NEC SuperScript 4200N User Guide

February, 1999
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This user’s guide includes the information you need to
operate and maintain your NEC SuperScript™ 4200N
printer. The chapters in this guide are described below.
Chapter 1,Features”
Describes SuperScript printing capabilities, printer options,
settings, and operating requirements.
Chapter 2,“Getting Started”
Describes how to assemble your printer, print a test page,
connect the printer to your computer or network, and begin
printing your documents.
Chapter 3,“Printer Options”
Provides instructions for installing and using printer options,
including Paper Tray 2, the Legal Tray, and SIMM.
Chapter 4,“Printer Drivers”
How to install and use software on your computer to select
printer settings and monitor printer status.
Chapter 5,“The Operator Panel”
Describes how to use the operator panel to change printer
settings and perform other tasks.
Chapter 6,Web Printing Setup”
Provides instructions for system administrators to set up Pull
Printing and PrintAgent™ software on your network.
Chapter 7,“Network Setup”
Provides instructions for system administrators to set up
network printing over NetWare, TCP/IP, EtherTalk,
Windows 3.x and above, Windows NT 4.0, and NetBEUI/
Chapter 8,“Maintaining Your Printer”
Gives a schedule and instructions for performing routine
maintenance tasks that will keep your printer operating
Chapter 9,Troubleshooting”
Shows how to diagnose and respond to operating difficulties,
including paper jams, printer errors, and print quality
Chapter 10,Technical Support”
Tells how to contact NEC for service, support, and supplies
for your printer. Also provides information about the
SuperScript 4200N Limited Warranty and obtaining service
Appendix A, “Printer Specifications”
Provides detailed information about printer operations.
Appendix B, “Media Specifications”
Information for using different media in your printer.
Appendix C, “Safety Information
Information about safety precautions.
Appendix D, “Moving Your Printer”
Important instructions for safely moving, repacking, and
shipping the printer.
All the subjects in this User’s Guide are listed in the index with
their page number.
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Overview 1
SuperScript 4200N Highlights 1
Printer Options 1
Your Starting Point 1
System Requirements for Print Clients 1
Supported Network Environments 2
Cabling Requirements 2
Energy Saving 2
SuperScript 4200N CD 2
Printing Software for Windows Clients 2
Printing Software for Macintosh Clients 3
4200N Printer Web Pages 3
Paper Handling and Special Media 3
SuperScript 4200N Settings 5
Printer Settings 5
Using the Printer Operator Panel 5
Using Printer Drivers 5
PostScript 3 Features 5
Color Processing 5
Watermarks 6
Paper Handling 6
Graphics 6
PostScript Options 6
Device Options 7
Working with
Fonts In Windows 7
PostScript 3 Font Settings 7
Overview 9
Safety Instructions 9
Selecting a Location 9
Unpacking 10
Checking Printer Contents 11
Identifying Printer Parts 12
Front View 12
Front Internal View 12
Back View 12
Back Internal View 12
Top Internal View 12
Installing the Belt Cartridge 14
Installing the
Fuser Oil Bottle and Fuser Cleaning Roller 15
Installing the Toner Modules 16
Loading The Paper Tray 17
Printing a Startup Page 18
Connecting the
Printer to Your Computer or Network 19
Connecting the 4200N as a Local Printer 19
Connecting the 4200N as a Network Printer 19
Printing with the 4200N Printer 20
Easy/Local Setup for Windows 95/98 and
Windows NT 4.0 Clients 20
Easy/Local Setup for Windows 3.1x Clients 20
Printing a Document from Your Application 20
Quick Web Printing with
the 4200N Network Printer 20
Setting the Printer’s IP Address 20
Installing the Driver 21
Printing Envelopes 21
Printing on Thick Paper 22
Printing Transparencies 22
Printing Labels 23
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Overview 25
Installing the Legal Paper Tray 25
Adding the Paper Tray 2 Unit 26
Adding Memory (SIMM) 28
Installing SIMM 29
Overview 31
Installation Options 31
Windows 95/98 31
Printing a Document 32
Accessing a Printer Driver 32
Changing Settings in the Printer Driver 32
Setting Another Printer Driver as Default 32
Windows NT 4.0 36
Installing Printing Software 36
Printing a Document 36
Accessing Printer Properties 36
Accessing Document Properties 36
Changing Settings in the Printer Driver 36
Setting Another Printer Driver as Default 36
Windows 3.1x 39
Installation for Windows 3.1x 39
Printing a Document 39
Accessing the Printer Driver 39
Macintosh 41
Installing Printing Software 41
Choosing the Printer 41
Configuring the PPD 41
Renaming Your Printer 41
Printing 41
Page Setup 41
Overview 43
Operator Panel Features 43
Indicator Lights 43
The Message Display 44
Operator Panel Buttons 45
Using the Menu Tree 46
An Example of Using the Menu Tree 46
Operator Panel Menus 47
Operator Panel Tasks 48
Taking the Printer Offline and Online 48
Setting Media Type 49
Stopping a Job 49
Resetting the Printer 49
Resetting the NIC 49
Restoring Factory Defaults 49
Printing 4200N Information Pages 49
Resetting Usage Reports 49
TCP/IP Setup 49
Overview 51
PrintAgent Remote Printing 51
PrintAgent Pull Printing 51
Secondary File Server 51
Server System Requirements 52
Installation on Secondary File Server 52
Configuring URLs 52
Remote Printing 53
Client System Requirements 53
Easy Remote Printing Setup 53
Remote Printing From Your Desktop 53
Getting Printer Status 54
Getting Help 54
PrintAgent Features 54
PrintAgent Program Menus 54
PrintAgent Window Menus 55
Pull Printing 56
Sending a Job 57
Pull Printing User Settings 57
Plug Ins 58
Overview 59
Setup Options 59
Network Printer Features 60
Network Settings Page 60
Setting The Printer IP Address 61
Resetting the NIC 61
Restoring Factory Default Settings 62
NIC Status Lights 62
Network Administration Page 62
Going to the Network Administration Page 62
Using MAP 63
MAP Operating Requirements 63
Installing MAP 64
Running MAP and Selecting a 4200N 64
Windows Print Clients 64
Installing SuperScript 4200N Printer Drivers 64
TCP/IP Requirements for
Windows Configuration 65
Network Configuration Options 65
TCP/IP Setup in Windows 95/98 and
Windows NT 4.0 65
Windows Peer-to-Peer Printing Setup 66
Moving a Peer-to-Peer Printer 66
Removing Peer-to-Peer Software 66
Setting LPR Printing on an NT Network 67
Shared Printing in Windows 95/98 67
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol 68
NetWare 4.x and 5.x 69
Using NWADMIN or NWADMN32 69
NetWare 3.x 71
Web JetAdmin 72
Location of Source Files 72
WebJetAdmin Directories and Files 72
Reset Web JetAdmin Discovery 72
UNIX Print Clients 73
Configuring the IP Address on the 4200N 73
Setting Up Your Printing Mode 73
Overview 75
Precautions 75
Maintenance Schedule 76
Service Visit Schedule 76
Replacing the Toner Modules 77
Replacing the Fuser Oil Bottle 78
Replacing the Fuser Cleaning Roller 79
Cleaning the Belt Cartridge 80
Replacing the Belt Cartridge 81
Inside the Back Cover 82
Replacing the Fuser Unit 83
Cleaning the Laser Lens 84
Replacing the Ozone Filter 85
Replacing the Toner Collector 85
Cleaning the Outside of the Printer 86
Overview 87
Print Quality Maintenance 87
Simple Troubleshooting 87
Printer Messages 87
Preventing Paper Jams 89
Understanding the Paper Path 89
Removing Paper Jams 90
Misfeed Jams 90
Inner Jams 91
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Outer Jams 92
Drum Jams 92
Print Quality 93
Background is Smeared 93
Image Edges are Missing or Peeling 93
Horizontal Jitter 93
Horizontal Ribbing 93
Image Shows Banding, Shadows, or Shifting 93
White Line 93
Vertical Streaks 93
Vertical White Band 93
Black Line 94
Vertical Line 94
Image Staggered Vertically 94
Horizontal Banding 94
Horizontal White Band 94
Toner Spots 94
Mixed Color Image 94
Color Misregistration 95
Toner Streak 95
Mottled Image 95
Shadowing 95
Insufficient Gloss 95
Back of Paper is Stained 95
Missing Print 95
Partial Printing 95
Parallel Printing Problems 96
Nothing Printed 96
Nonsense is Printed 96
Error Messages with Little or Nothing Printed 96
Network Printing Problems 97
Check the Printer Operation 97
Check the Network Settings Page 97
Check other Network Users 97
Review Recent System Changes 97
Check Hardware Connections 97
Check NIC Status Lights 97
Troubleshooting for NetWare 98
Troubleshooting for MacOS 99
Overview 101
Assistance Nearby 101
Help From Within Your Company 101
Help From Your Dealer 101
NEC Technical Support 101
How to Contact NEC 101
Ordering Supplies 102
NEC Warranty and Service 103
NEC Service Contracts 103
SuperScript 4200N Printer Limited Warranty 103
Warranty Period 103
Warranty Coverage 103
Warranty Support 104
Obtaining Warranty Service 104
Limitation of Damages
and Implied Warranties 104
Operating Specifications 105
Paper Handling 106
Ozone Emission 109
Laser Safety 109
CDRH Regulations 109
FCC Statement 110
Moving Your Printer Locally 111
Shipping the Printer 113
Index 117
The innovative NEC SuperScript™ 4200N network color
laser printer is the best value today for fast color and
monochrome printing. The 4200N delivers high resolution
laser color printing for business presentations and reports
and is adaptable to changing business needs. The SuperScript
4200N network printer includes web-based printing
capability. This allows you to send print jobs to remote
locations, for example, across the building or across the
country. This section describes NEC SuperScript 4200N
features and options that will make it the busiest machine in
your office.
SuperScript 4200N Highlights
Prints from 4 to 8 color pages per minute and up to 16
monochrome pages per minute
PostScript 3 printing language
600 x 600 dpi printing is standard
1200x1200 dpi printing is available when a total of 80 MB
of RAM is installed (96 MB for legal size paper)
32 MB of RAM standard, extendable to 128 MB
8.5 MB Flash Memory
Year-2000 compliant
Network Interface Card (NIC)
Printer Home Page provides access to web-based
printing software, online Help, and other features.
Using PrintAgent™ software, configuration and
monitoring can be done from your workstation
Supports traditional network printing over NetWare,
TCP/IP, EtherTalk, Windows 3.1x and above,
Windows NT 4.0, and NetBEUI/NetBIOS
Printer Options
You can add these features to increase productivity.
250-sheet standard size Paper Tray 2 Unit
250-sheet Legal Tray
Your Starting Point
The instructions in this guide assume that you are familiar
with your computer and/or network operating systems, and
that your system is configured and operating properly.
System Requirements for Print Clients
Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX print clients can send print
jobs to the SuperScript 4200N. System requirements for
Windows and Macintosh print clients are shown below. See
Page 73 for information about UNIX print clients.
Windows Print Clients
Microsoft Windows 3.1x, Windows 95 and higher,
or Windows NT 4.0
486 or higher CPU
CD-ROM drive (optional if connected to a network)
5 MB of free hard disk space
8 MB of RAM
Parallel Port (for local connection)
Ethernet connection
Macintosh Print Clients
Mac OS 7.1 or higher
68040 or higher CPU
CD-ROM drive (optional if connected to a network)
5 MB of free hard disk space
8 MB of RAM
Ethernet connection
Web-Based Printing Requirements
To use the web-based Pull Printing and NEC PrintAgent
features, you need to have Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 4.01
SP1 web browser. Other requirements are described in
Chapter 6, “Web Printing Setup.”
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Supported Network Environments
The SuperScript 4200N comes with software for using the
printer within several network operating systems.
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
NetWare versions 3.x, 4.x, and 5.x
Macintosh EtherTalk
Peer to peer printing for Windows 95/98
World Wide Web
For a network connection, print clients and network
operating systems should be configured and operating
correctly,. SuperScript 4200N printer drivers must be
properly installed onto the print clients.
Cabling Requirements
You need to provide the following additional hardware to
setup and connect your printer.
For local connection, an IEEE 1284 compliant parallel
For network connection, use a Category 5 network cable
with RJ-45 connectors for 10/100Base-T Ethernet, shown
The network interface card (NIC) automatically
detects whether it’s connected to 10Base-T or 100Base-T.
For better performance, NEC recommends a shielded
CAT5 cable when connecting to 100Base-T networks.
Energy Saving
The SuperScript 4200N printer meets the
requirements of the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Energy Star
Computers program for printers. The
purpose of this program is to promote
the manufacturing and marketing of
energy-efficient office automation equipment, thereby
potentially reducing combustion-related pollution. (The
Energy Star emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of
any product or service.)
4200N CD
SuperScript 4200N CD
that comes with your printer
provides three options for installing printer drivers and
printing utilities in Windows.
Easy/Local Setup
Custom/Network Client Setup
Administrator Setup
Choose the one that best suits your needs.
Printing Software for Windows Clients
Easy/Local Setup
Use this option to quickly install the basic printing tools for
your operating system. This is appropriate if you are
connected to a SuperScript 4200N from the parallel port.
Using this option, you can install
PostScript 3 printer driver using Microsoft’s Image Color
Matching technology
PostScript 3 printer driver using NEC’s Image Color
Matching method
Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01
User’s Guide
you can view online, or
print out
4200N Printer Web Pages 3
Custom/Network Client Setup
If you are a network client with access to a SuperScript 4200N
printer , you can use this setup to access web-based printing
tools and network utilities. Using this option, you can install
PostScript 3 printer driver using Microsoft’s Image Color
Matching technology
PostScript 3 printer driver using NEC’s Image Color
Matching method
PrintAgent for Remote Printing
Utilities for peer to peer printing
Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1
Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01
User’s Guide
you can view online, or
print out
Administrator Setup
This setup should only be used by system administrators
who are familiar with the procedures for installing server
software and network configuration. Use it to install and use
network utilities, and set up servers for PrintAgent Pull
In addition to all the items available in the Custom/Network
Client Setup, the following tools are provided.
PrintAgent Pull Printing Server software
PrintAgent Secondary File Server software
SuperScript MAP utility for Windows 95/98, and
Windows NT 4.0
BOOTP 32 for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0
Printing Software for Macintosh Clients
SuperScript 4200N CD
that comes with your printer
provides the following software for Mac OS users.
The Adobe PS printer driver
The SuperScript 4200N printer description file
ICC files for Color Sync
Instructions for installing print drivers on Macintosh clients
are on page 41.
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The SuperScript 4200N Web Pages requires a separate server
and can only be used when the SuperScript 4200N is
connected to a network. The web pages allow print clients to
perform the following tasks.
Pull Printing
Remote Printing
Monitor 4200N PrintAgent printers
Network administration tasks
View the Help System
Every SuperScript 4200N printer has a Printer Home Page,
URL Configuration Page, and Network Administration Page
stored in it’s ROM. These pages can be accessed once the
printer is connected to a network. Simply type the printer’s
IP address into the Internet Explorer 4.01 browser, and the
Printer Home Page will appear . However, the r emaining web
pages must be installed on a separate server. See Chapter 6,
“Web Printing Setup,” for more information.
You can use the 4200N to print on a wide variety of media
and sizes. SuperScript 4200N paper handling features let you
manage print jobs and office tasks efficiently.
Supported Media
Use any light or medium weight copier paper to print out
draft copies of your documents. Then, for the best results on
nal documents, you should consider using NEC’s Premium
Premium Color Laser Paper - 24 lb. Bond:
A bright
paper with a super smooth finish for brilliant color
reproduction. Use this for correspondence, proposals,
charts, graphs, and illustrations.
Premium Color Laser Paper - 60 lb. Cover:
A heavier
stock that is ideal for report covers, mailers, greeting
cards and invitations.
Ultra Glossy Color Laser Paper - 100 lb. Text:
Has a
double-sided glossy finish that is preferred for
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professional printing and photographic art. Use this for
data sheets, brochures, and client presentations.
Premium Overhead Transparencies:
Use this for
brilliant projected images.
Your Starter Kit includes a sampler of NEC Premium papers.
See page 102 for information about ordering NEC premium
papers and other printer supplies. If you do not have the
NEC Premium papers, try to match them as closely as
possible for the best printing results. Appendix B, “Media
Specifications,” has more information about choosing media.
When printing special media, be sure to load the paper tray
only to the mark indicated for that media. When printing on
thick or glossy stock, set the Media Type to
Thick Stock
the printer Operator Panel, and reset it to Paper when you
are done (see page 49 for instructions).
Supported Paper Sizes
You can print on a variety of paper sizes including
To print Legal size paper, you must install the
optional Legal Paper Tray into Paper Tray 1 or Paper Tray 2.
You can view the Printer Home Page from Windows, Macintosh, or UNIX print clients.
The URL is the IP address you assign to the printer (for example,
The Printer Home Page
Click here to display the Pull Printing Page
to print over the web without a driver
Click here to install the PrintAgent
driver for remote printing over the web
Click here to install the Microsoft
Use these links to learn more about
Pull Printing and Remote Printing
using the PrintAgent
Virtual Machine
Paper Size Inches Millimeters
Letter 8.5 x 11 216 x 279
Legal 8.5 x 14 216 x 356
A4 8.3 x 11.7 210 x 297
Executive 7.25 x 10.5 184 x 267
UK Quarto 8 x 10 203 x 254
Folio 8.5 x 13 216 x 330
Commercial #10 Env. 4.13 x 9.5 105 x 241
SuperScript 4200N Settings 5
Paper Source Selections
In your printer driver, you can specify which paper tray the
printer should use for your print job: Tray 1, Tray 2 (option),
or AutoSelect . When you specify AutoSelect, the printer
automatically selects the right tray based on the paper size in
the trays. The printer can detect paper sizes based on how the
trays are adjusted. Therefore, it is important to adjust the
paper trays properly.
Orientation describes the position of images on a page with
respect to the long and short edges of the paper . You can print
three ways.
Portrait means the page has a vertical orientation
(the default).
Landscape means the page has a horizontal
Rotated Landscape means the page has a horizontal
orientation and is flipped.
Number of Copies
You can set the number of copies to be printed up to 999.
4200N S
Printer Settings
SuperScript 4200N printer settings give you many ways to
customize your print job. There is often more than one place
to change the same printer setting. These include
The SuperScript PostScript 3 printer driver
The Operator Panel on your printer
Using the Printer Operator Panel
You can use the printer Operator Panel to cancel a print job or
change settings that are not available in your printer driver.
You can view messages on the Operator Panel to help
diagnose printing problems. In addition, the printer operator
panel allows you to print out font lists and test pages and
view the total page count. You can also set the printer’s
TCP/IP address or reconfigure network settings. Chapter 5,
“The Operator Panel,” provides instructions for using the
printer operator panel.
Using Printer Drivers
Your printer software includes the PostScript 3 printer
drivers for Windows 3.x, Windows 95/98, Windows NT 4.0,
and Mac OS. It offers a wide range of features for setting up
your print job and printer settings.
Most of these features and settings are described in this
chapter. A particular feature may be implemented slightly
differently, depending on which driver you are using.
If you are unsure about a setting in your printer
driver, be sure to use the driver’s Online Help feature.
Chapter 4, “Printer Drivers,” provides complete
information about using your printer driver software.
3 F
These are general descriptions of settings available in the
PostScript 3 printer drivers. The interface of the printer
driver depends on the operating system you use. Not all
settings are available for all drivers, or they may appear on
different tabs in the printer driver. All printer drivers have
Online Help available at the click of a button, with more
information about specific settings. Chapter 4, “Printer
Drivers,” shows the PostScript printer drivers and explains
how to use them.
Color Processing
Color Control
Use these settings to define color in your print job.
Color Photo: Produces smooth color images, for the best
reproduction of photographic images.
Color Business Graphics: Produces bright, solid colors,
suitable for presentation graphics, charts, and posters.
Color Transparency: Use this for the best results when
printing color presentations on overhead transparency film.
Grayscale: Converts all colors in the document to black and
shades of gray for monochrome printing.
Unadjusted: Does not apply any of the special color control
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Image Color Matching
This feature is available for advanced users (except for
Windows NT). You must install it from the SuperScript 4200N
CD using the Custom Install feature. It will not appear on the
printer driver until you install it.
A watermark is text that appears on pages in your print job,
such as DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL. Use these settings to
apply watermarks to your print job, create new watermarks,
or modify existing watermarks. A preview area shows how
the watermark will appear. You can also specify whether the
watermark appears in the foreground or background, and on
which pages it appears. This feature is not available for
Windows NT.
Paper Handling
Use this feature to print multiple page images on the printed
page, including 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, and 16. This gives you the ability
to print pamphlets, story boards, or thumbnail layouts. You
can also print a border around the page image (except for 1
page only).
Unprintable Area
Use this setting to specify the area on the edge of the paper
that cannot be printed on. This setting overrides margins set
in the application.
Print resolution is measured by the number of dots per inch
(dpi) in an image. The higher the number is, the finer the
resolution. Resolution can be set to 600 dpi (the default) or
1200 dpi .
1200 dpi is only available when 80 MB of RAM are
installed in the printer (96 MB of RAM are required for
printing legal size paper).
Sharp Edge Technology
Specifies whether or not NEC’s Sharp Edge T echnology (SET)
should be used. SET is only available with 600dpi. It refines
the print quality of characters and line art by smoothing the
ne gradations along the edge of the printed image. It is best
to turn this feature OFF for color photo images.
If graphic images in your document do not print correctly,
use these settings to adjust screen frequency and angle. For
example, use this when screened images show a moiré
Negative Image
If you select this, black and white values are reversed and
RGB colors print as their complements.
Mirror Image
If you select this, pages are “mirrored” on the horizontal axis.
You can enlarge or reduce the page image. A value of 100%
(the default) means no enlargement or reduction. A value of
50% reduces the page image to half its normal size. A value of
200% doubles the size of the page image.
PostScript Options
Several print processing options are available.
Optimize for Speed
Check this for faster printing. This option may cause a
problem for some print jobs if the printer does not have
enough memory.
Optimize for Portability-ADSC
Check this to ensure that the document can be printed on any
PostScript printer . Documents may take longer to print when
this option is selected. This option is useful if the printer has
limited memory, because it creates smaller documents.
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
Use this to print your document as a single-page image that
will be incorporated into another file. You must also select
Output to File.
Archive Format
Use this to create a PostScript data stream that gets stored in
a file to be used later.
Working with Fonts In Windows 7
PostScript Header
You can control whether the driver sends a PostScript header
with each document. If the printer is shared on a network,
this option should not be used. However , if you ar e on a local
printer , you can save time by sending the header just once to
the printer, where it is retained and printed with each job.
Error Handling
You can send an error handler with each print job. Then, if an
error occurs, the printer prints a page with a message
describing the nature of the error. You or a technician can use
this information to diagnose the problem.
PostScript Timeout Values
These settings define timeout periods allowed when the
driver communicates with the printer . Enter a value from 0 to
999 seconds (32,767 seconds for NT). When zero is entered,
the printer will wait indefinitely. If you printer is shared, do
not specify a value of zero.
Job Timeout: This is the maximum number of seconds
the printer can take to print a single job. If the print job
takes more time to print than the timeout value, the
printer may stop printing and prepare to receive a new
Wait Timeout: This is the maximum number of seconds
the printer will wait for data from the computer. While
receiving a print job, the printer driver may pause to
build a PostScript language description of each page. For
complicated pages, which take longer to build, you may
need to set a higher wait time.
Advanced Options
Advanced options allow you to optimize printer
performance, but generally should not be changed unless
you have specific reasons to do so. Use the driver Online
Help feature for more information on these settings.
Device Options
You can use settings on the Device Options to match the
attached printer configuration so that the printer driver can
generate optimized PostScript code.
Available printer memory
Set this to match the amount of memory you have installed in
the printer.
Available font cache
The driver automatically adjusts the font cache size based on
installed memory. Increase this amount for better
performance of Type 32 bitmap fonts.
Installable options
Use this area to change the settings to match the printer’s
hardware setup when you add options to the printer,
including Tray 2, or more RAM memory.
Under most conditions your documents will print out well
without any adjustment to font settings in your printer
drivers. The Windows printer drivers have settings for
specifying how TrueType fonts in your document are
matched to PostScript fonts in the printer. You may want to
adjust these if your documents take a long time to print or the
quality of the font is not satisfactory. Font settings vary
slightly on the Windows 3.x, Windows 95/98, and Windows
NT 4.0 printer drivers.
PostScript 3 Font Settings
Send TrueType fonts to printer according to the font
Substitution Table
Instead of downloading all TrueType fonts to the printer, this
selection substitutes PostScript fonts resident in the printer
for the TrueType fonts used in the document according to a
table you define.
Using the Substitution Table
The substitution utility allows you to view or edit which
fonts in the printer should be substituted for the TrueType
fonts in your document. Using resident printer fonts speeds
Always use built-in printer fonts instead of TrueType
Select this feature and the printer substitutes its closest
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matching resident fonts. This speeds printing, but the
document may not print out exactly as it appears on the
Always use TrueType fonts
Downloads bitmap TrueType fonts to the printer to print the
document. This ensures the printed document will look the
same as it does on the screen, but it may take longer to print.
The Update Soft Fonts feature updates the driver to
recognize new fonts. Use this if you have added new fonts to
your system after you installed the driver.
This chapter tells you how to safely set up your printer and
begin printing right away. Included are instructions for
Selecting a location and unpacking
Checking printer contents and identifying printer parts
Installing the Belt Cartridge, Fuser Oil Bottle and Fuser
Cleaning Roller, and Toner Modules
Loading the Paper Tray
Printing a Startup Page
Connecting the printer to your computer or network
Printing with the SuperScript 4200N
Quick web printing with the SuperScript 4200N
Printing envelopes, transparencies, and labels
To protect yourself and your equipment from possible
damage, always follow these precautions.
Protect the printer from dampness or spills.
Save the printer box and all packing materials that came
with your printer in case you need to ship it later.
Lifting or moving the printer requires two adults!
Read the installation instructions carefully before you
plug in your printer, and follow all warnings.
Keep this user’s guide handy for reference.
Keep the printer level at all times, especially when the
Fuser Oil Bottle is installed. Do not tilt more than 15
The fuser area, under the Top and Back Covers is very
hot. Let the printer cool at least 15 minutes before
touching these areas.
WARNING! This printer is intended to be electrically
grounded. It comes with a three-wire grounding plug. This
plug will only fit a grounded AC outlet or pow er strip. This
is a safety feature. Do not defeat the purpose of the
grounding plug by removing the third pin.
Select a level, stable place with adequate space for air
circulation and opening covers and trays. The area should be
well ventilated and away from direct sunlight or sources of
heat, cold, and humidity. Do not set the printer close to
the edge of your desk or table!
The printer and packaging weighs approximately 100 lbs.
Moving and unpacking the printer requires two adults.
Safety Precautions
Keep printer vents
For more details on printer
dimensions see Appendix A,
“Printer Specifications.
10 SuperScript 4200N — User’s Guide
Follow these steps to safely unpack the printer.
1. Open the top cover of the packing box and remove the
QuickStart poster.
2. Remove the Accessory kit and Starter kit from the top of
the printer.
3. Turn the large plastic box screws at the bottom of the box
to the left (A) and pull out to remove (B).
4. Using your thumb and finger, remove the plastic screw
sleeves from the box (C).
5. Lift off the outer box (D).
6. Open the plastic bag that contains the printer and slide it
7. W ith one person on each side of the printer, grasp the
printer at the hand grips where they are exposed by
notches in the foam padding (E).
8. Lift the printer and place it on a sturdy, level surface.
Unpacking the Printer Box
note: Save the box, box screws,
and packing material. If you ship
the printer in the future, be sure to
follow the special packing
instructions in Appendix D to
safeguard internal components.
Caution! The printer and packaging
weigh approximately 100lbs. To set up the
printer and move it requires two adults.
Checking Printer Contents 11
Take a moment to verify that the following items were
included in your printer box.
SuperScript 4200N printer with 250-sheet Paper Tray 1
QuickStart Poster
Accessory Kit (see contents below)
Starter Kit (see contents below)
SuperScript 4200N software in a license envelope
Power Cord
Toner Collector (installed next to the Toner Modules
inside Front Cover of printer)
1 Black Toner Module
1 Cyan Toner Module
1 Magenta Toner Module
1 Yellow Toner Module
Belt Cartridge
Fuser Oil Bottle
Fuser Oil Syringe
Fuser Cleaning Roller
Accessory Kit
Starter Kit
NEC Paper Sample Pack
Software Envelope
•SuperScript 4200N User’s Guide
•SuperScript 4200N CD
To connect your printer, you need to provide the proper
parallel and/or network cable.
Power Cord
Printer with
250-sheet Paper Tray 1
(Save for future use!)
QuickStart Poster
Not Included …
Category 5 Twisted Pair
Cable with RJ-45 Connectors
for 10/100Base-T Ethernet.
IEEE 1284 Bidirectional
Parallel Cable
Toner Collector–
installed inside
•Adobe® Photo Deluxe CD
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Use the illustrations on the facing page to identify standard
parts for the SuperScript 4200N.
Front View
Operator Panel—for displaying messages and
configuring the printer
Power button—for turning on and off the printer
Top Cover—provides access to the Fuser Unit and inside
of the printer (also serves as the Output Tray)
Output Tray —holds up to 250 printed sheets
Top Cover Release button—unlocks and opens the Top
Front Cover—provides access to Toner Modules and
Toner Collector
Front Cover Latch—unlocks and opens the Front Cover
Paper Tray 1—standard input tray, holds 250 sheets of
Front Internal View
Toner Module Racks—holds Toner Modules
Toner Collector—collects used toner
Paper T ransfer Rollers—moves the paper fr om the inside
of the printer to the Output Tray
Back View
Serial Number—necessary for warranty registration
Back Cover—provides access to clear paper jams
Back Cover Latch—lift to open back of printer
Filter Cover—contains the Ozone Filter
Bidirectional parallel interface—for attaching
bidirectional parallel cable from your computer
Ethernet interface—for attaching the Ethernet 10/100
Base-T connectors from your network
Interface Panel—contains the controller board and
network interface card
Power Cord Connector—for attaching the power cord
Back Vent—allows ventilation
Back Internal View
Transfer Drum—transfers image to paper
Registration Rollers—keeps the paper straight
Transfer Roller—works with the Transfer Drum to
transfer the image to the paper
Paper Discharger—removes the static electricity from the
T ransfer Unit—consists of the above four parts
Top Internal View
Fuser Unit—uses heat and pressure to adhere the toner
image to the paper. Contains two Fuser Rollers.
Fuser Oil Bottle—holds the oil that helps adhere the
toner image to the paper
Fuser Cleaning Rollers—helps keep the Fuser Rollers
Belt Cartridge—also known as the Photoconductor Belt
Module or OPC Unit.
Identifying Printer Parts 13
Top Cover
Operator Panel
Output Tray
Front Cover
Front Cover
Toner Module
Toner Collector
Filter Cover
Back Vent
Back Cover
Power Cord
Bidirectional Parallel
Fuser Cleaning Roller
Paper Tray 1
Important Printer Parts
Transfer Drum
Registration Rollers
Paper Discharger
Transfer Unit consists of:
Paper Transfer
Fuser Oil Bottle
Fuser Unit
Belt Cartridge
Top Cover
Release Button
Serial Number
Interface panel
Transfer Roller
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1. Make sure all packing materials and tape are removed
from the printer.
2. Open the Front Cover of the printer with the Front Cover
Release Latch (A).
3. Open the Top Cover of the printer by sliding the Top
Cover Release button forward (B)
4. Flip up the Belt Cartridge Locking Levers inside the
printer (C).
5. Remove the Tension Release Pins from both sides of the
Belt Cartridge (D).
6. Remove the black protective sheet from around the Belt
7. Slide the Belt Cartridge into the guides, as shown (E).
(The flat side of the cartridge should face the front of the
8. Snap the Belt Cartridge Locking Levers into place (F).
9. Close the Top Cover and then the Front Cover of the
The Belt Cartridge is sometimes called the
Photoconductor Belt Module or OPC Unit.
Caution The Belt Cartridge should
slide easily into the printer. Do not
force it!
Installing the Fuser Oil Bottle and Fuser Cleaning Roller 15
1. Open the Top Cover of the printer (A).
2. Make sure the Lock Tabs are in the open position (B).
3. Remove the orange Tension Release Pins from the ends
of the Fuser Rollers. Open the Pressure Release Tabs and
pull the pins up and out (C).
You may have to pull hard to remove these.
4. Remove the Fuser Oil Bottle from its plastic bag and set
into place with the shunt valve down and the labeled
side facing the front of the printer (D). The tab on the
bottle should face right when viewed from the printer’s
front. Place in front of the Lock Tabs.
5. Remove the Fuser Cleaning Roller from its plastic bag
and set into place with the exposed part of the roller
facing the front of the printer (E). The extra tab should be
on the left. Place in back of the Lock Tabs over the Fuser
6. Turn the Lock Tabs to the closed position holding the
Fuser Oil Bottle and Fuser Cleaning Roller in place (F).
7. Close the Top Cover of the printer.
Tabs Open
Tension Release Pins
Tabs Closed
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1. Open the Front Cover of the printer (A).
2. Note the color labels inside indicating where to slide the
different color Toner Modules (B) (C=Cyan, M=Magenta,
Y=Y ellow, and K=Black).
3. Begin with Cyan. Remove the Toner Module from its
plastic bag and rock it gently three or four times (C).
4. Remove the protective tape from the module.
5. Remove the orange protective cover.
6. Hold the module level and slide into place along the
racks in the printer (D).
7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 for the remaining color Toner
Modules (E).
8. Close the Front Cover, making sure it clicks into
place (F).
K (Black)
Y (Yellow)
M (Magenta)
C (Cyan)
Loading The Paper Tray 17
Paper Tray 1 can hold up to 250 sheets of medium weight
paper—U.S. letter size, executive, UK quarto, folio, or A4. It
also holds envelopes, transparencies, and sheets of labels. See
Appendix B, “Media Specifications,” for a complete list of
media that can be used. The exact number of sheets Paper
Tray 1 can hold depends on the weight of the paper.
1. Remove Paper Tray 1(A).
2. Squeeze on both sides of the length tab and slide it into
place. The outside of the tab should match the desired
size marked on the inside of the tray (B).
3. Squeeze the left side guide and slide it to match your
paper’s width (C). The inside of the tab should match the
desired size on the tray (D).
4. Insert the paper into Paper Tray 1(E).
5. Reinsert Paper Tray 1 into the printer (F).
Do not overfill Paper Tray!
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Follow these steps to connect your printer to AC Power and
print a Startup Page.
1. Make sure the power switch is turned off (button
is out) (A).
2. Connect the Power Cord to the rear of the printer (B).
3. Plug the other end of the Power Cord into a properly
grounded outlet.
WARNING! This printer is intended to be electrically
grounded. It comes with a three-wire grounding plug. This
plug will only fit a grounded AC outlet or pow er strip. This
is a safety feature . If you are unable to insert the plug into
the outlet, contact a licensed electrician to replace the
outlet with a properly grounded outlet. Do not defeat the
purpose of the grounding plug by removing the third pin!
4. Turn on the printer power.
5. Indicator lights cycle and the following messages appear
on the Operator Panel display in sequence (C).
Self Test
SuperScript 4200
6. The printer issues the Startup and Network
Configuration pages then the following message
Power Warning Online
Menu OnLine
Data OHT Label
Feed Item Media
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Connecting the Printer to Your Computer or Network 19
This section shows you how to connect your SuperScript
4200N printer to your computer or network.
You can be connected to and receive data at the
parallel port and Ethernet port at the same time.
Connecting the 4200N as a Local Printer
If you want to connect the SuperScript
4200N to a Windows computer as a local
printer, use the bidirectional parallel
interface. NEC recommends an IEEE 1284 bidirectional
parallel cable that is no more than 6 feet in length. If you use
a cable that is longer than 6 feet, it should be certified as
bidirectional. Use the wire clips to fasten the cable to the
Follow these basic steps
1. Make sure your computer and printer are turned off.
2. Plug the parallel cable into the parallel port on your
computer and printer.
3. Turn on your printer, wait until it displays the
message, then turn on your computer.
4. Turn on the computer.
5. During the startup for Windows 95 and higher, the
operating system will detect that a new printing device is
connected to the computer. Follow the instructions
displayed by the computer about installing the printer
Continue on page 20 for printing instructions.
Connecting the 4200N as a Network Printer
To connect the SuperScript 4200N to a 10/100Base-T
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Insert one end of the Category 5 network cable into the
network port located on the printer interface panel.
Insert the other end into the interface of your network.
Use shielded CAT5 cabling for 100Base-T networks.
3. Turn on the printer. It may take up to 90 seconds to warm
up, and then it prints a Network Settings page with NIC
status information (shown on page 60).
Keep the Network Settings page. You will need
this information when configuring the NIC for your
Continue to page 20 for printing instructions.
Interface Panel
Bidirectional Parallel
Network Port
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Once you have printed a Startup Page, you can install a
printer driver from the SuperScript 4200N CD and begin
There are three types of setup available for SuperScript
4200N printer software: Easy/Local, Custom/Network
Client, and Administrator.
To get started, you can use the Easy/Local setup. This setup
quickly installs the basic printing tools for your operating
Easy/Local Setup for Windows 95/98 and
Windows NT 4.0 Clients
Follow these steps.
1. Insert the SuperScript 4200N CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. The Installer will launch automatically.
3. When prompted, select the Easy/Local installation
option and click Next.
4. Continue responding to the selections displayed in the
dialog boxes until installation is complete.
Easy/Local Setup for Windows 3.1x Clients
Follow these steps.
1. Insert the SuperScript 4200N CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Use the Windows File Manager to view the contents of
the SuperScript 4200N CD.
3. Move to the Win31\PS directory.
4. Double click on Setup.exe to begin the install.
5. Continue responding to the selections displayed in the
dialog boxes until installation is complete.
Printing a Document from Your Application
You can do this using the print command of the application
used to create your document.
1. Open a document you wish to print.
2. Select Print from the File menu. The Print dialog box
3. Select the options you want in the Print dialog box,
including the number of copies and page range.
4. When the options are selected, click OK to print the
Instructions for setup and printing from a Macintosh print
client are on page 41.
4200N N
The fastest way to begin printing over the network is to use
PrintAgent software and a web browser. This section shows
how to set up PrintAgent Remote Printing.
To use Remote Printing, you must have on your computer
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 SP1
The Windows 95/98 operating system
Setting the Printer’s IP Address
There are several ways to do this. The steps below show how
to use the Operator Panel to set your printer’s IP Address.
1. Press the Online button of the Operator Panel. OFFLINE
appears on the display.
2. Press the Menu button to enter menu mode. CONTROL
appears on the display.
3. Press the Next button until COMMUNICATIONS appears
on the display, and press the Select button.
4. Press the Next button until NETWORK appears on the
display, and press the Select button.
5. Press the Next button until TCP/IP appears on the display ,
and press the Select button.
6. Press the Next button until NET ADDRESS appears on the
display, and press the Select button.
7. Use the Operator Panel buttons to set values for each of
the 12 digits in this manner.
First press Next to set the cursor to the first digit.
For the first digit, press Select to increment to the correct
value. Then press Next to move to the next digit and
press Select to increment to its correct value. Continue
until all twelve digits are set. When the final digit is set,
press Next to confirm the Net Address you set and then
press Select.
Printing Envelopes 21
8. Press Menu to exit menu mode and press Online to
bring the printer online.
9. To validate any changes to network settings, you must
turn the printer off, and then on again.
Installing the Driver
Once the IP address is assigned to the printer, you can go to
the Printer Home Page to download and install the
PrintAgent software and driver.
1. Launch your web browser.
2. Enter Printer’s IP Address as the URL to reach the Printer
Home Page for example
3. Click on the Install Drivers button to download
PrintAgent software.
4. In the File Download dialog box that appears, check Run
this program from its current location . and then click
OK to begin downloading and installing.
5. During installation, you will be prompted to enter the
URL (IP Address) of your printer so it can be added to
your system as the default printer. When installation is
finished, you can see the special PrintAgent driver by
selecting Settings and then Printers from the Windows
Start menu.
6. Restart for the new Driver to take effect.
You can also install Remote Printing software
from the
SuperScript 4200N CD
For more information on PrintAgent Remote Printing and
Pull Printing, see Chapter 6, “Web Printing Setup.
1. Format your envelopes in your computer application.
2. Remove Paper Tray 1 and adjust the paper guides to the
envelope size you want to load.
3. Load no more than 15 envelopes into Paper Tray 1. Make
sure the envelope stack is flat and even.
4. The following illustration shows how to load a stack of
envelopes in Paper Tray 1.
WARNING! Do not use envelopes that have fasteners,
snaps, or windows. Also, do not use envelopes that seal
with peel-off strips or pressure-sensitive adhesives.
Printing on such envelopes can damage the printer.
5. Put Paper Tray 1 or Legal Tray back in the printer.
You can load envelopes in Paper Tray 1 or the
optional Legal Tray as long as the tray is inserted in the
Paper Tray 1 Feeder.
Stack the envelopes with flaps down
and facing left
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6. Press the Media button. The message MEDIA TYPE THICK
appears and the Label LED will turn on. Wait for
the message READY to appear.
7. To return to printing regular weight paper, press the
Media button and the Label LED will turn off. The
message MEDIA TYPE PAPER appears. Wait for the
message READY to appear.
If envelopes are wrinkling, try envelopes made
from a different kind of paper. Generally, textured
envelopes do not print well in laser printers.
Printing on thick stock or heavy paper is basically the same
as printing on envelopes. Follow the Printing Envelopes
directions above. Adjust the paper guides inside the tray to
match your paper size.
Create the information you need printed on the
transparencies within your application. Try printing on a
plain sheet of paper first for proper placement.
Print transparencies from Paper Tray 1 only.
Load up to 50 sheets in Paper Tray 1.
Keep the paper path clean. Transparencies are especially
sensitive to dirt. If shadows appear on either the top or
bottom of the sheets, refer to Chapter 8, “Maintaining
Your Printer,” for instructions on how to clean the
If the manufacturer put a removable strip at the edge of
the transparencies, load the transparencies with the strip
toward the front of the printer (even if they recommend
that the striped edge faces the back of the printer).
The printer will automatically detect transparencies in
Paper Tray 1.
The best quality printing will be inside a 10 mm border
around the edge of the transparency
The terms OHT (found on Operator Panel) and
OHP (found inside Paper Tray 1) both refer to
The OHT light on the Operator Panel will start blinking
when the printer detects transparencies in Paper Tray 1.
Power Warning Online
Menu OnLine
Data OHT Label
Feed Item Media
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