line A. Use the following procedures to adjust the printer for the
correct line length.
6.
7.
a.
Note the amount Line A is over or under 251.46 mm.
b.
Press the Menu key until LINE A appears. Then, press the Enter key.
c.
Press the Menu key until the amount which would most closely adjust
the line to the desired length appears. Then, press the Enter key. For
example, if Line A is 250.46 mm instead of 251.46 mm, select 1.00 mm to
add one mm to make the line the correct length.
Measure Line B. Use the following procedures to adjust the printer for the
correct line length.
a.
Note the amount Line B is over or under 388.61 mms.
b.
Press the Menu key until LINE B appears. Then, press the Enter key.
c.
Press the Menu key until the amount which would most closely adjust
the line to the desired length appears. Then, press the Enter key. For
example, if Line B is 389 mm instead of 388.61 mm as it should be, select
-0.50 mm to shorten the line to 388.50.
Press the Reset key to return to the previous menu level. Then, press the Menu
key until XACT: TEST PAGE reappears and press the Enter key to print a new
test page.
4-10 Configuration
8.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the line measurements agree with the lengths listed
on the test page.
9.
Press the On Line key when the line lengths are correct. READY/IDLE appears
in the window.
Now the printer’s line lengths are calibrated correctly.
Accurate Screens
To maximize processing resources, your printer calculates the line screen from lpi and
angle settings similar, but not necessarily identical, to the settings specified in your
application. The Accurate Screens feature allows you to override this approximation
and use the exact settings specified in your application to calculate the line screen.
When this feature is enabled, there may be an increase in processing time because of
additional demand on printer resources.
Set Accurate Screens from your application Print dialog box.
•
False, the factory default, disables Accurate Screens and uses the printer’s
standard line screen calculation.
•
True allows the printer to build the line screen based on the specific lpi and angle
settings in your application.
Accurate Screens is active in the PPD only if the Enhanced Screens menu is set to
Normal.
If you have not used a toner cartridge for several days, toner may have settled and
need to be redistributed for consistent coverage. See “Redistributing Toner” later in
this chapter for details.
Density
The Density menu, Utility: Density, allows you to control the toner intensity. Options
include 0-Light, 1, 2, 3, 4-Normal (the factory default), 5, 6, and 7-Dark. The amount
of toner applied to your job increases as the setting number increases.
You also can increase or decrease the amount of toner laid down using the print
density dial. See “Adjusting Print Density” later in this chapter for more details.
If you have not used a toner cartridge for several days, toner may have settled and
need to be redistributed for consistent coverage. See “Redistributing Toner” later in
this chapter for details.
Configuration 4-11
Electrophotography (EP1, Toner Control)
The EP1 menu helps reduce toning by controlling the level of toner transferred from
the toner drum to the media. Options are 0 up to 15. The default setting depends on
the selected media. The default setting for paper and film is 10.
Laser printers react differently in changing humidity and temperature situations. The
EPI feature allows you to adjust toner to compensate for these environmental changes
to achieve the printer’s best possible output quality. The lower the EP1 value, the more
toner will be transferred to the image. However a very low setting may create so much
toning that the film may not burn correctly. While the default film setting is 10, you
can experiment with the EP1 setting to create the best possible output from your
printer. Also, when printing film, be sure to set your fuser temperature low; set “Fuser
Temperature” later in this chapter for details.
Fast Imaging
Adobe PostScript 3’s Fast Imaging feature allows you to select from two methods of
image data compression for faster printing when image quality is not the primary
concern.
Set Fast Imaging from your application Print dialog box.
•
None, the factory default, prints at normal speed and with no data compression.
•
Optimized for Quality compresses image data for faster printing than normal but
with some (usually not noticeable) loss of image quality.
•
Optimized for Speed implements a greater degree of data compression to provide
the fastest print time but with the possibility of a noticeable loss of data quality.
Optimize selections do not function if the print job contains an image that is masked
or rotated to anything other than 0°, 90°, 180°, or 270°.
Font Accelerator
Font Accelerator allows you to set aside a portion of RAM disk to store fonts for quick
system access. Font Accelerator automatically loads the most recently used fonts from
the printer’s optional hard disk into the RAM disk. This eliminates time usually
required to access fonts from the hard disk. The Font Accelerator menu is active only
if fonts are downloaded to an optional hard disk on the printer and RAM disk is
enabled for 1 MB or more.
Set Font Accelerator from the Utility: Font Accel configuration menu. Options are 0%,
20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and 100%. These options indicate the percentage of RAM disk
that the Font Accelerator can use. The factory default is 100%.
4-12 Configuration
Fuser Temperature
The Fuser Temperature feature allow you to adjust the printer’s fuser temperature for
the type of media used. Set the fuser temperature from the Fuser front panel menu.
Temperature increases as the options increase from 0-none to 15-hot and the default
depends upon the selected media.
Select 0-none or 1 when printing Myriad film, envelopes, and paper. Select hotter
settings for heavy paper, heavy film, and Myriad 2 plates.
Halftone Calibration Technology (Gamma)
XANTÉ’s Halftone Calibration Technology allows you to adjust printer output for
ink, media, file, and environmental conditions. For example, if a scanned image is too
dark, you can select a new gamma setting to lighten and enhance the details. Gamma
corrections bring out details that can be lost when printing at higher line screens or
when dark photos are scanned.
XANTÉ provides seven standard gamma correction curves and you can create up to
seven custom curves. You can select any custom or standard gamma curve on a job by
job basis using the front panel Graphic: Gamma configuration menu or the Print
dialog box Gamma menu.
XANTÉ Gamma curves 1 through 5 progressively lighten midrange grayscale values in
an image. Gamma 0, the factory default, makes no change to the image and Gamma 6
produces a reverse (negative) image without changing the image in the application.
The graphs in figure 4.8 show the changes to the midrange gray levels for Gamma
curves 0 through 6.
You may want to create and download up to seven custom gamma curves to calibrate
your printer for specific conditions. Also, linearization can be used to the level of
accuracy you need. See the linearization section in “PostScript Features (AccelaFont,
DPI, Linearization, LPI, Margins, More X-ACT, and VM)” in chapter 2 (Macintosh)
or 3 (PC) about creating custom gamma curves.
Configuration 4-13
Gamma 0
Black
Output Levels
White
1
0
1
White
1
Gamma 2
Black
Black
Output Levels
White
Gamma 1
Black
1
Input Levels
1
0
White
Black
1
Input Levels
1
White
Gamma 4
Black
Black
Output Levels
White
Gamma 3
Output Levels
White
0
Black
1
Input Levels
1
0
White
Gamma 5
Black
1
Input Levels
1
White
Output Levels
Gamma 6
Black
Black
Output Levels
White
0
White
1
Input Levels
Output Levels
White
Black
0
Black
Input Levels
1
White
0
Black
Input Levels
1
White
Fig. 4.8 Gamma Corrections 0 through 6
Hard Disk
The Hard Disk feature only appears if you have the optional hard disk installed on the
printer. This feature allows you to format the optional hard disk which must be done
before you can use that disk.
You must format the optional hard disk before it can be used to store downloaded
fonts. Formatting erases all information stored on that disk.
Use this feature from the Utility: Hard Disk configuration menu. The only option is
Format.
4-14 Configuration
Interface Control
Your printer features three standard simultaneously active interfaces: Parallel,
Ethernet, and USB. The parallel and Ethernet ports allow you to send files from
Macintosh computers concurrently; all three ports allow you to send files from PC
computers concurrently. The Ethernet port supports EtherTalk, LPR, TCP/IP, and IPP
protocols.
Use Interfaces configuration menus to set printer interface options for the IP Address,
Net Class, Net Mask, Gateway, and DHCP. See chapter 2 (Macintosh) or 3 (PC) about
configuring the Ethernet interface for your network environment.
IP Address, Net Mask, and Gateway Configuration
When using the Ethernet interface and TCP/IP protocol, use the front panel IP
address (Network: IpAddr), Network Mask (Network: Net Mask), and Gateway
(Network: Gateway) configuration menus and the front panel keys to set the address,
mask, and gateway as follows:
•
Reset key increases the current number flashing by one.
•
Menu key moves to the next number to the right of the current number flashing.
•
Test key moves to the next number to the left of the current number flashing.
•
Enter key accepts new address (if valid) and returns to Network: Ipaddr menu.
The menu will display a message if the address entered is invalid.
You must turn the printer off and restart it for the new IP address to take effect.
Check with your System Supervisor for the correct settings.
Net Class
Use the front panel Net Class (Network: Net Class) configuration and front panel keys
to select the network class setting. Menu options include Class A, Class B, and Class C
(the factory default). Check with your System Supervisor for the correct class.
DHCP
Use the front panel DHCP (Network: DHCP) configuration menu and front panel
keys to select the DHCP setting. Menu options are Yes to enable (the factory default)
and No to disable this feature. Check with your System Supervisor for the correct
DHCP setting.
Jam Recover
The Jam Recover feature reprints the last page processed after a paper jam is cleared.
Configuration 4-15
Set Jam Recover from the Utility: Jam Recovery configuration menu. Options are On
to enable and Off (the factory default) to disable this feature.
If you must turn off the printer to clear a paper jam, Jam Recover is not effective
because all print job information in RAM is lost.
Language Options
Language options allow you to select the language for the printer’s front panel
window. Set the display language from the Utility: Language configuration menu.
English is the factory default; other options are Spanish (Español), French (Francais),
German (Deutsch), and Japanese (Katakana).
Lines Per Inch (LPI)
Lines per inch settings allow you to control the number of gray levels and enhance the
resolution quality of your printed images.
Usually, you set lines per inch through your application or you can use the LPI option
in your XANTÉ browser utilities. However, when LPI is not a software option, you can
use the front panel Graphic: Lpi configuration menu. Line screen options range from
5 to 210 lines per inch with a factory default of 85 lpi.
Media Types
Media Types options in the front panel allow you to select the default media and set
configurations for specific media. The Media Types: Cassette menu allows you to
select the default media for your printer. Media options are Paper (the factory
default), Transparency, Cover Stock, Label Stock, Vellum, Matte Film, Clear Film,
Heavy Paper, and five user defined types of media.
Throughout this document, all references to media are shown as Paper (the factory
default). The same menu settings apply to Transparency, Cover Stock, Label Stock,
Vellum, Matte Film, Clear Film, Heavy Paper, and five user defined types of media.
The Media Types: Configure menu allows you to select media types as well as to
configure that media’s fuser temperature through a Fuser submenu. See “Fuser
Temperature” earlier in this chapter for more details. The factory default for Paper
and Transparency is Cool; Warm is the factory default for Heavy Paper, Cover, and
Labels.
4-16 Configuration
Media Weight
Media Weight allows you to designate the type of media used and to access correct
temperatures for that media. Set Media Weight from your application Print dialog
box. Options are Paper, Heavy Paper, Cover, Transparency, Matte Film, Clear Film,
and Labels media weights.
You can create custom gamma curves to calibrate or adjust your printer for specific
media weights. For details see “Halftone Calibration Technology (Gamma)” earlier in
this chapter and see the linearization section of “PostScript Features (AccelaFont, DPI,
Linearization, LPI, Margins, More X-ACT, and VM)” in chapter 2 (Macintosh) or 3
(PC).
Mirror Print
Mirror Print allows you to produce a mirror image which is reversed left to right (fig.
4.9). This type of image is used to produce right reading documents required for
imaging silk screens or metal plates.
Set Mirror Print from your application Print dialog box. To ensure the highest quality
when producing mirror images, use this menu in the Print dialog box rather than an
application setting. True enables this feature and False (the factory default) disables it.
Fig. 4.9 Mirror Image
Multipurpose Feeder Media Sizes (Manual Feed)
Set the media size used in the multipurpose feeder from the Utility: Manual Feed
configuration menu. The factory default media size is Letter; other options are
Configuration 4-17
Legal
A4
B4
B5
11 x 17
A3
Executive
Com10 (envelope)
Monarch (envelope)
DL Env (envelope)
C5 Env (envelope)
Universal (13 x 18.5)
Custom
To print on a media size not listed in the Manual Feed menu, select Custom and select
the paper size through your application. See “Media Sizes” in chapter 5 for a
description of these media sizes.
Paper Mode
The paper cassette media guides activate cams which notify the printer of the paper
size. Because some international and North American paper sizes are very similar in
size, the Utility: PaperMode configuration menu specifies whether the cassette setting
is for North American paper sizes (US) or for International paper sizes (Euro).
Power Save
Power Save conserves power when the printer is not in use. When enabled, this feature
puts the printer into a low-power state after 30 minutes of inactivity.
Set Power Save from the Utility: Power Save configuration menu. Off, the factory
default, disables this feature; On enables it.
Printer Timeout
The Timeout feature allows you to select the number of seconds the printer waits for
additional data before cancelling a job and returning to the Ready/Idle state.
Set Timeout from the Utility: Timeout configuration menu. The factory default of 40
seconds (40 Sec) is an average setting. Set timeout according to the type of files you
send. Use a low setting for small, simple files to prevent an indefinite tie-up on one
job. Use the 300 or Never setting for large files, such as graphic intensive or CAD
(Computer Aided Design) files, to allow enough processing time. With the Never
selection, the printer does not timeout; it waits until it receives additional data or
until the printer is reset.
RAM Disk
RAM Disk allows you to set aside a section of printer RAM to be used as a read/write
device for implementing XANTÉ’s Font Accelerator.
4-18 Configuration
Set RAM Disk from the Utility: RAM Disk configuration menu. 0, the factory default,
disables RAM disk. Options are in 1 MB increments to the maximum available RAM,
which is the installed RAM minus 32 MB (the base amount of RAM required by the
system). The printer must be restarted for the RAM disk setting to become active.
Resolution Options (DPI)
The standard configuration is 600 x 600 and 1200 x 1200 dpi resolutions, which print
at 20 page per minute for letter/A4 size paper. The optional 2400 x 2400 upgrade
provides 10 page per minute printing of letter/A4 size paper at all three resolutions.
See “Printer Memory Requirements” in chapter 6 about the RAM required to print at
higher resolutions.
Set available resolutions using either the Graphic: DPI configuration menu or the
Print dialog box’s Resolution menu.
If the resolution upgrade is installed and adequate RAM is available, but the upgrade
cannot be selected in your application Print dialog box (it is grayed out), RAM may
not be configured properly in the PPD. See the section on configuring the PPD for
your operating system in chapter 2 (Macintosh) or 3 (PC).
Smooth Shading
Smooth Shading allows you to use the Adobe PostScript 3 method of rendering
gradient blends. Smooth Shading produces the highest quality image at the selected
resolution. For some images, PostScript files created with Smooth Shading are smaller
and print faster than those created using PostScript Level 2.
Set Smooth Shading from your application Print dialog box. Off, the factory default,
disables this feature. Options of Maximum, High, Medium, Low are available.
Soft Error
Soft Error alerts you that the printer requires attention. Examples are low toner and
low paper messages.
Set Soft Error using the front panel Utility: Soft Error configuration menu. Yes, the
factory default, enables this feature; No disables it.
While soft error messages are helpful, occasionally some software misinterprets the
messages. If you run into problems with particular software, try disabling this feature.
Spot Function (Enhanced Screening and Dot Shape)
The Spot Function feature controls both Enhanced Screen and dot shape options.
Configuration 4-19
XANTÉ’s Enhanced Screening Technology allows you to increase the number of levels
of gray produced for a line screen setting. Shape options allow you to select the shape
of dots that make up the screen pattern for printing the calibration and verification
pages.
Shape options include Line, Round, and Ellipse. If you select one of these shapes in
the Spot Function menu, the correct Enhanced Screen level of gray is activated
automatically. However, you can set enhanced screening without selecting a screen
shape.
Set Enhanced Screening from the Graphic: Spot Function configuration menu or the
Print dialog box Enhanced Screens menu. Normal, the factory default, uses the line
screen set in your application. Enhanced Screening options are 145 Gray Levels, 197
Gray Levels, and 256 Gray Levels. The following chart lists the line screen setting for
each option at different resolutions.
Levels
of Gray
600 dpi
145
197
256
70 lpi
60 lpi
53 lpi
Line Screens
1200 dpi
140 lpi
120 lpi
106 lpi
2400 dpi
282 lpi
242 lpi
212 lpi
Accurate Screens is active in the PPD only if the Enhanced Screens menu is set to
Normal.
Start-up Page
The Start-up Page feature prints a page that lists the selected resolution, installed
RAM, hard disk identities, page count, enabled interfaces, and network information
(if the Ethernet upgrade is installed) each time the printer is turned on.
Set Start-up Page from the Utility: Start Page configuration menu, from the browser
Informational Pages, or by downloading Adobe PostScript files to the printer.
In the front panel Utility: Start Page menu, On (the factory default) enables the
feature and Off disables it. In the browser utilities, Informational Pages allows you to
turn the Start-up Page feature on or off and Utilities Pages allow you to print this page
on demand.
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XANTÉ Utilities CD-ROM contains the PostScript files Startpgon.ps and
Startpgoff.ps. Download these files to the printer to enable (Startpgon.ps) or disable
(Startpgoff.ps) the feature. See “PS Files Folder” and “Using Adobe Downloader” in
chapter 2 (Macintosh) and “PS_Files Folder” in chapter 3 (PC) for instructions.
To print a start-up page manually, take the printer off line and press the Test key. After
the page prints, press the Online key to put the printer back on line.
Toner Cartridge Control
If your printer does not produce the rich, black images that you expect, try
redistributing the toner in the cartridge and adjusting the print density before
replacing the toner cartridge.
Redistributing Toner
If you have not used the toner cartridge in several days, toner may have settled.
Remove the cartridge from the printer, and shake the cartridge gently to redistribute
toner. Replace the cartridge in the printer. See “Toner Cartridge” in chapter 1.
Adjusting Print Density
You can increase or decrease the amount of toner laid down by the printer using the
print density dial.
The amount of toner used increases as printer dial settings move from low (L) to high
(H). Printing with too high a setting shortens the life of the toner cartridge and may
degrade print quality.
To adjust the print density dial
1.
Open the multipurpose feeder by grasping the handle in the top center of the
cover and pulling down (fig. 4.10).
The multipurpose feeder does not open to a 90° angle. To prevent damage to the
feeder, do not exert strong pressure or place heavy objects on it.
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Fig. 4.10 Open Multipurpose Feeder
Fig. 4.11 Adjust Print Density Dial
2.
Turn the print density dial toward the H (Higher density) to darken the print
or toward the L (Lower density) to lighten the print (fig. 4.11).
3.
Close the Multipurpose Feeder.
Check the print density dial when you replace a toner cartridge. The setting required
for the previous cartridge may be too high or too low for the new cartridge.
Toner Page
The Toner Page feature automatically prints a toner reorder form when the cartridge
needs to be replaced. To order a new cartridge, fill out the form and return it to
XANTÉ or to your XANTÉ vendor. If the feature is enabled and toner is low, the
reorder form prints every 250 pages.
Set Toner Page from the Utility: Toner Page configuration menu. Yes, the factory
default, enables this feature; No disables it.
Tray Selection Options
You can select a specific tray as the default media source or you can use tray chaining
to automatically switch to another source for media when the current source is empty.
Selecting a Specific Tray
Use the Tray Select control key or your application’s options to select a specific tray as
the media source. The Tray Select key allows you to scroll through tray options in the
window. Options are man feed (multipurpose feeder), cassette (standard cassette),
upper optional, and lower optional. The last two selections appear only if these
optional trays are installed.
In most Macintosh applications, use the Print dialog box Paper Source options to
specify the media tray.
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The All pages from options allow you to choose a specific tray or use the printer’s
default to print all pages of a job.
•
The First page from and Remaining from options allow you to specify one tray
for the first page and a different tray for the rest of the print job.
In most PC applications, you can specify the media tray on the Paper Source tab of
the Page Setup dialog box or on the Paper tab of the Print dialog box’s Properties
section.
•
The AutoSelect Tray option directs the printer to use the media source that
contains the paper size you selected in the file.
•
Other options (Cassette, Upper Optional Tray, Lower Optional Tray, and Manual
feed) direct the printer to use a specific tray. Optional tray selections are valid
only if these trays are installed.
Enabling Tray Chaining (Tray Switching)
Use the Utility: Tray Switching configuration menu or your Print dialog box options
to enable tray chaining. Your printer allows you to chain to all paper cassettes and the
multipurpose feeder if the following conditions are met.
•
All selected media sources must contain the same size media. If the printer detects a
different size media when it switches to a new tray, a Paper Out message appears.
•
All trays must be inserted properly. When tray chaining is enabled, an incorrectly
positioned tray prevents the printer from printing.
Use the Utility: Tray Switching configuration menu to change the printer’s default tray
chaining option. Normal enables tray chaining to all installed paper cassettes. Manual
Feed enables tray chaining to all installed paper cassettes and the multipurpose feeder.
Off, the factory default, disables chaining.
The Tray Switch menu in the Print dialog box of Windows 98 and Me as well as some
Macintosh applications allow you to override printer default setting for jobs sent to
the printer from your system. True enables tray chaining to all cassettes and the
multipurpose feeder. False disables chaining.
Most Macintosh applications allow you to configure the printer’s tray chaining feature
using the If the Cassette is out of paper option in the Print dialog box Error Handling
menu.
•
The Use printer’s default option uses the printer’s front panel Tray Switch menu
setting.
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The Switch to another cassette with the same paper size option implements tray
chaining to all cassettes and the multipurpose feeder.
Virtual Memory (VM)
The VM manu, Utility: VM allows you to adjust the size of your PostScript virtual
memory in Megabytes. This setting controls the printer’s default virtual memory
setting at power up. The minimum value allowed is 9 MB, 12 MB is the factory
default, and the maximum value is 40% of installed RAM.
You also can set the virtual memory via the browser. See “PostScript Features
(AccelaFont, DPI, Linearization, LPI, Margins, More X-ACT, and VM)” in chapter 2
(Macintosh) or chapter 3 (PC) for details.
Utility Pages
The Utility: Print configuration menu includes options to print various utility pages
needed for different printer functions. Options include Calibration, Font List, Font
Sample, Low Toner, Start Page, Verify, Menu Layout, and Engine Testpage.
Calibration — Prints a sample Calibration Page which show the printer’s current
performance as a basis for calibration during linearization.
Font List — Prints a page listing the Adobe PostScript 3 fonts resident on your printer.
Font Sample — Prints a page with samples of the Adobe PostScript fonts resident on
your printer.
Low Toner — Prints a toner reorder page. See “Informational Pages (Start Page, Low
Toner Page, and Network Page)” in chapter 2 for details.
Start Page — Prints a printer start-up page. See “Informational Pages (Start Page, Low
Toner Page, and Network Page)” in chapter 2 for details.
Verify — Prints a verification page for calibration during linearization.
Menu Layout — Prints a page listing the front panel menus and their current settings.
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