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HP LaserJet 2300 Printer Series - Control Panel Menus

Introduction

This document provides information about the printer control panel. It explains how to use the printer Help system, print a menu map, and change control panel options. It explains the options on all of the control panel menus.

Figure 1: Location of control panel

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About the control panel and control panel menus

Most routine printing tasks can be performed from the computer by using the program or printer driver. These two methods are the most convenient way to control the printer, and they override the printer control panel settings. See the Help file for the software program. Or, for more information about gaining access to the printer driver, click here to go to "Changing the settings for a print job" below.

It is also possible to control the printer by changing settings at the printer control panel. Use the control panel to gain access to printer features not supported by the program or printer driver.

A menu map can be printed at the printer control panel that shows the settings with the currently selected values (click here to go to "Printing a control panel menu map" below) . Note that certain menus or menu items appear only if certain options are installed in the printer.

This document explains the following menus:

  • Retrieve Job menu

  • Information menu

  • Paper Handling menu

  • Configure Device menu

  • Diagnostics menu

  • Service menu

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Control panel layout

The control panel includes the following controls:
  • Graphical display that can show up to two lines of messages

  • Four navigation buttons: (Back button), (Up button), (Down button), and (Select)

  • (Help button)

  • Pause/Resume button

  • Cancel Job button

  • Three light-emitting diode (LED) indicator lights: Ready light, Data light, and Attention light

Figure 2: Parts of the control panel

1 - Graphical display
2 - Up button
3 - Select button
4 - Down button
5 - Cancel Job button
6 - Attention light
7 - Data light
8 - Ready light
9 - Pause/Resume button
10 - Back button
11 - Graphical display

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Control panel buttons

The following table explains the buttons on the control panel.

Button
Function
(Help)
  • Provides information about the message on the graphical display.

(Back)
  • Backs up one level in the menu tree or backs up one numeric entry.

  • Exits menus if held down for more than one second.

Pause/Resume
  • Pause: Causes the printer to stop printing the current job and expels all active pages from the paper path.

  • Resume: Returns the printer to the ready or busy state from the menus or the online Help.

(Up)
  • Navigates to the previous item in the list, or increases the value of items that are numerical in nature.
(Select)
  • Opens menus and navigates through menu levels.
  • Clears an error condition when the condition is clearable.
  • Saves the selected value for an item.
  • Performs the action associated with the item that is highlighted on the graphical display.
(Down)
  • Navigates to the next item in the list, or decreases the value of items that are numerical in nature.
Cancel Job
  • Cancels the current print job in process and expels all active pages from the paper path. The time that it takes to cancel the job depends on the size of the print job. (Press the button only once.)
NOTE: The control panel lights cycle while the print job is cleared from both the printer and the computer, and then return to the ready state (Ready light on).

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Control panel lights

The following table explains the lights on the control panel.

Light
State
Indication
Ready
On
The printer is online and ready to accept data to print.
Off
The printer cannot accept data because it is offline (paused) or has experienced an error.
Blinking
The printer is going offline. The printer stops processing the current print job and expels all active pages from the paper path.
Data
On
The printer has data to print, but is waiting to receive all of the data.
Off
The printer has no data to print.
Blinking
The printer is processing or printing the data.
Attention
On
The printer has experienced a problem. Note the message on the control panel display, and then turn the printer off and then on again. (See the information in the User's Guide about interpreting the messages on the control panel for help in resolving problems.)
Off
The printer is functioning without error.
Blinking
Action is required. See the control panel display.

See the information in the User's Guide about interpreting the messages on the control panel for help in resolving problems.

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Using the printer Help system

This printer features a Help system at the control panel that provides instructions for resolving most printer errors.

To view Help for a message (if available), press (Help button). If the Help topic is longer than two lines, use (Up button) and (Down button) to scroll through the entire topic.

To exit the Help system, press (Help button) to scroll through the entire topic.

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Printing a control panel menu map

To see the current settings for the menus and items available at the control panel, print a control panel menu map. Store the menu map near the printer for reference.

Use the following steps to print a control panel menu map.
  1. Press (Select) to open the menus.

  2. Use (Up button) or (Down button) to scroll to INFORMATION , and then press (Select).

  3. Use (Up button) or (Down button) to scroll to PRINT MENU MAP , and then press (Select).

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Changing control panel settings

For a complete list of menu items and possible values, see the information in the User's Guide about control panel menus. Certain menu options appear only if the associated tray or accessory is installed. For example, the EIO (enhanced input/output) menu appears only if an EIO card is installed.

Use the following steps to change a control panel setting.
  1. Press (Select button) to open the menus.

  2. Use (Up button) or (Down button) to scroll to the menu, and then press (Select).

  3. Some menus might have several submenus. Use Up button) or (Down button) to scroll to the submenu item, and then press (Select).

  4. Use (Up button) or (Down button) to scroll to the setting, and then press (Select). Some settings change rapidly if (Up button) or (Down button) is held down. An asterisk (*) appears next to the select on the display, indicating that it is now the default.

  5. Press Pause/Resume to exit the menu.

NOTE: Printer-driver settings override control panel settings. Software program settings override both printer-driver settings and control panel settings.

If it is not possible to gain access to a menu or item, it is either not an option for the printer, or the associated higher-level option has not been enabled. See the network administrator if a function has been locked ("Access denied menus locked " appears on the printer control panel display).

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Retrieve job menu

This menu provides a list of the stored jobs in the printer and access to all the job storage features (proof and hold jobs and private jobs). These jobs can be printed or deleted at the printer control panel. (See the User's Guide for information about job storage features.)

NOTE: If the printer power is turned off, all stored jobs are deleted.

The section that follows lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
[USER NAME
There is no value to select.
The name of the person who sent the job.
[JOBNAME]
There is no value to select.
The name of the job stored in the printer. Select one of the jobs or all of the private jobs (those that were assigned a personal identification number, or PIN, in the printer driver). To select all private jobs, select ALL PRIVATE JOBS .
NO STORED JOBS
There is no value to select.
Indicates that there are no stored jobs to print or delete.
ALL PRIVATE JOBS
There is no value to select.
Appears if two or more private jobs are stored in the printer. Selecting this item prints all private jobs stored in the printer for that user, after the correct PIN is entered.
PRINT
There is no value to select.
Prints the selected job.
ENTER PIN TO PRINT
*0000 to 9999
A prompt that appears for jobs that were assigned a PIN in the printer driver. A PIN must be entered to print the job.
COPIES TO PRINT
*1 to 32000
Used to select the number of copies to print.
DELETE
There is no value to select.
Deletes the selected job from the printer.
ENTER PIN TO DELETE
*0000 to 9999
A prompt that appears for jobs that were assigned a PIN in the printer driver. A PIN must be entered to delete the job.

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Information menu

The Information menu contains printer information pages that give details about the printer and its configuration. Scroll to the information page and press (Select).

Item
Explanation
PRINT MENU MAP
The menu map shows the layout and current settings of the printer control panel menu items.
CONFIGURATION
The configuration page shows the current printer configuration. If an HP Jetdirect print server is installed, an HP Jetdirect configuration page also prints.
PRINT SUPPLIES STATUS PAGE
The supplies status page shows the levels of the supplies for the printer, calculation of the number of pages remaining, and cartridge-usage information. This page is available only if genuine HP supplies are being used.
PRINT USAGE PAGE
The usage page shows the quantity of pages printed, as well as the paper source used. It also shows the number of one-sided versus two-sided pages that have been printed.
NOTE: This menu item appears only if a mass-storage device that contains a recognized file system is installed in the printer, such as an optional flash dual inline memory module (DIMM). This item generates a page containing information that can be used for accounting purposes.
PRINT FILE DIRECTORY
Appears only if a mass storage device that contains a recognized file system is installed in the printer, such as an optional flash DIMM. The file directory shows information for all installed mass storage devices.
PRINT PCL FONT LIST
The Printer Command Language (PCL) font list shows all the PCL fonts currently available to the printer.
PRINT PS FONT LIST
The Postscript (PS) font list shows all the PS fonts currently available to the printer.

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Paper Handling menu

If paper-handling settings are correctly configured at the printer control panel, it is possible to print by selecting the type and size of paper in the program or printer driver.

Some items on this menu (such as duplex and manual feed) are available in the program or printer driver (if the appropriate driver is installed). Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings. In general, it is better to change these settings in the printer driver, if applicable. (Click here to go to "Changing the settings for a print job" below.)

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
TRAY 1 SIZE
*ANY SIZE
LETTER
LEGAL
EXECUTIVE
A4
A5
B5 (ISO)
B5 (JIS)
EXECUTIVE (JIS)
DPOSTCARD (JIS)
16K
ENVELOPE #10
ENVELOPE MONARCH
ENVELOPE C5
ENVELOPE DL
ENVELOPE B5
CUSTOM
ANY CUSTOM
Sets the value to correspond with the paper size currently loaded in tray 1.
ANY SIZE : If both the type and size for tray 1 are set to ANY , the printer pulls paper from tray 1 first as long as paper is loaded in the tray.
A size other than ANY SIZE : The printer does not pull from this tray unless the type or size of the print job matches the type or size loaded in this tray.
TRAY 1 TYPE
*ANY TYPE
PLAIN
PREPRINTED
LETTERHEAD
TRANSPARENCY
PREPUNCHED
LABELS
BOND
RECYCLED
COLOR
CARDSTOCK>164 G/M2
ROUGH
ENVELOPE
Sets the value to correspond with the type of paper or other print media currently loaded in tray 1.
ANY TYPE : If both the type and size for tray 1 are set to ANY , the printer pulls paper from tray 1 first as long as paper is loaded in the tray.
A type other than ANY TYPE : The printer does not pull from this tray unless the type or size of the print job matches the type or size loaded in this tray.
TRAY 2 SIZE
*ANY SIZE
LETTER
LEGAL
EXECUTIVE
A4
A5
B5 (ISO)
B5 (JIS)
EXECUTIVE (JIS)
16K
Sets the value to correspond with the paper size currently loaded in tray 2.
TRAY 2 TYPE
ANY TYPE
PLAIN
PREPRINTED
*LETTERHEAD
TRANSPARENCY
PREPUNCHED
LABELS
BOND
RECYCLED
COLOR
CARDSTOCK>164 G/M2
ROUGH
Sets the value to correspond with the paper type currently loaded in tray 2.
TRAY 3 SIZE
*ANY SIZE
LETTER
A4
Sets the value to correspond with the paper size currently loaded in tray 3.
TRAY 3 TYPE
*ANY TYPE
PLAIN
PREPRINTED
LETTERHEAD
TRANSPARENCY
PREPUNCHED
LABELS
BOND
RECYCLED
COLOR
CARDSTOCK>164 G/M2
ROUGH
Sets the value to correspond with the paper type currently loaded in tray 3.
TRAY [N] CUSTOM
There is no value to select.
This item appears only if a tray is set to a custom size.
UNIT OF MEASURE
INCHES
*MILLIMETERS
Selects the unit of measure to use when custom paper sizes are set for the specified tray.
X DIMENSION
3.0 to 8.50 INCHES
76 to 216 MM
Sets the measurement of the width of the paper (measurement from side to side in the tray).
Y DIMENSION
5.0 to 14.00 INCHES
127 to 356 MM
Sets the measurement of the length of the paper (measurement from front to back in the tray).
After the Y DIMENSION value is selected, a summary screen appears. This screen contains feedback that summarizes all the information entered on the previous three screens, such as TRAY 1 SIZE= 8.50 x 14 INCHES, Setting saved .

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Configure Device menu

This menu contains administrative functions, and contains the following submenus.

Printing submenu

Some items on this menu are available in the program or printer driver (if the appropriate driver is installed). Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings. In general, it is better to change these settings in the printer driver, if applicable. (Click here to go to "Changing the settings for a print job" below.)

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
COPIES
*1 to 999
Sets the default number of copies by selecting any number from to 1 to 999. Use (Up button) or (Down button) to select the number of copies. This setting applies only to print jobs that do not have the number of copies specified in the program or printer driver, such as a UNIX or Linux program.
NOTE: It is best to set the number of copies in the program or printer driver. (Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings.)
DEFAULT PAPER SIZE
*LETTER
LEGAL
EXECUTIVE
A4
A5
B5 (ISO)
B5 (JIS)
EXECUTIVE (JIS)
DPOSTCARD (JIS)
16K
ENVELOPE #10
ENVELOPE MONARCH
ENVELOPE C5
ENVELOPE DL
ENVELOPE B5
CUSTOM
Sets the default image size for paper and envelopes. (The item name changes from paper to envelope when scrolling through the available sizes.) This setting applies only to print jobs that do not have the paper size specified in the program or printer driver.
DEFAULT CUSTOM PAPER SIZE
UNIT OF MEASURE
X DIMENSION
Y DIMENSION
Sets a default custom paper size for tray 1. This menu appears only if the Custom-Standard switch in the selected tray is set to Custom.
DUPLEX
*OFF
ON
Appears only for printers that include a built-in duplexer (HP LaserJet 2300d printer, HP LaserJet 2300dn printer, and HP LaserJet 2300dtn printer). Set the value to ON to print on both sides (duplex) or OFF to print on one side (simplex) of a sheet of paper.
DUPLEX BINDING
*LONG EDGE
SHORT EDGE
Changes the binding edge for duplex printing. The menu item appears only if the printer includes a built-in duplexer (HP LaserJet 2300d printer, HP LaserJet 2300dn printer, and HP LaserJet 2300dtn printer) and DUPLEX=ON .
OVERRIDE A4/LETTER
*NO
YES
Allows the printer to print an A4-size job on letter-size paper if A4-size paper is not loaded in the printer (or vice versa).
MANUAL FEED
*OFF
ON
Feeds the paper manually from tray 1, rather than automatically from a tray. If MANUAL FEED=ON and tray 1 is empty, the printer goes offline when it receives a print job. MANUALLY FEED [PAPER SIZE] appears on the printer control panel display.
COURIER FONT
*REGULAR
DARK
Selects the version of Courier font to use:
REGULAR : The internal Courier font available on the HP LaserJet 4 series printers.
DARK : The internal Courier font available on the HP LaserJet III series printers.
WIDE A4
*NO
YES
Changes the number of characters that can be printed on a single line of A4-size paper.
NO : Up to 78 10-pitch characters can be printed on one line.
YES : Up to 80 10-pitch characters can be printed on one line.
PRINT PS ERRORS
*OFF
ON
Determines whether a PS error page prints or not.
*OFF : PS error page never prints.
ON : PS error page prints when PS errors occur.

PCL submenu

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
FORM LENGTH
5 to 128 (*60 )
Sets vertical spacing from 5 to 128 lines for default paper size.
ORIENTATION
*PORTRAIT
LANDSCAPE
Used to select default page orientation.
NOTE: It is best to set the page orientation in the program or printer driver. (Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings.)
FONT SOURCE
*INTERNAL
SOFT
SLOT 1, 2, or 3
INTERNAL : Internal fonts.
SOFT : Permanent soft fonts. This option is available only if it is installed.
SLOT 1 , 2 , or 3 : Fonts stored in one of the three DIMM slots. This option is available only if it is installed.
FONT NUMBER
0 to 999 (*0 )
The printer assigns a number to each font and lists the numbers on the PCL Font List. The font number appears in the Font # column of the printout.
FONT PITCH
0.44 to 99.99 (*10.00 )
Selects the font pitch. This item might not appear, depending on the font selected.
FONT POINT SIZE
4.00 to 999.75 (*12.00 )
Selects the font point size. This appears only if a font with a scalable point size is selected as the default font.
SYMBOL SET
*PC-8
Several
Selects any one of several available symbol sets at the printer control panel. A symbol set is a unique grouping of all the characters in a font. PC-8 or PC-850 is recommended for line-draw characters.
APPEND CR TO LF
*NO
YES
Select YES to append a carriage return to each line feed encountered in backward-compatible PCL jobs (pure text, no job control). Some environments, such as UNIX, indicate a new line using only the line feed control code. This option allows you to append the required carriage return to each line feed.

Print Quality submenu

Some items on this menu are available in the program or printer driver (if the appropriate driver is installed). Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings. In general, it is best to change these settings in the printer driver, if applicable. (Click here to go to "Changing the settings for a print job" below.)

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
SET REGISTRATION
There is no value to select.
Shifts the margin alignment to center the image on the page from top to bottom, and left to right. The image that is printed on the front can also be aligned with the image that is printed on the back.
PRINT TEST PAGE
There is no value to select.
Prints a test page to show the current registration settings.
SOURCE
ALL TRAYS
TRAY 1
*TRAY 2
TRAY 3
Selects the tray to be used to print the test page.
ADJUST TRAY [N]
X1 Shift
X2 Shift
Y Shift
-20 to 20 (*0 )
Sets the registration for the specified tray, where [N] is the number of the tray. A selection appears for each tray that is installed, and registration must be set for each tray.
X1 Shift : Registration of the image on the paper from side to side, as the paper lies in the tray. For duplexing, this side is the second side (back) of the paper.
X2 Shift : Registration of the image on the paper from side to side, as the paper lies in the tray, for the first side (front) of a duplexed page. This item appears only if the printer includes a built-in duplexer (HP LaserJet 2300d printer, HP LaserJet 2300dn printer, and HP LaserJet 2300dtn printer) and DUPLEX is ON (see the DUPLEX setting in the Printing submenu). Set the X1 Shift first.
Y Shift : Registration of the image on the paper from top to bottom as the paper lies in the tray.
FUSER MODES
PLAIN
PREPRINTED
LETTERHEAD
TRANSPARENCY
PREPUNCHED
LABELS
BOND
RECYCLED
COLOR
CARDSTOCK>164 G/M2
ROUGH
ENVELOPE
RESTORE MODES
NORMAL
HIGH1
HIGH2
LOW
REDUCE CURL*
NOTE: These settings can only be done via the control panel, it is not possible to set them in the driver.
Configures the fuser mode associated with each paper types. Click here for information on setting specific fuser mode settings
Change the fuser mode only if problems are being experienced printing on certain paper types. After selecting a type of paper, select a fuser mode that is available for that type. The available selections might include some or all of the following modes:
NORMAL : Used for most types of paper.
HIGH1 : Used for rough paper.
HIGH2 : Used for paper with a special or rough finish.
LOW : Used for transparencies.
REDUCE CURL : Used to reduce paper curl. Turning the option on might decrease print quality. This is because the setting reduces the amount of heat that the fuser applies during the printing process. With the lower temperature, toner might not completely bond to the media that is being used.
The default fuser mode is NORMAL for all print media types except transparencies (LOW ), and rough paper (HIGH1 ).
CAUTION: Do not change the fuser mode for transparencies. Failure to use the LOW setting while printing transparencies can result in permanent damage to the printer and fuser. Always select transparency as the Type in the printer driver and set the tray type at the printer control panel to TRANSPARENCY .
When selected, RESTORE MODES resets the fuser mode for each media type back to its default setting.
OPTIMIZE
There is no value to select.
HIGH TRANSFER
*OFF
ON
Increases the intensity at which toner is transferred to the media. Set to ON for the following reasons:
  • Highly resistive, lower-quality papers are being used. (HP recommends using only HP paper and print media.)

  • A combination of low humidity and high temperature is causing toner to scatter around the characters (halo effect).

MORE SEPARATION
*OFF
ON
Decreases the possibility for jams in the print cartridge area under conditions of high humidity and high temperature.
RESTORE OPTIMIZE
There is no value to select.
Returns to the defaults for the Optimize settings.
RESOLUTION
300
600
*FASTRES 1200
PRORES 1200
Selects the resolution. All values print at the same speed.
300 : Produces draft print quality and can be used for compatibility with the HP LaserJet III family of printers.
600 : Produces high print quality for text and can be used for compatibility with the HP LaserJet 4 family of printers.
*FASTRES 1200 : Produces 1200-dots per inch (dpi) print quality for fast, high-quality printing of business text and graphics.
PRORES 1200 : Produces 1200-dpi printing for the best quality in line art and graphic images.
NOTE: It is best to change the resolution in the program or printer driver. (Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings.)
RET
OFF
LIGHT
*MEDIUM
DARK
Use the Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) setting to produce print with smooth angles, curves, and edges.
REt does not affect print quality if the print resolution is set to FastRes 1200. All other print resolutions benefit from REt.
NOTE: It is best to change the REt setting in the program or printer driver. (Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings.)
ECONOMODE
*OFF
ON
Turn EconoMode ON (to save toner) or OFF (for high quality).
EconoMode creates draft-quality printing by reducing the amount of toner on the printed page.
NOTE: It is best to turn EconoMode on or off in the program or printer driver. (Program and printer-driver settings override control panel settings.)
CAUTION: HP does not recommend full-time use of EconoMode. If EconoMode is used full-time, it is possible that the toner supply will outlast the mechanical parts in the print cartridge.
TONER DENSITY
1
2
*3
4
5
Lighten or darken the print on the page by setting the toner density. Select a setting ranging from 1 (light) to 5 (dark). The default setting of 3 usually produces the best results.
CREATE CLEANING PAGE
There is no value to select.
Press (Select) to print a cleaning page (for cleaning toner from the fuser). Open the rear output bin. Follow the instructions on the cleaning page.
PROCESS CLEANING PAGE
There is no value to select.
This item is available only after a cleaning page has been created. Follow the instructions printed on the cleaning page. The cleaning process might take up to 2.5 minutes.

System Setup submenu

Items on this menu affect printer behavior. Configure the printer according to printing needs.

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
JOB STORAGE LIMIT
1 to 100 (*32 )
Specifies the number of quick copy jobs that can be stored on the printer.
JOB HELD TIMEOUT
*OFF
1 HOUR
4 HOURS
1 DAY
1 WEEK
Sets the amount of time that held jobs are kept before being automatically deleted from the queue.
TRAY BEHAVIOR
There is no value to select.
Determines how the printer responds to jobs that request certain trays.
USE REQUESTED TRAY
*EXCLUSIVELY
FIRST
Determines whether the printer tries to pull paper from a different tray than the one selected in the printer driver.
EXCLUSIVELY : Sets the printer to pull paper only from the tray that has been selected and not pull from another tray, even if the tray selected is empty.
FIRST : Sets the printer to pull from the tray that has been selected first, but allows the printer to pull from another tray automatically if the tray selected is empty.
MANUALLY FEED PROMPT
ALWAYS
*UNLESS LOADED
Determines when the printer shows a prompt regarding pulling from tray 1 if a print job does not match the type or size loaded in any other tray.
ALWAYS : Select this option to be always prompted before the printer pulls from tray 1.
UNLESS LOADED : Prompts only if tray 1 is empty.
POWERSAVE TIME
1 MINUTE
15 MINUTES
*30 MINUTES
60 MINUTES
90 MINUTES
2 HOURS
4 HOURS
Sets how long the printer remains idle before it enters PowerSave mode.
PowerSave mode does the following:
  • Minimizes the amount of power consumed by the printer when it is idle

  • Reduces wear on electronic components in the printer (turns off the display backlight, but the display is still readable)

The printer automatically comes out of PowerSave mode when a print job is send, when a printer control panel button is pressed, when a tray is opened, when the top cover is opened.
To turn PowerSave mode on and off, see the POWERSAVE item in the Resets submenu.
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10
Customizes the readability of the display panel for the environment by lowering or raising brightness.
PERSONALITY
*AUTO
PCL
PS
Selects the default printer language (personality). Possible values are determined by which valid languages are installed in the printer.
Normally, do not change the printer language. If changed to a specific printer language, the printer will not switch automatically from one language to another unless specific software commands are sent to the printer.
CLEARABLE WARNINGS
*JOB
ON
Sets the amount of time that a clearable warning is shown on the printer control panel display.
JOB : The clearable warning message appears until the end of the job that generated the message.
ON : The clearable warning message appears until (Select) is pressed.
AUTO CONTINUE
OFF
*ON
Determines how the printer reacts to errors. If the printer is on a network, AUTO CONTINUE should probably be turned to ON .
ON : If an error occurs that prevents printing, the message appears on the printer control panel display, and the printer goes offline for 10 seconds before returning online.
OFF : If an error occurs that prevents printing, the message remains on the printer control panel display, and the printer remains offline until (Select) is pressed.
CARTRIDGE LOW
*CONTINUE
STOP
Determines how the printer behaves if the print cartridge is low. The ORDER CARTRIDGE message first appears when about 10% of the toner remains in the print cartridge at 5% coverage (about 600 pages remaining). Print quality is not guaranteed if printing continues after receiving this message.
CONTINUE : The printer continues to print, and the message appears until the print cartridge is replaced.
STOP : The printer pauses printing until the the print cartridge is replaced or (Select) is pressed before each job to print it. The message appears until the print cartridge is replaced.
CARTRIDGE OUT
*CONTINUE
STOP
Determines how the printer reacts if the print cartridge is empty.
CONTINUE : The printer continues to print, and the REPLACE CARTRIDGE message appears until the print cartridge is replaced. HP does not guarantee print quality if CONTINUE is selected after a REPLACE CARTRIDGE condition. Replace the print cartridge as soon as possible to ensure print quality.
STOP : The printer stops printing until the print cartridge is replaced.
If the end of drum life is reached, the printer stops, regardless of the CARTRIDGE OUT setting.
JAM RECOVERY
*AUTO
OFF
ON
Determines how the printer behaves if a jam occurs.
AUTO : The printer automatically selects the best mode for printer jam recovery (usually ON ).
OFF : The printer does not reprint pages following a jam. Printing performance might be increased with this setting.
ON : The printer automatically reprints pages after a jam is cleared.
RAM DISK
*AUTO
OFF
Determines how the RAM disk is configured. This item does not apply to printers with only 32 megabytes (MB) of random-access memory (RAM), such as the base HP LaserJet 2300L printer and HP LaserJet 2300 printer.
AUTO : Allows the printer to determine the optimal RAM-disk size based on the amount of available memory.
OFF : The RAM is disabled.
NOTE: If the setting is changed from OFFto AUTO , the printer automatically reinitializes when it becomes idle.
LANGUAGE
*ENGLISH
Several
Selects the language for the messages that appear on the printer control panel display.

I/O submenu

Items on the I/O (input/output) menu affect the communication between the printer and the computer. The submenu appears only when an enhanced input/output (EIO) device is installed in an EIO slot on the printer (such as an HP Jetdirect print server). The contents of the submenu depend on which type of EIO card is installed. If the printer contains an HP Jetdirect print server EIO card, basic networking parameters can be configured using the submenu. These and other parameters can also be configured through HP Web Jetadmin or other network configuration tools, such as Telnet or the embedded Web server (see the user's guide for information about using the HP Web Jetadmin or the embedded Web server).

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
I/O TIMEOUT
5 to 300 (*15 )
Select the I/O timeout period in seconds.
This setting can be used to adjust timeout for best performance. If data from other ports appear in the middle of a print job, increase the timeout value.
PARALLEL INPUT
There is no value to select.
Configure the parallel features.
HIGH SPEED
NO
*YES
Select YES to enable the printer to accept the faster parallel communications that are used for connections with newer computers.
ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
OFF
*ON
Turn the bidirectional parallel communication on or off. The default is set for a bidirectional parallel port (IEEE-1284).
The function allows the printer to send status readback messages to the computer. (Turning the parallel advanced functions on might slow language switching.)
EIO [X] JETDIRECT MENU
There is no value to select.
The [X] represents the slot in which the optional HP Jetdirect print server is installed, if any. Which of the following submenus appears depends on the type of print server that is installed:
  • TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)

  • IPX/SPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange/Sequenced Packet Exchange)

  • APPLETALK

  • DLC/LLC (Data Link Control/Logical Link Control)

TCP/IP
There is no value to select.
ENABLE
OFF
*ON
Select whether the TCP/IP protocol stack is enabled or disabled.
HOST NAME
*NPIXXXXXX
An alphanumeric string (up to 32 characters long) that is used to identify the device. This name is listed on the Jetdirect configuration page.
The default host name is NPIXXXXXX , where XXXXXX is composed of the last six digits of the LAN hardware (Media Access Control, or MAC) address.
CONFIG METHOD
*BOOTP
DHCP
MANUAL
Select whether the TCP/IP configuration parameters are set automatically from a network server by using BootP (Bootstrap Protocol), DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), or manually from the I/O submenu.
If DHCP is selected and a DHCP lease exists, use the DHCP settings to set DHCP lease options.
If MANUAL is selected, use the MANUAL settings to configure TCP/IP parameters.
DHCP settings
DHCP RELEASE
*NO
YES
This menu appears if CONFIG METHOD is set to DHCP and a DHCP lease for the print server exists.
NO (default): The current DHCP lease is saved.
YES : The current DHCP lease along with the leased IP address are released.
DHCP RENEW
*NO
YES
This menu appears if CONFIG METHOD is set to DHCP and a DHCP lease for the print server exists.
NO (default): The print server does not request to renew the DHCP lease.
YES : The print server requests to renew the current DHCP lease.
Manual settings
IP ADDRESS n.n.n.n
The unique IP address of the printer, where n is a value from 0 to 255.
SUBNET MASK m.m.m.m
The subnet mask for the printer, where m is a value from 0 to 255. The mask is applied to IP addresses to uniquely identify subnetworks and nodes.
SYSLOG SERVER n.n.n.n
The IP address of the syslog server used to receive and log syslog messages.
DEFAULT GATEWAY n.n.n.n
The IP address of the gateway or route used for communications with other networks.
IDLE TIMEOUT XX
The timeout value (in seconds) before an idle TCP print data connection is automatically closed. The default value is 270 seconds. 0 disables the timeout.
IPX/SPX
There is no value to select.
ENABLE
OFF
*ON
Select whether the IPX/SPX protocol stack (in Novell NetWare networks, for example) is enabled or disabled.
FRAME TYPE
*AUTO
EN_8023
EN_II
EN_SNAP
TR_8022
TR_SNAP
Select the frame type setting for the network.
AUTO (default): Automatically sets and limits the frame type to the first one detected.
For an Ethernet network only, frame type selections include EN_8023 , EN_II , EN_8022 and EN_SNAP .
For a Token Ring network only, frame type selections include TR_8022 and TR_SNAP .
SOURCE ROUTING
*AUTO
OFF
ALL ROUTES
SINGLE ROUTE
For a Token Ring network only, specify the NetWare Token Ring Source Routing parameter.
AUTO (default): The type of source routing required on the network is automatically sensed.
OFF : All packets are sent without source routing, and only packets from the same ring are received.
ALL ROUTES and SINGLE ROUTE : All packets are sent with source routing (broadcasts and when the route is unknown).
APPLETALK
There is no value to select.
ENABLE
OFF
*ON
For an Ethernet network only, select whether the AppleTalk protocol stack is enabled or disabled.
DLC/LLC
There is no value to select.
ENABLE
OFF
*ON
Select whether the DLC/LLC protocol stack is enabled or disabled.
SECURE WEB
*HTTPS REQUIRED
HTTPS OPTIONAL
For configuration management, specify whether the embedded Web server will accept communications using HTTPS (Secure HyperText Transfer Protocol) only, or both HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and HTTPS.
HTTP REQUIRED (default): For secure, encrypted communications, only HTTPS access is accepted. The printer server will appear as a secure site.
HTTP OPTIONAL : Access using either HTTP or HTTPS is permitted.
RESET SECURITY
*NO
YES
Specify whether the current security settings on the print server will be saved or reset to factory defaults.
NO (default): The current security settings are maintained.
YES : Security settings are reset to factory defaults.
LINK SPEED
*AUTO
10T HALF
10T FULL
100TX HALF
100TX FULL
For an Ethernet network only, select the network link speed and the communication mode of the HP Jetdirect 10/100Base-TX print server. The default setting is AUTO , where the printer automatically configures itself to match the network link speed (10 or 100 Mbps) and communication mode (half-duplex or full-duplex).

Resets submenu

Items on the Resets submenu relate to returning settings to the defaults and changing settings such as PowerSave.

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
RESTORE FACTORY SETTINGS
There is no value to select.
Performs a simple reset and restores most of the factory (default) settings. This item also clears the input buffer for the active I/O. Restoring factory settings does not affect network parameter settings on the optional HP Jetdirect print server.
CAUTION: Restoring memory during a print job cancels the print job.
POWERSAVE
OFF
*ON
Turns PowerSave mode on or off. PowerSave mode does the following:
  • Minimizes the amount of power consumed by the printer when it is idle

  • Reduces wear on electronic components in the printer (turns off the display backlight, but display is still readable)

The printer automatically comes out of PowerSave mode when a print job is sent, when a printer control panel button is pressed, when a tray is opened, or when the top cover is opened.
It is possible to set how long the printer remains idle before it enters PowerSave mode. (See the POWERSAVE TIME item in the System Setup submenu.)

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Diagnostics menu

Administrators can use this submenu to isolate parts and to troubleshoot jam and print-quality issues.

The following table lists the settings and possible values. In the Values column, the default value for each setting is the one with an asterisk (*) next to it.

Item
Values
Explanation
PRINT EVENT LOG
There is no value to select.
Press (Select) to generate a list of the 50 most recent entries in the event log. The printed event log shows error number, page count, error code, and description or personality.
SHOW EVENT LOG
There is no value to select.
Press (Select) to scroll through the contents of the event log at the printer control panel and show the 50 most recent events. Use (Up button) or (Down button) to scroll through the event log contents.
PAPER PATH TEST
There is no value to select.
Generates a test page that is useful for testing the paper-handling features of the printer.
PRINT TEST PAGE
There is no value to select.
Press (Select) to start the paper path test using the source (tray), destination (output bin), duplex, and number of copies settings set in the other items on the Paper Path Test menu. Set the other items before choosing PRINT TEST PAGE .
SOURCE
ALL TRAYS
TRAY 1
*TRAY 2
TRAY 3
Select the tray to be used for the paper path test. Select any tray that is installed. Select ALL TRAYS to test all tray paper paths. (Paper must be loaded in the selected trays.)
DUPLEX
*OFF
ON
Determines whether or not the paper goes through the duplexer during the paper path test. The menu item appears only if the printer includes a built-in duplexer (HP LaserJet 2300d printer, HP LaserJet 2300dn printer, and HP LaserJet 2300dtn printer).
COPIES
*1
10
50
100
500
Set how many sheets of paper are used from each tray during the paper path test. If testing the optional stapler stacker (DESTINATION item), select 10 or higher.

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Service menu

The Service menu is locked and requires a PIN for access. This menu is intended for use by authorized service personnel.

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Changing the settings for a print job

To change print settings for a print job on Windows computers

Use the following steps to change print settings for a print job on Windows computers.

  1. In the software program, click File .

  2. Click Print .

  3. Click Setup or Properties . (The options might be different for different programs.)

  4. Change the print settings.

  5. When finished, click OK .

To change print settings for a print job on Macintosh computers

Use the following steps to change print settings for a print job on Macintosh computers.

  1. In the software program, click File .

  2. Click Print .

  3. In the dialog box that appears, select the print settings to be changed and make the changes.

  4. When finished, click OK .

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