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    SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this EPSON printer. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other printers.

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      Windows System Requirements Macintosh System Requirements Printer Parts How To Use Your Manuals Using Links Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips Energy Star Compliance Year 2000 Ready Important Safety Instructions     Printing from Windows Printing from Windows Applications Setting Default Printer Options Checking Printer Status Printing from a Macintosh Checking Printer Status...

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         Using Custom Project Types Customizing Print Quality and Special Effects Customizing Color Settings Using PhotoEnhance3 and Digital Camera Correction Using Custom Color Adjustment Using a Color Correction System Using ColorSync on the Macintosh Selecting Paper Size and Orientation Options Selecting Paper Options in Windows Selecting Paper Options on a Macintosh Selecting Print Layout Options...

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            Selecting the Right Settings for Your Paper Paper Loading and Handling Guidelines Letterhead, Preprinted Forms, and Legal-size Paper EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film and Transparencies Envelopes EPSON Photo Paper EPSON Panoramic Photo Paper EPSON Banner Photo Paper...

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             Replacing an Ink Cartridge Removing and Installing Ink Cartridges Replacing an Outdated Ink Cartridge Cleaning the Print Head Using the Head Cleaning Utility Using the Control Panel Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern Aligning the Print Head Cleaning the Printer Transporting the Printer    Diagnosing Problems...

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         Printing Paper Ink Cartridges Mechanical Environmental Electrical Safety Approvals Interfaces  ...

  • Page 8: Windows System Requirements

    For even more precise color matching, use ColorSync EPSON’s specially formulated ink cartridges and wide variety of ink jet papers offer the most flexibility for getting the results you want. With built-in parallel, serial, and high-speed USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports, setting up your printer is fast and easy.

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          To use your printer and its software with a PC, your system should have: An IBM Windows NT Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0 At least 16MB of RAM (32MB for Windows 95 or 98 or 64MB for Windows NT 4.0 recommended) At least 50MB of free hard disk space (100MB recommended) VGA, Super VGA, or better display adapter and monitor...

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           To use your printer and its software with a Macintosh, your system should have: One of the following Macintosh models: LC475, LC575, LC630 Quadra series Centris series PowerBook PowerBook Duo 280, 2300c/100 Performa Power Macintosh series iMac For serial connection: System 7.5.1 or later (7.6 or later recommended) For USB connection: iMac Series computer with System 8.1 or later...

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        paper support edge guides printer cover output tray sheet feeder output tray extensions paper thickness lever ink cartridge holders control panel   ...

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    Troubleshooting printer or software. Specifications cartridges, and EPSON papers. To go right to the section you need, see the Index.   Maroon, underlined text indicates that the text is a link (cross-reference) to other parts of the manual. Click on the text to view the referenced information.

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    Cautions must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment. Notes contain important information about your printer. Tips contain additional hints for great printing.    As an E Partner, EPSON has determined that this product NERGY meets the E guidelines for energy efficiency. NERGY The EPA E...

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       Your EPSON printer is Year 2000 Ready . However, be sure the other parts of your computer system are also ready for the year 2000. !   " !   Before using your printer, read the following safety instructions to make...

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    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 ampere rating of all devices plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere rating.

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    Install the ink cartridge immediately after you remove it from its foil package. Leaving the cartridge unpacked for a long time before use may result in reduced print quality. Do not use an ink cartridge beyond the date printed on the cartridge package.

  • Page 17: Printing From Windows

    It’s easy to print all your documents with your EPSON Stylus Photo 1200. First set up your printer and install the software, following the instructions in the Start Here card. Read this chapter to find out about: Printing from Windows Printing from a Macintosh  # " ...

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    Properties button. However, in most applications you’ll 3 Make sure your EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 printer is selected, and then have to select a then click the Properties button. (If you see a Setup, Printer, or separate Print option Options button, click it instead.

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    Photo Paper, one of the Photo Quality papers, or Ink Jet Back Light Film. For the best printing at any resolution, always use EPSON papers.     Plain paper 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper Photo Paper...

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    The type of paper you choose determines the print quality (resolution) you can use. It’s very important to select the correct setting for your paper. If you’re not sure which to choose, see Settings for Your 5 Choose Color or Black ink. 6 Now make sure the Mode option is set to Automatic.

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    Windows NT printer software 1 Click Start, point to Settings, and select Printers. settings only if you 2 Right-click the EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 icon. have the appropriate network access 3 Select Properties or Document Defaults (Windows NT), then click privileges, such as the Main tab.

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         After you send a print job, the Progress Meter window appears on your screen to report how the job is doing: This information appears only if you installed Status Monitor 2 The Progress Meter shows the progress of your print job and the status of your printer.

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     # "    When you print with a Macintosh, you need to check the printer software settings in each application you use. This section describes the settings you’ll need to check for all your everyday printouts. See On the Macintosh, for information about advanced settings for special print jobs.

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    Jet Back Light Film. For the best printing at any resolution, always use EPSON paper. The type of paper you choose determines the print quality you can use. It’s very important to select the correct Media Type setting for your paper.

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    7 Choose Color or Black ink. 8 Make sure the Mode option is set to Automatic. This is the easiest way to get good printing results for all kinds of documents, on all types of paper. 9 Set the slider to Quality or Speed. This lets you choose between the fastest printing or a high resolution for the paper you’re using.

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         If you turned on background printing, EPSON Monitor3 automatically displays this dialog box when you send a print job to the printer: Current print Jobs waiting to print Click to set priorities or print times for waiting...

  • Page 27: Using Custom Project Types

    When your presentation graphics, photographs, or other projects have special printing requirements, you can use the custom settings in your EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 software. You can choose custom project types or adjust individual settings like brightness, contrast, sharpness, and halftoning. For professional-quality color accuracy, you can use a color matching mode.

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    #   $     Custom project types provide an easy way to fine-tune your printer settings for a specific type of project. Follow these steps to print with custom project types: 1 Create your image or document in your application software. 2 Access the printer settings dialog box as described in Windows Click Custom, then click here to see a list of project types...

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    5 Click Custom, then click Custom Settings. You see a list of project types. 6 Choose the right setting for your project and Media Type, following these guidelines: Always choose your Media Type and Ink setting before you select a custom project type.

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    7 In Windows, click the Paper and Layout tabs to check or change any necessary settings, as described in Windows On a Macintosh, check or change any necessary settings on the Page Setup and the Layout dialog boxes as described in Options on a Macintosh Macintosh.

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      %#  &    ""   If you need the maximum control over your project, or you want to experiment with special effects, you can adjust the custom settings in your printer software. Follow these steps: After you customize 1 Create your image or document in your application software. your print settings for a special project, you 2 Access the printer settings dialog box as described in...

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    Click here to change your Print Quality (resolution) Some of these options are automatically set or disabled by other settings you choose 4 Choose the Media Type and Ink settings you want to use, following the guidelines in 5 Choose one of the following Print Quality options: The available Print Quality settings may be limited by the...

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    6 Choose one of the following Halftoning options: In Automatic mode, the Halftoning setting is selected based on the data in your print job. In Custom mode, Halftoning is preselected for each project type setting. 7 Choose any of the following print options: Some of the print option checkboxes in the Advanced dialog...

  • Page 34: Using Photoenhance3 And Digital Camera Correction

    8 Click OK if you’re ready to return to the printer settings dialog box, or color settings.   %#  # There are three ways to manage the color in your documents using your printer software: Using PhotoEnhance3 and Digital Camera Correction correct digital photographs for exposure and other common flaws, and to adjust the tone or sharpness Using Custom Color Adjustment...

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    3 Click Custom, then select either PhotoEnhance3 or Digital Camera as described in 4 Click the Advanced button. The Color Management section of the Advanced dialog box appears as shown here: The Color Management section also changes to this view if you select the PhotoEnhance3 radio button in the Advanced dialog box.

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       # You can choose from several custom Color Adjustment modes or manually adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and CMY (cyan, magenta, yellow) color values. 1 Create your image or document in your application software. 2 Access the printer settings dialog box as described in Windows 3 Click Custom, then either select Text/Graph, Text, or Economy as described in...

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    5 Choose one of the following Color Adjustment modes: 6 If you want to specify individual color correction values, use the sliders to increase (drag right) or decrease (drag left) the settings listed below. 7 Click OK to return to the printer settings dialog box.     Automatic Analyzes the color information in your project and optimizes color...

  • Page 38: Using Colorsync On The Macintosh

        $ To achieve the maximum color accuracy, you can use Image Color Matching (ICM; Windows 95 and 98 only), standard Red Green Blue (sRGB; recommended only with Windows 98), or ColorSync (Macintosh only), if your system is set up to use them. 1 Create your image or document in your application software.

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    5 Select one of these color correction systems: 6 Click OK to return to the printer settings dialog box. #       Every device you use for producing or viewing colors—your monitor, scanner, and printer—employs a different color technology. The Macintosh ColorSync system helps you control all your devices so their colors match your printer’s as closely as possible.

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    7 Click Custom, then click Advanced. You see the Advanced dialog box. 8 Click the ColorSync radio button. 9 For Profile, choose EPSON Standard. This is the ColorSync profile created especially for your printer. Don’t choose any other printer profile you may have on your system.

  • Page 41: Selecting Paper Options In Windows

    10 Choose one of the following options for Rendering Intent: The Rendering Intent options may be limited by the Media Type you’ve selected. 11 Click OK to return to the printer settings dialog box.   #   %  '    '  Your printer can print on paper up to 12.95 inches wide and up to 44 inches long in either portrait or landscape orientation.

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          Follow these steps to select paper options on the Paper tab: 1 Create your image or document in your application software. 2 Access the printer settings dialog box as described in Windows. 3 Click the Paper tab. You see the Paper dialog box: Printer graphic reflects changes to Orientation...

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    Executive 7 1/4 10 1/2 in Half Letter 5 1/2 8 1/2 in A6 Index card 105 148 mm Index card 5 8 in EPSON Banner Photo Paper Index card 8 10 in Envelope #10 4 1/8 9 1/2 in Envelope DL 110 220 mm...

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    6 If you did not or cannot select the number of copies you want to print in your application program’s Print dialog box, choose the number in the Copies box. Don’t select the number of copies here and in your application’s Print dialog box;...

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    1 Follow the steps in if you’re printing on software, then click the Paper tab. EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film. 2 Click the Paper Size list and scroll to the bottom of it using the arrows or scroll bar.

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    4 Type a name (up to 24 characters) for your custom paper size in the Paper Size Name field. Then select a Paper Width and Paper Height for the paper. To use centimeters instead of inches, click the 0.01cm option. When you’re finished, click Save. The paper size name appears in the Paper Size list in the dialog box.

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    Index card 5 8 in Index card 8 10 in Envelope #10 (4 1/8 9 1/2 in) Envelope DL (110 220 mm) Envelope C6 (114 162 mm) Envelope 132 220 mm EPSON Photo Paper 4 6 in Panoramic 210 594 mm Sizes.  ...

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    7 To collate multiple copies of a multi-page document or reverse the Printable Area setting order in which pages are printed, see if you’re printing on EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film.     EPSON Banner Photo Paper Portrait and...

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    If you’ve finished selecting options, click OK to close the Page Setup dialog box. Then select Print from the File menu to print your document.         You can create up to 8 custom paper sizes and add them to the Paper Size list.

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    5 Type a name for your paper size in the New Paper Size field, then click OK. The name is added to the Paper Size list and selected as the current setting in the Page Setup dialog box. 6 Click OK to return to the Page Setup dialog box.     Follow these steps to use the Collate and Reverse Order options: 1 Open your application program’s File menu and select Print.

  • Page 51: Choosing Print Layout Options In Windows

    4 If you’re printing a multi-page document and want the last page printed first so the pages come out without needing to be reordered, click the Reverse Order checkbox. The page graphics change to show later pages printing first. 5 Click OK to close the Layout dialog box.   #  (  '  The print layout options let you reduce or enlarge almost any size document to print on your printer.

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          When you want to make the printed size of a document different from its original size, you can use your printer software’s Reduce/Enlarge settings. You can make the document fit into the printable area on a selected paper size or you can choose to reduce or enlarge it to a selected percentage of its original size.

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    In the Output Paper list, select the actual size of the paper loaded in the printer and click OK. This automatically turns on the Fit to Page setting so the document fits into the printable area on the output paper you select.

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    6 Select one of the following Reduce/Enlarge settings: If you previously selected a Paper Size setting that is larger than the maximum paper size for your printer and then choose Normal, the Paper Size changes to Letter 8 1/2 × 11 in. 7 If you’re finished selecting Layout options, click OK.

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          If you’re printing a multiple page document and want a quick proof of each page printed on one piece of paper, you can select a page layout option in the printer software. You can choose the way the pages are placed on the paper and add a lined frame to each page, if you want.

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    !  "# You can add a watermark to each page in your document to emphasize its purpose or indicate how it should be handled. For example, you may want to add a watermark of the word “Confidential” to documents you To add a custom don’t want distributed to other parties.

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    4 To change the watermark or specify how it appears, click the Settings button. You see the following dialog box: See how your selections will look in the Layout graphic 5 To load a custom watermark you’ve created as a bitmap file in an application program, click the User Defined button.

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    Click the Browse button. You see a file selection dialog box. Navigate to the folder containing the bitmap file you want to use, select the file, and click OK. Type a name for the custom watermark (up to 24 characters long) in the Watermark field.

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        $   %  Follow the steps in these sections to use options in the Layout dialog box: Using the Fit to Page Option Adding a Watermark Using Multiple Page Layouts and Page Frames       When you want to make the printed size of a document different from its original size, you can use your printer software’s Fit to Page option to proportion it to fit on a selected paper size.

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    6 Click the 7 Select one of the following Fit to Page options:     Layout icon. You see the Layout dialog box: Select Off to set the print proportion to 100%. Select On to automatically reduce or enlarge the document to fit on the paper size loaded in the printer.

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    8 If you’re finished selecting Layout options, click OK. If you want to select more options, see Layouts and Page !  "# To add a custom You can add a watermark to each page in your document to emphasize watermark, you must its purpose or indicate how it should be handled.

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    4 To load a custom watermark you’ve created as a PICT file in an application program, click the Add/Delete button. You see the following dialog box: You can create up to 10 custom watermarks from PICT files up to 1MB in size. To delete a custom watermark from the Click the Add button.

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    6 If you’re finished changing Layout options, click OK to close the Layout dialog box. If you want to select more options, see and Page     To adjust the size and position of the watermark, move the cursor over the Layout graphic. Four boxes appear in the corners of the graphic and the cursor changes to a hand.

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          If you’re printing a multiple page document and want a quick proof of each page printed on one piece of paper, you can select a Print Layout option. You can choose the way the pages are placed on the paper and add a lined frame to each page, if you want.

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    #   )      You can get a preview of how your document will print with the Print Preview feature in your Macintosh printer software. Print Preview shows the results of the following printer software settings on your document: Print layout settings such as Fit to Page, Page Order, Watermark, Reverse Order, and Collate Page Setup options, such as Paper Size, Orientation, Rotate by...

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    4 Click the Preview button. After a moment, you see the print preview dialog box: Page control buttons Preview image Preview sizing buttons 5 The first preview page is the first page of your document. To change the preview page, click the page, or enter a page number in the Page field.

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    # *+#  #     When background printing is on, your printer software lets you work in other applications while printing takes place in the background. Background printing also lets you set the following printing options: Set a priority for the print job in the print queue Set a specific time for printing the print job Hold the print job for later printing Follow these steps to set up background printing:...

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    Print at to print at a specific time you enter in the day and time fields Hold to keep the print job in the print queue until you’re ready to release it using EPSON Monitor 3; see Customizing Print Quality and Special Using Monitor3 for details.

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    You see this dialog box: When you want to 3 Type a unique name for your settings (up to 16 characters) and click the Save button. use one of the custom settings groups you 4 Click OK to close the Advanced dialog box. The name of the custom created but change a settings group you created appears as the selected option in the couple of its settings,...

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    &' (   To make one or two changes to your settings in a custom settings group, you can revise the group without recreating it from scratch. 1 From the main printer settings dialog box, click Custom. Then select the name of the custom settings group you want to revise in the Custom Settings list.

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    Your EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 lets you print on just about any kind of paper you want to use. You can get great results printing on various sizes of plain paper, letterhead, and envelopes, but you’ll get even better results with EPSON’s specially coated ink jet paper.

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    When you print on special papers, you need to choose the correct Media Type and Paper Size settings in your printer software. The table below lists the available EPSON papers and the corresponding Media Type setting for each one. Paper name...

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    EPSON Ink Jet Transparencies EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film To order EPSON papers and other media, contact your dealer or call EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). Or visit our web site at www.epsonsupplies.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.

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    Follow any specific instructions for your paper in the following sections:       Paper for more storage information. Letterhead, Preprinted Forms, and Legal-size Paper EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film and Transparencies Envelopes EPSON Photo Paper EPSON Panoramic Photo Paper EPSON Banner Photo Paper...

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    1.2 inches (30 mm). If you want to use a smaller top margin, load and print one sheet at a time.       EPSON Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film ...

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    If your media has a cut corner, position it in the upper right corner in the sheet feeder. It’s best not to use the Maximum printable area setting in the printer software when printing on paper with a cut corner. Part of your document may print in the cut out area.

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    !' You can load up to 10 envelopes flap edge first, with the printable side up, as shown below: If the stack of envelopes is more than 0.4-inch (10 mm) thick, press the envelope edges to flatten them before stacking or load one envelope at a time.

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    !     You can use EPSON Photo Paper to print photographs that look almost as good as the ones you get from film processing. EPSON Photo Paper comes in a variety of sizes, from 4 To keep your to panoramic- and banner-size (on a roll).

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    2 Position the perforated margins as shown and load up to 20 sheets with support sheets A and B beneath the stack. You can use EPSON 6-inch Photo Paper like a postcard. After printing on the glossy side of the...

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    Don’t select PhotoEnhance3 when printing on Banner Photo Paper. An accessory Roll Paper Holder (0 10343 81750 0) is available for loading Banner Photo Paper. Contact your EPSON dealer or call EPSON Accessories at the number listed in      ...

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    You can load up to 30 cards at a time. Always place the included support sheet under the cards and load them as shown below. Set the paper thickness lever to the + position, as shown in Envelopes, to prevent smearing. When you’re ready to print, set the Media Type to Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper and the Paper Size setting to the card size in your printer software.

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    !   , $   '   Use these sheets to print labels or stickers. You can load one sheet at a time. Make sure your adhesive sheets are fully adhered to their backing sheet before you load them. When you’re ready to print, select Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper as the Media Type setting in your printer software.

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    You can use EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film to print crisp, translucent images for backlit display. Before loading the back light film, pull the paper support extension all the way up. Make sure the film is flat; if it Don’t use the...

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    Your printer software includes several utilities for managing print jobs. You can use them to monitor your printer’s status and check on the current print job or jobs waiting to print. This chapter provides instructions for the following: Managing Print Jobs in Windows Managing Print Jobs on a Macintosh      !" ...

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    ##  -.   Your printer software offers three ways to monitor your print jobs: Progress Meter, which shows the progress of your current print job Windows NT 4.0 and the status of your printer. The Progress Meter appears each time servers and you send a print job, as described in workstations include...

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          % After you send a print job, the Progress Meter window appears on your screen: This information appears only if you installed Status Monitor 2 The Progress Meter shows the progress of your print job and the status of your printer.

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    Windows Printers utility as described below. 1 Click Start, point to Settings, then click Printers. 2 Right-click the EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 printer icon and select Properties (Windows 95 and 98) or Document Defaults (Windows NT) from the menu.

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    You see this dialog box: 5 Click the Show Progress Meter checkbox to control whether or not the Progress Meter appears when you send a print job. For information about other options in the Speed & Progress dialog box, Optimizing Data      !" Select whether you want the Progress...

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    To open Spool Manager while you’re printing, click the EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 button on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. You see the Spool Manager window:...

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    Status Monitor 2 lets you view information about your printer and your print jobs in its main window and these detailed status windows: Status Alert Window, which reports printer errors, low ink levels, and You can check printer other problems when they occur. status using Status Printer Status Window, which gives troubleshooting tips and detailed Monitor 2 only when...

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    1 Make sure your printer is turned on. You can change the shape of the 2 Click Start, point to Programs, click the Epson folder, and click Background EPSON Status Monitor 2. You see the main window, described in Monitoring icon by...

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       "% When you start Status Monitor 2, you see the main window: Menu bar Button bar Installed Printer icon and name The Installed Printers list shows the name of your printer with a brief message describing its status. The color of the Installed Printer icon also indicates the printer status as follows: Installed Printer If the Installed Printer...

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              the Installed Printers list, Status Monitor 2 If you’re monitoring more than one EPSON printer, you may want to has detected printer delete any printers from the Installed Printers list that are not currently software for additional connected to save system resources.

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        "% Status Monitor 2 features three status windows for viewing information about your printer and your print jobs, as described in these sections: Status Alert Window You can check printer Printer Status Window status using Status Monitor 2 only when Job Status Window your printer is turned...

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        You can set up the Status Alert window to appear automatically to report printer errors, low ink levels, and other problems when they occur, or to appear every time you print: Click the printer name to highlight it, then click Details to open the Printer Status window;...

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    Follow these steps: 1 If you haven’t already done so, turn on background monitoring as described in 2 Click EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 in the Installed Printers list. 3 Click the Preferences from the Settings menu. (You can also right-click the printer name in the Installed Printers list and select Monitoring Preferences from the pop-up menu.) You see this dialog box:...

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    (described in If you’re not currently printing, start your printer software, click the Utility tab, then click the EPSON Status Monitor 2 icon. Or, open Status Monitor 2 as described in your printer name in the Installed Printers list.

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    To check the amount of ink you have, click the Consumables tab. The Printer Information tab isn’t used by the EPSON Stylus Photo 1200.      !" Printer status messages appear If an error occurs,...

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    !"     To view detailed information on the print jobs waiting to print, you can use the Job Status window (not available with Windows NT). There are two ways to open the window: The Job Status Click the printer name in the Installed Printers list and click the window is very similar or select Job Status from the Printer menu.

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       &' You can adjust how often Status Monitor 2 checks your printer status. For example, if the Status Alert window takes a long time to appear after you send a print job, you may wish to decrease the monitoring interval. This will make the Status Alert window appear more quickly;...

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    You can speed up the way your printer software processes multiple-copy print jobs using options in the Speed & Progress dialog box. You can also optimize your printer port for the fastest data transfer rate for EPSON printers, if your computer supports such transfers.

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    If you have multiple hard drives, you can select a high speed copy folder for storing the copies. 6 Select EPSON Printer Port (not available on Windows NT 4.0) to optimize the transfer rate of your printer port for EPSON printers. You...

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    ##  -.     Your Macintosh printer software includes two print job management utilities: EPSON Monitor3 and Status Monitor. It also includes a Configuration utility for setting up print monitoring options. When background printing is turned off, Monitor3 lets you check the progress of your current print job and set priorities and print times for documents waiting to print.

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    RAM. depending on your Macintosh OS version; see your   )* % ( Macintosh After you send a print job, you see the EPSON Monitor3 dialog box: documentation for more information. Current print Jobs waiting to print...

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    If you want to change the printing priority of a print job or set a specific bar and select EPSON time for it to print, click Show details at the bottom of the window. The...

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    Click the name of the document whose job priority you want to change. Then click the Priority list box and select one of the following settings: Normal prints the job in the order it’s received Urgent moves the job before any Normal priority jobs in the print queue Hold keeps the job in the print queue until you’re ready to release it for printing by clicking the...

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       %    % You can use the Status Monitor to check the level of ink in your printer. Follow these steps: 1 Choose Page Setup or Print from the File menu in your application. You see the printer settings dialog box. 2 Click the For information about these utilities,...

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    3 Click the EPSON StatusMonitor icon. The software checks the amount of ink remaining in the printer and displays the Status Monitor window: 4 To recheck the ink level, click the Update button. To close the Status Monitor, click OK.

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        You can configure the way you want the printer to handle error and warning messages, ink level checks, and temporary spool folders in the Configuration Settings dialog box. Follow these steps: 1 Choose Page Setup or Print from the File menu in your application. You see a printer settings dialog box.

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    4 Select the following configuration options: Warning messages, such as low ink, allow printing to continue; error messages are more serious and cause printing to stop. 5 When you’ve finished changing your configuration options, click OK to return to the Utility menu.      !" Error notification lets you select whether you want your system to beep and display error message text or just display text if your...

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    It’s easy to keep your EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 printer working well. Just follow the simple instructions in this chapter for: Replacing an Ink Cartridge Cleaning the Print Head Aligning the Print Head Cleaning the Printer Transporting the Printer  #  !+  # ...

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    When you need new ink cartridges, contact your dealer or call EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). Or visit our web site at www.epsonsupplies.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral. If you need to replace an ink cartridge before the lights flash (because the...

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    3 Make sure the printer is turned on and not printing, then open the printer cover. 4 Press the R cleaning button and hold it for about three seconds until the print head moves left and the P power light begins flashing. Don’t open the clamp 5 Pull up the ink cartridge clamp.

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    9 Press the R cleaning button and close the printer cover. The printer moves the print head and begins charging the ink delivery system. The P power light flashes, and the printer makes various sounds. Charging takes about one minute. When it’s finished, the P power light stops flashing and stays on.

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    3 Make sure the printer is turned on and not printing, then open the printer cover. 4 Press the E load/eject button and hold it down for three seconds until the print head moves to the left and the P power light begins flashing. To avoid damaging 5 Pull up the ink cartridge clamp.

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    9 Press the E load/eject button and close the printer cover. The printer moves the print head and begins charging the ink delivery system. The P power light flashes and the printer makes various sounds. Charging takes about one minute. When it’s finished, the P power light stops flashing and stays on.

  • Page 117

       2    $ Follow these steps to run the Head Cleaning utility: 1 Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and both the B black and A color ink out lights are off. 2 Start an application and open a document. 3 Access the printer settings dialog box as described in Windows 4 Click the Utility tab (Windows) or the...

  • Page 118

           Follow these steps to clean the print head: 1 Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and both the B black and A color ink out lights are off. 2 Press the R cleaning button and hold it down for three seconds. Cleaning takes a little over a minute, during which the printer makes some noise and the P power light flashes.

  • Page 119

    !3    ++     Examine the nozzle check pattern you print. It should look something like this: 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, as shown below, clean the print head again;...

  • Page 120

    4 Click the Utility tab (Windows) or the see the Utility menu. For the best results, 5 Click the Print Head Alignment icon. load EPSON ink jet 6 Follow the instructions on the screen to print a test page. paper in the printer whenever you check...

  • Page 121

     #    To keep your printer working at its best, you should clean it several times a year. Follow these steps: Don’t touch the gears 1 Turn off the printer, unplug the power cord, and disconnect the printer inside the printer. cable.

  • Page 122

     #    If you 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 head locks in the far right position.

  • Page 123

    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 covers the following problems and solutions: Diagnosing Problems Improving Print Quality...

  • Page 124

    Printer Basics book for instructions. For more troubleshooting information, check the Help programs and the ReadMe files in the EPSON program group or folder. If none of the suggested solutions solve your problem, contact your EPSON dealer or see Where To Get Help.

  • Page 125

             black ink out light color ink out light Follow these guidelines when the control panel lights come on or flash: flashing flashing #"$  load/eject button paper out light cleaning button When the S paper out light flashes , paper is jammed in the printer.

  • Page 126

    flashing P S B A flashing &      You can run a printer operation check to determine whether the problem comes from the printer itself or some other source. If the check page prints, the problem lies in your software or application settings, the Load paper that’s at interface cable, or your computer.

  • Page 127

          / 4 If you’re using Windows, you can use the Printer and Option Information utility to confirm the Printer ID. Color quality may improve after you confirm the ID number. If you’re using Status Monitor 2, this information is updated automatically. However, if a message appears prompting you to enter settings or if you change the printer’s configuration, you’ll need to update the Printer ID manually.

  • Page 128

    Cartridge. See the following tables for some detailed solutions to print quality problems. #"$  for a list of EPSON papers. Printing from Windows for details.) Effects. Customizing Print Quality and Special Cleaning the Print Selecting Effects.

  • Page 129

    The printed image has horizontal banding Possible cause Solution The Media Type setting Make sure the Media Type setting matches the paper you’re using. See doesn’t match the Printing from Windows loaded paper. The printable side of Remove the paper and reload it with the printable side face up. See the paper is face down.

  • Page 130

    Vertical lines are misaligned or vertical banding appears Possible cause Solution The print head nozzles Clean the print head. See are clogged. The paper thickness Set the paper thickness lever to the 0 position and try printing again. See lever is in the + Envelopes position.

  • Page 131

    Possible cause Solution The Halftoning and Use the correct settings for the project you’re printing, following the Color Management instructions in options are set Customizing Color incorrectly for your document type. The printable side of Remove the paper and reload it with the printable side face up. See the paper is face Paper Loading and Handling Guidelines down.

  • Page 132

    Possible cause Solution The colors displayed Because your monitor and printer use different technologies to represent on your monitor don’t colors, your printed colors can’t exactly match the colors you see on your match the printed monitor screen. Use the ICM (Windows 95 or Windows 98 only), sRGB colors.

  • Page 133

    The printed image is blurry or smeared Possible cause Solution The loaded paper is Remove the paper and reload a new stack with the printable side face damaged, old, or dirty. up. See The paper thickness Set the paper thickness lever to the + position to print on envelopes or lever is in the wrong other thick media;...

  • Page 134

    Possible cause Solution You’re using the Turn off High Speed, following the instructions in High Speed and Quality and Special MicroWeave settings described in with a misaligned print head. The resolution of your If a photographic image looks grainy or rough, try using the image may be too low.

  • Page 135

    )#  # .  If the printer won’t print, first check that: The printer is turned on and the P power light is on, but not flashing. Paper is loaded in the printer. The printer is plugged into a working electrical outlet that’s not controlled by a switch or timer.

  • Page 136

    In Windows, delete the stalled print jobs in Spool Manager; see the Spool Manager EPSON Printer Port. Click Start, point to Programs, EPSON Printers, and select EPSON Printer Port Uninstall. On a Macintosh, delete stalled print jobs using Monitor3 (see Monitor3) or open the Extensions folder, EPSON folder, and Spool folder, and then delete any queued files.

  • Page 137

    If no paper is ejected, turn off the printer, remove the jammed the print head. paper, and turn it on again. If the lights are still flashing and on, contact your EPSON dealer or see #"$  Paper jams inside the...

  • Page 138

    If the printer is not moving or making noise, but the initialize. flashing after more than 5 minutes, turn the printer off. If the light is still flashing when you turn it back on, contact your EPSON dealer or see Where To Get #"$  Help.

  • Page 139

    )#   "  .  If you have trouble with your printer software, first check that your printer is selected as the Windows default printer or as the current printer in the Macintosh Chooser. If you still have problems with your printer software, check these solutions: The printer software you installed with Windows 95 doesn’t work correctly after you upgrade to Windows 98...

  • Page 140

    Solution You need to increase Choose Get Info from the File menu when the application is active or the memory allocated when EPSON Monitor3 is selected and increase the memory allocation. for your application, EPSON Monitor3, or both. If that doesn’t work, turn off background printing in the Chooser or in your printer software;...

  • Page 141

    Possible cause Solution Bidirectional support is Click Start, select Settings, and click Printers. Right-click the EPSON not enabled. Stylus Photo 1200 icon and select Properties. Click the Details tab, then click the Spool Settings button. Click the Enable bi-directional support for this printer radio button to turn on bidirectional support.

  • Page 142

    Possible cause Solution You’re using You need to increase the memory allocated for your application, EPSON background printing Monitor3, or both. Choose Get Info from the File menu when the on a Macintosh. application is active or when EPSON Monitor3 is selected and increase the memory allocation.

  • Page 143

    Remove and reinstall the printer software as described in the Printer The printer software has been corrupted. Basics book. Then, in the Extensions Manager, disable Quick Draw GX, enable EPSON Monitor3 and SP 1200, and restart. Your printer doesn’t print correctly as a remote printer (Windows NT) Possible cause Solution You may need to use Select a different printer port in the printer’s Properties window and enter...

  • Page 144

    To avoid most paper handling problems: Use smooth, high-quality media designed for ink jet printers that meets the media specifications in Paper. Follow all loading and handling instructions included with the media. Load the media with the printable side face up as described in the Start Here card and in If you have any paper problems, check the following tables for solutions.

  • Page 145

    Multiple pages feed at the same time Try this Then do this Remove the stack of paper from the printer. Paper jams inside the printer Try this Then do this Turn off your printer, Load more paper in the printer, following the instructions in the Start open the cover, and Here card and in remove all the paper...

  • Page 146

    Paper doesn’t eject fully or is wrinkled Possible cause Solution If the paper doesn’t Press the eject fully, you may select the correct paper size in your printer software. See have set the wrong Paper Size and Orientation Options paper size. If it’s wrinkled when it See the specifications in comes out, the paper...

  • Page 147

    In Windows, delete the stalled print jobs in Spool Manager; see the Spool Manager EPSON Printer Port. Click Start, point to Programs, EPSON Printers, and select EPSON Printer Port Uninstall. On a Macintosh, select the stalled print jobs in Monitor3 (see Monitor3) or open the Extensions folder, EPSON folder, and Spool folder, and delete any queued files.

  • Page 148

    The image size or position is incorrect Possible cause Solution The paper and/or Check the paper settings and layout options. See layout options are set and Orientation Options incorrectly. instructions. Also check the paper and layout options in your application software.

  • Page 149: Using Background Printing On The Macintosh

    Solution You need to increase Choose Get Info from the File menu when the application is active or the memory allocated EPSON Monitor3 is selected and increase the memory allocation. See for your application, Using Monitor3 EPSON Monitor3, or both.

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    EPSON Internet FTP Site EPSON Forum on CompuServe #"$  Access From the Internet, you can reach EPSON’s Home Page at http://www.epson.com. If you have Internet FTP capability, use your Web browser (or other software for FTP downloading) to log onto ftp.epson.com with the user name anonymous and your...

  • Page 151

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

  • Page 152

    240 color nozzles (48 each of cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, and light magenta) Resolution Maximum 1440 Input buffer 128KB Print direction Bidirectional with logic seeking Control code ESC/P Raster %  "  720 dpi ™ and EPSON Remote   ...

  • Page 153

    Super B/A3 (13 Panoramic (8.27 Banner (13 inches %  Types 11 inches) Plain paper and special ink jet papers distributed by EPSON 19 inches) 8.5 inches) 10 inches) 11 inches) Transparencies distributed by EPSON 11 inches) Glossy film distributed by...

  • Page 154: Envelopes

    EPSON Plain, bond, or air mail paper Ink jet cards 254 mm) distributed by EPSON Ink jet back light film distributed by EPSON Thickness Weight — — — — 0.006 to 0.02 inch 12 to 20 lb (0.16 to 0.52 mm) (45 to 75 g/m —...

  • Page 155

    Since the quality of any particular brand or type of paper may be changed by the manufacturer at any time, EPSON cannot guarantee the use of any particular brand or type of paper. Always test samples of paper stock before purchasing large quantities or printing large jobs.

  • Page 156: Epson Panoramic Photo Paper

    Photo Paper The minimum top margin is 0.12 inch (3 mm). When printing on multiple sheets of EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film, the minimum top margin is 1.2 inches (30 mm). The minimum left margin is 0.12 inch (3 mm).

  • Page 157

    ** The ink thaws and is usable after approximately 3 hours at 77 °F (25 °C). 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.

  • Page 158

      Paper feed method Friction with auto sheet feeder, rear entry Sheet feeder Maximum 100 sheets of 17 lb (64 g/m capacity Dimensions Storage Width: Depth: 10.3 inches (262 mm) Height: 6.9 inches (174 mm) Printing Width: Depth: 28.0 inches (711 mm), fully open Height: 12.2 inches (311 mm) Weight 15 lb (7 kg) without the ink cartridges...

  • Page 159

       Specification Input voltage range Rated frequency range Input frequency range Rated current Power consumption * Also designed for IT power systems with Phase to Phase voltage 220–240V " /) Safety standards UL 1950, CSA 22.2 No. 950 FCC part 15 subpart B class B %  120V model 240V model*...

  • Page 160

    ! "  Parallel interface Forward channel Specification Data format Synchronization Handshake timing Signal level Connector Reverse channel Specification Transmission mode Adaptable connector Synchronization Handshaking Signal level Data transmission timing %  Description 8-bit parallel, IEEE-1284 compatibility mode STROBE pulse BUSY and ACKNLG signals TTL compatible 57-30360 Amphenol connector or equivalent Description...

  • Page 161

    Serial interface Specification Standard Synchronization Bit rate Handshaking Word format Connector Recommended cable USB interface Specification Standard Bit rate Data encoding Adaptable connector Recommended cable length %  Description Based on RS-423 Synchronous Approximately 1.8 Mbps X-ON/X-OFF and DTR protocol Data bit: 8 bits Parity bit: None Start bit: 1 bit Stop bit: 1 bit...

  • Page 162

    Accessories, 73, 112, Aligning print heads, 120, Automatic mode, 20, Background printing Macintosh, to 26, to 68, Windows, Banding, Banner Photo Paper, see Photo Paper Banner printing, 43, 48, Basic printing, Bitmap files, Blank pages, Blurry printouts, Brightness setting, Cards, see Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards Characters, garbled, Checking printer, &...

  • Page 163

    Environmental specifications, EPSON Accessories, 73, 112, help, papers, printer port, to 102, 136, Remote, EPSON Spool Manager, see Spool Manager Error Diffusion setting, Error notification, to 98, ESC/P Raster control code, & Faint printouts, Film, see Photo Quality Glossy Film...

  • Page 164

    cartridge specifications, monitoring level, 98, replacing cartridges, replacing outdated cartridge, setting, 20, 25, 28, 32, specifications, Ink Jet Back Light Film choosing, 19, 24, loading, 74, specifications, Ink Jet Cards, see Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards Ink Jet Paper choosing, 19, 24, loading, specifications, Ink Jet Transparencies, see...

  • Page 165: Optimizing Data Transfer

    Margin problems, specifications, with multiple sheets, Mechanical specifications, Media Type setting, to 20, 24, 28, 32, to 73, Memory allocation, increasing on Macintosh, MicroWeave setting, 33, Monitor3, 26, Monitoring ink level, 98, print jobs, see Background printing Moving printer, Multiple page feeding, Multiple print layouts, 55, Nozzle Check, Optimizing data transfer,...

  • Page 166

    & Print time, setting, Printable area setting, 45, 48, 76, specifications, Printer check, Printer ID, checking, Printer parts, Printer port, EPSON, Printer software problems, settings, see Settings, printer software Printer, cleaning, Problems diagnosing, paper handling, print quality, printer software,...

  • Page 167: Environmental

    ReadMe files, Reduce/Enlarge setting, 43, Rendering Intent setting, Replacing ink cartridges, Resolution, see Print quality Reverse Order setting, 44, Rotate by 180° setting, 44, Safety approvals, Safety instructions, Saturation setting, 37, Self Adhesive Sheets, see Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheets Serial interface specifications, 10, Service, Settings, printer software...

  • Page 168

    Technical specifications, Text setting, 29, Text/Graph setting, 29, Thickness lever, 77, 79, 81, Tone setting, Transparencies choosing, 19, 24, loading, specifications, Transporting printer, Troubleshooting, USB interface specifications, User Defined paper size, to 46, Utility dialog box, 87, 101, 107, & Vertical banding, to 130, Watermarks,...

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