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HP Designjet 650C Printer - Front Panel Configuration

Using the front panel
Virtually all interactions with the printer involve using the front panel. This document explains how to use each set of buttons to access certain printer features quickly.
There are four sections or parts to the front panel, a display, menu buttons, action buttons, and plotting mode buttons. The Menu buttons are used to scroll through the menus and select options. The Action buttons are used to quickly access common printer functions. Use the Plotting Mode buttons to define how the printer renders the plot. A two-line LED display is used for reporting status messages and accessing menu options. This document explains the function and uses of the front panel's different parts in detail.
Using the menus buttons
The front panel displays the Status screen, which tells the current state of printer conditions. For example, when the printer is first turned on, it displays the message Initializing. When the message Status Ready for media or Status Ready to plot displays, send plot data from the computer or access any of the printer menus to review or change settings. The Menu buttons are the primary method of finding and using the printer's features.
Menu button
Function
Previous
Displays the previous menu level. It does not change any current menu selections.
Enter
Moves from the Status screen into the menus structure. It also selects a menu or confirms the displayed variable choice.
Up and Down arrows
Scroll through menu options or respond to action or error messages.
Navigating the Menu Structure
The front panel display shows several different types of information.
  • Menu level (and corresponding menu options).
  • Messages (such as the current printer status, errors, and prompts).
The following explains how to interpret the menu format and conventions:
  • The top line of the display indicates the current menu level; the lower line shows one of the options for that level. The Up and Down arrow buttons show all of the options at that level. A right-arrow character on the front panel display immediately following the option name on the lower line indicates another level of choices for that option.
  • If there is no right-arrow on the second line, pressing ENTER confirms a setting (such as "on" or "off"), or causes the printer either to perform a specific action (such as restoring menu options to their factory default settings) or plot specific data (as with a demo plot).
  • Often the option line includes an equal sign (=) followed by the current status of the option. When scrolling through the lowest level of options, the currently selected value for that feature is marked with an asterisk ( * ).
Using the action buttons
The Action buttons allow quick access to frequently used functions.
Menu button
Function
Cancel
Stops plotting accuracy calibration and media loading.
Form Feed/Cut
Advances the page and, if it is roll media, cuts it.
Access Pens
Brings the pen carriage out to the plotting area. (The window must be closed.)
Pause
Stops the printer after plotting the current drawing so pens or media may be changed. To continue, press this button again.
Canceling a Plot or Process
Canceling a Plot
  • When plotting, Cancel stops plotting the current drawing but does not immediately remove it from the queue.
  • If queuing is on and there are no more drawings in the queue, the plot remains in the buffer. Replot the canceled plot by moving it to the top of the queue. If more plots are waiting in the queue, the printer brings plotting the next plot.
  • If queuing is off, an incoming plot overwrites the canceled plot in the buffer. To replot the canceled plot, resend it from the computer.
Canceling an accuracy calibration
When canceling an accuracy calibration, the printer advances the media and cancels the process. To redo the accuracy calibration, start it from the beginning.
Canceling the media loading process
When canceling the loading of media, the printer instructs to remove the media before continuing.
To Advance (and Cut) the Page
Press Form Feed/Cut on the front panel.
  note:
If the printer is drying the ink, pressing Form Feed/Cut causes the printer to ignore the ink-drying time and immediately drop the page into the media bin.
Accessing cartridges/pens
Press the Access Pens button on the front panel.
  note:
The window must be down; the pen carriage does not move when the window is up. When the carriage stops near the front panel, lift the window to change or reseat pens.
Pausing between plots in the queue
Press the Pause button on the front panel.
  • The light flashes until the printer finishes the plot. When the printer finishes plotting the current plot, it stops and displays the Status screen and the message Printer paused.
  • Use this feature when queuing is on and changing either the type of media being used or the pens.
  • To Resume plotting, press Pause again. The printer begins plotting the next plot in the queue.
Using the Plotting Mode Buttons
The plotting mode buttons tell the printer whether the plot should be rendered in color or in black (and shades of gray), and what resolution the printer should use.
Menu button
Function
Color/Mono
Switches between color mode and monochrome (black) mode.
Print Quality
Sets the resolution for your plot.
The printer combines the selections from these two buttons, along with the media type specified when loading, to set certain plotting conditions.
  caution:
For color plots, always use HP special Inkjet paper. Other media may not be able to absorb the ink, causing it to run and possibly damage printer parts and stain clothing. HP special Inkjet paper may be used for monochrome plots.
Color plots are produced at an addressable resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) regardless of the selected print quality setting. Monochrome enhanced plots are produced at an addressable resolution of 600 dpi. Plotting times will vary with the print quality selection (Draft, Final, or Enhanced), with the draft mode being the fastest for each media type. Draft mode also uses about half the ink of the other plotting modes.
Switching color modes
Press the Color/Mono button so that the light indicates the mode you want for your plot.
  • Switching the color mode only affects subsequent plots in the queue. Plots already in the queue are rendering according to the setting that was in effect when the printer received the file.
  • Note that if any media other than HP special Inkjet paper is specified when media was loaded, it is not possible to switch from monochrome to color mode. This prevents the printer being damaged unintentionally since only HP special Inkjet paper can absorb the colored ink.
Setting print quality
Press the Print Quality button to toggle between draft, final, and enhanced modes.
  note:
Both draft and final modes are 300 x 300 dpi. The main differences are speed and line quality. Also, with the exception of film, draft mode uses significantly less ink than final mode. Note that the modes cannot be mixed (for example, an enhanced draft mode cannot be set).
Producing a demo plot
  1. Load HP Special Inkjet paper and be sure the plotting mode is set to color.
  2. From the Status screen, press ENTER.
  3. Press the DOWN arrow button to scroll to Demo Plots and press ENTER.
  4. Scroll to any of the demo plots listed and press ENTER.
      note:
    The demo plots include a plot of the printer's internal palette and examples of the printer's capability in several applications. Also included are a variety of line widths and colors.

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