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Setup and Software Guide for Windows
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  • Page 1 Neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. 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...
  • Page 2 FCC Compliance Statement 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.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Removing the Protective Materials ....Setting Up the Printer ......
  • Page 4 Installing a Driver for DOS Programs ....2-7 Using the Windows Printer Driver ....2-7 Accessing the Driver .
  • Page 5 Chapter 3. After you’ve installed the driver, select the ReadMe icon in the EPSON program group in Windows for the latest information. Refer to the Reference Guide for instructions on operating and maintaining your printer, as well as for troubleshooting steps and technical specifications you may need.
  • Page 6: Introduction

    To ensure the best possible quality, EPSON offers special coated papers, glossy papers, and transparencies that are formulated specifically for the inks used by the printer.
  • Page 7: Specially Formulated Ink

    Specially Formulated Ink EPSON’s black and color ink cartridges are specially formulated to work with EPSON papers and the driver to deliver the best looking images. Always use genuine EPSON ink cartridges and do not refill them. Other products may cause damage not covered by EPSON’s warranty.
  • Page 8 Your screen colors will not exactly match the printed colors because your monitor screen and the printer use different methods to produce the colors you see. If you scan images using a scanner, the image goes through another interpretive process that also affects the color.
  • Page 9: Where To Get Help

    Where to Get Help If you purchased your printer in the United States or Canada and you need technical assistance, you can call an EPSON Color Specialist at (800) 788-0343. EPSON also provides customer support and service through a network of Authorized EPSON Customer Care Centers and...
  • Page 10: Electronic Support Services

    Info and EPSON Contacts. Link to the EPSON Connection for the latest drivers and FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and the EPSON Chat area. To get in touch with EPSON around the world, EPSON Contacts includes Contact Information for local EPSON subsidiaries.
  • Page 11: Important Safety Instructions

    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 heat register. Do not block or cover the openings in the printer’s cabinet or insert objects through the slots.
  • Page 12 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.
  • Page 13: Installing The Printer

    Set up the printer for use Connect the printer to your computer. System Requirements To use your printer and its driver, we recommend you have: 80386/25 MHz or faster processor Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.1, or Windows 95...
  • Page 14: Choosing A Location

    Always leave adequate space around the printer to accommodate its cables. Unpacking the Printer In addition to this guide, your printer box should include two EPSON printer driver diskettes, a Reference Guide, packets of sample paper, a Notice Sheet, and these items: printer black ink...
  • Page 15: Removing The Protective Materials

    Removing the Protective Materials You must remove all protective materials packed around and inside your printer before you set it up and turn on the power. Save all packaging and protective materials in case you need to transport the printer in the future. It should always be transported in its original packaging or equivalent materials.
  • Page 16: Attaching The Paper Support

    Plugging In and Turning On the Printer Follow these steps to plug in and turn on the printer: 1. Make sure you have removed all protective packing materials from inside the printer. (See page 1-3 for more information.)
  • Page 17: Installing The Ink Cartridges

    2. Make sure the printer is turned off by checking the position of the POWER switch, as shown below. 3. Plug the power cord into a properly grounded electrical outlet. 4. Turn on the printer by pressing the POWER switch.
  • Page 18 1. Make sure the printer is turned on. 2. Lower the output tray at the front of the printer. Then lift up the printer cover using the notches at both sides. Warning: Never insert your hand into the paper path behind the center of the cover;...
  • Page 19 You must remove the tape seal from the top of the cartridges; leaving the tape on will permanently damage them. Do not remove the tape seal from the bottom of the cartridge; ink will leak out. protective sheet color cartridge Installing the Printer...
  • Page 20 Be sure to install both ink cartridges. The printer will not work if only one cartridge is installed. 8. Push down the ink cartridge clamps until they lock in place.
  • Page 21 Chapter 3 of the Reference Guide. Caution: When you need to replace ink cartridges, be sure to use only genuine EPSON ink cartridges and do not refill them. Other products may cause damage not covered by EPSON’s warranty. Installing the Printer...
  • Page 22: Checking The Paper Thickness Lever

    Before you load paper, make sure that the paper thickness lever, which controls the distance between the paper and the printer carriage, is set correctly. If necessary, move the lever to the plain paper setting. For instructions on setting the lever for special paper or other media, see Chapter 1 of the Reference Guide.
  • Page 23 Then slide the left edge guide against the left edge of the paper. Do not load paper above the arrow printed on the inside of the left edge guide on the sheet feeder. 1-11 Installing the Printer...
  • Page 24: Testing The Printer

    (210 mm) wide. 1. Press the POWER switch to turn off the printer. Caution: Never turn off the printer by unplugging it or turning off a power strip. Always turn off the printer by pressing the POWER switch. 2. Hold down the Load/Eject button while pressing the POWER switch to turn on the printer.
  • Page 25: Connecting The Printer To Your Pc

    1. Make sure both the printer and computer are turned off. 2. Plug the 36-pin end of the cable securely into the printer’s interface connector. Then squeeze the wire clips together until they lock in place on both sides.
  • Page 26 1-14 Installing the Printer...
  • Page 27: Installing And Using The Printer Driver

    The Windows printer driver diskette contains the Windows printer driver and utilities for PC users. Also included on the diskette are two utilities: the EPSON Spool Manager and the Bi-D Calibration Utility. When you install the printer driver, the EPSON Spool Manager is automatically copied to your hard disk.
  • Page 28: Installing The Printer Software For Windows 3.1

    5. In the Command Line box, type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP if you inserted the diskette in drive B). Press Enter or click OK. You see the EPSON Printer Driver Setup dialog box. 6. Highlight Epson Stylus COLOR II in the Printer Driver pull-down menu and click Continue.
  • Page 29 2-7 for instructions. Changing the default printer or printer port If you do not want to use the EPSON Stylus COLOR II printer driver as your default printer in Windows or if you want to use it on a different printer port, follow these steps: 1.
  • Page 30: Installing The Printer Software For Windows 95

    Follow these steps to install the printer driver using the Windows 95 plug-and-play capabilities. Then follow the steps in the next section to run the EPSON Printer Driver Setup program to install the printer driver utilities and create an EPSON folder on your hard disk.
  • Page 31 Then your computer finishes loading Windows 95. Your printer driver is now installed. To install the rest of your printer software and create an EPSON program folder for your software, follow the steps in the next section. Installing and Using the Printer Driver...
  • Page 32 2. Click Start; then select Run. You see the Run dialog box. 3. In the Open pull-down menu, type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP if the disk is in drive B), and click OK. You see the EPSON Printer Driver Setup dialog box.
  • Page 33: Installing A Driver For Dos Programs

    Installing a Driver for DOS Programs Most DOS software programs include drivers for EPSON ESC/P 2 printers. If the Stylus COLOR II driver is not listed in your software, choose the first printer available in the lists below. Also check with your software manufacturer to see if a Stylus COLOR II driver is available or is included with a new version of your software.
  • Page 34: Accessing The Driver

    1. Double-click the Control Panel icon in the Main program group. 2. Double-click the Printers icon. 3. Choose EPSON Stylus Color II from the list of Installed Printers. 4. Choose Setup. You see the printer driver dialog box shown on page 2-10.
  • Page 35 2. Double-click the Printers icon. 3. Double-click the EPSON Stylus COLOR II icon. 4. Pull down the Printer menu and select Properties. 5. Click the Details tab. 6. Click the Setup button. You see the printer driver dialog box shown on page 2-10.
  • Page 36: Using The Driver Dialog Box

    The Print dialog box contains the settings you change most often, including the number of copies and the print range. To access the printer driver settings, choose the Printer, Setup, or Options button. (You may need to select another option, depending on your software program.
  • Page 37: Windows Driver Settings

    Paper Size (Orientation) Paper Source Copies Printing Printing Mode Mode/ Options Media Type Print Options Installing and Using the Printer Driver Options Automatic Presentation Photograph Drawing Text Monochrome Color (CMYK) A4 218 x 297 mm A4 (Centered) 218 x 297 mm...
  • Page 38: Changing Settings

    Cancel. For more information about the settings, look them up in this chapter, choose the Help button in the driver dialog box, or select the EPSON Stylus ReadMe icon in the EPSON program group. 2-12...
  • Page 39: Document Type

    (black) or color. Document Types Select the document type that most closely matches the type of document you will be printing or let the printer driver select it automatically. Automatic is the default setting and produces the best printed results.
  • Page 40 (K). These colors are combined to create any of 16 million colors. When you select Monochrome, the printer prints only black ink. If you are printing a color image and Monochrome is selected, the printer converts color data to grayscale values.
  • Page 41: Paper Settings

    The Paper settings determine the size of the document, its orientation, and copying information. Paper Size By default, the printer expects letter-size (8.5 paper. To select a different paper or envelope size, choose from the following predefined sizes: A4 210 297 mm...
  • Page 42: Printing Mode/Options Settings

    Normally you should select the page orientation in your software application, not with the driver. Paper source For your printer, the paper source is always Auto Sheet Feeder. Copies Allows you to specify the number of copies, whether to collate them (print them in sets), or whether you want to print the pages in reverse order (from last page to first).
  • Page 43 When you select this resolution, MicroWeave is automatically turned on and High Speed mode is turned off. For best results at 720 dpi, load EPSON special coated paper for 720 dpi or high-quality glossy paper. For most color printing, select Best - 360 dpi. This resolution produces good-quality, full-color images using less memory and in less time than 720 dpi.
  • Page 44 Draft - 180 dpi resolution. Note: Printing at lower resolutions also conserves ink. Media Type Sets up the printer for the type of paper you loaded. Depending on your Printing Mode setting, Media Type can be one of the following: Plain paper...
  • Page 45: Image Settings

    Whenever possible, use your software program to make these adjustments. If you use the printer driver, it is best to let its Automatic Document Types setting select the appropriate image settings for you. If your original image is of poor quality, however, you can adjust the image settings to improve the printed output.
  • Page 46 Color Matching Controls the printer’s color correction features based on the selected Document Type. Color Matching is automatically set to the most appropriate setting when you select a particular document type or use the Automatic setting.
  • Page 47: Halftoning Settings

    Halftoning Settings You achieve the best halftoning results when you let the printer driver’s Document Type setting select the appropriate halftone method. If you selected the Automatic document type option, the driver selects the halftone setting appropriate to each page as it prints.
  • Page 48 2-22 Installing and Using the Printer Driver...
  • Page 49: Using The Printer Driver Utilities

    Using the Printer Driver Utilities This chapter explains how to manage print jobs that you send to the printer using the EPSON Spool Manager. It also tells you how to calibrate the printer using the Bi-D Calibration Utility if vertical lines in your printed output become misaligned.
  • Page 50 Popup to turn it off; the check mark next to the option disappears. Other options in the EPSON Spool Manager allow you to hold and cancel print jobs, choose what information to display in the Spool Manager window, and manage print queues and print jobs on a network.
  • Page 51: Calibrating The Printer With Bi-D Calibration

    Bi-D Calibration Utility. You may need to do this after moving the printer to a new location, for example. Before calibrating, verify that your printer needs it by printing a demonstration page.
  • Page 52 Press Enter to choose Yes. (To align only the black print head, press Tab to select No.) Wait for 1 minute while the printer prints a page of multiple patterns of vertical lines, each of which is assigned an offset value.
  • Page 53: Index

    Dpi, Intro-1–2 Draft printing, 2-18 Drawing option, 2-11, 2-13 Driver, see Printer driver Electromagnetic interference, 1-2 Electronic support services, Intro-6–7 Envelopes, 2-15 EPSON Accessories, Intro-5 America Forum, Intro-6 Bulletin Board Service, Intro-6 Customer Care Centers, Intro-5 ESC/P 2, 2-7 papers, Intro-2 Spool Manager, 2-1, 3-1–2...
  • Page 54 Landscape setting, 2-11, 2-16 Left edge guide, 1-11 Lever, paper thickness, 1-10 Lines, aligning, see Vertical lines, aligning Location, choosing for printer, 1-2 Macintosh, Intro-1 Managing print jobs, 3-1–3 Manuals, how to use, Intro-1 Media Type setting, 2-11, 2-17–18 Messages, error, 3-3...
  • Page 55 2-15 coated, Intro-2, 2-11, 2-17–18 copies setting, 2-11, 2-16 glossy, Intro-2, 2-11, 2-17–18 height, 2-15 loading plain paper, 1-10–11 ordering EPSON, Intro-2 orientation setting, 2-11, 2-16 printable area, 2-15 printable surface, 1-10 samples, 1-2 selecting size, 2-15–16 selecting type, 2-11, 2-16–18...
  • Page 56 Temperature, 1-2 Testing the printer, 1-12 Text option, 2-11, 2-13 Transparencies, Intro-2, 2-11, 2-18 Transporting the printer, 1-3, 3-3 Turning the printer on and off, 1-5, 1-12–13 Unpacking the printer, 1-2–3 Utilities, printer driver, 2-1, 3-1–4 Vertical lines, aligning, 2-19, 3-1, 3-3–4...
  • Page 57: Printer Parts

    Printer Parts sheet feeder control panel notch output tray extension paper thickness lever power switch thickness adjustment lever paper support printer cover notch output tray serial interface connector parallel interface connector ink cartridge clamps...

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