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For United States Users
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause interference to radio and television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures.
w Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
w Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
w Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
w Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will invalidate the FCC
Certification of this device and may cause interference levels which exceed the limits established by the FCC for
this equipment. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this
device. If this equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to unused
interfaces. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
For Canadian Users
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Regulations.
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edge guides
(manual feeder)
paper support
control panel
output tray
edge guides
(sheet feeder)
rear edge guide
paper release lever
manual feeder
AC inlet or tractor feeder
power cord
connection
center
support
serial
interface
parallel
interface
optional
interface
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Contents
Introduction
PC System Requirements 2
Macintosh System Requirements 2
How To Use Your Manuals 3
Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips 4
Where To Get Help 5
Electronic Support Services 5
ENERGY STAR Compliance 7
Energy-saving Tips 7
Important Safety Instructions 7
1 Basic Printing
Printing from Windows 1-1
Setting Printer Options from Windows Applications 1-2
Setting Default Printer Options 1-5
Checking Printer Status 1-7
Printing from a Macintosh 1-9
Using Online Help 1-11
Accessing Help from Windows Applications 1-11
Accessing Help from Windows 95 1-12
Accessing Help from Windows 3.1 1-12
Accessing Help from Windows NT 4.0 1-12
Accessing Help from Windows NT 3.51 1-12
Accessing Help from Macintosh Applications 1-12
What To Do When the Printer Lights Come On 1-13
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2 Custom Printing
Using Predefined Advanced Settings 2-1
Customizing Print Quality and Special Effects 2-4
Customizing Color Settings 2-7
Using ColorSync on the Macintosh 2-10
Saving Custom Settings 2-11
Deleting Custom Settings 2-12
Redefining Custom Settings 2-13
3 Printing on Special Media
Using Special Media Types 3-2
Media Loading and Software Setting Guidelines 3-3
Additional Media Loading Guidelines 3-5
Printing on Single Sheets 3-6
Loading Paper in the Built-in Sheet Feeder 3-6
Loading Paper in the Manual Feeder 3-11
Printing on Continuous Paper 3-14
Removing Continuous Paper 3-18
Using the Micro Adjust Buttons 3-20
Adjusting the Loading Position 3-20
Adjusting the Tear-off Position 3-21
Switching Between Continuous and Single-sheet Paper 3-21
Printing a Banner or Other Roll Paper Project 3-22
Loading Roll Paper 3-22
Printing a Banner from Windows 3-27
Printing a Banner from a Macintosh 3-29
Removing a Printed Banner 3-30
Printing a Backlit Display 3-33
Loading Back Light Film 3-33
Printing a Backlit Display from Windows 3-34
Printing a Backlit Display on a Macintosh 3-35
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4 Managing Print Jobs and
Network Printing
Managing Print Jobs with Windows 95 or 3.1 4-1
Using the Spool Manager 4-2
Using the Status Monitor 4-4
Managing Print Jobs with Windows NT 4-5
Managing Print Jobs on a Macintosh 4-6
Using EPSON Monitor2 4-6
Using the Macintosh Status Monitor 4-7
Network Printing on a PC 4-9
Connecting to the Printer on Windows NT 4.0
Systems 4-9
Connecting to the Printer on Windows NT 3.51
Systems 4-10
Using the Printer Software’s Built-in Network
Support 4-11
Network Printing on a Macintosh 4-13
Assigning a Name to the Printer 4-14
Setting Up the Printer for AppleTalk 4-14
5 Using Your Printer with
DOS
Selecting Printer Software for DOS 5-1
Changing Printer Settings with Default-Setting Mode 5-3
Entering Default-Setting Mode 5-3
List of Default-Setting Options 5-5
Maintaining the Printer 5-7
Aligning the Print Heads with a DOS Utility 5-7
Selecting Character Tables 5-8
International Character Sets 5-16
Characters Available with the ESC ( ^ Command 5-17
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Using Printer Commands 5-17
ESC/P 2 Control Codes 5-18
IBM XL24E Emulation Control Codes 5-19
6 Maintenance and
Transportation
Cleaning the Print Heads 6-1
Using the Head Cleaning Utility 6-2
Using the Control Panel 6-3
Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern 6-4
Replacing an Ink Cartridge 6-4
Removing and Installing an Ink Cartridge 6-5
Printing in Black Ink with an Empty Color Cartridge 6-7
Aligning the Print Heads 6-8
Using the Print Head Alignment Utility 6-8
Using the Control Panel 6-9
Cleaning the Printer 6-10
Transporting the Printer 6-10
7 Troubleshooting
Diagnosing Problems 7-1
Running a Self Test 7-2
Printing a Hex Dump 7-3
Improving Print Quality 7-4
Solving Printing Problems 7-8
Fixing Paper Problems 7-13
Solving Miscellaneous Printout Problems 7-16
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A Using Optional Interfaces
Using Macintosh Interface Boards A-2
Using the PC Serial Interface Board A-2
Installing Optional Interfaces A-2
B Using EPSON Plot!
Installing EPSON Plot! B-1
Printing with EPSON Plot! B-2
C Specifications
Printing C-1
Paper C-3
Ink Cartridges C-5
Mechanical C-6
Electrical C-6
Environmental C-6
Safety Approvals C-7
Interfaces C-7
Glossary
Index
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Introduction
Your EPSON Stylus® COLOR 1520 printer is the ideal output
device for business communication pieces—such as
presentations, signs, banners, maps, color comps, checkplots,
iron-on transfers, and backlit displays—or any project you
create. Using resolutions up to 1440 × 720 dpi (dots per inch),
you get amazingly realistic photographic images, vivid color
graphics, superb grayscale images, and razor-sharp black
printing for crisp text and detailed line art.
With its large format print capabilities and versatile, built-in
paper feeding options, the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 lets you
print on virtually any media, of almost any size, including single
sheets, continuous fold paper, and roll paper. You can even
switch between printing on continuous paper and single sheets
by flipping a lever.
The printer software for Microsoft® Windows® and Apple®
Macintosh® computers provides advanced color management,
with adjustable levels of brightness, contrast, saturation, and ink
colors. Support for ColorSync™ 2.01 and Windows 95 ICM
ensures printouts that closely match the colors on your monitor.
You can also perform many printer maintenance procedures
right from your computer, such as cleaning and aligning the
print heads. And EPSON’s extensive online help can guide you
through printer operations in real time.
With standard parallel and high-speed serial ports and optional
network connectivity, setting up your printer is fast and easy.
EPSON’s specially formulated, quick-drying ink and wide
variety of ink jet media give you the best quality output and
offer the most flexibility for getting the results you want.
Note:
Also included are the
EPSON Plot! program
and EPSON’s protected
mode Autodesk® Device
Interface (ADI)® plotter
driver.
EPSON Plot! lets you
print HPGL or HPGL/2
plot files on your printer.
See Appendix B for
details.
The ADI plotter driver lets
you use your printer with
AutoCAD® 386 (DOS
Extender) releases 10
and higher that support
ADI plotter drivers. See
the README file on the
ADI plotter driver diskette
or printer software
CD-ROM for more
information.
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PC System Requirements
To use your printer and its software with a PC, your system
should have:
w An IBM® compatible PC with at least a 386/25 MHz or
faster processor (486/25 MHz or faster for Windows NT)
w DOS, Windows 95, Windows 3.1x, Windows for
Workgroups 3.11, Windows NT™ 4.0, or Windows
NT 3.51
w At least 16MB of RAM
w At least 20MB of free hard disk space for storing images
(50MB or more is recommended)
w VGA, Super VGA, or better display adapter and monitor
w Double-speed CD-ROM drive (quad-speed or faster
recommended) for installing the printer software from the
CD-ROM
w A shielded, twisted-pair parallel cable (6 to 10 feet long) to
connect your computer to the printer; the cable must have
a D-SUB, 25-pin, male connector for your computer and a
36-pin, Centronics® compatible connector for the printer.
For PC network interface options and the additional system
requirements they may have, see Appendix A.
Macintosh System Requirements
To use your printer and its software with a Macintosh, your
system should have:
w Any Macintosh or Power Macintosh model except the
Macintosh +, Macintosh 512, or PowerBook™ 100
w System 7.1 or later
w At least 8MB of built-in RAM (16MB or more is
recommended)
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w Double-speed CD-ROM drive (quad-speed or faster
recommended) for installing the printer software from the
CD-ROM
w At least 20MB of free hard disk space for storing images
(40MB or more is recommended)
w VGA, Super VGA, or better display adapter and monitor
w Standard Apple System Peripheral-8 serial cable or
equivalent (RS-422, 8-pin mini DIN male/male)
For Macintosh network interface options and the additional
system requirements they may have, see Appendix A.
How To Use Your Manuals
To set up your printer and install your printer software, see the
Quick Setup booklet. This User’s Guide contains the following
information:
Chapter 1, “Basic Printing,” gives step-by-step instructions for
everyday printing with Windows or Macintosh.
Chapter 2, “Custom Printing,” tells you how to print special
projects with custom settings for print quality, special effects,
and color management.
Chapter 3, “Printing on Special Media,” gives guidelines for
selecting the right paper or other media for your print job and
instructions for loading it in your printer.
Chapter 4, “Managing Print Jobs and Network Printing,”
explains how to manage print jobs, check printer status, and set
up your system for network printing.
Chapter 5, “Using Your Printer with DOS,” tells you how to
use your printer with DOS applications, including selecting
printer software for DOS, changing printer settings using
default-setting mode, aligning the print heads, selecting
character tables, and using printer commands.
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Chapter 6, “Maintenance and Transportation,” gives
instructions for replacing ink cartridges, cleaning and aligning
the print heads, and cleaning and transporting the printer.
Chapter 7, “Troubleshooting,” provides solutions for any
printing problems you may have.
Appendix A, “Using Optional Interfaces,” lists the optional
interface boards and gives instructions for installing and using
them.
Appendix B, “Using EPSON Plot!,” gives instructions on
installing and using the EPSON Plot! program to print HPGL
or HPGL/2 plotter files on your printer.
Appendix C, “Specifications,” provides the technical details on
your printer, ink cartridges, and EPSON media.
A Glossary and an Index are included at the end of the book.
Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips
You’ll find this information throughout your manual:
Warnings must be followed carefully to avoid bodily injury.
Cautions must be observed to avoid damage to your
equipment.
Notes contain important information about your printer.
Tips contain additional hints for great printing.
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Where To Get Help
EPSON provides customer support and service through a
network of authorized EPSON Customer Care Centers. Dial
(800) 922-8911 for the nearest location or the following
services:
w FaxAdvice access to EPSON’s technical information library
w Literature on current and new products
w The location of your nearest Authorized EPSON Reseller or
Customer Care Center
w Technical information on the installation, configuration,
and operation of EPSON products
w Customer relations
For answers to commonly asked questions about EPSON
products 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call EPSON Sound
Advice at (800) 442-2110.
You can purchase ink cartridges, paper, manuals, accessories,
and parts from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S.
sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer
referral.
If you need help using software with an EPSON product, see
the documentation for that program for technical support
information.
Electronic Support Services
You can access helpful tips, specifications, DIP switch or
jumper settings, drivers, FAQs, sample files, application notes,
and EPSON product bulletins 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, using a modem and one of the online services below.
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World Wide Web
From the Internet, you can reach EPSON’s Home Page at
http://www.epson.com.
EPSON Download Service
You can call the EPSON Download Service at (800) 442-2007.
Set your communications software to 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no
parity. Modem speed can be up to 28.8 Kbps.
EPSON FaxAdvice Service
You can access EPSON’s technical information library by
calling (800) 442-2110 and selecting the appropriate phone
option. You must provide a return fax number to use
FaxAdvice.
EPSON Forum on CompuServe
Members of CompuServe® can type GO EPSON at the menu
prompt to reach CompuServe’s Epson America Forum. As an
owner of an EPSON product, you are eligible for a free
introductory CompuServe membership, which entitles you to
an introductory credit and your own user ID and password.
To take advantage of this offer in the U.S. or Canada, call
(800) 848-8199 and ask for representative #529.
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ENERGY STAR Compliance
As an ENERGY STAR Partner, EPSON has determined that this
product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy
efficiency.
The EPA ENERGY STAR Office Equipment program is a
voluntary partnership with the computer and office equipment
industry to promote the introduction of energy-efficient
personal computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, and
copiers in an effort to reduce air pollution caused by power
generation.
Energy-saving Tips
Here are a few tips you can use to be even more energy-wise:
w If your monitor isn’t ENERGY STAR compliant, turn it off
when you’re not using it.
w Turn off your computer, printer, and monitor each day
when you are done using them.
w Use the print preview option in your software so you can
catch errors before you print something.
w Send e-mail rather than distributing memos. Not only is
this faster, but you’ll save paper and storage space too.
Important Safety Instructions
Before using your printer, read the following safety instructions
to make sure you use the printer safely and effectively.
w Turn off and unplug the printer before cleaning. Clean
with a damp cloth only. Do not spill liquid on the printer.
w Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a
radiator or heating vent.
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w Do not block or cover the openings in the printer’s cabinet
or insert objects through the slots.
w Use only the type of power source indicated on the printer’s
label.
w Connect all equipment to properly grounded power
outlets. Avoid using outlets on the same circuit as
photocopiers or air control systems that regularly switch
on and off.
w Place the printer near a wall outlet where the plug can be
easily unplugged.
Placez l’imprimante près d’une prise de contacte où la fiche
peut être débranchée facilement.
w Do not let the power cord become damaged or frayed.
w If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure
the total ampere rating of the devices plugged into the
extension cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating.
Also, make sure the total of all devices plugged into the wall
outlet does not exceed 15 amperes.
w Except as specifically explained in this User’s Guide, do not
attempt to service the printer yourself.
w Unplug the printer and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
If the power cord or plug is damaged; if liquid has entered
the printer; if the printer has been dropped or the cabinet
damaged; if the printer does not operate normally or
exhibits a distinct change in performance. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operating instructions.
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Even if you are familiar with other types of printers, be sure to
read through the following list of precautions before operating
your ink jet printer:
w Do not put your hand inside the printer or touch the print
heads during printing.
w Under normal circumstances, ink will not come out of the
cartridges. If it does get on your skin, wash it off with soap
and water. If it gets in your eyes, flush them immediately
with water.
w Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children.
w Do not dismantle the ink cartridges or try to refill them.
This could result in damage to the print head.
w Once you install an ink cartridge, do not open the clamp or
remove the cartridge except to replace it with a new one.
The cartridge may become unusable otherwise.
w Install the ink cartridge immediately after you remove it
from its package. Leaving the cartridge unpacked for a long
time before use may result in reduced print quality.
w Do not use an ink cartridge beyond the date printed on the
cartridge carton. For best results, use up the ink cartridges
within six months of installing them.
w Do not shake an ink cartridge; this can cause leakage.
w Always turn the printer off using the POperate button.
When this button is pressed, the Operate light flashes
briefly then goes out. Do not unplug the printer or turn off
the power to the outlet until the Operate light is off.
w Before transporting the printer, make sure the print head is
capped in the far right position and the ink cartridges are in
place.
w If you use a printer stand, make sure it keeps the printer
level and can hold up to 66 lb (30 kg). Secure the printer
cables to a leg on the stand so they don’t interfere with
paper feeding.
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It’s easy to print all your color and monochrome (black ink)
documents with your EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520. First you
have to set up your printer and install the software following the
instructions in the Quick Setup booklet. Then read this chapter
to find out about the following:
w Printing from Windows
w Printing from a Macintosh
w Using online help
w What to do when the printer lights come on
Printing from Windows
When you want to print from a Windows application, you
choose Print from the File menu. You can then choose which
pages to print, the number of copies, and other options from
your application’s Print dialog box. When you click a button in
the Print dialog box, you can select additional settings using
your printer software, such as whether you want to use color or
black ink.
The following sections tell you how to do the following:
w Set printer software options from Windows applications
w Change the default printer software settings
w Check your printer’s status while you print
Basic Printing
Note:
If you print from DOS
applications, see
Chapter 5 for instructions
on using your printer with
DOS.
For instructions on
printing HPGL or
HPGL/2 plot files, see
Appendix B.
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Setting Printer Options from Windows
Applications
This section describes the options you’ll need to set for all your
everyday printouts. See Chapter 2 for information about
advanced settings for special print jobs.
Follow these steps to check printer settings from your word
processor or other Windows software:
1. Choose Print or Print Setup from the File menu.
If you choose Print, you first see your application’s Print
dialog box containing the settings you change most often,
including the number of copies and the pages you want
printed.
If you choose Print Setup, you first see a list of printers to
choose from.
2. Make sure your EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 printer is
selected, and then click the Printer, Setup, Properties, or
Options button. (You may have to click a series of these
buttons, depending on the program you’re printing with.)
You see the printer software’s dialog box:
:
Note:
The settings you select
through your Windows
application usually apply
only until you exit that
application. Then the
driver settings may return
to the driver’s default
values or the Windows
default values selected as
described on page 1-5.
For more information
about printer settings,
click the Help button.
With Windows 95 and
Windows NT, you can
right-click any item on the
screen and then click
What’s This?
Main tab
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3. If you don’t see the dialog box shown in step 2, click the
Main tab.
4. Make sure the Mode option is set to Automatic so the
printer software can determine the best settings according
to the Media Type and Ink settings you make. This is the
easiest way to get good printing results for all kinds of
documents, on all types of paper.
5. Choose the Media Type you want to print on from the
following list (you may need to scroll through the list). If
you are not sure which setting to select for your media, refer
to the table on page 3-3.
w Plain paper
w 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper
w Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
w Photo Quality Glossy Paper
w Photo Quality Glossy Film
w Ink Jet Transparencies
w Ink Jet Back Light Film
w Ink Jet Canvas Cloth
The type of media you choose determines the Print
Quality setting (resolution) you can use.
6. Choose Color or Black ink. If you’re printing black text or
a draft, or if you want colors to print as varying shades of
gray, select Black for faster printing.
7. Set the slider to Quality or Speed. This lets you choose
between high resolution printing or faster printing on the
media you’re using. (The slider is not available for certain
media types and may not set the highest available
resolution.)
8. Click the Paper tab and choose your paper feeding source.
For printing at the highest
resolution (SuperFine
quality at 1440 dpi), you
need to use one of the
photo quality media, the
back light film, or the
canvas cloth. For the best
printing at any resolution,
always use EPSON media.
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The default Paper Source is Auto Sheet Feeder, for the
built-in sheet feeder at the front of your printer. (For
instructions on printing with other feeders, see Chapter 3.)
9. Choose the Paper Size setting, number of copies, collation
options, orientation, and printable area. (Your software
application may let you control some of these settings.
With Windows NT, there are no collation options.)
10. Click the Main tab and check the Current Settings box on
the bottom of the menu to see if the other settings are
correct for your document. If you need to adjust them, use
Advanced mode as described in Chapter 2.
11. Click OK when you’re finished checking your settings. The
dialog box closes.
12. In your application’s printing dialog box, click Close, OK,
or Print. (You may need to click a series of these buttons,
depending on the program you’re printing with.)
While you’re printing, the EPSON Despooler dialog box
appears, showing the printing progress and the status of your
printer. (With Windows NT, you don’t see the Despooler.) See
“Checking Printer Status” on page 1-7 for more information.
Click to select your
paper size
Click to select your
paper source
Note:
Whenever you change the
Paper Source, Paper Size,
or Orientation settings,
check the printer
illustration in the dialog
box to see how your
document will print.
If you load your paper long
edge first, select a
landscape paper size,
such as Letter
(Landscape), and then
select your print
orientation so the printer
knows which way you
loaded the paper.
Keep in mind that some
application software may
have paper size and
orientation settings that
override your printer
software settings.
To cancel your changes
and exit the printer
software, click the Cancel
button at the bottom of
the menu at any time.
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Setting Default Printer Options
When you change printer settings through a Windows
application (as described above), the settings apply only to the
application you’re using. If you want to adjust the default
settings for all your Windows applications, you can access the
printer software through the Windows 95 or NT printer
properties, or the Windows 3.1 Control Panel.
Make sure all your software applications are closed before you
start. If not, you’ll have to close and then reopen them to have
the new default settings take effect.
Setting Default Options in Windows 95
1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then point to Printers.
2. Right-click the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 icon.
3. Select Properties, then click the Main tab. You see the
Main printer settings dialog box.
4. Change the settings as described on page 1-2 and click OK.
Any changes you make become the default settings for all
your applications and documents.
Setting Default Options in Windows 3.1
1. Double-click the Control Panel icon in the Main group.
2. Double-click the Printers icon.
3. Select EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 from the list of printers
and click Setup. You see the Main printer settings dialog
box.
4. Change the settings as described on page 1-2 and click OK.
Any changes you make become the default settings for all
your applications and documents.
Note:
Some application settings
override printer software
settings (such as Paper
Size or Orientation), so
it’s a good idea to check
the settings in your
application before you
print.
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Setting Default Options in Windows NT 4.0
1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then point to Printers.
2. Click the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 icon.
3. Open the File menu and select Document Defaults. You
see the Main printer settings dialog box.
4. Change the settings as described on page 1-2 and click OK.
Any changes you make become the default settings for all
your applications and documents.
Setting Default Options in Windows NT 3.51
1. Double-click the Control Panel icon in the Main group.
2. Double-click the Printers icon.
3. Select the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 printer window, if
necessary.
4. Open the Printer menu and select Properties.
5. Click Details, then click Job Defaults. You see the Main
printer settings dialog box.
6. Change the settings as described on page 1-2 and click OK.
Any changes you make become the default settings for all
your applications and documents.
Note:
You can access the
default Windows NT
printer software settings
only if you have the
appropriate network
access privileges, such
as Administrator or Power
User.
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Checking Printer Status
While your document is printing, the EPSON Despooler dialog
box appears on your screen. (With Windows NT you don’t see
the Despooler. See the next page for more information.)
This dialog box shows the progress of your print job and the
status of your printer. If you run out of paper, for example, the
Despooler warns you.
You can use the buttons to cancel, pause, or restart your print
job, if necessary. When the print job is finished, the Despooler
dialog box disappears.
If you don’t want the
Despooler dialog box to
appear each time you
print, you can turn it off.
To do this, start Spool
Manager, open the View
menu, and select Show
Despool Popup; the
checkmark next to the
option disappears.
The name of
the file you’re
printing appears
here
Click to
pause
printing
Click to
cancel
printing
Click to
restart printing
Windows 95
only
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The Status Monitor at the bottom of the dialog box shows how
much ink is left in your printer, along with these status icons:
Checking Printer Status with Windows NT
With Windows NT 4.0 servers and workstations, the messenger
service alerts you to printer errors or lets you know when a print
job is finished. If you have appropriate network access privileges
or you’re controlling printing from the server, you can also
cancel, pause, or restart print jobs and set the sharing, security,
scheduling, and port options. See your Windows NT 4.0
documentation for details.
You can check the status of your print job in
Windows NT 3.51 using the Print Manager. Options in the
Print Manager window let you pause, resume, or delete print
jobs and handle the print queues on your system, depending on
your network access privileges. See your Windows NT 3.51
documentation for instructions.
Note:
The Status Monitor
appears only if you’re
using Windows 95 and
you’re not printing over
a network.
Checking the printer status.
A printing error has occurred and your printer
cannot print. Check your printer or see Chapter 7
for troubleshooting information.
The printer is ready to print.
The printer is currently printing.
The ink level is low or empty; check the Ink Out B
or Ink Out A light on the control panel and
replace the cartridge if necessary.
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Printing from a Macintosh
When you print with a Macintosh, you need to check the
printer software settings for each application you use. This
section describes the settings you’ll need to choose for all your
everyday printouts. See Chapter 2 for information about
advanced settings for special print jobs.
1. Start the application you want to print from and create a
document.
2. Choose Page Setup from the File menu. You see the Page
Setup dialog box:
3. First choose your paper feeding source. The default Paper
Source is Auto Sheet Feeder, for the built-in sheet feeder
at the front of your printer. (For instructions on printing
with the other feeders, see Chapter 3.)
4. After selecting your paper source, choose the Paper Size
setting, orientation, reduction or enlargement, and
printable area. (Your software application may let you
control some of these settings.)
5. Click OK to close the Page Setup dialog box and continue.
6. Choose Print from the File menu or click the print icon in
your application.
Click to select your
paper source
Click to select your
paper size
Note:
Whenever you change
the Paper Source, Paper
Size, or Orientation
settings, check the printer
illustration in the dialog
box to see how your
document will print.
If you load your paper
long edge first, select a
landscape paper size,
such as Letter
(Landscape), and then
select your print
orientation so the printer
knows which way you
loaded the paper.
Keep in mind that some
application software may
have paper size and
orientation settings that
override your printer
software settings.
To cancel your changes
and exit the software,
click the Cancel button at
any time.
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You see a dialog box like the following:
7. Choose the number of copies and indicate which pages you
want to print.
8. Make sure the Mode option is set to Automatic so the
printer software can determine the best settings according
to the Media Type and Ink settings you make. This is the
easiest way to get good printing results for all kinds of
documents, on all types of paper.
9. Choose the Media Type you want to print on from the
following list. If you are not sure which setting to select,
refer to the table on page 3-3.
w Plain Paper
w 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper
w Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
w Photo Quality Glossy Paper
w Photo Quality Glossy Film
w Ink Jet Transparencies
w Ink Jet Back Light Film
w Ink Jet Canvas Cloth
The type of media you choose determines the Print
Quality setting (resolution) you can use.
Click for more information
about printer settings
Click to select your media type
For printing at the highest
resolution (SuperFine
quality at 1440 dpi), you
need to use one of the
photo quality media, back
light film, or canvas cloth.
For the best printing at any
resolution, always use
EPSON media.
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10. Choose Color or Black ink. If you are printing black text
or a draft, or if you want colors to print as varying shades of
gray, choose Black for faster printing.
11. Set the slider to Quality or Speed. This lets you choose
between high resolution printing or faster printing on the
media you’re using. (The slider is not available for certain
media types and may not set the highest available
resolution.)
Once you’ve changed these basic settings, check the
Current Settings box on the right side of the menu to see if
the other settings are correct for your document. If you
need to adjust them, use Advanced mode as described in
Chapter 2.
12. Click Print when you’re finished checking your settings.
If you chose background printing when you set up your
printer, you can continue working while your document is
printing. See “Using EPSON Monitor2” in Chapter 4.
Using Online Help
For complete information about using the printer software, you
can easily access online help any time.
Accessing Help from Windows Applications
To access online help from your application, open the File
menu and choose Print or Print Setup. Then click Printer,
Setup, Options, or Properties; you may need to click a series
of these buttons, depending on the software you’re using. Click
the Help button at the bottom of the dialog box for help related
to the items on that dialog box. Then select a help topic.
You can also access online help when you’re not using the
software, as described below.
Note:
On the Macintosh, printer
settings are saved with
your document, but you
can’t save them from one
application to another.
You’ll have to check your
settings each time you
print from a new
application. If you want to
reuse settings, you can
create document
templates for your
favorite applications.
A Power Macintosh
Extension module called
EPSON Stylus
PowerPlug was installed
and enabled when you
installed your Macintosh
printer software. This
extension accelerates
the rendering and
processing of all
documents when you’re
using a Power Macintosh.
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Accessing Help from Windows 95
Click the Start button, point to Programs, and Epson, and
then click EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 Help. For instructions
on using help, read the online “Quick Guide to Using Help.”
Accessing Help from Windows 3.1
In Program Manager, open the EPSON group and click the
EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 Help icon. For instructions on
using help, read the online “Quick Guide to Using Help.”
Accessing Help from Windows NT 4.0
Click the My Computer icon, then click the Printers icon.
Right-click the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 icon and select
Document Defaults from the menu. In the printer software
dialog box, click the Help button. For instructions on using
help, read the online “Quick Guide to Using Help.”
Accessing Help from Windows NT 3.51
Double-click the Control Panel icon in the Main group. Then
double-click the Printers icon. Select the EPSON Stylus
COLOR 1520 printer window, then open the Printer menu and
select Properties. Click Details, then click Job Defaults. In
the printer software dialog box, click the Help button. For
instructions on using help, read the online “Quick Guide to
Using Help.”
Accessing Help from Macintosh Applications
Choose Print from the File menu or click the print icon in your
application. Click the Help button for help related to the items
on that menu. To exit Help, click the OK button at the bottom
of the Help screen.
With Windows 95 and
Windows NT you can get
specific help related to
any item in the menus by
right-clicking the item
and then clicking the
What’s This? prompt.
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What To Do When the Printer
Lights Come On
The lights on your printer’s control panel show the printer’s
status and alert you to problems, such as paper jams or low ink.
color Ink Out
light
black Ink Out
light
Paper Out
light
Operate The Operate light is on when the printer is on. When the
Operate light flashes, the printer is receiving data. It may also
flash with other lights during other operations or error
conditions.
Paper Out S When the Paper Out light comes on, your paper ran out or is
loaded incorrectly, or the paper release lever is set to the wrong
position. Load paper, check the lever position (as described on
page 3-6), and then press the Load/Eject button to turn off
the light. If the Pause light is on, press the Pause button to
turn it off.
When the Paper Out light flashes, you have a paper jam. Turn
off the printer and gently pull out all jammed paper. Reload
the paper, then press the Load/Eject button to turn off the
light. If the Pause light is on, press the Pause button to turn
it off. (See Chapter 7 for more information.)
Operate light
Cover Open
light
Pause light
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Ink Out B
Ink Out A
When an Ink Out light flashes, your ink supply is low. Make
sure you have a replacement cartridge.
When an Ink Out light comes on, you need to replace the ink
cartridge. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
Pause When the Pause light is on, printing is paused. Press the
Pause button to resume.
When the Pause light flashes, your printer is charging ink,
cleaning the print heads, or performing another operation. See
Chapter 6 for details.
If you need to reset the printer’s memory, hold down the
Pause button for 5 seconds.
Cover Open When the Cover Open light comes on, the printer’s cover is
open and printing is paused. Close the cover. If the Pause
light is on, press the Pause button to turn it off and resume
printing.
All the lights When all the lights flash, your printer may have an internal
error. See Chapter 7 for more information.
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When you want to print presentation graphics, photographs, or
other special projects, you can use the custom settings in your
EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 software. You can choose
predefined settings or adjust individual options like brightness,
contrast, saturation, and halftoning. For professional-quality
color accuracy, you can use Image Color Matching (ICM) with
Windows 95 or ColorSync on the Macintosh.
This chapter includes the following information:
w Using predefined advanced settings
w Customizing print quality and special effects
w Customizing color settings
w Using ColorSync on the Macintosh
w Saving custom settings
Using Predefined Advanced
Settings
Predefined settings provide an easy way to fine-tune your
printer’s operation for special projects. Follow these steps to
print with predefined settings:
1. Create your document, image, or project in your
application software.
Custom Printing
Note:
For instructions on
printing HPGL or
HPGL/2 plot files, see
Appendix B.
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2. Access the Main printer settings dialog box as described on
page 1-2 (Windows) or page 1-9 (Macintosh).
You see one of the following dialog boxes:
3. Select Color or Black Ink.
Note:
When you use advanced
settings, the
Quality/Speed slider
disappears.
Click Advanced, then click here
to see a list of project types
Macintosh Click Advanced, then click here
to see a list of project types
Windows
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4. Click Advanced, and then Custom Settings. You see a
list of project types.
5. Follow these guidelines to choose the right setting for your
project:
w Photo
For printing scanned photographs. Increases contrast
in the image.
w Text/Graph
For printing graphics-intensive documents like
presentation pages with charts and graphs. Intensifies
colors and lightens the midtones and highlights.
w Video/Digital Camera (not available with
Windows NT)
For images captured from a digital camera or video.
Increases color brightness and makes the image sharper.
w Economy
For rough drafts of text only, on plain paper. Saves ink.
w ICM (Windows 95 only)
Automatically adjusts printout colors to closely match
the colors on your screen.
w ColorSync (Macintosh only)
Automatically adjusts printout colors to closely match
the colors on your screen. For more information, see
page 2-10.
6. Choose the Media Type you want to print on. (If you are
not sure which setting to select, refer to the table on
page 3-3.) The available media may be limited by the
project you choose.
7. Select the correct Paper Source, Paper Size, and other
options for the media and feeder you’re using. See page 1-3
(Windows) or page 1-9 (Macintosh) for instructions.
Note:
Always choose your Ink
setting before you select a
project setting from the
Customs Settings list.
Selecting Video/Digital
Camera, ICM, or
ColorSync automatically
sets the Ink option to
Color.
Note:
See Chapter 3 for
information about using
special media.
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8. Check the Current Settings box on the bottom of the menu
to see if the other settings are correct for your document.
If they’re correct, click OK or Print. (If you’re using
Windows, click any other buttons that your application
uses for printing.)
If the predefined settings are not quite what you want,
follow the steps in the next section to change them.
Customizing Print Quality and
Special Effects
If you need maximum control over your project, or you want to
experiment with special effects, you can adjust individual
settings in your printer software. Follow these steps:
1. Create your document, image, or project in your
application software.
2. Access the Main printer settings dialog box as described on
page 1-2 (Windows) or page 1-9 (Macintosh).
3. Click Advanced, and then click More Settings. You see
the More Settings dialog box:
Note:
If you’re printing with
WIndows NT 3.51,
follow the steps in the
next section to check an
additional print option
described on page 2-7.
Note:
After you customize your
print settings for a special
project, you can save
them as a group. Then
you can reuse them
whenever you print a
similar project. See
page 2-11 for instructions.
Windows
Some of these options
are automatically set or
disabled by other settings
you choose
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4. Choose one of the following Print Quality options:
w Economy
For low-resolution rough drafts on plain paper.
Saves ink.
w Normal - 360 dpi
For most documents on plain paper, transparencies, or
360 dpi Ink Jet or Banner paper.
w Fine - 720 dpi
For high-resolution output. Works best on photo
quality media, back light film, or canvas cloth.
w SuperFine - 1440 dpi
For the highest-resolution output on photo quality
media, back light film, or canvas cloth only.
5. Choose the Media Type setting you want to use, following
the guidelines on page 3-3.
6. Select Color or Black ink.
Macintosh
Note:
The Print Quality is
selected automatically
depending on the current
Media Type. If you choose
a Print Quality setting that
is not appropriate for your
media, the driver changes
the Media Type setting.
Be sure to check both of
these settings to make
sure they are correct for
the media you loaded.
Some of these options
are automatically set
or disabled by other
settings you choose
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7. Choose one of the following Halftoning options:
w No Halftoning
For printing black text only.
w Error Diffusion
For printing photographic or video/digital camera
images. Blends each dot of color with the surrounding
dots.
w Fine Dithering, Coarse Dithering
For printing charts, graphs, and other images that
require precise, solid areas of bright colors. Arranges
dots in orderly patterns. Use Coarse for images with
more shading and less detail. Use Fine for images with
more detail and less shading.
8. Choose any of the following print options. Some of these
settings are automatically selected or disabled by the Print
Quality (resolution) and Media Type settings you chose.
w MicroWeave
For improved print quality. Prints graphic data in finer
increments to eliminate unwanted banding effects
(light horizontal lines). Always use for color printing.
w High Speed
For fast, bidirectional printing at lower quality.
w Flip Horizontal
Prints a mirror image of your document. Use for
printing with iron-on transfer paper or back light film
so the image will appear correctly on your iron-on item
or backlit display.
w Finest Detail
For printing text, graphics, and line art with very sharp
edges. Slows print speed and increases your system
memory requirements.
Note:
In Automatic mode, the
Halftoning setting is
selected based on the
data in your print job. In
Advanced mode,
Halftoning is preselected
for each document type
setting. The No Halftoning
option is available only
when you select Black as
the Ink setting.
If vertical lines in your
printout are misaligned
when you use the High
Speed setting, you may
need to align the print
heads. See Chapter 6 for
instructions.
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w Print Using a Temporary File (Windows NT 3.51
only)
For increasing the speed that Windows NT 3.51
returns to your application by printing to a temporary
print file. A separate application then sends the file to
your printer. Turn this option off when printing
complex documents or if parts of a printout are missing
after printing with it turned on.
9. If you’re ready to print, click OK and go to step 10. If you
want to adjust your printer’s color settings, see the next
section.
10. Click Save Settings if you want to save your custom
settings as a group that you can reuse for special projects.
See page 2-11 for instructions.
11. Click OK (Windows) or Print (Macintosh). If you’re using
Windows, click any other buttons that your application
uses for printing.
Customizing Color Settings
You can choose from several color adjustment modes or
manually adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and individual
CMY (cyan, magenta, yellow) colors. For improved color
accuracy, you can use Image Color Matching (ICM) under
Windows 95 or ColorSync on the Macintosh.
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2-8
Follow these steps to customize your color settings:
1. Access the More Settings dialog box as described on
page 2-4. The color settings appear on the right side of the
dialog box, as shown:
2. Choose one of the following Color Adjustment Modes or
choose another mode, as described in step 4:
w Automatic
Analyzes the color information in your project and
optimizes color correction accordingly.
w Photo-realistic
For printing color photographs.
w Vivid
For printing graphics-intensive documents like
presentation pages with charts and graphs. Intensifies
colors and lightens the midtones and highlights.
Click to set Color Adjustment Mode
Drag sliders to
set values
between -25%
and +25%
Macintosh
Windows
(ICM is available only for Windows 95)
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2-9
w No Color Adjustment (Windows NT 4.0 and
Macintosh only)
With Windows NT 4.0, disables the color adjustment
features of the printer software so you can adjust colors
using your application. On a Macintosh, choose this
mode only if you’re using ColorSync.
3. If you want to change individual color characteristics, use
the scroll bars to increase (drag right) or decrease (drag left)
the settings listed below. (If you use one of the options
described in step 4, you won’t be able to specify individual
color characteristics.)
w Brightness
Makes your image lighter or darker.
w Contrast
Increases or decreases the difference between the bright
or dark parts of an image.
w Saturation
Makes colors more vivid or less vivid.
w Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Increases or decreases the amount of the three ink
colors that combine to make a full-color picture. Use to
fine-tune the color balance in your printout.
4. To fine-tune color correction for video/digital images or to
closely match screen colors, choose one of these modes
instead of a Color Adjustment Mode:
w Video/Digital Camera (not available with
Windows NT)
Use for printing images captured from a digital camera
or video. Increases contrast and saturation and makes
the image sharper.
w ICM (Windows 95 only)
Automatically adjusts printout colors to closely match
colors on the screen.
Note:
When you choose
Video/Digital Camera,
ICM, or ColorSync, the
individual color
characteristics described
in step 3 are preset.
The availability of ICM
depends on your Print
Quality, Media Type, and
Halftoning settings.
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w ColorSync (Macintosh only)
Automatically adjusts printout colors to closely match
colors on the screen. See “Using ColorSync on the
Macintosh” below for instructions.
5. Click OK to return to the Main printer settings dialog box.
6. Click Save Settings if you want to save your custom
settings as a group that you can reuse for special projects.
See page 2-11 for instructions.
7. Click OK (Windows) or Print (Macintosh). If you’re using
Windows, click any other buttons that your application
uses for printing.
Using ColorSync on the Macintosh
Every device you use for viewing or producing colors—your
monitor, scanner, and printer—uses a different color
technology. That’s why it’s difficult to get printed colors to
match the colors displayed on your monitor.
Each device has its own gamut, or range of colors, that it can
reproduce. The Macintosh ColorSync system translates colors
from one gamut to another so your monitor’s colors match your
printer’s colors as closely as possible.
ColorSync uses profile information from each device—
including your EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520—to achieve
accurate color matching. First you set your monitor’s profile.
Then you can use your printer software to specify the exact
method of “gamut mapping” (color matching) you want to use.
Follow these steps:
1. Open ColorSync System Profile under Control Panels
on the Apple menu.
2. Click the Set Profile button.
3. Select your monitor from the list, and then click Select.
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4. Close ColorSync System Profile.
5. Open the application you want to print from.
6. Access the printing dialog box as described on page 1-9.
Click Advanced and then click More Settings.
7. Click ColorSync on the right side of the dialog box.
8. For Profile, choose EPSON Standard.
9. Choose one of the following options for Rendering Intent:
w Perceptual
For printing photographs. Adjusts the colors displayed
on the monitor so they fit within the printer’s gamut,
but maintains the relationships between colors.
w Saturation
For printing graphics-intensive documents like
presentation pages with charts and graphs. Maintains
the relative saturation of colors from one gamut to
another.
w Colorimetric
For matching colors as precisely as possible. Maintains
colors that fall within the gamuts of the monitor and
printer, but may lose some detail where the colors are
outside the printer’s density range.
10. Click OK, and then click Print.
Saving Custom Settings
After you’ve fine-tuned your printer settings for a special
project, you can save them as a group with a unique name.
Then you can select it the next time you print a similar project.
1. Customize your printer settings as described in this chapter.
2. Click the Save Settings button on the Main printer
settings dialog box. (If the button is grayed out, select
Advanced.)
Note:
The EPSON Standard
profile is customdesigned
for your printer.
If you use a scanner or
other color imaging
equipment, you may have
other profiles available.
The Saturation and
Colorimetric options are
only available when
you’re using Fine - 720 dpi
or SuperFine - 1440 dpi
Print Quality.
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You see one of the following:
3. Type a unique name for your settings (up to 16 characters)
and click the Save button.
The name you choose is now available on the Main printer
settings dialog box when you click Advanced, and then
Custom Settings.
Deleting Custom Settings
If you no longer need a customized setting, follow these steps to
delete it:
1. Select Advanced mode.
2. Click Save Settings.
3. Select the name of your custom setting group in the
Custom Settings box, and click Delete. (You cannot delete
any of the predefined document types.)
Note:
You can save up to 10
groups of settings.
If you change the Media
Type or Ink setting when
your customized setting is
selected, the setting
selected in the list
changes to Custom
Settings. To return to your
customized setting,
reselect it in the list. To
redefine a customized
setting, see page 2-13.
Macintosh
Windows
Custom Printing
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Redefining Custom Settings
To change the options in a customized setting group but keep
the same name for it, follow these steps:
1. Select Advanced mode.
2. Select the name of the custom setting group you want to
redefine in the Custom Settings list.
3. Change the printer settings as necessary. (If you change the
Media Type and Ink setting, the custom setting group
name disappears from the list momentarily.)
4. Click Save Settings.
5. Select the name of the custom setting group you’re
redefining in the Custom Settings box.
6. If you’re using Windows, click Save. You see the Save As
dialog box. Click OK to save your redefined settings. (Click
Cancel to cancel your changes.)
On a Macintosh, click the Redefine button. Then click
Replace at the confirmation dialog box to save your
redefined settings. (Click Cancel to cancel your changes.)
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3
Your EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 lets you print on just about
any kind of paper you want to use. You can get great results
printing on plain paper, letterhead, and envelopes. But you’ll
get the best results with EPSON’s specially coated ink jet paper.
You can choose from a variety of EPSON media, ranging from
glossy paper and transparencies to iron-on transfer paper and
canvas cloth.
Your printer’s versatile feeding options let you load media of
almost any size or format, including single sheets, continuous
paper, and roll paper for banners and signs. You can even load
two types of paper at once, switching between them with the
flip of a lever when you’re ready to print on them.
This chapter covers the following:
w Using special media types
w Printing on single sheets
w Printing on continuous paper
w Adjusting the loading and tear-off positions
w Switching between continuous and single-sheet paper
w Printing a banner or other roll paper project
w Printing a backlit display
Printing on
Special Media
Printing on Special Media
3-2
Using Special Media Types
The type of paper or other media you use can help determine
the ultimate quality of your printed output. You can achieve
good results with plain paper, but for better results, use EPSON
media for EPSON ink jet printers because they provide the best
surface for the ink used in your printer.
EPSON ink jet paper comes in a variety of types and sizes. To
order, contact your dealer or call EPSON Accessories at
(800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call
(800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.
Media name Size Part number
EPSON 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper Letter
A4
Super A3/B
S041060
S041059
S041066
EPSON High Quality Ink Jet Paper Letter
A4
S041111
S041117
EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper Letter
A4
Legal
B
Super A3/B
A2
S041062
S041061
S041067, S041048
S041070
S041069
S041079
EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Paper A4
Letter
A2
Super A3/B
S041126
S041124
S041123
S041133
EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film A4
Letter
A6
B
Super A3/B
S041071
S041072
S041107
S041075
S041074
EPSON Ink Jet Transparencies A4
Letter
S041063
S041064
EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards A6
8 ´ 10
S041054
S041122
EPSON Iron-On Transfer Paper Letter
Super A3/B
SE41001, SE41002
SE41003
Printing on Special Media
3-3
Media Loading and Software Setting
Guidelines
Whether you print on plain paper or special media, you need to
load it according to the guidelines in the table below. You must
also select the correct Media Type setting in your printer
software to match the media you loaded. Also check the media
loading guidelines following the table for more information.
EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheets A4 S041106
EPSON Photo Quality Banner Paper A2 × 15 m roll
16.5 inches × 49 ft
S041102
EPSON Ink Jet Canvas Cloth A2 × 3 m roll
16.5 inches × 9.8 ft
S041132
EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film A3
A2
S041131
S041130
Media name Size Part number
When you load media with this
name . . .
Load a maximum of this
many sheets in the
built-in sheet feeder as
described on page 3-6 . . .
Then select this Media
Type setting in your printer
software . . .
Plain paper (single sheets) 100 letter size
30 Super A3/B size
30 A2 size
Plain paper
Continuous paper (plain or labels) See “Printing on
Continuous Paper” on
page 3-14.
Envelopes1 10
EPSON 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper 70 letter size
30 legal size
30 Super A3/B size
30 A2 size
360 dpi Ink Jet Paper
EPSON Special Coated Paper for
360 dpi Printing
EPSON High Quality Ink Jet Paper 70 letter size
30 legal size
30 Super A3/B
30 A2 size
Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
EPSON Special Coated Paper for
720 dpi Printing
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1 If you’re printing from DOS, see Chapter 5 for printing instructions.
2 With multiple sheets loaded, the minimum top margin is 1.2 inches (30 mm). For a smaller top
margin or for ease in loading, load and print one sheet at a time with a support sheet beneath it.
3 Turn on the Flip Horizontal option to reverse your image before you print it—especially if it
includes text—so the image will appear correctly when it’s transferred. See Chapter 2 for
instructions. After you print, follow the instructions that came with the paper to iron the image
onto the shirt or other item.
EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards 30 cards1 Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper
EPSON 720 dpi Index Cards
EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive
Sheets
See “Loading Paper in the
Manual Feeder” on
page 3-11.
EPSON Photo Quality Banner Paper See “Loading Roll Paper”
on page 3-22.
EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Paper
(use with support sheet)
20 sheets Photo Quality Glossy Paper
EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film
(use with support sheet)
30 letter size2
1 A2 size
Photo Quality Glossy Film
EPSON High Quality Glossy Paper
(use with support sheet)
30 letter size2
1 A2 size
EPSON Iron-On Transfer Paper3 1 sheet
EPSON Ink Jet Transparencies (use
with support sheet)
30 sheets Ink Jet Transparencies
EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film See “Loading Back Light
Film” on page 3-33.
Ink Jet Back Light Film
EPSON Ink Jet Canvas Cloth See “Loading Roll Paper”
on page 3-22.
Ink Jet Canvas Cloth
When you load media with this
name . . .
Load a maximum of this
many sheets in the
built-in sheet feeder as
described on page 3-6 . . .
Then select this Media
Type setting in your printer
software . . .
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Additional Media Loading Guidelines
w In addition to the Media Type setting, remember to select
the correct Paper Size for your media.
w Some special media have a cut corner you must position
correctly; follow any instructions in the package. Always
handle sheets by the edges; don’t touch the printable side.
w Make sure labels are fully adhered to their backing sheet
before you load them.
w When loading pre-printed paper, such as letterhead or
forms, make sure the paper’s top edge leads into the printer.
w Use ink jet papers within one year of purchase. Use glossy
media and transparencies within six months. Return
unused media to their original packages as soon as possible.
See Appendix C for more media storage information.
w If your special media came with a cleaning sheet, be sure to
feed it through the printer after you’ve finished using the
package of paper. Peel off the instruction sheet; then
position the cut corner of the cleaning sheet in the built-in
sheet feeder as shown below. Press the Load/Eject button
to feed it through the printer. Repeat this several times.
w See these sections for complete paper loading instructions:
w See page 3-6 for sheet feeder instructions.
w See page 3-11 for manual feeder instructions.
w See page 3-14 for tractor feeder instructions.
w See page 3-22 for roll feeder instructions.
Note:
If you don’t see the
Media Type option for
your paper when you’re
using the printer
software, change the
Print Quality setting in
the More Settings dialog
box, select Automatic as
the Mode setting, or
change the predefined
setting in the Custom
Settings list on the Main
menu. See Chapter 2 for
instructions on selecting
these settings.
Be sure to feed a
cleaning sheet through
the printer after using
any package of special
media that comes with
the cleaning sheet so
you don’t experience
feeding problems.
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Printing on Single Sheets
You can print on single sheets of paper up to 17 inches wide
(432 mm) in your printer using the built-in sheet feeder or the
manual feeder.
You’ll probably use the built-in sheet feeder at the front of your
printer for the size paper you use most often, such as letter- or
legal-size sheets. Then you can use the manual feeder at the top
of the printer for loading individual, large format sheets or roll
paper using the optional Banner Paper Kit. (See page 3-22 for
more information on the Banner Paper Kit.)
Follow the instructions in the sections below to load single
sheets of paper from these feeders.
Loading Paper in the Built-in Sheet Feeder
You can load paper up to 17 inches wide (432 mm) in the
built-in sheet feeder, but do not load the stack above the arrow
mark on the right edge guide. Load legal-size or larger paper no
more than halfway to the arrow mark.
If you load paper more than 14.3 inches (364 mm) wide, load a
maximum of 30 sheets at a time, regardless of the paper type.
1. Turn on the printer, but don’t send a print job before you
load paper in the sheet feeder; always load paper first.
2. Set the paper release lever to the single sheet position (the
single sheet icon appears beneath the lever handle).
Note:
The maximum printable
width is 13.6 inches
(345 mm) on any size
paper.
single sheet icon
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3. Open the printer cover and set the thickness lever to the 0
position when you print on plain paper, ink jet paper,
transparencies, or transfer paper.
Set it to the + position when you print on envelopes, ink jet
cards, or heavy paper.
4. Lock the output tray in an upright position on the two
upper posts.
5. If you’ll be printing on paper that is 14.3 inches (364 mm)
wide or less, slide the right edge guide all the way left until
it stops.
0 position
+ position
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If the paper is more than 14.3 inches (364 mm) wide, slide
the right edge guide all the way right.
6. Slide the left edge guide to match the approximate width of
your paper. Then move the center support midway
between the two edge guides.
7. Pull out the rear paper support guide until it stops.
8. Fan your stack of paper and then even the edges.
center support
left edge guide
right edge guide
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9. Load a stack of paper with the printable side face down and
slide it all the way into the feeder. Gently press the stack
against the right edge guide. Then slide the left edge guide
against the left side of the paper.
If you’re loading paper that does not reach to the end of the
rear paper support guide, slide the guide up against the edge
of the paper. If your paper is long, let it lay over the edge of
the paper support.
To load up to 10 envelopes, place them face down with the
flap edge leading into the feeder. Then slide the left edge
guide and the rear paper support guide against the edges of
the envelopes.
For C5-size envelopes, remove the rear paper support guide
and reinstall it backward, sliding it up to the edge of the
envelopes.
rear paper
support guide
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To load up to 30 ink jet cards, place them printable side
down, with the short edge leading into the feeder. Remove
the rear paper support guide and reinstall it backward,
sliding it forward to the edge of the cards.
10. Lower the output tray and slide out the output tray
extension.
11. Now follow the instructions in Chapters 1 or 2 to select the
correct Paper Source, Paper Size, and other settings in
your printer software. Then send a print job.
w If you run out of paper while printing, reload the sheet
feeder and press the Pause button to continue.
w If the ink smears on your document, set the thickness
lever to the + position and reprint; see page 3-7.
w If your margins are not where you like them, adjust
them in your application software. However, if the
problem seems to be with your paper’s loading
position, you can change it using the Micro Adjust
buttons; see page 3-20 for instructions.
rear paper
support guide
Note:
Make sure that paper
isn’t loaded in the manual
feeder at the top of the
printer before sending
your print job. If paper is
loaded in the manual
feeder, the printer will
print on it instead of the
paper in the built-in sheet
feeder.
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Loading Paper in the Manual Feeder
You can load one single sheet of paper in the manual feeder
without removing paper from the built-in sheet feeder. Load
any type of paper that is between 4.1 inches (105 mm) and
17 inches (432 mm) wide.
1. Turn on the printer, but don’t send a print job before you
load paper in the manual feeder; always load paper first.
2. Set the paper release lever to the single sheet position (the
single sheet icon appears beneath the lever handle).
3. Open the printer cover and set the thickness lever to the 0
position when you print on plain paper, ink jet paper,
transparencies, transfer paper, or labels.
Set it to the + position when you print on envelopes, ink jet
cards, or heavy paper.
Note:
To load banner paper,
canvas cloth, or other roll
paper in the manual
feeder, you must also use
the optional Banner Paper
Kit. See page 3-22 for
instructions.
single sheet icon
0 position
+ position
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4. If any paper is currently loaded in the paper path from the
built-in sheet feeder or the tractor feeder, press the
Load/Eject button to eject the paper or park it out of the
way.
5. If you’ll be printing on paper that is 14.3 inches (364 mm)
wide or less, slide the right edge guide on the manual feeder
so its right edge aligns with the arrow mark on the manual
feed guide.
If the paper is more than 14.3 inches (364 mm) wide, slide
the right edge guide all the way right.
6. Slide the left edge guide to the width of your paper. Then
load the paper with the printable side face up and its right
edge against the right edge guide. Gently slide the paper
into the manual feeder until the printer pulls it in.
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You can load one envelope in the manual feeder face up
with the flap edge leading into the feeder. Gently slide the
envelope into the manual feeder until the printer pulls it in.
If the paper doesn’t load straight, press the Load/Eject
button to eject the paper; then load it again.
7. Now follow the instructions in Chapters 1 or 2 to select the
correct Paper Source, Paper Size, and other printer
software settings. Then send a one-page print job.
8. When your print job is finished, the Pause and Paper Out
lights come on. Press the Pause button to turn off the
lights.
w If you want to print another document in the manual
feeder, load the paper as described above. To print on
paper in the built-in sheet feeder, just send a print job.
w If the ink smears on your document, set the thickness
lever to the + position and reprint; see page 3-7.
w If your margins are not where you like them, adjust
them in your application software. However, if the
problem seems to be with your paper’s loading
position, you can change it using the Micro Adjust
buttons; see page 3-20 for instructions.
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Note:
Make sure that paper
isn’t loaded in the manual
feeder at the top of the
printer before sending a
print job for paper in the
built-in sheet feeder. If
paper is loaded in the
manual feeder, the
printer will print on it
instead of the paper in
the built-in sheet feeder.
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Printing on Continuous Paper
You can load continuous paper in the built-in tractor feeder on
the back of the printer without removing paper from the
built-in sheet feeder. Load any type of continuous paper that is
between 4 inches (102 mm) and 16 inches (406 mm) wide,
such as greenbar paper, fanfold banner paper, or continuous
label paper.
1. Turn on the printer, but don’t send a print job before you
load paper on the tractor feeder; always load paper first.
2. Set up your printer so there’s enough room in the back to
feed the paper and enough room in front for the printed
pages to stack without obstruction. Position the paper
supply within 3 feet (1 meter) of the printer.
3. Set the paper release lever to the continuous paper position
(the continuous paper icon appears above the lever handle).
When you print on
continuous paper, it’s a
good idea to turn on auto
tear-off mode so the
printed paper can
advance to the tear-off
position automatically.
Follow the instructions on
page 5-3.
Caution:
If you load continuous
label paper, make sure
the printer’s auto tear-off
feature is turned off. If
you have this feature
turned on, labels could
be fed backward and
peel off inside the
printer. See page 5-3 for
instructions on checking
or changing the setting
using default-setting
mode.
continuous paper icon
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4. Make sure the thickness lever is in the 0 position; see
page 3-11 for instructions.
5. Remove the manual feeder from the top of the printer by
pulling it straight back. Then set it aside.
6. Install the cable cover by inserting the three posts on the
cover into the three holes on the back of the printer. Press
the cover down until it locks in place.
To hold the printer cables away from your paper supply,
loop them into the hooks underneath the cable cover.
7. Pull up the sprocket-lock levers to unlock them so you can
slide the sprockets into position.
8. Slide the left sprocket all the way right until it stops. Press
down the sprocket-lock lever to lock it in place.
sprocket-lock levers
center support
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9. Slide the right sprocket to the approximate width of your
paper. Then position the center support midway between
the two sprockets, as shown in the previous illustration.
10. Flip open both sprocket covers.
11. Arrange the continuous paper stack so the printable side is
face up. Fit the first four holes over the sprocket pins on
both sprockets; then close the sprocket covers.
12. Slide the right sprocket to remove any slack in the paper.
Then press down the sprocket-lock lever to lock it in place.
If necessary, align your stack of continuous paper so it will
feed straight into the tractor feeder.
Note:
The maximum printable
width is 13.6 inches
(345 mm) on any size
paper.
sprocket covers
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13. Reinstall the manual feeder on the top of the printer.
14. Slide out the output tray extension. Then make sure the
edge of the rear paper support guide is beneath the
extension so the continuous paper doesn’t catch on it as it
ejects.
15. Follow the instructions in Chapters 1 or 2 as necessary to
send a print job. Be sure to select Tractor Feeder as the
Paper Source option and then choose the correct Paper
Size. The continuous paper loads and printing begins
when the printer receives the print job.
Follow the steps in the next section to remove continuous paper
correctly.
rear paper support
guide
output tray extension
Note:
If you run out of
continuous paper while
printing, the Paper Out S
and Pause lights come
on. Load more paper on
the tractor feeder and
press the Pause button to
continue printing.
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Removing Continuous Paper
When you’ve finished printing a continuous paper document,
you must carefully follow these steps to remove it from the
printer, depending on your media type and the setting of the
auto tear-off feature.
1. If the printer’s auto tear-off feature is turned on, your
continuous paper is automatically advanced to the tear-off
position at the end of a print job. Go to step 2.
If the auto tear-off feature is turned off (the default setting),
press the LF/FF button as many times as necessary to
advance the last printed sheet to the tear-off edge. Go to
step 2.
If the auto tear-off feature is turned off (the default setting)
and you’re printing labels, tear off the next sheet of labels at
the back of the printer. Then press the LF/FF button on the
printer’s control panel as many times as necessary to eject
the remaining pages forward out of the printer. Do not
perform steps 2 and 3.
Note:
See Chapter 5 for
information on using
default-setting mode to
change the auto tear-off
setting for your print job.
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2. Tear off the printed pages at the perforation by pulling it
across the tear-off edge.
If the paper’s perforation isn’t at the printer’s tear-off edge,
adjust the tear-off position as described on page 3-21. Do
not perform step 3.
3. Press the Load/Eject button to feed the rest of the
continuous paper backward to the paper-park position so
it’s ready for printing the next time you need it.
If the ink smears on your document, set the thickness lever
to the + position and reprint; see page 3-7.
If your margins are not where you want them, adjust them
in your application software. However, if you need to
adjust your paper’s loading position, you can change it
using the Micro Adjust buttons. See the next section for
instructions.
tear-off edge
Caution:
Never press Load/Eject
when you have
continuous label paper
loaded in the printer. This
would feed labels
backward, causing them
to peel off inside the
printer.
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Using the Micro Adjust Buttons
The Micro Adjust U and Micro Adjust D buttons on your
printer’s control panel allow you to make quick adjustments to
your paper’s loading and tear-off positions.
Adjust the paper’s loading position if you notice that printing is
too high or low on the page and the position cannot be
corrected in your software program. You can even set separate
loading positions for continuous paper, manually fed paper, or
sheet-feeder fed paper.
If you’re using continuous paper and the perforation does not
align with the printer’s tear-off edge when you’re done printing,
you can use these buttons to adjust the tear-off position.
Adjusting the Loading Position
Follow these steps to adjust the loading position of your paper:
1. If you have continuous and single sheet paper loaded at the
same time, the loading position you adjust is determined by
the setting of the paper release lever.
For continuous paper, set it to the continuous paper
position. For paper in the sheet feeder or the manual feeder,
set it to the single sheet position.
2. Press the Load/Eject button to load a sheet of paper or load
the first continuous sheet to the top-of-form position.
3. Press the Micro Adjust U button to feed paper backward
or the Micro Adjust D button to feed paper forward. Press
either button as many times as necessary to adjust the
position. When the adjustment reaches the maximum
setting for your printer, it does not move further.
4. Follow the instructions in Chapters 1 or 2 as necessary to
send a print job.
Caution:
Never use the knob on
the left side of the printer
to adjust the loading or
tear-off positions. This
would damage your
printer and cause it to
lose the top-of-form
position.
Note:
The loading position you
select remains in effect
until you change it again,
even when you turn off
the printer.
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Adjusting the Tear-off Position
First make sure that continuous paper is loaded in the current
tear-off position (see page 3-18 for details). Follow these steps
to adjust the tear-off position:
1. Press the Micro Adjust U button to feed paper backward
or the Micro Adjust D button to feed paper forward. Press
either button as many times as necessary to align the
perforation with the tear-off edge. When the adjustment
reaches the maximum setting for your printer, it does not
move further.
2. Tear off any printed pages.
3. Press the Load/Eject button to feed the rest of the
continuous paper backward to the paper-park position so
it’s ready for printing the next time you need it.
The tear-off position you select remains in effect until you
change it again, even when you turn off the printer.
For instructions on setting your printer’s auto tear-off mode, see
page 5-3.
Switching Between Continuous
and Single-sheet Paper
When you have both continuous paper and single sheet paper
loaded in the built-in sheet feeder, you can switch between
paper types whenever you need to print on them. Follow these
steps:
1. If continuous paper remains inside the printer, tear off the
printed pages. Then press the Load/Eject button on the
printer’s control panel to feed the paper backward to the
paper-park position.
If single sheet paper is loaded, press the Load/Eject button
to eject any sheets still inside the printer.
Caution:
Never adjust the tear-off
position when you’re
printing labels. This could
feed labels backward,
causing them to tear off
inside the printer.
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2. To switch to single sheet printing, move the paper release
lever to the single sheet position.
To switch to continuous paper printing, move the paper
release lever to the continuous paper position.
3. Follow the instructions in Chapters 1 or 2 to change the
Paper Source, Paper Size, and other printer software
settings. Then send a print job. The printer loads the type
of paper you selected when it receives the print job.
Printing a Banner or Other Roll
Paper Project
You can use EPSON banner paper or canvas cloth to print
strong, attractive banners or other projects up to 44 inches long.
EPSON Ink Jet Canvas Cloth has a cloth-like texture—much
like artist’s canvas for paintings—that gives a distinct look to
your printed images.
First follow the instructions below to load the banner paper or
canvas cloth from a roll using the optional Banner Paper Kit.
(You can also print a banner on continuous computer paper.
See page 3-14 for paper loading instructions.) Then see the
appropriate printing instructions for your software—Windows
or Macintosh—in the sections that follow.
Loading Roll Paper
1. Before you load roll paper, follow the instructions on
page 5-3 to set up the printer for banner printing using
default-setting mode. Select these options:
w Turn banner mode on so the printer doesn’t advance
too much roll paper out of the printer if you press the
LF/FF button.
w Turn auto tear-off mode on so the printer can advance
the roll paper to the correct cut-off position.
Note:
If the Pause and Paper
Out S lights flash, you
may have changed the
paper release lever
position when paper
was still loaded. Set the
lever back to its original
position and press the
Load/Eject button to
eject or park the paper.
Then set the lever to its
new position.
Note:
To print on roll paper, you
need the optional EPSON
Banner Paper Kit
(C81101*). Contact your
EPSON dealer or EPSON
Accessories at the phone
number on page 3-2.
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When you’ve finished setting these options, turn off the
printer to exit default-setting mode. Wait five seconds, then
turn on the printer again before performing step 2.
2. Make sure the paper release lever is set to the single sheet
position. (See page 3-6 for instructions.)
3. Remove the manual feeder from the back of the printer so
you can install the banner paper holders on it.
4. Remove the edge guides from the manual feeder by pushing
off their bottom edges from inside the manual feeder.
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5. Attach the banner paper holders to the front of the manual
feeder by positioning the top edges first, then snapping
down the bottom edges.
6. Reattach the manual feeder to the back of the printer.
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7. Clip the banner paper cutting guide onto the output tray
posts.
8. Slide the left banner paper holder all the way to the left and
slide the right banner paper holder approximately 1/8-inch
(3 mm) from the far right edge.
9. Position the roll paper so it feeds into the printer as shown
below, with the printable side face up. Then place it onto
the right banner paper holder and slide the left holder over
to support the roll. Align the roll paper’s edges with the
Caution: edge guides on the holders.
Adjust the banner paper
holders so they fit the roll
paper snugly, but not so
tightly that the roll can’t
rotate. If they’re too tight,
the paper won’t feed into
the printer.
set to about 1/8-inch (3 mm)
from the far right position
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10. Grasp both sides of the roll and slowly unroll the paper into
the slot in the manual feeder.
When the roll paper is fully inserted, the printer pulls it in
and loads it automatically. (If the paper is crooked, press
the Load/Eject button to unload it and try again.)
11. Before you print, raise the cutting guide to an upright
position so the roll paper feeds beneath it.
12. Follow the instructions in the next sections to print your
banner on either a Windows computer or a Macintosh.
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Printing a Banner from Windows
Follow these steps to print a banner or other custom-size project
from a Windows application:
1. Create the document in your word processor or other
application software.
2. Choose Print or Print Setup from the File menu. You see a
printing dialog box for your application.
3. Make sure your printer is selected, and then click the
Printer, Setup, Properties, or Options button. (You may
have to click a series of these buttons, depending on your
software.) You see the Main printer settings dialog box, as
shown on page 1-2.
4. Click the Paper tab. You see a dialog box like the
following:
5. If you’re printing on roll paper, select Manual Feed
Slot (Banner) from the Paper Source list. Go to step 6.
If you’re printing a banner on continuous computer paper,
select Tractor Feeder for the Paper Source. Go to step 7.
Click to select a
paper size
Click to select a
paper source
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6. At the end of the Paper Size list, select one of the Long
Paper 17 × n in. options, where n is the length of your
banner (up to 44 inches). Go to step 8.
7. At the end of the Paper Size list, choose User Defined. The
following dialog box appears:
Type in your paper’s width in the Paper Width field and a
length up to 44 inches for the Paper Height. (This works
for banners using either landscape or portrait orientation.)
Click OK. Go to step 8.
8. Choose Portrait or Landscape, depending on the
orientation of the banner or document you created. Set the
printable area if necessary.
9. Click the Main tab to return to the Main printer settings
dialog box.
10. Choose the Media Type setting that matches your banner
paper or canvas cloth as described in the table on page 3-3.
(For continuous computer paper, choose Plain Paper.)
Check the rest of the printer software settings as described
in Chapters 1 and 2. Then click OK.
11. Click Close, OK, or Print to print your banner.
12. When it’s finished printing, follow the steps on page 3-30
to remove your banner from the printer. To remove
continuous paper, see page 3-18.
For banner printing, type
any size up to 44 inches
Note:
With Windows NT, the
User Defined Paper Size
dialog box includes
settings for units of
measure, naming of the
paper size (up to 16
characters), and saving
of multiple user defined
paper sizes. For
instructions on using
these settings, click the
Help button at the bottom
of the Paper dialog box.
Some applications may
allow you to print banners
longer than 44 inches;
see your application
program documentation
for details.
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Printing a Banner from a Macintosh
Follow these steps to print a banner or other custom-size project
on a Macintosh:
1. Create the document in your word processor or other
application software.
2. Choose Page Setup from the File menu. You see a dialog
box like the following:
3. If you’re printing on roll paper, select Manual Feed Slot
(Banner) from the Paper Source list.
If you’re printing a banner on continuous computer paper,
select Tractor Feeder for the Paper Source.
4. Click the Customize button. The following dialog box
appears:
5. Click the New button.
Click to define a custom paper size
Click to select
your paper source
Click to
create a new
paper size
You can create up to eight
custom paper sizes. Give
each one a unique name
so you’ll be able to reuse
them by selecting them
from the Page Size list in
the Page Setup dialog
box.
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6. Type a name for your custom-size paper in the New Paper
Size box. Then type your paper’s width in the Width field
and a length of up to 44 inches for the Height. (This works
for banners using either landscape or portrait orientation.)
Click OK.
7. Choose Portrait or Landscape, depending on the
orientation of the banner or document you created. Set the
printable area if necessary.
8. Click OK.
9. Choose Print from the File menu or click the print icon in
your application. You see the printer settings dialog box (as
shown on page 1-9).
10. Choose the Media Type setting that matches your banner
paper or canvas cloth as described in the table on page 3-3.
(For continuous computer paper, choose Plain Paper.)
11. Check the rest of the printer software settings as described
in Chapters 1 and 2. Then click Print to print your banner.
12. When it’s finished printing, follow the steps in the next
section to remove your banner from the printer. To remove
continuous paper, see page 3-18.
Removing a Printed Banner
Follow these steps to remove a printed banner using the cutting
guide:
1. Lower the banner paper cutting guide over the top of the
paper.
2. If you turned auto tear-off mode on (as instructed in step 1
on page 3-22), the printer automatically feeds the paper to
the tear-off position when it’s finished printing. If you
didn’t turn on auto tear-off mode, press the LF/FF button
to advance the paper to the tear-off position.
Note:
Some applications may
allow you to print banners
longer than 44 inches;
see your application
program documentation
for details.
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Press Micro Adjust D and Micro Adjust U buttons as
necessary to move the end of the banner to the cut-off
position on the banner paper cutting guide.
3. Hold down the cutting guide. Then, using a sharp knife,
cut straight across the paper, pressing the knife against the
inside edge of the cutting guide and on top of the metal
strip on the output tray.
4. Remove the printed paper and raise the cutting guide to its
upright position.
Note:
The roll paper cut-off
position you set remains
in effect until you
change it again, even
when you turn off the
printer.
cut-off position
Warning:
Keep your hands away from
the knife so you don’t cut
yourself.
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5. If you want to print another roll paper project, the printer
will feed the roll paper back to the loading position when it
receives a new print job. Go to step 10.
If you won’t be using the roll paper again right away,
continue with step 6.
6. Press the Load/Eject button to eject the paper backward.
7. Using your hands, roll back the paper all the way out of the
manual feed slot and onto the roll. When it’s completely
out, the Pause and Paper Out S lights turn on.
8. Press the Pause button to turn off the lights.
9. If you’ll be using the roll paper soon after printing on
another type of paper, lower the banner paper cutting guide
and push it onto the edge of the output tray until it clicks.
This keeps it out of the way of the ejected paper.
If you won’t be using your roll paper for awhile, store it in
its original packaging. See Appendix C for optimum
storage conditions.
You can use the banner paper holders as your edge guides
on the manual feeder, but if you want to remove and
reinstall the manual feeder’s original edge guides, follow
steps 2 through 4 on page 3-23. Then reattach the manual
feeder to the printer.
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10. Before printing on another type of paper, be sure to change
the Paper Source, Paper Size, and Media Type settings
in your printer software as described in Chapters 1 and 2.
Also be sure to turn off banner mode using the
default-setting mode instructions on page 5-3.
If you’ll be printing on continuous paper, also be sure to
reset the paper release lever, as described on page 3-14.
Printing a Backlit Display
You can use EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film to print crisp,
translucent images for backlit display. Your printer software
automatically makes a mirror image of your design so it appears
correctly when viewed from the reverse side. Follow the steps in
this section to load a sheet of back light film and select the
correct printer settings for a backlit display.
Loading Back Light Film
Before loading the back light film, make sure the sheet is flat. If
the film curls, place it between two sheets of paper and put a
heavy object on top to flatten it.
Load one sheet of back light film as follows:
w Load it in the built-in sheet feeder with the printable,
non-glossy, white surface face down following the
instructions on page 3-6.
w Load it in the manual feeder with the printable, non-glossy,
white surface face up following the instructions on
page 3-11.
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Printing a Backlit Display from Windows
1. Create the document in your word processor or other
application software.
2. Choose Print or Print Setup from the File menu. You see a
printing dialog box for your application.
3. Make sure your printer is selected, and then click the
Printer, Setup, Properties, or Options button. (You may
have to click a series of these buttons, depending on your
software.) You see the Main printer settings dialog box, as
shown on page 1-2.
4. Select Ink Jet Back Light Film as the Media Type setting.
This chooses the best printer driver settings for printing on
back light film and automatically turns on the Flip
Horizontal feature so your image will appear correctly
when viewed from the reverse side.
5. Check the rest of the printer software settings available on
the Main menu as described in Chapters 1 and 2.
6. Click the Paper tab.
7. Choose the Paper Source you’re using, either Auto Sheet
Feeder (for the built-in sheet feeder) or Manual Feed
Slot (for the manual feeder).
8. Then select the size of your back light film as the
Paper Size setting.
9. Click OK to save your settings and exit the printer software.
10. Click Close, OK, or Print to print your backlit display.
(You may need to click a series of these buttons, depending
on your software.)
Note:
If you change any other
printer software
settings, make sure the
Flip Horizontal setting is
still selected before you
print.
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Printing a Backlit Display on a Macintosh
1. Create the document in your word processor or other
application software.
2. Choose Page Setup from the File menu.
3. Choose the Paper Source you’re using, either Auto Sheet
Feeder (for the built-in sheet feeder) or Manual Feed
Slot (for the manual feeder).
4. Then select the size of your back light film in the
Paper Size option. Click OK.
5. Choose Print from the File menu or click the print icon in
your application. You see the printing dialog box (as shown
on page 1-9).
6. Select Ink Jet Back Light Film as the Media Type setting.
This chooses the best printer driver settings for printing on
back light film and automatically turns on the Flip
Horizontal feature so your image will appear correctly
when viewed from the reverse side.
7. Check the rest of the printer software settings as described
in Chapters 1 and 2. Then click Print to print your backlit
display.
Note:
If you change any other
printer software
settings, make sure the
Flip Horizontal setting is
still selected before you
print.
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4
Your printer software includes several utilities for managing
print jobs. You can use them to monitor your printer’s status,
set up large jobs to print later, and handle network printing. If
you’re using your printer on a network, you need to follow the
special setup procedures in this chapter.
This chapter provides instructions for the following:
w Managing print jobs with Windows 95 or 3.1
w Managing print jobs with Windows NT
w Managing print jobs on a Macintosh
w Network printing on a PC
w Network printing on a Macintosh
Managing Print Jobs with
Windows 95 or 3.1
Your Windows printer software includes two management
utilities: the Spool Manager and Status Monitor.
w The Spool Manager starts automatically when you send a
job to the printer. It allows you to print in the background
while you continue to work on your computer and to hold
jobs to print at a later time. If you’re using your printer on a
network, it also handles multiple print jobs that come in at
the same time.
Managing
Print Jobs and
Network Printing
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4-2
w The Status Monitor, which is available only if you’re using
Windows 95, also starts automatically when you send a job
to the printer. It displays on your screen to alert you about
printer and ink status.
Using the Spool Manager
The Spool Manager works like the Windows Print Manager.
When you send a job to your printer, your printer software
creates a temporary print job file, stores it in the C:\TEMP or
C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder or directory, and assigns it to a
print queue. The software then sends the file to your printer at
the right time.
w To open the Spool Manager while you’re printing, click
the Spool Manager icon that appears on the Taskbar
(Windows 95) or at the bottom of your desktop
(Windows 3.1).
w To open it at any time, double-click the Spool Manager4
icon in the EPSON program group or folder.
You see the Spool Manager window:
The Spool Manager window displays the status of your print
queues and print jobs and lets you control them. Here are some
of the things you can do:
w Hold or release a queue
w Send print jobs to your printer over a network
w Hold, re-queue, or delete a print job
Note:
The Status Monitor
doesn’t appear if you’re
printing over a network.
In Windows 3.1, you
may not see the Spool
Manager icon if the
Program Manager or
current window is
maximized. Make the
window smaller to see
the Spool Manager icon.
menus
print job
file
queue
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w Prevent the Despooler window from appearing on your
screen whenever you print (see page 1-7 for information on
the Despooler window)
w Change your default spool directory
Deleting a Stalled Print Job
If you have trouble printing, it may be because of a stalled print
job. Follow these steps to delete it so you can continue printing:
1. Open the Spool Manager as described on page 4-2.
2. Click on any print jobs marked Held, then open the
Document menu and click Delete.
3. Click Yes.
4. Exit Spool Manager and try printing again.
Changing the Default Spool Directory
If you get an error message when you try to print, or printing is
very slow, you can try changing your default spool directory.
Follow these steps:
1. Make a directory on your hard disk where you want Spool
Manager to store print job files, for example,
C:\SPLTEMP.
2. Open the Spool Manager as described on page 4-2.
3. Choose Default Spool Directory from the Options menu.
4. In the dialog box, change the spool directory to the one you
created in step 1. Then click OK.
5. Make sure EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 is selected, and
then choose Setup from the Queue menu. The Queue
Setup dialog box appears.
For information about any
of these procedures, use
the Spool Manager Help
utility.
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6. Make sure the spool directory is the same as in step 1. Also
make sure Use Print Manager for this port is checked. (If
you’re using Windows 95 and don’t see the Status Monitor
when you print, leave it unchecked.) Click OK.
7. Close Spool Manager.
Using the Status Monitor
The Status Monitor, available only if you’re using Windows 95,
displays automatically in the Despooler window when you send
a print job to the printer. However, you can use it at any time to
see how much ink you have left. Follow these steps:
1. Access the Main printer settings dialog box as described on
page 1-2 (Windows) or page 1-9 (Macintosh).
2. Click the Utility tab. You see the Utility menu:
3. Click the EPSON Status Monitor icon.
For information
about these
three utilities,
see Chapter 6
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4-5
You see the Despooler window with the Status Monitor at
the bottom:
4. Check the amount of ink you have left. (For more
information about the Despooler window, see page 1-7.)
Managing Print Jobs with
Windows NT
Windows NT 4.0 servers and workstations include a messenger
service to alert you to printer errors or let you know when a
print job is finished. If you have appropriate network access
privileges or you’re controlling printing from the server, you
can also cancel, pause, or restart print jobs and set the sharing,
security, scheduling, and port options. See your Windows NT
documentation for details.
You can check the status of your print job in
Windows NT 3.51 using the Print Manager. Options in the
Print Manager window let you pause, resume, or delete print
jobs and handle the print queues on your system, depending on
your network access privileges. See your Windows NT 3.51
documentation for instructions.
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4-6
Managing Print Jobs on a
Macintosh
Your Macintosh printer software includes two utilities for
managing your print jobs: EPSON Monitor2 and Status
Monitor.
w If you’re using background printing, Monitor2 starts
automatically when you send a job to the printer. It handles
printing while you continue to work on your Macintosh
and lets you track documents that are waiting to be printed.
w The Status Monitor alerts you to any problems that occur
during printing. You can also use it any time to see how
much ink you have left.
Using EPSON Monitor2
The EPSON Monitor2 utility lets you continue to work on your
Macintosh while your document is printing. To use this utility,
however, you need to turn on background printing and increase
the memory allocation for Monitor2.
Follow these steps:
1. If you didn’t turn on background printing when you
selected your printer, open the Chooser from the Apple
menu. Select either the EPSON Stylus(EX) or EPSON
Stylus(AT) icon. Under Background Printing, click On
and close the Chooser.
2. To increase the memory allocated to Monitor2, select
EPSON Monitor2 in the Extensions folder in your System
folder. Then choose Get Info from the File menu and set
the Memory Requirements to 2000K or 3000K, depending
on your system’s available RAM.
3. To use Monitor2 while you’re printing, select the EPSON
Monitor2 icon in the Application menu at the right end of
the menu bar.
Note:
Background printing is
slower and may also slow
down your system.
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You see a dialog box like the following:
You can select a job and cancel it or just use this window to
track the print job’s progress.
Using the Macintosh Status Monitor
You can use the Status Monitor to check the level of ink in your
printer and to control the way your software warns you about
printer problems. Follow these steps:
1. Choose Print from the File menu or click the print icon in
your application. You see the printer settings dialog box.
2. Click the Utility button. You see the Utility menu:
Job currently
printing
Jobs queued
for printing
appear here
For
information
about these
utilities, see
Chapter 6
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4-8
3. Click the Status Monitor icon. The software checks the
amount of ink remaining and displays the Status Monitor:
4. If you want to change printer messages and warnings, click
the Configuration button. You see the following dialog
box:
5. Choose the options you want and click OK.
Click to recheck
ink level
Click to control
messages and
warnings
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4-9
Network Printing on a PC
You can use your printer on a network under Windows NT,
Windows 95, or another network operating system. First you
need to set up your printer using either the network’s printer
setup functions or your printer software’s built-in network
support.
If you’re setting up your printer for Windows NT, see the
instructions below. For other network operating systems, see
your network documentation for instructions or use the printer
software’s network support, as described on page 4-11.
Connecting to the Printer on
Windows NT 4.0 Systems
If you installed an optional network interface card in your
printer and installed the printer software as described in the
Quick Setup booklet, follow the steps below to connect the
remote printer to each system on the network using the TCP/IP
(or LPR) protocol.
1. Follow the instructions to configure the interface card in
the manual that came with the card.
2. To connect the printer to a TCP/IP (or LPR) port, open
the Control Panel and select Printers.
3. Right-click the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 icon, then
select Properties.
4. Select the Ports tab and click the Add Port button.
5. Select LPR Port in the Port list. Then click New Port.
6. Type the IP address of the card in the first box and type
a short name for the printer in the second box. Then
click OK.
7. Click Close.
Note:
If you need to install a
network interface board
in your printer, see
Appendix A for
instructions.
Note:
If you connected the
printer directly to a
Windows NT server or
you’re using a different
network protocol, see
your Windows NT
documentation for
instructions on
configuring your printer
for the network. If you’re
using an optional
interface card, also see
the documentation that
came with the card.
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8. You see the address and name of the printer in the Port list.
Click OK to exit printer properties.
Now you can print to the remote printer. Repeat these steps for
each system on the network that needs to access the printer.
Connecting to the Printer on
Windows NT 3.51 Systems
If you installed an optional network interface card in your
printer and installed the printer software as described in the
Quick Setup booklet, follow the steps below to connect the
remote printer to each system on the network using the TCP/IP
(or LPR) protocol.
1. Follow the instructions to install the LPR software and
configure the interface card in the manual that came with
the card.
2. To configure the printer for TCP/IP (or LPR) printing,
double-click the Print Manager icon in the Main program
group.
3. Select the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 window.
4. Choose Properties in the Printer menu.
5. Select Other in the Print to list.
6. Select LPR Port in the Available Print Monitors list and
click OK.
7. Type the IP address of the card in the first box and type
a short name for the printer in the second box. Then
click OK.
8. Click OK again, then exit Print Manager.
Now you can print to the remote printer. Repeat these steps for
each system on the network that needs to access the printer.
Note:
If you connected the
printer directly to a
Windows NT server or
you’re using a different
network protocol, see
your Windows NT
documentation for
instructions on
configuring your printer
for the network. If you’re
using an optional
interface card, also see
the documentation that
came with the card.
If you’ve connected the
printer to a server, be
sure to install the
Windows NT 3.51
software on all
workstations that will
share the printer over
the network.
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4-11
Using the Printer Software’s Built-in
Network Support
To use your printer software’s built-in network support, you
first need to install the printer software on all the network
computers that will use the printer. See the Quick Setup booklet
for instructions. Once the printer software is installed, you can
set up Spool Manager to send print job files from each
computer to a shared directory on the computer connected to
the printer.
Follow the steps in the next sections to set up a print job
directory on the system connected to the printer (the host
system) and each remote system (client) on the network. For
Windows 95, you also need to specify the port and network
path to the printer, as described on page 4-12.
Setting Up the Host System
Follow these steps to set up the computer connected to the
printer:
1. Create an icon for the EPSON Spool Manager
(EPSPLMGR.EXE in the \WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder
or directory).
2. Place this icon in the Startup folder.
3. Double-click the EPSON Spool Manager icon to open the
Spool Manager window.
4. Double-click the queue you want to use for network
printing. The Queue Setup dialog box appears.
5. Click the Remote Despool tab and then click the
Printing from remote queues option.
6. Click the Browse button and select the remote server
directory that will receive print job files.
7. Click OK and minimize the Spool Manager window.
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4-12
Setting Up Remote Systems
Follow these steps to set up the client computers on the
network:
1. Open the Spool Manager window as described on page 4-2.
2. In the Spool Manager window, double-click the queue you
want to use for network printing. The Queue Setup dialog
box appears.
3. Click the Spool to remote printer button.
4. Click the Browse button and select the directory you’re
using for print job files on the host system.
5. Click OK and minimize the Spool Manager window.
Setting Up Your Network Path in Windows 95
If you want to use your printer on a network running
Windows 95, you need to set up the port and network path on
the computer connected to the printer. Follow these steps:
1. Double-click My Computer.
2. Double-click the Printers folder.
3. Right-click the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 icon and
choose Properties.
4. Click the Details tab.
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4-13
The following dialog box appears:
5. Click the Add Port button, then specify the network path
to the printer and click OK.
6. Open the Spool Manager window as described on page 4-2.
7. In the Spool Manager window, double-click your printer’s
queue. The Queue Setup dialog box appears.
8. Make sure the Use Print Manager for this port option is
checked. Then click OK.
Network Printing on a Macintosh
If you want to use your printer on an AppleTalk™ network, you
need to install an optional interface board: either the
LocalTalk® board or the Ethernet™ board. See Appendix A for
more information about optional interfaces.
Then you can use the EPSON Namer utility and set up your
printer in the Chooser. The EPSON Namer was installed on
your hard drive along with the other printer software.
Note:
To print from DOS
applications as well as
Windows applications,
click the Capture Printer
Port button instead of
Add Port. Select the
printer port in the Device
list, then specify its
network path. Select
Reconnect at logon, then
click OK.
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Assigning a Name to the Printer
Follow these steps to use the EPSON Namer utility:
1. Double-click the EPSON Namer icon on your hard drive.
2. Click the EPSON Stylus(AT) icon in the Device Types
window.
3. Select the AppleTalk zone where your printer is located.
4. Under New Name, type a name from your printer to
distinguish it from other printers on the network.
5. Click Rename and then click Done.
Setting Up the Printer for AppleTalk
Make sure your printer is turned on and then follow these steps
to set up your printer on an AppleTalk network:
1. Open the Chooser from the Apple menu. You see a dialog
box like the following:
2. Click the EPSON Stylus(AT) icon.
3. Select the AppleTalk zone you want to use. A list of all
printers connected to the selected zone appears on the right.
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4-15
4. Click the name you assigned to your EPSON Stylus COLOR
1520 in step 4 of the previous section. You see a prompt
asking you to confirm your choice.
5. Click OK.
If your printer name doesn’t appear, make sure the printer
is turned on and correctly connected, then click RETRY.
6. To ensure compatibility, leave Background Printing
turned off.
7. Close the Chooser.
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5
If you print with DOS application programs, you can use your
printer with them by following the instructions in this chapter.
It covers these operations:
w Selecting printer software for DOS
w Changing printer settings with default-setting mode
w Performing printer maintenance procedures, such as
aligning the print heads
w Selecting character tables
w Using printer commands
Selecting Printer Software for DOS
You select software for your printer (a printer driver) in each
DOS program you use. Most DOS programs include a driver
for EPSON ESC/P 2™ printers. You need to select the correct
printer driver to take advantage of your printer’s advanced
built-in scalable fonts and graphics handling.
Most DOS programs require you to select from a list of
available printer drivers. If EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 is not
included in the list, you can contact your software manufacturer
to obtain an updated driver.
If an updated driver is not available, pick the first printer
available in the lists on the next page.
Using Your
Printer with
DOS
Note:
To use your printer with
AutoCAD® 386 (DOS
Extender) releases 10
and higher that support
ADI plotter drivers, see
the README file on the
ADI plotter driver diskette
or printer software
CD-ROM.
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5-2
When printing black and color, select:
EPSON Stylus 1500
EPSON Stylus Pro
EPSON Stylus Pro XL
EPSON Stylus COLOR 500
EPSON Stylus COLOR II
LQ-2550
LQ-1070
When printing black only, select:
LQ-870
LQ-1170
LQ-500
LQ-570
LQ-570+
LQ-1070
LQ-1070+
SQ-870
SQ-1070
LQ-850
Once you’ve selected a printer driver for each DOS program
you use, you can begin printing. Be sure to check the paper
source and other printer driver settings before you print.
If you want to adjust any of the printer’s internal settings, you
can use default-setting mode as described in the next section.
To perform routine printer maintenance procedures, see
page 5-7 for instructions.
Note:
The drivers for the printers
listed do not provide all
EPSON Stylus COLOR
1520 features, such as
1440-dpi printing, 720-dpi
printing, and MicroWeave.
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5-3
Changing Printer Settings with
Default-Setting Mode
Your printer includes internal default settings that are active
whenever you turn on the printer. These settings control
functions such as the print direction and paper loading
positions.
Because they are preset to the most likely settings you’ll want to
use, you probably won’t need to change them. However, you
may want to change settings such as these for special projects:
w Turn on auto tear-off mode when you print on continuous
paper or roll paper (but not when printing continuous
labels)
w Turn on banner mode when you print on roll paper
w Select a slashed zero (0/) instead of a regular zero (0) when
you print documents where the zero can easily be confused
with a capital “O”
You can check or change the default settings using the printer’s
control panel. Follow the steps in the next section.
Entering Default-Setting Mode
To enter default-setting mode and print an instruction sheet in
your language, follow these steps:
1. Load four or more sheets of paper, at least 8.3 inches
(210 mm) wide, into the built-in sheet feeder, making sure
the right edge guide is positioned correctly for your paper’s
width and the paper release lever is set to the single sheet
position. See page 3-6 for loading instructions.
2. Turn off the printer.
Note:
The printer’s control
panel buttons perform
different functions while
the printer is in defaultsetting
mode. Be sure to
carefully follow the
instructions your printer
prints and don’t try to
perform standard control
panel functions until
you’ve exited
default-setting mode.
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3. Hold down the Micro Adjust D button and press the
P Operate button to turn on the printer and enter
default-setting mode. Release the Micro Adjust D button
when the Operate light comes on.
The printer loads a sheet of paper and prints an instruction
sheet telling you how to select a language (the default
setting is English). The printer can then print
default-setting instructions in the language you choose.
4. Press the Alt button until the Ink Out B and Ink OutA
lights on your control panel indicate the language you want
to use.
English Both lights off
French Ink Out B on and Ink OutAoff
Spanish Both lights on
Portuguese Ink Out B flashing and Ink OutAon
German Ink Out B flashing and Ink OutAoff
Italian Ink Out B off and Ink OutAon
5. Press the Pause button. The printer prints instructions on
changing the default settings.
6. Follow the instructions on the sheets to change the
necessary settings, as listed in the next section. Your
changes remain in effect until you change them again.
(To exit without changing any settings, press the Pause
button.)
7. When you’re finished changing settings, press Load/Eject
if you need to eject any loaded paper. Then turn off the
printer to exit default-setting mode.
8. Wait five seconds, then turn on your printer to resume
printing normally.
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5-5
List of Default-Setting Options
The table below lists all the options available for each default
setting. The factory defaults are listed in bold type in the table
below. The printer’s current settings are marked with a Ü on
your printed instruction sheet.
Setting Options Description
Print direction Auto, Bi-D, Uni-D Auto switches between bidirectional
printing for text data (the print head prints
in both directions) and unidirectional
printing for graphics data. For the fastest
printing of text only, select Bi-D; but if
vertical lines become misaligned, you’ll
need to turn it off or align the print heads
(see page 5-7 for instructions). For the
most accurate alignment when printing
graphics, select Uni-D.
Font Courier, Roman,
Sans Serif, Script
Prestige, Roman T,
Sans Serif H, Draft
If your software doesn’t let you select
fonts, you can select one of these bitmap
or scalable fonts. See Appendix C for a list
of the point size and characters per inch
available with each font.
Pitch 10, 12, 15, 17.1, or
20 cpi, or
Proportional
If your software doesn’t let you select
point size or characters per inch for your
fonts, you can select one of these. See
Appendix C for a list of the point size and
characters per inch available with each
font.
I/F (interface) mode Auto, Parallel,
Serial, Option
When your printer is connected to multiple
interfaces, Auto sets the printer to receive
data from any interface sending a print job.
Select Parallel, Serial, or Option only if you
want your printer to ignore print jobs sent
from other interface types.
Auto I/F (interface) wait time 10 or 30 seconds If you choose Auto for the I/F mode
setting, selects the time the printer waits
for a print job from one interface before
accepting a print job from another
interface.
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5-6
Software (emulation mode) ESC/P 2, IBM
XL24E
Specifies the control mode you want the
printer to use. For the best font and
graphics control, always use ESC/P 2
mode. If you need to emulate an IBM®
Proprinter,™ select IBM XL24E mode. For
a list of the commands for these modes,
see page 5-17.
Auto CR (IBM XL24E mode
only)
Off, On In IBM XL24E mode, lets you select
whether the printer performs a
carriage-return line-feed operation when it
reaches the right margin (On) or only when
it receives a carriage-return code in the
print job (Off).
AGM (IBM XL24E mode only) Off, On In IBM XL24E mode, turns high resolution,
24-pin graphics command mode on or off.
Character table — See the samples beginning on page 5-8.
The default character table is PC437.
International character set for
Italic table
— See the samples beginning on page 5-8.
The default character set is Italic U.S.A.
Auto line feed Off, On Sets the printer to perform a line-feed
operation every time it receives a
carriage-return command (On), or not to
perform one (Off).
Network I/F (interface) mode Off, On Sets whether the printer is (On) or is not
(Off) shared by more than one computer.
0 slash 0, 0/ Selects either a slashed zero (0/ ) or a
regular zero (0) to be printed when a zero
command is received.
Page length 11, 12, 8.5, or 70/6
inches
When printing on continuous paper, select
the length of the individual sheets. 70/6 is
the length of A4-size paper.
Skip over perforation Off, On If your software doesn’t let you set top and
bottom margins, turn this setting On to add
a one-inch margin over the perforation to
separate text on continuous pages.
Setting Options Description
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Maintaining the Printer
When you’re printing from DOS applications, you can perform
most printer maintenance operations as they’re described in
Chapter 6, such as replacing the ink cartridges and cleaning or
aligning the print heads from the control panel.
However, you can use a DOS utility as described in this section
if you need to align the print heads to correct misaligned
vertical lines.
Aligning the Print Heads with a DOS Utility
Before you can align the print heads, you need to install the
DOS alignment utility. Follow these steps:
1. Make sure your computer and printer are turned on.
Auto tear off Off, On When printing on continuous paper or roll
paper, turn this setting On to advance the
perforation or end of the roll paper
document to the printer’s tear-off edge. It
also backs the paper up to the top-of-form
position when it receives the next print job.
Turn this setting Off when printing on
continuous labels so they don’t peel off
inside the printer.
Banner mode Off, On When you turn this mode On, roll paper is
treated like continuous paper, even with
the paper release lever in the single sheet
position. This prevents the printer from
advancing too much roll paper forward
when you press the LF/FF button.
Parallel I/F (interface) transfer
rate
Fast, Normal Sets the transfer rate for printing across
the parallel port. Always select Fast unless
you receive transfer rate errors.
Setting Options Description
If vertical lines are
misaligned, first make
sure you did not set the
Print direction setting to
Bi-D (bidirectional) in
default-setting mode.
This may be causing the
problem instead of truly
misaligned print heads.
See page 5-3 for
instructions on checking
your default settings.
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2. Load several sheets of paper at least 8.3 inches (210 mm)
wide in the built-in sheet feeder, making sure the right edge
guide is positioned correctly for your paper’s width. Also
make sure the paper release lever is set to the single sheet
position. (See page 3-6 for instructions.)
3. Insert the EPSON printer software CD-ROM or diskette
into a drive.
4. At the DOS prompt, type d:\SETUP (where d is the drive
letter of your drive) and press Enter.
5. You see an installation instruction screen. Follow the
instructions on the screen to install the utility on your
computer’s hard disk drive.
6. Once the utility is installed, log onto the directory you
specified for the utility. Then type EPCALIB and press
Enter to start the program.
7. You see the EPSON Print Head Alignment Utility main
screen. Make sure your printer is listed on the screen and
select Next.
8. Follow the instructions on the utility screens to align your
print heads.
Selecting Character Tables
Most of the time you can select character tables using your
application software. If you can’t select them with your
software, follow the instructions here to select one of the
printer’s internal character tables.
You can select a character table using default-setting mode
(as described on page 5-3) or printer sofware commands (as
described on page 5-17). Each character table is identified by
the code shown beneath the sample, beginning on the next
page.
Note:
You can use a mouse
with the utility if you have
a DOS mouse driver
installed.
Note:
Some tables contain the
same characters for hex
codes 00 to 7F as the
PC437 table, so these
samples list only
characters for codes 80
to FF.
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PC437 (U.S., Standard Europe) PC437 Greek (Greek)
PC850 (Multilingual) PC853 (Turkish)
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PC855 (Cyrillic) PC852 (East Europe)
PC857 (Turkish) PC860 (Portuguese)
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PC863 (Canadian-French) PC865 (Norwegian)
PC866 (Russian) PC861 (Icelandic)
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PC869 (Greek) BRASCII (Brazilian, Portuguese)
Abicomp (Brazilian, Portuguese) Roman 8
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ISO Latin 1 MAZOWIA (Poland)
Code MJK (CSFR) ISO 8859-7 (Latin/Greek)
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ISO Latin 1T (Turkish) Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
PC774 (LST 1283:1993) Estonia (Estonia)
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ISO 8859-2 PC866 LAT (Latvian)
Italic
No characters are available for hex
code 15 in the italic character table.
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International Character Sets
You can select one of these international character sets using
default-setting mode (as described on page 5-3) or the ESC R
command (as described on page 5-17). When you select a
character set, such as Italic France, the characters in the France
row on the table below are used in the italic character table.
You can select one of these eight international character sets
using default-setting mode or ESC R.
You can select one of these seven sets using ESC R only.
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Characters Available with the ESC ( ^
Command
To print with the characters listed below, use the ESC ( ^
command as described in the next section.
Using Printer Commands
You can operate your printer by using commands in one of two
control code modes. For the best font and graphics control,
always use EPSON ESC/P 2 mode. (For details on using
ESC/P 2, see the ESC/P Reference Manual available from
EPSON.)
If you need to emulate an IBM Proprinter, select IBM XL24E
mode. (See IBM’s X24/X24E reference manual.)
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ESC/P 2 Control Codes
General operation:
ESC@, ESC U, ESC EM
Paper feeding:
CR, FF, LF, ESC 0, ESC 2, ESC 3, ESC +
Page format:
ESC ( C, ESC C, ESC C 0, ESC Q, ESC l, ESC ( c,
ESC N, ESC O
Print position motion:
ESC $, ESC \, ESC ( V, ESC ( v, ESC D, HT, ESC B,
ESC J, VT
Font selection:
ESC k, ESC x, ESC X, ESC P, ESC M, ESC g, ESC p,
ESC 4, ESC 5, ESC E, ESC F, ESC !
Font enhancement:
ESC W, DC 4, SO, DC2, SI, ESC w, ESC G, ESC H,
ESC T, ESC S, ESC -, ESC ( -, ESC q
Spacing:
ESC SP, ESC c, ESC ( U
Character handling:
ESC t, ESC ( t, ESC R, ESC %, ESC &, ESC :, ESC 6,
ESC 7, ESC ( ^
Bit image:
ESC *
Graphics:
ESC ( G, ESC ., ESC ( e, ESC ( i, ESC ( \, ESC ( s
Color:
ESC r, ESC ( r
Printing mode:
ESC ( K
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IBM XL24E Emulation Control Codes
In the following commands, “(AGM)” indicates Alternate
Graphics Mode commands. Do not type these characters as part
of the command.
General operation:
NUL, DC3, ESC j, BEL, CAN, DC1, ESC Q, ESC [ K,
ESC U
Paper feeding:
FF, LF, ESC 5, ESC A, ESC A (AGM), ESC 0, ESC 1,
ESC 2, ESC 3, ESC 3 (AGM), CR
Page format:
ESC C, ESC X, ESC N, ESC O, ESC 4
Print position motion:
ESC d, ESC R, ESC D, HT, ESC B, VT, ESC J,
ESC J (AGM)
Font selection:
DC2, ESC P, ESC :, ESC E, ESC F, ESC I
Font enhancement:
DC4, SO, ESC SO, ESC W, ESC [ @, SI, ESC SI, ESC G,
ESC H, ESC T, ESC S, ESC -, ESC _
Spacing:
BS, SP, ESC [ \
Character handling:
ESC 6, ESC 7, ESC [ T, ESC ^, ESC \
Bit image:
ESC K, ESC L, ESC Y, ESC Z, ESC [ g, ESC * (AGM)
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6
It’s easy to keep your EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 printer
working at its best. All you have to do is follow the simple
instructions in this chapter for replacing ink cartridges,
performing routine maintenance, and moving the printer.
This chapter covers the following procedures:
w Cleaning the print heads
w Replacing an ink cartridge
w Aligning the print heads
w Cleaning the printer
w Transporting the printer
Cleaning the Print Heads
If your printed image is unexpectedly light or faint, or dots are
missing from the image, you may need to clean the print heads.
This unclogs the nozzles so they can deliver ink properly.
Cleaning the print heads uses ink, so clean them only if print
quality declines. You can use either of the following to clean the
print heads:
w The Head Cleaning utility in your printer software (when
your printer is connected directly to your computer)
w The printer’s control panel buttons (when you’re using
DOS, or your printer is connected via an optional network
interface card, or you don’t want to use the Head Cleaning
utility)
Maintenance and
Transportation
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Using the Head Cleaning Utility
Follow these steps to run the utility from a Windows or a
Macintosh computer connected directly to the printer:
1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing.
2. To clean the black print head, make sure the Ink Out B
light is off. To clean the color print head, make sure the
Ink Out A light is off.
3. Access the Main printer settings dialog box as described in
Chapter 1.
4. Click the Utility tab (Windows) or the Utility button
(Macintosh). You see the Utility menu.
5. Click the Head Cleaning icon.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to clean the print
heads. Cleaning each head takes about two minutes, during
which the printer makes some noise and the Pause light
flashes.
When the Pause light stops flashing, you need to run a
nozzle check to test the print quality and reset the cleaning
cycle.
7. Make sure paper is loaded in the printer and click Print
nozzle check pattern (Windows) or Confirmation
(Macintosh), and then click Next. See page 6-4 for
instructions on examining the nozzle check pattern.
If your print quality has not improved, repeat the steps above. If
you don’t notice any improvement after doing this two or three
times, check the print quality solutions in Chapter 7.
Note:
If either Ink Out light is
flashing or on, you need
to replace the ink
cartridge instead. See
page 6-4 for instructions.
Caution:
Never turn off the printer
while the Pause light is
flashing.
If, however, the Pause
light is still flashing after
10 minutes and the
printer is not moving or
making noise, you may
turn off the printer.
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Using the Control Panel
1. Make sure the printer is turned on and not printing.
2. To clean the black print head, make sure the Ink Out B
light is off. To clean the color print head, make sure the
Ink Out A light is off.
3. Press the Pause button. The Pause light comes on.
4. To clean the black print head, press the Alt and Cleaning B
buttons. Or, to clean the color print head, press the Alt and
Cleaning Abuttons.
Cleaning each head takes about two minutes, during which
the printer makes some noise and the Pause light flashes.
5. After the cleaning cycle is complete and the Pause light
stays on without flashing, you can repeat step 4 to clean the
other print head, if you wish.
6. When you’re finished cleaning the print heads, press the
Pause button to turn off the Pause light.
7. Now you need to print a page to test the print quality and
reset the cleaning cycle. If you’re using DOS or a network
interface card, open an application and print a document
containing black and color data. Then go to step 10.
If you’re connected directly to the printer, run a nozzle
check. Go to step 8.
8. Access the Main printer settings dialog box as described in
Chapter 1. Then click the Utility tab (Windows) or the
Utility button (Macintosh). You see the Utility menu.
9. Click the Nozzle Check icon, then click Next. See
page 6-4 for instructions on examining the nozzle check.
10. If your print quality has not improved, repeat the steps
above. If there’s no improvement after doing this two or
three times, check the print quality solutions in Chapter 7.
Note:
If either Ink Out light is
flashing or on, you need
to replace the ink
cartridge instead. See
page 6-4 for instructions.
Caution:
Never turn off the printer
while the Pause light is
flashing.
If, however, the Pause
light is still flashing after
10 minutes and the
printer is not moving or
making noise, you may
turn off the printer.
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Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern
Examine the nozzle check pattern you print. It should look
something like this, with the lower pattern colored cyan,
magenta, and yellow:
Each staggered horizontal and straight vertical line should be
complete, with no gaps in the dot pattern. If your printout
looks okay, you’re done. If any dots are missing, clean the print
heads again, as explained in the previous sections.
Replacing an Ink Cartridge
When an Ink Out light flashes, the indicated cartridge is low on
ink. This is a good time to make sure you have a new cartridge.
When the light stays on, the cartridge is empty and you need to
replace it.
If your color ink cartridge runs out of ink, you can continue
printing in black ink. See page 6-7 for instructions.
Use these EPSON ink cartridges within six months of installing
them and before the expiration date on the package:
Black ink cartridge S020108
Color ink cartridge S020089
When you need new ink cartridges, contact your dealer or call
EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. only). In Canada,
please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.
W02271 C01267
Caution:
For best results, don’t
replace an ink cartridge
unless its Ink Out light is
flashing or on.
To ensure good results,
use genuine EPSON
cartridges and do not refill
them. Other products may
cause damage to your
printer not covered by
EPSON’s warranty.
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6-5
Removing and Installing an Ink Cartridge
You should replace an ink cartridge only when the Ink Out B or
Ink Out A light is flashing or on. However, if you need to
replace an outdated cartridge, you can do so before its Ink Out
light comes on.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on and not printing.
2. Open the printer cover. The Cover Open and Pause
lights come on.
3. Remove the new ink cartridge from its packaging. Then
completely remove the yellow portion of the tape seal as
shown:
4. Hold down the Alt button on the printer’s control panel
for about three seconds.
The print heads move slightly left and the Pause light
begins flashing. (The print heads return to their home
position if you don’t proceed to step 5 within 60 seconds.)
5. Pull up the ink cartridge clamp for the cartridge you need
to replace. The cartridge rises up from its holder.
Caution:
To avoid damaging the
printer, never move the
print heads by hand.
Once you remove an ink
cartridge, it becomes
unusable and cannot be
reinstalled.
You must completely
remove the yellow tape
seal from the top of the
cartridge; leaving any
portion of it on will
permanently damage the
cartridge. Do not remove
the clear seal from the
bottom of the cartridge;
ink will leak out.
black cartridge color cartridge
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6. Lift the cartridge out of the printer and dispose of it
carefully.
7. Lower the new ink cartridge into its holder with the label
facing up and the arrow pointing to the back of the printer.
The larger cartridge (color) goes on the right, the black ink
cartridge on the left.
8. Press down the ink cartridge clamp until it locks in place.
9. Press the Alt button and close the printer cover.
The printer moves the print heads and begins charging the
ink delivery system. (Even if you don’t press the button, ink
charging begins 60 seconds after you close the clamp.)
ink cartridge clamp
Warning:
If ink gets on your hands,
wash them thoroughly with
soap and water. If ink gets
into your eyes, flush them
immediately with water.
Caution:
Don’t open the clamp or
remove a cartridge
except to replace it with
a new one. Once you
remove a cartridge, you
can’t reuse it, even if it
contains ink.
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The Pause light flashes and the printer makes various
sounds. Charging takes about several minutes, depending
on whether you replaced one or both cartridges.
When it’s finished, the Pause light stays on; press the
Pause button to turn it off and resume printing.
Printing in Black Ink with an Empty Color
Cartridge
If your color ink cartridge runs out of ink and the Ink OutA
light comes on, you can still continue printing with black ink.
(If the black ink cartridge runs out of ink, you cannot continue
printing.) However, you will need to resend any print job you
were printing when the color ink ran out. Follow these steps:
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Wait about five seconds and then turn the printer back on
again. Don’t remove the empty color ink cartridge.
3. Press the Load/Eject button to eject any paper in the paper
path or advance continuous paper to the tear-off edge. Tear
off any continuous sheets and press Load/Eject again to
park the continuous paper out of the path.
4. Access the printer software in your application as described
in Chapter 1. Change the Ink setting for your document to
Black and change any other settings as necessary. Then
print the document.
To switch back to color printing, follow the steps beginning on
page 6-4 to replace the color ink cartridge. Then turn the
printer off and on again to reset color printing mode. Before
you print, be sure to set the Ink setting to Color in your printer
software as described in Chapters 1 and 2.
Caution:
Never turn off the printer
while the Pause light is
flashing.
If, however, the Pause
light is still flashing after
10 minutes and the
printer is not moving or
making noise, you may
turn off the printer.
Caution:
If you’re printing on
continuous label paper,
don’t press Load/Eject;
this feeds the paper
backward and may cause
labels to tear off inside
the printer. Follow the
steps on page 3-18
instead.
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6-8
Aligning the Print Heads
If your printouts contain misaligned vertical lines, you may
need to align the print heads. There are several ways to do this:
w If you’re using a Windows or Macintosh computer
connected directly to the printer, you can use the Print
Head Alignment utility in your printer software, as
described below.
w If you’re printing from DOS, you can use the DOS Print
Head Alignment utility. See page 5-7 for instructions.
w If you’re connected to the printer via an optional network
interface card or you don’t want to use the Print Head
Alignment utility, you can use the control panel to align the
print heads. See page 6-9 for instructions.
Using the Print Head Alignment Utility
1. Turn on the printer and load paper in the built-in sheet
feeder, making sure the right edge guide is positioned
correctly for your paper’s width and the paper release lever
is in the single sheet position. See page 3-6 for instructions.
2. Access the Main printer settings dialog box as described in
Chapter 1.
3. Click the Utility tab (Windows) or the Utility button
(Macintosh). You see the Utility menu.
4. Click the Print Head Alignment icon.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to print an alignment
test page and select the correct alignment.
Caution:
Load paper that’s at least
8.3 inches (210 mm) wide
so ink doesn’t spray onto
the platen.
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Using the Control Panel
1. Turn on the printer and load paper in the built-in sheet
feeder, making sure the right edge guide is positioned
correctly for your paper’s width and the paper release lever
is in the single sheet position. See page 3-6 for instructions.
2. Turn off your printer.
3. Hold down the Pause button and turn on the printer to
turn on print head alignment mode.
The printer loads a sheet of paper and prints an instruction
sheet telling you how to select a language (the default
setting is English). The printer can then print instructions
on aligning the print heads in the language you choose.
4. Press the Alt button until the Ink Out B and Ink OutA
lights on your control panel indicate the language you want
to use.
English Both lights off
French Ink Out B on and Ink OutAoff
Spanish Both lights on
Portuguese Ink Out B flashing and Ink OutAon
German Ink Out B flashing and Ink OutAoff
Italian Ink Out B off and Ink OutAon
5. Press the Pause button. The printer prints instructions on
aligning the print heads using the control panel.
6. Follow the instructions on the sheet. When the print heads
are aligned, turn off the printer to exit print head alignment
mode.
7. After five seconds, turn on the printer to resume printing.
Caution:
Load paper that’s at least
8.3 inches (210 mm) wide
so ink doesn’t spray onto
the platen.
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Cleaning the Printer
To keep your printer working at its best, you should clean it
several times a year, following these steps:
1. Turn off the printer, unplug the power cord, and
disconnect the printer cable.
2. Remove the paper from all the paper feeders.
3. Carefully clean away dust and dirt with a soft, damp cloth.
4. Clean the exterior of the printer with a soft, damp cloth.
Keep the printer cover closed so water doesn’t get inside.
5. Clean ink out of the printer’s interior with a soft, damp
cloth.
Transporting the Printer
To move your printer some distance, you need to prepare it for
transportation in its original box. Follow these steps:
1. Turn on the printer and wait until the print heads lock in
the far right position. Then turn off the printer.
2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet. Then
disconnect the interface cable from the printer.
3. Remove the paper from all the feeders. Then remove the
paper support, output tray, and cable cover (if installed).
4. Repack the printer and attachments in the original box
using the protective materials that came with it. See the
Notice Sheet that was packed with the printer.
Be sure to keep the printer level, in an upright position, as you
transport it. If print quality declines after transporting the
printer, clean the print heads; if output is misaligned, align the
print heads. See the instructions in this chapter.
Caution:
Don’t touch the gears
inside the printer.
Never use alcohol or
thinner for cleaning; they
can damage the printer
components and case.
Don’t use a hard or
abrasive brush.
Don’t get water on the
printer components.
Don’t spray lubricants or
oils inside the printer.
Caution:
To avoid damage, always
leave the ink cartridges
installed when
transporting the printer.
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7
As you use your printer, you may occasionally experience a
paper jam or other problem. The first thing you should do is
diagnose the problem following the guidelines in this chapter.
Then try the most likely solutions until the problem is fixed.
This chapter tells you everything you need to know about the
following:
w Diagnosing problems
w Improving print quality
w Solving printing problems
w Fixing paper jams and other paper problems
w Solving miscellaneous printout problems
Diagnosing Problems
Your printer includes a number of ways to help you diagnose
problems:
w To identify the most common problems, check the lights
on the printer’s control panel. See page 1-13 for
instructions.
w You can also use the Status Monitor utility to identify
common problems. For instructions, see page 4-4
(Windows 95) or page 4-7 (Macintosh).
w To determine whether the problem is caused by the printer
itself, run a printer self test. See the next section for
instructions.
Troubleshooting
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7-2
w If you’re experienced with reading hexadecimal code, you
can print a hex dump to identify possible communication
problems. See page 7-3 for instructions.
w For the latest information, check the EPSON Stylus
COLOR 1520 Help program and the ReadMe file in the
EPSON program group or folder.
w If none of the suggested solutions in this chapter solve your
problem, contact EPSON as described under “Where to Get
Help” in the Introduction.
Running a Self Test
You can run a printer self test to determine whether the
problem lies with the printer itself or some other source.
w If the test results are satisfactory, the problem lies in
software settings, the interface cable, or your computer.
w If the test pages don’t print correctly, you may have a
problem with your printer. See the suggestions in this
chapter for possible solutions.
Follow these steps to test the printer:
1. Load several sheets of paper in the built-in sheet feeder,
making sure the right edge guide is positioned correctly for
your paper’s width and the paper release lever is in the
single sheet position. See page 3-6 for instructions.
2. Turn off the printer.
3. Hold down the Load/Eject button and press the
POperate button to turn on the printer. Then release
both buttons. This prints the test pages at 360 dpi. (To
print test pages at 180 dpi, hold down the LF/FF button
while turning on the printer instead of Load/Eject.)
Caution:
Use paper that’s at least
8.3 inches (210 mm) wide
so ink doesn’t spray onto
the platen.
Troubleshooting
7-3
The first page prints on the first and last lines to measure
the page length. The next page contains a nozzle check
pattern and the printer’s ROM version, along with
multicolored character samples. (The 180 dpi test prints
black character samples.)
If the test pages don’t print, turn off the printer. Then
repeat this step, holding down the Load/Eject button a bit
longer before releasing it.
4. After the second page prints, press the Pause button to
stop test printing.
5. If the printer loaded any additional paper, press Load/Eject
to eject it. Then turn off the printer to end the test.
Printing a Hex Dump
If you’re experienced reading hexadecimal code, you can print a
hex dump to pinpoint communication problems between your
computer and printer. Then you can interpret the code yourself
or report the results to a support technician.
1. Load several sheets of paper in the built-in sheet feeder,
making sure the right edge guide is positioned correctly for
your paper’s width and the paper release lever is in the
single sheet position. See page 3-6 for instructions.
2. Turn off the printer.
3. Hold down the LF/FF and Load/Eject buttons and press
the POperate button to turn on the printer. Then release
all the buttons.
4. Open an application and send a print job. The printer
prints the data in hexadecimal code.
5. When printing is finished, turn off the printer to exit
hexadecimal mode.
Caution:
Never turn off the printer
while it’s printing test
pages. Always press the
Pause button and eject
any loaded paper first.
Caution:
Use paper that’s at least
8.3 inches (210 mm) wide
so ink doesn’t spray onto
the platen.
Troubleshooting
7-4
Improving Print Quality
You can often improve print quality by doing the following:
w Clean the print heads (see Chapter 6 for instructions).
w Use higher quality paper that’s appropriate for your print
job (see Chapter 3 for a list of EPSON papers).
w Match the Media Type setting in the printer software to
the type of media you loaded in the printer (see Chapter 3
for details).
w Make sure the thickness lever is set to the correct position
for your media (see Chapter 3 for details).
w Turn off High Speed mode in the printer software (see
Chapter 2 for details).
w Make sure you’re not using an Economy option in the
printer software (see Chapter 2 for details).
w Replace the ink cartridges. (Check the status of the
Ink Out B and Ink Out A lights first. See Chapter 6 for
instructions.)
Here are some detailed solutions to specific print quality
problems.
Printed image has horizontal banding.
Possible cause Solution
The Media Type setting
doesn’t match the loaded
paper.
Make sure the Media Type setting matches the loaded paper or
other media. Then the printer software can automatically select
other settings for the best quality. See Chapters 1 through 3.
The printable side of the
paper is loaded upside
down.
Remove the paper and reload it correctly for the media and feeder
you’re using. See Chapter 3 for instructions.
The print head nozzles are
clogged.
Clean the print heads. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
The ink cartridges are low
on ink.
Check the Ink Out B and Ink Out A lights to see which cartridge
you may need to replace. See Chapter 6.
The MicroWeave option is
not set.
Turn on MicroWeave in the printer software. See Chapter 2 for
more information.
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7-5
Vertical lines are misaligned or vertical banding appears.
The printed image has incorrect or missing colors.
Possible cause Solution
The print head nozzles are
clogged.
Clean the print heads. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
High Speed mode or Bi-D
mode are turned on.
If vertical lines are misaligned, turn off High Speed mode in the
printer software (see Chapter 2 for information). If you’re printing
with DOS, turn off Bi-D printing using default-setting mode (see
Chapter 5 for instructions).
The print heads are
misaligned.
Run the Print Head Alignment utility. See Chapter 6 for Windows
or Macintosh instructions; see Chapter 5 for DOS instructions.
Possible cause Solution
The Ink option is set to
Black.
Change the Ink setting to Color. See Chapter 1 for instructions.
The Media Type setting
doesn’t match the loaded
paper.
Make sure the Media Type setting matches the paper or media
you’re using. Then the printer software can automatically select
other settings for the best quality. See Chapters 1 through 3.
The printable side of the
paper is loaded upside
down.
Remove the paper and reload it correctly for the media and feeder
you’re using. See Chapter 3 for instructions.
The Halftoning and Color
Adjustment Mode
options are set incorrectly
for your document type.
Use the correct settings for the project you are printing, following
the instructions in Chapter 2.
The print head nozzles are
clogged.
Clean the print heads. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
The ICM (Windows 95) or
ColorSync (Macintosh)
settings are incorrect for
your document.
Use the Automatic mode setting or choose a different project
type setting. See Chapter 2 for more information.
The ink cartridges are low
on ink or one or more ink
colors are empty.
Check the Ink Out B and Ink Out A lights to see which cartridge
you need to replace. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
Troubleshooting
7-6
The printed image is faint or has gaps.
The printed image is blurry or smeared.
The colors displayed on
your monitor don’t match
the printed colors.
Because your monitor and printer use different technologies to
represent colors, your printed colors cannot exactly match those
on your monitor screen. Use the ICM (Windows 95) or ColorSync
(Macintosh) settings. See Chapter 2 for more information.
The color settings in your
application software need
adjustment.
You may be able to adjust various color settings in your application
software. See your software documentation for more information.
Possible cause Solution
The print head nozzles are
clogged.
Clean the print heads. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
The Media Type setting
doesn’t match the loaded
paper.
Make sure the Media Type setting matches the loaded paper or
other media. Then the printer software can automatically select
other settings for the best quality. See Chapters 1 through 3.
The loaded paper is upside
down, damaged, old, or
dirty.
Remove the paper and reload a new stack with the printable side
facing correctly. See Chapter 3 for instructions.
The ink cartridges are low
on ink.
Check the Ink Out B and Ink Out A lights to see which cartridge
you need to replace. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
You’re on a network and
the Network I/F setting is
turned off.
Try turning on the Network I/F setting using default-setting mode
to see if this solves the problem. See Chapter 5 for instructions.
Possible cause Solution
The printer’s thickness
lever is in the 0 position.
Set the thickness lever to the + position and try printing again. See
Chapter 3 for instructions.
The paper is damp or the
printable side is upside
down.
Remove the paper and reload a new stack with the printable side
facing correctly. See Chapter 3 for instructions.
You loaded special media
without a support sheet.
Follow the special media loading instructions in Chapter 3 and on
the paper packaging for media that require support sheets. Also try
loading your media one sheet at a time.
You tried to print on
cardboard or other
non-recommended media.
Make sure your paper or media meets the specifications listed in
Appendix C. If your printouts are still blurry after you change paper,
clean the print heads as described in Chapter 6.
Possible cause Solution
Troubleshooting
7-7
Photographic images look grainy or rough.
Color documents print in black ink only.
The Media Type setting
does not match the loaded
paper.
Make sure the Media Type setting matches the media you loaded.
Then the printer software can automatically select other settings
for the best quality. See Chapters 1 through 3 for information.
The sheets entering the
output tray are smearing
the ink on ejected pages.
Remove each sheet from the output tray as soon as it is printed to
prevent smearing, especially if you use transparencies.
Ink has leaked inside the
printer.
Clean carefully inside the printer to remove spilled ink. See
Chapter 6 for instructions.
The color ink cartridge is
empty and you’ve
continued printing with the
Ink option set to Color.
Follow the instructions on page 6-7 to print in black ink with an
empty color cartridge. Then replace the color ink cartridge
following the instructions in Chapter 6.
You’re using the High
Speed (or BiD) and
MicroWeave settings with
a misaligned print head.
Turn off High Speed mode following the instructions in Chapter 2.
(If you’re printing with DOS, turn off Bi-D printing in default-setting
mode; see Chapter 5.) Then align the print heads following the
instructions in Chapter 6 (for Windows and Macintosh) or
Chapter 5 (for DOS).
Possible cause Solution
The print heads are
misaligned.
Align the print heads following the instructions in Chapter 6 (for
Windows and Macintosh) or Chapter 5 (for DOS).
The resolution of your
image may be too low.
Increase the image resolution using your image-editing software,
or decrease the size of the image.
Possible cause Solution
Your printer is not selected
in your application.
Select your printer and port in your software application.
Color printing is not
selected.
Select color printing in your application and the printer software
(see Chapter 1).
Your color ink cartridge is
empty.
Check the Ink Out A light and replace the color cartridge, if
necessary. See Chapter 6 for instructions on replacing ink
cartridges and printing with an empty color cartridge.
Possible cause Solution
Troubleshooting
7-8
Solving Printing Problems
If the printer won’t print, first check that:
w The printer is turned on and the Operate light is on.
w Paper is loaded in the printer.
w The printer is securely plugged into a working electrical
outlet that’s not controlled by a switch or timer.
w The interface cable is securely connected to the printer and
computer.
If you still can’t print, check the following solutions.
All lights are off.
Only the Operate light is on, but nothing prints.
Possible cause Solution
The printer is not receiving
power.
Turn off the power and plug in the power cord securely, making
sure the outlet is not controlled by a switch or timer and is
operable.
Possible cause Solution
The interface cable is not
connected securely.
Turn off your printer and computer. Then make sure the cable is
connected securely and meets both the printer and computer
specifications. See Appendix C and your computer documentation
for information.
The printer has an internal
problem.
Turn off the printer and computer, disconnect the interface cable,
and run a printer self test as described on page 7-1.
Your printer or application
software is installed
incorrectly.
If the self test prints correctly, check your printer and application
software for correct installation. If you’re printing on a network,
make sure you set up your printer as described in Chapter 4.
Your computer doesn’t
have enough memory to
handle the data in the file
you are printing.
Try one of the following:
w Reduce the resolution of your image.
w Select fewer colors or a lower resolution for your monitor.
w Add more memory to your computer.
Printing is stalled in
Spool Manager
(Windows 95/3.1) or the
Windows NT print queue.
Delete the stalled print jobs in Spool Manager or the Windows NT
print queue and resume printing. See Chapter 4 for instructions.
Troubleshooting
7-9
The Paper Out light is flashing or on.
An Ink Out B or Ink Out A light is flashing or on.
All the lights come on briefly, then go off.
Printing is stalled in
Monitor2 (Macintosh).
Open the Extensions folder, EPSON folder, and Spool folder. Then
delete any queued files.
The print heads are clogged
or the ink cartridges are too
old.
If the printer sounds like it’s trying to print but nothing prints, clean
the print heads; see Chapter 6 for instructions.
If cleaning doesn’t help, replace the cartridges. For information on
cartridge life and replacement instructions, see Chapter 6.
You’re using an
incompatible optional
interface card or one with
mismatched settings.
Check the specifications for your interface card and cable, making
sure they meet the printer’s requirements (see Appendix A) and
that they match your computer’s settings (see your computer
manual). Also try turning on the Network I/F setting in
default-setting mode if you’re sharing the printer (see Chapter 5).
Possible cause Solution
If flashing, paper is
jammed.
Remove the paper and follow the guidelines for preventing jams
on page 7-15.
If on, paper is not loaded or
is loaded incorrectly, or the
paper release lever is set
incorrectly.
Load paper, or remove the paper and reload it as described in
Chapter 3, making sure to set the paper release lever correctly.
Then press the Load/Eject button to turn off the light and resume
printing.
Possible cause Solution
If flashing, the ink supply is
getting low.
You need to replace the indicated ink cartridge soon. Make sure
you have a new cartridge, then see Chapter 6 for instructions.
If on, the ink cartridge is
empty.
You must replace the indicated ink cartridge; see Chapter 6 for
instructions.
Possible cause Solution
The printer’s voltage
doesn’t match your outlet’s
voltage.
Check the label on the back of your printer to determine its
voltage. If it doesn’t match your outlet’s voltage, turn off the
printer and unplug it immediately. Then contact your dealer.
Do not plug the printer back in.
Possible cause Solution
Troubleshooting
7-10
All the lights are flashing.
The printer has finished charging an ink cartridge, but the Pause light is still
flashing.
The printer sounds like it’s printing but nothing prints.
The printer software installed with Windows 3.1 does not work correctly after you
upgrade to Windows 95.
After you install your printing software, you see the Windows 95 New Hardware
Found window.
Possible cause Solution
An internal error may have
occurred.
Turn off your printer, wait five seconds, and turn it on again. If the
lights still flash or stay on, contact EPSON as described in the
Introduction.
Possible cause Solution
The ink cartridge clamp isn’t
locked down.
Press down on the clamp to lock it into place.
The printer needs to
initialize.
If the printer is not moving or making noise, but the light is still
flashing after 10 minutes, turn the printer off. If the light is still
flashing when you turn it back on, contact EPSON as described in
the Introduction.
Possible cause Solution
The print head nozzles are
clogged.
Clean the print heads. See Chapter 6 for instructions.
The ink cartridges are too
old.
For information on cartridge life and replacement instructions, see
Chapter 6.
The printer is charging ink. If you just turned on the printer, it may be charging the ink delivery
system, especially if it has been turned off for a while. This can
take up to 7 minutes; wait until it finishes before printing.
Possible cause Solution
Your printer software isn’t
set up for Windows 95.
Reinstall the printer software after installing Windows 95, as
described in the Quick Setup booklet.
Possible cause Solution
An operating system error
has occurred.
Click Do not install a driver, and then click OK.
Troubleshooting
7-11
You see a spooling error message (Windows 95/3.1).
In Windows 95, the Status Monitor box does not appear with the Despooler.
A portion of your image doesn’t print or you see a memory error message
(Macintosh).
Your printer switches to the modem port or won’t confirm on the printer port
(Macintosh).
Possible cause Solution
Spooling error messages or
very slow printing may be
caused by temporary files.
Change the Spool Manager default directory, following the
instructions in Chapter 4.
Your hard drive is too full. Delete unnecessary files to make room on the drive.
Your computer doesn’t
have enough memory for
the file you’re printing.
Try one of the following:
w Reduce the resolution of your image.
w Select fewer colors or a lower resolution for your monitor.
w Add more memory to your computer.
Possible cause Solution
The Windows Print
Manager is interfering with
the Status Monitor.
Make sure Use Print Manager for this port is not checked in the
Spool Manager Queue setup. See Chapter 4 for instructions.
Possible cause Solution
Your system doesn’t have
enough available memory.
Close any other applications you are running or turn off
background printing.
You may need to increase
the memory allocation for
your application, EPSON
Monitor2, or both.
Choose Get Info from the File menu when your application is
active and increase the memory requirements. See Chapter 4 for
more information. Or turn off background printing (you won’t be
able to use Monitor2).
Possible cause Solution
Your system has extension
conflicts.
Make sure AppleTalk is inactive. In the Extensions Manager,
disable the AppleShare, FileShare, and PrinterShare extensions.
Set your printer and any unused printers to the printer port. Then
restart your system.
You’re using an AppleTalk
cable.
Make sure you’re using a standard Apple System Peripheral-8
cable. See the specifications in Appendix C.
Troubleshooting
7-12
The “Sorry, EPSON Stylus COLOR cannot be used” message appears (Macintosh).
Your printer icon doesn’t appear in the Chooser (Macintosh).
Printing is too slow.
Possible cause Solution
The printer software has
been corrupted.
Remove and reinstall the printer software. From the CD-ROM or
diskette, click Installer. Then click Continue and select Custom
Remove from the list displaying Easy Install. Select EPSON
Stylus Series Printer Driver and click Remove. Click Continue, if
necessary, and click Restart. Then follow the instructions in the
Quick Setup booklet to reinstall the printer software and select
your printer.
Then, in the Extensions Manager, disable Quick Draw GX, enable
EPSON Monitor2 and EPSON Stylus Color, and restart your
Macintosh.
Possible cause Solution
Your system has extension
conflicts.
In the Extensions Manager, disable Quick Draw GX, enable
EPSON Monitor2 and EPSON Stylus Color, and restart your
Macintosh.
Possible cause Solution
Your printer software
options are set incorrectly.
For the fastest printing, try these settings (described in Chapters 1
and 2):
w Set Print Quality to Economy.
w Turn High Speed on.
w Choose Black ink.
w Choose No Halftoning.
Your system doesn’t have
enough resources.
w Reduce the resolution of your image.
w Clear more hard disk space or run a defragmentation utility.
w Don’t run too many applications at the same time.
w Turn off virtual memory.
w Increase your system’s memory (RAM).
You’re using background
printing on a Macintosh.
Choose Get Info from the File menu when your application is
active and increase the memory requirements. See Chapter 4 for
more information. Or turn off background printing (you won’t be
able to use Monitor2).
Your Spool Manager
settings are incorrect
(Windows 95/3.1).
Change your default spool directory and other settings as
described in Chapter 4.
Troubleshooting
7-13
Fixing Paper Problems
You can avoid most paper handling problems by doing the
following:
w Use smooth, high-quality media designed for ink jet
printers that meet the media specifications in Appendix C.
w Make sure the paper is dry and flat before loading it.
w Follow all loading and handling instructions included with
the media and in Chapter 3.
If you have problems with paper feeding, paper jams, or ejected
paper, check here for solutions.
Paper doesn’t feed correctly from the sheet feeder.
Try this Then do this
Remove the stack of paper
from the sheet feeder.
Check that the paper isn’t:
w Curled or creased.
w Too thick or thin (see Appendix C).
w Too old (see Chapter 3 or your paper packaging).
w Overloaded in the feeder (see Chapter 3 for guidelines).
w Jammed inside the printer. (If the Paper Out light is flashing,
paper is jammed. See page 7-15.)
Then reload the paper as described in Chapter 3, making sure that:
w The paper release lever is set to the single sheet position.
w The edge guides fit the paper’s width snugly, but not too
tightly.
w No continuous paper is in the paper path. (Press Load/Eject to
park it out of the way.)
Troubleshooting
7-14
Paper doesn’t feed correctly from the manual feeder.
Paper doesn’t feed correctly from the tractor feeder.
Try this Then do this
Remove the paper from the
manual feeder.
Check that the paper sheet isn’t:
w Curled or creased.
w Too thick or thin (see Appendix C).
w Too old (see Chapter 3 or your paper packaging).
w Jammed inside the printer. (If the Paper Out light is flashing,
paper is jammed. See page 7-15.)
Then reload the paper as described in Chapter 3, making sure that:
w The paper release lever is set to the single sheet position.
w The edge guides fit the paper’s width snugly, but not too
tightly.
w The paper is loaded all the way into the printer.
w No continuous paper is in the paper path. (Press Load/Eject to
park it out of the way.)
Try this Then do this
Remove the continuous
paper from the tractor
feeder following the
instructions on page 3-18.
Check that the paper isn’t:
w Curled or creased.
w Too thick or thin (see Appendix C).
w Too old (see Chapter 3 or your paper packaging).
w Jammed inside the printer. (If the Paper Out light is flashing,
paper is jammed. See page 7-15.)
Then reload the paper as described in Chapter 3, making sure that:
w The paper release lever is set to the continuous paper position.
w The paper stack is close enough to the printer, but has room in
front and back to load and eject without obstruction.
w The paper’s holes are aligned on the sprockets, the sprockets
are locked and their covers are closed, and the paper is not too
slack.
w No single sheet paper is in the paper path. (Press Load/Eject to
eject any sheets.)
Before printing, check that:
w The paper source and paper size are set correctly in your
application or printer software. If you’re using DOS, check the
Page Length setting in default-setting mode (see Chapter 5).
w The skip over perforation, auto tear-off, and banner modes are
set correctly for your media (see Chapter 5).
Troubleshooting
7-15
Multiple pages feed at the same time.
Paper jams inside the printer.
Paper doesn’t eject fully or is wrinkled.
Try this Then do this
Remove the stack of paper. w Make sure the paper isn’t too thin (see the paper specifications
in Appendix C).
w Fan the edges of the stack of paper to separate the sheets.
w Reload the paper as described in Chapter 3, making sure to
load only the amount of paper directed for your media and
feeder.
w If more copies of a page or document are printing than you
expected, check that the Copies settings in both the printer
software and your application program are set to 1. See
Chapters 1 and 2 for information.
Try this Then do this
Turn off your printer, open
the cover, remove any
loaded paper, and remove
any little pieces that may
have torn off inside.
You may need to turn the knob on the left side of the printer
counterclockwise to eject all the torn pieces of paper. Never turn
this knob when the printer is on. You’ll damage the printer
and lose the top-of-form position.
Then reload the paper as described in Chapter 3.
If your paper jams frequently, make sure you:
w Use smooth, high-quality paper, with the printable side loaded
correctly for your media type and feeder.
w Fan the stack and then even the edges before loading it.
w Don’t load too much paper for your media type and feeder.
w Adjust the edge guides or sprockets to fit the width of your
paper snugly, but not too tightly.
Possible cause Solution
If the paper doesn’t eject
fully, you may have set the
wrong paper size.
Press the Load/Eject button to eject the paper. Then make sure
you select the correct paper size in your application software,
printer software, or default-setting mode. (See the paper
specifications in Appendix C for the paper sizes you can print with.)
If it’s wrinkled when it
comes out, the paper may
be damp or too thin.
See the paper specifications in Appendix C for paper thicknesses
you can print with, as well as environmental requirements for
storage.
Troubleshooting
7-16
Solving Miscellaneous Printout
Problems
If your printout results are not what you expected, try these
solutions.
Characters are incorrect or garbled.
.
Possible cause Solution
Your printer is not the
Windows default printer.
Select your printer as the default Windows printer. See your
Windows documentation or online help for instructions.
Your printer is not selected
in the Macintosh Chooser.
Open the Chooser and select your printer. See the Quick Setup
booklet for instructions.
Your printer is not selected
in your DOS applications.
Select printer software for each DOS application you use, as
described in Chapter 5.
Printing is stalled in
Spool Manager
(Windows 95/3.1) or in the
Windows NT print queue.
Delete the stalled print jobs in Spool Manager or the Windows NT
print queue following the instructions in Chapter 4. Then try
printing again.
If you’re using background
printing on a Macintosh,
spooled data may be
corrupted.
Open the Extensions folder, EPSON folder, and Spool folder. Then
delete any queued files. Increase the memory requirements for
EPSON Monitor2 as described in Chapter 4.
The interface cable is not
securely connected.
Turn off your printer and computer. Then make sure the cable is
connected securely and meets the printer’s specifications.
You’re printing with DOS
and your software or
default-setting mode
settings are incorrect.
If you selected your font, pitch, character table, and line spacing
settings in your application software, make sure those settings are
correct. If you set them using your printer’s default-setting mode
(along with the Network I/F setting), follow the instructions in
Chapter 5 to make sure those settings are correct.
The printer’s parallel
interface transfer rate
doesn’t match your
computer’s transfer rate.
Set the Parallel I/F transfer rate option to Normal using
default-setting mode. See Chapter 5 for instructions.
Troubleshooting
7-17
The margins are incorrect.
The image is inverted as if viewed in a mirror.
The printer prints blank pages.
Possible cause Solution
Margins are set incorrectly
in your software
application.
Check your software documentation for instructions on selecting
the correct margins for your paper size. The maximum printable
width is 13.6 inches (345 mm) on any size paper.
Make sure the margins are within the printable area of the page.
See Appendix C for more information.
Paper settings in the printer
software are incorrect for
your paper size.
Select the correct paper settings for your paper size. See
Chapters 1 and 2 for more information.
The edge guides or
sprockets are set
incorrectly.
The edge guides or sprockets in the paper feeder are set
incorrectly for your paper’s width. See the instructions in
Chapter 3. You may also need to adjust the margins in your
software application to match the new loading position.
Possible cause Solution
You used a Flip Horizontal
option in your application
software or the printer
software.
Turn off the Flip Horizontal or mirror setting in your application
software or the printer software. See Chapter 2 for information.
Remember that images printed on iron-on transfer paper and back
light film should be inverted so they appear correctly when
transferred or viewed from the reverse side.
Possible cause Solution
The print head nozzles are
clogged.
Clean the print heads following the instructions in Chapter 6.
Paper settings in the printer
software are incorrect for
your paper size.
Select the correct paper settings for your paper size. See
Chapters 1 and 2 for more information.
Your printer is not the
Windows default printer.
Select your printer as the default Windows printer. See your
Windows documentation or online help for instructions.
Your printer is not selected
in the Macintosh Chooser.
Open the Chooser and select your printer. See the Quick Setup
booklet for instructions.
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A
Your EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 includes both parallel and
serial interfaces so you can connect it to a PC or Macintosh, or
both at the same time. If you want to connect to another system
or to a network, you can install an optional interface board.
You can install one of the following EPSON interface boards in
your printer:
To order an interface board, contact your dealer or call EPSON
Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). In Canada, call
(800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.
This chapter tells you how to install and use EPSON interface
boards in the following sections:
w Using Macintosh interface boards
w Using the PC serial interface board
w Installing optional interfaces
Using Optional
Interfaces
Type of interface board Model number Compatibility
Serial C823051 PC
32KB serial C832071 PC
32KB parallel C823101 PC
Twinax C823151 PC
Coax C823141 PC
LocalTalk C823121 Macintosh
Ethernet C823461 Macintosh/PC
Type B bidirectional
parallel
C823452 PC
Using Optional Interfaces
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Using Macintosh Interface Boards
If you are planning to install the LocalTalk board, you also need
two LocalTalk Locking Connector Kits (DIN-8 version).
Attach one connector box to the AppleTalk interface on the
printer and the other to the printer port on the Macintosh.
Then attach the LocalTalk cable between the two connector
boxes. For more information, see the instructions that come
with the connector kits.
If you install the Ethernet board connected to a thin coaxial
(10BASE2) cable, and the printer is the last device on the
network, you need to obtain a 50-ohm terminator. The
Ethernet transceiver is included on the EPSON Ethernet board,
so you don’t need an adapter box for the printer.
Using the PC Serial Interface Board
Before you install the serial interface board in your printer,
follow the instructions that come with the board for setting the
baud rate and parity. You may also need to set the board’s
handshake timing, error handling, and other data transfer
conventions. Refer to your computer documentation for
information about matching the board’s settings to your
computer system.
Installing Optional Interfaces
Before you install an optional interface board in your printer,
make sure the printer is turned off and all the printer’s lights are
off. Then follow these steps:
1. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet (and from
the back of the printer, if your printer’s power cord is
removable).
Caution:
To avoid damaging your
printer or computer, do
not install the interface
board when the printer is
connected to an electrical
outlet.
Using Optional Interfaces
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2. Disconnect any interface cables from the back of the
printer.
3. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two screws
securing the interface cover. Then lift off the cover.
4. Set any switches and jumpers on the interface board as
described in its manual. If your board has a jumper labeled
JG, make sure that you set it to ON, or the board will not
work properly.
5. Slide the interface board along the slots on both sides of the
compartment. Push it in firmly to fully insert the board’s
connector into the printer’s internal socket.
6. Secure the interface board in the slot with the two screws
included with the board.
Using Optional Interfaces
A-4
7. Connect the proper interface cable to the interface board
and to your computer. If the cable has a grounding wire,
connect it to one of the screws securing the interface board.
8. Reconnect any other interface cables you disconnected.
9. Make sure the printer is turned off. Then plug in the power
cord and turn on the printer.
In most cases, the printer automatically detects the interface
you’re using. However, if you have trouble printing through an
installed interface board, you may need to change the printer’s
I/F (interface) mode setting using default-setting mode. See
page 5-3 for instructions.
To remove the interface board, first follow steps 1 and 2 in this
section. Remove the screws securing the board and carefully
pull it out of the internal printer socket. Then replace the
interface cover and screws you removed in step 3. Now you can
connect your printer using one of the built-in interfaces as
described in your Quick Setup booklet.
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B
You can use the EPSON Plot! program to open and scale HPGL
or HPGL/2 plotter files and then print them on your printer.
Follow the instructions in this Appendix to install the program
and print with EPSON Plot! and your Windows printer driver.
You can install and use EPSON Plot! on any system running
Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows NT (3.51 or 4.0).
Make sure to connect the printer to that system and install the
printer software following the instructions in the Quick Setup
booklet before you begin.
Installing EPSON Plot!
Follow these steps to install EPSON Plot! on the system
connected to the printer:
1. Make sure Windows is running, but no applications are
open.
2. Insert the EPSON Plot! Disk 1 diskette in a drive.
3. With Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.51 Program
Manager, open the File menu and click Run.
With Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, click Start, then
click Run.
4. Type A:\SETUP or B:\SETUP and click OK.
Using
EPSON Plot!
Note:
You can also install
EPSON Plot! from the
printer software
CD-ROM.
Using EPSON Plot!
B-2
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the program
on your hard disk.
The installation program creates an EPSON Plot! program
group or folder containing the program icon and icons for
Help, Readme, and Uninstall programs.
Printing with EPSON Plot!
Before starting EPSON Plot!, do the following to prepare for
printing:
w Install the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 Windows printer
software on the computer connected to the printer. (See the
Quick Setup booklet for instructions.)
w Turn on the printer.
w Create an HPGL or HPGL/2 plot file using your plotter
software on any system.
w Copy that plot file to the system connected to the printer, if
necessary.
Now follow these steps to open EPSON Plot! and print:
1. Double-click the EPSON Plot! icon in the EPSON Plot!
program group or folder. You see the following screen:
Note:
When you create plot
files for printing, use an
HPGL/2 driver whenever
possible. HPGL/2 drivers
do a better job of
maintaining the colors
assigned in your CAD
application than HPGL
drivers, which may limit
you to 8 or 16 pen colors.
Using EPSON Plot!
B-3
2. Select Open File from the File menu.
3. In the Open File dialog box, choose the HPGL or HPGL/2
file you want to print and click OK. A representation of the
file contents appears in the Live Paper Space in EPSON
Plot!:
4. Select Printer Setup from the File menu.
5. Select the EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520 printer, if necessary,
and click Options. You see the Main printer settings menu.
6. Follow the instructions in Chapters 1 and 2 to select the
correct printer settings. Make sure to select the Paper
Source and Paper Size options for your paper and feeder
so EPSON Plot! can display the plot file contents exactly as
it will appear when you print.
7. When you’re finished selecting your printer software
settings, click OK. Then click OK in the Printer Setup
dialog box.
8. If you want to resize the plot file, click a handle in the Live
Paper Space and drag it to change the size. To reposition
the plot, click inside the image display and drag it into
position.
live paper
space
handle
Note:
The gray area around the
image represents the
area you cannot print on.
If you resize the plot file,
EPSON Plot! retains the
proportions of the
original and preserves the
X and Y coordinates.
Keep in mind that the
Print Quality (resolution)
you select in the printer
software may resize your
image differently than it is
displayed in EPSON Plot!.
Using EPSON Plot!
B-4
9. When the plot file looks how you want it to, select Print
from the File menu.
10. Click OK to print the file on your EPSON Stylus COLOR
1520.
See Chapters 1 and 4 for information on managing the
print job while it prints.
11. When you’re finished printing with EPSON Plot!, select
Exit from the File menu to exit the program.
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C
Printing
Printing method On-demand ink jet
Nozzle configuration Monochrome (black) 128 nozzles
Color (cyan, magenta, yellow) 192 nozzles, 64 of each color
Printable columns and
printing speeds
cps = characters per second
Resolution Maximum 1440 dpi ´ 720 dpi
Print direction Bidirectional with logic seeking for text and graphics. (Auto print
direction can be set in default-setting mode.)
Control code ESC/P 2 and expanded raster graphics code
IBM XL24E emulation
Line spacing Default is 1/6 inch, programmable in 1/8-inch or 1/360-inch
increments
Paper feed speed 107 milliseconds per 1/3-inch line
Input buffer 64KB
Specifications
Character pitch
(characters per inch) Printing column
Draft printing
speed
LQ printing
speed
10 136 800 cps 400 cps
12 163 960 cps 480 cps
15 204 1200 cps 600 cps
17 (10 condensed) 233 1378 cps 684 cps
20 (12 condensed) 272 1600 cps 800 cps
Specifications
C-2
Fonts
Select other font/pitch combinations using the ESC/P 2 commands as
described on page 5-17.
Note:
The printer always uses the fonts you selected with your software application. You need to use the
printer’s internal fonts only if your application doesn’t allow you to select fonts.
Character tables 1 italic and 26 graphics character tables
Character sets 14 international character sets and 1 legal character set
Note:
Character tables are selected with default-setting mode (see page 5-3 for instructions) or by using
software commands (see page 5-17 for instructions).
Bitmap fonts
Font 10 cpi 12 cpi 15 cpi Proportional
EPSON Roman x x x x
EPSON Sans Serif x x x x
EPSON Courier x x x —
EPSON Prestige x x x —
EPSON Script x x x —
Scalable fonts
Font
Minimum
point size
Maximum
point size Increments
EPSON Roman 8 32 2
EPSON Sans Serif 8 32 2
EPSON Roman T 8 32 2
EPSON Sans Serif H 8 32 2
Specifications
C-3
Paper
Paper type Size Paper types Thickness Weight
Single sheets Letter (8.5 ´ 11 inches)
A4 (210 ´ 297 mm)
A5 (148 ´ 210 mm)
Legal (8.5 ´ 14 inches)
Half Letter (5.5 ´ 8.5 inches)
Executive (7.5 ´ 10 inches)
A2 (420 × 594 mm)
Super A3/B (13 × 19 inches)
A3 (297 × 420 mm)
Ledger (11 × 17 inches)
US C (17 × 22 inches)
B3 (364 × 514 mm)
B4 (257 × 364 mm)
B5 (182 ´ 257 mm)
Plain bond paper and
special ink jet papers
distributed by
EPSON
0.0025 to 0.004 inch
(0.065 to 0.11 mm)
Built-in sheet
feeder:
17 to 24 lb
(64 to 90 g/m2)
Manual feeder:
14 to 24 lb
(52 to 90 g/m2)
Continuous
paper
Minimum size each sheet:
4 to 16 inches × 4 inches
(101.6 to 406.4 × 101.6 mm)
Plain paper 0.0025 to 0.0039 inch
(0.065 to 0.1 mm)
14 to 22 lb
(52 to 82 g/m2)
Transparencies
and glossy film
Letter (8.5 ´ 11 inches)
A4 (210 ´ 297 mm)
A6 (105 ´ 148 mm, glossy
film only)
Super A3/B (13 × 19 inches,
glossy film only)
Transparencies and
glossy film
distributed by
EPSON
0.005 to 0.006 inch
(0.13 to 0.15 mm)

Glossy paper Letter (8.5 ´ 11 inches)
A2 (420 × 594 mm)
A4 (210 ´ 297 mm)
Super A3/B (13 × 19 inches)
Glossy paper
distributed by
EPSON
0.0066 to 0.0070 inch
(0.17 to 0.18 mm)

Self adhesive
sheets
A4 (210 ´ 297 mm) Self adhesive sheets
distributed by
EPSON
0.0079 inch (0.2 mm)
maximum

Envelopes No. 10 9.5 ´ 4.1 inches
(240 ´ 104 mm)
DL 8.7 ´ 4.3 inches
(220 ´ 110 mm)
C5 6.4 ´ 9 inches
(162 ´ 229 mm)
Plain bond paper or
air mail paper
0.006 to 0.02 inch
(0.16 to 0.52 mm)
12 to 24 lb
(45 to 90 g/m2)
Index cards A6 (105 ´ 148 mm)
8 ´ 10 inches (203 ´ 254 mm)
Ink jet cards
distributed by
EPSON
0.0091 inch (0.23 mm)
maximum
50 lb
(188 g/m2)
Roll paper 8.3 to 17 inches × 49.2 ft
(210 to 432 mm × 15 m)
Roll paper
distributed by
EPSON
0.003 to 0.004 inch
(0.08 to 0.1 mm)
17 to 22 lb
(64 to 82 g/m2)
Back light film A2 (420 × 594 mm) Back light film
distributed by
EPSON
0.0051 to 0.0055 inch
(0.13 to 0.14 mm)

Specifications
C-4
Note:
Since the quality of any particular brand or type of paper may be changed by the manufacturer at
any time, EPSON cannot attest to the quality of any non-EPSON brand or type of paper. Always
test samples of paper stock before purchasing large quantities or printing large jobs.
Poor quality paper may reduce print quality and cause paper jams and other problems. If you
encounter problems, switch to a higher grade of paper.
Ink jet paper, envelopes, glossy film, glossy paper, transparencies, and self adhesive sheets are
usable only under these conditions:
Temperature: 59 to 77 °F (15 to 25 °C)
Humidity: 40 to 60% RH
EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film and Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheets should be stored under
these conditions:
Temperature: 59 to 86 °F (15 to 30 °C)
Humidity: 20 to 60% RH
Printable areas
Note:
The maximum printable width is 13.6 inches (345 mm) regardless of the paper size or feeder you
use.
Single sheets and
index cards
A: The minimum top margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
When loading multiple sheets of EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film,
the minimum top margin is 1.2 inches (30 mm).
BL: The minimum left margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm); except for A3
landscape, A2 portrait, Ledger landscape, and US C portrait, which
are 0.98 inch (25 mm).
BR: The minimum right margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm); except for A3
landscape and A2 portrait, which are 2 inches (50 mm), and Ledger
landscape and US C portrait, which are 2.4 inches (62 mm).
C: The minimum bottom margin is 0.55 inch (14.0 mm).
Paper type Size Paper types Thickness Weight
Continuous
label paper
Minimum size each backing
sheet:
4 to 16 inches × 4 inches
(101.6 to 406.4 × 101.6 mm)
Minimum label size:
2.5 × 0.94 inches
(63.5 × 23.9 mm)
Plain continuous
label paper
Maximum total
thickness:
0.0079 inch (0.2 mm)
Maximum label
thickness:
0.0047 inch (0.12 mm)

A
BL
BR
C
Specifications
C-5
Envelopes
A: The minimum top margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
BL, BR: The minimum left and right margins are 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).
C: The minimum bottom margin is 0.55 inch (14.0 mm).
Continuous paper
A: The minimum top and bottom margins above and below the
perforations are 0.35 inch (9.0 mm).
B: The minimum right and left margins are 0.51 inch (13 mm).
Ink Cartridges
* The print capacity may vary, depending on how often you clean the print head.
** It thaws and is usable after approximately 3 hours at 77 °F (25 °C).
Caution:
To ensure good results, use genuine EPSON ink cartridges. Other products may cause damage
to your printer not covered by EPSON’s warranty.
Don’t use an ink cartridge if the date on the package has expired.
A
C
BL BR
A A
B B
Specification Black ink cartridge (S020108) Color ink cartridge (S020089)
Color(s) Black Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow
Print capacity* 900 pages/A4 (ISO/IEC 10561 Letter Pattern
at 360 dpi)
300 pages (A4, 360 dpi, 5% duty each color)
Cartridge life 2 years from production date, if unopened
Within 6 months after opening package at 77 °F (25 °C)
Storage
temperature
–4 to 104 °F (–20 to 40 °C)
1 month at 104 °F (40 °C)
Transit
temperature
–22 to 140 °F (–30 to 60 °C)
1 month at 104 °F (40 °C)
120 hours at 140 °F (60 °C)
Freezing
temperature**
3.2 °F (–16 °C) –0.4 °F (–18 °C)
Dimensions 1.1 (W) ´ 2.1(D) ´ 1.5 (H) inches
27.8 (W) ´ 52.7(D) ´ 38.5 (H) mm
1.7 (W) ´ 2.1(D) ´ 1.5 (H) inches
42.9 (W) ´ 52.7 (D) ´ 38.5 (H) mm
Specifications
C-6
Mechanical
Paper feed method Friction, tractor feeder
Paper path Sheet feeder, front entry
Manual feeder, rear entry
Tractor feeder, rear entry
Sheet feeder capacity 100 sheets of 17 lb (64 g/m2) paper
For detailed information, see Chapter 3.
Total print volume 75,000 pages (A3, text only)
Dimensions
Storage Width: 26.2 inches (666 mm)
Depth: 13.1 inches (333 mm)
Height: 8.0 inches (202 mm)
Printing Width: 26.2 inches (666 mm)
Depth: 24.4 inches (619 mm)
Height: 8.0 inches (202 mm)
Weight 33 lb (15 kg) without the ink cartridges
Electrical
Note:
Check the label on the back of the printer for your printer’s voltage.
Environmental
Temperature Operation: 50 to 95 °F (10 to 35 °C)
Storage: –4 to 140 °F (–20 to 60 °C), stored in shipping container
1 month at 104 °F (40 °C)
120 hours at 140 °F (60 °C)
Humidity Operation: 20 to 80% RH
Storage: 5 to 85% RH (stored in shipping container, without
condensation)
Specification 120V Model 220-240V Model
Input voltage range 103.5 to 132V 198 to 264V
Rated frequency range 50 to 60 Hz
Input frequency range 49.5 to 60.5 Hz
Rated current 0.7A 0.4A
Power consumption Approx. 21W (ISO/IEC 10561 Letter Pattern)
Specifications
C-7
Safety Approvals
Safety standards UL 1950 with D3, CSA C22.2 950 with D3
EMC FCC part 15 subpart B class B
Interfaces
Parallel interface
Forward channel Data format: 8-bit parallel, IEEE-1284 compatibility mode
Synchronization: STROBE pulse
Handshake timing: BUSY and ACKNLG signals
Signal level: TTL compatible
Connector: 57-30360 Amphenol connector or equivalent
Reverse channel Transmission mode: IEEE-1284 Nibble mode
Adaptable connector: 57-30360 Amphenol Connector or equivalent
Synchronization: Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Handshaking: Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Signal level: IEEE-1284 Level 1 device
Data transmission timing: Refer to the IEEE-1284 specification
Serial interface
Standard: Based on RS-423
Synchronization: Synchronous
Bit rate: Maximum 1.8 Mbps
Handshaking: X-ON/X-OFF, DTR protocol
Word format:
Data bit: 8 bits
Parity bit: None
Start bit: 1 bit
Stop bit: 1 bit
Connector: 8-pin mini-circular connector
Recommended cable: Apple System Peripheral-8 cable (preferably
Belkin brand)
G-1
Glossary
banding The horizontal lines that sometimes appear when printing
graphics. See also MicroWeave.
buffer The portion of the printer’s memory used to store data before
printing it.
character table A collection of letters, numbers, and symbols that provides you
with the characters used in a particular language.
characters per inch (cpi) A measure of the size of text characters, sometimes referred to as
pitch.
CMYK Cyan (blue-green), magenta, yellow, and black. These colored
inks are used to create the subtractive system array of printed
colors.
ColorSync Macintosh software that is designed to help you get WYSIWIG
(what you see is what you get) output. This software prints
colors as you see them on your screen.
default A value or setting that takes effect when the equipment is
turned on, reset, or initialized.
dithering A halftoning method in which dots are arranged in an orderly
pattern. Dithering works best for printing images with solid
colors, such as charts and graphs. See also halftoning.
dpi Dots per inch. The dpi measures the resolution. See also
resolution.
driver A software program that sends instructions to a computer
device to tell it what to do. For example, your printer driver
accepts print data from your word processing application and
sends instructions to the printer on how to print this data.
Glossary
G-2
Error Diffusion This halftoning setting smooths out edges by randomly placing
dots of varying colors.
ESC/P Abbreviation for EPSON Standard Code for Printers. This
system of commands gives you control of your printer from
your computer. It is standard for all EPSON printers and
supported by most application programs for personal
computers.
ESC/P 2 The enhanced version of the ESC/P printer command
language. Commands in this language produce laser-like
features, such as scalable fonts and enhanced graphics printing.
Finest Detail This printer driver setting automatically makes your printed
images sharper and clearer. Be aware that this may increase the
time required for printing.
font A style of type designated by a name.
grayscale A scale of shades of gray from black to white. Grayscale is used
to represent colors when printing with black ink only.
halftoning A method of using dot patterns to represent an image.
Halftoning makes it possible to produce varying shades of gray
using only black dots, or a nearly infinite array of colors using
only a few colors of dots.
initialization Returns the printer to its defaults (fixed set of conditions). This
happens every time you turn on or reset the printer.
ink jet A method of printing in which each letter or symbol is formed
by precisely spraying ink onto paper.
interface The connection between the computer and a peripheral such as
a printer. Some printers have two interfaces, parallel and serial.
A parallel interface transmits data one byte, or eight bits, at a
time. A serial interface transmits data one bit at a time.
ips Inches per second. This scale is used to measure the printing
speed.
Glossary
G-3
media Materials upon which data is printed, such as envelopes, plain
paper, special paper, and transparencies.
MicroWeave Printing technology that produces images in fine increments to
reduce the possibility of banding. See also banding.
monochrome This means printing with only one color of ink, which is
generally black ink.
parallel interface See interface.
print queue Print jobs that are sent to the printer while it is busy are stored
in a waiting line, or print queue, until they can be printed.
print server The computer connected to the printer. It receives the jobs and
then distributes them to the assigned printer. It also holds extra
print jobs while the printer is busy. See also print queue.
printable area The area of a page on which the printer can print. It is smaller
than the physical size of the page due to margins.
printer driver See driver.
proportional printing Printing in which the width of the character varies from
character to character. For example, a capital W receives much
more space than a lowercase i. The result looks more like a
typeset book than a typewritten draft.
reset To return a printer to its defaults either by sending a command,
an INIT signal or by turning the printer off and then back on.
resolution The number of dots per inch used to represent an image.
RGB Red, green, and blue. These colors, in phosphors irradiated by
the computer monitor’s electron gun, are used to create the
additive array of screen colors.
scalable fonts Fonts that can be enlarged or reduced. Non-scalable fonts are
called bitmap fonts and can’t change in size.
screen pattern This feature prints shaded areas as they appear on screen,
instead of printing them as halftones.
Glossary
G-4
serial interface See interface.
spool The process by which the printer driver converts the print data
into codes that your printer understands. This data is then sent
to the printer directly or to the print server.
Spool Manager An EPSON software program that converts print data into codes
that your printer understands. See also spool.
Status Monitor An EPSON software program that displays the printer’s status,
such as paper out or the amount of ink remaining before
printing.
subtractive colors Colors produced by pigments that absorb some colors of light
and reflect others. See also CMYK.
I-1
Index
A Accessories, EPSON, 5
Adhesive sheets, see Self adhesive
sheets
Adjusting
cut-off position, 3-31
loading position, 3-20
margins, 3-10, 3-13, 3-19
tear-off position, 3-21
Advanced mode, 2-1 to 2-3, 2-6
Advanced settings
custom, 2-4 to 2-13
predefined, 2-1 to 2-4
AGM setting, 5-6, 5-19
Aligning print heads, see Print head
alignment
Assigning name to printer, 4-14
Auto
CR setting, 5-6
I/F wait time, 5-5
line feed setting, 5-6
tear-off, 3-14, 3-18,
3-21 to 3-22, 5-3, 5-7
AutoCAD driver, 1, 5-1
Automatic color adjustment, 2-8
Automatic mode, 1-3, 1-10, 2-6,
3-5
B Back light film
choosing, 3-3 to 3-4
printing on, 3-33 to 3-35
specifications, C-3
Background printing
Macintosh, 1-11, 4-6 to 4-7,
7-12
PC, 4-1
Banding, 7-4 to 7-5
Banner mode, 3-22, 5-3, 5-7
Banners
choosing paper, 3-3 to 3-4
loading roll paper, 3-22 to 3-26
paper specifications, C-3
printing from Macintosh,
3-29 to 3-30
printing from Windows,
3-27 to 3-28
removing roll paper,
3-30 to 3-33
Basic printing, 1-1 to 1-14
Blank pages, 7-17
Blurry printouts, 7-6 to 7-7
Brightness setting, 2-9
Built-in sheet feeder, see Sheet
feeder
Buttons, control panel,
1-13 to 1-14
C Cable cover, 3-15
Cancelling changes, printer
software, 1-4, 1-9
Canvas cloth, see Ink Jet Canvas
Cloth
Cards, see Ink jet cards
Character tables, 5-6, 5-8 to 5-17,
C-2
Characters, incorrect or garbled,
7-16
Cleaning
print heads, 6-1 to 6-4, 7-4
printer, 6-10
sheet, special media, 3-5
Coarse Dithering option, 2-6
Coax interface board, A-1
Collate setting, 1-4
Color
Adjustment modes, 2-8
characteristics, 2-9
problems, 7-5 to 7-6
Index
I-2
Colorimetric setting, 2-11
ColorSync, 2-3, 2-7, 2-10 to 2-11
Commands, printer, 5-17 to 5-19
Communication problems,
7-2 to 7-3
CompuServe, 6
Continuous paper
choosing settings for, 3-3 to 3-5
printing on, 3-14 to 3-17
removing, 3-18 to 3-19
specifications, C-3 to C-5
switching to single sheets,
3-21 to 3-22
Contrast setting, 2-9
Control codes, 5-17 to 5-19, C-1
Control panel
buttons, 1-13 to 1-14
default-setting mode,
5-3 to 5-7, 7-16, C-2
lights, 1-13 to 1-14, 7-1,
7-8 to 7-10
print head alignment, 6-9
print head cleaning, 6-3
using, 1-13 to 1-14, 7-1
Control Panels, Macintosh, 2-10
Current Settings box, 1-4, 1-11,
2-4
Custom paper size, 3-28 to 3-30
Custom settings
color, 2-7 to 2-10
deleting, 2-12
print quality, 2-4 to 2-7
printing with, 2-1 to 2-13
project types, 2-3, 3-5
redefining, 2-13
saving, 2-11 to 2-12
special effects, 2-4 to 2-7
Customer Care Centers, EPSON,
5
Cut-off position, 3-31
Cyan setting, 2-9
D Default printer options, setting,
1-5 to 1-6
Default-setting mode, 5-3 to 5-7,
7-16, C-2
Despooler, 1-4, 1-7 to 1-8, 4-5
Dithering options, 2-6
DOS
AutoCAD driver, 1, 5-1
changing printer settings,
5-3 to 5-7
character tables, 5-6,
5-8 to 5-17, C-2
EPCALIB utility, 5-7 to 5-8
maintaining printer, 5-7 to 5-8
printer commands,
5-17 to 5-19
selecting printer software for,
5-1 to 5-2
using printer with, 5-1 to 5-19
Download Service, EPSON, 6
Draft printing, 2-3, 2-5
E Economy settings, 2-3, 2-5, 7-4
Electrical specifications, C-6
Electronic support services,
EPSON, 5 to 6
Empty color ink cartridge, printing
with, 6-7, 7-7
Emulation, 5-6, 5-17 to 5-19
ENERGY STAR, 7
Energy-saving tips, 7
Envelopes
printing on, 3-3 to 3-5, 3-9,
3-13
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Environmental specifications, C-4,
C-6
EPCALIB utility, 5-7 to 5-8
Index
I-3
EPSON
Accessories, 5
Customer Care Centers, 5
Download Service, 6
Electronic support services,
5 to 6
FaxAdvice, 6
help, 5 to 6
media, 3-2 to 3-4
World Wide Web site, 6
EPSON Namer utility, 4-14
EPSON Plot! utility, 1, B-1 to B-4
Error Diffusion option, 2-6
ESC ( ^ command, 5-17 to 5-18
ESC R command, 5-16 to 5-18
ESC/P 2, 5-1, 5-6, 5-16 to 5-18
Ethernet board, A-1 to A-2
Extension module, Power
Macintosh, 1-11
F Faint printouts, 7-6
FaxAdvice, EPSON, 6
Film, see Photo Quality Glossy
media
Fine Dithering option, 2-6
Finest Detail setting, 2-6
Flip Horizontal setting, 2-6, 3-4,
3-34, 7-17
Fonts, 5-5, C-2
G Garbled characters, 7-16
Glossy media
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Graph project type, 2-3
H Halftoning setting, 2-6
Hard drive space, 2 to 3
Head Cleaning utility, 6-2
Help
EPSON, 5 to 6
online, 1-11 to 1-12
Hex dump, printing, 7-2 to 7-3
High Quality Ink Jet Paper
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
High Speed setting, 2-6, 7-4 to 7-5
Horizontal banding, 7-4
HPGL files, printing, B-1 to B-4
Humidity, C-4, C-6
I I/F mode, 5-5, A-4
IBM XL24E emulation, 5-6, 5-19
ICM (Image Color Matching), 2-3,
2-7 to 2-10
Improving print quality, 7-4 to 7-7
Incorrect
characters, 7-16
margins, 7-17
Index cards, see Ink jet cards
Ink
monitoring level, 1-7 to 1-8,
4-5, 4-8
setting, 1-3, 1-11, 2-2, 2-5, 6-7
Ink cartridge
printing with empty color, 6-7
problems, 7-4, 7-7, 7-9 to 7-10
replacing, 6-4 to 6-7, 7-4
specifications, C-5
Ink Jet Back Light Film
choosing, 3-3 to 3-4
printing on, 3-33 to 3-35
specifications, C-3
Ink Jet Canvas Cloth
choosing, 3-3 to 3-4
printing on, 3-22 to 3-30
removing, 3-30 to 3-33
specifications, C-3
Ink jet cards
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-10
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Ink jet paper
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Index
I-4
Ink Jet Transparencies
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Input buffer, C-1
Interface (I/F) mode, 5-5, A-4
Interface boards
installing, A-2 to A-4
Macintosh, A-1 to A-2
parallel, A-1
problems, 7-9
removing, A-4
serial, A-1 to A-2
using, A-1 to A-4
Interface specifications, C-7
International character sets, 5-6,
5-16, C-2
Iron-On Transfer Paper
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 2-6, 3-4
Italic character set, 5-15
J Jammed paper, 1-13, 7-9, 7-15
K Knob, printer, 3-20, 7-15
L Labels, 3-3, 3-14, 3-18 to 3-21, C-4
see also Self adhesive sheets
Landscape setting, 1-4, 1-9
Language, selecting, 5-3 to 5-4, 6-9
Legal-size paper, 3-6
Letterhead, 3-5
Lights, control panel, 1-13 to 1-14,
7-1, 7-8 to 7-10
Line spacing, C-1
Loading position, adjusting, 3-20
LocalTalk board, A-1 to A-2
M Macintosh
background printing, 1-11,
4-6 to 4-7, 7-12
ColorSync, 2-3, 2-7,
2-10 to 2-11
Control Panels, 2-10
interface boards, A-1 to A-2
interface specifications, C-7
managing print jobs from,
4-6 to 4-8
network printing, 4-13 to 4-15
online help, 1-12
printing from, 1-9 to 1-11
Magenta setting, 2-9
Maintaining printer, 6-1 to 6-10
Managing print jobs
Macintosh, 4-6 to 4-8
Windows 3.1 or 95, 1-7,
4-1 to 4-5
Windows NT, 1-8, 4-5
Manual feeder, 3-11 to 3-13, 7-14
Manuals, how to use, 3 to 4
Margins
adjusting, 3-10, 3-13, 3-19
problems, 7-17
specifications, C-4 to C-5
with multiple sheets, 3-4
Mechanical specifications, C-6
Media Type setting, 1-3, 1-10, 2-3,
2-5 to 2-6, 3-3 to 3-5
Media, see Paper or specific media
name
Memory, 2, 7-11
Messenger service, Windows NT,
1-8, 4-5
Micro Adjust buttons,
3-20 to 3-21, 5-4
MicroWeave setting, 2-6, 7-4
Mirror images, 2-6, 3-4, 3-33, 7-17
Monitor2 utility, 4-6 to 4-7, 7-9,
7-16
Monitoring ink level, 4-5, 4-8
More Settings dialog box,
2-4 to 2-11, 3-5
Moving printer, 6-10
Index
I-5
N Namer utility, EPSON, 4-14
Network I/F mode, 5-6, 7-6
Network path, 4-12 to 4-13
Network printing
Macintosh, 4-13 to 4-15
PC, 4-9 to 4-13
New Hardware Found window,
7-10
No Color Adjustment option, 2-9
No Halftoning option, 2-6
Nozzle Check utility, 6-2 to 6-4
O Online help, printer software,
1-11 to 1-12
Optional interfaces, using,
A-1 to A-4
Orientation settings, 1-4, 1-9
P Page length setting, 5-6
Page Setup dialog box, 1-9, 3-29
Paper
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
cleaning sheet, 3-5
feed speed, C-1
handling problems,
7-13 to 7-15
jams, 1-13, 7-9, 7-15
legal, 3-6
letterhead, 3-5
menu, 1-3 to 1-4, 1-9, 3-27
plain, 3-3
special, printing on, 3-1 to 3-35
specifications, C-3 to C-5
thickness lever, 3-7, 3-11
thickness, see Thickness lever
Paper release lever, 3-6, 3-11, 3-14,
3-22
Paper Size setting, 1-4, 1-9, 2-3,
B-3
Paper size, custom, 3-28 to 3-30
Paper Source setting, 1-4, 1-9, 2-3,
B-3
Parallel I/F transfer rate setting, 5-7
Parallel interface boards, A-1
PC serial interface board,
A-1 to A-2
Perceptual setting, 2-11
Photo Quality Banner Paper, see
Banners
Photo Quality Glossy media
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Photo Quality Ink Jet media
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Photo setting, 2-3
Photo-realistic color adjustment,
2-8
Pitch, 5-5
Plot files, printing, 1, 5-1,
B-1 to B-4
Portrait setting, 1-4, 1-9
Power Macintosh Extension
module, 1-11
Predefined advanced settings,
2-1 to 2-4
Print direction, 5-5, 5-7, C-1
Print head alignment
control panel, 6-9
DOS utility, 5-7 to 5-8
problems, 7-5
utility, 6-8
Print head cleaning, 6-1 to 6-4, 7-4
Print jobs, managing
Macintosh, 4-6 to 4-8
Windows 3.1 or 95, 1-7,
4-1 to 4-5
Windows NT, 1-8, 4-5
Print quality problems, 7-4 to 7-7
Print Quality setting, 2-4 to 2-6
Print Using a Temporary File
setting, 2-7
Printable
area, 3-6, 3-16, C-4 to C-5
columns, C-1
Printer
cleaning, 6-10
commands, 5-17 to 5-19
test, 7-1 to 7-3
transporting, 6-10
Index
I-6
Printer software, accessing
DOS, 5-1 to 5-2
Macintosh applications,
1-9 to 1-11
Windows applications,
1-2 to 1-4
Windows default, 1-5 to 1-6
Printer software, using, 1,
1-1 to 1-12, 2-1 to 2-13,
3-3 to 3-5, 5-1
Printer status
Macintosh, 4-6 to 4-8
Windows, 1-7 to 1-8, 4-4 to 4-5
Printing specifications, C-1 to C-2
Problems
communication, 7-2 to 7-3
diagnosing, 7-1 to 7-3
paper handling, 7-13 to 7-15
print quality, 7-4 to 7-7
printing, 7-8 to 7-12
solving, 7-1 to 7-17
unexpected printout results,
7-16 to 7-17
Q Quality/Speed slider, 1-3, 1-11, 2-2
R Rendering Intent setting, 2-11
Replacing ink cartridges,
6-4 to 6-7, 7-4
Resolution, 2-5, C-1
Reverse Order setting, 1-4
Roll paper
choosing, 3-3 to 3-4
printing on, 3-22 to 3-33
specifications, C-3
S Safety
approvals, C-7
instructions, 7 to 9
Saturation settings, 2-9, 2-11
Self adhesive sheets
choosing, 3-3 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Self test, 7-1 to 7-3
Serial interface boards, A-1 to A-2
Service, 5 to 6
Sheet feeder, 3-6 to 3-10, 7-13
Single sheets
loading in manual feeder,
3-11 to 3-13
loading in sheet feeder,
3-6 to 3-10
printing on, 3-6 to 3-13
specifications, C-3 to C-4
switching to continuous paper,
3-21 to 3-22
Skip over perforation, 5-6
Slashed zero, 5-3, 5-6
Smeared printouts, 7-6 to 7-7
Software, see Printer software,
accessing or Printer software,
using
Special effects settings, 2-4 to 2-7
Specifications
electrical, C-6
environmental, C-6
ink cartridge, C-5
interface, C-7
mechanical, C-6
paper, C-3 to C-5
printing, C-1 to C-2
Spool directory, 4-3 to 4-4
Spool Manager
problems, 7-8, 7-11 to 7-12,
7-16
using, 4-2 to 4-4
Status Monitor
Macintosh, 4-7 to 4-8
problems, 7-1, 7-11
Windows, 1-7 to 1-8, 4-4 to 4-5
Support, EPSON, 5 to 6
System requirements, 2 to 3
Index
I-7
T Tear off position
adjusting, 3-21
auto tear-off, 3-14, 3-18,
3-21 to 3-22, 5-3, 5-7
Technical specifications,
C-1 to C-7
Temperature, C-4, C-6
Temporary files
print using, setting, 2-7
problems with, 4-3 to 4-4
Testing the printer, 7-1 to 7-3
Text/Graph setting, 2-3
Thickness lever, 3-7, 3-11, 7-4
Thickness setting, adjusting, 3-7,
3-11, 7-4
Tractor feeder, 3-14 to 3-19, 7-14
Transfer paper, see Iron-On
Transfer Paper
Transparencies
choosing, 3-2 to 3-4
printing on, 3-5
specifications, C-3 to C-4
Transporting printer, 6-10
Troubleshooting, 7-1 to 7-17
Twinax interface board, A-1
U User Defined paper size,
3-28 to 3-30
Utilities
EPSON Namer, 4-14
EPSON Plot!, 1, B-1 to B-4
Head Cleaning, 6-2
Monitor2, 4-6 to 4-7, 7-9, 7-16
Nozzle Check, 6-2 to 6-4
Print Head Alignment, see
Print head alignment
Status Monitor, see Status
Monitor
V Vertical banding, 7-5
Vertical lines, misaligned, 2-6, 5-7,
7-5
see also Print head alignment
Video/Digital Camera setting, 2-3,
2-9
Vivid color adjustment, 2-8
Voltage, 7-9
W What’s This? prompt, 1-2, 1-12
Windows
checking printer status, 1-7
managing print jobs from,
1-7 to 1-8, 4-1 to 4-5
network printing, 4-9,
4-11 to 4-13
online help, 1-11 to 1-12
printing from, 1-1 to 1-8
setting default options, 1-5
Windows NT
checking printer status, 1-8
connecting to printer,
4-9 to 4-10
managing print jobs from, 1-8,
4-5
online help, 1-12
Print Using a Temporary File
setting, 2-7
printing from, 1-1 to 1-6
printing problems, 7-8
setting default options, 1-6
World Wide Web site, EPSON, 6
X XL24E emulation, IBM, 5-6, 5-19
Y Yellow setting, 2-9
Z Zero setting, 5-3, 5-6