Reference Guide


Printing with Windows

Using the Printer Utilities

Status Monitor 3
Nozzle Check
Head Cleaning
Print Head Alignment
Printer and Option Information
Speed & Progress

EPSON printer utilities allow you to check the current printer status and to perform some printer maintenance from your computer.

To use the utilities, click the Utility tab in the printer software, then click the button for the utility that you want to use. For information on how to access the printer software, see Accessing the printer software.

  • 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 if your printer is connected to your computer through a network.
  • Do not use the Nozzle Check, Head Cleaning, Print Head Alignment, or Ink Cartridge Replacement utilities while printing is in progress; otherwise, your printout may be marred.

Refer to the appropriate section below.

Status Monitor 3

Status Monitor 3 provides you with printer status information, such as the amount of ink remaining, and checks for printer errors.

This utility is only available when both of the following conditions are met:


Nozzle Check

The Nozzle Check utility checks the print head nozzles for clogging. Check the nozzles if you notice print quality has declined and after cleaning to confirm that the print head nozzles have been cleared. If the nozzle check indicates the print head needs cleaning, you can access the Head Cleaning utility directly from the Nozzle Check utility. For details, see Checking the Print Head Nozzles.


Head Cleaning

The Head Cleaning utility cleans the print head. You may need to clean the print head if you notice print quality has declined. Use the Nozzle Check utility first to confirm that the print head needs to be cleaned. You can access the Nozzle Check utility directly from the Head Cleaning utility. For details, see Cleaning the Print Head.


Print Head Alignment

The Print Head Alignment utility aligns the print head. Use this utility if you notice a misalignment of vertical lines. Follow the on-screen instructions to use this utility.


Printer and Option Information

This utility allows the printer driver to confirm printer configuration information. It also provides specific information regarding certain characteristics of the printer, such as the Printer ID.

Depending on the configuration of your system, the information displayed in the Printer and Option Information dialog box may be updated automatically, or may need to be entered manually.

If a message appears in the Current Settings window prompting you to enter settings, or if you change the printer configuration, follow the steps below to make the necessary settings manually.

Click the Settings Sheet button in the Printer and Option Information dialog box to print out information about your printer and options. This requires that A4 or Letter size paper is loaded in your printer. You will see a printout similar to the one below.

Make sure the settings in the utility match the information on the printed Settings Sheet. If they do not match, correct the settings on the screen to match the information on the settings sheet.

Click OK to exit this menu and save your settings.


Speed & Progress

You can make settings related to print speed and progress in this dialog box.

The available settings are as follows:

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 Windows Me, 98 and 95 only)

To speed up the data transfer rate to EPSON printers, select EPSON Printer Port.

If your computer supports ECP mode, enable DMA transfer to speed up printing.

For more details on the EPSON Printer Port setting, see EPSON Printer Port (For Windows Me, 98 and 95 only). For details on enabling DMA transfer, see Use DMA transfer (For Windows Me, 98 and 95 only)

Always spool RAW datatype (for Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 only)

Select this check box to have Windows NT-based clients spool documents using the RAW format instead of the EMF (metafile) format (Windows NT-based applications use the EMF format by default).

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

Spooling RAW datatype requires less resources than EMF, so some problems ("Insufficient memory/disk space to print", "Slow print speed", etc.) can be solved by selecting the Always spool RAW datatype check box.

When spooling RAW datatype, print progress as displayed by the Progress Meter may differ from actual print progress.

Monitoring Preferences

Click this button to open the Monitoring Preferences dialog box, where you can make settings for EPSON Status Monitor 3.

You can make the following settings:

Select Notification

Displays the current error item notification settings.

In this area, you can designate whether to have general error messages, communication error messages, or ink status messages displayed during printing or copying. Select the appropriate check box to specify the error types for which you want to receive notification. Also select the Alert check box if you want to be notified of error messages with an audio alert.

Select Shortcut Icon

Select this check box to have a shortcut icon placed in your Windows taskbar. Click the shortcut icon in the taskbar to open EPSON Status Monitor 3. Right-click the icon to display a shortcut menu, from which you can access some of the printer utilities. To select which icon will be displayed, click the icon your prefer from the choices given; your selection will be displayed at the right.

Allow monitoring of shared printers

Select this check box to allow monitoring of a shared printer by other computers.

Click the Default button to revert all Select Notification settings to their defaults.