Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Printer Basics Manual
Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Printer Basics Manual

Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Printer Basics Manual

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  • Page 1 ® EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Printer Basics...
  • Page 2 EPSON Ink Jet Papers Use EPSON’s paper and inks to get the same photo quality results that have earned your printer all of its awards! EPSON’s papers are specially coated to work with EPSON’s quick drying inks. You’ll notice that when prints come out of your printer, you can immediately handle them. There is no drying time, no smearing or smudging, and your image is clean and smooth.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Year 2000 Ready Printer Parts Important Safety Instructions Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions EPSON DIGITAL PHOTOLAB PRO Navigating Through EPSON Digital PhotoLab Pro VIEWING YOUR ELECTRONIC PRINTER MANUAL Opening Your Electronic Manual Navigating an Electronic Manual PRINTING FROM START TO FINISH...
  • Page 4 Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper Photo Quality Glossy Film Envelopes Photo Paper (13 in × 32.8 ft roll) Choosing the Right Settings for EPSON Papers Printing with Custom Settings Using Custom Project Types Customizing Print Settings Preserving Photos on EPSON Photo Paper...
  • Page 5 Problems Setting Up the Printer or Installing Its Software Problems Getting Good Print Quality Uninstalling Printer Software Where To Get Help EPSON Technical Support Bonus Software Technical Support USING PRINTER SOFTWARE DISKETTES Ordering Printer Software Diskettes Installing Printer Software from Diskettes...
  • Page 7: Welcome

    You can’t use your printer without it. Quick Guide to Printing (Windows using your printer software and EPSON papers to get the best quality output. The EPSON Digital PhotoLab create a myriad of printing projects to get the most out of your printer.
  • Page 8: Your Bonus Software Applications

    Here card for instructions. Your Bonus Software Applications Your printer software CD-ROM contains these bonus software applications that you can install from EPSON Digital PhotoLab Pro: * Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE Registration You’ll need to input your personal registration number for Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE when you install or run the program for the first time.
  • Page 9: About Your Documentation

    Installing printer software from diskettes, if necessary Configuring your printer for use on a Windows network For more details about your printer, see the electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual. For instructions on viewing it, see page 11. Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips You’ll find this information throughout your manuals:...
  • Page 10: Windows System Requirements

    Windows System Requirements To use your printer and its software with a PC, your system should have: ® An IBM compatible PC with at least a 486/25 MHz (for Windows 95 or ® Windows NT 4.0), or 486/66 MHz (for Windows 98) processor (Pentium 100 MHz or faster recommended) ®...
  • Page 11: Macintosh System Requirements

    ) or faster CD-ROM drive for installing the printer software For serial connection, an ImageWriter DIN male/male, Belkin brand recommended; EPSON part number: F2V024-06) For USB connection to an iMac or Power Macintosh G3 computer, a shielded USB “AB” interface cable, from Series A (computer) to Series B (printer), up to 6.5 ft.
  • Page 12: Energy Star Compliance

    NERGY 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. Printer Parts edge paper support guides sheet feeder output tray extensions Compliance...
  • Page 13: Important Safety Instructions

    Important Safety Instructions Before using your printer, read the following safety instructions to make sure you use the printer safely and effectively: Turn off and unplug the printer before cleaning. Clean with a damp cloth only. Do not spill liquid on the printer. Always turn the printer off using the P power button.
  • Page 14: Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions

    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 case damaged; if the printer does not operate normally or exhibits a distinct change in performance.
  • Page 15: Epson Digital Photolab Pro

    Plus, you get helpful information on EPSON products and supplies. Be sure to insert the EPSON CD-ROM and run EPSON Digital PhotoLab Pro right away to install your bonus software applications and check out the great projects.
  • Page 16: Navigating Through Epson Digital Photolab Pro

    For more information, see the program’s online help utility or electronic manual. PHOTO WORKSHOP PHOTOS ON THE NET other photo-savvy web sites. OTHER EPSON PRODUCTS scanners, and the wide variety of EPSON media. ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTATION demonstration (Windows only) and view your electronic printer manual using ® Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Page 17: Viewing Your Electronic Printer Manual

    Acrobat Reader folder inside your EPSON Folder on your hard disk to install Reader on your system. Opening Your Electronic Manual There a several ways to open your electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual automatically in Acrobat Reader: From Digital PhotoLab Pro:...
  • Page 18: Navigating An Electronic Manual

    Navigating an Electronic Manual When you open an electronic manual, you’ll see this toolbar at the top: show bookmarks There are several ways to navigate through electronic manuals: Click on hot topics, which are usually underlined or displayed in a different color. To find out if a topic is hot, move your cursor over it.
  • Page 19: Printing From Start To Finish

    “Printing with a Macintosh” on page 16 For guidelines on loading special papers and envelopes, and for selecting the correct Media Type setting for them, see “Using EPSON Special Papers” on page 18. For instructions on customizing your settings to fine-tune your printouts, see “Printing with Custom Settings”...
  • Page 20 4. Open the File menu and click Make sure your printer is selected here 5. Make sure EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 6. If your application’s Print dialog box contains a Properties button, click and go to step 7. Properties If you see a Setup, Printer, or Options button, click it. Then click the button on the next screen.
  • Page 21 You can cancel , pause , or restart job as necessary. For more information on printing, see the electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual. See page 11 for instructions on viewing the manual. . (If you load a different type Plain paper if you want to print in color.
  • Page 22: Printing With A Macintosh

    Printing with a Macintosh 1. Make sure your printer and Macintosh are turned on. 2. Load a stack of plain paper and place it against the right edge guide. Then slide the left edge guide against the paper’s left edge, making sure the stack is lower than the arrow on the guide.
  • Page 23 You can cancel , or restart your print job as necessary. For more information on printing, see the electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual. See page 11 for instructions on viewing the manual. . You see the main printer settings Print .
  • Page 24: Using Epson Special Papers

    Using EPSON Special Papers How can you get the best-looking photos, most vivid colors, and sharpest text? Always use EPSON’s special ink jet papers. To show you how much difference EPSON paper can make, we’ve included some free samples. Check out the EPSON Photo Quality Media Pack that came with your printer.
  • Page 25: Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper

    Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper This low-cost paper makes all your printouts look their best. Load the paper only up to the arrow on the left edge guide and choose Photo Quality as the Media Type Ink Jet Paper setting in your printer software. Photo Quality Glossy Film Use these sheets to print professional quality photographs.
  • Page 26: Photo Paper (13 In × 32.8 Ft Roll)

    An accessory Roll Paper Holder (part number C811062) is also available for use with your printer and EPSON Photo Paper on a roll. Contact your EPSON dealer or call EPSON Accessories at the number listed on page 47 to order the holder.
  • Page 27: Choosing The Right Settings For Epson Papers

    Choosing the Right Settings for EPSON Papers Your printer automatically adjusts itself for the type of paper you select in your printer software. That’s why the Media Type setting is so important. It tells your printer what kind of paper you’re using and adjusts the ink coverage accordingly.
  • Page 28: Printing With Custom Settings

    Printing with Custom Settings Your EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 printer software includes convenient project type settings for specific types of documents or images—such as photographs, graphics, text, and drafts—and a variety of individual custom settings to fit your needs. When you use custom settings, you can choose to either: Use custom project types, or Customize your individual settings.
  • Page 29 (Macintosh only) ColorSync Automatically adjusts printout colors to closely match the colors on your screen; see your electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual for details. 4. Select any other settings you need to change in the printer software, then: Windows: Click until you see the Print dialog box again.
  • Page 30: Customizing Print Settings

    Customizing Print Settings For maximum control over your project, you can customize your print settings and experiment with special effects and color management. You can even save your custom settings as a group so you can use them whenever you print a similar project. 1.
  • Page 31 Print dialog box again. Then click print your document. Macintosh: Click to print your document. Print For complete instructions on using all your printer software’s custom settings, see the electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual. , and Flip Horizontal Finest Detail sRGB ColorSync...
  • Page 32: Preserving Photos On Epson Photo Paper

    Depending on the type and intensity of the light your print is exposed to, a print on EPSON Photo Paper may last two or more years before noticeable fading occurs. Fade resistance could decrease in intense light conditions or increase if your print is protected by glass or special laminates.
  • Page 33: Maintaining Your Printer

    “Aligning the Print Head” on page 35 “Cleaning the Printer” on page 35 “Transporting the Printer” on page 36 For more details, see your electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual as described on page 11. Cleaning the Print Head If your printed image is unexpectedly light or faint, or dots are missing from the image, you may need to clean the print head.
  • Page 34: Using The Head Cleaning Utility

    Using the Head Cleaning Utility 1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and 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 “Printing with Windows”...
  • Page 35: Using The Control Panel

    Using the Control Panel 1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and 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 36: Examining The Nozzle Check Pattern

    This is a good time to make sure you have a new cartridge. When the light stays on, the cartridge is empty and you need to replace it. Use these EPSON ink cartridges within six months of installing them and before the expiration date on the package:...
  • Page 37: Removing And Installing Ink Cartridges

    Removing and Installing Ink Cartridges You can replace a cartridge when the B black or A color ink out light is either flashing or on. If you perform these steps when both ink out lights are off, the printer cleans the print head, as described on page 27.
  • Page 38 5. Remove the new ink cartridge from its packaging. 6. Remove only the yellow part of the tape seal on top as shown: Don’t pull off the blue portion or try to remove the clear seal underneath the cartridge. You must remove the yellow tape from the top of the cartridge or you will permanently damage it.
  • Page 39: Replacing An Outdated Ink Cartridge

    Replacing an Outdated Ink Cartridge If an ink cartridge is more than six months old, you may need to replace it. How can you tell? You may notice that your printouts don’t look as good as they used to. If print quality doesn’t improve after cleaning and aligning the print head, you can replace one or both cartridges.
  • Page 40 5. Remove the new ink cartridge from its packaging. 6. Remove only the yellow part of the tape seal on top as shown: Don’t pull off the blue portion or try to remove the clear seal underneath the cartridge. You must remove the yellow tape from the top of the cartridge or you will permanently damage it.
  • Page 41: Aligning The Print Head

    Load paper that’s at least 8.27 inches (210 mm) wide. This prevents ink from spraying inside the printer and smudging your printouts. For the best results, load EPSON ink jet paper in the printer whenever you check the print head alignment.
  • Page 42: Transporting The Printer

    4. Clean ink out of the printer’s interior with a soft, damp cloth. Don’t touch the gears inside the printer. Never use alcohol or thinner for cleaning; they can damage the printer components and case. Don’t use a hard or abrasive brush. Don’t get water on the printer components or spray lubricants or oils inside the printer.
  • Page 43: Problem Solving

    First see “Diagnosing Printer Problems” below to determine the problem’s cause. Then see “Problems and Solutions” on page 40 for solutions to problems. It’s a good idea to check EPSON’s web site periodically for possible updates to your printer driver. Visit and check the section for your product to see if there is a new driver available for downloading to your computer.
  • Page 44 If no paper ejects, turn off the printer, remove the jammed paper, and turn it on again. If the lights still flash or stay on, contact your dealer or EPSON; see page 46 for contact information. When all the lights flash, your printer may have an internal error.
  • Page 45: Running A Printer Operation Check

    Running a Printer Operation Check You can run a printer operation check to determine whether the problem comes from the printer or some other source. If the results are satisfactory, the problem most likely lies in your software settings, the interface cable, or your computer. If the check page does not print correctly, you may have a problem with your printer.
  • Page 46: Problems And Solutions

    Getting good print quality For more extensive information, check the online help in your printer software or see “Troubleshooting” in the electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual. If none of the suggested solutions solve your problem, see page 46 for help contact information.
  • Page 47 Your Macintosh has extension conflicts. Disable Quick Draw GX in the Extensions Manager. Make sure EPSON Monitor3 and SP 1200 are enabled, and then restart your Macintosh. You may have too many items in the Chooser. Delete or move any unused items and check the Chooser again.
  • Page 48: Problems Getting Good Print Quality

    Problems Getting Good Print Quality If you see horizontal banding . . . Make sure the print head nozzles are not clogged. To clean the print head, see page 27. Make sure the Media Type setting matches the paper you loaded. See page 20 for guidelines.
  • Page 49 Make sure your paper or media meets the specifications listed in your electronic EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Manual. Run the Print Head Alignment utility. See page 35 for instructions. If your printout contains incorrect characters .
  • Page 50 If your printout is faint or has gaps in the image . . . Make sure the print head nozzles are not clogged. To clean the print head, see page 27. Make sure your paper isn’t damaged, old, dirty, or loaded face down (the printable surface should be loaded face up).
  • Page 51: Uninstalling Printer Software

    3, select EPSON Status Monitor 2 6. If you’re using Windows 98 with a USB connection, you need to uninstall the EPSON USB Printer Device software also. Follow steps 3 and 4 again. In step 3, select EPSON USB Printer Devices 7.
  • Page 52: Where To Get Help

    If you need help with your printer or its software, see the contact information in the next section. For help with any of the bonus applications on the EPSON CD-ROM, see “Bonus Software Technical Support” on page 48 for contact information.
  • Page 53 Product serial number (located on the back of the printer) Computer configuration Description of the problem If you need help using another manufacturer’s software with an EPSON product, see the documentation for that software for technical support information. You can purchase ink cartridges, paper, manuals, and accessories from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 or visit our web site at (U.S.
  • Page 54: Bonus Software Technical Support

    Bonus Software Technical Support For technical support on any of the creative applications on the EPSON CD-ROM, first check the Help menu or electronic manuals that came with the bonus software. If you still need help, contact the software manufacturer as described below.
  • Page 55: Using Printer Software Diskettes

    If your computer doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, you can download or order printer software diskettes from EPSON, as described in the next section. Once you have your diskettes, follow the steps on page 50 to install the printer software from them.
  • Page 56: Installing 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 57: Installing Macintosh Software

    Then click 6. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software. Your printer software icons appear in the EPSON folder and your printer is set as the Windows default printer. 7. After you install the printer software, repeat steps 4 through 6 to install Status Monitor 2 from its diskettes.
  • Page 59: Configuring For A Windows Network

    4. In the Network window, click 5. In the Control Panel, double-click 6. Right-click the EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 7. Click the radio button. Then enter a Share Name, Comment, and Shared As Password as necessary and click...
  • Page 60: Setting Up Client Systems

    Setting Up Client Systems 1. Click , point to Start 2. Right-click the EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 3. Click the Details Details tab 4. Click the Add Port printer. To print from DOS applications as well as Windows applications, click the Capture Printer Port button instead of Add Port.
  • Page 61: Index

    Documentation, about, 3, 11 to 12 Economy settings, 23 to 24 ECP/DMA mode, 40 Electronic manuals, 11 to 12 ENERGY STAR compliance, 6 Envelopes, 19 EPSON Accessories, 30, 47 help, 46 to 47 papers, 18 to 21 FCC statement, 59 Features, 1...
  • Page 62 Media Type setting, 15, 17, 21 MicroWeave setting, 25 Network configuration, Windows, 53 to 54 Nozzle Check utility, 28 to 30 Paper EPSON special, 18 to 21 loading, 13, 16 problems, 38 tab, 15 Paper thickness lever, 19 Parallel connection, 4...
  • Page 63 Software bonus, 1 to 2, 9 to 10, 48 Digital PhotoLab Pro, 1 to 2, 9 to 10 diskettes, 49 to 51 printer, 1 to 2, 13 to 17, 45 problems, 40 to 41 uninstalling, 45 sRGB (standard Red Green Blue) setting, 23, Support, 46 to 48 System requirements, 4 to 5 Testing printer, 39...
  • Page 65: Fcc Compliance Statement

    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.
  • Page 66: Copyright Notice

    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.
  • Page 67 How to Order EPSON Ink and Paper To order EPSON ink cartridges or paper, contact your dealer or call EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only). Or visit our web site at (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.

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