Introduction Thank you for purchasing this laser printer. The Xerox DocuPrint P8e is a desktop laser printer specially designed for small office and home office users. It provides all the performance and power you need for your business and personal printing.
Describes the precautions required to prevent personal injury and equipment damage. Read this chapter before installing the printer. Chapter 1 Setting Up Your Printer Covers the setup and basic operations of the printer. Read this chapter before attempting to print. Chapter 2 Printing Gives you guidelines for selecting and handling/storing media products as well as detailed specifications for print materials.
Manual Conventions The following conventions are used throughout this manual: Provides information required to successfully complete an operation or procedure. Cautions you not to overlook the mentioned points.
Safety Notes The Xerox DocuPrint P8e and its supplies are designed and tested to meet strict safety requirements. This chapter contains information to ensure the continued safe operation of your Xerox DocuPrint P8e. Laser Safety The Xerox DocuPrint P8e complies with safety standards, and is certified...
Always follow a code of safe habits starting with the following: 1. Use only the power cord supplied with your Xerox DocuPrint P8e. 2. Do not use a ground adapter plug to connect the Xerox DocuPrint P8e to a power source receptacle that lacks a ground connection terminal.
Changes or modifications to this equipment not specifically approved by the Xerox Corporation may void the authority granted by the FCC to operate this equipment. Shielded cables must be used with this equipment to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
Locate the Xerox DocuPrint P8e in an area that has adequate ventilation and room for servicing. • Do not locate the Xerox DocuPrint P8e near a radiator or any other heat source. • Do not obstruct ventilation openings. They are provided to prevent overheating.
Place your printer on a flat, hard, stable surface near your computer. Leave enough space around the printer, so that you can easily: • • • • Be sure to allow air circulation around the vents to prevent the printer from overheating. Do not place the printer: • • •...
Documentation (User Guide and Quick Reference Card) You need a centronics-compatible parallel printer cable. The printer cable may not ship with your printer, in which case you can purchase this cable from your dealer or retailer. Make sure the cable is IEEE 1284-compliant.
Control Locations and Functions 1-3-1 Front View 4 • Chapter 1 Face-up Stacker Holds a single sheet of special print media (transparency, label, envelope, and heavy weight paper) with print side facing up. Face-down Stacker Holds printed documents. If printed on plain paper, a maximum of 100 sheets can be held.
READY (off) ERROR (on) PAPER (on) 6 • Chapter 1 Description The printer is ready to receive and process data. The printer is receiving or processing data. The printer is off-line. A print error has occurred. The paper tray is empty.
When the printer is on-line and the other LEDs are off, hold down the button for four seconds (until all LEDs are blinking).
Setting Up Your Printer 1-4-1 Installing the Image Cartridge To open the front cover, place your fingers on top of the cover and pull it down. Unpack the image cartridge. Shake the cartridge from side-to-side 5 or 6 times to distribute the toner.
Find the cartridge slots inside the printer, one on each side. Push the image cartridge into place by pressing down on the handle. Close the front cover gently. Do not force the cover closed in case the image cartridge is not seated properly.
Power OFF your computer. Plug the parallel interface cable into the connector on the back of the printer. Push the clips at each end of the connector into the notches on the printer cable to secure the cable. The clips snap when pushed into the notches in the printer cable connector.
Installing the Printer Driver Windows 95/98 PCL 5e Driver: Start Windows. If Windows detects new hardware, click Cancel. Insert the Setup Diskette (Xerox DocuPrint P8e PCL-5e Driver) into your computer’s floppy drive. From the Start menu, select Run. In the Run dialog box, type a:\setup (or b:\setup) and click OK.
Windows NT 4.0 PCL 5e Driver: Start Windows. From the Windows NT Start menu, select Printers. Double-click on the Add Printer icon. Click Have Disk. Insert the Setup Diskette for Windows NT 4.0 into your computer’s floppy drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
The Status Monitor is a program that runs in the background and automatically displays messages on your computer screen whenever the printer status changes. It is not available for Windows NT. Windows 3.1x/95/98 (RCP&SM): Insert the Setup Diskette for RCP&SM into your computer’s floppy drive.
Windows 3.1x: Double-click the Printer icon in the Control Panel. The Printers dialog box will appear. Click the Xerox DocuPrint P8e printer, select Set as Default from the Printer menu, and then close the dialog box. 14 • Chapter 1...
Selecting Print Media 2-1-1 Media Selection Media Paper Letter (8.5 x 11”) Legal (8.5 x 14”) Executive (7.25 x 10.5”) A4 (210 x 297 mm) A5 (148 x 210 mm) B5 (182 x 257 mm) Envelope COM-10 Monarch Transparency Letter Labels Letter Multi-Purpose Paper Feeder...
2-2-1 Using the Multipurpose Paper Feeder (MPF) For best results, use high quality Xerox brand xerographic copier paper. Pull the extender on the MPF up until it stops. Before loading the paper, flex the sheets back and forth to loosen them, then fan them.
Insert the paper in the paper feeder. If the paper has a preferred print side, place the print side facing you. If you use letterhead paper, load the paper with the letterhead edge pointing down and the front facing toward you. Adjust the paper guides to the width of the paper.
Pull up the extender on the face-down stacker until it stops. The face-down stacker can hold up to 100 printed pages. Select the paper size from your software application and start your print job. Printing • 19...
Using the Manual Feeder Use the front manual feeder in order to feed paper one sheet at a time into your printer. Place the paper in the manual feeder and adjust the paper guides to the width of the paper.
Place your fingers on either side of the face-up stacker, press tabs toward center of the printer, and pull the face-up stacker down. If you use the face-up stacker, a single printed page is placed with the printed side facing up.
2-2-4 Loading Envelopes Depending on the thickness of your envelopes, the multipurpose paper feeder can hold up to 10 envelopes. If you experience envelope feeding problems, try placing envelopes one at a time into the manual feeder. Insert the envelopes in the multipurpose paper feeder. The envelopes should be loaded vertically with the face to be printed toward the front.
2-3-1 Accessing the Status Monitor For Windows 95, select Program from the Start menu. Then select Xerox DocuPrint P8e RCP&SM from the Program drop down list. For Windows 3.1x, click the Xerox DocuPrint P8e RCP&SM icon in the Program Manager.
24 • Chapter 2 Description The printer is online and ready to receive data. The printer is offline. To switch the printer to online status, press the key on the operator panel. The printer cover is open, or not closed securely. This message also appears when the image cartridge is not installed or installed completely.
Start Windows, if not already started. For Windows 95, select Program from the Start menu. Then select Xerox DocuPrint P8e RCP&SM from the Program drop down list. For Windows 3.1x, click the Xerox DocuPrint P8e RCP&SM icon in the Program Manager.
Resets all printer parameters to the factory default values. Resets all printer parameters to user preference default values. If any data exists in the printer, the printer formfeeds the current page. If not, this button is ignored. Shows the current printer status (see page 23).
Description (See below) Shows current emulation. It is always PCL 5e. Tells the printer how long to wait after data is printed before accepting data via the other interface. The default value is 15 seconds. Puts the printer into Power Save mode when it is powered ON but is idle for a length of time.
The Remote Control Panel for DOS is somewhat different than that for Windows. If you change any item in the Remote Control Panel for DOS, you must send it to the printer by selecting the Send settings to printer item in the File menu.
Clearing Paper Jams If the paper has just started to feed from the feeder when the jam occurs: Pull the jammed paper back out of the feeder toward you. Open and close the front cover to resume printing. 30 • Chapter 3...
If the jam occurs inside the printer: Open the front cover. Remove the image cartridge. Troubleshooting • 31...
Grasp the paper on both sides and gently pull the paper out toward you. Check that there is no other paper in the printer. Reinstall the image cartridge. Close the front cover. The printer will continue printing. 32 • Chapter 3...
Printer Problems If you have any problems with the operation of your DocuPrint P8e printer, refer to the table below and on the following pages. Problem The printer does not The interface cable is not print. connected properly. The interface cable is defective.
Change the Scaling setting in the Printer Setup dialog box. Use the interface cable supplied with the printer or replace the cable with an IEEE-1284 rated cable. Check the interface cable connection.
Option menu in the Print Manager. From the Start menu, select Settings and Printers. Click the DocuPrint P8e icon with the right mouse button, select Properties, click the Details tab, and then click the Spool Settings button. Select the desired spool setting from the available choices.
Toner may be unevenly distributed. Black staining There is a paper quality problem. An image cartridge from another Xerox printer has been installed. Character voids The paper may be too dry. Background scatter The paper may be too damp. Printing over uneven surfaces.
Problem Missing characters The paper may be too damp. Back of printout dirty The transfer roller may be dirty. Incorrect fonts TrueType fonts may be disabled (Windows 3.1x). Faded graphics Toner may be low. Possible Cause Remedy Try printing with a different batch of paper.
Do not use ammonia-based sprays or volatile solvents such as thinner to clean the printer, as these can damage the printer surface. 4-1-1 Cleaning the Outside Clean the outside surfaces of the printer by wiping them with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. 4-1-2 Cleaning the Inside Unplug the power cord.
Replacing the Image Cartridge Make sure the printer is turned OFF. To open the front cover, place your fingers on top of the cover and pull it down. Lift the image cartridge handle to disengage the cartridge, then pull the image cartridge out of the printer.
Carefully remove the sealing tape by pulling on the sealing tape tab. Find the cartridge slots inside the printer, one on each side. 42 • Chapter 4 Follow the instructions on the cartridge box to recycle the used cartridge.
Grasp the handle and slide the cartridge down between the image cartridge slots. Gently push the image cartridge into place by pressing down on the handle. Close the front cover. Maintenance • 43...
Follow this procedure for installing a memory SIMM to increase printer memory. Turn the printer power OFF and unplug the printer power cord. Disconnect all cables from the back of the printer. Open the front cover and remove the image cartridge. Refer to “Replacing the Image Cartridge”...
Replace the bottom panel and secure with screws. Turn the printer back over and replace the image cartridge. Pull out the tray and stacker extenders. Reconnect the printer cable and power cord and turn the printer on. Adding Memory • 47...
Removing a SIMM Follow this procedure should you need to remove the memory SIMM. Turn the printer power OFF and unplug the printer power cord. Disconnect all cables from the back of the printer. Open the front cover and remove the image cartridge. Refer to “Replacing the Image Cartridge”...
Replace the bottom panel and secure with screws. Turn the printer back over and replace the image cartridge. Pull out the tray and stacker extenders. Reconnect the printer cable and power cord and turn the printer on. Adding Memory • 49...
Speed 8 ppm Resolution 600 x 600 dpi Image cartridge life 5,000 @ 5% coverage (A4) Media types Paper, OHP, card stock, labels, envelopes Media sizes Letter, Legal, Executive, Monarch, COM-10, DL, A4, A5, B5, C5, D5 Media weight Paper: 16 - 24 lb. (60 - 90 g/m Other: up to 32 lb.
Interface Bi-directional parallel port (ECP, Byte, Nibble) Printer Description PCL 5e Language (PDL) Fonts 45 interal scalable fonts, 1 bitmap font Host environments Windows 3.1x, Windows 95/98, Windows NT 4.0, DOS Host drivers PCL 5e (Windows 3.1x, 95/98, NT 4.0) RCP/SM for Windows 3.1x, 95/98...
Button functions Online/offline OPC cleaning Reset Self test Cleaning the printer Default printer setting Windows 3.1x Windows 95/98 Windows NT 4.0 DocuPrint P8e Cleaning Selecting a location for 8–14 Setting up 52–53 Specifications Unpacking Driver installation Windows 3.1x Windows 95/98 Windows NT 4.0...
Multipurpose paper feeder Location on printer 17–19 Using Online/offline button function OPC cleaning Operator panel Location on printer 6–7 Using Paper Paper guides Location on printer Using 30–32 Paper jams Paper selection Parallel interface cable Power cord Attaching to printer...