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Increasing the Print Speed

General tips
Using the Speed & Progress dialog box (Windows only)

Follow the instructions in this section to increase the printing speed of your printer.

General tips

Just as printing at a high resolution requires more processing time than printing at a low resolution, printing in color takes longer than printing in black-and-white because the volume of data in a color document is much greater. For this reason, it is important to be selective in your use of color if you also require a fast print speed.

However, even if your document requires the highest resolution and extensive use of color — for example, when you are printing a camera-ready composite that includes color photographs — it may still be possible to optimize the print speed by adjusting other printing conditions. Keep in mind that changing some conditions to increase the print speed may also lower print quality.

The following table shows the factors that inversely affect print speed and print quality (increasing one will decrease the other).

Print quality
Print speed

Lower
Faster

Higher
Slower

Menu or dialog box

Printer software settings

Print Quality

Draft, Normal

Photo

Advanced dialog box

High Speed

On

Off

Finest Detail

Off

On

Data characteristics

Image size

Small

Large

Resolution

Low

High

The table below shows the factors related to print speed only.

Print speed

Faster

Slower

Menu or dialog box

Printer software settings

Ink

Black

Color

Advanced dialog box, Main menu (Windows), Print dialog box (Macintosh)

Flip Horizontal*

Off

On

Advanced dialog box

Edge Smoothing*

Off

On

Advanced dialog box

Collate*

Off

On

Paper menu (Windows), Layout dialog box (Macintosh)

Reverse Order*

Off

On

Hardware resources

System speed

Faster

Slower

HDD Through put 12

Large

Small

Memory free space

Large

Small

Software status

Running applications

One

Many

*  Varies depending on the application that you are using.
**  Grayscale means using black ink only to print varying shades of gray, ranging from pure black to pure white.


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Using the Speed & Progress dialog box (Windows only)

Windows users can make certain print speed settings in the Speed & Progress dialog box. Click the Speed & Progress button on your printer software's Utility menu. The following dialog box appears.

The settings related to print speed are listed below.

Note:
The specific features available in the printer software vary depending on the printer model and the version of Windows that you are using.

High Speed Copies

To print multiple copies of your document faster, select High Speed Copies. This speeds up printing by using your hard disk space as a cache when printing multiple copies of your document.

EPSON Printer Port

For printer models that use the parallel port, select this check box to enable the EPSON printer port, which is optimized for EPSON printers, instead of the Windows default printer port. This speeds up the data transfer rate to EPSON printers. Parallel port users can further increase print speed by enabling DMA transfer, as explained below.

Enabling DMA transfer

If your computer has a parallel port which supports ECP mode, you can enable DMA transfer to speed up printing. See your computer manual to determine if it supports ECP mode and DMA transfer.

To determine whether you need to enable DMA transfer, compare the message below the EPSON Printer Port check box to this table, and take the recommended action.

Message

Action

High Speed (DMA) Transfer enabled.

DMA transfer is already enabled. Click OK to close the dialog box.

For higher data transfer rates, use DMA Transfer.

Follow the steps below this table to enable DMA transfer.

(No message)

Your system's parallel port setting does not allow DMA transfer. However, if you change the parallel port setting to ECP or Enhanced using your computer's BIOS Setup program, you may be able to use DMA transfer. Consult your computer manual or computer manufacturer for instructions. Once you change the parallel port setting, follow the steps below this table to enable DMA transfer.

Note:
Before you run the BIOS Setup program, uninstall the printer software using Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. After running the BIOS Setup program, reinstall the printer software.  

If you want to enable DMA transfer, follow the steps below.

Double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and then Control Panel.

Double-click the System icon and click the Device Manager tab.

Double-click the Ports (COM & LPT) icon and then the LPT1 icon. If your printer is connected to a port other than LPT1, double-click the appropriate port icon.

Click the Resources tab, then clear the Use automatic settings check box. Write down the Input/Output Range settings shown in the resource settings box.

Select a basic configuration setting from the Setting based on list that uses the same Input/Output Range settings as those you wrote down in Step 4, and make sure that the Direct Memory Access channel and Interrupt Request numbers are allocated and displayed. Confirm also that the Conflicting device list text box shows No conflicts.

Click OK to save the settings.

Reopen the Speed & Progress dialog box to verify whether DMA transfer has been enabled.

Note:
You may not be able to use DMA transfer on some computers even after you make the settings explained above. Consult your computer maker for information on the DMA transfer capability of your computer.


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