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Using the Printer Utilities

Checking the print head nozzles
Cleaning the print head
Aligning the print head
Starting EPSON LFP Remote Panel
Selecting Speed & Progress settings

The Epson printer utilities let you check the printer’s status and perform printer maintenance from your computer.


Note:
  • The letter in parentheses after the utility name indicates the shortcut key for that utility. Press ALT and the letter on the keyboard to open that utility.

  • Do not use the Nozzle Check, Head Cleaning, or Print Head Alignment utilities while printing is in progress; otherwise, your printout may be marred.

EPSON Status Monitor 3

This utility provides information about the ink cartridges and maintenance cartridge. EPSON Status Monitor 3 also checks for printer errors.


Note:

EPSON Status Monitor 3 is available when your system is configured to support bi-directional communication.

Nozzle Check

This utility checks the print head nozzles for clogging. Check the nozzles when you notice the print quality has declined, when you are experiencing horizontal banding, and after cleaning the print head to confirm that the print head nozzles have been cleaned. See Checking the print head nozzles.

If you click Auto in the Nozzle Check dialog box, or select AUTO for NOZZLE CHECK using the control panel on the printer, this utility not only checks for clogged nozzles, but also performs head cleaning automatically.

Head Cleaning

This utility cleans the print head. You may need to clean the print head if you notice the print quality has declined. See Cleaning the print head.

Print Head Alignment

Use this utility to improve the quality of your printed images. For example, if vertical lines appear out of alignment or if white or black banding appears in your printed image. You can use this utility to realign the print head. See Aligning the print head.

EPSON LFP Remote Panel

This utility lets you optimize your printer. See Starting EPSON LFP Remote Panel.

Checking the print head nozzles

If you find that your printed image is unexpectedly faint or dots in your printed image are missing, you may be able to identify the problem using the Nozzle Check utility.


Note:

Do not start the Nozzle Check utility while printing is in progress; otherwise, your printout may be marred.

Make sure that several sheets of A4/Letter size or larger paper are loaded in the printer’s auto sheet feeder.

Click Nozzle Check.

Click Print if you want to visually check if any print head nozzles are clogged. Click Auto if you want to perform an automatic nozzle check, and if the nozzle check indicates it is necessary, perform an automatic head cleaning.

Follow the on-screen instructions to print a nozzle check pattern.

If the nozzle check shows missing dots, clean the print head. See Cleaning the print head.

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Cleaning the print head

If you find that your printed image is unexpectedly faint or dots in the printed image are missing, you may be able to solve these problems by using the Head Cleaning utility to clean the print head. This ensures that the nozzles are delivering ink properly.


Note:
  • Do not start the Head Cleaning utility while printing is in progress; otherwise, your printout may be marred.

  • To save ink, use the Nozzle Check utility first to confirm that the print head needs to be cleaned.

  • When the ink status light is flashing or on, you cannot clean the print head. Replace the appropriate ink cartridge first. See Replacing Ink Cartridges.

Make sure the printer is turned on and the ink status light is off, and that a few sheets of A4/Letter size or larger paper is loaded in the printer’s auto sheet feeder.

Click Head Cleaning.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

Click Print Nozzle Check Pattern in the Head Cleaning dialog box to confirm that the head is clean and to reset the cleaning cycle.

If dots are still missing after cleaning, try the following:

  • Repeat this procedure three or four times, turn the printer off and let it sit overnight, and then try head cleaning again.

  • Select POWER CLEANING from the control panel on the printer. See POWER CLEANING. This consumes ink, so only use this cleaning when necessary.

  • Replace any ink cartridge that is old or damaged.

If the print quality remains a problem after you have tried these solutions. See Where To Get Help.

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Aligning the print head

If you see misaligned lines or black or white vertical banding in your printed image, you may be able to solve the problem using the Print Head Alignment utility to align the print head.

Make sure that the printer is turned on, it’s in the READY state, and that a few sheets of A4/Letter size or larger Epson media are loaded in the printer’s auto sheet feeder.

Click Print Head Alignment.

Follow the on-screen instructions to align the print head.

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Starting EPSON LFP Remote Panel

Use this utility to optimize your printer.

Make sure the printer is turned on.

Click EPSON LFP Remote Panel.

Follow the on-screen instructions. (See the EPSON LFP Remote Panel on-screen help for details.)

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Selecting Speed & Progress settings

Use the speed and progress settings for greater control over the printer’s operation. Click Speed & Progress on the Utility tab. You see a window like this one.

High Speed Copies

To print multiple copies of your images faster, click the High Speed Copies checkbox. This speeds up printing by using your hard disk space as a cache when printing multiple copies of an image.

Show Progress Meter

To display the Progress Meter every time you print, click the Show Progress Meter checkbox. Then, you can monitor the progress of your print job.

Disable EPSON Status Monitor 3

If you don’t want to monitor your printer’s status with EPSON Status Monitor 3, click the Disable EPSON Status Monitor 3 checkbox.

Always spool RAW datatype

To enable NT-based clients spool documents to use the RAW format instead of the EMF (metafile) format, click the Always Spool Raw datatype checkbox (Windows NT-based applications use the EMF format by default).

Try using this option if documents spooled in the EMF format do not print correctly.

Depending on the type of image you are printing, spooling RAW datatype requires fewer resources than EMF. You may be able to solve problems, such as “Insufficient Memory/Disk Space to Print”, “Slow print speed”, etc.


Note:

When you spool RAW datatype, the print progress displayed by the Progress Meter may be inaccurate.

Page Rendering Mode

Use this function when the print speed is extremely slow or when the print head stops for a few minutes while printing. When this checkbox is selected, the print speed may improve by rendering the job as a page.


Note:
  • When you use Page Rendering Mode, the print progress displayed in the Progress Meter may be inaccurate.

  • Printing may take longer to start.

Coarse Rendering

Use this function if the output length (number of pixels) is limited by your application. Longer print output is made possible by reducing the resolution to restrict the number of pixels to stay within the application’s limit.

Print as Bitmap

Use this function when the print speed is extremely slow or when the print head stops for a few minutes while printing. Try this option if selecting the Always spool RAW datatype and Page Rendering Mode settings does not solve the problem.

Monitoring Preferences

This function lets you specify the monitoring features of EPSON Status Monitor 3.

Click Monitoring Preference. You see a window like this one.

You can select the following settings.

    Select Notification

    Displays the current error item notification settings. Select the checkboxes to specify the error types you want to receive notification for.

    Select Shortcut Icon

    Select the Shortcut Icon checkbox to display a shortcut icon in your Windows taskbar. Clicking the shortcut icon in the taskbar will open EPSON Status Monitor 3. Click the icon you prefer as shortcut icon, and you can preview the icon at the right.

    Allow monitoring of shared printers

    Allows you to monitor the status of a shared printer.

Click OK.

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