Epson Stylus Pro 9880 Download Manual

Epson Stylus

Pro 7880/9880
USER’S GUIDEAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduce d, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Seiko Epson Corporation. The information contained herein is designed only for use with these Epson printers. Epson is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other printers.
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Legal Notices
Neither Seiko Epson Corporation nor its affiliates shall be liable to the purchaser of this product or third parties for damages, losses, costs, or expenses incurred by purchaser or third parties as a result of: accident, misuse, or abuse of this product or unauthorized modifications, repairs, or alterations to this product, or (excluding the U.S.) failure to strictly comply with Seiko Epson Corporation’s operating and maintenance instructions.
Seiko Epson Corporation shall not be liable for any damages or problems arising from the use of any options or any consumable products other than those designated as Original Epson Products or Epson Approved Products by
Seiko Epson Corporation.
2007 Epson America, Inc. 9/07FCC Compliance Statement
For United States Users
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
WARNING
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will invalidate the FCC
Certification of this device and may cause interference levels which exceed the limits established by the FCC for this equipment. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this device. If this equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to unused interfaces. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
For Canadian Users
This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil num้rique de la classe A est conforme เ la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
WARNING
This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.5
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Introduction
Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Options and Accessories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Where To Get Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Macintosh System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Windows System Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Printer Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
1 Setting Up the Printer
Unpacking and Assembling the Epson Stylus Pro 7880 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Unpacking and Assembling the Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Unpacking the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Mounting the Printer on the Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Attaching the Paper Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Unpacking and Assembling the Epson Stylus Pro 9880 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Unpacking and Assembling the Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Unpacking the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Mounting the Printer on the Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Attaching the Paper Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Connecting the Power Cord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Installing Ink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Connecting to Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Updating Your Printer Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Checking the Current Firmware Version. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Downloading the Firmware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Updating the Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Configuring the Printer for Your Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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2 Handling Paper and Other Media
Selecting Media for Your Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Available Epson Special Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Guidelines for Using Epson Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Using Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Roll Paper Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Loading the Paper onto the Spindle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Placing the Paper in the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Removing Paper from the Spindle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Switching Between 2-Inch and 3-Inch Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Cutting Paper Manually with the Built-in Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Printing Trim Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Using Cut Sheet Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Loading Cut Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Loading Small Cut Sheets or Fine Art Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Printing on Posterboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Adjusting the Platen Gap for Thick or Thin Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Using the Paper Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Catching Printouts From the Epson Stylus Pro 7880 . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Catching Printouts in Front of the Epson Stylus Pro 9880 . . . . . . . . 71
Catching Printouts Under the Epson Stylus Pro 9880. . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Optimizing the Settings for Your Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Creating Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Printing Your Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Selecting Paper Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 767
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3 Printing With Epson Drivers for Macintosh
Sizing Images for Borderless Printing on Roll Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Choosing Page Setup Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Choosing Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Selecting the Correct Media Type Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Choosing Color Management Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Choosing Paper Configuration Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Choosing Roll Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Controlling Borderless Image Expansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Creating a Custom Preset and Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Managing Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
4 Printing With Epson Drivers for Windows
Sizing Images for Borderless Printing on Roll Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Choosing Basic Print Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Selecting the Correct Media Type Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Choosing Color Management Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Choosing Roll Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Choosing Cut Sheet Paper Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Choosing Page Layout Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Choosing Advanced Black and White Photo Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Choosing Paper Configuration Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Saving, Exporting, and Importing Custom Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Saving and Exporting a Custom Settings Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Importing a Custom Settings Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Loading a Pre-Defined Settings Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Editing Printer Driver Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Managing Print Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Using the Progress Meter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Optimizing Print Speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Setting Monitoring Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1218
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5 Managing Color With Profiles
Macintosh Printing With a Color Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Setting Up Photoshop and Assigning a Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Selecting Print Settings and Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Windows Printing With a Color Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Setting Up Photoshop and Assigning a Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Selecting Print Settings and Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
6 Maintaining and Transporting the Printer
Checking Printer Status and Part Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Printing Status Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Viewing Status Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Checking Printer Status From the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Checking and Cleaning the Print Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Running the Nozzle Check and Head Cleaning Utilities. . . . . . . . . 135
Checking and Cleaning the Print Head Using the Control Panel . . 136
Manually Checking and Cleaning the Print Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Running a Power Cleaning Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Aligning the Print Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Manually Aligning the Print Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Replacing Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Switching Black Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Draining the Old Ink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Installing the New Black Ink Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Updating the Printer Driver Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Changing the Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Using Maintenance Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Replacing the Paper Cutter Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Removing the Old Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Installing the New Cutter Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Replacing the Maintenance Tank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Cleaning the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Transporting or Storing the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Preparing the Printer for Shipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Moving the Printer on the Stand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Setting Up the Printer After Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1619
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7 Solving Problems
Diagnosing Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Checking Error Messages and Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Improving Print Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Solving Operational Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Solving Miscellaneous Printing Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Solving Paper Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Fixing Paper Eject Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Clearing Paper Jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Solving Problems With the Optional Auto Take-Up Reel . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
A Specifications
Environmental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Dimensions and Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Printer Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Safety Approvals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Roll Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Cut Sheets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Printable Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Ink Cartridges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
B Installing and Using Optional Equipment
Installing the Manual Media Cutting System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Removing the Manual Media Cutting System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Using the Auto Take-Up Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Loading Roll Paper Onto the Take-Up Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Printing Using the Auto Take-Up Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Adjusting the Auto Take-Up Reel Sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19910
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C Control Panel Summary
Control Panel Buttons and Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
LCD Display Messages and Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Menu Setting Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21111
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This User’s Guide provides important information on setting up and using your printer, loading paper, using the Epson

printer drivers, and replacing ink cartridges. It also tells you how to maintain your printer to keep it working at its best, and provides troubleshooting tips in case you have a problem.
For additional information, see the following:• The Quick Reference Guide provides a handy summary of procedures for daily use and printer maintenance—loading paper, replacing ink cartridges and other components, cleaning and aligning the print head, and using the printer’s menu system. Attach it to your printer for easy reference.
The Printer Guide for a printed version of this manual with a bit less detail.
The on-screen Network Guide on the CD-ROM provides instructions for setting up and using your printer on a network.
Warnings, Cautions, Notes, and Tips
Please follow these guidelines as you use this book:WARNINGS must be followed carefully to avoid bodily injury.
Cautions must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment.
Notes contain important information about your printer.
Tips contain additional hints on how to get the most out of your printer.
Introduction12
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Options and Accessories
Your Epson Stylus

Pro 7880/9880 offers these optional upgrades and accessories:* Designed for use with heavy media, which can damage the printer’s built-in cutter.
In addition, you can order these user-replaceable items: Optional equipment
Option Part number
Automatic Take-Up Reel System (Pro 9880 only); see page 192 for instructions on using this option
C12C815251
Replacement 44-inch Take-Up Reel Core (Pro 9880 only) C815121
Paper Roller Spindle (Normal Tension) — 2- or 3-inch
Epson Stylus Pro 7880:Epson Stylus Pro 9880: C12C811161
C12C811151
Paper Roller Spindle (High Tension) — 2- or 3-inch
Epson Stylus Pro 7880:Epson Stylus Pro 9880: C12C811155
C12C811152
Manual Media Cutting System* (See page 190 for instructions on installing this option.)
Epson Stylus Pro 7880:Epson Stylus Pro 9880:C12C815231
C815182
Replacement Manual Cutting Blade (for Manual Media
Cutting System)
C815192
One-year extended warranty EPP7898B1
Two-year extended warranty EPP7898B2
Tip: Check the Epson Pro
Imaging website at www.proimaging.epson.com for accessories and options that are currently available.
Consumables and user-replaceable parts
Part Part number
Replacement Ink Maintenance Tank (see page 154) C12C890191
Replacement Printer Cutter Blade (see page 151) C12C815291
Ink Cartridges See page 142 for a complete list.13
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You can purchase optional equipment and genuine Epson ink and paper from an Epson Professional Imaging Authorized Reseller. To find the nearest reseller, visit www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales), www.epson.ca
(Canadian sales), or call 800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). Or you can purchase online at www.proimaging.epson.com (U.S. sales) or www.epson.ca (Canadian sales).
Where To Get Help
Epson provides technical support and information on the installation, configuration, and operation of professional printing products through the
Epson Preferred Limited Warranty Plan. Dial (888) 377-6611, 6 AM to
6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Days and hours of support are subject to change without notice.
Before you call, make sure you have your Unit ID number, which is included with the Epson Preferred Limited Warranty Plan information that came with your printer. You’ll also need your printer serial number and proof of purchase.
Visit Epson’s U.S. support website or Canadian support website and select your product for solutions to common problems. You can download drivers, firmware, and documentation, get FAQs and troubleshooting advice, or e-mail Epson with your questions.
Macintosh System Requirements
To use your printer in either a stand-alone or per-to-peer network environment, your Macintosh

system should meet these requirements:Mac OS

X 10.4.9 or higher, or 10.5 or higher
PowerPC

G5, Intel,

or higher processor
At least 1GB of RAM (2GB or more recommended)
At least 30GB of free hard disk space for software and processing files
Quad-speed (4ื) or faster CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer software
SM
Tip: If you experience difficulty with the toll-free line or your
Unit ID number, call
(562) 276-1305.14
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For USB connection: a compliant USB Hi-Speed 2.0 port and a shielded USB “AB” cable from Series A (computer) to Series B (printer), up to 10 feet (6 m) long
For network connection: Ethernet-equipped Macintosh and a
Category 6 compatible cable
Windows System Requirements
To use your printer in either a stand-alone or peer-to-peer network environment, your system should meet these requirements:IBM

-compatible PC with a Pentium

4, 3 GHz or higher processor recommended
Microsoft

Windows

Vista,

Windows Vista x64, Windows XP
Professional x64 Edition, or Windows XP
At least 1GB of RAM (2GB or more recommended)
At least 30GB of free hard disk space for software and processing files
Quad-speed (4ื) CD-ROM or DVD drive for installing the printer software
For USB connection: a Windows-compliant USB Hi-Speed 2.0 port and a shielded USB “AB” cable from Series A (computer) to Series B
(printer), up to 10 feet (6 m) long
For Ethernet connection: Ethernet equipped PC and a Category 6 compatible cable
Caution: Using an improperly shielded cable—especially a cable more than 10 feet (6 m) long—may cause the printer to malfunction.
Note: USB 2.0 is required to run the printer at full speed. 15
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Important Safety Instructions
Before using your printer, read the following safety instructions to make sure you use the equipment safely and effectively.
The printer weighs about 108 lb (49 kg) [Epson Stylus Pro 7880] or
198 lb (90 kg) [Epson Stylus Pro 9880] without ink or paper. Make sure you have sufficient assistance when lifting it. (See page 19 for the
Pro 7880 or page 29 for the Pro 9880.)
When setting up the printer, make sure you have enough space around it. You may need more space behind the printer if you print on large sheets of heavy stock or posterboard. (See page 19 for the Pro 7880 or page 29 for the Pro 9880.)
Place the printer on a flat, stable surface. The printer will not operate properly if it is tilted or at an angle.
Avoid places subject to rapid changes in temperature and humidity. Also keep the printer away from direct sunlight, strong light, or heat sources.
Avoid places subject to shocks and vibrations.
Keep the printer away from dusty areas.
Keep your entire computer system away from potential sources of electromagnetic interference, such as loudspeakers or the base units of cordless telephones.
Place the printer near a wall outlet where the plug can be easily unplugged.
Use only the type of power source indicated on the label.
Connect the printer to a properly grounded outlet. Avoid using an outlet on the same circuit as a photocopier or air control system that regularly switches on and off.
Avoid using electrical outlets controlled by wall switches or timers.
Use only the power cord that comes with the printer. Use of another cord may result in fire or electric shock.
The printer’s power cord is designed for use with the printer only. Using it with other equipment may result in fire or electric shock.
Do not use a damaged or frayed power cord.16
16 | Introduction
If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure the total ampere rating of devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating. Also, make sure the total ampere rating of all devices plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere rating.
Do not block or cover the openings in the printer’s case.
Do not put your hand inside the printer during printing.
Do not move the print head by hand unless instructed to do so by an
Epson service technician; otherwise you may damage the printer.
Do not insert objects through the slots. Take care not to spill liquid on the printer.
Do not attempt to service the printer yourself.
Power down the printer from the control panel, unplug the printer, and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: The power cord or plug is damaged; liquid has entered the printer; the printer has been dropped or the cabinet damaged; the printer does not operate normally or exhibits a distinct change in performance.
Before transporting the printer, make sure the print head is in the far right (home) position.
For California customers only:The lithium batteries in this product contain
Perchlorate Material - special handling may apply,
See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.
Caution: Always turn the printer off using the
P Power button. When you press this button,
POWER OFF appears on the LCD panel and the
P Power light flashes.
Do not unplug the printer or turn off the power to the printer until the panel shuts off and the
P Power light stops flashing. This ensures that the print head is safely capped.17
Introduction | 17
Ink Cartridge Safety Instructions
Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children and do not drink the ink.
Store ink cartridges in a cool, dark place.
If ink gets on your skin, wash it off with soap and water. If ink gets in your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
Shake ink cartridges well before installing them for best results.
Do not use an ink cartridge beyond the date printed on the cartridge carton.
Use up the ink cartridge within six months of installation for best results.
Do not dismantle ink cartridges or try to refill them. This could damage the print head.
After bringing an ink cartridge inside from a cold storage site, allow it to warm up at room temperature for at least three hours before using it.
The IC chip on the ink cartridge retains a variety of cartridge information, which allows you to remove and reinsert it freely.
However, each time the cartridge is inserted, some ink is consumed because the printer automatically performs a reliability check.
If you remove an ink cartridge for later use, protect the ink supply area from dirt and dust, and store it in the same environment as this product.
Note that there is a valve in the ink supply port, making covers or plugs unnecessary, but care is needed to prevent ink from staining items that the cartridge touches.
Do not touch the ink supply port, its surrounding area, or the green IC chip on the side of the ink cartridge. Doing so may affect normal operation and printing.
Caution: Do not use too much force when you shake cartridges that have been previously installed.18
18 | Introduction
Printer Parts
These illustrations show the Epson Stylus Pro 9880, but the parts are the same for the Pro 7880 unless otherwise noted.
Roll paper on spindle Roll paper cover
Roll paper mounting bracket
Paper lever
Control panel
Ink cartridge compartment
Ink cartridge compartment
Front cover
Paper basket Casters
Network interface USB interface
AC inlet
Paper straps
(Pro 9880 only)
Maintenance tank
(Pro 9880 includes two tanks, one on each side of printer)19
19
This chapter includes the following information:Unpacking and assembling the Pro 7880 and Pro 9880
Connecting the power cord
Installing ink
Connecting to your computer and a network
Installing the printer software for Macintosh or Windows
Updating the printer firmware
Configuring the printer for a network
Unpacking and Assembling the
Epson Stylus Pro 7880
Follow these steps to assemble your printer and its stand. (If you have the
Epson Stylus Pro 9880, see page 29 instead.)
Before you begin, make sure you have sufficient space to set up and use the printer. The following illustration shows the minimum space required for using the Epson Stylus Pro 7880:You will also need floor space of approximately 8 ื 8 feet (2.4 ื 2.4 m) to assemble the printer and stand.
Chapter 1: Setting Up the Printer
WARNING: Two people are required to unpack and set up the printer.
Note: When choosing a place for the printer, leave adequate room for easy access and ventilation.
Avoid locations subject to direct sunlight, excessive heat, moisture, or dust.
Also avoid locations near potential sources of electromagnetic interference, such as loudspeakers, cordless phones, TVs, or air conditioners.
6in.
(15.2 cm)
8i n.
(20.3 cm)
12 in.
(30 cm)
24 in.
(61 cm)20
20 | Setting Up the Printer
Unpacking and Assembling the Stand
1. Unpack the stand and make sure you have all these items.
Parts:Tools and Accessories:2 Bases
2 Legs
Bottom horizontal strut
Top horizontal strut
4 Basket hooks Paper basket
4 Base bolts
2 Strut bolts
2 Wing screws with
2 lock washers
10 Hex screws with washers
2 Hex wrenches21
Setting Up the Printer | 21
2. Insert the right leg into the right base as shown. (The bases and legs are labeled L and R.) Use the large hex wrench included with the stand to fasten the leg with the two base bolts.
3. Assemble the left leg and base in the same way.
4. Attach the bottom horizontal strut as shown, then fasten it with one strut bolt at each end. Make sure the bolts are tight.

Note: Make sure you tighten all bolts before moving to the next section.
Bolt holes
Underside view of base showing location of bolt holes22
22 | Setting Up the Printer
5. Attach the top horizontal strut as shown. Use the small hex wrench to fasten the 10 hex screws with washers.
6. Make sure each part of the stand is tightened securely.
Unpacking the Printer
1. Open the box and remove the roll paper, spindle, polystyrene foam, and cardboard cushions.23
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2. Remove the handles from the sides of the box as shown.
3. Lift the box up and away from the printer. Remove the ink cartridges and other accessories from the side as shown below.
4. Make sure you have all the items shown below, in addition to the printer:Remove ink cartridges and accessories
Note: The printer includes a Photo Black cartridge. If you prefer to use Matte Black, the
Matte Black cartridge can be purchased separately.
See page 141.
Photo/Matte Black
Ink Conversion Kit
Spindle adapters
2 Paper guides
Power cord
Roll paper and spindle
8 Ink cartridges24
24 | Setting Up the Printer
5. Remove the cardboard panels and other packing materials from around the printer.
Mounting the Printer on the Stand
1. Lock the casters to keep the stand from rolling.25
Setting Up the Printer | 25
2. Have two people lift the printer.
3. Mount the printer on the stand as shown.
WARNING: Two or more people are required to lift the printer. 26
26 | Setting Up the Printer
4. Fasten the printer to the stand with the wing screws and washers.
5. Remove any packing tape. Check these areas:the front cover
the ink compartment covers
the maintenance tank (on the right side near the bottom)
6. Open the front cover. Follow the red wire to locate the bolt and bracket securing the print head. Then unscrew the bolt and remove the bracket as shown.
Save the bolt and bracket in case you need to ship the printer.
Note: To prevent paper jams, don’t place the bolt back in the printer.
Bolt27
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Caution: Do not touch the area shown below or you may damage the printer.
Attaching the Paper Basket
The paper basket is a cloth sheet that attaches to the printer stand and catches your prints as they come out.
1. Attach the basket hooks as shown. The free ends of the hooks should point outward.28
28 | Setting Up the Printer
2. Snap the basket’s plastic connectors onto the hooks at the rear of the stand. Make sure the connectors are positioned as shown.
3. Rotate the front bar once as shown, so the fabric folds around the bar.
4. Snap the connectors onto the front hooks as shown.29
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5. If you find that your roll paper is curled too tightly to eject properly, attach the two paper guides to the bottom of the printer. See page 175 for more information.
6. Unlock the casters. Then move the printer to the place of use. (The casters are meant for moving the printer for only a short distance.) Lock the casters after moving.
7. Make sure you save the box and packaging in case you need to ship the printer.
Now go to “Connecting the Power Cord” on page 39.
Unpacking and Assembling the
Epson Stylus Pro 9880
Follow these steps to assemble your printer and its stand. (If you have the
Epson Stylus Pro 7880, see page 19 instead.)
Before you begin, make sure you have sufficient space to set up and use the printer. The following illustration shows the minimum space required for using the Epson Stylus Pro 9880: You will also need floor space of approximately 13 ื 13 feet (4 ื 4 m) to assemble the printer and stand.
WARNING: Two people are required to unpack the printer, and four are needed to set it on the stand.
Note: When choosing a place for the printer, leave adequate room for easy access and ventilation.
Avoid locations subject to direct sunlight, excessive heat, moisture, or dust.
Also avoid locations near potential sources of electromagnetic interference, such as loudspeakers, cordless phones, TVs, or air conditioners.
12 in.
(30 cm) 24 in.
(61 cm)
12 in.
(30 cm)
12 in.
(30 cm)30
30 | Setting Up the Printer
Unpacking and Assembling the Stand
1. Open the box and remove the handles from the sides of the box.
2. Lift the box up, then set it aside.
3. Unpack the stand and make sure you have all these items:Parts:Tools and Accessories:Base sections
Support bar
Basket hooks
Paper basket
Hex wrench
4 Bolts
2 Wing nuts with spring washers and plain washers
5 Paper supports31
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4. Insert the support bar into one of the base sections as shown. Then attach it with two bolts using the included wrench.
Leave the bolts a little loose, so that you can adjust the position when you insert the bolts at the other end.
5. Attach the base section to the other end.
6. Tighten all four bolts securely.
Unpacking the Printer
1. Open the box and remove the roll paper, spindle, polystyrene foam, and cardboard cushions.32
32 | Setting Up the Printer
2. Lift the box up and away from the printer. Remove the ink cartridges and other accessories from the side as shown below.
3. Remove the cardboard panels from around the printer.
4. Make sure you have all the items shown below, in addition to the printer:Remove ink cartridges and accessories
Note: The printer includes a Photo Black cartridge. If you prefer to use Matte Black, the
Matte Black cartridge can be purchased separately.
See page 141.
Spindle adapters
5 Paper guides
Power cord Roll paper and spindle
8 Ink cartridges Photo/Matte Black
Ink Conversion Kit33
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Mounting the Printer on the Stand
1. Lock the two casters to keep the stand from rolling.

2. Orient the printer in relation to the stand as shown:Caster lock34
34 | Setting Up the Printer
3. Using four people, grasp the printer in the four locations as shown, and set the printer on the stand:4. Fasten the printer to the stand with the wing nuts, spring washers, and plain washers.
WARNING: Do not attempt to lift the printer with fewer than four people.
Top view35
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5. Remove any packing tape from the front cover, ink compartment covers, and maintenance tank. Check underneath and on the sides of the printer to make sure you remove all the tape.
6. Open the front cover. Follow the red wire to locate the screw and bracket securing the print head. Then unscrew the bolt and remove the bracket, as shown.
Save the bolt and bracket in case you need to ship the printer.
Bolt36
36 | Setting Up the Printer
Caution: Do not touch the area shown below or you may damage the printer.
7. Close the front cover.
8. Unlock the casters, move the printer to the place of use, and lock the casters. (The casters are meant for moving the printer for only a short distance.)
Attaching the Paper Basket
The paper basket is a cloth sheet that attaches to the printer stand and catches your prints as they come out.
1. Attach the basket hooks to the upper guides on the left and right sides:37
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2. Turn the basket so its seams face downward, and spread it on the floor.
3. Pass the basket’s rear bar to the back of the printer. Rotate the bar once so that the fabric folds around the bar. Then insert the plastic pins into the stand as shown.
4. Slide out the upper basket hooks to their full length. Then hook the middle bar of the basket as shown.38
38 | Setting Up the Printer
5. Insert the lower bars into the holes on the bottom of the base as shown.
6. Hook the paper supports so they hang along the inside of the basket.
Install them in the order indicated below.39
Setting Up the Printer | 39
7. If you find that your roll paper is curled too tightly to eject properly, attach the 5 paper guides to the bottom of the printer. See page 175 for more information.
Connecting the Power Cord
1. Connect the power cord to the AC inlet on the back of the printer.
2. Route the power cord through one of the hooks on the left or right side as shown.
3. Plug the power cord into a properly grounded electrical outlet.
Note: The illustrations in the following sections show the Epson Stylus
Pro 9880, but the instructions are the same for the Pro 7880.
Caution: Do not use an outlet that is controlled by an automatic timer or wall switch. Otherwise, you may accidentally shut off the printer and cause damage.40
40 | Setting Up the Printer
Installing Ink
Use the ink cartridges that came with your printer for initial ink charging.
During the initial installation process, it is normal for up to one-third of the ink in each cartridge to be used.
The cartridges shipped with your printer are provided mainly to charge the ink system. Make sure you order a set of cartridges as soon as possible.
1. Press the P Power button to turn on the printer. In a moment,
INSTALL INK CARTRIDGE appears on the LCD display.
2. Press both ink compartment covers to open them. Make sure the ink levers are in the unlocked (raised) position.
3. Remove the ink cartridges from their packages, then gently shake each cartridge.
Note: The default black ink cartridge is Photo
Black. If you prefer to use
Matte Black (sold separately; see page 141), you can install the Matte Black cartridge immediately instead of installing the supplied
Photo Black cartridge.
Note: You need to be present during the ink installation process. Do not leave the printer unattended.
Ink lever41
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4. Install the ink cartridges in the printer.
Hold each cartridge with the arrow pointing toward the printer, then insert it into its slot. Make sure you insert each cartridge all the way into the correct slot and that you see the corresponding ink cartridge icon on the LCD display.
5. After installing all 8 cartridges, lower the ink levers. The printer begins charging the ink delivery system and the P Power light flashes.
6. When messages appear on the LCD display, follow the instructions to raise or lower the ink levers, and to close the ink compartment covers.
Charging is finished when the P Power light stays lit green and the
PAPER OUT message appears.
After ink charging is completed, you need to load paper before READY will appear on the display. See page 45 for instructions.
Caution: Charging takes about 12 minutes. Never turn off the printer, release the paper lever, or open the front cover while the P Power light is flashing, or you may damage the printer.42
42 | Setting Up the Printer
Connecting to Your System
You can use USB and/or Ethernet network connections.
For USB connection, make sure your system has the appropriate port and you have a standard, shielded cable 10 feet (6 m) long or less.
To connect to a network hub, you need a standard RJ-45 CAT-6 network cable. To connect directly to your computer’s network interface, you need an RJ-45 CAT-6 crossover cable.
1. Make sure that both the printer and the computer are turned off.
2. Plug the interface cable into the appropriate port on the printer.
3. Plug the other end of the cable into the appropriate connector on your computer, or network switch or hub.
Updating Your Printer Firmware
To keep your printer features and functionality up to date, you should check for a newer version of firmware on the Epson support site and update your printer, if necessary.
Network connection USB connection
Tip: For best results, use a USB connection when you update the firmware on your printer.43
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Checking the Current Firmware Version
1. Press the Menu button.
2. Press the d button until PRINTER STATUS is highlighted, then press
Menu.
3. Press Menu again and note the firmware version displayed. When done, press the l button.
Downloading the Firmware
1. Visit Epson’s U.S. support website or Canadian support website and select your product.
2. Click Drivers and Downloads.
3. Choose the firmware update version for Macintosh or Windows and follow the instructions on the screen.
You may also need to download the latest version of the EPSON LFP
Remote Panel utility.
Updating the Firmware
1. Double-click the firmware file to extract it.
2. Click the EPSON LFP Remote Panel icon on your desktop. You see the LFP Remote Panel. Make sure your printer is selected.
3. Click the Firmware Updater button.
4. Click one of the Update buttons. You see the Firmware Updater window.
5. Make sure your printer is turned on, its LCD displays Ready, and it is connected to your computer or network, then choose your printer.
6. Click Browse and find the firmware file that you just downloaded and extracted. Select the file and click Choose.
7. If the firmware version of the file is newer, click Update to start the firmware updating process. (If it is the same, you don’t need to update.)
Note: For more information on using the
LFP Remote Panel, click
Help to see the on-screen guide.
Caution: Don’t turn off the printer while the firmware is updating. 44
44 | Setting Up the Printer
8. When the update is complete, close the Firmware Updater window and
Epson LFP Remote window.
If you connected your printer to a network, follow the instructions in the next section to configure the printer for your network.
Configuring the Printer for Your Network
Once the printer is connected to your network, follow these steps to configure it:1. Turn on the printer.
2. Start EpsonNet Config.
The EpsonNet Config program searches for all Epson printers on the network and displays the MAC address for each printer that it finds.
3. Highlight the printer that you want to configure and click
Configuration to access the TCP/IP selection screen.
4. If necessary, contact your network administrator for instructions on assigning an appropriate IP address.
For more information, see the on-screen Network Guide.
Note: After you install the software, you need to load paper and print a test image. If the print quality is satisfactory, your setup is done. If not, you may need to align the print head, as described on page 139. 45
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The Epson Stylus Pro 7880 and Pro 9880 print on a variety of media, including roll paper and cut sheets in widths up to 24 inches (610 mm)
[Pro 7880] or 44 inches (1118 mm) [Pro 9880]. You can also use heavy stock, such as posterboard up to 59 mil (1.5 mm) thick.
This chapter includes the following information:Selecting media for your printer
Using roll paper
Using cut sheet paper
Using the paper basket
Optimizing the settings for your paper
Selecting Media for Your Printer
Epson offers a variety of coated, glossy, matte, and fine art paper, as well as other media, for your printer. For a list of available media, see page 46.
The following table shows the paper sizes you can use:Always test samples of paper stock in the printer before purchasing large quantities or printing large jobs. If you use non-Epson paper or other media, you may need to adjust various settings and create special paper configurations. See page 74 for instructions.
Supported paper sizes
Roll paper Cut sheets
Pro 9880
8 to 44.0 in. (203 to 1118 mm) wide
Letter size up to 44 in.
(112 cm) wide
Pro 7880
8 to 24.0 in. (203 to 610 mm) wide
Letter size up to 24 in.
(61 cm) wide
Maximum external roll diameter
2 in. core: 4 in. (103 mm)
3 in. core: 6 in. (150 mm)
—
Thickness 3.15 to 19.7 mil (0.8 to 0.5 mm) 3.15 to 59 mil (0.8 to 1.5 mm)
Chapter 2: Handling Paper and Other
Media46
46 | Handling Paper and Other Media
Available Epson Special Media
Epson offers the media listed here for a variety of applications. Some media are also available in smaller cut sheet sizes and narrower rolls. Check the
Epson Professional Imaging website or your Epson Professional Imaging
Authorized Reseller for available media.
For more details about compatible papers, see page 182.
Roll Papers
Epson Stylus Pro 7880
Epson paper name Size Part number
Recommended application
Premium Glossy
Photo Paper (250)
16” ื 100’
(41 cm ื 30 m)
S041742 Photo Contract
Proofing
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S041638
Premium Luster
Photo Paper (260)
10” ื 100’
(25 cm ื 30 m)
S042077
20” ื 100’
(51 cm ื 30 m)
S042079
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S042081
Premium Semimatte
Photo Paper (260)
16” ื 100’
(41 cm ื 30 m)
S042149
Doubleweight Matte
Paper
24” ื 82’
(61 cm ื 25 m)
S041385 POP
2D CAD/GIS
Imposition
Proofing
Singleweight Matte
Paper
17” ื 131’
(43 cm ื 40 m)
S041746
24” ื 131.7’
(61 cm ื 40 m)
S041853
Proofing Paper
Commercial
13” ื 100’
(33 cm ื 30 m)
S042144 Contract Proofing
17” ื 100’
(43 cm ื 30 m)
S042145
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S04214647
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Enhanced Matte
Paper
17” ื 100’
(43 cm ื 30 m)
S041725 POP
3D CAD/GIS
Photo/Fine Art
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S041595
Canvas 24” ื 40’
(61 cm ื 12 m)
S041531 Photo/Fine Art
PremierArt

Water
Resistant Canvas for
Epson
13” ื 20’
(33cmื6.1m)
SP91220
17” ื 10’
(43 cm ื 3 m)
SP91221-S
17” ื 40’
(43 cm ื 12 m)
SP91221
24” ื 40’
(61 cm ื 12 m)
SP91222
Piezo Pro Matte
Canvas
13” ื 20’
(33cmื6.1m)
S041992
17” ื 7’
(43cmื2.1m)
S041993-S
17” ื 40’
(43 cm ื 12 m)
S041993
24” ื 40’
(61 cm ื 12 m)
S041994
Textured Fine Art
Paper
17” ื 50’
(43 cm ื 15 m)
S041745
24” ื 50’
(61 cm ื 15 m)
S041447
UltraSmooth

Fine
Art Paper
17” ื 7’
(43cmื2.1m)
S041782-S
24” ื 50’
(61 cm ื 15 m)
S041782
Enhanced Adhesive
Synthetic Paper
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S041617 POP
Sign and Display
Epson Stylus Pro 7880
Epson paper name Size Part number
Recommended application48
48 | Handling Paper and Other Media
Epson Stylus Pro 9880
Epson paper name Size Part number
Recommended application
Premium Glossy
Photo Paper (250)
16” ื 100’
(41 cm ื 30 m)
S041742 Photo Contract
Proofing
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S041638
36” ื 100’
(91 cm ื 30 m)
S041639
44” ื 100’
(112 cm ื 30 m)
S041640
Premium Luster
Photo Paper (260)
10” ื 100’
(25 cm ื 30 m)
S042077
16” ื 100’
(41 cm ื 30 m)
S042079
20” ื 100’
(51 cm ื 30 m)
S042080
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S042081
36” ื 100’
(91 cm ื 30 m)
S042082
44” ื 100’
(112 cm ื 30 m)
S042083
Premium Semimatte
Photo Paper (260)
16” ื 100’
(41 cm ื 30 m)
S042149
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S042150
36” ื 100’
(91 cm ื 30 m)
S042151
44” ื 100’
(112 cm ื 30 m)
S04215249
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Doubleweight Matte
Paper
24” ื 82’
(61 cm ื 25 m)
S041385 POP
2D CAD/GIS
Imposition
Proofing
36” ื 82’
(91 cm ื 25 m)
S041386
44” ื 82’
(112 cm ื 25 m)
S041387
Singleweight Matte
Paper
17” ื 131’
(43 cm ื 40 m)
S041746
24” ื 131.7’
(61 cm ื 40 m)
S041853
36” ื 131.7’
(91 cm ื 40 m)
S041854
44” ื 131.7’
(112 cm ื 40 m)
S041855
Proofing Paper
Commercial
13” ื 100’
(33 cm ื 30 m)
S042144 Contract Proofing
17” ื 100’
(43 cm ื 30 m)
S042145
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S042146
36” ื 100’
(91 cm ื 30 m)
S042147
44” ื 100’
(112 cm ื 30 m)
S042148
Enhanced Matte
Paper
17” ื 100’
(43 cm ื 30 m)
S041725 POP
3D CAD/GIS
Photo/Fine Art
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S041595
36” ื 100’
(91 cm ื 30 m)
S041596
44” ื 100’
(112 cm ื 30 m)
S041597
Epson Stylus Pro 9880
Epson paper name Size Part number
Recommended application50
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Canvas 24” ื 40’
(61 cm ื 12 m)
S041531 Photo/Fine Art
36” ื 40’
(91 cm ื 12 m)
S041532
44” ื 40’
(112 cm ื 12 m)
S041533
PremierArt Water
Resistant Canvas for
Epson
13” ื 20’
(33cmื6.1m)
SP91220
17” ื 10’
(43 cm ื 3 m)
SP91221-S
17” ื 40’
(43 cm ื 12 m)
SP91221
24” ื 40’
(61 cm ื 12 m)
SP91222
44” ื 40’
(112 cm ื 12 m)
SP91223
Piezo Pro Matte
Canvas
13” ื 20’
(33cmื6.1m)
S041992
17” ื 7’
(43cmื2.1m)
S041993-S
17” ื 40’
(43 cm ื 12 m)
S041993
24” ื 40’
(61 cm ื 12 m)
S041994
36” ื 40’
(91 cm ื 12 m)
S042009
44” ื 40’
(112 cm ื 12 m)
S041995
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Epson paper name Size Part number
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Textured Fine Art
Paper
17” ื 50’
(43 cm ื 15 m)
S041745 Photo/Fine Art
(continued)
24” ื 50’
(61 cm ื 15 m)
S041447
36” ื 50’
(91 cm ื 15 m)
S041448
44” ื 50’
(112 cm ื 15 m)
S041449
UltraSmooth Fine Art
Paper
17” ื 7’
(43cmื2.1m)
S041782-S
24” ื 50’
(61 cm ื 15 m)
S041782
44” ื 50’
(112 cm ื 15 m)
S041783
Somerset

Velvet 24” ื 50’
(61 cm ื 15 m)
SP91203
44” ื 50’
(112 cm ื 15 m)
SP91204
Enhanced Adhesive
Synthetic Paper
24” ื 100’
(61 cm ื 30 m)
S041617 POP
Sign and Display
44” ื 100’
(112 cm ื 30 m)
S041619
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Recommended application52
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Cut Sheet Papers
Epson Stylus Pro 7880
Epson paper name Size Part number
Recommended application
Premium Photo
Paper Semi-gloss
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041327 Photo
Ultra Premium Photo
Paper Luster
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041407
S041604
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S042084
Singleweight Matte
Paper
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041909 POP
2D CAD/GIS
Imposition
Proofing
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S041907
Presentation Paper
Matte
16.5” ื 23.4”
(42 ื 59 cm)
S041079
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041069
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S041171
Proofing Paper
Commercial
Semimatte
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041744 Contract Proofing
Ultra Premium
Presentation Paper
Matte
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041339
S041605
POP
3D CAD/GIS
Photo/Fine Art
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S04190853
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Watercolor Paper
Radiant White
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041351 Photo/Fine Art
Textured Fine Art
Paper
24” ื 30”
(61 ื 76 cm)
S041450
UltraSmooth Fine Art
Paper
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041896
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S041897
Velvet Fine Art Paper 13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041637
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S042097
Somerset Velvet 24” ื 30”
(61 ื 76 cm)
SP91200
SP91200-S
Enhanced Matte
Posterboard
24” ื 30”
(61 ื 76 cm)
S041598 Sign and Display
Epson Stylus Pro 9880
Epson paper name Size Part number
Recommended application
Premium Photo
Paper Semi-gloss
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041327 Photo
Ultra Premium Photo
Paper Luster
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041407
S041604
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S042084
Singleweight Matte
Paper
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041909 POP
2D CAD/GIS
Imposition
Proofing
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S041907
Epson Stylus Pro 7880
Epson paper name Size Part number
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Presentation Paper
Matte
16.5” ื 23.4”
(42 ื 59 cm)
S041079 POP
2D CAD/GIS
Imposition
Proofing
(continued)
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041069
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S041171
Proofing Paper
Commercial
Semimatte
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041744 Contract Proofing
Ultra Premium
Presentation Paper
Matte
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041339 POP
3D CAD/GIS
Photo/Fine Art
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S041908
Watercolor Paper
Radiant White
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041351 Photo/Fine Art
Textured Fine Art
Paper
24” ื 30”
(61 ื 76 cm)
S041450
36” ื 44”
(91ื1 12cm )
S041451
UltraSmooth Fine Art
Paper
13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041896
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S041897
Velvet Fine Art Paper 13” ื 19”
(33 ื 48 cm)
S041637
17” ื 22”
(43 ื 56 cm)
S042097
Somerset Velvet 24” ื 30”
(61 ื 76 cm)
SP91200
SP91200-S
36” ื 44”
(91ื1 12cm )
SP91201
Enhanced Matte
Posterboard
24” ื 30”
(61 ื 76 cm)
S041598 Sign and Display
30” ื 40”
(76ื1 02cm )
S041599
Epson Stylus Pro 9880
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Guidelines for Using Epson Media
Follow these guidelines, as well as those included in your paper package, when printing on Epson paper and other media:Avoid touching the printable surface with your bare hands. Fingerprints may affect print quality. Handle media by the edges or use cotton gloves.
Be careful not to bend or scratch the paper.
Always choose the correct Media Type setting in your printer driver software before you send your job. See page 83 (Mac OS X) or page 98
(Windows) for instructions.
Always select the correct paper source (roll or sheet) in both the printer driver software and on the printer’s control panel. See page 79
(Mac OS X), or page 103 or page 106 (Windows) for instructions on selecting the paper source in your printer software.
Keep unused media in its original packaging and store it in a cool, dry place to maintain quality. Avoid storing your printouts where they will be exposed to high temperature, humidity, or direct sunlight.
Store sheet media on a flat surface.
Using Roll Paper
You can use roll paper with a 2- or 3-inch core and a width of up to
24 inches (61 cm) [Pro 7880], or 44 inches (112 cm) [Pro 9880]. Manually switching rolls is a simple process.
Roll Paper Guidelines
When printing on roll paper, be sure to follow the media handling guidelines on page 55, as well as these special guidelines for roll paper:When storing roll paper, keep it in its original packaging—including the bag, end caps, and box.
To avoid feeding excess paper, make sure the Sheet icon does not appear on the LCD display. Press the l Paper Source button until the
or roll icon appears.56
56 | Handling Paper and Other Media
Choose if you want the paper to be cut automatically after each page is printed.
Do not leave roll paper loaded in the printer when it is not in use.
Choose if you want to print a series of pages and keep them together for cutting later on.
Choose if you’re printing on canvas or other heavy media. Media that is too thick may damage the cutter. Use of Epson’s optional Manual
Media Cutting System is recommended. See page 12 for more information.
The following media (and other similar materials) may not work with the built-in cutter:Fine art paper (including Epson Textured and UltraSmooth

Fine
Art Paper)
PremierArt
TM
Water Resistant Canvas for Epson
Vinyl
Matte board
Backlight film
Heavyweight polyester banner media
DuPont
TM
Semigloss Proofing Paper
If you’re loading heavy paper, you may need to increase the paper suction by pressing the u Paper Feed button. For lightweight paper, decrease the suction by pressing the d Paper Feed button. (Release the paper lever to adjust the suction, then secure it again.)57
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Loading the Paper onto the Spindle
1. Slide the black paper stop off the left end of the spindle.
2. Position the roll so the paper unwinds as shown, then slide the spindle into the roll. Make sure the gray paper stop at the right end of the spindle is firmly locked into the core and there is no gap between the paper and the paper stop.
3. Slide the black paper stop back onto the spindle and insert it into the end of the roll. Make sure it is firmly fixed into the left end of the paper roll core.
Note: The spindle accommodates both
2-inch and 3-inch roll paper cores. To switch between different size cores, see page 61.
Avoid touching the printable surface of the paper as much as possible. Oils from your skin can affect print quality.58
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Placing the Paper in the Printer
1. Open the roll paper cover.
2. Place the roll paper in the roll holder as shown. (The black end of the spindle goes on the left.)
3. Make sure the printer is turned on, then press the l Paper Source button until the (Auto Cut Off) or (Auto Cut On) icon appears on the LCD display.
4. Make sure the P Power light is not flashing, then release the paper lever.
Caution: To avoid feeding excess paper, make sure you don’t select when you’re using roll paper.
Caution: Do not release the paper lever while the
P Power light is flashing, or you may damage the printer.59
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5. Feed the paper into the slot and pull it all the way through.
If the paper doesn’t come out, you may need to adjust the suction. If you are loading heavy paper, press the u Paper Feed button to increase the suction. If you are loading lightweight paper, press the d Paper Feed button to decrease it. If the paper still doesn’t come out, open the front cover and pull it out manually.
6. Holding the bottom edge of the paper, turn the roll back to remove any slack. Then align the bottom edge with the horizontal and vertical lines.60
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7. Move the paper lever to the Secured position, then close the roll paper cover.
8. Press the Pause button (or wait for 5 seconds). The paper feeds into printing position automatically, and READY appears on the control panel.
To avoid indenting or creasing the paper, remove it from the paper path and roll it up when you are not printing.
Removing Paper from the Spindle
1. Open the roll paper cover.
2. If the paper is loaded for printing, push the paper lever back to the
Released position, then roll up the paper before removing it.
3. Remove the roll paper and spindle from the printer.
4. Place the spindle on a flat surface.
5. Slide the black paper stop off the end of the spindle.
6. Remove the roll paper from the spindle.
Note: Opening the front cover causes printing to stop. Do not open the front cover while printing is in progress, or your print quality might be affected.61
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Switching Between 2-Inch and 3-Inch Roll Paper
You can convert the spindle to accept roll paper with a 3-inch core by using the spindle adapters. Follow these steps:1. Remove the black paper stop from the end of the spindle.
2. Slide one of the adapters onto the gray paper stop, then align the arrow marks as shown below. Press the adapter until it locks in place. Press the other adapter onto the black paper stop in the same way.
To remove the adapters, pull outward on the two tabs.
Cutting Paper Manually with the Built-in Cutter
When you’re not using the Auto Cut On setting, you may need to cut roll paper manually by pressing a button after your print job is finished. You can use the button to cut most types of paper.
However, if you’re printing on fine art paper, canvas, or other heavy media, you should use the optional Epson Manual Media Cutting System (see page 190 for installation instructions) or scissors rather than the built-in cutter. See page 56 for a list of media that should not be used with the built-in cutter.
1. Before you print, press the l Paper Source button until you see the roll (Auto Cut Off) icon on the LCD display.
2. Run your print job.
Pull outward on tabs to release
Note: A Manual Media
Cutting System is available for heavy media.
See page 12 for details on ordering it.62
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3. Press the button. The printer automatically feeds the paper to the cutter guide.
4. If necessary, adjust the cutting position by pressing the u or d Paper
Feed buttons.
5. Press the l Paper Source button until you see the roll (Auto Cut
On) icon on the LCD.
6. Press and hold the button for 3 seconds. The paper is cut.
Printing Trim Lines
You can print trim lines on the right edge of your pages (Auto Cut On) or on the right and bottom edge (Auto Cut Off).
1. Press the Menu button.
2. Press the Menu button again to select the Printer Setup menu and highlight PLATEN GAP.
3. Press the d button to highlight PAGE LINE.
4. Press the Menu button.
5. Press the d or u button to highlight ON.
6. Press the button to save the setting. An asterisk appears next to ON.
7. Press the Pause button to exit the menu.
You can also specify trim lines from your printer driver software. For instructions, see page 89 (Mac OS X) or page 106 (Windows).63
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Using Cut Sheet Paper
You can print on many types of cut sheet paper and other media. The printer accepts sheets in widths from letter size to 24 inches (61 cm)
[Pro 7880] or 44 inches (112 cm) [Pro 9880].
You can leave your roll paper on the spindle when you print on cut sheets; make sure it is removed from the paper path and rolled up.
How you load the paper depends on its size and thickness:For stock thicker than 19 mil (0.5 mm), load it as described on page 65.
For small sheets or fine art paper, see page 64.
For medium to large sheets of average thickness, see the next section.
Loading Cut Sheets
1. Make sure the printer is turned on and the roll paper cover is closed.
2. Press the l Paper Source button until the Sheet icon appears on the
LCD display.
3. Push the paper lever back to the Released position. Tip: You can also load cut sheet paper without releasing the paper lever.
This method is recommended for small sheets or fine art paper.
See page 64 for details.64
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4. Feed the sheet into the paper slot. Make sure the right and bottom edges of the paper are straight and aligned with the horizontal and vertical lines on the printer.
5. Pull the paper lever forward to the Secured position.
6. Press the Pause button or wait a few seconds. The printer feeds the sheet into printing position automatically and READY appears on the
LCD display.
7. Print your page. After it is finished, the sheet stays in the printer.
8. To remove your print, press the button or release the paper lever while holding the printed sheet.
Loading Small Cut Sheets or Fine Art Paper
You can load paper without

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