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HP LaserJet 1200 Series Printer - Printing and Understanding the Self Test/Configuration Report

Introduction

The self-test/configuration report can provide valuable troubleshooting information for the HP LaserJet 1200 series products. The self-test page has the following fields: Product Information, Memory, Installed Personalities and Options, Print Settings, Copy Settings (if using the HP LaserJet 1220 series product or if scanner accessory is installed), and Page Counts (including pages jammed in printer, pages mis-picked in printer, and total pages printed). This document covers how to print the Self Test/Configuration page and understanding the available settings. A configuration report provides the following information:

  • Printer configuration settings

  • Verification that the scanner is attached

  • A sample of the print quality

  • Information about the printer's page counts

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Printing a self test/configuration page

HP LaserJet Device Configuration Utility

To print a configuration report in the HP LaserJet Device Configuration Utility, use the following steps:

  1. In the HP LaserJet Device Configuration Utility , go to the Report tab (Test Pages on Macintosh).

  2. Click Print Configuration Report .

  3. The report prints on the HP LaserJet 1200 series product.

Control panel

When printing a self-test/configuration report from the printer control panel, the product runs a self-test and prints the results. To print a self-test/configuration report, use the following steps:

  1. Verify that the printer is in the Ready state.

  2. Press and release the GO button.

  3. The self-test/configuration page will print out on the HP LaserJet 1200 series product.

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Printing a continuous self test/configuration page

NOTE: During this process the Attention LED will turn on. If the Ready LED also turns on before the GO button is released, this procedure must be started again.
  1. Unplug the printer or if the printer has a power switch (220 volt only), turn the printer off.

  2. Press and hold the GO button.

  3. Plug the printer back into the wall or turn the printer on (220 volt only) and continue to hold the GO button for approximately 17 seconds or until the green ready light turns on.

  4. Release the GO button.

    NOTE: When the printer is first turned back on, all lights will flash, and then there will be no light pattern for approximately ten seconds. The amber light will then turn on. After the GO button is released, all LEDs will turn off for a few seconds and then begin cycling. After cycling, the lights will all turn off and the green light will blink indicating that data is processing and the page is printing. The printer will return to the Ready state with a solid green light after the page has printed.
CAUTION: Holding the GO button for more than 20 seconds may initialize NVRAM and reset the unit to the factory defaults.

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Stopping a continuous self test/configuration page

Press the GO button.

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Understanding the self test/configuration page

Figure 1: Sample Self-Test/Configuration Page

Product information

Setting
Available options
Description
Product Name
HP LaserJet 1200 series product
HP LaserJet 1220 series product
Identifies the product.
Formatter Number
Varies
Identifies the serial number for the formatter. This may be cleared if an NVRAM reset is performed.
Product Serial Number
AAAxxxxxx
Identifies the product serial number. This may be cleared if an NVRAM reset is performed.
Service ID
Varies
Firmware Datecode
Varies
Identifies the revision of the firmware that is currently installed in the printer.
PS Wait Timeout
User Setting
Amount of time unit will pause until timeout occurs.

Memory

The memory section identifies the total memory installed and the amount of memory available for print jobs. Available memory will typically be less than the total memory installed on the unit.

Total Memory: 8 Mbytes

Available Memory: 5.20 Mbytes

Installed options and personalities

The installed options and personalities identifies which printer languages that unit may use (PCL, PCLXL, PS), the date codes of the languages, what is installed in the DIMM slot. This section will typically provide the following:
  • PCL (19990105)

  • PCLXL (19990105)

  • PS (19990105)

  • DIMM Slot 1: Side 1: 4 Mbyte ROM DIMM

    Side 2: 8 Mbyte ROM DIMM

Page counts

Setting
Description
Total Pages Printed
Identifies the total number of pages the unit has printed.
Pages Jammed in Printer
Identifies the total number of pages that have jammed in the printer.
Pages Mis-picked in Printer
Identifies the total number of pages that have mis-picked in the printer.
Total Pages Scanned
Identifies the total of number of pages that have passed through the scan module.
Pages Jammed in Scanner
Identifies the total number of pages that have jammed in the scanner module.
Pages Scanned to Copy
Identifies the total number of pages that have been copied after being scanned into the unit.
Pages Printed from Copy
Identifies the total number of pages printed using the copy function.
Pages Scanned to Host
Identifies the total number of pages scanned to PC.

Copy settings

Setting
Available Options
Description
Default Copy Quality
Photo, Text, Draft
Identifies the quality of copies that are printed.
Default Copy Contrast
Lighter
< ----*---- >
Darker
Identifies the contrast of printed copies.
Default Copy Collation
On
Off
Indicates whether collation for printed copies is on or off.
Default Number of Copies
User Setting
Indicates the default number of copies that will print when a copy is made.
Default Copy Reduce/Enlarge
Original (100%)
Lgl -> Ltr (78%)
Ltr -> A4 (97%)
A4 -> Ltr (94%)
Lgl -> A4 (83%)
Indicates the default copy size.

Print settings

Setting
Available options
Description
Copies
User Setting
Default number of copies that print
Paper Size
User Setting
Default paper size
Wide A4
Yes
No
When A4 is the default paper size, this indicates whether or not the user has set the default to also print 80 columns wide.
Courier
Regular
Dark
Indicates whether the default Courier font type is regular or dark.
Auto Cont
On
Off
Allows the unit to continue printing if there is an error.
Orientation
Portrait
Landscape
Indicates the default page orientation.
Form
User Setting
Indicates the default form lines.
Manual Feed
On
Off
Indicates whether or not manual feed is the default paper feed setting.
Ret
On
Off
Indicates whether or not resolution enhancement is on or off.
Economode
On
Off
Indicates whether or not Economode is on or off.
Optimize For
Lightweight
Midweight
Heavyweight
Indicates the default media weight.
Setting
Available options
Description
Print Density
User Setting
Indicates the default print density. The higher the number, the heavier the print density.
Font Source
I (Internal)
Indicates the source of the default font.
Font Number
Varies
Indicates the default font that has been selected.
Pitch
User Setting
Indicates the default font size.
Sym Set
User Setting
Indicates the default internal fonts being used.
Line Term
User Setting
Indicates the default line termination; used primarily by Unix ® and MS-DOS ® users.
Prt PS Errs
On
Off
Indicates whether or not the printer should print PostScript ® errors.
Resolution
300
600
1200
Indicates the default resolution in dpi (dots per inch).
Bits Per Pixel
User Setting
Indicates the default bits per pixel.
Personality
Automatic
PCL
PostScript
Indicates the default printer language.
IO Timeout
User Setting
Indicates the default timeout value for ending a print job.
Reprint
Auto
On
Off
Indicates whether or not the printer is set for jam recovery.

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Printing a print server configuration page

The information on the print server configuration page reveals the status of the network and the HP Jetdirect 175X print server. If a configuration page can be printed, the hardware is working correctly. To print a print server configuration page, use the following steps:

  1. Press the TEST button on the rear panel of the print server.

  2. If it cannot be determined that a configuration page is in the process of printing, check the power/status LED.

  3. If the page never appears on the printer (or if it is unreadable), press and hold the TEST button to change the page description language (PDL).

  4. Press the TEST button once to request the page. (Repeat this step if necessary).

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Understanding the print server configuration page

The configuration page includes messages, network statistics, and status. These messages include configuration information and error messages for the HP Jetdirect print server. The HP Jetdirect configuration page can also be viewed over the network from a management utility (such as HP Web Jetadmin) or by accessing the embedded Web server on the HP Jetdirect print server.

Status field error messages

The configuration page contains several status fields for the print server and the supported protocols. One or more error codes and related error messages can be displayed in a Status field. See the Electronic User's Guide for information about each error message.

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