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    Epson Stylus Pro 3880 ® USER’S GUIDE...

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    Legal Notices Neither Seiko Epson Corporation nor its affiliates shall be liable to the purchaser of this product or third parties for damages, losses, costs, or expenses incurred by purchaser or third parties as a result of: accident, misuse, or abuse of this product or unauthorized modifications, repairs, or alterations to this product, or (excluding the U.S.) failure to...

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    FCC Compliance Statement For United States Users 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 5: Table Of Contents

    Selecting Media for Your Printer ......25 Guidelines for Using Epson Media ......28 Choosing the Correct Paper Path .

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    6 | Contents 3 Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh Printing With Mac OS X ........48 Choosing Page Setup and Basic Print Options .

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    Contents | 7 Aligning the Print Head ........93 Aligning the print head manually .

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    8 | Contents Media ..........135 Printable Area .

  • Page 9: Warnings, Cautions, Notes, And Tips

    This User’s Guide provides important information on setting up and using Introduction ® your printer, loading paper, using the Epson printer drivers, and replacing ink cartridges. It also tells you how to maintain your printer to keep it working at its best, and provides troubleshooting tips in case you have a problem.

  • Page 10: Macintosh System Requirements

    10 | Introduction Macintosh System Requirements To use your printer in either a stand-alone or peer-to-peer network environment, your Macintosh ® system should meet these requirements: ® Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher • PowerPC G5, Intel, or higher processor •...

  • Page 11: Options And Supplies

    Vivid Light Magenta T580B00 Yellow T580400 You can purchase genuine Epson ® ink and paper from an authorized Epson reseller. To find the nearest reseller, call 800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). Or you can purchase online at www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales) or www.epson.ca (Canadian sales).

  • Page 12: Where To Get Help

    Before you call, make sure you have your Unit ID number, which is toll-free line or your included with the Epson Preferred Limited Warranty Plan information that Unit ID number, call came with your printer. You’ll also need your printer serial number and (562) 276-1305.

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    Introduction | 13 If you use a stand for the printer, make sure it can support at least 43 lb • (20 kg) Use only the type of power source indicated on the label. • Use only the power cord that comes with the printer. Use of another •...

  • Page 14: Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions

    14 | Introduction Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the • ink. Store ink cartridges in a cool, dark place. • If ink gets on your skin, wash it off with soap and water. If ink gets in •...

  • Page 15: Setting Up The Printer On A Network

    If you are using the printer on a network, follow the instructions in this Chapter 1: chapter to: Setting Up Connect the printer to the network • the Printer On a Network Configure the network interface • Install the printer software •...

  • Page 16: Configuring The Network Interface

    16 | Setting Up the Printer On a Network Configuring the Network Interface 1. Make sure that the printer is turned on and the LCD displays READY 2. Press the r button on the printer’s control panel to enter the Menu printer’s menu system.

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    Setting Up the Printer On a Network | 17 Network Status Sheet” below). Then use the arp command to set the IP address from a computer on the same segment of your network as the printer. Type the arp command on the command line using this format (where X is the IP address you want to assign and Y is the MAC address): arp -s XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX YY-YY-YY-YY-YY-YY...

  • Page 18: Printing A Network Status Sheet

    18 | Setting Up the Printer On a Network Printing a Network Status Sheet 1. Make sure that the printer is not printing and the LCD displays READY 2. Load 3 sheets of letter-size paper. 3. Press the r button on the printer’s control panel to enter the Menu printer’s menu system.

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    Setting Up the Printer On a Network | 19 3. Click Install 4. When you see a screen like this one, click the button. Manual 5. Select as the printer port, then click LPT1: 6. Follow the on-screen instructions to install all necessary software and manuals and register your printer.

  • Page 20: Mac Os X

    2. Insert the printer software CD in your CD or DVD drive. Note: If you see the 3. Double-click the icon. Epson Stylus Pro 3880 message that the installer has detected an older version of EpsonNet Config on your system,...

  • Page 21: Adding The Network Port

    (Windows 7), (Windows Devices and Printers Printer Printers Vista), or (Windows XP). Printers and Faxes 2. Right-click the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and select Printer Properties Properties 3. Click the tab, then click Ports Add Port 4. Select , then click the button.

  • Page 22: Mac Os X

    2. Open Print & Scan Print & Fax 3. Click the button to add a new printer. 4. Select the EPSON TCP/IP printer model. (If you don’t see it listed, click and select from the drop down More Printers EPSON TCP/IP list.)

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    Setting Up the Printer On a Network | 23 Bonjour Printing 1. Open System Preferences 2. Open Print & Scan Print & Fax 3. Click the button to add a new printer. 4. Select the printer model that is connected with Bonjour. 5.

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    24 | Setting Up the Printer On a Network 1-24...

  • Page 25: Handling Paper And Other Media

    The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 prints on a variety of cut-sheet media up to Chapter 2: 17 inches wide. You can also use heavy stock, such as posterboard, up to Handling 59 mil (1.5 mm) thick. Paper and This chapter includes the following information:...

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    26 | Handling Paper and Other Media Paper type Size Number of sheets Part number Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster 8.5 × 11 inches S041405 11.7 × 16.5 inches S041406 13 × 19 inches S041407 S041604 17 × 22 inches...

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    Handling Paper and Other Media | 27 Paper type Size Number of sheets Part number Matte Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte 8.5 × 11 inches S041341 11.7 × 16.5 inches S041343 13 × 19 inches S041339 S041605 17 × 22 inches...

  • Page 28: Guidelines For Using Epson Media

    S042321 Always test samples of paper stock in the printer before purchasing large quantities or printing large jobs. When you use non-Epson paper or other media, you may need to adjust various settings or create special paper configurations. (See page 43 for more information.)

  • Page 29: Choosing The Correct Paper Path

    Handling Paper and Other Media | 29 Choosing the Correct Paper Path The printer provides three paths for loading media: Auto sheet feeder • (multiple sheets) Rear manual feed slot • (one sheet only) Front manual feed slot • (one sheet only) It’s very important to use the correct paper path and to load the correct number of sheets.

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    The following table shows which path to choose for the type of media you are using and the maximum number of sheets you can load for the different types of special Epson media. The letter stands for the auto sheet feeder stands for the rear manual feed slot.

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    Epson Proofing Paper White Semimatte A, R 13 × 19 inches Epson Standard Proofing Paper (240) A, R 13 × 19 inches Epson Standard Proofing Paper SWOP 3 A, R 13 × 19 inches Epson Singleweight Matte Paper A, R 13 × 19 inches A, R 17 ×...

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    32 | Handling Paper and Other Media Paper type Paper path Size Auto sheet feeder loading capacity * Epson Cold Press Bright 8.5 × 11 inches 13 × 19 inches 17 × 22 inches Epson Cold Press Natural 8.5 × 11 inches 13 ×...

  • Page 33: Loading Paper In The Auto Sheet Feeder

    Handling Paper and Other Media | 33 Loading Paper in the Auto Sheet Feeder Using the auto sheet feeder, you can load up to 120 sheets of plain paper or varying amounts of special media types. Refer to the table starting on page 30 to see how many sheets you can load for your paper type.

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    34 | Handling Paper and Other Media 4. Use both hands to pull out and extend the output tray, lifting it slightly as you pull. Make sure the arrow marks on the tray and the printer are aligned. 5. Pull out the output tray extensions to accommodate your paper size. 6.

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    Caution: Do not leave paper in the printer for a long period of time; its quality will deteriorate. Epson recommends that you remove the paper from the printer after printing. You’re ready to print. If the paper skews when you’re printing on large sheets, flip out the edge guide located on the right side of the auto sheet feeder to help the paper feed straight.

  • Page 36: Loading Paper Into The Rear Manual Feed Slot

    36 | Handling Paper and Other Media Loading Paper Into the Rear Manual Feed Slot Use the rear manual slot to load special media one sheet at a time. (See the table on page 30 for a list of papers you can load in the rear slot.) 1.

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    Handling Paper and Other Media | 37 4. Insert one sheet face-up and short edge first into the rear sheet guide against the right edge guide. 5. Slide the edge guide against the left edge of the paper. 6. Gently guide the paper into the slot until it meets resistance. Maintain a constant pressure;...

  • Page 38: Loading Paper Into The Front Manual Feed Slot

    Caution: Do not leave paper in the printer for a long period of time; its quality will deteriorate. Epson recommends that you remove the paper from the printer after You’re ready to print. printing. Loading Paper Into the Front Manual Feed Slot Use the front manual feed slot when you need to print on thick media (1.2 to 1.5 mm), such as posterboard.

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    Handling Paper and Other Media | 39 Also keep the following in mind when using the front slot: Load only one sheet at a time and make sure the printable side is • face-up. If the paper is wider than 16 inches, use the auto sheet feeder or rear slot •...

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    40 | Handling Paper and Other Media 4. Insert a single sheet of paper, short edge first and face-up into the front tray. 5. Position the right edge of the paper against the right side of the tray and align the paper’s bottom edge with the white line on the tray. 2-40...

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    Caution: Do not leave paper in the printer for a long period of time; its quality will deteriorate. Epson recommends that you remove the paper from the printer after You’re ready to print. printing. When you finish printing, push the front tray back in.

  • Page 42: Adjusting The Platen Gap For Thick Or Thin Paper

    When you switch media again, don’t forget to change the setting back to STANDARD. If you’re printing on non-Epson media, you may also need to create a paper configuration to optimize your results. See the next section for more information.

  • Page 43: Using Special Paper Configurations

    Handling Paper and Other Media | 43 Using Special Paper Configurations When you choose a media type in your Epson printer software, the driver automatically determines the best settings for your paper. However, you may want to fine-tune how the printer handles certain media—especially if you use non-Epson paper or a paper not supported by the driver.

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    44 | Handling Paper and Other Media 9. Make sure the paper you are creating the configuration for is loaded in the correct paper path in the printer. Then press r and Enter to print a paper thickness pattern. The printer prints a pattern similar to the following: Smallest gap 10.

  • Page 45: Selecting A Paper Configuration

    Handling Paper and Other Media | 45 15. Press d or u to set the paper feed amount for the bottom margin area that is 0.79 or 1.18 inches (2 or 3 cm) from the bottom of the paper (labelled in the illustration to the right).

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    46 | Handling Paper and Other Media 2-46...

  • Page 47: Printing With Epson Drivers For Macintosh

    Your Epson Stylus Pro 3880 comes with drivers and utilities that let you Chapter 3: print and manage print jobs. For the best black-and-white photography Printing with output, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 driver offers Advanced Black and White Epson Drivers mode.

  • Page 48: Printing With Mac Os X

    The Epson driver offers automatic settings that optimize print you expect. quality and speed when you’re using Epson media. You can also choose additional settings for more control over your printer and color output. If your application has margin settings, make 1.

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    Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh | 49 4. If necessary, click the arrow next to the Printer setting or the Show button to expand the print window. Details You see the expanded printer settings window for your product: Note: The print window...

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    50 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh 6. Click the drop-down menu and choose the size of the paper Paper Size Note: If you don’t see the Paper Size setting in the you are using and one of the options listed below.

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    Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh | 51 You see a window like this one: Click to create a new paper size Click , double-click , give your paper size a name, and define Untitled its size and margins. Then click , and select the newly created paper size from the Paper Size pop-up menu.

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    52 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh You see this screen: 9. Select the that corresponds to the paper you are printing Media Type Note: The setting may on. See the table on page 63 for more information. not exactly match the name of your paper.

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    Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh | 53 11. Set the option as follows: Color Mode Select to disable color management in • (Off) No Color Adjustment the printer driver. Choose this mode when you use a color-managed ICC workflow in Photoshop or another software application.

  • Page 54: Choosing Color Management Options

    54 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh Choosing Color Management Options Follow these instructions to use color management in the printer driver. 1. Select from the drop-down menu. You see this screen: Color Matching 2. Select one of the following settings: to use a Color Mode (see page 53) that •...

  • Page 55: Choosing Advanced Media Control Options

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh | 55 Choosing Advanced Media Control Options Follow these instructions if you are using non-Epson media and you need to fine-tune its performance. Note: You may need to 1. Select from the drop-down menu. You see...

  • Page 56: Controlling Borderless Image Expansion

    56 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh lets you fine-tune the setting for various paper • Platen Gap thicknesses. Controlling Borderless Image Expansion To control the amount of expansion when printing using a Paper Size with option, select from the...

  • Page 57: Choosing Advanced Black And White Photo Settings

    Advanced Black and White Photo mode allows you to easily produce neutral from Photoshop, make and toned black-and-white prints using your Epson driver. This mode offers sure you do not use an alternative black and white workflow with settings for more advanced Photoshop’s color...

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    58 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh 4. Uncheck for the best quality. High Speed 5. Click . You see this screen: Advanced Color Settings 6. Choose the settings that are best for your photo. allows you to add tone (hue) to your black and white •...

  • Page 59: Creating A Custom Preset And Printing

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh | 59 adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of • Contrast your image. allow you to control • Shadow Tonality Highlight Tonality tonality only in the shadow or highlight areas of your image.

  • Page 60: Managing Print Jobs

    60 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh Managing Print Jobs After you click , you can monitor the progress of your print job. Follow Print these steps: 1. Click the icon for your printer on the Dock. If necessary, double-click your printer (and print queue) name.

  • Page 61: Checking Ink And Maintenance Status

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh | 61 Checking Ink and Maintenance Status EPSON Printer Utility4 lets you check the status of ink in the printer and maintenance cartridge. (You can also run maintenance utilities from this screen. See pages 90 to 94 for instructions.) 1.

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    62 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh 4. Select . You see this screen: Open Printer Utility 5. Click the icon. EPSON StatusMonitor The software checks the status of ink in the printer and maintenance cartridge, and displays a screen like this one: 6.

  • Page 63: Selecting The Correct Media Type Setting

    If your paper is not listed, check the instructions included with the paper, or look on the Epson website www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales), www.epson.ca (Canadian sales). If you are using non-Epson paper, consult the manufacturer for the best setting. You may have to experiment with different settings to determine which one is best for the media you’re using.

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    64 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Macintosh For this media Select this Media Type setting* Epson Hot Press Natural Hot Press Natural Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte Exhibition Canvas Matte Epson Premium Canvas Matte Premium Canvas Matte Epson Standard Proofing Paper (240)

  • Page 65: Printing With Epson Drivers For Windows

    Your Epson Stylus Pro 3880 comes with drivers and utilities that let you Chapter 4: print and manage print jobs. For the best black-and-white photography Printing with output, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 driver offers Advanced Black and White Epson Drivers mode.

  • Page 66: Choosing Basic Print Options

    Choosing Basic Print Options The driver offers automatic settings that optimize print quality and speed when you’re using Epson media. You can also choose advanced settings for more control over your printer and color management options. Follow these steps to make basic settings: 1.

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    If your paper is not listed, check the instructions included with the paper, or check the Epson Pro Imaging website at www.proimaging.epson.com. If you are using non-Epson paper, choose the closest setting. You may have to experiment with different settings to determine which one is best for the media you’re using.

  • Page 68: Choosing Color Management Options

    68 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows Use the Speed/Quality slider to set the desired quality level. Select from the following additional options and click for fast, bidirectional printing at lower quality. • High Speed to improve the quality of low-resolution images.

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    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 69 3. Choose one of the following settings (if you select Color Controls Tip: If you turn off color , or , click the button after you select PhotoEnhance™ Advanced management, you can...

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    70 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows allows you to automatically correct images and • PhotoEnhance choose from six Scene Correction settings. adjusts colors based on the printer’s ICC profile, using the • Image Color Matching system. You can choose the input profile and other settings as shown below.

  • Page 71: Choosing Paper And Layout Options

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 71 Choosing Paper and Layout Options You can select a variety of settings for margins, orientation, sizing your Note: Many application settings override settings image, and double-sided printing. Follow the instructions below to select in the printer driver.

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    72 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows You see a window like this one: Note: If your application Type a name for your custom size, then enter the size in hundredths of has margin settings, an inch (or centimeters) and click...

  • Page 73: Choosing Layout Options

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 73 prints your image at the size you specify in your • Retain Size application. You need to size your image slightly larger than the paper if you want to print without borders.

  • Page 74: Choosing Paper Configuration Options

    Depending on the resolution of your original image and the print size, you may see reduced quality in the print. Choosing Paper Configuration Options 1. If you are using non-Epson media and you need to fine-tune its performance, select the tab and click the button.

  • Page 75: Choosing Advanced Black And White Photo Settings

    Advanced Black and White Photo mode allows you to easily produce neutral Note: If you are printing and toned black-and-white prints using your Epson driver. This mode offers from Photoshop, make an alternative black-and-white workflow with settings for more advanced sure you do not use control.

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    76 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows You see this screen: Tone color circle 5. Choose the settings that are best for your photo. You can use the Note: The preview image will always be the same preview image on the screen as a guide.

  • Page 77: Saving, Exporting, And Importing Custom Settings

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 77 helps to reduce gloss differential by adding • Highlight Point Shift density to the highlights of your image or the full page. adjusts the hue of your black and white print. •...

  • Page 78: Importing A Custom Settings Group

    78 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows To save the settings to a file that you can share, click the • Save/Del button again, click the name of the setting group in the list, click , select a location, enter a file name, and click...

  • Page 79: Editing Printer Driver Settings

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 79 Editing Printer Driver Settings 1. Click the tab, then select Utility Menu Arrangement 2. Select the item you want to edit. You can do the following: Drag and drop the items to rearrange them •...

  • Page 80: Managing Print Jobs

    80 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows Managing Print Jobs Your printer comes with two utilities that let you check on your print jobs and cancel, pause, or restart them. The Progress Meter opens each time you send a print job. Status Monitor 3, which appears on the taskbar when you print, lets you check the printer’s...

  • Page 81: Optimizing Print Speed

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 81 Optimizing Print Speed You can use the Speed and Progress utility to improve printing speed. 1. Click the tab, then click the button. You Utility Speed and Progress see this window: Note: If you want to...

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    82 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows speeds printing by rendering the entire • Page Rendering Mode page. Use this setting if print speed is extremely slow or the print head stops for a few minutes while printing. Printing will take longer to start.

  • Page 83: Setting Monitoring Preferences

    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 83 Setting Monitoring Preferences You can choose when and how you want to be notified of problems, whether you want a Status Monitor 3 icon to appear on your Windows taskbar, and whether you want to allow monitoring by other users who share the printer.

  • Page 84: Selecting The Correct Media Type Setting

    If your paper is not listed, check the instructions included with the paper, or look on the Epson website www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales), www.epson.ca (Canadian sales). If you are using non-Epson paper, consult the manufacturer for the best setting. You may have to experiment with different settings to determine which one is best for the media you’re using.

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    Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows | 85 For this media Select this Media Type setting* Epson Hot Press Natural Hot Press Natural Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte Exhibition Canvas Matte Epson Premium Canvas Matte Premium Canvas Matte Epson Standard Proofing Paper (240)

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    86 | Printing with Epson Drivers for Windows 4-86...

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    The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 requires little maintenance to keep working at its Chapter 5: best. This chapter describes the following routine procedures: Maintaining Checking printer status and part life • Transporting Checking and cleaning the print head • the Printer Aligning the print head •...

  • Page 88: 88 | Maintaining And Transporting The Printer

    The service life for each ink cartridge and the maintenance cartridge is Note: You can replace indicated as follows: the ink cartridges and maintenance cartridge E[*****]F yourself. Other printer E[**** ]F parts need to be E[*** replaced by an E[** authorized Epson service technician. 5-88...

  • Page 89: Viewing Status Information

    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 89 Viewing Status Information To view printer status information instead of printing it, follow these steps: Note: Some status information is a 1. Press the r button and then d until projection based on the Menu PRINTER STATUS last print made.

  • Page 90: Checking And Cleaning The Print Head

    90 | Maintaining and Transporting the Printer Checking and Cleaning the Print Head If your printed image shows a color shift or horizontal or vertical lines, you Note: You can run a cleaning cycle by holding should check the print head to see if any nozzles are clogged. down the Menu button for three seconds.

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    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 91 3. Click the icon. Nozzle Check 4. Click to print the nozzle check pattern so you can see if the print Print head needs to be cleaned. Or click if you want to run the nozzle Auto check and have the printer automatically clean the print head if necessary.

  • Page 92: Running A Power Cleaning Cycle

    If the pattern is still missing segments after a few power cleaning cycles, turn off the printer and let it sit overnight. Then clean the print head again the following morning with regular cleaning cycles. If you still see no improvement, contact Epson for assistance. 5-92...

  • Page 93: Aligning The Print Head

    Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper • Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy • Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper • Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster • Enhanced Matte Paper • Epson Ultra Presentation Paper Matte • Epson Presentation Paper Matte •...

  • Page 94: Aligning The Print Head Manually

    If you want to verify or fine-tune the alignment process, you can perform a manual head alignment. Aligning the print head manually When you want to use the non-Epson special media, you can perform the head alignment manually. To perform head alignment manually, follow the steps below.

  • Page 95: Replacing Ink Cartridges

    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 95 6. Press Enter, and the printer starts printing. Head alignment pattern examples: 7. After printing is finished, the pattern number and current set number are displayed. Select the set that has the smallest gaps, and then press the d or u button to display the number for that set.

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    Vivid Light Magenta T580B00 Yellow T580400 You can purchase genuine Epson ink and paper from an authorized Epson reseller. To find the nearest reseller, call 800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). Or you can also purchase online at www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales) or www.epson.ca (Canadian sales).

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    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 97 Before you start, make sure the printer is turned on. Then follow these steps Caution: Leave the low to replace an ink cartridge: or expended cartridge in the printer until you are 1. Note the color of the cartridge whose icon and abbreviation is on or ready to replace it.

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    98 | Maintaining and Transporting the Printer 4. Press the ink eject button above the cartridge you need to replace. The ink cartridge slides out slightly. 5. Carefully pull the cartridge straight out of the slot and dispose of it properly.

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    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 99 7. Shake the ink cartridge well before installing it. 8. Hold the ink cartridge with the arrow mark facing up and pointing to the back of the printer, and then insert it into the slot until it clicks. Arrow mark The printer has a protection system to prevent improper cartridge insertion.

  • Page 100: Performing Additional Maintenance Tasks

    100 | Maintaining and Transporting the Printer 9. Close the ink cover and press it until it clicks. When you see on the LCD, the printer is ready to print. READY Performing Additional Maintenance Tasks In addition to running a power cleaning cycle, you can use the Maintenance menu to switch between Matte Black and Photo Black, set the printer’s date and time, and adjust the contrast on the LCD screen.

  • Page 101: Changing The Black Ink Type

    The Photo Black cartridge is ideal for printing photographic images on all media types. It is optimized for traditional photographic and ink jet-coated papers, such as Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster and Epson Photo Paper Semi-gloss. The Matte Black cartridge is optimized for printing photographic images on matte or plain papers, such as Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte and Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper.

  • Page 102: Adjusting The Lcd Contrast

    102 | Maintaining and Transporting the Printer 2. Press d until is highlighted, then press r. MAINTENANCE 3. Press d to select , then press r CLOCK SETTING 4. Use u or d to set each item in the date and time, displayed in the following format: MM/DD/YY HH:MM 5.

  • Page 103: Using Maintenance Mode

    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 103 Using Maintenance Mode Maintenance mode allows you to change the language or units of measurements used in the printer’s menus and return all the menu settings to their default values. Follow these steps to use maintenance mode: 1.

  • Page 104: Replacing The Maintenance Cartridge

    (showing a new cartridge) Replacement cartridges are available from Epson (product code T582000). You can purchase replacement items for your printer from an authorized Epson reseller. To find the nearest reseller, call 800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). Or you can purchase online at www.epsonstore.com.

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    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 105 3. Open the maintenance cartridge cover. 4. Grasp the handle of the maintenance cartridge, then push it up while gently pulling it toward you. WARNING: If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

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    106 | Maintaining and Transporting the Printer 5. Remove the replacement cartridge from its package. Then put the used maintenance cartridge in the plastic bag provided and dispose of it Caution: Be careful not properly. to tilt the used cartridge or spill ink from it when removing it.

  • Page 107: Cleaning The Printer

    Contact Epson if you think the printer needs lubrication. If the problem still occurs, clean the area using a soft, lint-free, dampened cloth. Then wipe the inside of the printer dry with a dry, lint-free, soft cloth.

  • Page 108: Transporting Or Storing The Printer

    To ship the printer, you must repack it using the original box and packing WARNING: The printer weighs about 43 lb (20 kg), materials. If you do not have these items, contact Epson to request them. and should be lifted by two Otherwise, the printer may be damaged beyond repair.

  • Page 109: Uninstalling And Reinstalling The Printer Driver

    Tip: Check the Epson Pro re-installing it. However, you can download the Uninstall Center utility Imaging website at proimaging.epson.com from the Epson support website to uninstall your product software as for updated drivers and described below. utilities that may become available.

  • Page 110: Updating Your Printer Firmware

    Then follow the instructions on the Start Here sheet to install the printer software or in Chapter 1 for network setups. Updating Your Printer Firmware You can check for a newer version of firmware on the Epson support site and update your printer, if necessary. Downloading the Firmware 1.

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    Maintaining and Transporting the Printer | 111 2. Double-click the icon on your desktop. EPSON LFP Remote Panel You see a window like this one: Note: For more information on using the LFP Remote Panel, click Help to see the on-screen guide.

  • Page 112

    4. Make sure your printer is on, its LCD is set to , and it is Ready connected to your computer. Then choose in the Stylus Pro 3880 Printer list. 5. Click and find the firmware that you just downloaded and Browse extracted.

  • Page 113: Solving Problems

    • Solving paper problems, including clearing paper jams • Diagnosing Problems The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 includes a number of ways to help you diagnose problems: To identify the most common problems, check the messages on the • control panel. See page 114 for more information.

  • Page 114: Checking Error Messages And Lights

    114 | Solving Problems Checking Error Messages and Lights The control panel includes various lights and an LCD panel to indicate the status of the printer: Ink cover open / u button Power light Ink light Back / l button Paper light Menu / r button Power...

  • Page 115

    Solving Problems | 115 Message Explanation Response BORDERLESS The installed paper is not Press the d button, and then load a different size ERROR supported for borderless media. See “Choosing Paper Options” on page 71 for printing or the PAPER SIZE Windows, or “Choosing Page Setup and Basic Print PRESS THE DOWN CHECK setting is off.

  • Page 116

    116 | Solving Problems Message Explanation Response FRONT FEED SLOT The front manual feed slot Load a sheet of paper in the front slot, and then press OPEN is open, but no paper is the d button. loaded. LOAD MEDIA PRESS THE DOWN BUTTON FRONT FEED SLOT...

  • Page 117

    The wrong type of cartridge Select NO (press the Menu button) if you want to is installed or is installed in replace the ink cartridge with a genuine Epson ink NON-GENUINE the wrong slot. cartridge. See “Replacing Ink Cartridges” on page 95.

  • Page 118

    CLOSE THE MAINTENANCE COVER MAINTENANCE A part used in the printer Note the code and contact Epson. See “Where To Get REQUEST NNNN has nearly reached the end Help” on page 12. of its life. "NNNN" shows the product code for the part.

  • Page 119

    Response NOT ENOUGH The maintenance cartridge Replace the maintenance cartridge with a genuine EMPTY SPACE is almost full. Epson maintenance cartridge. See “Replacing the REPLACE THE Maintenance Cartridge” on page 104. MAINTENANCE CARTRIDGE NOT ENOUGH INK The ink cartridge is nearly Replace the ink cartridge with a new one.

  • Page 120

    120 | Solving Problems Message Explanation Response PAPER SENSOR The loaded paper is not the Press the Cancel/Reset button, and then load the ERROR same as the paper type paper that matches the type selected for the Automatic selected for the Automatic Head Alignment.

  • Page 121

    A fatal error has occurred. PLEASE CONTACT Turn the printer off, leave it for awhile, then turn it on THE REPAIR CENTER again. If message appears again, note the code and contact Epson. See “Where To Get Help” on page 12. 6-121...

  • Page 122: Improving Print Quality

    ◗ Make sure the printable side of your media is loaded face-up. ◗ Choose a higher resolution, such as SuperPhoto - 2880dpi. ◗ If you’re using a third-party RIP and non-Epson media, see if the RIP provides a method for adjusting the paper feed.

  • Page 123

    Solving Problems | 123 Problem Solution ◗ Check the ink indicators and light to see if you are low on ink. Replace ink Your print is grainy, or has misregistration or cartridges if necessary, as described on page 95. ghosting. ◗...

  • Page 124

    (Macintosh) or page 68 (Windows). ◗ Adjust the Color Density setting in the Paper Configuration utility. ◗ If you’re using a third-party RIP or non-Epson media, custom color profiles will give you the best color reproduction. ◗ Make sure the printable side of your media is loaded face-up.

  • Page 125: Solving Operational Problems

    ◗ Make sure the Media Type setting in your printer software is correct for the media you’re printing on. ◗ If you’re printing on non-Epson media, you may need to adjust the paper thickness setting or drying time. See page 42.

  • Page 126

    ◗ Make sure the interface cable meets the required specifications. See page 10 or 11. ◗ Your Epson printer is not selected as the default printer. Install the printer driver if it is not installed yet, and follow the instructions below to select your Epson printer as the default printer.

  • Page 127: Solving Miscellaneous Printing Problems

    Solving Problems | 127 Solving Miscellaneous Printing Problems If your printouts are not what you expected, try the suggestions below: Problem Solution ◗ Make sure your software is installed correctly and the printer is selected in your Your print has incorrect or garbled characters.

  • Page 128: Solving Paper Problems

    Make sure the platen gap setting is correct for the paper or media you’re • printing on. See page 42 for more information. If you’re not using Epson media, make sure you use a paper • configuration to adjust for the paper’s thickness and drying time (see page 45).

  • Page 129: Paper Skews When Printing On Large Format Media

    Make sure the platen gap setting is correct for your paper (see page 42). • If you are using a custom paper configuration for non-Epson special • media, check the paper type selected in the printer’s menu (see page 45).

  • Page 130

    130 | Solving Problems Clearing a paper jam from the auto sheet feeder 1. Turn off the printer. 2. Carefully remove the jammed paper from the output tray. If necessary, open the top cover, and remove any jammed paper from the area shown below.

  • Page 131

    Solving Problems | 131 Clearing a paper jam from the front manual feed slot 1. Turn off the printer. 2. If necessary, press the d button to eject the sheet. 3. Remove the jammed paper from the front or back of the printer. Front Back 6-131...

  • Page 132

    132 | Solving Problems Clearing a paper jam from the rear manual feed slot 1. Make sure the printer is turned on. 2. Press the button to feed the paper backward. 3. Remove the jammed paper from the back. 6-132...

  • Page 133: Printing

    (441.8 mm) 2880 dpi 17.39 inches 50094 (441.8 mm) Resolution Maximum 2880 × 1440 dpi Print direction Bidirectional Control code ESC/P ® Raster 64MB Character tables PC 437 (US, Standard Europe) PC 850 (Multilingual) Character sets Epson Courier 10 cpi...

  • Page 134: Environmental

    134 | Specifications Environmental Specification Operation Storage Temperature 50 to 95 °F –4 to 104 °F (10 to 35 °C) (–20 to 40 °C) Print quality guarantee: 59 to 77 °F (15 to 25 °C) Humidity 20 to 80% RH 5 to 85% RH (without 40 to 60% RH for optimum...

  • Page 135: Printer Interfaces

    Specifications | 135 Printer Interfaces USB (1.1 and 2.0 compatible) • Ethernet (10/100Base-TX) • Safety Approvals Safety standards UL 60950-1, CSA 22.2 No. 60950-1 FCC part 15 subpart B, class B, CSA C108.8 class B Media Sizes 3.5 × 5 inches 4 ×...

  • Page 136: Printable Area

    Since the quality of any particular brand or type of paper may be changed by the manufacturer at any time, Epson cannot attest to the quality of any non-Epson brand or type of paper. Always test samples of paper stock before purchasing large quantities or printing large jobs.

  • Page 137

    Index Color problems, 127 ColorSync settings, 54 Accessories, 11, 96 Component life, checking, 88 to 89 Adding printer (Macintosh), 22 to 23 Control Panel, 114 Advanced Black and White mode, 75 Control panel Advanced Black and White Photo aligning print head, 93 Mac OS X, 57 to 59 buttons, 114 Windows, 75 to 77...

  • Page 138

    Lights, control panel, 114 to 120 Head Alignment menu, 93 Mac OS X Height of printer, 134 advanced media control settings, Help, Epson, 12 High Speed Copies setting, 81 basic print options, 48 to 53 High Speed setting black and white photos, 57 to 59...

  • Page 139

    TCP/IP printing, 22 loading, 29 to 41 Maintenance, 87 to 107 Mac OS X options, 51 Maintenance cartridge non-Epson, 43 to 45 checking status, 88 to 89 printable area, 136 ordering, 11 problems, 128 to 132 replacing, 104 to 106...

  • Page 140

    Quality Options, Windows, 67 to 68 turning off, 13 Printer driver installing in Macintosh, 20 installing in Windows, 18 to 20 Registering non-Epson media, Printer menus 43 to 45 Custom Paper, 43 to 45 Requirements, system, 10 to 11 Head Alignment, 93...

  • Page 141

    77 to 78 Windows, 80 to 83 driver, 65 Storing printer, 108 Expansion setting, 73 Support, Epson, 12 installing printer driver, 18 to 20 System requirements, 10 to 11 layout options, 71 to 74 managing print jobs, 80 to 83...

  • Page 142

    142 | Index -142...

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