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HP Business Inkjet 2600 Series Printer - Flashing the Firmware

Introduction
This document provides instructions for upgrading the firmware of the printer. Firmware upgrades are available for the printer itself (base firmware) and for the HP PostScript /PCL5C personality card (personality firmware). Before attempting to upgrade either the base or personality firmware, determine which firmware versions are currently installed. If the firmware on the printer matches the available firmware versions, there may not be a need to flash the firmware. Instructions are provided below for determining what firmware is installed. The firmware files can be downloaded from www.hp.com.The current firmware file name is DFR751S.ZIP, version 7.5.1, 7.5 MB in size.
Verifying the current firmware version
Print a Configuration page by following the directions below:
  1. With the printer in a Ready state, press the Menu button until Information Menu is displayed in the LCD.
  2. Press the Item button until Print Configuration is displayed and then press the Select button.
  3. The Configuration page will print. Verify the firmware version that is currently installed on the printer. Firmware version is the base printer firmware version and Personality version is the firmware for the PCL5 and PostScript card.
Using the HP Printer Firmware Update Utility
The HP Printer Firmware Update Utility allows the printer's base and personality firmware to be updated through a local parallel (LPT) port or through a network connection (locally shared, HP Jetdirect port, Standard TCP/IP port, and LPR port). The update utility is Windows-based and must be run from a computer using Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP. The following instructions can be used to update the firmware using the update utility.
  caution:
If upgrading the printer to firmware version 7.5.1, the personality firmware must be upgraded before the base firmware. In the steps that follow, select the 2600_PERSONALITY_RTM50.WJA file, which is the personality firmware, before selecting the 2600_BASE_RTM51.WJA file, the base firmware.
  caution:
Do not interrupt the printer during the upgrade process. Severe printer damage may result if the power is interrupted during this process.
  note:
This process will take about five minutes for the base firmware upgrade and up to 15 minutes for the personality card upgrade to complete. The computer can be used normally during this time frame
  1. Make sure the printer is turned on and the LCD displays Ready.
  2. Download the file DFR751S.ZIP to your desktop.
  3. Extract the DFR751S.ZIP file to C:\2600FW using a ZIP utility such as WinZip or PKZIP.
  4. Using Windows explorer, navigate to C:\2600FW.
  5. Double-click the HPFDU.EXE file.
  6. Verify that the correct file is displayed in the Flash File Properties box, as shown in Figure 1. For example, 2600_BASE_RTM51.WJA is the file name for the version 7.5.1 base firmware flash file. The 2600_PERSONALITY_RTM50.WJA is the personality flash file. If a different firmware flash file is desired, use the Browse button to select the desired firmware flash file.
    Figure : The HP Firmware Download Utility window
  7. Select the correct file name and select Open.
  8. Put a checkmark in the box next to the proper printer port and select Download.
    The LCD will display Processing Job.
  9. The printer will automatically turn off and then turn on when finished flashing.
    When the LCD displays Ready, print another Configuration page. The Firmware version should now show the updated version number.
Manually flashing the firmware
  note:
The printer must be connected to the PC via a parallel cable for manual flashing.
  caution:
If upgrading the printer to firmware version 7.5.1, the personality firmware must be upgraded before the base firmware. In the steps that follow, select the 2600_PERSONALITY_RTM50.WJA file, which is the personality firmware, before selecting the 2600_BASE_RTM51.WJA file, the base firmware.
  caution:
Do not interrupt the printer during the upgrade process. Severe printer damage may result if the power is interrupted during this process.
  1. Make sure the printer is turned on and the LCD displays Ready. If the LCD does not display Ready, follow the instructions below:
    1. Turn off the printer.
    2. Unplug the power cord.
    3. Press and hold the Cancel and Resume buttons and plug in the power cord. The LCD will display Awaiting Data On The Parallel Port. The printer is now ready to flash.
  2. Download the file DFR751S.ZIP to your desktop.
  3. Extract the DFR751S.ZIP file to C:\2600FW using a zip utility such as WinZip or PKZIP.
  4. Click the Start button and select Run.
  5. Type Cmd for Windows NT, 2000, or XP. Type Command for Windows 9x/Me in the open line and then click OK.
  6. Navigate to C:\2600FW.
  7. At the DOS prompt, type Dir to display a list of files in the current directory.
  8. At the DOS prompt, type the command Copy /B <File Name> LPT1.
      note:
    In Windows 9X/Me, the file name will be truncated such as 2600~50.WJA. Ensure that you enter the truncated file name as it is shown in the list of files.
  9. Press Enter to copy the 2600_PERSONALITY_RTM50.WJA firmware file to the printer.
    The printer will automatically turn off and then turn on when finished flashing and will return to a Ready state.
  10. The LCD will display Processing Job. The printer will automatically turn off and then turn on when finished flashing.
  11. When the LCD displays Ready, print another Configuration page. The Personality version should now show the updated version number.
  12. To flash the base firmware, start at Step 6 and enter the 2600_BASE_RTM51.WJA firmware file.
Files included in the ZIP file
The following files are included in the ZIP file.
  • 2600_base_RTM51.wja
  • 2600_personality_RTM50.wja
  • HPFDU.EXE
  • HPJSNM2.DLL
  • HPJCMN2.DLL
  • HPJCMN2U.DLL
  • HPJCRP1.DLL
  • HPJNET1.DLL
  • HPJPDS1.DLL
  • HPJPTS2.DLL
  • HPFDU.DLL
Key fixes and enhancements
The following fixes and enhancements are included with the firmware.
  1. Issue: Control Panel Default setting of Page Length is not taken as default for actual printing. Resolution: Fixed.
  2. Issue: Configuration page not printing in Polish language. Resolution: Fixed.
  3. Issue: Firmware error 6404 is displayed when attempting to change the IP address of the printer via the front control panel. This occurs only when a Jetdirect 600 Network card is present. Resolution: Fixed.
  4. Issue: The printer takes a long time to initialize when the Jetdirect card is present and not connected to the LAN cable, and the printer IPX/SPX is set to OFF. Resolution: Fixed.
  5. Issue: Firmware error 7904 is displayed when the personality card is removed when the printer is OFF from the Front Panel BUT the Mains power cable is connected/ON. Resolution: Fixed.
  6. Issue: The printer freezes at “Processing Job” after the cartridge has been removed and re-inserted/replaced. Resolution: Fixed.
  7. Issue: Firmware error 7904 is displayed when the print head outer cover is opened. Resolution: Fixed.
  8. New Functionality: New print mode “Normal Quality” added. Selection can be done from the printer front panel: Printing Menu -> Quality Level.
  9. New Functionality: Additional warning status “Firmware upgrade or downgrade” in the printer service page.

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