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Epson EPL-N1200

Product Controls: Epson EPL-N1200 Laser

SelecType/Alt - Press the button once to choose OneTouch mode 1. Press it again to choose OneTouch mode 2. Press the button once more to choose the SelecType mode.

Continue/Reset - Press this button to switch the printer back on line after you have cleared a problem.

Alt + Continue/Reset - To clear all data in the printer's memory. Press the Alt and Reset buttons until Reset message appears on the control panel display. To change all settings back to default, press the Alt and Reset until Reset All message appears on the control panel display.

Form Feed - Press this button when the Form Feed light is flashing. The printer prints any data remaining in its memory.

On-Line - Press this button to switch the printer between On Line and Off Line status.

Menu - Enters the SelecType menu

Item (Used in SelecType mode) - Changes the menu item

Value (Used in SelecType mode) - Changes the value of an item

Enter (Used in SelecType mode) - Saves the new setting of an item

Alt (Used in SelecType mode) - Used with Menu, Item, and Value to scroll through selections in reverse order

On Line or SelecType - Exits SelecType mode

Is the Epson EPL-N1200 a true 600 x 600 dpi printer?

Yes, the RISC based controller and high-precision laser assembly are fully capable of addressing and marking a true 600 x 600 dpi resolution

Can the EPL-N1200 directly connect to an Ethernet network as a print server?

Yes, by adding an optional Type B Multi-Protocol (internal) Ethernet interface card, the printer can be directly connected to an Ethernet network as a print server. This configuration enables the EPL-N1200 to be a shared network printer that can be used by all network users.

How many computers can share the EPL-N1200 with its standard interfaces?

The printer can accommodate two computers using its built-in parallel ports. By adding an optional Type-B Ethernet, Parallel, Coax, Twinax or Serial interface, the printer can support up to three computers. With the optional LocalTalk interface card the printer supports up to 4 computers.

Can I use labels with this printer?

Yes, labels can be used. Select labels designed specifically for laser printers or plain paper copiers. Make sure all the labels adhere to and completely cover the backing sheet so they don't peel off. To test your labels, press a sheet of plain paper on top of the label sheet and see if any part sticks.

What is the correct way to load envelopes?

Load envelopes face up in the built-in paper tray. If printing is irregular due to varying thickness of the envelope paper, adjust the printer density setting in the printer driver.

The printers On-Line light is on, but the printer is not printing. What's wrong?

The computer may not be properly connected to the printer. Check both ends of the cable between your printer and computer. Make sure your interface cable meets the specifications for you printer and computer. Also, check that the correct printer port is selected in your computer.

The font selected in my software will not print correctly. How can I correct this?

If Image Optimum is set to Auto or On, fonts may be changed to increase print speed. Set Image Optimum to Off in the printer driver or the SelecType Config menu. Also, the printer may need more memory. See Chapters 2 and 3 of the User's Guide for more details.

Paper is jamming in the printer. How can I prevent this?

Use high-quality paper, one that is not too thin or rough. Fan the stack of paper and then tap the edges to align them before you load the stack. Adjust the paper guides so that the paper can slide in freely. Be sure you do not load too much paper and never let more then 250 sheets accumulate in the output tray on top of the printer. Also, try turning over the stack of paper in the tray. Most packages of paper indicate the printable surface with an arrow on the end of the package. Make sure that side is loaded face up.

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).