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Epson 880 Daily Use

Epson stylus color 880 color ink jet printer daily use guide
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  • Page 2: Where To Find Information

    . Then, click View Reference Guide or View Color Guide to open the guide. For Macintosh, double-click the Online Guide icon in the EPSON window and then the EPSON STYLUS COLOR 880 icon. Then, click View Reference Guide or View Color Guide to open the guide.
  • Page 3 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. Neither SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION nor its affiliates shall be liable to the purchaser of...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Printing with Windows ......13 Printer Software Introduction ......13 Making Changes to Printer Settings .
  • Page 5 Options and Consumable Products ......56 Printer Specifications ......60 System Requirements .
  • Page 6: Safety Instructions

    Do not use a damaged or frayed power cord. If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure that the total ampere rating of the devices that are plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating.
  • Page 7: A Few Precautions

    Always turn the printer off using the this button is pressed, the then goes off. Do not unplug the printer or turn off the power to the outlet until the power button. When power light flashes briefly and...
  • Page 8 Before transporting the printer, make sure that the print head is in the home (far right) position and that the ink cartridges are in place. Handling the ink cartridges Observe the following when handling the ink cartridges. Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children. Do not allow children to drink from or otherwise handle the cartridges.
  • Page 9: Energy Star Compliance

    Note for French-speaking users: Placez l’imprimante près d’une prise de contacte où la fiche peut être débranchée facilement. ENERGY STAR Compliance As an ENERGY STAR Partner, EPSON has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.
  • Page 10: For United Kingdom Users

    For United Kingdom Users Use of options EPSON (UK) Limited shall not be liable against any damages or problems arising from the use of any options or consumable products other than those designated as Original EPSON Products or EPSON Approved Products by EPSON (UK) Limited.
  • Page 11: Warnings, Cautions, And Notes

    Replace fuses only with a fuse of the correct size and rating. Warnings, Cautions, and Notes Warnings must be followed carefully to avoid bodily injury. Cautions must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment. Notes contain important information and useful tips on the operation of your printer.
  • Page 12: Printer Parts And Functions

    Printer Parts and Functions Printer Parts and Control Panel Functions edge guides sheet feeder paper support printer cover output tray output tray extension ink cartridge clamps print head control panel adjust lever...
  • Page 13 Flashing when the printer is receiving data, printing, replacing an ink cartridge, charging ink, or cleaning the print head. On when the printer is out of paper. Load paper in the sheet feeder, then press the resume printing. Flashing when the paper is jammed. Take all of the paper out of the feeder, then reload the paper.
  • Page 14: Loading Special Paper, Envelopes, Other Media

    When loading special media that is distributed by EPSON, read the instruction sheets packed with the media first and keep the points listed below in mind. For more details on using special media, see “Paper Handling”...
  • Page 15: Loading Capacities For Epson Special Media

    Loading capacities for EPSON special media See below to find the loading capacities for EPSON special media. Media Type 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper and Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards, Ink Jet Note Cards, and Ink Jet...
  • Page 16: Loading Envelopes

    About special media cleaning sheets Cleaning sheets that are packaged with EPSON special media should not be used with this printer. The cleaning function performed by these sheets is not necessary with this type of printer and the sheets may jam in the printer.
  • Page 17 Do not use envelopes that are curled or folded. Flatten the envelope flaps before loading. Avoid using envelopes that are too thin as they may curl during printing. Select Plain Paper as the Media Type setting in the printer driver. Acceptable envelopes sizes are: No.10, DL, C6, 132 mm...
  • Page 18: Printing With Windows

    The printer driver lets you choose from a wide variety of settings to achieve the best results with your printer. The printer utilities help you to check the printer and keep it in top condition.
  • Page 19 When you access the printer software from the Start menu, the settings that you make apply to all of your Windows applications. Refer to the appropriate section below. From Windows applications Follow the steps below to access the printer software from Windows applications.
  • Page 20: Making Changes To Printer Settings

    Watermark Note: The Layout menu is available only for Windows 98, 95, 2000, and NT 4.0 users. The Mode settings on the Main menu are arranged to give you three levels of control over the printer driver, as explained below.
  • Page 21: Making The Media Type Setting

    The Media Type setting determines what other settings are available, so you should always make this setting first. When this mode is selected, the printer driver takes care of all detailed settings based on the current Media Type and Ink settings.
  • Page 22: Previewing Your Printout

    On the Main menu, select the Media Type setting that matches the media that is loaded in the printer. To determine what Media Type you are using, locate your media in the list found under “Media types” on page 57, and refer to the corresponding Media Type under which it is grouped (shown in larger type).
  • Page 23 When you send a print job to the printer, the Print Preview window opens, allowing you to make changes before printing. The Preview dialog box contains several icon buttons that allow you to perform various functions. See online help for each function.
  • Page 24 View the individual pages that comprise a poster. The Poster window opens automatically when you send a print job while Poster is selected as the Multi-Page option on the Layout menu. From this window, you can view the individual pages which make up a poster.
  • Page 25: Getting Information Through Online Help

    Accessing help from the Windows Start menu To access help from the Start menu, click the Start button, point to Programs and then to Epson (for Windows 98 and 95) or EPSON Printers (for Windows 2000 and NT 4.0), then click EPSON Stylus COLOR 880 Help.
  • Page 26: Accessing Help From Windows

    Accessing help from Windows 3.1 To access help in Windows 3.1, open the EPSON program group and click the EPSON Stylus COLOR 880 Help icon. The help contents window opens.
  • Page 27: Printing With Macintosh

    For information on using the printer utilities, see “Using the Printer Utilities” in the online Reference Guide. You can also get more information about the printer software by clicking the help icon in any of the dialog boxes in the printer driver. Making Changes to Printer Settings You will find the printer driver settings in the following dialog boxes.
  • Page 28: Dialog Box

    Preview dialog box (click the Print dialog box and then click Preview) The Mode settings in the Print dialog box are arranged to give you three levels of control over the printer driver. The Mode settings are explained below. Automatic...
  • Page 29: Previewing Your Printout

    In the Print dialog box, select the Media Type setting that matches the paper that is loaded in the printer. To find out what Media Type you are using, find your media in the list found under “Media types”...
  • Page 30 Note: Click the Preview icon button to toggle between the Preview, and File mode, see "Previewing your printout" in the online Reference Guide. 3. Click the Preview button. The Preview dialog box appears and displays a preview of your document. The Preview dialog box contains six icon buttons that you can use to perform various functions.
  • Page 31 If it is necessary to reprint part of a double-sided print job, select each page of the print job that does not need to be reprinted in the list at the left side of the screen, then click the page button. Make sure that the paper is loaded properly so that the print job will start on the correct side of the correct page.
  • Page 32: Double-Sided Printing

    Double-Sided Printing Using Double-Sided Printing The EPSON Stylus COLOR 880 allows double-sided printing. There are two types of double-sided printing available. Standard double-sided printing allows you to print the odd-numbered pages first. Once these are printed, you can reload the printouts in the sheet feeder and print the even-numbered pages on the other side of the paper.
  • Page 33 For Windows users, select the Double-Sided Printing check box on the Layout menu of your printer driver to use the double-sided printing feature. To access your printer driver, see “Accessing the printer software” on page 13. For Macintosh users, select the Double-Sided Printing check box in the Page Setup dialog box.
  • Page 34 Margins Click this button to open the Margins dialog box, where you can specify which edge the binding will be on. You can choose between Left, Top, and Right. You can also specify the width of the binding margin by entering a value in the Binding Margin text box.
  • Page 35 The odd-numbered pages will print first, unless Folded Booklet is selected. While the printer is printing the odd- numbered pages, instructions are displayed which explain how to reload the paper correctly. Follow the instructions to reload the...
  • Page 36: Replacing Ink Cartridges

    Status Monitor utility. Using the printer's control panel The printer’s indicator lights will inform you when it is time to obtain a replacement ink cartridge and when it is time to replace an empty cartridge. You can also check ink levels and start the ink cartridge replacement procedure from your computer using the Status Monitor utility.
  • Page 37 Caution: EPSON recommends the use of genuine EPSON ink cartridges. Other products not manufactured by EPSON may cause damage to your printer not covered by EPSON's warranties. Leave the old cartridge installed in the printer until you have obtained a replacement; otherwise, ink remaining in the print head nozzles may dry out.
  • Page 38: Maintenance

    Follow the steps below to use the Nozzle Check utility. 1. Make sure that A4 or Letter size paper is loaded in the sheet feeder. 2. Click the Utility tab in the printer software, then click the Nozzle Check button. 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Page 39: Cleaning The Print Head

    If the nozzle check page does not print satisfactorily (for example, if any segment of the printed lines is missing), there is a problem with the printer. This could be a clogged ink nozzle or a misaligned print head. See the next section for details on cleaning the print head.
  • Page 40: Using The Head Cleaning Utility

    Note: If the black or the print head. Replace the appropriate ink cartridge first. 2. Click the Utility tab in the printer driver, then click the Head Cleaning button. 3. Follow the on-screen instructions. For Macintosh users Follow the steps below to clean the print head.
  • Page 41: Aligning The Print Head

    If print quality remains a problem after replacing the ink cartridges, contact your dealer. Note: To maintain print quality, EPSON recommends turning on the printer for at least one minute every month. Aligning the Print Head If you notice a misalignment of vertical lines, you may be able to solve this problem using the Print Head Alignment utility in your printer software.
  • Page 42 1. Make sure that A4 or Letter size plain paper is loaded in the sheet feeder. 2. Click the Utility tab in the printer driver, then click the Print Head Alignment button. 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to align the print head.
  • Page 43 6. Make sure that your printer is selected. Click Next, then follow the on-screen instructions. For Macintosh users Follow the steps below to align the print head. 1. Make sure that A4 or Letter size plain paper is loaded in the sheet feeder.
  • Page 44: Troubleshooting

    Follow the steps below to check the installation and reinstall the drivers. 1. Turn the printer on. Plug the USB cable into the printer and the computer. 2. Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, then click Properties in the shortcut menu that appears.
  • Page 45 If your drivers are correctly installed, EPSON USB Printer Devices should appear in the list on the Device Manager menu. If EPSON USB Printer Devices does not appear in the list, click the plus (+) sign beside Other Devices to view the installed devices.
  • Page 46 4. Under Other Devices, select USB Printer or EPSON Stylus COLOR 880, then click Remove. Then click OK. 5. When the following dialog box appears, click OK. Then click OK again to close the Properties window. 6. Turn off both the printer and the PC. Then, install the drivers again, following the instructions in the Setup Guide.
  • Page 47 If you use a USB hub, connect the printer to the first tier of the hub, or connect the printer to the computer’s USB port directly. For Windows 98 users, try reinstalling the USB printer device driver and the printer software. First, uninstall EPSON Printer Software using the Add/Remove Programs utility in the Control Panel, then uninstall EPSON USB Printer Devices.
  • Page 48: Using The Error Indicators

    Using the Error Indicators You can identify many common printer problems using the lights on your printer’s control panel. If your printer stops working and the lights are on or flashing, use the following table of panel light patterns to diagnose the problem, then follow the recommended corrective measures.
  • Page 49: Typical Problems And Solutions

    = off, = flashing Typical Problems and Solutions Most printer problems have simple solutions. Locate the problem in the list below, then apply the recommended solution. For more information, see “Troubleshooting” in the online Reference Guide. Replace the color ink cartridge with a new one (T020).
  • Page 50: Print Quality Problems

    Make sure that the printable side of the paper is face up in the sheet feeder. Run the Print Head Alignment utility. Clear the High Speed check box in your printer driver’s Advanced dialog box. For Windows users, see the printer driver’s online help for more information. For Macintosh users, see "Making Advanced Settings"...
  • Page 51: Paper Feed Or Paper Jam Problems

    Make sure that your paper is not damaged, dirty, or too old. Set the adjust lever to the “+” position, and make sure that the Media Type setting in your printer driver is correct. Paper feed or paper jam problems...
  • Page 52: Cancelling Printing

    To cancel the print job, follow the instructions in the appropriate section below. For Windows 98, 95, 2000, and NT 4.0 users When you send a print job to the printer, the Progress Meter opens. Click the Stop button to cancel the print job.
  • Page 53: For Macintosh Users

    Refer to the appropriate section below. When background printing is on Follow the steps below to cancel the print job. 1. Press the 2. Select EPSON Monitor3 from the application menu. EPSON Monitor3 opens. power button to turn off the printer.
  • Page 54: Where To Get Help

    (.) key to cancel the print job. Where to Get Help If your printer is not operating properly and you cannot solve the problem using the troubleshooting information in your printer documentation, contact customer support services for assistance.
  • Page 55 For United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland users If you purchased your product in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, EPSON (UK) LTD provides a range of customer services and technical support. Support via the World Wide Web...
  • Page 56 Where to purchase genuine EPSON consumables, accessories, and options For Australia users EPSON Australia wishes to provide you with a high level of customer service. In addition to this user’s guide, we provide the following sources for obtaining information: EPSON FAXBACK EPSON FAXBACK will fax you the latest specifications and pricing for most EPSON products offered in Australia.
  • Page 57 EPSON Helpdesk EPSON Helpdesk is provided as a final backup to make sure that our clients have access to advice. Operators at the Helpdesk can aid you in diagnosing hardware and software problems. They can also advise you on the latest EPSON products and where the nearest dealer or service agent is located.
  • Page 58 Contacts for information, support and services are: World Wide Web ( Information on product specifications, drivers for download, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Email Enquiry are available. Epson Trading Shah Alam Head Office Phone: 03 5191366 Fax: 03 5191281 For Singapore users...
  • Page 59 To obtain technical support as well as other after-sales services, users are welcome to contact EPSON Hong Kong Limited. Internet home page EPSON Hong Kong has established a local home page in both Chinese and English on the Internet to provide users with the following information:...
  • Page 60 (852) 2585-4399 Fax: (852) 2827-4383 For Philippines users To obtain technical support as well as other after sales services, users are welcome to contact the EPSON Philippines Representative Office at the telephone and fax numbers below: Phone: (632) 813-6552 Fax:...
  • Page 61: Options And Consumable Products

    Caution: Use only interface cables which meet the specifications listed above. Using other cables not covered by EPSON warranties may cause the printer to malfunction. Consumable products The following ink cartridges and EPSON special media are...
  • Page 62 Note: The product numbers of ink cartridges may vary by location. Media types EPSON offers specially designed media for ink jet printers to meet most high-quality printing needs. To make the Media Type setting in your printer driver, select the Media Type setting that matches the media that is loaded in the printer.
  • Page 63 EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards (A6) EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards (5 EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards (8 EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheets (A4) S041106 EPSON Ink Jet Note Cards A6 (with envelopes) EPSON Ink Jet Greeting Cards 5...
  • Page 64 EPSON Photo Paper (200 EPSON Panoramic Photo Paper (210 EPSON Photo Paper Cards (A4) Photo Quality Glossy Film EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film (A4) EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film (Letter) EPSON Photo Quality Glossy Film (A6) EPSON Photo Stickers 16 (A6)
  • Page 65: Printer Specifications

    ® 4.0 installed and a shielded, twisted-pair parallel cable connected. If you wish to connect your printer to a USB port, you need a Windows 98 or 2000 pre-installed PC that is equipped with a USB port and is connected to the printer via a shielded USB cable.
  • Page 66: For Macintosh Computers

    Your computer dealer can help you update your system if it does not meet these requirements. For Macintosh computers To connect this printer to an Apple must use a USB cable. Your Macintosh must also meet the following system requirements.
  • Page 67: Using The Online Reference Guide

    In addition to these system and memory requirements, you need 10 MB of free hard disk space to install the printer software. To print, you also need extra hard disk space amounting to about twice the size of the file that you want to print.
  • Page 68 For Macintosh computers System Memory Hard disk space CD-ROM drive Display Browser System 7.5.1 (System 7.6 or later recommended) 16 MB (32 MB or more recommended) 4 MB to install the Reference Guide 15 MB to install Microsoft Internet Explorer Double-speed (Quad-speed or faster recommended) 480 pixel or 800...
  • Page 69: Printing With Dos

    EPSON Stylus COLOR 500 EPSON Stylus COLOR II LQ-860 LQ-2550 Note: The drivers for the printers listed above do not allow access to all of the features offered by the EPSON STYLUS COLOR 880, such as 720-dpi printing, 1440-dpi printing, and MicroWeave.
  • Page 70: Changing The Default Settings

    Your selections are indicated by the control panel lights. Follow the steps below. 1. Make sure that the printer is turned off and that A4 or Letter size paper is loaded in the sheet feeder. 2. Hold down the to enter the default-setting mode.
  • Page 71: Using Built-In And Scalable Fonts

    Refer to the appropriate section below. Using built-in fonts Your printer has eight built-in character fonts. The following fonts are available: EPSON Courier, EPSON Roman T, EPSON Sans Serif H, EPSON Roman, EPSON San Serif, EPSON Prestige, EPSON Script, and Draft...
  • Page 72 The Roman T and Sans Serif H fonts are available as proportionally spaced fonts only. Some of the character tables may not print when using the EPSON Roman T and EPSON Sans Serif H fonts. In this situation, the selected character tables are printed using the EPSON Roman font.
  • Page 73 EPSON OVERSEAS MARKETING LOCATIONS EPSON AMERICA, INC. 20770 Madrona Ave. P.O. Box 2842 Torrance, CA 90509-2842 Phone: (800) 922-8911 Fax: (310) 782-5220 EPSON DEUTSCHLAND GmbH Zülpicher Straße 6, 40549 Düsseldorf Germany Phone: (0211) 56030 Fax: (0211) 5047787 EPSON AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD.

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