HP Color LaserJet 1500 Series manual

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  • Brand: HP
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  • Model/name: Color LaserJet 1500 Series
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hp color LaserJet
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Hewlett-Packard Company
11311 Chinden Boulevard
Boise, Idaho 83714 U.S.A.
Copyright and License
©Copyright Hewlett-Packard Company 2003
All Rights Reserved. Except as allowed by
copyright laws or herein, reproduction,
adaptation, or translation without prior written
permission is prohibited.
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associated with this user guide is granted a
license to: a) print hard copies of this
user guide for PERSONAL, INTERNAL or
COMPANY use subject to the restriction not
to sell, re-sell or otherwise distribute the hard
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access to the electronic copy is limited to
PERSONAL, INTERNAL users of the
Hewlett-Packard printer associated with this
user guide.
Part number: Q2488-90929
Edition 1, 4/2003
The information contained in this document
is subject to change without notice.
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HP Customer Care
Telephone support
HP provides free telephone support during the warranty period. When you call, you will be connected to a responsive
team waiting to help you. For the telephone number for your country/region, see the flyer that shipped in the box with
the product. Before calling HP, have the following information ready: product name and serial number, date of
purchase, and description of the problem.
You can also find support on the Internet at http://www.hp.com/support/callcenters. Click next to your language,
and then click next to your country/region to see a list of the customer care centers in your area.
Online and other support
Online Services: for 24-hour
access to information using a
modem or Internet connection
World Wide Web URL: Updated HP printer software, product and support information, and
printer drivers in several languages can be obtained from: http://www.hp.com/go/clj1500. (Site is
in English.)
Printer drivers: Visit http://www.hp.com, and click Drivers. Under the HP Drivers section, click
HP. Type color laserjet 1500 as the product name, and then click to see a list of
available drivers. The Web page for the drivers might be in English, but you can download the
drivers themselves in several languages.
Software utilities, drivers,
and electronic information
Visit: http://www.hp.com/go/support/clj1500. (Site is in English.)
Call: See the flyer that shipped in the box with the product.
HP direct ordering for
accessories or supplies
Visit: http://www.hp.com/go/ljsupplies
Call: 1-800-538-8787 (U.S.) or 1-800-387-3154 (Canada).
HP Support Assistant CD This support tool offers a comprehensive online information system designed to provide
technical and product information on HP products. To subscribe to this quarterly service in the
U.S. or Canada, call 1-800-457-1762. In Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, or Singapore,
call Mentor Media at (65) 740-4477.
HP Service Information To locate HP-Authorized Dealers, call 1-800-243-9816 (U.S.) or 1-800-387-3867 (Canada).
For service for your product, call the customer support number for your country/region. See the
flyer that shipped in the box with the printer.
HP Service Agreements Call: 1-800-835-4747 (U.S.) or 1-800-268-1221 (Canada).
Extended Service: 1-800-446-0522
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Contents
HP Customer Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
1 Printer basics
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Printer configurations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Printer features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Printer parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Interface port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Control panel features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Software and supported operating systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Software for Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Software for Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Software tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Uninstalling the printing software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Uninstalling software for Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Uninstalling software for Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Accessories and ordering information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
2 Printing tasks
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Choosing paper and other print media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Supported print media for tray 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Supported print media for optional tray 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Purchasing paper and other print media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Loading trays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Loading tray 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Loading optional tray 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Printing a job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Gaining access to printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Features in the printer driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Choosing an output location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Printing on special print media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Printing on envelopes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Printing on labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Printing on grayscale transparencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Printing on custom-sized print media or cardstock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Printing on letterhead or preprinted forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Printing on both sides (duplexing manually) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Canceling a print job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Using color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
HP ImageREt 2400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
HP ColorSmart (Windows only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Managing color options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Matching colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
3 Managing the printer
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Special pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
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4 Problem solving and maintenance
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Clearing jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Resolving control panel messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Supplies Status lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Printer Status lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Secondary light patterns for Printer Status lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Solving print-quality problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Solving issues with all printed documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Solving issues with color documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Resolving problems that generated messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Resolving problems that did not generate messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Solving general printing problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Solving common Macintosh problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Cleaning the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Calibrating the printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Managing supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Supplies life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Checking and ordering supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Storing supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Replacing and recycling supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
HP policy on non-HP supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
HP fraud hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Appendix A Service and support
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Hewlett-Packard limited warranty statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Limited warranty for the print cartridges and imaging drum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Availability of support and service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
HP maintenance agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
On-site service agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Repacking the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Appendix B Specifications and regulatory information
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Printer specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Environmental Product Stewardship program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Protecting the environment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Material safety data sheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
FCC regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Regulatory statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Declaration of Conformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Laser safety statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Canadian DOC statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Regulatory Model Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Appendix C Print media specifications
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
General guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Tray specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Paper and print media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Envelopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Grayscale transparencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Index
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1 Printer basics
Introduction
This section provides information about the following topics:
● “Printer configurations” on page 8
● “Printer features” on page 9
● “Printer parts” on page 10
● “Software and supported operating systems” on page 14
● “Software for Windows” on page 15
● “Software for Macintosh” on page 16
● “Software tips” on page 17
● “Uninstalling the printing software” on page 18
● “Accessories and ordering information” on page 19
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Printer configurations
Thank you for purchasing the HP color LaserJet 1500 series printer. This printer is available in
the configurations described below.
HP color LaserJet 1500L
The HP color LaserJet 1500L printer is a four-color laser printer that prints at 16 pages per
minute (ppm) in black and white, and 4 ppm in color.
● Trays. The printer comes with a multipurpose tray (tray 1) that holds up to 125 sheets of
various print media or 10 envelopes. Compatible with an optional 250-sheet tray (tray 2) for
standard sizes.
● Connectivity. The printer provides a universal serial bus (USB) port for connectivity. An
optional external HP Jetdirect print server is also available.
● Memory. The printer contains 16 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM).
HP color LaserJet 1500
The HP color LaserJet 1500 printer comes with the features that the 1500 model provides as
well as tray 2.
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Printer features
Color printing ● Capable of laser printing in full color using the four process colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and
black.
Fast print speed ● Prints letter-size paper at 16 ppm for black or 4 ppm for color.
Excellent print quality ● True 600 by 600 dots per inch (dpi) text and graphics.
● ImageREt 2400 provides 2400 dpi color laser-class quality through a multilevel printing process.
● Adjustable settings to optimize print quality.
● The HP UltraPrecise print cartridge has a finer toner formulation that provides sharper text and
graphics.
Ease of use ● Few supplies to order. Supplies are easy to install.
● Convenient access to printer information and settings using software tools
(HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox).
Expandability ● Optional tray 2. Included with the 1500; compatible with the 1500L model. This 250-sheet tray
for standard sizes reduces the frequency with which you have to add paper to the printer. Only
one 250-sheet tray can be installed on the printer.
● Optional external HP Jetdirect print server for connecting to a network.
Flexible paper handling ● Adjustable tray 1 (multipurpose tray) for letterhead, envelopes, labels, grayscale transparencies,
custom-sized media, postcards, and heavy paper.
● Optional tray 2 (250-sheet tray) for standard-size paper.
● One 125-sheet output bin and one output door. Select the top output bin (face down) for most
jobs, including grayscale transparencies. Use the rear output door (face up) for jobs on heavy
paper, light paper, or special print media.
● Straight-through paper path capability from tray 1 to the rear output door.
● Manual duplexing. See “Printing on both sides (duplexing manually)” on page 41.
Interface connections ● USB port.
● Optional external HP Jetdirect print server.
Networking ● All common network protocols such as Ethernet, Token Ring, and LocalTalk are available using
an optional external HP Jetdirect print server. See “External HP Jetdirect print server” on
page 19 for a list of compatible external HP Jetdirect print servers.
Enhanced memory ● The printer comes with 16 MB of memory.
Energy savings ● The printer automatically conserves electricity by substantially reducing power consumption
when not printing.
● As an ENERGY STAR® partner, Hewlett-Packard Company has determined that this product
meets ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR
®
is a U.S. registered service
mark of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Economical printing ● Multiple pages per sheet (N-up) printing and two-sided printing using manual duplexing saves
paper. See “Printing multiple pages on one sheet of paper (N-up printing)” on page 33 and
“Printing on both sides (duplexing manually)” on page 41.
Print cartridges ● Supplies Status page with print cartridge and imaging drum gauges to display life remaining. For
HP supplies only.
● No-shake cartridge design.
● Authentication for HP print cartridges.
● Enabled supplies ordering capability.
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Printer parts
Before using the printer, familiarize yourself with the parts of the printer.
Power
switch
Control panel
Top cover
Top output
bin
Tray 1
Optional tray 2
(1500 only)
USB interface
Control
panel
Power
connector
Rear output
door
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Interface port
All 1500 series printers have a USB port. An optional external HP Jetdirect print server is also
available. To order, see “Accessories and ordering information” on page 19 or contact your local
HP dealer.
USB port
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Control panel features
The printer contains the following lights and buttons on its control panel:
The lights and buttons are arranged into two main groups: Supplies Status (top) and Printer
Status (bottom). To interpret and troubleshoot control panel light messages, see “Resolving
control panel messages” on page 63.
Understanding Supplies Status
The printer contains five lights and one button to indicate and control the status of the print
cartridges and imaging drum. To interpret and troubleshoot control panel light messages, see
“Resolving control panel messages” on page 63.
Black, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow Supplies Status lights
These lights indicate when a print cartridge is low (light is on), empty or missing (light blinks), or
the first time you install a non-HP print cartridge (light blinks and Attention light is on). These
lights will not indicate low or empty status for non-HP print cartridges.
Rotate Carousel button
When the top cover is closed, pressing (ROTATE CAROUSEL) rotates the print-cartridge
carousel to bring the next print cartridge into the top position. The light for the print cartridge that
is approaching the top position blinks quickly two or three times.
Imaging drum light
This light indicates when the imaging drum is low (light is on) empty or missing (light blinks), or
the first time you install a non-HP imaging drum (light blinks and Attention light is on). This light
will not indicate low or empty status for non-HP imaging drums.
CANCEL JOB
button
Attention light
(amber)
Ready light
(green)
Go light and
GO button (both green)
Yellow print-cartridge
light
Magenta print-cartridge
light
Cyan print-cartridge
light
Black print-cartridge
light
ROTATE CAROUSEL
button
Printer
Status
lights
and
buttons
Supplies
Status
lights
and
buttons
Imaging-drum
light
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Understanding Printer Status
The printer has two buttons and three lights to indicate and control the printer status. To interpret
and troubleshoot control panel light messages, see “Resolving control panel messages” on
page 63.
Cancel Job button
● When the Ready light is blinking, pressing (CANCEL JOB) cancels the current job.
● When the printer is not experiencing an error, pressing (GO) and (CANCEL JOB)
simultaneously prints a Configuration page and a Supplies Status page.
● When a Supplies Status light is blinking and the Attention light is on (indicating a non-HP
supply has been installed), pressing (CANCEL JOB) allows you to continue printing.
CAUTION You will not receive any indication when a non-HP supply is empty. If you continue printing after
the supply is empty, damage to the printer can occur. See “Hewlett-Packard limited warranty
statement” on page 94.
Attention light
Generally, the Attention light blinks when the printer is out of paper, when a jam has occurred, or
when other problems that need attention occur.
The Attention light is on in conjunction and one of the Supplies Status lights is blinking the first
time a non-HP supply is installed.
Ready light
The Ready light is on when the printer is ready to print (experiencing no errors that prevent
printing) and blinks when it is receiving data to be printed.
Go light and Go button
● When the Go light is on and the Attention light is blinking, pressing (GO) continues the
print job after you load paper for a manual feed or clears some errors.
● When the Go light is blinking, the top cover has been opened and then closed or you have
pressed (ROTATE CAROUSEL). Pressing (GO) returns the printer to the Ready state. If
you do not press (GO), the printer returns to the Ready state on its own after
approximately eight seconds.
● When the Go light is off, pressing (GO) prints a Demo page. Pressing (GO) and
(CANCEL JOB) simultaneously prints a Configuration page and a Supplies Status page.
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Software and supported operating systems
For easy printer setup and access to the full range of printer features, HP strongly recommends
that you install the software provided. Not all software is available in all languages. See the
getting started guide for installation instructions, and see the Readme for the latest software
information.
The most recent drivers, additional drivers, and other software are available from the Internet
and other sources. If you do not have access to the Internet, see “HP Customer Care” on
page 3.
The printer comes with software for the following operating systems:
● Microsoft®
Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Windows XP
(32-bit)
● Macintosh System 9.x, and OS X
The table lists the software that is available for your operating system.
Windows 98, Me Windows 2000 and
Windows XP*
Macintosh
OS 9.x
Macintosh
OS X
Windows Installer
HP 1500 driver
HP color LaserJet 1500
toolbox
Macintosh Installer
Macintosh printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
and printer dialog
extensions (PDEs)
* XP refers to 32-bit. The 64-bit XP only receives the Unidriver.
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Software for Windows
When you install the software for Windows, you can directly connect the printer to a computer
using a USB cable or you can connect the printer to the network using an optional external
HP Jetdirect print server. Different software is available depending on the type of installation you
chose. See the getting started guide for installation instructions, and see the Readme for latest
software information.
The following software is available to all users of the printer, whether you connected the printer
directly to a computer using a USB cable, or whether you connected the printer to the network
using an optional external HP Jetdirect print server.
Printer drivers
A printer driver is a software component that provides access to printer features and provides the
means for the computer to communicate with the printer. For help using your printer driver, see
“Gaining access to printer driver settings” on page 30.
Using Help
The printer driver has Help dialog boxes that can be activated from the Help button in the printer
driver, the F1 key on the computer keyboard, or the question mark symbol (?) in the upper-right
corner of the printer driver. These Help dialog boxes give detailed information about the specific
printer driver. Help for the printer driver is separate from the Help for your program.
HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox
The HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox provides links to printer status information and help
information, such as this user guide; and tools for diagnosing and solving problems. You can also
view explanations and animations of light messages on the control panel. See “Managing the
printer” on page 49 for more information.
Note You must have performed a complete software installation in order to use the
HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox.
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Software for Macintosh
The printer includes the following software for Macintosh computers.
Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X classic
An installation program for the printer driver is provided on the HP color LaserJet 1500 CD-ROM.
Mac OS X (PDEs)
PDEs are code plug-ins that provide access to printer features, such as number of copies,
duplexing, and quality settings. An installation program for the printer driver and PDEs is
provided on the HP color LaserJet 1500 CD-ROM.
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Software tips
How do I gain access to printer features?
Printer features are available in the printer driver. Some features such as custom paper sizes and
page orientation might also be available in the program you are using to create a file. Change
settings in the program, if possible, because changes made in the program override changes
made in the printer driver.
Gain access to advanced printer features from the printer driver (or the Print dialog box for
Macintosh). See “Gaining access to printer driver settings” on page 30 for help with specific
printer-driver features.
How do I get the latest printing software?
When you want to check for and install upgrades to the printing software, you can download
drivers from the World Wide Web or HP’s FTP servers.
To download drivers
1 Visit http://www.hp.com, and click Drivers.
2 Under the HP Drivers section, click HP.
3 Type color laserjet 1500 as the product name, and then click to see a list of
available drivers. The Web page for the drivers might be in English, but you can download
the drivers themselves in several languages.
If you do not have Internet access, contact HP Customer Care. (See “HP Customer Care” on
page 3 or the flyer that came in the printer box.) See the Readme file for additional release
information.
What other software is available?
See the Readme file provided on the HP color LaserJet 1500 CD for additional software included
and for supported languages.
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Uninstalling the printing software
Uninstall software using the directions below for your operating system.
Uninstalling software for Windows
The printer comes with an uninstall utility that you can use to select and remove any or all of the
Windows HP printing system components from your computer.
Note To uninstall the software from Windows 2000 or XP, you must log on with administrator privileges.
1 Close all open programs.
For Windows 98 and Me:
a Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE. The Close Program dialog box opens.
b Select a program except Explorer or Systray and click End Task.
c Repeat step b until all programs except Explorer and Systray are closed.
For Windows 2000 and XP:
a Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE. The Windows NT Security dialog box opens.
b Click Task Manager and then click the Applications tab.
c Select a program and click End Task.
d Repeat step c until all programs are closed.
2 On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to HP color LaserJet 1500, point to Tools,
and click Uninstall.
3 Click Next, select the HP printing system components that you want to uninstall, and click
OK.
4 Follow the directions on the screen. When the message “The following file is a shared file but
is not used by any other programs. Would you like to delete it?” appears, click Yes to All. The
system finishes removing files.
5 If prompted to restart the computer, click OK.
Uninstalling software for Macintosh
To remove the printing software from your Macintosh, drag the HP LaserJet files to the Trash. If
you are using Mac OS X, you must also drag the PDEs to the Trash.
For Mac OS 9.x: The driver files are located in:
Macintosh HD\System Folder\Extensions\Printer Descriptions.
For Mac OS X: The driver files are located in:
Macintosh HD\Library\Printers\PPDs\Contents\Resources\<lang>.lproj.
For Mac OS X: The PDEs are located in:
Macintosh HD\Library\Printers\PPD Plugins\hp*
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Accessories and ordering information
The following list of accessories was current at the time of printing. Ordering information and
availability of the accessories might change during the life of the printer. For the most current
ordering information, visit http://www.hp.com, click Products & Services, click Options,
Supplies, and Accessories, and then click Printing and Digital Imaging.
Option Description or use Part number
Supplies
Black print cartridge Life of 5,000 pages at 5% coverage C9700A
Cyan print cartridge Life of 4,000 pages at 5% coverage C9701A
Yellow print cartridge Life of 4,000 pages at 5% coverage C9702A
Magenta print cartridge Life of 4,000 pages at 5% coverage C9703A
Imaging drum Imaging drum life is 20,000 pages if printing black only; 5,000
pages if printing in color. Approximate life is 6,000 to 8,000
pages.
C9704A
Cable and interface accessories
External HP Jetdirect print
server
External HP Jetdirect print servers
● HP Jetdirect 175x J6035A
● HP Jetdirect 310x J6038A
Wireless (802.11b) Jetdirect
print server
● HP Jetdirect 380x J6061A
USB cable 2-meter standard USB-compatible device connector C6518A
Paper handling accessories
Optional tray 2 250-sheet input tray for letter and A4 sizes. Only one
250-sheet tray can be installed.
Note: This tray is included with the 1500 model.
C9698A
Paper and other print media
HP LaserJet paper Premium HP-brand paper for use with HP LaserJet printers. HPJ1124 (letter)
CHP310 (A4)
HPJ1424 (legal)
HP Premium Choice paper HP bond paper with a weight of 120.32 g/m2 (32 lb.) HPU1132 (letter)
CHP410 (A4)
HP Printing paper HP-brand paper for use with HP LaserJet printers. HPP1122 (letter)
CHP210 (A4)
HP Multipurpose paper HP-brand paper for a variety of uses. HPM1120 (letter)
HPM1420 (legal)
HP LaserJet Tough paper Robust paper with a satin finish. Paper will not tear and will
withstand the weather. For documents requiring durability
and longevity.
Q1298A (letter)
Q1298B (A4)
Grayscale transparencies The printer supports printing in grayscale on grayscale or
color transparencies. Grayscale transparencies are usually
less expensive.
92296T (letter)
92296U (A4)
Extended service packs Contact HP Customer Care for availability and for ordering.
User-replaceable parts
Fuser Replace when print-quality issues remain after you have
cleaned the engine and tried all troubleshooting measures.
(See “Cleaning the printer” on page 88 and “Solving print-
quality problems” on page 71.)
Contact HP Customer Care
to order parts.
Separation pad and pick-up
rollers
Replace when the printer is picking up multiple sheets or no
sheets. Trying different paper did not resolve the problem.
Contact HP Customer Care
to order parts.
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Supplementary Documentation
HP LaserJet Printer Family Print
Media Guide
A guide to using paper and other print media with
HP LaserJet printers.
5963-7863
HP color LaserJet 1500 series
printer user guide
A printed copy of this user guide.
● English Q2488-90907
● Chinese, simplified Q2488-90924
● Chinese, traditional Q2488-90923
● Czech Q2488-90920
● Danish Q2488-90914
● Dutch Q2488-90913
● Finnish Q2488-90915
● French Q2488-90908
● German Q2488-90910
● Italian Q2488-90909
● Korean Q2488-90922
● Norwegian Q2488-90916
● Portuguese, Brazilian Q2488-90912
● Polish Q2488-90919
● Russian Q2488-90918
● Spanish, Castilian Q2488-90911
● Swedish Q2488-90917
● Turkish Q2488-90921
HP color LaserJet 1500 series
printers CD-ROM
Visit http://www.hp.com/support/clj1500 to find the CD-ROM part number.
Option Description or use Part number
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2 Printing tasks
Introduction
This section provides information about common printing tasks.
● “Choosing paper and other print media” on page 22
● “Loading trays” on page 25
● “Printing a job” on page 27
● “Choosing an output location” on page 35
● “Printing on special print media” on page 36
● “Printing on both sides (duplexing manually)” on page 41
● “Canceling a print job” on page 42
● “Using color” on page 43
For information about managing the printer and its settings using the HP color LaserJet 1500
toolbox see “Managing the printer” on page 49.
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Choosing paper and other print media
The printer models come with input trays as specified below.
● The 1500L comes with one input tray (tray 1). You can add one optional tray 2 (250-sheets).
● The 1500 model comes with two input trays (tray 1 and tray 2) standard.
Because tray 2 is not included for both models, it will be referred to as optional tray 2 in this
documentation.
By default, the printer draws first from tray 1. If tray 1 is empty, the printer draws from optional
tray 2.
Optional tray 2
Tray 1
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Supported print media for tray 1
Tray 1 holds up to 125 sheets of paper or up to 10 envelopes. See “Loading tray 1” on page 25.
Supported sizes
Tray 1 adjusts for sizes from 76 by 127 mm (3 by 5 inches) to a legal-size sheet of 216 by 356
mm (8.5 by 14 inches).
See “Tray specifications” on page 111 for specific dimensions.
Supported types
Tray 1 supports these types of print media.
● Various types and weights of paper, including weights ranging from 60 to 177 g/m2 (16 to
47 lb).
● Envelopes. See “Printing on envelopes” on page 36.
● Labels. See “Printing on labels” on page 37.
● Grayscale transparencies. See “Printing on grayscale transparencies” on page 38.
● Custom-sized print media or cardstock. See “Printing on custom-sized print media or
cardstock” on page 39.
● Postcards. See “Printing on custom-sized print media or cardstock” on page 39.
See “Print media specifications” on page 109 for specific types and weights.
Supported print media for optional tray 2
Optional tray 2 holds up to 250 sheets of paper. See “Loading optional tray 2” on page 26.
CAUTION Load only paper in optional tray 2. Other types of print media, such as labels or grayscale
transparencies, might jam if printed from optional tray 2.
Supported sizes
● A4
● A5
● B5 (ISO and JIS)
● Letter
● Legal
● Executive
● 8.5 by 13 inches
See “Tray specifications” on page 111 for specific dimensions.
Supported types
● Various types of paper of average weight (60 to 105 g/m2, or 16 to 28 lb)
● Letterhead
● Prepunched paper
● Preprinted forms
See “Print media specifications” on page 109 for specific types and weights.
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Purchasing paper and other print media
You can print on a variety of print media, such as heavy or light paper, envelopes, labels, and
custom-sized print media from tray 1. You can print on standard-weight paper from any tray. You
can also print to paper that has up to 100 percent recycled fiber content. Properties such as
weight, grain, and moisture content are important factors affecting printer performance and
output quality. To achieve the best possible print quality, use only high-quality paper intended for
color laser printers.
See “Print media specifications” on page 109 for more details.
Always test a sample of paper before purchasing large quantities. Your paper supplier should
understand the requirements specified in the HP LaserJet Printer Family Print Media Guide. See
“Print media specifications” on page 109 for more information. For ordering information, see
“Supplementary Documentation” on page 20, or visit http://www.hp.com/ljsupplies.
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Loading trays
Load special print media, such as envelopes, labels, and grayscale transparencies, in tray 1 only.
Load only paper in optional tray 2.
Loading tray 1
Tray 1 (the multipurpose tray) holds up to 125 sheets of paper or other
print media, or up to 10 envelopes.
For information about loading special print media such as labels and
grayscale transparencies, see “Printing on special print media” on
page 36.
To load tray 1
CAUTION
Avoid adding print media to tray 1 while the printer is printing, or jams
can occur.
1 Open tray 1.
2 Slide out the tray extender. If the print media being loaded is longer
than 229 mm (9 inches), also open the additional tray extender.
3 Slide the width guides slightly wider than the print media.
4 Place print media into the tray with the side to be printed up, and the
top, short edge in first.
Note
If you are manually duplexing, see “Printing on both sides (duplexing
manually)” on page 41 for loading instructions.
5 Slide the paper width guides inward until they lightly touch the print
media stack on both sides without bending it. Make sure the print
media fits under the tabs on the width guides.
CAUTION
Wait for the printer to finish printing before closing tray 1 (optional).
Closing the tray before the printer finishes can cause jams.
6 On the back of the printer, lower the rear output door if you are
printing on special media, such as labels, envelopes, or heavy or
light paper, to prevent curl.
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4
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Loading optional tray 2
Optional tray 2 supports standard-size paper only. Paper includes
average-weight letterhead and prepunched paper. For additional
information about letterhead and prepunched paper, see “Printing on
letterhead or preprinted forms” on page 40.
CAUTION
Print special print media such as labels and grayscale transparencies
from tray 1 only. Printing special print media from optional tray 2 can
cause jams.
To load optional tray 2
1 Pull optional tray 2 out of the printer and remove any paper.
2 Move the side width guides to match the size of paper you are
loading.
3 Extend the rear of the tray until the arrow on the markings points to
the size you are loading.
4 Load the paper. If this is special paper such as letterhead, load it
with the side to be printed down and the top edge toward the front of
the tray.
Note
If you are manually duplexing, see “Printing on both sides (duplexing
manually)” on page 41 for loading instructions.
5 Make sure the stack of paper is flat in the tray at all four corners,
and keep it below the height tabs on the paper length guide in the
rear of the tray. Push down on the metal paper lift plate to lock it into
place.
6 Slide the tray back into the printer. If you set the rear of the tray to
one of the longer sizes, the back of the tray will protrude from the
back of the printer.
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Printing a job
This section provides basic printing instructions. When making changes to printing settings,
there is a hierarchy to how changes are prioritized. (Note that the names of commands and
dialog boxes might vary depending on your program.)
● “Page Setup” dialog box. This dialog box opens when you click Page Setup or a similar
command on the File menu. This dialog box is part of the program in which you are working.
Settings changed here override settings changed anywhere else.
● “Print” dialog box. This dialog box opens when you click Print, Print Setup, or a similar
command on the File menu. It is also part of the program, but it has a lower priority than the
Page Setup dialog box. Settings changed in the Print dialog box do not override settings
changed in the Page Setup dialog box. Settings changed here do override settings changed
in the printer driver.
● Printer driver. The printer driver opens when you click Properties in the Print dialog box.
Settings changed here do not override settings changed anywhere else. (For Macintosh, the
printer driver settings are integrated into the Print dialog box.)
About printing by Source versus by Type or Size
Three settings affect how the printer driver tries to pull paper when you send a print job. These
settings, Source, Type, and Size, appear in your program Page Setup dialog box, the Print
dialog box, or the printer driver. The printer automatically selects a tray if you do not change
these settings. If you do want to change these settings, you can print by Source, by Type, by
Size, or by Type and Size. (For Macintosh, types and sizes are both available from the Paper
pop-up menu.)
● Source. Printing by Source means you choose a specific tray from which you want the printer
to pull paper. The printer tries to print from this tray, no matter what type or size is loaded in
it. However, if you choose a tray that is configured from the HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox
for a type or size that does not match your print job, the printer does not print automatically.
Instead, it waits for you to load the tray you chose with the type or size of print media for your
print job. If you load the tray, the printer begins printing. (If it does not begin, you might need
to configure the tray to match the size or type of the print job.) Or, press (GO) to have the
printer try to print from another tray.
● Type or Size. Printing by Type or Size means you want the printer to pull paper or print media
from the first tray that is loaded with the type or size that you choose. Always print by Type for
special print media such as labels or grayscale transparencies.
• If you want to print by Type or Size and the trays have not been configured for a certain
type or size from the HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox, load the paper or print media into
tray 1 and then select the Type or Size from the Page Setup dialog box, the Print dialog
box, or the printer driver.
• If you often print on a certain type or size of media, the printer administrator (for a network
printer) or you (for a directly connected printer) can use the
HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox to configure a tray for that type or size. (See “Settings
tab” on page 54.) Then, when you choose that Type or Size as you print a job, the printer
pulls from the tray configured for that type or size.
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To print from Windows
1 Make sure paper is loaded in the printer.
2 On the File menu, click Page Setup or a similar command. Ensure that the settings are
correct for this document.
3 From the File menu, click Print, Print Setup, or a similar command. The Print dialog box
opens.
4 Select this printer and change any settings that you need. Do not change any settings, such
as page size or orientation, that you set in the Page Setup dialog box.
5 If this print job is for a standard size and weight of paper, you probably do not need to change
the Source is (tray), Type is, or Size is settings, and you can go to step 7. Otherwise, go to
the next step.
6 If this print job is to be printed on a non-standard size or weight of paper, choose how the
printer selects paper.
• To print by Source (tray), select the tray in the Print dialog box, if possible.
• To print by Source (tray) when this setting is not available in the Print dialog box, click
Properties and on the Paper tab, select the tray in the Source is field.
• To print by Type or Size, click Properties and on the Paper tab, select type or size in the
Type is or Size is field. (For some paper such as letterhead, you will set both the Type
and Size.) Always print by Type for special print media such as labels or grayscale
transparencies.
7 If you have not yet done so, click Properties. The printer driver opens.
8 On the various tabs, set any settings that you want that did not appear in the Page Setup or
Print dialog box. For more information about printer-driver settings, see “Features in the
printer driver” on page 31.
9 By default, the printer prints to the top output bin, which is the best location for most print
jobs, including grayscale transparencies. For labels, heavy paper, or other special print
media, lower the rear output door on the printer.
10 Select the Print command to print the job.
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To print from Macintosh
1 Make sure paper is loaded in the printer.
2 On the File menu, click Page Setup.
3 Make sure that this printer is selected in the Format for pop-up menu.
4 Select the size of paper onto which you are printing.
5 Select the Orientation and Scale, if necessary, and click OK.
6 On the File menu, click Print.
7 Select the Source (tray) from which you want to print or select the Type of media onto which
you want to print in one of these ways. Always print by Type for special print media such as
labels or grayscale transparencies.
• Mac OS 9.x: On the General pop-up menu, select the tray or type of media from the
Page Source pop-up menu.
• Mac OS X: On the Paper pop-up menu, select the tray or type of media.
8 Set any other settings you want, such as watermarks. (For more information, see “Gaining
access to printer driver settings” on page 30.)
9 By default, the printer will print to the top output bin, which is the best location for most print
jobs, including grayscale transparencies. For labels, heavy paper, or other jobs requiring a
straight-through path, lower the rear output door on the printer.
10 Select the Print command to print the job.
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Gaining access to printer driver settings
This section lists the common printing features that are controlled through the printer driver. (The
printer driver is the software component you use to send print jobs to the printer.) You can
change settings temporarily for the print jobs that you print while the program is still open. You
can also make permanent changes to the default settings that will be in effect now and in the
future.
Using the printer-driver Help (Windows only)
Once you are in the printer driver, you can use its Help, which is separate from the Help in a
program. You can activate Help for the printer driver in two ways.
● Click the Help button anywhere it appears in the printer driver. The Help windows give
detailed information about the specific printer driver in use.
● When you see a , click it to view information regarding the field, option, or button that the
bubble adjoins.
Operating System Temporarily change settings for
jobs printed now
Permanently change default settings*
Windows 98, 2000,
Me, XP (32-bit)
From the File menu, click Print, select this
printer, and then click Properties. (The
actual steps can vary; this is the most
common method.)
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers or
Printers and Faxes. Right-click the printer icon, and
choose Properties. Many features are available by
choosing the Printing Preferences command (2000 and
XP) instead.
Mac OS 9.x On the File menu, click Print. Change
settings that you want on the various pop-
up menus.
On the File menu, click Print. As you change settings on
a pop-up menu, click Save Settings.
Mac OS X On the File menu, click Print. Change
settings that you want on the various pop-
up menus.
On the File menu, click Print. Change settings that you
want on the various pop-up menus, and then on the main
pop-up menu, click Save Custom Settings. These
settings are saved as the Custom option. To use the new
settings, you must select the Custom option every time
you open a program and print.
* Access to default printer settings might be restricted and therefore unavailable.
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Features in the printer driver
Some printer drivers and some operating systems do not support all printer features.
For manual duplexing, see “Printing on both sides (duplexing manually)” on page 41.
Selecting a Source
You can print by Source (tray) or by Type or Size. To print by Source, follow these steps. For more
information, see “About printing by Source versus by Type or Size” on page 27. For Macintosh,
types and sizes are all grouped together under the Paper pop-up menu.
● Windows: From the Print dialog box in your program, select the Source (tray), if possible.
Otherwise, choose a tray from the Source is field from the Paper tab in your printer driver.
● Mac OS 9.x: From the Print dialog box, choose a tray from the Paper Source pop-up menu
on the General pop-up menu.
● Mac OS X: From the Print dialog box, select the tray or type of media from the Paper pop-up
menu.
Selecting a Type or Size
You can print by Source (tray) or by Type or Size. If you are printing to special print media, such
as heavy paper, it is important to print by Type to achieve good results. To print by Type or Size,
follow these steps. For more information, see “About printing by Source versus by Type or Size”
on page 27. For Macintosh, types and sizes are all grouped together under the Paper pop-up
menu.
● Windows: From the printer driver, choose a type in the Type is field of the Paper tab. Or,
choose a size from the Size is field. For some paper, such as letterhead, you will choose a
type and size.
● Mac OS 9.x: From the Print dialog box, choose a type from the Paper pop-up menu on the
General pop-up menu.
● Mac OS X: From the Print dialog box, select the tray or type of media from the Paper pop-up
menu.
● Selecting a Source
● Selecting a Type or Size
● Setting a custom paper size
● Printing in grayscale
● Changing color settings
● Creating and using watermarks
● Printing multiple pages on one sheet of paper
(N-up printing)
● Creating and using Quick Sets
● Reducing or enlarging
● Printing on different paper for the first page
● Restoring default printer-driver settings
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Setting a custom paper size
Use the Custom Paper feature to set up the printer to print to sizes other than standard ones.
● Windows: Try to set this setting from one of these locations, in this order: the Page Setup
dialog box in the program, the Print dialog box in the program, or the Paper tab in the printer
driver.
● Mac OS: Gain access to Custom Paper features from the Page Setup dialog box. From the
Page Attributes pop-up menu, select Custom Page Size.
Note Mac OS X does not support selecting a custom paper size.
Printing in grayscale
If you have a document that you created in color, it will automatically print in color. Or, you can
set the printer to print a color document in grayscale (black and white) only.
● Windows: Select the Print In Grayscale option on the Color tab of the printer driver.
● Mac OS: In the Print dialog box, select the Color pop-up menu and then select Print in
Grayscale.
Changing color settings
When you are printing in color, the printer driver automatically sets the optimal color settings for
you. However, you can manually make adjustments to how the printer prints in color for text,
graphics, and photographs. See “Using color” on page 43 for more information.
● Windows: On the Color tab of the printer driver, click Options.
● Mac OS: In the Print dialog box, select the Color pop-up menu and change the settings of
the various color attributes.
Creating and using watermarks
The Watermark options allow you to specify that text be placed “underneath” (in the background
of) an existing document. For example, you might want to have large gray letters reading “draft”
or “confidential” placed diagonally across the first page or all pages of a document. You can
change color, position, and wording of the watermark.
Note If you are using Windows 2000 or XP, you must have Administrator privileges to create
watermarks. You do not need Administrator privileges to add existing watermarks to documents.
● Windows: Gain access to the Watermark options from the Effects tab in your printer driver.
● Mac OS 9.x: Gain access to the Watermark options from the watermark/overlay pull-down
menu in the Print dialog box.
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Printing multiple pages on one sheet of paper (N-up printing)
N-up printing is the ability to print multiple pages on one sheet of paper. The pages will appear
decreased in size. You can specify up to sixteen pages per sheet, and they will be arranged on
the sheet as shown below if you use the default arrangement. You can also choose whether a
border appears around each page or not.
● Windows: Gain access to Pages per Sheet on the Finishing tab in the printer driver.
● Mac OS: Gain access to Pages per sheet by choosing the Layout pop-up menu in the Print
dialog box.
Creating and using Quick Sets
Quick Sets allow you to save the current print-driver settings such as page orientation, N-up
printing, or paper source for later use. You can save up to a total of 30 sets of settings. For
convenience, Quick Sets can be selected and saved from most printer-driver tabs.
Note If you are using Windows 2000, you must have Administrator privileges to save Quick Sets.
● Windows: Create Quick Sets from most printer-driver tabs. Later, you can gain access to
Quick Sets from the Finishing tab in the printer driver.
● Mac OS: This feature is not supported.
Reducing or enlarging
The Fit to Page option allows you to scale your document to a percentage of its normal size. You
can also choose to scale your document to fit on any size of paper supported by the printer.
● Windows: Gain access to Fit to Page settings on the Effects tab in the printer driver.
● Mac OS: Gain access to Reduce and Enlarge (Scale) settings from the Page Setup dialog
box.
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Printing on different paper for the first page
Printing on different paper for the first page is useful if you are printing a letter for example that
uses letterhead on the first page and plain sheets for the subsequent pages. The size for all
pages of the print job must be the same in the printer driver.
● Windows: Try to set this setting from one of these locations, in this order: the Page Setup
dialog box in the program, the Print dialog box in the program, or the Paper tab in the printer
driver.
● Mac OS: You can select the required media source and type on the Paper pop-up menu from
the Print dialog box.
Restoring default printer-driver settings
You can return all settings in the printer driver to their default values. This measure might be
useful if you are experiencing quality issues, or if the paper is not being selected from the correct
tray.
● Windows: Choose Defaults in the Quick Sets box from the Finishing tab of the printer
driver.
● Mac OS 9.x: Drag the desktop printer icon to the Trash, and then set up the printer in the
Chooser.
● Mac OS X: The Standard option contains the default settings and is automatically selected
each time you open a program. Or, select it from the Presets pop-up menu.
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Choosing an output location
The printer comes with the top output bin and a rear output door for printing to a straight-through
paper path. Print jobs emerge from the top output bin when the rear output door is closed. Print
jobs emerge from the back of the printer when the rear output door is open.
● Use the top output bin when printing most jobs, including jobs on average-weight paper and
letterhead, as well as grayscale transparencies. The top output bin can hold up to
125 sheets. Prevent more than 125 sheets from accumulating in the top output bin, or jams
can occur.
● Use the rear output door (straight-through paper path) when printing envelopes, labels,
heavy- or light-weight paper, and other thick or special print media (except grayscale
transparencies). Remove each sheet as it exits the printer.
Top output bin
Rear output door
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Printing on special print media
Printing speeds might be automatically reduced when printing on any special-sized print media.
Printing on envelopes
Load envelopes into tray 1 only.
● The weight of the envelope paper should not exceed 105 g/m2
(24 lb).
● Make sure envelopes are undamaged and are not stuck together.
● Never use envelopes with clasps, snaps, windows, coated linings,
self-stick adhesives, or other synthetic materials.
● If you are using a non-standard size of envelope, select the
appropriate one as the Type.
CAUTION
Failure to follow the guidelines above can result in jams.
For more information, see “Print media specifications” on page 109.
To print on envelopes
1 Open tray 1 and slide out the extender fully. If tray 1 is already
open, remove any paper or other print media from it.
2 On the back of the printer, lower the rear output door to prevent the
envelopes from curling.
3 Slide the width guides in tray 1 outward until they are slightly wider
than the envelopes.
4 Place the stack of envelopes into the tray with the side to be printed
up and the short edge in. The stamp end must enter the printer first.
Note
If the envelope has a flap on a short edge, this edge must enter the
printer first.
5 Slide the width guides inward until they lightly touch the stack
without bending it. The stack should be centered between the
guides and must be under the tabs on the guides.
6 Choose the envelope you are using as the Size (Windows) or the
Paper (Macintosh) from the Print dialog box or the printer driver.
You can also choose your envelope in your application by clicking
File, Page Setup, and then click Paper Size.
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Printing on labels
Follow the guidelines here for using labels. See “Print media specifications” on page 109 for
more details.
CAUTION To avoid damaging the printer, use only labels recommended for laser printers. To prevent serious
jams, always use tray 1 to print labels and always use the straight-through paper path. Never print
on the same sheet of labels more than once or print on a partial sheet of labels.
● Avoid labels that are separating from the backing sheet or are wrinkled or damaged in any
way.
● Place labels only in tray 1 with the side to be printed up and the top, short edge in first.
● Choose Labels as the Type (Windows) or the Paper (Mac OS 9.x) from the Print dialog box
or the printer driver. For Mac OS X, click Printer Features on the Print dialog box, and then
click Media type.
● Remove label sheets as they print from the straight-through paper path to prevent them from
sticking together.
● If a sheet of labels jams in the printer, see “Clearing jams” on page 58.
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Printing on grayscale transparencies
The printer supports printing in grayscale on grayscale or color transparencies. (Grayscale
transparencies are usually less expensive.) See “Grayscale transparencies” on page 118 for
more details.
CAUTION To avoid damaging the printer, use only transparencies recommended for laser printers. To prevent
serious jams, always use tray 1 to print grayscale transparencies.
● Load grayscale transparencies into tray 1 only.
● Choose Grayscale Transparencies as the Type (Windows) or the Paper (Macintosh) from
the Print dialog box or the printer driver.
● Use the top output bin to reduce curling. (This rule is for grayscale transparencies only. For
other special print media, use the straight-through paper path to reduce curling.)
● To prevent grayscale transparencies from sticking together, remove each one from the top
output bin as it prints.
● Place grayscale transparencies on a flat surface after removing them from the printer.
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Printing on custom-sized print media or cardstock
Postcards, 3-by-5-inch (index) cards, and other custom-sized print media can be printed from
tray 1. The minimum size is 76 by 127 mm (3 by 5 inches) and the maximum size is 216 by 356
mm (8.5 by 14 inches).
● Always insert the short edge first into tray 1. To print in landscape mode, make this selection
through your program. Inserting paper long edge first might cause a paper jam.
● In your program, set margins at least 6.4 mm (.25 inches) away from the edges of the print
media.
● Choose the custom media you are using as the Type in the printer driver and set the correct
Size.
● Lower the rear output door to use the straight-through paper path and reduce curl.
● See “Print media specifications” on page 109 for more information.
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Printing on letterhead or preprinted forms
This section shows how to orient letterhead or preprinted forms when you are printing only on
one side. For duplex (two-sided printing) orientation, see “Printing on both sides (duplexing
manually)” on page 41.
● Orient paper as shown below.
Orientation of letterhead in tray 1: side to be printed up, top edge in first.
Orientation of letterhead in tray 2: side to be printed down, top edge toward the front of
the tray.
● Lower the rear output door if the paper is heavy to reduce curl.
● Avoid raised or embossed letterhead.
● Avoid letterhead that is printed with low-temperature inks, such as those used in some types
of thermography.
● The printer uses heat and pressure to fuse toner to the paper. Make sure that any colored
paper or preprinted forms use inks that are compatible with this fusing temperature (195° C
or 383° F for 0.1 second).
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Printing on both sides (duplexing manually)
To print on both sides of the paper, you will have to go to the printer and reinsert the paper
manually after the first side has printed.
CAUTION Do not print on both sides of labels or transparencies. Damage to the printer and jams might result.
To duplex manually (Windows only)
1 Insert enough paper into one of the trays to accommodate the print job. If you are loading
special paper such as letterhead, load it in one of these ways.
• For tray 1, load the letterhead paper with the front side down, bottom in first.
• For optional tray 2, load the letterhead paper with front side up, top edge toward the back
of the tray.
2 In the printer driver, select the Print on Both Sides option and send the job to print.
3 After the job finishes printing, remove any blank paper from tray 1. Insert the printed stack,
with the blank side up, top edge in first. You must print the second side from tray 1.
4 Press (GO).
Tray 1
Optional tray 2
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Canceling a print job
A print job can be stopped from a program, from a print queue, or from the (CANCEL JOB)
button on the printer.
● If the printer has not started printing, first try to cancel the job within the program that sent
the print job.
● If the print job is waiting in a print queue or print spooler such as the Printers group in
Windows or Print Monitor or Print Center Queue (Mac OS), try to delete the job from there
next.
● If the print job is already printing, press (CANCEL JOB) on the printer. The printer finishes
printing any pages that are already moving through the printer and deletes the remainder of
the print job.
● Pressing (CANCEL JOB) cancels only the current job in the printer. If more than one print
job is in printer memory, you must press (CANCEL JOB) once for each job after the job
starts printing.
If the Printer Status lights continue to cycle after a job has been canceled, the computer is still
sending the job to the printer. Either delete the job from the print queue or wait until the computer
finishes sending data.
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Using color
This printer offers great color as soon as you set it up. It provides a combination of automatic
color features for ease of use, as well as manual settings for more precise color adjustments.
The printer provides carefully designed and tested color tables to provide smooth, accurate color
rendition of all printable colors. The printer also offers these capabilities to help manage color:
● HP ImageREt 2400
● HP ColorSmart (Windows only)
● Managing color options
● Matching colors
HP ImageREt 2400
HP ImageREt 2400 is a technology that provides you with the best color print-quality without
having to change driver settings or make tradeoffs between print quality, performance, and
memory. ImageREt 2400 produces sharp images and crisp, clear text using laser printing.
ImageREt 2400 provides 2400 dpi color laser-class quality through a multilevel printing process.
This process precisely controls color by combining up to four colors within a single dot and by
varying the amount of toner in a given area. As a result, ImageREt 2400, together with the
600-by-600 engine resolution, creates millions of smooth colors.
In contrast, the single-level printing process found in the default mode of other color laser printers
does not allow the colors to be mixed within a single dot. This process, called dithering,
significantly hinders the ability to create a wide range of colors without reduced sharpness or
visible dot structure.
HP ColorSmart (Windows only)
The Automatic color setting (HP ColorSmart) enables optimal color output automatically for
diverse types of documents. This feature utilizes object tagging that allows optimal color and
halftone settings to be used for different objects (text, graphics, and images) on a page. The
printer driver analyzes which objects the page contains and uses halftone and color settings that
provide the best print quality for each object.
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Managing color options
By default, the Color setting is set to Automatic, which is normally the best setting. However, if
you have special color needs, you can change color settings. You can also set color documents
to print in grayscale (black and white).
● Windows: These settings appear on the Color tab in the printer driver.
Manual options (Windows)
Manual options (Macintosh)
Print in Grayscale
Selecting the Print in Grayscale option from your printer driver prints your document in
grayscale. This option is useful for previewing preliminary copies of slides and hardcopy output
quickly, or for color documents that will be photocopied or faxed.
Automatic versus Manual color adjustment
You can allow the printer driver to select the best color options, or you can make adjustments
yourself.
● Automatic. The Automatic option is the default setting and is recommended for printing all
color documents. Automatic optimizes the neutral-gray color treatment, halftones, and edge
enhancements used for text, graphics, and photographs in a document.
● Manual. The Manual option allows you to adjust the neutral-gray color treatment, halftones,
and edge enhancements for text, graphics, and photographs. See “Manual options
(Windows)” on page 45 for descriptions of what the options do.
For more information, see the Help in the printer driver.
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Manual options (Windows)
If you select Manual, you can individually adjust the Halftoning and Neutral Grays options for
each of the major elements: text, graphics, and photographs. Edge Control and RGB Color are
global settings.
Halftone options
Halftone options affect the resolution and clarity of your color output. You can independently
adjust halftone settings for text, graphics, and photos. The two halftone options are Smooth and
Detail. If your program converts text and graphics to raster, the Photographic settings will also
control text and graphics.
● Smooth provides better results for large, solid-filled print areas. It also enhances photos by
smoothing out fine color gradations. Choose this option when uniform and smooth area fills
are the most important attributes.
● Detail is useful for text and graphics that require sharp distinctions among lines or colors, or
images that contain a pattern or a high level of detail. Choose this option when sharp edges
and details are the most important attributes.
Neutral Grays
Neutral Grays determines the method for creating neutral gray colors. If your program converts
text and graphics to raster, the Photographic settings will also control text and graphics.
● Black Only generates neutral colors (grays and black) using only black toner. This option
guarantees that neutral colors do not have a color cast.
● 4-Color generates neutral colors by combining all four colors of toner. This option produces
smoother gradients and transitions to non-neutral colors. It also produces the darkest
possible black.
Edge Control
This option determines how edges are rendered. Edge Control consists of two components:
Adaptive Halftoning and Trapping. Adaptive Halftoning increases the edge sharpness. Trapping
reduces the effect of color plane misregistration by slightly overlapping the edges of adjacent
objects.
● On sets Trapping and Adaptive Halftoning to On.
● Off sets Trapping and Adaptive Halftoning to Off.
RGB Color
This option determines how colors are rendered.
● Default interprets RGB color as sRGB, which is the accepted standard for many software
companies and organizations, such as Microsoft and the World Wide Web Consortium.
● Device sets the printer to print RGB data in raw device mode. To render photographs
properly when this option is selected, you must manage color in the program in which you
are working or in the operating system.
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Manual options (Macintosh)
If you select Manual, you can individually adjust the Halftoning, Neutral Grays, Edge Control,
and RGB Color options as global settings.
Halftone options
Halftone options affect the resolution and clarity of your color output. You can independently
adjust halftone settings for text, graphics, and photos. The two halftone options are Smooth and
Detail. If your program converts text and graphics to raster, the Photographic settings will also
control text and graphics.
● Smooth provides better results for large, solid-filled print areas. It also enhances photos by
smoothing out fine color gradations. Choose this option when uniform and smooth area fills
are the most important attributes.
● Detail is useful for text and graphics that require sharp distinctions among lines or colors, or
images that contain a pattern or a high level of detail. Choose this option when sharp edges
and details are the most important attributes.
Neutral Grays
Neutral Grays determines the method for creating neutral gray colors.
● Black Only generates neutral colors (grays and black) using only black toner. This option
guarantees that neutral colors do not have a color cast.
● 4-Color generates neutral colors by combining all four colors of toner. This option produces
smoother gradients and transitions to non-neutral colors. It also produces the darkest
possible black.
Edge Control
This option determines how edges are rendered. Edge Control consists of two components:
Adaptive Halftoning and Trapping. Adaptive Halftoning increases the edge sharpness. Trapping
reduces the effect of color plane misregistration by slightly overlapping the edges of adjacent
objects.
● On sets Trapping and Adaptive Halftoning to On.
● Off sets Trapping and Adaptive Halftoning to Off.
RGB Color
This option determines how colors are rendered.
● Default interprets RGB color as sRGB, which is the accepted standard for many software
companies and organizations, such as Microsoft and the World Wide Web Consortium.
● Device sets the printer to print RGB data in raw device mode. To render photographs
properly when this option is selected, you must manage color in the program in which you
are working or in the operating system.
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Matching colors
The process of matching printer output color to your monitor is quite complex because printers
and computer monitors use different methods of producing color. Monitors display colors by light
pixels using an RGB (red, green, blue) color process, but printers print colors using a CMYK
(cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) process.
Several factors can influence your ability to match printed colors to those on your screen. These
factors include:
● Print media
● Printer colorants (toner)
● Printing process (inkjet, press, or laser technology for example)
● Overhead lighting
● Programs
● Printer drivers
● Computer operating system
● Monitors
● Video cards and drivers
● Operating environment, such as it is very humid or very dry
● Personal differences in perception of color
Keep in mind the above factors when colors on your screen do not perfectly match your printed
colors. For most users, the best method for matching colors on your screen to your printer is to
print sRGB colors. The printer uses sRGB and automatically optimizes color output.
For more information about solving issues related to color output, see “Problem solving and
maintenance” on page 57.
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Introduction
This printer comes with several software tools that help you monitor, troubleshoot problems with,
and maintain the printer. The software tools are:
● “Special pages” on page 50
● “HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox” on page 53
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Special pages
Special pages reside within the memory of the printer. These pages help you to diagnose and
solve problems with the printer.
Note If the printer language was not correctly set during installation, you can set the language manually
so that the pages print in one of the supported languages.
Demo page
To print the Demo page, press (GO) when the printer is Ready (Ready light on) and not
printing. You can also view this page from the HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox.
Configuration page
The Configuration page lists current settings and properties of the printer. You can print a
Configuration page from the printer or the HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox. To print the
Configuration page from the printer, press (GO) and (CANCEL JOB) simultaneously. (The
Supplies Status page also prints.)
1 Printer Information. This section contains basic information about the printer, such as the
product name, printer name, and page count.
2 Event Log. This section contains information about printer errors.
3 Paper Tray Information. This section contains information about the trays, such as whether
optional trays are installed, and the type and size of paper that might be set for each tray.
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Supplies Status page
The Supplies Status page lists the remaining life of HP print cartridges and HP imaging drums. It
also lists the estimated pages remaining, number of pages printed, and other supplies
information. You can print a Supplies Status page from the printer or from the
HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox. To print from the printer, press (GO) and (CANCEL JOB)
simultaneously. (The Configuration page also prints.)
1 Ordering Information. This section contains basic information about how to order new HP
supplies.
2 Print-cartridge area. This area contains a section for each of the print cartridges and
provides information about HP print cartridges. This information includes the part number for
each print cartridge, whether each print cartridge is low, and the life remaining for each print
cartridge expressed as a percentage, as a graphic, and as the estimated number of pages
remaining. This information is only provided for HP supplies. If a non-HP supply is installed,
you see an alert message instead.
3 Recycling Information. This section contains the website you can visit for information about
recycling.
4 Imaging-drum area. This area contains the same information for the imaging drum that the
print-cartridge area provides for the print cartridges.
5 Warranty Note. This section contains information about how the printer warranty is affected
when you use non-HP supplies. It also requests that you call the HP fraud hotline if a supply
that is being detected as a non-HP supply was sold to you as a genuine HP supply. (See “HP
fraud hotline” on page 92.)
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Usage page
The usage page indicates the page count for each page size that has been printed, the total
page count, and the amount of toner used on a page. You can print a Usage page from the
HP color LaserJet 1500 toolbox.
1 Printer Information. This section contains basic information about the printer, such as the
product name and the printer name.
2 Usage totals. This area contains a page count for each page size the printer uses, and a
total page count.
3 Toner coverage. This section contains toner coverage totals for each of the four print
cartridges: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow.
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