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HP LaserJet 2100 Series Printers - Features in the HP LaserJet Device Configuration and HP LaserJet Utility
Features in the HP LaserJet device configuration and HP LaserJet utility
The HP LaserJet device configuration and the HP LaserJet utility give access to a variety of features.
NOTE: Settings in the printer driver and software application override printer settings made in the configuration utility. Software application settings override printer driver settings.
Installing the configuration utility
For the HP LaserJet 2100 configuration utility to install, the HP LaserJet 2100 printer must be directly connected to the PC using an IEEE 1284 bidirectional parallel cable.
Installing the HP LaserJet 2100 configuration utility if the HP LaserJet 2100 software has not been installed or has been uninstalled
NOTE: The HP LaserJet device configuration utility and the HP LaserJet Utility are installed during a full install of the printer driver or they may be installed separately from the CD-ROM that shipped with the product. If the CD-ROM is lost, click here to download the printer software from the HP Web site at http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html.
Installing the HP LaserJet 2100 configuration utility if the HP LaserJet 2100 software was partially installed or an OEM installation was performed
Accessing the configuration utility
Accessing the HP LaserJet utility
Explanation of HP configuration utility
The HP LaserJet 2100 printer configuration utility is available for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0. The configuration utility’s dialog consists of seven property sheets: Print Quality, Page Setup, Resources, Advanced, Custom, Test Pages, and About. Switch between property sheets using either the keyboard or mouse. When using the mouse, select Tab (title space for property sheets) corresponding to the desired property sheet. All settings in the property sheets should be filled in with the current printer settings at the time that the utility is invoked. If the bi-directional interface is not functioning (due to a port lockout, a defective bi-directional cable, or a print server that does not have bi-directional functionality), printer settings may not be available to the configuration utility. The user interface will reflect this by displaying "Setting Unknown" below that setting, along with the Printer Default icon for that setting.
Prints a list of the printer’s current settings, available resources, and installed options.
Print this page to quickly check that the printer is set up and printing correctly.
PCL font list
Prints a list of all available PCL and PCL-XL fonts that are currently installed in the printer including any DIMM (dual in-line memory module) or permanently downloaded fonts.
Print quality tab
The Print Quality tab allows settings to be specified that affect the quality of the printer output.
Changing EconoMode to “on” will print a font in an outline format with gray fill. It uses about half the amount of toner as usual.
NOTE: If the 1200 dpi setting in the Resolution option is selected, the EconoMode option is unavailable and the “not” symbol (a bar) is displayed over the icon.
If the 600 dpi setting in the Resolution option is selected, the EconoMode option is available and the correct button is checked. This option tells the printer to use less toner to print jobs. All test pages are printed at 600 dpi. If selecting the 600 dpi setting, select the On setting in EconoMode, then change back to 1200 dpi. Test pages are printed at 600 dpi with EconoMode enabled.
Resolution enhancement technology or REt
When REt is on, it refines the print quality of characters by smoothing out jagged edges that can occur on the angles and curves of a printed image. Select Offif graphics, particularly scanned images, are not printing clearly.
NOTE: REt is disabled when 1200 dpi settings are selected.
Print density is a measure of the darkness of print on the page. The density setting determines how much toner is applied to the media. The default setting is three (3). Changing to five (5) will increase the amount of toner deposited on the media while changing to one (1) will decrease the amount of toner applied.
This option allows the choice of either portrait or landscape. Usually, the software program will allow for the choice of orientation. The setting in the software will override this setting.
Choose how many copies to make or the number of lines per page. The printer defaults to 60 lines per page. Some older DOS programs may need this setting changed to 66.
This setting is for paper size selection. The default paper size is letter.
The Resources tab specifies settings that affect the way printer memory is used for special features.
Resource saving size
NOTE: If the Automatic or Off setting in the Resource Saving option is selected or if a PostScript(R) compatible driver is not installed, the Resource Saving Size option is unavailable.
This option specifies the amount of printer memory allocated for each personality. The PCL and PostScript settings are initialized to values determined by the printer firmware. For the PCL setting, the default is “Off”. The minimum PCL setting is 400 and the maximum setting is 2400. Scrolling can be done in increments of 100. Scrolling is accelerated by the Windows default acceleration rate. Values above 2400 cannot be entered. The printer rounds non-zero values below 400 up to 400 KB. The printer rounds all values down to the nearest hundred. If the value specified exceeds the printer’s memory resources, the printer changes it to the largest available value.
This option specifies the printer’s default I/O buffering method. The I/O buffering allocates memory for incoming data in the printer. The default setting is Automatic.
I/O buffer size
NOTE: If the Automatic or Off setting in the I/O Buffering option is selected, the I/O Buffer Size option is unavailable.
This option specifies the amount of printer memory allocated for I/O buffering. The I/O buffer size is initialized to the last value set in the printer firmware. The default setting is Off . The minimum size is 10 and the maximum size is 31700. Increasing the size of the I/O buffer increases the speed at which the printer can accept data. Scrolling can be done in increments of 10 units first then in increments of 100 units. Values above 31700 cannot be entered. If the value specified exceeds the printer’s memory resources, the printer changes it to the largest available value.
The Advanced tab is to specify the default language used for the localized internal firmware test and demo pages. The default language is English.
NOTE: English (British) defaults to English (U.S.), French (Canadian) defaults to French, and Spanish (Mexican) default to Spanish.
Click the down arrow, and then select the language (English, French, German) used in device-generated reports, such as the configuration report and the demo page.
The Custom tab specifies settings for security and other miscellaneous features.
Courier font type
This option specifies the printer’s Courier font type. The default setting is Regular.
NOTE: The dark setting corresponds to the look of the Courier font that was used on older HP LaserJet printers.
This option specifies what action is taken in the event of a paper jam. The default setting is Auto, which causes a page to be reprinted if more than 8 MB of memory is installed.
This option specifies the printer’s fuser temperature. The fuser temperature is media dependent; a separate setting is available for each tray. This option can be used to improve the print quality for specific media types. For example, thicker or textured paper works best at a higher fuser temperature, so the Archive setting should be selected. For most other paper, the Normal setting should be selected. The default setting is Normal. If the printer is turned off, the settings return to the defaults.
NOTE: If Tray 3 is not installed, the Tray 3 settings are unavailable. The Archive setting may shorten the useful life of the printer’s fuser assembly.
If the Archive setting is selected for a tray, a dialog box will appear with a warning about the extended use of the Archive mode and how it may cause certain parts on the printer to wear out earlier than normal.
If a check box is selected, that tray is not available when the printer is set up to print from the first available tray. Otherwise, the driver can specify and print from any tray. The default setting unlocks all of the trays. One tray must remain unlocked. If there are three trays available, only two can be locked.
NOTE: If Tray 3 is not installed, the Tray 3 settings are unavailable.
Tray Lock is a feature that “locks” a tray so that the only time the printer will draw from that tray is when it is specifically requested, or if a tray override was requested and all unlocked trays are empty. This is useful when putting special paper in a tray, such as letterhead. For example, if using “First Available Tray,” for the paper source and Tray 1 is locked, the printer will only draw from the remaining trays, either Tray 2 or optional Tray 3, if it is installed. Printing can still be done from the locked tray, but the source must be specified, see "Selecting a Paper Source."
NOTE: The feature will not allow all trays to be locked. One tray must remain unlocked.
For Macintosh computers, this setting is available in theHP LaserJet Utility; see Accessing the HP LaserJet Device
Configuration or HP LaserJet utility
Test pages tab
The Test Pages tab is for printing the printer’s internal test pages.
Print test pages area
The buttons print the printer’s internal test page. The PostScript buttons and Print PostScript Errors check box will be available if:
Print PostScript error
If this check box is selected, the printer prints an error page if there was a PostScript error while printing a PostScript job. Normally, no feedback is received if a PostScript job has an error.
The About tab provides the version number of the configuration utility.
Printing by size of paper
NOTE: For printing by type of paper, see Tray Lock.
Configure the printer to select paper by size (letter or A4), as opposed to source (paper tray). If frequently using several different sizes of paper, once trays are set up correctly using the HP LaserJet Device Configuration, it is not necessary to check which size is loaded in each tray before printing. To print by size of paper, do the following:
Save settings to a file
This feature allows the current device settings to be easily saved to a file and later restored if desired. Click Save Settings to a File to save the currently displayed settings on all of the tabs to a file.
Retrieve settings from a file
Click Retrieve Settings from a File button to retrieve a set of previously stored device settings from a file. After retrieving these settings, click OK or Apply to update all of the settings on the device with the retrieved values.