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Technical Field Bulletin
MC6100-00-010
Supersedes: None
magicolor 6100 DeskLaser Date: June 15, 2000

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magicolor 6100 DeskLaser, release

Purpose: This bulletin provides initial product support information for the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser.
Description:

1. ABOUT THIS BULLETIN

1.1 Purpose - This bulletin provides initial product support information for the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser.

1.2 Contents - This bulletin discusses the product in the following areas:

  • Product Description
  • Documentation
  • Printer Driver
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
1.3 Training - This bulletin also presents training recommendations.

2. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

2.1 Overview - The magicolor 6100 DeskLaser engine uses hardware components and printer options identical to the magicolor 6100 Print System. The life expectancies of the consumables, the supported media, and the required maintenance specifications are not referenced here due to their similarities. The controller uses new DeskLaser controller technology to provide GDI printing capability.

2.2 Print Engine - The magicolor 6100 DeskLaser uses the same Hitachi SL-3 engine and options as the magicolor 6100 Print System. The engine technology is derived (with little change) from that developed for the Hitachi SL-1 and SL-1D engines.

2.3 Controller - The controller uses an IDT79RC32364 processor operating an internal CPU speed of 133 MHz. The controller uses the "slide-in" assembly method.

2.3.1 Standard RAM - The magicolor 6100 DeskLaser controller has 2 DIMM connectors for system RAM. The base system has a 32 MB DIMM. Synchronous DRAM is used. The controller accommodates DIMM modules up to 128 MB in size. Note: When both memory slots are populated, they must be the same size. However, it is not necessary to have both slots populated.

2.3.2 Minimum RAM Requirements - This summarizes the amount of system memory required to achieve various levels of functionality. The base 32 MB supports 4-color 600x600 dpi and 1200x600 dpi simplex and duplex printing, at speed, on all paper sizes—with the following exception: 64 MB is required for 4-color 1200x600 dpi duplex printing on 11x17, A3, and 13x19 .

2.3.3 Flash ROM - The magicolor 6100 DeskLaser contains 1 MB of Flash ROM to hold the system software.

2.3.3.1 Updating System Software - The use of Flash ROM for system software storage offers the opportunity for easy update of system code. Installation of a code update overwrites the previous contents of the Flash Memory. The system software is available through the QMS corporate web site. (Go to www.qms.com, select Authorized Service Provider, Printer System Code and, finally, the appropriate printer code directory.)

2.3.3.2 Procedure for loading system software through the parallel port

1. Turn on the printer.

2. Using Windows Explorer, open the directory where you downloaded the system software.

3. Double-click the downloaded file. (The mc6100dl.exe file executes its commands within a MS-DOS window and produce a file named wps.sum.)

4. When you see "Finished" in the MS-DOS window title bar, close the MS-DOS window.

5. From the Start menu choose Runů

6. With the printer on-line and idle, in the Run dialog box type "x:\copy /b wps.sum lpt1" where x is the directory path where the wps.sum file is located. The downloading process takes less than a minute. After the updated system software has been written to the flash ROM, the printer reboots itself.

2.3.4 Font Card / SIMM Support - N/A

2.3.5 Disk Drive Support - N/A

2.3.6 Standard Interfaces

2.3.6.1 1284 Parallel - Full IEEE 1284 support is provided. The parallel port on your PC is designed to operate in various communication modes or protocols. These modes control how the PC communicates with your printer. Two of these modes are:

SPP-Standard Parallel Port - This is the default mode on most PCs (occasionally referred to as compatibility, normal, or output only).

ECP-Extended Capabilities Port - The speed that SPP communicates over the parallel port varies on different PCs. It's likely that the current settings for your PC will meet your common printing needs. However, in the event that communication over the parallel port is inadequate (such as the case might be for large, complex print jobs), you will need to change the communication mode of the parallel port to ECP mode. (Note: Maximum performance is achieved on the PC only when ECP mode is enabled in the BIOS. On most PCs, enabling ECP mode requires the user to make a change to the BIOS setup.)

2.3.6.2 10BaseT/100BaseTX Ethernet - The interface supports the following protocols:

1) transport1/status1

2) SNMP (allows for an enhanced interface to Crown Admin 3)

3) lpr/lpd

Multiple PC platforms may share the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser simultaneously over the Ethernet interface. Both the Ethernet and parallel interface may be connected at the same time. However, data is only accepted from only one port at a time. There is no simultaneous I/O as on QMS Crown printers.

3 DOCUMENTATION

3.1 Service and Parts Manuals - Service and maintenance on the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser requires the following:

  • Maintenance Manual for magicolor 6100—QMS P/N: 1750039-001A

3.2 User Documentation -Operation of the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser requires the following:

  • magicolor 6100 DeskLaser Installation Guide—QMS P/N: 1800542-001A
  • magicolor 6100 DeskLaser User's Guide—QMS P/N: 1800543-001A

4 PRINTER DRIVER

4.1 Windows - The magicolor 6100 DeskLaser printer driver is designed for use with Windows 95/98/2000 and NT 4.0 operating systems. The following is a brief description about how to access and configure the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser printer driver. The printer configuration options are located on tabs that appear in the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser printer driver window.

4.1.1 Windows 95/98 - There are two methods for accessing the configuration options for the printer driver. They are via the printer device properties or the application's printer setup.

(Note: You should configure your printer driver settings via the printer driver Properties method for your typical print jobs and use your application's Printer Setup for print jobs that require special, less frequently needed printer settings.)

Five tabs appear in the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser Properties window. The tabs and a summary of the options found on each are as follows:

  • General - Allows you to attach comments, use a separator page, and print a test page.
  • Details - Allows you to set interface connection details.
  • Sharing - Allows you to set up the printer so others on the network can use it.
  • Color Management - Allows you to select the color profile associated with your printer or allow the operating system to make the selection for you.
  • 32-bit Super Driver Setup - This tab leads to an additional set of tabs that are as follows:
    • Paper - Allows you to provide information about the document type and location of the media you want to print on.
    • Page Layout - Allows you specify N-up (Number-up) settings, scaling, and watermarks used for your print jobs.
    • Image - Allows you to provide settings for color format, image brightness and contrast, color balance, and color matching.
    • Device Options - Allows you to specify which printer options are installed on the printer.
    • About - Displays the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser printer driver release version and date.

4.1.2 Windows 2000/NT 4.0 - There are three methods used for configuring the printer driver. They are via the printer driver Properties, default Document Properties, and the application's Printer Setup. However, these three methods don't all have the same options or control. (Note: You should configure your printer driver settings via the printer driver Properties and default Document Properties for your typical print jobs and use your application's Printer Setup for print jobs that require special, less frequently needed printer settings.)

Five tabs appear in the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser Properties window accessed through the Start >Printers menu: General, Ports, Scheduling, Sharing and Security:

  • General - Allows you to name the printer, specify a location, specify a driver to be used, install a new or updated printer driver, use a separator page between documents, specify a print processor/data type, and print a test page.
  • Ports - Lists the available ports (under Ports), the associated port monitor (under Description), and a comma-delimited list of printers that use the port (under Printer). Allows you to add, delete, or configure ports. It also allows the printer to get settings and status information from other printing devices, and enables printer pooling (printing to two or more identical printing devices through one logical printer).
  • Scheduling - Allows you to configure the printer for availability and set the spooling information. The slider bar specifies the default document priority (higher-priority documents are put before lower-priority documents).
  • Sharing - Allows you to share the printer and install alternate drivers.
  • Security - Allows you to modify the permissions to limit access on the printer, view or set auditing information, or view or take ownership of the selected item(s).
The Paper, Page Layout, Image, Device Option, and About tabs are accessible from your application's printer setup and from Document Default Properties:
  • Paper - Allows you to provide information about the document type and location of the media you want to print on.
  • Page Layout - Allows you specify N-up (Number-up) settings, scaling, and watermarks used for your print jobs.
  • Image - Allows you to provide settings for color format, image brightness and contrast, color balance, and color matching.
  • Device Options - Allows you to specify which printer options are installed on the printer.
  • About - Displays the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser printer driver release version and date.

5 OPERATION

5.1 User Operation - User operation of the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser is not the same as for the magicolor 6100.

5.1.1 Menu Structure

5.2 Service Mode - Entry into the service mode on the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser is the same as for the magicolor 6100 Print System.

6 MAINTENANCE

6.1 No Change - Maintenance of the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser is the same as for the magicolor 6100 Print System.

7 TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS

7. 1 Print Engine and Controller - FE training is not required on the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser printer provided the FE has received magicolor 6100 training as currently provided by Technical Information Development.

Technical Field Bulletins will handle any major differences between the magicolor 6100 DeskLaser and its predecessor not already listed here as well as all new changes to each product.

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