Digital Equipment Corporation DEClaser 5100 Setup guide

DEClaser 5100 Printer
Documentation Addendum
Order Number: EK-DL510-AD. B01
Revision/Update Information:
Digital Equipment Corporation
Maynard, Massachusetts
This is a revised addendum.
First Edition, April 1994
Revised, August 1994
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PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated, which may be registered in certain
EtherTalk, LaserWriter, LocalTalk, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple computer,
LaserJet and PCL are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Company.
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About This Addendum
This addendum provides additional information and corrections to the
DEClaser 5100 Printer Installation and Setup Guide and the DEClaser
5100 Printer User’s Guide. Known software compatibility problems are also
Digital recommends that you keep this addendum with the
documentation that comes with your DEClaser 5100 printer.
This addendum provides the following supplemental information:
Installation and service tips
General use of your printer
PostScript information
PCL information
Using your printer with Microsoft Windows
Using your printer with Macintosh computers
Using your printer with OpenVMS systems
General use of printer options
Unless otherwise noted, the information in this addendum applies to printer
firmware Versions 1.33 or later.
Installation and service tips
Important step when removing packing material
Section 1.3 of the Installation and Setup Guide describes the steps for removing
the packing material as part of the installation procedure. You must remember
to perform step 9 of this procedure while removing the packing material from
the printer.
In this step, you must push down the fusing assembly levers on each side of
the fusing unit as shown on the diagram on the card stock inside the rear door
of your printer. A figure indicating the location of the fusing assembly levers is
also given in Section 1.3 of the Installation and Setup Guide.
Failure to push down these levers during installation prevents your
printer from properly fusing toner to the paper. As a result, the toner
does not bind to the paper and can be rubbed off.
Locating your printer’s firmware version number
You may need to provide the firmware version of your printer if you contact
Digital Customer Services about your printer. Several version numbers,
referring to portions of the printer firmware, can be found on the test pages.
The overall printer firmware version number is printed on the PCL Menu
Settings page, just beneath the words ‘‘DEClaser 5100.’’ (Refer to Figure 2-4 in
the User’s Guide.)
If your printer has the DEClaser 5000 Series Ethernet Card installed, its
status page is printed when you turn on your printer. The firmware version of
your Ethernet card is located in the upper right corner of that page.
Turning off the Startup Test Page
The first time you power on your printer, a Startup Test Page prints to confirm
that your printer is operating properly. This test page prints every time
you power on your printer unless you disable this feature. You can turn off
automatic printing of the Startup Test Page as follows:
1. Press
On Line
2. Press
3. Use
6. Press
to enter the Set-Up menu.
to choose the Miscellaneous sub-menu.
to choose the Do start page feature.
4. Press
5. Press
to pause the printer.
again to display the current setting: START PAGE=yes.
to change the display to START PAGE=no.
7. Press
to select and save the new setting.
8. Press
On Line
to return the printer online.
General use of your printer
Determining whether your printer is processing data
When your printer is processing data for a print job, the Ready indicator
flashes. The Data indicator lights and remains steady when the printer places
data into the print buffer. Table 2-1 of the User’s Guide incorrectly states that
the Data indicator flashes in this situation.
Explanation of the ‘‘WAITING’’ message
You may see PCL WAITING or PS WAITING on the front panel while the
printer is processing a print job. This message indicates that your printer is
waiting for additional data from the host to complete the print job. Normally,
the WAITING message lasts for only a few seconds, reflecting minor delays in
the host computer sending information to the printer. If this message persists,
you may have an application software or system problem.
Appearance of the test pages
Section 2.4 of the User’s Guide provides figures that illustrate the several
test pages that are built into your printer. Some of these illustrations do not
reflect the actual test pages. The PostScript and PCL menus pages have been
modified to more closely reflect the printer Set-Up menu features and several
of the pages have had some design enhancements.
PostScript information
Limitation on interrupting print jobs
Section 2.2 in the User’s Guide describes how to interrupt a PostScript print
job during printing. You may be unable to interrupt some PostScript print jobs
using this method, particularly if the PostScript code is compute-intensive.
If this occurs, you may need to use your printer driver or host software to
interrupt the print job, or power off your printer.
Enhancements to the error page
A PostScript Error Page prints when a PostScript error occurs in a print
job, unless you have disabled this feature through the Set-Up menu or
with a PostScript program. Section 10.3 of the User’s Guide explains the
information printed on this page and describes troubleshooting procedures.
Three enhancements have been made to the PostScript Error Page that are not
described in the User’s Guide:
Unprintable characters in the command causing the PostScript error and
in strings in the operand stack are printed in hexadecimal notation (for
example, <1B>).
When a limitcheck error occurs because of a display list overflow, the
‘‘errorinfo’’ field reads ‘‘page protection required.’’ This extra notation
indicates that your job may print successfully if you turn on ‘‘Page protect.’’
(Refer to Chapter 7 of the User’s Guide for more information on this type
of error.)
The graphics state section clearly indicates the current resolution and page
protection settings.
Changing the wait timeout from the front panel
You can change the PostScript wait timeout through the Wait timeout feature
in the Set-Up menu. However, the change does not take effect until the next
time you power off and on your printer.
Programming information
The preface of the User’s Guide gives incomplete information on programming
documentation for Level 2 of the PostScript page description language. The
following documents provide general information on Level 2 of the PostScript
PostScript Language Reference Manual Supplement for Version 2013 by
Adobe Systems Incorporated, March 31, 1993; available through the Adobe
Systems Developer Support organization.
PostScript Language Reference Manual, Second Edition by Adobe Systems
Incorporated, ISBN 0-201-18127-4; available in bookstores.
The following document provides product-specific PostScript information for
the DEClaser 5100 printer:
DEClaser 5100 Printer Level 2 PostScript Programmer’s Supplement by
Digital Equipment Corporation, order number EK-DLPL2-PS.
PCL information
Automatic printing of remaining data
Your application software may leave data in your printer’s buffer. You can
press Form Feed , after pausing the printer, to print this remaining data if you
are at your printer. However, the DEClaser 5100 printer automatically prints
any remaining data when the I/O timeout expires for the communication
port that was used. This feature assists the use of your printer in a shared
or multiple-host environment by not letting a partially complete job delay the
printing of any following jobs.
Selecting a default page size
The Page size feature in the PCL sub-menu is used to select the default page
size that your printer uses to format PCL print jobs. Normally, you select a
page size through your application software, but this feature is provided for
your convenience if your application software does not support selection of the
media sizes supported by the DEClaser 5100 printer. This feature applies to
all PCL print jobs, not just the internal tray as mentioned in Table A-9 of the
User’s Guide.
Correct description of the font source feature
Table A-9 in the User’s Guide contains an incorrect description of the Font
source feature in the PCL sub-menu. The following is the correct description
of the feature.
Font source
Determines the source of the default font used by the PCL interpreter.
Built-in fonts are indicated by SOURC=internal. Fonts on optional
PCMCIA cartridges are indicated by SOURC=left or SOURC=right.
Permanent soft fonts that your application has downloaded to the printer
can be selected with SOURC=soft font.
Selecting a new font and symbol set from the front panel
If you use the Symbol set feature in the PCL sub-menu after selecting a font
number with the Font number feature, the order of PCL fonts changes and
the font number becomes invalid and is reset to 0. When you change both the
default font number and symbol set, change the symbol set first.
List of supported symbol sets
Your printer supports two PCL symbol sets that are not listed in Table 5-3 of
the User’s Guide. These two symbol sets cannot be selected with the Symbol
set feature in the Set-Up menu, but can be selected from your application
program using the PCL symbol set ID in the following table:
Symbol Set Name
PCL Symbol Set ID
Windows 3.1 Latin 5
Also, the five PCL symbol sets in the next table cannot be selected through the
Symbol set feature. The front panel display names listed in Table 5-3 of the
User’s Guide do not display on your printer. You must use your application
program to select these symbol sets using the PCL symbol set ID shown.
Symbol Set Name
PCL Symbol Set ID
Ventura Zapf Dingbats
PS Zapf Dingbats
Zapf Dingbats Series 100
Zapf Dingbats Series 200
Zapf Dingbats Series 300
Programming information
Your printer supports the Enhanced PCL5 printer language as implemented
in the HP LaserJet 4 printer. Technical documentation on the PCL printer
language is documented by Hewlett-Packard in the PCL5 Printer Language
Technical Reference Manual (HP part number 33491-90952).
Using your printer with Microsoft Windows
PCL printer driver for the DEClaser 5100
Digital has included a PCL printer driver on the Microsoft Windows driver
diskette that comes with your printer. The installation program on the driver
diskette automatically installs both the PostScript and PCL drivers unless you
If your driver diskette does not include a PCL printer driver, an instruction card is
included instead that describes how to receive the printer driver from Digital.
select the ‘‘Custom’’ option. While you can use other PCL printer drivers with
the DEClaser 5100, the provided PCL driver allows your application programs
to take advantage of your printer’s features and performance when using the
PCL language.
Using the PostScript printer driver
The Adobe PostScript printer driver supplied with your printer allows you to
download fonts to your printer’s memory or to the optional hard disk, and to
display or print a list of your printer’s fonts. There are three known limitations
in this program:
The program does not display or print any built-in fonts that are not used
by the program. Fonts downloaded into your printer’s memory, on the
optional disk, or on a font cartridge will be displayed or printed.
The ‘‘Print font samples’’ feature does not complete if you have more than
thirty fonts in memory, on the optional hard disk, or in an optional font
cartridge. A PostScript Error Page prints after the partial list if you have
that feature enabled in the Set-Up menu.
The ‘‘Format device...’’ feature does not work with the DEClaser 5100
optional hard disk. This feature is not necessary for the optional hard
disk because it is automatically formatted the first time that the printer is
powered on with a disk installed.
Digital recommends that you not use the ‘‘Format device...’’ feature.
Using this feature causes a PostScript Error Page to print and the
printer’s hard disk may become inoperative.
You can select the PostScript font page from the Test/Fonts menu (Print PS
fonts) to get a complete list of your printer’s fonts.
Modifying the PostScript printer driver settings to avoid automatic
language sensing problems
If you print files from Microsoft Windows to a network printer queue that
performs automatic language sensing, the printer queue can misinterpret your
print job as ASCII text. To avoid this problem, make the following changes to
the default settings of the printer driver:
1. Open the Microsoft Windows Print Manager.
2. Select the ‘‘Printer Setup’’ feature in the Options menu.
3. Check the ‘‘Installed Printers’’ field to make sure that the DEClaser 5100
printer is selected.
4. Select ‘‘Setup...’’.
5. In the Setup window, select ‘‘PS Options’’.
6. In the PS Options window, change the ‘‘Protocol Options’’ field to ‘‘None’’
and disable the ‘‘Send Binary Data’’ feature.
7. Select ‘‘OK’’ to close each window.
You can also make these changes from the ‘‘Print Setup...’’ feature in your
application program by selecting ‘‘Options...’’ or ‘‘Setup...’’ (depending on your
application) in the window that appears.
Using your printer with Macintosh computers
Using the LaserWriter Font Utility and LaserWriter Utility programs
The LaserWriter Font Utility is provided as a supplemental program with
your Macintosh operating system software. You may also have a version of the
LaserWriter Utility on your Macintosh computer if you have used LaserWriter
printers. Both of these utilities can be used to download fonts to your printer’s
memory or the optional hard disk, as well as perform some other functions.
There are some known limitations with these utilities:
When using the LaserWriter Font Utility program, you must first open the
Chooser, select the ‘‘LaserWriter’’ driver icon, and reselect your printer.
Reselect the ‘‘PSPrinter’’ driver icon in the Chooser after you have finished
using the LaserWriter Font Utility.
When using the LaserWriter Utility program, several features are not
available for use because they are specific to Apple LaserWriter printers.
You can select the ‘‘Print Configuration Page’’ feature from the Utilities
menu, but a PostScript error occurs and no page is printed. Use the Test
/Fonts menu (Print test page) to print the built-in test page. (Refer to
Section A.2 in the User’s Guide.)
If you use Version 7.6.1 or later of the LaserWriter Utility, a PostScript
Error Page prints when starting the program. You can turn off the
PostScript Error Page through the Set-Up menu to suppress this error
page. (Refer to Section A.5.2 in the User’s Guide.) Also, a change in this
program from earlier versions prevents you from using this utility to
download fonts to an optional hard disk.
You can also use either of these utilities to display or print a list of your
printer’s fonts. Because of a limitation in the program, fonts that are built
into your printer (that are not used by the program) and fonts on optional
font cartridges are not included in these lists. You can select the PostScript
Font page from the Test/Fonts menu (Print PS fonts) to get a complete
list of your printer’s fonts.
If you use Version 7.6.1 or later of the LaserWriter Utility, you cannot use
the utility to print a list of PostScript fonts.
Using the Adobe Downloader program
The Adobe Downloader program allows you to download fonts to your printer’s
memory or to the optional hard disk, and to display or print a list of your
printer’s fonts. There are two known limitations in this program:
You cannot download fonts to the optional hard disk when using a
LocalTalk network.
The program does not display or print any fonts that are built into the
printer but are not used by the program.
Naming your printer on both LocalTalk and EtherTalk networks
With the installation of the optional DEClaser 5000 Series Ethernet Card, you
can use your printer simultaneously on LocalTalk and EtherTalk networks.
If you do not change your printer’s name, the Chooser displays the name
‘‘DEClaser 5100’’ in the Macintosh Chooser, regardless of which network your
computer is currently using.
You can use a utility program, such as LaserWriter Utility, or a PostScript
program to change the name of your printer. This new name is displayed in
the Chooser, regardless of which network your computer is currently using.
The NPMANAGE program that comes with your optional network interface
card allows you to name your printer only on the EtherTalk network. This
means that your printer can have different names on each network.
Using your printer with OpenVMS systems
Correct required version of DECprint Supervisor
Your printer is supported by Version 1.0C (and later) of DECprint Supervisor
for OpenVMS (DCPS).
This problem does not occur with printer firmware Version 1.36 or later.
Downloading fonts to the optional hard disk
A utility is supplied with Version 1.0C (and later) of DECprint Supervisor for
OpenVMS (DCPS) to help you catalog, download, and delete PostScript fonts on
the optional hard disk. The utility is in the SYS$COMMON:[SYSHLP.EXAMPLES.DCPS]
General use of printer options
Additional step after removing the envelope feeder option
After you remove the optional envelope feeder, Digital recommends using
the Set-Up or Feeder Select menus to reselect the default feeder. This step
prevents anomalous messages indicating the envelope feeder is still in use.
Installing RAM SIMM upgrades
Section E.4 of the User’s Guide describes the installation procedure for optional
RAM SIMMs. You may install a single RAM SIMM in either the top or bottom
slot in your printer. You may also install RAM SIMMs of different sizes in both
slots. The DEClaser 5100 printer has no limitations on the placement or size
of RAM SIMMs, up to the maximum size of 32 MB in each slot.
Ordering the Resolution/Graphics Enhancement Option
The Resolution/Graphics Enhancement Option includes printer firmware
Version 2.15 or later, which is necessary for the correct operation of the option.
The option also requires a minimum of 6 MB of RAM memory.
If your printer has . . .
2 MB of RAM
6 MB of RAM
Order option number . . .
1 The LN09X-XM option includes a 4 MB RAM SIMM and is designed for printers that have no
RAM SIMMs installed. You may also order the LN09X-XF option and purchase additional RAM
Using the Resolution/Graphics Enhancement Option
Section 6.3 of the User’s Guide gives incomplete information on the features of
the Resolution/Graphics Enhancement Option. This section replaces the text in
Section 6.3.
The Resolution/Graphics Enhancement Option provides an edge enhancement
technology that improves overall print quality for the built-in resolutions of
300 x 300, 600 x 300, and 600 x 600 dpi. When this feature is enabled, your
printer smooths imaged text and graphics, reducing visible jagged edges.
When the option is installed, the Enhancement feature appears in both the
PostScript and PCL sub-menus. Use this feature to control whether the printer
applies edge enhancement to your PostScript or PCL print jobs. By default,
the printer does not apply edge enhancement to your print jobs. You can also
use PostScript or PJL commands from your host application or printer driver
to control this feature.
The Resolution/Graphics Enhancement Option also provides a resolution
doubling technology that provides two high-resolution settings that improve
your document’s overall appearance: 1200 x 600 dpi and 1200 x 1200 dpi.
When you select a higher resolution, the printer generates a larger bitmap that
is then analyzed and reproduced faithfully within the constraints of the 600
dpi print engine. The higher resolution also provides a wider range of gray
levels, improving the appearance of graphics and images.
When the option is installed, the two new resolution settings appear in the
Resolution feature in the PostScript and PCL sub-menus. To choose a higher
resolution, use this feature or use PostScript or PJL commands from your host
application or printer driver. Using a higher resolution will require additional
memory if you need to use the Page protect feature.
Determining memory requirements for high resolution printing
Table 7-1 of the User’s Guide gives incorrect information on the minimum
memory requirements to support a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi in certain
configurations. The following information replaces part of Table 7-1:
Page Size
Page Protection
Jam Recovery Enabled
Letter or A4
20 MB
55 MB
27 MB
47 MB1
1 To ensure full engine speed with page protection and jam recovery enabled, additional memory
to store three page images in RAM is necessary. The DEClaser 5100 memory can be upgraded to
support only two Legal size page images at 1200 x 1200 dpi. The number shown is the minimum
amount of memory necessary to obtain maximum throughput with this configuration.
Limitation on the use of DECimage Plus with high resolution
DECimage Plus and the resolution doubling technology that provides 1200 x
600 and 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution are incompatible. The DECimage Plus
image enhancement technology uses a technique of distributing device
resolution dots over a unit area to enhance the number of gray tones in a
print job. The resolution doubling technology provided in the Resolution
/Graphics Enhancement Option, in attempting to reproduce these distributed
dots, may cause darkening or blurring of the image. As a result, using both
DECimage Plus and 1200 x 600 or 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution in your print job
may cause unacceptable results. Digital recommends disabling DECimage Plus
when using the high resolution settings.