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Epson ActionLaser 1000/1500

Can an additional interface be added to the ActionLaser 1000 and the ActionLaser 1500?

Yes. The ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 printers accept one of the following user installed interfaces: buffered serial, buffered parallel, AppleTalk, twinax and coax interfaces.

Do the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 use the same toner cartridge as the ActionLaser II?

No. The ActionLaser 1000 and 1500 use a new all-in-one imaging cartridge. The imaging cartridge comes packed in the box with the printer.

Do the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 use the same imaging cartridge as the EPL-7000/7500 and the EPL-8000?

No. Due to the small footprint and new engine design of the ActionLaser 1000 and 1500, an entirely new imaging cartridge is used.

What is the life, in pages, of the imaging cartridge for the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500?

The all-in-one cartridge has a life of 6000 pages at 5% toner coverage.

Do the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 have Automatic printer sharing?

Yes. The ActionLaser 1000 comes standard with a parallel interface and also accepts an optional type "B" interface. With an optional interface, the ActionLaser 1000 can also be used with the built-in printer sharing.

The ActionLaser 1500 comes standard with parallel and serial ports and can be shared by two computers. A type "B" interface may also be installed in the printer for additional printer sharing capabilities.

Can the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 connect to IBM System 3x, AS-400 systems or to 3270 series terminals?

Yes. Using the optional twinax and coax interfaces, users can connect to the IBM System 3x, AS-400 systems and 3270 terminals.

Why is the maximum memory difference between the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500?

The ActionLaser 1000 comes with 512Kb of soldered memory and three banks of sockets, expandable to 6.5Mb. The ActionLaser 1500 comes with 1 Mb of soldered memory and two banks of sockets, expandable to 5Mb.

Do the ActionLaser 1000 or ActionLaser 1500 require memory boards for upgrading the printer's memory?

No. The user simply slides out the printer controller and places the memory chips on the controller board. The memory chips are the same standard DRAM chips used by the ActionLaser II.

Do the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 have an ozone filter?

No. The new ActionLasers are ozone-free printers. Due to the new technologies in printer engine design, no ozone is produced.

Can the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 feed different paper sizes?

Yes. The new ActionLaser printers have an internal adjustable paper tray. The tray accepts up to 150 sheets of 20 lb. paper in various sizes, including letter and legal size. The internal paper tray may also be adjusted to accept up to 10 envelopes. An additional 250 sheet letter size paper tray is also available. This optional tray is placed under the printer, keeping the same size footprint.

Is there Macintosh compatibility with the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500?

Yes. The Epson AppleTalk interface and PostScript options allow the new ActionLasers to be connected directly to a LocalTalk network, or directly to an Apple Macintosh computer.

What is MicroArt printing?

MicroArt printing uses toner with a smaller particle size than that used in conventional toner. The benefits of MicroArt printing are blacker blacks, fine line reproduction, no "edge effect" (a printer error that causes edges to be darker than the center portion of an image), and less toner blurring.

What is RITech?

Resolution Improvement Technology (RlTech) allows the ActionLaser 1500 to reassemble the dot mapped data to improve the printed image. This improvement smoothes text and graphics to eliminate the "jaggies" or jagged edges from text and graphics.

How do I set the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 back to the factory default settings?

1. Turn off the printer
2. Press and hold the Initialize/Reset button until "FACTORY RESET" appears on the LCD display, then release the button.

How does the automatic interface switching work with the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500?

The ActionLaser 1500 comes standard with parallel and serial interfaces, allowing two users to share a single printer. By installing an optional third interface, three users can share the printer. The ActionLaser 1000 supports a single user with the standard parallel interface. With an optional interface installed, two users can share the printer. it is not necessary to connect the ActionLasers through a network or switchbox to activate the switching of the interface ports. Also, no control panel functions need to be made. Optional emulations will require more memory.

The printer can receive data from one interface while printing data from the other interface. The first job received is the first to print. Each job prints completely before another begins printing.

Can I get a print out of the current settings of the printer?

Yes, to print the STATUS SHEET follow the steps below:

1. Press the SelecType Level 1 button to enter SelecType mode.
2. Press the down arrow button (Continue) until "STATUS SHEET" appears on the LCD screen.
3. Press the right arrow button (FEED) twice to execute the "STATUS SHEET".
4. After the page prints, press the ON LINE button once to return the printer to an on-line condition.

Is there a separate "FONT SAMPLE" print of the internal fonts and cartridge fonts?

Yes, to print the "FONT SAMPLE", follow the steps below:

1. Press the SelecType Level 1 button to enter SelecType mode.
2. Press the down arrow button (Continue) until "FONT SAMPLE" appears on the LCD screen.
3. Press the right arrow button (FEED) twice to execute the "FONT SAMPLE".
4. After the page prints, press the ON Line button once to return the printer to an on-line condition.

What printer driver selection shouldn I choose in my software programs when using the ActionLaser 1000 and ActionLaser 1500 in the HP mode?

The proper printer driver selections are listed below in order of preference.

  • HP LaserJet IIIsi - (ActionLaser 1500 only)
  • HP LaserJet IIIP - (ActionLaser 1500 only)
  • HP LaserJet Series III - (ActionLaser 1500 only)
  • HP LaserJet II
  • HP LaserJet Series II
  • HP LaserJet Plus
  • HP LaserJet 500

Won't print full page or "Page Buffer Full"

The "Page Buffer Full" message or incomplete page printing happens most often when printing spreadsheets or large graphic files. This indicates there is not enough RAM memory in the printer to process the whole page. This can be demonstrated by changing the printer resolution in the Print menu to a lower number, for example: 150 dpi instead of 300 dpi. If the complete page prints or most of the page then the problem is due to inadequate memory resources in the printer.

You can either decrease the current print driver's resolution to 150 dpi or lower (this options is found under GRAPHICS) or you can install more memory in the printer.

Stops printing and "Continue" lights

This is normal when trying to print on odd size and small documents within the printer specifications without the AUTO CONTINUE feature turned on. The printer will stall momentarily, and you will have to press the CONTINUE button after each page. It also sometimes occurs if paper misfeeds and more than one sheet is fed at one time. To avoid having to press Continue you can turn the AUTO CONTINUE feature on.

  • Enabling the AUTO CONTINUE feature on the printer.
  • Press the SELECT TYPE LEVEL 2 button.
  • Press the CONTINUE button until you reach AUTO CONTINUE OFF>
  • Press the FEED button until AUTO CONTINUE OFF >SET.
  • Press the COPY END button until AUTO CONTINUE ON>SET.
  • Press the FEED button until AUTO CONTINUE ON>.
  • Press the INITIALIZE RESET (you won't see any change, but the printer knows) button, then press ON-LINE.

Poor print quality

If print quality has declined, please read through the troubleshooting section of your printer user's manual as it has important instructions on how to handle and clean the various components and locations of these items.

These are a few important things to check in a laser printer which can affect print quality.

  • Print density adjustment may cause print to be too light or dark/dirty background if adjusted too low or too high.
  • Printer components may be dirty with spilled toner inside printer.
  • Transfer charger wire may be broken or dirty and need cleaning.
  • Glass lens on print head may be dirty and require cleaning.
  • Cleaning pad may need replacing.
  • Toner may be low.
  • Imaging cartridge or drum may need replacing.

If, after cleaning or replacing the above items, print quality has not improved, the printer should be inspected or serviced by an Epson authorized servicer.

Windows 95 printing problem

Epson laser printers emulate HP printers, so if the Epson printer model is not listed among the Windows driver choices, you need to use the appropriate HP printer driver. Since you are using Windows 95, you should install the printer's emulation which is the HPLJ2 printer driver (32-bit).

There are three changes that you will need to make.

  • Go to the HPLJII properties section, go to the tab called, "GRAPHICS" select the option called, "DITHERING." Under this option select "ERROR DIFFUSION."
  • Under the tab called, "FONTS." Go to "TRUE TYPE FONTS." Select on this menu, the option called, "PRINT TRUE TYPE AS GRAPHICS."
  • Make sure that the port settings are set to LPT1, NORMAL, STANDARD, bi-directional or SPP only. The printer does not support ECP or EPP. Any changes to your printer port will have to be done in your system's BIOS. Refer to you Windows 95 manual or contact your computer vendor for assistance.

Error Messages

A C0002, C0003 or C9999 error usually occurs if the printer cannot understand an instruction. So the problem could be a corrupted or wrong driver sending wrong instructions, in this case we would recommend reinstalling the correct driver. Do you use any non Windows applications where there is no problem or is the problem consistant to only one application or document in Windows? This would indicated the printer hardware is not the problem. Otherwise there could be something wrong with the printer if it is not understanding a valid instruction. On the EPL-7000 the C9999 error when printing in landscape mode can be solved by using the HPII driver rather than the HPIIP driver.

The C0004 error is a controller error or could also be caused by a failing fusing unit. If you are seeing this error at power up, then you are experiencing a hardware problem with the printer. If this is the case you will need to have the printer serviced at an Epson authorized service center. If the error message appears on the LCD when it is in a process of printing or receiving the data, then what you may be experiencing is a driver corruption, reinstalling the correct driver may help.

The C0008 error message means Privilege Violation. Your software application is sending a message or a code to the printer that it is not understanding. Make sure you have the correct driver installed.

Prints 2 pages for each page

If you're using single sheets you need to make sure the software is set up for either single sheet paper or 61 lines per page otherwise it will print a few lines on a second page if the document is over 61 lines. Some older DOS software may not have those settings if it is designed to be used only with tractor feed paper. For Windows software, make sure to select Sheet Feeder bin 1 for your paper source in Printer setup.

@PJL printing AT top of page

Use the HPLJIIIP driver and set up your system as follows:

  • From the Desktop click Start, Settings, then Printers
  • Highlight the HP LaserJet IIIP
  • Click on File then Properties
  • Click on the Details tab
  • Click on Port settings (located in the lower right side of the window)
  • Disable "check port state before printing" and click OK
  • Click on Spool Settings and select "print directly to printer" and click OK
  • OK the Properties, close Printers, restart the computer
  • Once back in Windows 95' try and print a document from the Wordpad or Notepad programs (located in accessories).