Epson Photo 1200 Manual

Epson setup & daily use color ink jet printer photo 1200.
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  • Page 2: Where To Find Information

    Where to Find Information The Setup & Daily Use guide Read this manual first to set up and begin using your printer. This manual includes the following information. Setup Contains information on setting up your printer and installing the printer software.

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    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 5: Safety Instructions, Important Safety Instructions

    Do not use a damaged or frayed power cord. 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.

  • Page 6: A Few Precautions

    Always turn the printer off using the P power button. When this button is pressed, the P power light flashes briefly then goes off. Do not unplug the printer or turn off the power to the outlet until the P power light stops flashing.

  • Page 7: When Handling The Ink Cartridges

    When choosing a place for the printer Place the printer on a flat, stable surface that is larger than the printer. The printer will not operate properly if it is tilted or at an angle.

  • Page 8: Energy Star Compliance

    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. NERGY TAR Partner, EPSON has NERGY TAR Office Equipment Program is NERGY...

  • Page 9: Setting Up Your Printer, System Requirements

    ® Windows 98, or Windows parallel cable. If you want connect your printer to a USB port, you need a Windows 98 pre-installed PC equipped with a USB port; and a shielded USB cable. Your computer should also meet the following system...

  • Page 10: For Macintosh Computers

    System Peripheral-8 cable (8-pin mini-circular connector) or equivalent. If you want connect your printer to a USB port, you need an iMac computer with a USB port; and a shielded USB cable. Applicable computer models (as of September 1, 1998)

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    In addition to these system and memory requirements, you also need 10MB of free hard disk space to install your printer software. To print, you need extra hard disk space amounting to about double the size of the file you want to print.

  • Page 12: Printer Parts And Control Panel Functions

    Printer Parts and Control Panel Functions paper support edge guides printer cover output tray sheet feeder output tray extension adjust lever control panel ink cartridge clamps Setting Up Your Printer...

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    On when the printer is on. Flashes when receiving data, replacing an ink cartridge, Power 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. Paper out Flashes when paper is jammed.

  • Page 14: Attaching The Paper Support, Plugging In The Printer

    Insert the paper support into the slots at the rear of the printer. Plugging in the Printer 1. Make sure that the printer is turned off. It is off when the P power button protrudes slightly from the surface of the control panel.

  • Page 15: Installing The Ink Cartridges

    Do not open the ink cartridge packages until just before you install them, or the ink may dry up. Use the ink cartridges packed with your printer the first time you install ink cartridges, otherwise the printer may not charge ink properly.

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    2. Turn on the printer . The print head moves to the left, which to the ink cartridge install position. The P power light flashes and the B and A ink out lights come on. Caution: Do not move the print head by hand. Doing so may damage the printer.

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    4. Open the ink cartridge packages that came with your printer. Next, remove only the yellow tape seals from each cartridge. Caution: Remove the yellow tape seals from the cartridges before installing them; otherwise the cartridges may become unusable. Do not remove the blue portion of the tape seals from the cartridges;...

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    (far right) position and the P power light stops flashing. Caution: Never turn off the printer while the P power light is flashing. Setting Up Your Printer cleaning button. The printer moves the print...

  • Page 19: Connecting The Printer To Your Pc

    8. Close the printer cover. Now you are ready to connect the printer to your computer. To connect the printer to your PC, see the next section. To connect the printer to a Macintosh, see “Connecting the Printer to Your Macintosh”...

  • Page 20: Installing The Printer Software In Your Pc

    Installing the Printer Software in Your PC After connecting the printer to your computer, you need to install the software included on the “Printer Software for EPSON Stylus Photo 1200” CD-ROM shipped with your printer. Your printer software includes: Printer driver The printer driver is the software that runs, or “drives,”...

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    EPSON Stylus Photo 1200. If you are using the floppy disk version of the software, make a backup copy of the EPSON printer software disk before you begin installation. If you wish to make a floppy disk version of the...

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    Installing in Windows 98 with USB interface If you connected your printer using the USB interface, you need to install the EPSON USB Printer Device Driver and the printer software included in the printer software CD-ROM. Follow the instructions in the USB User’s Guide that came with your printer.

  • Page 23: Connecting The Printer To Your Macintosh

    To connect to an iMac computer using the USB port, see the USB User’s Guide shipped with your printer. To use the printer's built-in serial interface, you will need an Apple System Peripheral-8 cable. Follow these steps to connect the printer: 1.

  • Page 24: Installing The Printer Software In Your Macintosh

    Installing the Printer Software in Your Macintosh After connecting the printer to your Macintosh, you are ready to install the printer software included in the “Printer Software for EPSON Stylus Photo 1200” CD-ROM shipped with your printer. Your printer software includes: EPSON Printer Driver Package SP1200 This is the printer driver software that runs your printer.

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    Use this when printing scanned photographs or computer graphics. If you are using the floppy disk version, make a backup copy of the EPSON Macintosh printer software disk before you begin installation. Caution: Turn off all virus protection programs before you install your printer software.

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    4. After the initial screen appears, click Continue. The following dialog box appears. 5. If you want to install all of the printer software included on your printer software CD-ROM, make sure the Install Location box shows the correct disk drive and click Install.

  • Page 27: Selecting Your Printer In The Chooser

    Selecting Your Printer in the Chooser After you install the printer software, you need to open the Chooser to select your printer. You have to choose the printer the first time you use it or whenever you want to switch to another printer.

  • Page 28: Loading Paper

    When background printing is on, you can use your Macintosh while it is preparing a document for printing. You must turn on background printing to use the EPSON Monitor3 utility to manage print jobs. 4. Close the Chooser.

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    Then slide the left edge guide against the edge of the paper. printable side up Note: Always load paper into the sheet feeder short edge first. output tray Setting Up Your Printer...

  • Page 30: Printing Your First Page For Windows

    1. Make sure A4 or letter size paper is loaded in the printer. 2. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Epson (for Windows 95, and 98) or EPSON Printers (for Windows NT 4.0), and then click EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 Readme.

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    4. Make sure your printer is selected and then click Properties, or Options. You may need to click a combination of these buttons. The driver settings window appears. 5. Click the Main tab if necessary, then click anywhere in the Media Type box and select the media you loaded in the printer.

  • Page 32: Printing Your First Page For Macintosh

    Reference Guide. After printing, check your results. If everything printed satisfactorily, your EPSON printer is now fully setup and ready to help you create wonderful printouts. If the printed image is unexpectedly faint or dots in the printed image are missing, see “Checking the Print Head Nozzles”...

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    3. Open the EPSON folder and double-click the README file. 4. Choose Page Setup from the File menu. This brings up the dialog box shown below. 5. Select the paper size you loaded in the printer from the Paper Size list.

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    12. Click Print to start printing. After printing, check your results. If everything printed satisfactorily, your EPSON printer is now fully setup and ready to help you create wonderful printouts. If the printed image is unexpectedly faint or dots in the printed image are missing, see “Checking the Print Head Nozzles”...

  • Page 35: Loading Special Paper

    Always load paper into the sheet feeder short edge first. Make sure the paper stack fits under the arrow mark inside the edge guide. Loading capacity for envelopes and EPSON special media is explained below. Envelopes Up to 10 envelopes.

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    360 dpi Ink Jet Paper and Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper Photo Quality Ink Jet Card, Ink Jet Note Card, and Ink Jet Greeting Card Photo Quality Glossy Film Ink Jet Transparencies Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheet Photo Paper Photo Stickers 16 and Photo Stickers 4 Loading Special Paper Up to the arrow mark on the...

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    Panoramic Photo Paper and Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper Photo Paper Cards Back Light Film *Take care not to not print on support sheets loaded under special media. One sheet at a time. One sheet at a time. Always put a support sheet* under the Photo Paper Card.

  • Page 38: Replacing Ink Cartridges

    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.

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    1. Make sure the printer is on. The P power light should be on, but not flashing. (Determine which cartridge needs to be replaced as indicated by the B black and A color ink out light.) 2. Lower the output tray at the front of the printer, then open the printer cover.

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    Once you open the ink cartridge clamp, the ink cartridge becomes unusable and cannot be reinstalled even if ink remains. 5. Lift the cartridge out of the printer and dispose of it properly. Do not take the used cartridge apart or try to refill it. Warning: If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

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    Caution: You must remove the yellow tape seal from the cartridge. Leaving the tape on when you install the cartridge will permanently damage it. Do not remove the blue portion of the tape seal from the top of the cartridge; otherwise, the cartridge may become clogged and cannot print.

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    The printer moves the print head and begins charging the ink delivery system. This process takes about one minute to complete. When the ink charging process is finished, the printer returns the print head to its home position and the P power light stops flashing. Caution: The P power light continues to flash while the printer performs the ink charging operation.

  • Page 43: Checking The Print Head Nozzles

    You can check the print head nozzles from your computer with the Nozzle Check utility in the printer software, or from the printer itself by using the printer’s control panel buttons. Note: Do not start the Nozzle Check utility while printing is in progress;...

  • Page 44: Using The Control Panel Buttons

    Print head needs to be cleaned The above sample is in black and white, but the actual test prints in color (CMYKcm). 2. Press the P power button to turn off the printer after it finishes printing the nozzle check pattern. Maintenance...

  • Page 45: Cleaning The Print Head, Using The Head Cleaning Utility

    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.

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    If print quality hasn’t improved after repeating this procedure four or five times, turn the printer off and leave it alone overnight. Then do the head cleaning again. Maintenance cleaning button to return the print head cleaning button for three seconds.

  • Page 47: Aligning The Print Head

    Note: To maintain print quality, we recommend 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 from your computer using the Print Head Alignment utility in your printer software.

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    For Macintosh users 1. Make sure A4 or wider paper is loaded in the sheet feeder. 2. Click the Utility icon button in the Print dialog box. Then click the Print Head Alignment button. 3. Follow the messages on your screen to align the print head. Maintenance...

  • Page 49: Troubleshooting, Error Indicators

    Error Indicators You can identify many common printer problems with 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.

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    (T001 ). See “Replacing Ink Cartridges” on page 36. If the paper is not ejected, turn off the printer. Open the printer cover and remove any paper from the paper path by hand. If the error does not clear, contact your dealer.

  • Page 51: Typical Problems And Solutions, Print Quality Problems

    Make sure the printable side of the paper is face up in the sheet feeder. Run the Print Head Alignment utility. Turn off the High Speed setting in your printer driver. For instructions, see the printer driver’s online help for Windows. For Macintosh, see “Using the Advanced settings” in the online Reference Guide .

  • Page 52: Paper Feed Or Paper Jam Problems

    Media Type setting is set correctly in your printer driver. Paper feed or paper jam problems If the printer doesn’t feed paper, feeds multiple pages, or paper is jammed, remove and reload the stack of paper, then press the load/eject button. Also check the following: The paper isn’t old or creased.

  • Page 53: Cancelling Printing

    When you send a print job to the printer, the Progress Meter appears on your computer screen. Click the stop button to cancel printing. For Macintosh When background printing is on 1. Select EPSON Monitor3 from the application menu. Troubleshooting...

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    Note: If the printing is not cancelled by the above way, press the P power button to turn off the printer. When background printing is off Hold down the J key on your keyboard and press the. (period) key to cancel the print job.

  • Page 55: Where To Get Help

    For United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland Users If you purchased your printer in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, EPSON (UK) Limited provides a range of customer services and technical support. World Wide Web If you can connect to the Internet and have a Web browser, you can access our Web site at http://www.epson.co.uk.

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    To use Faxon EPSON, call 01442 227332 in the UK or 0044 1442 227332 from the Republic of Ireland using a touch-tone phone. You will be asked to follow a simple routine to register your document request.

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    Arranging for faulty EPSON products to be repaired within the warranty period A full list of EPSON Customer and Warranty Support services is available on the technical support section of our world wide web pages at http://www.epson.co.uk/support/ and on Faxon EPSON Faxback service in document number 5085.

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    EPSON Helpdesk EPSON Helpdesk is provided as a final backup to make sure our clients have access to advice. Operators on 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.

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    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:...

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    Phone: Fax: 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: Fax: BBS: Troubleshooting...

  • Page 61: Options And Consumable Products

    The asterisk ( ) is a substitute for the last digit of the product number, which varies by country. Caution: Use only the interface cables listed above. Using other cables not covered by EPSON warranties may cause the printer to malfunction. Options and Consumable Products...

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    Black ink cartridge Color ink cartridge EPSON special media Most plain paper works well in your printer. In addition, EPSON offers specifically designed media for ink jet printers to meet most high-quality printing needs . EPSON 360 dpi Ink Jet Paper (A4)

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    EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Card (5 8 ” ) EPSON Photo Quality Ink Jet Card (8 EPSON Photo Quality Self Adhesive Sheet (A4) EPSON Ink Jet Note Cards A6 (with envelopes) EPSON Ink Jet Greeting Cards 5 (with envelopes)

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    EPSON Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper (Letter) S041153 EPSON Ink Jet Back Light Film (A3) Note: The availability of special media varies by country. Options and Consumable Products S041155 S041131...

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