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HP DeskJet 1600C and 1600CM Printers - Self-Test Page

Issue:
How do I print the HP DeskJet 1600C Self-Test Page and what information does it contain?
Solution
Use the printer's built-in self-test to verify that the printer is operating properly. (The printer does not have to be connected to a computer to run the self-test.) The self-test gives the status of the printer's page specifications, type of I/O being using, how much memory is installed in the printer, the printer's firmware version, and other important information.
Use the following steps to print a self-test page.
  1. Make sure paper is loaded in the paper tray, print cartridges are loaded and pushed fully forward, and the top cover is closed.
  2. Turn the printer on by pressing the On/Off button.
  3. Make sure the Ready Light is on. If any of the other lights are on, refer to Chapter 5 of the User's Guide for troubleshooting information.
  4. Press the blue front-panel button to print the self-test.
      note:
    Additional information is available in the HP DeskJet 1600C and HP 1600CM Printer User's Guide.
DETAILS: The following tables provide descriptions and default settings for the information printed on the HP DeskJet 1600C Self-Test Page.
General
Energy Star On
(Default) to save energy during idle time (requires slightly more time to warm up for first page to print)
Centronics Speed
Fast (default) for newer computers. Standard for older model computers.
I/O Timeout
5-1800 seconds (15 is default. This is the time the printer waits for new data from the interface being used. If no data are received after this time, the printer will reset to the default interface.
  note:
The manual has documented the default I/O timeout incorrectly
MEt Usage
Shows percentage of total pages that required Memory Enhancement to print the entire page. For example, if it shows 40%, then 40% of the total number of pages printed needed to use MEt. This is an indication that the types of print jobs you are doing require additional memory to be installed in the printer. The higher the percentage, the more likely you should add memory to your printer to improve performance.
Pages Printed
Total number of pages printed by the printer.
Serial Number
Permanent record of the serial number located on the back of your printer.
Firmware Version
Records the latest version of firmware installed in the printer.
PCL 5 Code Rev
Records the latest version of the PCL 5 language code.
Trays
Optional Lower Tray
Installed or Not Installed. Becomes the default tray when installed.
Default Tray
Records which tray (the printer's paper tray or the optional 500-sheet paper tray)the printer will automatically print from.
Tray Lockout
Records which tray (the printer's paper tray or the optional 500-sheet paper tray) will be locked out when the auto-selected tray runs out of paper.
Auto Select
On or Off. Allows printer to use default paper tray.
Paper Size
Letter, A4, or Legal.
Paper Type
Plain, Premium, Glossy, or Transparency
Hardware
  note:
Printers with a firmware of 8.1 and 8.6 will show the contents of SIMM slots 1 and 3 reversed on the self-test page (that is, incorrectly displays PostScript (R) in slot 1 when it is in slot 3). This was fixed in the 9.2 firmware.
SIMM Slot 1
Will show what size memory SIMM or font SIMM is installed in this slot
SIMM Slot 2
Will show what size memory SIMM or font SIMM is installed in this slot.
SIMM Slot 3
Will show whether a PostScript, memory SIMM (and size), or font SIMM is installed in this slot. The PostScript SIMM can only be installed in this slot.
  note:
As you look at the slots from the back of the printer, the slot closest to you is slot 1.
Total RAM Size
Total of the printer's resident memory and any additional memory SIMMs.
4 to 100 MB for the HP 1600C printer
6 to 70 MB for the HP 1600CM printer
Interface Card
Will show what type of interface card is installed in your printer.
Page Defaults
Typeface
Courier. Refer to your online HP DeskJet 1600C printer Reference Guide for a list of typefaces available.
Pitch
10 cpi (default) or 8, 12, 16.67, 18, and 20.
Symbol Set
Roman-8 (default). Refer to your HP DeskJet 1600C printer Reference Guide for a list of symbol sets available.
Orientation
Portrait (default) or Landscape.
Copies
1 (default) - 999.
Lines/Page
5 - 128 (default IS 60).
Page Protection
Off - Default setting for normal print jobs.
On. Can be used when you have 8 MB or more of memory installed in the printer. Will ensure that almost all pages with complex graphics will be completely printed.
Default Print Quality
EconoFast - The default setting for fast printing. Great for spreadsheets.
Normal - For quality printing on all your print jobs. (Default)
Presentation - For printing on transparency film and glossy paper.
Color Mode
Color (Default) or Print in Grayscale.
Language
PCL 5
Installed.
PostScript
Installed or Not Installed.
Active Language
None, PCL 5, or PostScript (if installed). Shows which is currently active.
Default Language
PCL 5 or PostScript (shows which language the printer will default to if the printer is reset).
Automatic Language
On or Off. (For service use only.)
Context Switching
On (default) or Off. Set to Off when using older PostScript printer software that does not activate automatic language switching.
Errors
Will list printer errors.

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