Printing Self Test Labels

There is one label (configuration label) that can be produced without having to connect the printer to a data source. To print the configuration label follow the instructions provided in the table below where you hold the FEED button and observe one flash of the LED. Have the media loaded and ribbon, if used, before performing this procedure. Figure 1 shows an example of the configuration label. This may print on one or more labels depending on the size of the label you are using.

 

Power Off Mode (Communications Diagnostics Mode)

With the printer power off, press and hold the feed button while you turn on the power. The printer prints out a listing of its current configuration. After printing the label, the printer automatically enters a diagnostic mode in which the printer prints out a literal representation of all data subsequently received. To exit the diagnostic mode and resume printing, turn off and then turn on the printer.

Power On Modes

With the printer power on, printhead closed, and Error LED off, press and hold the Feed button for several seconds.  The Error LED will flash a number of times in sequence.  The explanation at the right (Action) shows what happens when you release the key after the specific number of flashes.

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Sequence

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A configuration label prints.

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The media sensor calibrates and a media sensor profile prints.

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To reset the communications parameters: Press and release the feed button while the LED flashes. The serial communication parameters reset to 9600 baud, 8 bits per character, no parity, 1 stop bit, and XON/XOFF.

For autobaud synchronization: Send a ZPL II format to the printer while the LED flashes. When the printer and host are synchronized, the LED changes to solid green. Note: No labels print during autobaud synchronization.

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Resets the factory defaults, auto calibrates, and saves settings into memory.

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The print width calibrates. While the status LED alternately flashes green and yellow, a series of stacking rectangles print on the label. When the rectangle prints to the outer edges of the label, press and release the feed button. The label width and current communications parameters will be saved into memory.

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The print darkness calibrates. A series of nine samples print, starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest image. When the desired print darkness is achieved, press and release the feed button. The print darkness will be saved into memory.

If the Feed button is held down for seven flashes and quickly released, the printer will ignore the button.  For additional information, refer to the maintenance manual.

 

Figure 1. Configuration Label