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BJC-250
USER’S
MANUAL
Canon
BJC-250
1 Introduction
Supplies and Accessories
BJ Cartridges
Canon Specialty Papers
Getting Help From Canon
Servicing the Printer
2 Using the Printer With Windows®
Installing the Printer Driver
Printing a Document
Printer Setup Within Windows 95
Opening the Printer Properties Dialog Box in Windows 95
Using the Printer Driver in Windows 95
Printer Setup Within Windows 3.1
Accessing The Printer Options
The Windows Tabs
Specifying Your Printer Options
Recommended Graphics Settings
Using the Setup Analyzer
Using Cartridge Detection
Printing Speed Verses Color
For Quick Color Printing
For High Quality Color Printing
For Monochrome Printing
Other Ways to Improve Print Speed in Windows
3 Paper Handling
Selecting Paper Types
Paper Guidelines
Setting the Paper Thickness Lever
Printer Settings for Various Print Media
Loading Paper
Automatically Feeding Paper
Manually Feeding Paper
Printing Envelopes
Using Canon's Specialty Papers
Specialty Paper Guidlines
High Resolution Paper HR-101
Contents
1.1
1.2
1.2
1.4
1.5
1.6
2.1
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.3
2.3
2.4
2.4
2.5
2.8
2.8
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.11
2.11
2.11
2.12
3.1
3.2
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.7
3.12
3.14
3.17
3.17
3.19
Fabric Sheets FS-101
Printing on Banner Paper
4 Maintaining the Printer
Printer Guidelines
Cleaning the Printer
Printing the Test Pages
Printing the Test Page from Windows
Printing the Test Pages Using the Operator Panel
Cleaning the Print Head
Cleaning the Print Head from Windows
Cleaning the Print Head Using the Operators Panel
BJ Cartridge Guidelines
BJ Cartridge Maintenance
Replacing the BJ Cartridge
Storing a BJ Cartridge
Transporting the Printer
5 Troubleshooting
Identifying Your Printer Problem
General Problems
Clearing Paper Jams
Technical Notes
Appendix A
Specifications
Glossary
Index
FCC Regulations
3.21
3.23
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.6
4.6
4.7
4.8
4.9
4.10
4.15
4.17
5.1
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
A-1
G-1
I-1
FCC-1
Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the Canon BJC-250 Series Color Bubble Jet™
Printer. We appreciate your choosing this printer to meet your printing needs.
The BJC-250 Series printers offer excellent print quality and fast print speed using both color
and black inks. We are certain you will be satisfied with this advanced Bubble Jet technology.
This Chapter:
Lists the supplies and accessories you can purchase for the printer
Describes Canon's customer support services
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Supplies and Accessories
Your BJC-250 Series printer supports excellent and unique print media
options that will allow you to produce dazzling, professional, and fun
presentations. All of these print media are specially designed and
manufactured to work with your Canon color printer so you can produce
the finest output possible.
Canon has an extensive dealer network equipped to offer you supplies as
you need them. to find a dealer near you, call the Canon Referral Service
at 1-800-848-4123.
If supplies are not available from your local dealer, you can order directly
from Canon by calling 1-800-671-1090
BJ Cartridges
You can use the following Canon BJ cartridges with the BJC-250 Series printers:
o BC-05 Color BJ Cartridge
o BC-02 Black BJ Cartridge
o BC-06 Photo BJ Cartridge
o BC-09F Neon BJ Cartridge
Note that all these BJ cartridges contain both the Bubble Jet print head unit and
ink.
Canon has more engineers dedicated to creating quality
ink for providing the best results for output on Bubble
Jet printers than any other organization. Canon does not
prohibit the use of third-party inks and the use of thirdparty inks does not invalidate the product's limited
warranty. However, Canon cannot guarantee the quality
or performance of your printer when you are using inks
from other suppliers.
Canon's limited warranty does not cover damage caused
to Canon's Bubble Jet products that is attributable to the
use of third party parts or supplies, including inks. The
limited warranty remains in effect for its life once that
particular damage has been properly repaired.
For optimum printing results, Canon recommend that
you use only Canon BJ cartridges
You can also purchase the optional Canon Photo Kit BC-06, which
includes everything you need to produce photo-realistic images:
o BC-06 Photo BJ Cartridge
o SB-05 Ink Cartridge Storage Box
o Canon High Resolution Paper HR-101 (60 sheets)
See Chapter 4, Maintaining the Printer, for details on the BJ cartridges.
Canon Specialty Papers
Canon manufactures numerous specialty papers, including:
o Glossy Photo Paper GP-201
o Banner Paper
o High Resolution Paper HR-101
o T-Shirt Transfers TR-101
o Greeting Cards GC-101
o Bubble Jet Paper LC-301 (water resistant)
o Fabric Sheets FS-101
o CF-102 Transparencies
o Back Print Film BF-102
o High Gloss Film HG-101
See Chapter 3, Paper Handling, for details on Canon's Specialty Papers.
Getting Help From Canon
Canon Computer Systems, Inc. offers a full range of customer technical support options
including*:
o 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, toll free automated support for troubleshooting issues on
most current products (1-800-423-2366)
o Speak to a technician free of service charge (currently Monday through Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST and Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST,
excluding holidays)for products still under warranty** (1-757-413-2848)
o Speak to a technician (currently $24.99) during holidays and days/hours not listed
above regarding urgent product questions or for products no longer under
warranty (1-800-423-2366)
o E-mail support via the Canon Computer Systems, Inc. Web site
(www.ccsi.canon.com)
o 24-hour, toll-free Fax Retrieval System (1-800-526-4345)
o 24-hour Bulletin Board Service (1-757-420-2000)
*Support program specifies subject to change without notice.
**Refer to individual product information for warranty details.
Canon Canada
Customer support for Canadian residents is
available 24 hours a day (seven days a week) at
1-800-263-1121
In other countries contact your Canon Dealer.
Servicing the Printer
The Canon BJC-250 Series Color Bubble Jet Printers are designed with the
latest technology to provide trouble-free operation. The warranty card that
comes with the printer describes Canon's one year limited warranty for your
Bubble Jet printer. Be sure to read the warranty information to find out about
the different service options available to you.
Save your sales receipt for proof of purchase. In the event that your printer
needs service, you will need your proof of purchase to obtain warranty
service.
If you feel your BJC-250 Series Color Bubble Jet Printer needs servicing, you
can contact Canon on the World Wide Web to locate the Canon Authorized
Service facility (ASF) nearest you. If you do not have access to the Web, you
can call Canon (see page 1-5)
Using the Printer With Windows
This Chapter describes how to use the printer with your windows applications. It
includes:
o Installing a printer driver
o Printing a document
o Printer setup within Windows 95
o Printer setup within Windows 3.1
o The Windows tabs
o Printing speed versus color
Installing a Printer Driver
Before you can use any type of printer with your computer, you must install a
printer driver. The printer driver tells the computer what kind of printer you are
using. The printer driver also controls the various settings, such as print quality
and paper type. You define these settings within the printer driver, and the printer
driver then communicates the settings to both the computer and the printer.
You must install the BJC-250 Printer Driver for windows before you can use
the printer with your computer. See your Quick Start Guide for instructions.
Printing a Document
This product describes the general steps required for printing from various Windows
applications. The exact steps for printing a document may vary depending on the application
program you are using. Refer to your software application's documentation for the exact
printing procedure.
1
Start your
application.
Start the program you are using to create the document, and open the
document you want to print.
2
Make sure
the Canon
BJC-250 is
selected as
your default
printer.
Choose Print Setup from the File menu.
Click on the Setup button if you want to make any adjustments as appropriate for
printing your document. (See Print Setup Within Windows 95 or Printer Setup
Within Windows 3.1 for details.)
Select OK to close the Print Setup dialog box.
3
Choose Print
from the File
menu.
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After making any necessary changes to the printing parameters, select OK to
start the print job.
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Printer Setup Within Windows 95
You can use the printer with all your Windows 95 applications
Opening the Printer Properties Dialog Box in Windows 95
You can open the Properties dialog box in one of the following ways:
From within any Windows application, you can select the Print or Print Setup
command.
From the Printers folder, you can select the printer and then select the Properties
command from the File menu.
From the Printers folder, you can select the printer, click the right mouse button,
and then select Properties from the drop down list.
Using the Printer Driver in Windows 95
The printing options are displayed on the following Windows 95 tabs:
General, Details, Paper, Graphics, Setting, and Control. See The Windows
Tabs section (page 2-5) for details.
For detailed information on any of the printing options, you can use Windows 95
on-line Help.
Use the right mouse button to click an item on the screen; then click the
What's This? command.
Click ? and then click an item.
Press F1
Printer Setup Within Windows 3.1
You can use your printer with all your Windows 3.1 applications.
Accessing the Printer Options
You can access the printing options from the Printers dialog box in the Control Panel, or
you can select the Print Setup option available from the File menu of most applications
that run in Windows.
If the Print Setup option does not appear in the file menu for your application, refer to the
user's manual supplied with the application. It should provide information about changing
the printer setup parameters.
In Windows 3.1, the printing options are displayed on these tabs: Paper, Graphics, Setting,
and Control. See the next section, The Windows Tabs, for details.
The Windows Tabs
The BJ Series Printer Driver for Windows has several tabs from which you select you
printing options and learn about your printer drivers well as your printer.
General (Windows 95 only)
This tab allows you to add comments regarding the printer driver and print test page
or a separator page. (You see this tab when you open the Properties dialog box from
the Printers folder, but not from within a Windows application.
Details (Windows 95 only)
This tab allows you to specify printer port settings, spool settings, and time-out
settings. (You see this tab when you open the properties dialog box from the
Printers folder, but not from within a Windows application.)
This tab allows you to specify page orientation, paper size, and type of print media.
(The printing options on this tab are the same for both Windows 95 and Windows
3.1.)
Graphics
This tab allows you to specify print quality, color model, and print model. (The
printing options on this tab are the same for both Windows 95 and Windows 3.1.
However, the Image Color Matching feature is available in Windows 95 only.)
Setting
This tab allows you to turn on or off the Setup Analyzer and Cartridge Detection. It
also allows you to save up to four custom print settings.(The printing options on
this tab are the same for both Windows 95 and Windows 3.1.)
Control
This tab allows you to print test pages, turn off the printer, enable or disable the
auto power on feature, and clean the print head. It also allows you to turn off the
printer after a certain period of inactivity. (The printing options on this tab are the
same for both Windows 95 and Windows 3.1.)
Specifying Your Printer Options
Be sure to use your on-line help to find out about the settings available for each printing
options.
To move between the Windows tabs, click on any of the tabs.
To save the settings and exit, click the OK button.
To cancel your settings selections on a tab, click the Cancel button.
To save your settings without exiting, Click the Apply button.
To access the Help file, click on the Help button.
When you move the mouse cursor over one of the printing options, a help message
appears at the bottom of the tab.
Recommended Graphics Settings
You can select the following printing options from the graphics tab to achieve the
specified results.
Using the Setup Analyzer
The Setup Analyzer allows the printer driver to evaluate your choice of choice of printing
settings. On the Setting tab, click on the green check to enable the Setup Analyzer. Click
on the red Ø symbol to disable it.
When you exit the printer driver and accept your printing settings by clicking the OK
button, the Setup Analyzer (if enabled) checks to see if any of your settings are contrary to
the recommended settings.
If there are no inconsistencies, a dialog box similar to this appears.
The inconsistencies appear with check boxes. You can use the dialog box buttons to
select or deselect the inconsistencies, and/or fix or ignore the inconsistencies.
Using Cartridge Detection
Use Cartridge Detection if you want the driver to alert you when the installed BJ cartridge
is not the correct choice to use with your Color Model setting. To enable Cartridge
Detection, which is located on the Setting tab, click the green check. Click on the red Ø
symbol to disable it.
If cartridge Detection cannot detect the cartridge type, it advises you to check that you
printer is on-line and that the cables are secure.
If you choose the monochrome Color Model and you have a BC-05 Color BJ Cartridge
installed, you'll see:
Performance Tip!
You now have a color cartridge installed in your printer. For faster printing
speed, change the color cartridge to the monochrome cartridge.
Printing Speed Versus Color
The BJC-250 Printer Driver for Windows can interpret and translate the full spectrum of
colors, up to 16.7 million colors. When printing in color, there is a significant increase in
the amount of information that the driver has to interpret and translate. When printing
with black ink only, the driver has only one color to interpret. By decreasing the amount of
colors that the printer driver has to interpret, you can significantly decrease the time
needed to translate the information. This will speed up the overall printing process.
For Quick Color Printing
In the BJC-250 Printer Driver for Windows, choose the following settings. These
selections allow the printer driver to interpret and translate 256 colors, which will increase
your printing speed. However, your print quality will not be optimized.
Media type---Plain Paper
Print Quality---Standard
Color Model---Color
Print Model---Custom
Color Selection---Fast Color
For High Quality Color Printing
Select the settings shown below to allow the printer driver to interpret and translate up to
16.7 million colors. Keep in mind that your print speed will be slower than with other
setting combinations
Print Quality---High
Color Model---Color
Print Model---Automatic
For Monochrome Printing
Use the optional BC-02 Black BJ Cartridge to optimize the printer's performance when you are
printing black text and graphics only.
In the BJC-250 Printer Driver for Windows, choose the following settings to tell your printer to print
using black ink only.
Media Type---Plain Paper
Print Quality--- Standard; Smoothing is off
Color Model---Monochrome
Print Model---Automatic
Other Ways to Improve Print Speed in Windows
To improve print speed, you can try the following:
Turn off the Print Manager in the Windows Control Panel (Windows 3.1
only).
This avoids the extra step of sending the print file to the Print Manager and may
increase your printing speed by as much as 25%, depending on the computer you are
using.
Add a permanent swap file in Windows 3.1.
Under the 386 Enhanced icon in the Windows Control Panel, add or create a
permanent swap file that is from 4 MB to 9 MB. The computer will be able to
prepare the print file faster. See your Windows documentation for instructions.
Avoid diffusion halftones.
In the Custom Settings dialog box, choose Diffusion only when printing final
output or photographic images. Choosing a Halftone setting of Fine allows the
documents to print as much as 20% faster because the computer does not need to
compute to "best possible position" for each dot.
Avoid screen matched color.
In the Custom Settings dialog box, avoid Match as the Color Adjustment setting.
The screen matching feature takes longer to process in the computer because it
requires special information.
Avoid automatic settings.
Although the automatic settings are easy to use, the computer must interpret the
printed page. This takes more time than if you select each setting.
Free up your memory.
Use only one software program at a time and unload any screen saving utilities or
programs stored in Windows background; this frees up more memory for Windows
processing.
Use Monochrome when possible.
If you will be printing text in black only, choose a Color Selection of Black and
White rather than Grayscale. Print draft documents in Monochrome rather than
Color, or use Draft print quality when printing in color.
Limit the number of colors on each page.
The computer will need to calculate and transmit fewer dots. Too many colors can
make the image confusing and less effective as well as cause the print speed to slow
down.
Use primary colors when printing presentation graphics.
Use Black, cyan, yellow, magenta, blue, green, and red when possible. The
computer will need to calculate and transfer less dot information.
Use the Draft print quality.
The printer will need to image fewer dots.
Use Plain Paper as Media Type.
The print head will make only on pass for each printed line.
Use smaller graphics and more white space in your documents.
The computer will be able to prepare the print file faster.
Add RAM to your computer.
The computer will be able to prepare the print file faster.
Use a computer with a faster processor.
The computer will be able to prepare the print file faster.
Paper Handling
This chapter describes how to use the printer for all your printing operations. It includes:
Selecting paper types
Setting the paper thickness lever
Summary of printer settings for various print media
Automatically loading paper
Manually feeding paper
Printing on envelopes
Using Canon's Specialty Papers
To ensure the best performance of your printer, you'll want to select the best paper and
load it correctly. You can stack paper in the sheet feeder to load it automatically, or you
can manually feed one sheet at a time.
Selecting Paper Types
One of the most important things you can do to assure the best possible performance of
your Bubble Jet printer is to select the correct paper. Your printer produces letter quality
print on most plain paper bond papers, including cotton bond and photocopying papers; it
does not require special ink jet papers. However, the print quality varies with different
paper types. Be sure to test a type of paper before you purchase a large quantity.
Plain Paper
The printer supports paper sizes of letter, legal, and A4 in portrait orientation. You can use
regular copier paper, cotton bond papers, and typical letterhead. Always use paper without
curls, folds, staples, or damaged edges.
Glossy Photo Paper
Canon Glossy Photo Paper GP-201 is a high gloss, thicker paper that produces the look
and feel of a photograph and provides excellent color print quality. Use this paper with the
BC-06 Photo BJ Cartridge to produce photo-realistic prints from your printer. Be sure to
print on the glossy side. (In your print driver, select Glossy Paper when you have Glossy
Photo Paper loaded.)
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Banner Paper
Canon's Banner Paper is specifically designed for printing one continuous sheet in a
banner format. The connected sheets are divided by perforation. you can print from two to
six sheets at one time.
High Resolution Paper
The Canon High Resolution Paper HR-101 is designed to produce photo-realistic quality
output with sharp and vivid graphics. For best results, use the optional BC-06 Photo BJ
Cartridge to produce images comparable to your favorite photographs.
T-Shirt Transfers
Use Canon's popular T-Shirt Transfers TR-101 to create and personalize T-shirts,
Use Canon's popular T-Shirt Transfers TR-101 to create and personalize T-shirts,
sweatshirts, aprons, tablecloths, napkins, tote bags, and anything else your imagination
allows! Use on any cotton or cotton/ poly blend fabric. Your image is printed in mirror
image (when you use T-Shirt Transfer mode through the BJC-250 Printer Driver for
Windows) so when you iron it onto the t-shirt the image is viewed correctly.
Greeting Cards
Get the most out of your Canon Creative or other card making software with Canon
Greeting Cards GC-101. These cards give your unique, personalized cards the look and
feel of professional cards. You can create cards, invitations, announcements, and more.
Bubble Jet Paper (water resistant)
The Canon Bubble Jet Paper LC-301 has been developed for high quality printing with
minimal or no smearing or running when in contact with water or damp surfaces, making a
good choice for damp or rainy environments. The paper is specially created and printable
on both sides. (In your printer driver, select Plain Paper when you load this paper.)
Fabric Sheets
Use Fabric Sheets FS-101 for Canon Bubble Jet printers to print banners, pillow covers,
scarves, flags, and other textile items. Use these sheets for appliqués and other craft and
sewing projects. Fabric sheets are 9.5" x 14".
Transparencies
CF-102 Transparencies from Canon are recommended. These transparencies produce
excellent contrast, sharpness, and color.
Back Print Film
Canon Back Print Film BF-102 has been specially developed for Canon Color Bubble Jet
printers. The film is designed to deliver brilliant, high-intensity color images suitable for
business presentations, design work, or professional reports. Back Print Film is printed on
the back (non-glossy) side of the film in mirror image and then viewed from the front or
glossy side using a backlighting device. For more details, ask a Canon Authorized Dealer
for information or refer to the manual supplied with the film.
High Gloss Film
The Canon High Gloss Film HG-101 features a bright white finish that lends striking
visual power to charts, graphs, and photographic images. Use this film to make your
presentation materials and graphics look professional.
If you are printing in an application outside Windows, your software application or printer
driver must support mirror image printing in order to use Back Print Film or T-Shirt
Transfers
Paper Guidelines
When selecting or loading paper, please remember the following:
Attempting to print on damp, curled, wrinkled, or torn paper can cause paper jams
and poor print quality.
Use cut-sheet paper only. You can use multipart paper.
When using graph paper, the lines may not match because the 1/6 inch line spacing
of the printer is slightly less than that of graph paper.
If the print density of your page is very high , light paper stock may curl slightly due
to the large amount if ink. If you need to print dense graphics, try printing on
heavier stock.
Do not use thicker paper than meets the specifications for this printer. Printing with
a paper that is thick enough to come in contact with the print head nozzles may
damage the BJ Cartridge.
Setting the Paper Thickness Lever
To ensure trouble-free paper handling, you'll want to set the paper thickness lever before
loading paper.
Set the lever according to the thickness of the paper you are using:
Left
Plain Paper
High Resolution Paper
Bubble Jet Paper
Transparencies
Back Print Film
High Gloss Film
Right
Glossy Photo Paper
Banner Paper
T-Shirt Transfers
Greeting Cards
Fabric Sheets
Other heavier-weight print
media
Envelopes
Be sure to check this lever before and after printing on heavier-weight print media or
envelopes.
Printer Setting for Various Print Media
Loading Paper
You can stack paper in the sheet feeder to load it automatically, or you can
manually feed one sheet at a time through the manual feed slot.
You place approximately 100 sheets of plain paper (20 lb. or 75 g/m²) in the
sheet feeder at a time.
You can stack approximately 50 sheets of Transparencies or 10 sheets of back
print film in the sheet feeder. However, these special media may not advance
correctly under unusual environmental conditions (such as extreme
temperatures or humidity). If you have trouble with special papers becoming
skewed or feeding multiple sheets, do not stack them in the sheet feeder.
Load them on sheet at a time.
Automatically Feeding Paper
1
Set the paper
thickness lever.
Left for plain paper
Right for heavier-weight print media or envelopes.
2
Pull the Paper
Support up
until it stops.
3
Fan the
paper
For best results, fan the paper before loading it.
Always fan a stack of paper along the edge that will
4
Slide the
stack of
paper into
the sheet
feeder until
it stops
Align the edge of the paper with the right edge of the sheet feeder.
Secure the stack with the paper guide
5
Start your print
operation.
Make sure that the printer is turned on.
Manually Feeding Paper
You use the manual feed function when printing on heavier-weight print media (17 lb to
28 lb or 64 g/m² to 105 g/m²).
1
If you are
manually
feeding thick
paper, set the
thickness lever
to the right.
2
Start your print
operation.
If you are using Windows, you must select Manual Feed in the BJC-250
Printer Driver for the printer to accept manually fed paper.
3
Insert the
single sheet.
Slide in the paper into the manual feed slot on the back of the printer until it
stops inside the sheet feeder.
Align the sheet with left edge of the manual feed slot.
Hold the sheet for about two seconds until it feeds automatically.
The printer will automatically load the paper into position
After printing on thick paper or envelopes, set the paper thickness lever (inside the printer)
back to the left position before printing on other paper types.
Printing on Envelopes
You can stack up to 15 envelopes in the sheet feeder or you can manually feed envelopes
one at a time.
U.S. Commercial number 10 (COM10) envelopes and European DL envelopes are
recommended. You may be able to stack envelopes of other sizes in the sheet feeder;
however, Canon cannot guarantee consistent performance on envelope sizes other
COM10 and DL.
The following envelopes are not recommended because they may cause jams or smears, or
may damage your printer.
Envelopes with windows, holes, perforations, cutouts, and double flaps.
Envelopes made with special coated paper or deeply embossed paper.
Envelopes using peel-off sealing strips.
Envelopes in which letters have been enclosed.
When you are ready to print on envelopes, follow these steps to stack envelopes in the
sheet feeder. ( you can also manually feed envelopes one at a time.)
1
Make sure that
the paper
thickness lever
is set to the
right.
2
Make sure
the paper
support is
raised.
3
Prepare the
envelopes.
Arrange the stack of envelopes on a firm surface and press down firmly on
the edges to make the folds crisp.
Press all the way around the envelopes to remove any curls and expel air from
inside the envelopes.
Make sure any curls are removed from the flap of each envelope.
4
Insert the
envelopes.
Slide a stack of envelopes into the sheet feeder until it stops.
Align the edge of the paper guide with the left edge of the stack of
envelopes.
5
Start your print
operation.
Make sure the printer is on.
Using Canon's Specialty Papers
This section provides guidelines for printing on Canon's Specialty Papers and describes
special procedures for High Resolution Paper, Fabric Sheets, and Banner Paper.
Specialty Paper Guidelines
Be sure to read any instructions that come with your Canon Specialty Paper. These
instructions provide important information regarding how to achieve the highest print
quality with these papers.
For transparency film, back print film, high gloss film, and glossy film, and glossy photo
paper, follow these guidelines:
When automatically feeding transparencies or back print film, remove each sheet
after its delivered. Do not allow film sheets to stack up.
Let the printed sheets of film or paper dry completely before storing them.
Paper type
Canon Glossy Photo Paper GP-210
Canon Fabric Sheet FS-101
Canon CF-102 Transparencies
Canon Back Print Film BF-102
Drying time
10 minutes
1 Hour
15 minutes
15 minutes
When selecting a sheet of film has dried completely, cover its printed side with a
sheet of plain (not coated) paper before storing it; this is recommended even if you
place the sheets of film in a clear file or plastic holder.
Do not leave the film in the sheet feeder for long periods of time. Dust and dirt
may accumulate on the film resulting in spotty printing.
To avoid smudging caused by finger prints, use a pair of thin cloth gloves while
loading and handling the film.
To avoid fading, do not expose the printed film to prolonged sunlight.
Store unused papers and films flat. Do not remove papers from their protective
packaging until you are ready to use them.
Store unused film at temperatures between 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C). The
relative humidity should be between 10% and 70%.
Uncurling Back Print Film
If Back Print Film becomes curled, follow these steps to uncurl it:
1
Cover the
non-glossy side
of the film with
a sheet of plain
paper.
2
Roll the film
and paper up in
the direction
opposite the
curl.
3
Keep the film
rolled up for
five minutes.
High Resolution Paper HR-101
Canon's High Resolution Paper HR-101 is designed for high quality printing. This paper is
specially coated to produce delicate color output. After using a package of High
Resolution Paper (200 sheets), you need to use the cleaning sheet enclosed with the paper
to remove paper dust from the printer's rollers; this will help prevent paper feed problems.
Using the Cleaning Sheet
1
Set up the
printer.
Make sure the paper
thickness lever is to the
lever.
Make sure the paper
support is extended.
2
Insert the
cleaning
sheet.
Remove the two pieces of tape
from the sheet.
Insert the sheet with the sticky
side out (toward you) and down
(going into the sheet feeder).
Adjust the paper guide to the edge
of the cleaning sheet.
3
Press the
RESUME
button.
Make sure the printer is on.
Press Resume to advance the cleaning sheet into the printer.
Press RESUME again to start cleaning.
The printer feeds the sheet and then ejects it.
Use a cleaning sheet once only.
Printing on a Fabric Sheet
1
Setup
the
printer.
Make sure the paper
thickness lever is to the
right position.
Make sure the paper
support is extended.
2
Insert the
fabric
sheet.
Insert the sheet with the
cloth side out (toward you)
and open end up (away
from the sheet feeder)
Adjust the paper guide to
the edge of the Fabric
Sheet.
Do not attempt to load
more than one sheet at a
time.
3
Setup the
BJC-250
Printer Driver
for Windows.
In the Paper tab, select A4 for the Paper Size and select Fabric Sheet for
the Print Media.
In the graphics tab, select High for the Print Quality.
Start the print operation from your Windows application.
4
Dry and then
wash the
fabric
Let the printed fabric sheet set for about one hour to allow the ink to
completely dry.
When dry, peel the film backing from the printed fabric sheet. Do not remove
the film backing before printing.
Wash the printed fabric sheet for about three minutes under lukewarm running
water to remove the extra ink
Hang the fabric sheet up to dry it again.
Iron the dried fabric sheet with a cloths iron.
See the booklet that comes with Fabric Sheet FS-101 for details on drying and
washing.
Printing on Banner Paper
For best results, use Canon Banner Paper.
To set up a print job on banner paper, you must decide on the number of sheets you need.
You can print banner from 2 to 6 sheets in length.
Always leave an extra sheet at the end of the banner--just in case the type runs over.
The shaded portions of the drawing below illustrate the maximum recommended printing
area of Banner Paper.
Printing on Banner Paper requires quite a bit of ink. If you think your BJ
cartridge may run out of ink, use a new BJ cartridge.
For best print results on Banner Paper, use light design patterns.
To prevent ink from running over the edges of the sheet, print within the
margins shown in the previous illustration.
1
Set the
paper
thickness
lever.
Open the front cover.
Use both hands to
open the front cover.
Set the paper thickness
lever to the right.
Close the front cover.
2
Cut the
Banner at the
crease
according to
the length
you need.
The maximum length you can
use is six sheets (66 inches) or
1676 mm).
Always leave an extra sheet at
the end of the banner-just
incase the type runs over.
3
Insert the
banner paper.
Align the first sheet
of paper with the
right edge of the
sheet feeder and slide
it into the printer until
it stops.
Then adjust the paper
guide to the edge of
the paper.
Do not allow the
paper to hang over
the edge of the desk
or work table.
Do not extend the
paper support for
banner paper.
4
Fold the
Banner
paper.
Gently fold the paper at the
crease between the first and
second sheet.
5
Make sure
the paper
exit area
is clear.
Clear space in front of the
paper output slot of the
printer for at least one sheet.
6
Setup your
printer
driver.
Open the Windows applications you are going to use to print. From the File
Menu, select Print. Then select your print options using the BJC-250 Printer
Driver for Windows.
For the Paper Feed Method, select Automatic Feed.
For the Media Type, select Banner.
See your application software instructions for other options.
7
Start
Printing.
Click OK or Print to
start the print job.
Do not allow the paper to
hang over the edge of the
desk or work table
directly.
Clear enough desk space
in front of the printer for
at least one sheet of paper
to rest after printing.
Maintaining the Printer
This chapter covers the care required for your printer. It includes:
Printer guidelines
Cleaning the printer
Printing the test pages
Cleaning the print head
BJ cartridge guidelines
Replacing the BJ cartridge
Storing a BJ cartridge
Transporting the printer
Printer Guidelines
Follow these guidelines to avoid damage to your printer and harm to you or others:
Set the printer on a stable surface. Do not use an angled printer stand. Avoid setting
the printer in direct sunlight.
Keep the front cover closed when printing.
Do not set anything on top of the printer
Make sure the power is off any time you connect or disconnect the AC adapter or
interface cable.
Do not unplug the AC adapter unnecessarily.
Do not unplug the printer or turn off a power strip to which the printer is attached
when the printer's power is turned on. This may prevent the print head unit from
returning to the home position on the right and being capped, which may cause the
print head to dry out. This is critical. If left uncapped, the print head unit may clog
and may need to be replaced.
Do not move the mechanism that holds the BJ cartridge. Attempting to move the
BJ cartridge holder may damage delicate mechanical parts.
Cleaning the Printer
Your Printer requires little routine maintenance. Perform the following maintenance, as
necessary, to keep your printer in good operating condition.
Make sure the printer is turned off before cleaning it. It is a good idea to unplug
the AC adapter also.
Do not clean the exterior of the printer with volatile liquids such as thinners,
benzine, or any spray-type or chemical cleaners; doing so will damage the surface
of the printer.
When cleaning the printer, avoid the area near the print head on the BJ cartridge.
Do not touch the print head. Ink may leak out and cause stains.
Clean the printer regularly to avoid printing problems. Remove any ink mist or paper
debris from the interior of the printer using a soft cloth moistened with water. Clean
especially well around the platen area. If the rollers become dirty, you can clean them
using a small soft brush.
Clean the exterior of the printer with a soft cloth moistened with water. Clean away
smudges and dust.
Do not use paper products (such as paper towels or tissues) to clean the inside of the
printer.
Printing the Test Pages
You can print these test pages to check the operation of your printer and your print
quality.
Test A
This test prints a repeating pattern of characters.
Demonstration
This test prints a sample page describing the printer's features.
Nozzle Test
Use this test print to check that each print head nozzle is operating properly.
When the BC-05 Color BJ cartridge is installed, the pattern includes the three colors: yellow, magenta,
and cyan. In the color pattern, you'll notice that lines are missing between the colors. This is normal.
The following sample shows the nozzle test when the optional BC-02 Black BJ cartridge is installed.
Printing the Test Page From Windows
You use the Test option on the Control tab in your BJC-250 Printer Driver for Windows
to print a self test, demonstration page, or a nozzle test pattern.
Before selecting a Tests option, make sure paper is properly loaded in the sheet feeder (see
Automatically Feeding Paper starting on page 3-7).
Click on the Tests option and then click on the Print button.
Printing the Test Pages Using the Operator Panel
To print a test page, make sure the printer is turned off and paper is loaded.
Press and hold the POWER button until you hear the number of beeps that
correspond to the test page you want to print.
Test page
Number of beeps
Demonstration
1
Status Information 2
Test A
3
Nozzle Test
4
When you release the POWER button, the test page starts to print.
Cleaning the Print Head
Your printer is equipped with a print head cleaning function to ensure constant high
quality printing.
Cleaning the Print Head From Windows
If you are using Windows, you can execute print head cleaning from the Control sheet in
the printer driver. Simply click on Clean Ink Head.
Cleaning the Print Head Using the Operator Panel
If you want to clean the print head from the operator panel, follow these steps:
1
Make sure
the printer is
on.
Make sure the green POWER light is on.
2
Press and
hold the
RESUME
button for
at least
two
seconds
until the
printer
beeps
twice.
The POWER light will blink for several seconds while the print head is being
cleaned
Perform the print head cleaning only when you encounter a print
quality problem. Unnecessary and repetitious cleaning will waste ink.
If you execute the print head cleaning while paper is manually loaded,
the printer will eject the paper and then perform the cleaning.
BJ Cartridge Guidelines
You can use these cartridges with the printer.
BC-05 Color BJ Cartridge
Use this cartridge for all your color printing needs.
BC-02 Black BJ Cartridge
Use this cartridge for high-speed, black ink only printing.
BC-06 Photo BJ Cartridge
Use this cartridge for photo-realistic color printing.
BC-09F Non BJ Cartridge
Use this cartridge to add bright, florescent colors to your images.
Each of these BJ cartridges contains the print head and ink. (The color cartridges have
three ink chambers: cyan, magenta, and yellow.) When you run out of ink, simply replace
the entire BJ cartridge.
The actual amount of ink that you use will vary depending on the print density of a page.
If the majority of your output is graphics, you may need to change cartridges more often
than when you are printing text only. See Appendix A, Specifications, For details on the
life expectancy of the BJ cartridges.
You may need to replace the BJ cartridge when any of the following conditions exist:
You have been using the cartridge for over one year.
Your printed output is not crisp and clear, and there are gaps in the characters
(missing dots) even after you have cleaned the print head at least five times.
Your output has no ink on it.
Canon has more engineers dedicated to creating quality ink for providing the best
results for output on Bubble Jet printers than any other organization. Canon does not
prohibit the use of third-party inks and the use of third-party inks does not invalidate
the product's limited warranty. However, Canon cannot guarantee the quality or
performance of your printer when you are using inks from other suppliers.
Canon's limited warranty does not cover damage caused to Canon's Bubble Jet
products that is attributable to the use of third-party parts or supplies, including inks.
The limited warranty remains in effect for its life once that particular damage has
been properly repaired.
For optimum printing results, Canon recommends that you use only Canon BJ
cartridges.
BJ Cartridge Maintenance
The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your printer and to ensure
optimum print quality is to take care of the BJ cartridges.
Spilled ink can stain any surface. Open BJ cartridges carefully, and follow the guidelines
presented here to protect against spilled ink.
If you are using the BC-05 Color BJ Cartridge and any of the other BJ cartridges,
make sure you store the cartridge not being used in the Ink Cartridge Storage Box.
Keep BJ cartridges in their sealed containers until you are ready to use them.
If spilled, the ink is difficult to remove. Therefore, it's a good idea to keep the BJ
cartridge out of reach of children.
Do not touch the print head area on the BJ cartridge. Ink may leak out and cause
stains.
Replacing the BJ Cartridge
The following procedure describes how to replace the bc-05 Color BJ cartridge with the
BC-02 Black BJ Cartridge. Follow the instructions in this section to replace an old BJ
cartridge or to change BJ cartridges when you are switching between the BC-05 and any
of the other BJ cartridges.
1
Open the
front cover.
Grip the cover on both sides and pull it toward you.
2
Remove the BJ
Cartridge.
Lift the green lock lever on the cartridge holder, and slide the BJ cartridge
out of the holder.
3
Store or
dispose of the
BJ cartridge.
If you are replacing an old BJ
cartridge, dispose of the old
cartridge properly.
If you are switching cartridges,
you must store the cartridge you
are removing in the Ink Cartridge
Storage Box.
4
Take the new BJ
cartridge out of
its protective
packaging.
Peel off the protective foil.
5
Remove the
protective
material from
the BJ
cartridge.
Slide off the cap from the
print head, and then remove
the tape.
6
Fit the BJ
cartridge
over the
yellow
mounting base
with the print
head facing
down.
Avoid touching the yellow
mounting base on which you
place the cartridge--especially
the circuit board on the side of
the mounting base and the film
cable that extends from the BJ
cartridge holder.
Make sure the BJ cartridge is
pressed against the back of the
holder
7
Press the lock
lever down
completely; do
not use
excessive force.
Make sure the cartridge is
secure, and the lever locks
into place.
Make sure there is no
resistance when you press on
the lock lever; it should lock
easily into place.
If you hear any snapping
noises or feel any resistance
as you press on the lever,
remove the BJ cartridge and
try again.
Do not manually move the mechanism that houses the BJ cartridge. Attempting to
move the BJ cartridge holder will damage the printer.
Be sure there is no gap between the BJ cartridge and the cartridge holder. When
secure, the BJ cartridge makes contact with the circuit board inside the cartridge
holder.
8
Close the
front cover.
When ever you turn off the printer, the BJ cartridge moves to the home position on the
right and caps itself. If you unplug the printer while it is printing (or if you turn off a
power strip to which the printer is connected), or if you manually move the cartridge
holder from the home position, the BJ cartridge will not be capped and it may dry out.
If you installed a new BJ cartridge, the printer automatically cleans the print head. If you
need to initiate the print head cleaning, see page 4-6.
Storing a BJ Cartridge
Whenever you unwrap a BJ cartridge, you must either install it in the printer or store it in
the Ink Cartridge Storage Box to prevent the print head from drying and clogging.
1
Open the Ink
Cartridge
Storage Box.
When opening or closing the Ink Cartridge Storage Box, press in on the
release tab that locks the cover in place.
2
Carefully set
the cartridge in
the storage
box.
You must insert the cartridge correctly or the storage box will not close.
The protective cap must be removed from the cartridge before you set it in
the storage box.
3
Close the
storage box.
Press in on the storage box right below the tab.
Then press down to lock the cover in place.
Whenever you remove a BJ cartridge from the printer, store the cartridge in the
storage box (unless you are disposing of it).
If you have more than one Ink Cartridge Storage Box, you can hook them
together. Simply connect them by the slides and grooves on the sides of the
boxes.
Transporting the Printer
While the printer is small and compact, it is not a portable printer and need to take
care when transporting it. The printers' components, such as the sheet feeder, may
become damaged if subjected to severe vibration during transportation. Also, your
print head may dry out during travel (and become unusable) if it is not capped and
taped correctly.
If you plan to move the printer from one location to another, or if you want to store it,
follow the steps below.
1
Turn off the
printers
power.
Make sure the print head is in the home position.
Remove any paper from the sheet feeder.
Detach the interface cable and the AC adapter.
2
Open the
front cover.
Tape the BJ cartridge to the side of the printer.
3
Close the
front cover.
Return the paper support and paper output tray to their original positions.
4
Repack the
printer in
its original
packing
materials.
Do not remove the BJ cartridge from the printer or ship a BJ cartridge
from which you have removed the protective cap. An opened BJ cartridge
that is not installed in the printer may leak, and the print head may dry out. Also,
if you do not tape the BJ cartridge to the side of the printer, ink may spill into the
printer.
Troubleshooting
Due to today's rapidly changing personal computer environment, we have placed
troubleshooting information in a variety of places to ensure that the most accurate
information possible is available. The best place to find current information is through our
on-line support services and through our Fax Retrieval System. On-line services include
the World Wide Web and our BBS.
This chapter contains very basic information to help you solve printer problems. It covers a
few basic problems and describes how to clear a paper jam. For complete problem solving
information, be sure to use our other support services.
See Getting Help From Canon in Chapter 1 (page 1-5) for details on Canon's customer
technical support options.
Identifying Your Printer Problem
Before contacting Canon, identify your printer problem and make sure you have the
following information.
Product Name
Serial Number
Place of Purchase
Nature of Problem
Steps you have taken to solve the problem and the results
The serial number is located on the label on the back of the printer:
Attempting to repair the printer yourself may void the limited warranty as to that
repair. See the limited warranty information that came with your printer for details.
General Problems
The most basic problems you may encounter are "the printer does not print" and " your
print quality is not satisfactory"
If the printer does not print
Check all your cable connections
Check your printer driver setup
Check your computer configuration
Check your BJ cartridge
your
print quality is not satisfactory
If
Check your printer driver settings
Clean the print head
Clean the print head five times
Replace the BJ cartridge
Check the type of paper you are using
If colors are missing
Perform a Nozzle Test (see page 4-5)
Clean the print head (see page 4-6)
If necessary, replace the BJ cartridge (see page 4-10)
If you want to print from an MS-DOS application that does not have a
selection for your printer
Select the Epson LQ-2550 or the IBM Proprinter X24E
Clearing Paper Jams
When a paper jam occurs, the POWER light turns orange and the printer goes off-line.
1
Turn off the
printer.
Press the POWER button
2
Remove
the
jammed
paper.
Gently pull the paper out
with one hand while
holding down the printer
with the other hand.
If the paper tears off inside
the printer, open the front
cover and remove the paper
left inside the printer.
3
Turn the
printer on.
Press the POWER button to turn the printer back on.
The POWER light comes on and the print head moves to the home position.
The printer is now ready for printing.
If you are printing high density graphics when a paper jam occurs, feed at least
two sheets of paper through the printer to clean the rollers.
Technical Notes
Compaq Presario 7170/7180
Problem
A [k prints at the top of the page when printing from Windows 95 on a Compaq Presario
7170/7180
Cause
Configuration of parallel port in CMOS
Solution
Change CMOS on Compaq Presario 7170/7180 to enable bi-directional capability
Reboot computer, press "delete" to go into CMOS setup
At setup menu, cursor to "Advanced System Setup" and "Enter" to select
From Advanced System Setup menu, select "Integrated Peripherals"
From the Integrated Peripherals Menu, Cursor to 'LPT Extended Mode" (Note: This
is different than LPT1 mode)
The LPT Extended Mode will probably show "Standard"- USe the "Page Down"
key to cycle to "ECP Mode"
Press "ESC" key to back to Advanced SYStem Setup Menu
Press "ESC" key to go back to main setup menu
Press "F10" to save new configuration, and confirm save by answering "Yes" to
final question
Toshiba Laptop
Problem
A[K prints at the top of the page and/or partial printout when printing on a Toshiba
laptop.
Cause
Configuration of parallel port in CMOS and LPT.VXD file.
Case #1 Partial printout may occur with the following settings:
CMOS value for LPT1 is ECP LPT.VXD v4.00.950 file size 35,479
Case #2 [K is printed at top and the rest of the page is correct with the following settings:
CMOS value for LPT1 is Standard Bi-Directional LPT.VXD v4.00.950 file size 35,487.
Solution
This corrected configuration should provide correct output. CMOS value for LPT1 is
Standard Bi-directional LPT.VXD v4.00.503 file size 35,487.
The LPT.VXD file is located in the Windows/System directory. The LPT.VXD file will
be available from the Microsoft Web page.
To change the CMOS settings:
From Windows 95, click on Start
Go to Programs
Select Toshiba Utilities
You will have either TSETUP or HARDWARE SETUP UTILITY
For TSETUP Select Hardware Options
Select Parallel/ Printer
Select Standard bi-directional
Click OK
The computer will ask if you want to reboot-Select Yes
On both utilities you will have to save and reboot the system.
Note taht selecting standard Bi-directional changes the CMOS setting to bi-directional.
Compaq Presario
Problem
A Compaq Presario running windows 95 will print only 3/4 page out of any Windows
application.
Cause
This occurs with Windows 95, Windows 3.1, and Win95 minidrivers.
Solution
Change the Resource Setting of LPT1.
Right Click on My Computer
Select Properties
Select Device Manager Tab
Double-click Ports (COM & LPT)
Double-click LPT1
Select Resources Tab
De-Select Automatic Settings
Change Basic Config from 0000 (0) to 0003 (3)
This step may require setting to 0002 (2) first, and then reboot in order to see
0003 (3)
New systems may go up to 9; use the setting for IRQ7 no DMA
Select OK
The above solution has found to be successful on some machines. If unsuccessful, then try
the following procedure forwarded from Compaq Tech Support.
Go to Control Panel
System
Device Manager
Click "+" in Front of Port
Highlight ECP Printer Port
Properties
Driver
Change Driver....
Show all Devices
Printer Port
Click OK
Click OK
Close
Reboot
If these suggestions do not solve the problem, you need to call Canon (see page 1-5 for
details).
Specifications
Printing Method
BubbleJet ink on-demand
Paper Handling
Automatic Feed
Manual Feed
Sheet Feeder Capacity - Auto Feed Only
Maximum thickness of stacked paper: 0.4 inches (10mm)
Plain Paper (20 lb or 75 g/m²)
Approx. 100 sheets (0.4" stack)
BubbleJet Paper
Approx. 100 sheets (0.4" stack)
High Resolution Paper
Approx. 80 sheets (0.4" stack)
Transparencies
50 sheets
Back print film
10 sheets
Glossy photo paper
1 sheet
Fabric sheets
1 sheet
T-shirt transfers
1 sheet
Banner paper
1 sheet (two to six connected sheets)
15 Envelopes (U.S. Commercial number 10 or
Envelopes
European DL)
Paper Size
Letter
Legal
A4
A5
B5
U.S. Commercial Number 10 Envelope
European DL Envelope
8.5" x 11"
8.5" x 14"
210 mm x 297 mm
148 x 210 mm
182 x 257 mm
8 1/2 x 11 in sheets; maximum length 66 in (1676
mm)
9.5" x 4.1"
220 mm x 110 mm
Paper Type
Bubble Jet paper
High Resolution Paper
Transparencies
Back Print Film
High Gloss Film
Glossy Photo Paper
Fabric Sheets
T-Shirt Transfer Paper
Greeting Cards
Banner Paper
Envelopes
Recommended
Canon Bubble Jet Paper (water resistant) LC-301
Canon High Resolution Paper (HR-101)
Canon Transparency Film (CF-102)
Canon Back Print Film (BF-102)
Canon High Gloss Film (HG-101)
Canon Glossy Photo Paper (GP-201)
Fabric Sheets (FS-101) for Canon Bubble Jet Printers
Canon T-Shirt Transfers (TR-101)
Canon Greeting Cards (GC-101)
Canon Banner Paper
Commercial Number 10 European DL
Paper Weight
Recommended
Banner
Automatic Feed
Manual Feed
Print Speed
BC-05
BC-02
17 to 24 lb. (64 to 90 g/m²)
17 to 28 lb. (64 to 105 g/m²)
Standard Mode - 0.52 ppm
High Quality Mode- 0.46 ppm
Fine Mode - 0.23 ppm
(Print speed depends on content of print data)
Standard Mode - 3.1 ppm (204 cps)
Draft Mode - 3.4 ppm (248 cps)
Print Width
Maximum
8 inches (203 mm)
Line Feed Speed
Approximately 100 ms/line at 1/6-inch line feeds
Printing Direction
Bi- Directional in text
Unidirectional in graphics
Resolution
720 x 360 dpi w/smoothing
360 x 360 dpi
with BC-02 Black BJ Cartridge
with BC-05, BC-06, BC-09F
Printable Area - Papers
The shaded portion the following figure shows the printing area for papers.
Printable Areas - Envelopes
The shaded portion in the following figure shows the printing area for an envelope.
BJ Cartridges
BC-05 Color BJ Cartridge
Print head
Life Expectancy
16 nozzles for each color (cyan, magenta, yellow)
Approx 300 pages at 15% coverage
BC - 02 Black BJ Cartridge
(optional)
Print Head
Ink Color
Life Expectancy
64 Nozzles
Black
Approximately 500 Pages in high Quality mode (5% coverage)
BC-06 Photo BJ Cartridge
(optional)
Print Head
Life Expectancy
16 nozzles for each color (cyan, magenta, yellow)
Approximately 90 pages at 15 % coverage
General
Interface
IEEE-1284 compatible parallel interface
Acoustic Noise Level
Approx. 43db (A) Per ISO 9296
Operating Environment
Temperature
Humidity
41°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C)
10% to 90% RH (no condensation)
Storing Environment
Temperature
Humidity
32°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C)
5% to 95 % RH (no condensation)
Power Source
USA/Canada
AC 120V 60 Hz 0.5A
Power Consumption
20 watts printing
5 watts idle
Dimensions (paper support not extended)
14.2" (361mm)W x 8.5" (215mm) D x 6.8" (171mm)
H
Weight
Approx. 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
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