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Epson Stylus Color 440 Printer Basics Manual

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CPD 7045R1

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    Printer Basics Printer Basics CPD 7045R1...

  • Page 2: How To Order Epson Ink And Paper

    How To Order EPSON Ink and Paper To order EPSON ink cartridges, paper and other printing media, contact your dealer or call EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 or visit our web site at www. epsonsupplies. com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Contents Introduction Welcome About Your Documentation Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips System Requirements Year 2000 Ready Compliance NERGY Important Safety Instructions About Your Software Your Creative Software Applications Installing the Creative Software Viewing Your Electronic Manual Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 How To View the Manual from the CD-ROM If You’ve Copied the Manual to Your Hard Drive...

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    Using the Guided Printing Exercise Printing a Photograph Getting Started Choosing the Best Print Settings Selecting the Correct Media Type Taking Care of Your Printer Running a Cleaning Cycle Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern Replacing an Ink Cartridge Removing an Empty Ink Cartridge...

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    Uninstalling Printer Software Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 Windows 3.1x Where To Get Help EPSON Technical Support PhotoMAX Family Pack Technical Support Installing Software on Windows 3.1x Installing Your Printer Software Installing Your Electronic Manual Printer Software Diskettes...

  • Page 6: Introduction

    Plain paper is fine, but special ink jet papers like the ones in your EPSON Media Pack are even better. You use printer settings to tell your printer what kind of paper or media you’re using. Then your printer adjusts itself so that you get the best print results for that type of paper.

  • Page 7: About Your Documentation

    About Your Documentation To set up your printer, see the Start Here card. For instructions on installing the software, go to the following sources: See the Start Here card for Windows See page 42 of this guide to install the software on Windows 3.1x.

  • Page 8: System Requirements

    See page 44 for details. Year 2000 Ready Your EPSON printer is Year 2000 Ready. However, be sure the other parts of your computer system are also ready for the year 2000. ®...

  • Page 9: Energy Star Compliance

    Turn off and unplug the printer before cleaning. Clean with a damp cloth only. Do not spill liquid on the printer. Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a radiator or heating vent. Do not block or cover the openings in the printer’s cabinet or insert objects through the slots.

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    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.

  • Page 11: About Your Software

    You can’t use your printer without it. The creative software lets you create fun printing projects. It also includes your electronic EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 Manual, which provides detailed information about your printer. If you haven’t installed your printer software yet, see the Start Here card for instructions.

  • Page 12: Installing The Creative Software

    1. If you just installed the printer driver and the Main Menu is still on your screen, go step 3. If the Main Menu is not on your screen, insert your EPSON software CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive. 2. Do one of the following: Click Star t, point to Programs, Epson, and click EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 Installer.

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    4. Select the item you want to install and follow the instructions on screen. When you install PhotoMAX Family Pack, you can choose either a typical installation—which installs ArcSoft PhotoPrinter, ArcSoft PhotoFantasy, and DogByte Greeting Card Store—or a custom installation, which lets you select the individual programs you want to install.

  • Page 14: Viewing Your Electronic Manual

    Viewing Your Electronic Manual Viewing Your Electronic Manual You can view your printer manual from the EPSON software CD-ROM, or copy it to your hard drive so that it will be available at any time. Of course, you can print out any part of it if you prefer printed copy.

  • Page 15: If You've Copied The Manual To Your Hard Drive

    If You’ve Copied the Manual to Your Hard Drive . . . Just click Start, point to Programs, Epson, and click View EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 Manual. The manual opens in Acrobat Reader automatically. Note: If you can’t open your manual from the Start menu, follow the steps in “How To View the Manual from the CD-ROM.”...

  • Page 16: Using Adobe Acrobat Reader

    You don’t need to start Adobe Acrobat Reader—it starts automatically when you open your printer manual. You’ll see this toolbar at the top of your screen. You may want to play a little with some of these tools to see how they work.

  • Page 17: How To Print

    How To Print How To Print This section gives you a brief introduction to your printer. Use it to begin EPSON’s Guided Printing Exercise and print your first photograph. If you need more information, see your electronic EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 Manual.

  • Page 18: Printing A Photograph

    Printing a Photograph Your EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 is great for letters and reports, but even better for photographs. How do you get photos into your computer? Most film developing services will give you your pictures on a diskette or CD-ROM.

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    4. Put the paper in your printer with the printable side up (the printable side is whiter). Make sure the paper is against the right edge guide. Then slide the left edge guide up against the paper. 5. Double-click the the Welcome screen: PhotoMAX Family Pack icon on your desktop.

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    6. Click Get Photo, then click the Album button below the image window. You see the sample photos screen: 7. If you want to import another photo, click the Add to Album button and then select the file you want to add. Double-click the image you want to use. It appears in the PhotoMAX work area.

  • Page 21: Choosing The Best Print Settings

    2. Click the Printer Setup button. The Print Setup dialog box appears. (If necessary, you can change to the correct printer here. Just select EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 from the Name drop-down menu.) Select your printer here, if necessary...

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    3. Click the Properties button to see the dialog box for your printer settings. If necessary, click the Main tab to display the basic settings shown. Set the printing options just the way you see them in the illustration below.

  • Page 23: Selecting The Correct Media Type

    Use 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. For best results, load EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film one sheet at a time. Caution: Don’t use the cleaning sheets that may be included with your special...

  • Page 24: Taking Care Of Your Printer

    For Windows 3.1x: Double-click the Control Panel icon in the Main group. Double-click the Printers icon. Select EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 from the list of installed printers and click Setup. You see the EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 Properties window. black and...

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    Windows 95, 98, and NT 3. Click the Utility tab. You see the Utility menu. Then click the Head Cleaning button Windows 3.1x Windows 95, 98, and NT Click the Utility tab first...

  • Page 26: Examining The Nozzle Check Pattern

    Make sure paper is loaded in the printer and click Print nozzle check pattern. Then click Next. The nozzle check pattern prints on your printer.

  • Page 27: Replacing An Ink Cartridge

    Cartridges should be available where you bought your printer. You can also order them from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 or visit our web site at www.epsonsupplies.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.

  • Page 28: Removing An Empty Ink Cartridge

    (See page 27 for instructions on running the Print Head Alignment utility.) Follow these steps: 1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing. 2. Lower the output tray and raise the printer cover. 3. Do one of the following: If one of your ink out lights is flashing or on, press the button and hold it down for three seconds.

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    The print head moves slightly to the left and the Caution: To avoid damaging the printer, never move the print head by hand. 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 the cartridge contains ink, reusing it may damage the print head.

  • Page 30: Installing The New Cartridge

    Do not remove the clear seal from the bottom of the cartridge; ink will leak. 3. Lower the ink cartridge into its holder with the label facing up and pointing to the back of the printer. color cartridge...

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    5. If you need to replace the other ink cartridge, pull up the clamp and lift the cartridge out of the printer. Then follow steps 1 through 4 in this section. 6. Press the cleaning button or the you pressed when you removed the ink cartridge.

  • Page 32: Running The Print Head Alignment Utility

    Running the Print Head Alignment Utility For best results, use EPSON ink jet paper whenever you check the print head alignment. If your printouts contain vertical bands or crooked vertical lines, you may need to align the print head. Follow these steps: 1.

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    3. Click the Utility tab. You see the Utility menu. Then click the Print Head Alignment button 4. Click the Print Head Alignment button. 5. Follow the instructions on screen to print a test page and select the correct alignment. Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0 Click the Utility tab first...

  • Page 34: Moving The Printer

    Moving the Printer For short moves, you can just pick up the printer and set it down. For longer moves, you need to repack the printer in its original box. Follow these steps: 1. Turn on the printer and wait until the print head locks in the far right position.

  • Page 35: Problems? Need Help

    Manual for instructions. For the latest information, check the EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 and Status Monitor 2 Help programs and ReadMe files in the EPSON program group or folder. If none of the suggested solutions in this chapter solve your problem, see...

  • Page 36: Checking The Control Panel Lights

    The four lights on your printer’s control panel show the printer’s status and alert you to problems such as paper jams. The power light is on when the printer is on. The power light flashes a few seconds before the printer begins to print, or when the printer is performing a maintenance operation, such as cleaning the print head.

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    When the ink out lights are on , you may have a paper jam. Turn off the printer by pressing the no paper ejects, turn off the printer, remove the jammed paper, and turn the printer on again. If this doesn’t solve the problem, contact EPSON as described on page 40.

  • Page 38: Problems And Solutions

    Problems and Solutions If you have any problems setting up your printer or printing, use these troubleshooting tips. You can also check “Troubleshooting” in your electronic manual. Software Problems If you’re having problems installing your printer software . . .

  • Page 39: Print Quality Problems

    Run the Print Head Alignment utility (see page 27). Check the position of the thickness lever. If it’s in the + position, your printer is set for thicker paper or envelopes, and vertical lines may appear in your printout. For most types of paper, set the thickness lever to the 0 position.

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    Or try putting one sheet at a time in the feeder. Make sure your paper or media meets the specifications listed in your electronic EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 Manual. Run the Print Head Alignment utility (see page 27).

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    Custom Settings drop-down list (see page 17). Remember that your monitor and printer use different technologies to represent colors, so your printout cannot exactly match the colors you see on your monitor.

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    You may have the wrong printer cable. Make sure you have a shielded, twisted-pair parallel printer cable 6 to 10 feet long. Your printer may not be selected as the Windows default printer. See your Windows...

  • Page 43: Printer Problems

    Wait until the stops flashing before you turn off the printer. If you turn it off while it’s charging, the charging starts over again the next time you turn it on, which wastes ink.

  • Page 44: Uninstalling Printer Software

    1. Double-click the Main program group icon, then double-click the Control Panel icon. 2. Double-click Printers. 3. Select EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 in the Installed Printers list and click the Remove button. 4. To reinstall your software, see page 42.

  • Page 45: Where To Get Help

    Where To Get Help If you need help with the printer or the printer software, see the contact information below. For help with any of the creative software on the EPSON CD-ROM, see page 41 for contact information. EPSON Technical Support You can find technical assistance 24 hours a day through EPSON’s electronic...

  • Page 46: Photomax Family Pack Technical Support

    Computer configuration Description of the problem You can purchase ink cartridges, paper, manuals, and accessories from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 or visit our web site at www.epsonsupplies.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.

  • Page 47: Installing Software On Windows 3.1x

    3. Insert the EPSON software CD-ROM. 4. From the Program Manager File menu, select Run. 5. Type D:\EPSON and click OK. (If your CD-ROM drive uses a different letter, substitute it for D.) You see the Software License Agreement. 6. Read the Software License Agreement and then click Agree to continue with the installation.

  • Page 48: Installing Your Electronic Manual

    Installing Your Electronic Manual Now you’re ready to install Acrobat Reader. You must install Acrobat Reader to read your electronic EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 Manual. Note: If Acrobat Reader is already installed on your system, you can skip this section.

  • Page 49: Printer Software Diskettes

    Ordering Printer Software Diskettes If your computer doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, you can download the printer software files or order printer software diskettes from EPSON by phone or fax for $9.95 shipping and handling (plus tax where applicable). When you’re ready to install your printer software, see page 45.

  • Page 50: Installing The Printer Software From Diskettes

    Fax: Send the following information by fax to EPSON at (310) 782-5266: Name and Company name Street address (no P.O. boxes please) City, State and ZIP code Daytime telephone number Payment method (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) Card number and expiration date Be sure to sign your fax;...

  • Page 51: Windows 3.1x

    If you see this screen, always select Cancel. Your software is already installed. Your printer software icons appear in the EPSON folder on your Start menu, and an icon for your printer appears in the Printers folder. The EPSON Stylus COLOR 440 is set as your default Windows printer.

  • Page 52: Index

    DogByte Greeting Card Store, 6 to 8, 41 Electronic Manual, viewing, 9 to 11 NERGY Envelopes, choosing Media Type, 18 EPSON Guided Printing Exercise, 6 to 8, 12 Flip Horizontal setting, 18 FTP site, EPSON, 40 Greeting Card Store, 6 to 8, 41...

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    Media Type print setting, 18 Moving the printer, 5, 29 Noise, printer, 26, 38 Nozzle check, 21 to 22 Ordering accessories, 41 printer software diskettes, 44 to 45 Paper choosing Media Type, 18 jam, 32 photographs, 13 Paper thickness lever, 34, 35...

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    Troubleshooting, 30 to 38 Uninstalling printer software, 39 Utilities Head Cleaning, 19 to 22 Print Head Alignment, 27 to 28 Viewing the electronic manual, 9 to 11 Web page, EPSON, 40 Windows 3.1x, installing printer software, 42 Year 2000 ready, 3...

  • Page 55

    Neither SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION nor its affiliates shall be liable to the purchaser of this product or third parties for damages, losses, costs, or expenses incurred by purchaser or third parties as a result of: accident, misuse, or abuse of this product or unauthorized modifications, repairs, or alterations to this product, or (excluding the U.S.) failure to strictly comply with SEIKO...

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    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.

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