README.TXT Driver File Contents (cop_soft_AR-PB2_XP_PCL5E.exe)

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             SHARP AR-PB2A PRINTER DRIVER README FILE

                                                    October 2001
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Thank you very much for purchasing a SHARP AR-PB2A.
This document gives you the details of important matters which 
have to be checked before you install the AR-PB2A printer driver. 
Be sure to read this document thoroughly before continuing with 
the installation.

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                          Compatible OS

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PCL5e Driver:     Microsoft Windows 95
                  Microsoft Windows 98
                  Microsoft Windows Me
                  Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
                  Microsoft Windows 2000
                  Microsoft Windows 3.1
                  Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1x

PCL6 Driver:      Microsoft Windows 95
                  Microsoft Windows 98
                  Microsoft Windows Me
                  Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
                  Microsoft Windows 2000

PS2 Driver:       Microsoft Windows 95
                  Microsoft Windows 98
                  Microsoft Windows Me
                  Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
                  Microsoft Windows 2000
                  Microsoft Windows 3.1
                  Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1x

PS PPD Driver:    Microsoft Windows 95
                  Microsoft Windows 98
                  Microsoft Windows Me
                  Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
                  Microsoft Windows 2000

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                               Hint

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- If you upgrade the printer driver, be sure to install the new 
  version of the printer driver after deleting the older version.
  Otherwise, the new version of driver may prevent the older
  version of printer driver from working.

- If you install the printer driver on Windows 2000 with Plug and 
  Play function, be sure to check the [Specify a location] check 
  box.

- Please use the latest version of application software for your
  Operation System if possible.

- When some printer drivers do not print normally, if you use 
  other types of printer drivers, the printing may be improved.
  Features of each of printer drivers are the following:
  - PCL printer driver
      It provides high speed printing.
  - PostScript printer driver
      It provides high reproducibility for images including fine
      graphics.
  - PostScript PPD printer driver
      Some specific applications may normally print by only the 
      PPD printer driver.

- If you encounter printing problems with the Windows PCL6 printer
  driver, please try to use the Windows PCL5e printer driver
  instead.

- When printing light colored lines and/or thin lines in your
  document the lines may not be visible. Please change the color
  of the lines to a darker color or make the lines thicker.

- Some fill effects and/or patterns might not be printed (or
  become invisible). At that time, please change the fill effect
  or pattern to one that can be printed correctly.

- When using a Novell network, if a blank Page prints after the
  Job is completed turn off the [Form Feed After Job] found in
  the network setting in the PC client software.

- When printing a large volume of data, an LPT1 Error might occur.
  In this case, please modify the setting time for timeout of the
  printer in the properties tab to a longer time by opening
  [Settings] - [Printers] and selecting your printers [Properties]
  in the start menu of Windows.

- If the setting [collate] exists in the print dialog box of the
  application's print settings, do not select this setting.
  This setting is not necessary because this printer always
  performs collated printing. If this setting is selected,
  two-sided printing or stapling with multiple prints may not be
  performed properly.

- When you use the "Pamphlet Style", the "Fit To Page" or "N-up
  Printing" can not be used at the same time.

- When you print the document created by different computers, 
  the computer that you use may not register the fonts that use
  in the document.
  If you print the document in this case, some printed documents
  slightly show the difference against the original document 
  (when you print it by the original computer).
  In this case, you are required to register the fonts that use
  in the document into your using computer.

- When occurring the garbled characters, if you change the 
  "Font Source:" of "Font..." of "Advanced" tab, the printed 
  results may improve.

- The printing test in installing the printer driver indicates
  that [Color Printing] is ON. This is the setting to enhance the 
  reproducibility of gradation printing. This machine is possible
  to execute only the black and white printing.

- Makedisk caution: Please format the floppy disks to ensure no 
  bad sectors are present on the disks before using Makedisk.

- There are some limitations when using the AR-NC1D (Print Server
  Card) and the Peer to peer printing utility.
  You must switch on the printer before initialization of Network
  PC's. If not, the PC's will not recognize the printer and you
  will have to power on the printer then reboot the PC's and
  restart the utility.

- If two staples and paper with short edge feed are selected, the
  prints will be delivered without being stapled.  To put two
  staples along the long edge, the paper must be set for long edge
  feed.

- When you want to do Pamphlet printing with any application and 
  the application has a Pamphlet paper size setting, please select
  Pamphlet printing from the application. When you select Pamphlet
  in the printer property dialog box, the Pamphlet feature might
  not print correctly.

- Pamphlet Style additional information - Staple and N-up printing
  is not possible when using the Pamphlet Style option.
  - If Pamphlet style is selected from the Print Properties Main
    Tab menu, you will find that Staple and the N-up options are
    grayed out.
  - If Pamphlet is selected from within your application (Example:
    Using Microsoft Word and selecting Pamphlet from the Page Size
    menu) Staple and the N-up options can be selected from the
    Print Properties Main Tab menu but they will not work.

- When creating an overlay file in Windows 3.1, the "Use Print
  Manager" option check box of the Printers dialog should be off,
  or the overlay file may not be created in some cases.

- Different Paper printing and Transparency Inserts printing can
  not be used at the same time. When both Different and
  Transparency are set, the setting of Different Paper printing is
  ignored.

- Pamphlet printing and Different Paper printing cannot be used at
  the same time. If both are set, all the paper will feed from the
  tray that Different paper selects.

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                      About PCL5e/PCL6 Driver

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- When printing PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat 4.0 
  occasionally a very large print file may be generated causing 
  the document to be printed incorrectly. If this occurs please 
  upgrade to Acrobat version 4.05, which is available as a free 
  upgrade from Adobe.

- When printing a watermark, please select "HP-GL/2" / "Vector"
  setting found in the "Graphics Mode:" window, this can be done 
  by selecting it from the "Advanced" tab of the driver.
  These setting can be eliminated by changing to "Raster" from
  "Vector" mode found in the "Advanced" Tab of the "Graphics 
  Mode:" window.

- When you are using Windows PCL printer driver with some
  applications such as Adobe FreeHand, a watermark might not be
  printed even if you have set to print watermark in the printer
  driver.

- It may take time to print an original containing a large amount
  of graphic data from a drawing application. This problem may be
  solved by taking the following measures.
  Open the printer properties dialog box and then change
  "Graphics Mode:" to "Raster" found under the "Advanced" tab in
  the print driver. 

- When printing an image by using applications such as MS paint,
  MS Word, image data may appear under the printed image. 
  This might be solved by modifying the graphic mode of the 
  "Advanced" tab to be "Raster" after opening the printer
  properties of print dialog.

- When printing with Netscape Navigator, the image of title or
  index might be not be printed.  This might be solved by
  modifying the graphic mode of the "Advanced" tab to be "Raster"
  after opening the printer properties of print dialog.

- With some applications such as Lotus Approach if you select
  "Download Fonts" as the "Font Source:" and select "Download as
  bitmap font" as the "TrueType Mode:" in the "Font..." dialog,
  shrunk fonts might be printed. At that time, please use
  resident fonts or select "Download as TrueType" as the
  "TrueType Mode:".

- When printing is performed using Adobe's Acrobat,
  garbled characters may be printed. This problem may be solved by
  taking the following measures.
  Open the printer properties of the print dialog and then change
  the "Graphics Mode:" found under the "Advanced" tab to "Raster",
  in addition, press the "Font..." button on the "Advanced" tab, 
  and then select "Download Fonts" for "Font Source:" and select
  "Download as bitmap font" for "TrueType Mode:".

- If you paste a big bitmap in document of Microsoft PowerPoint
  with setting "Graphics Mode:" in "Advanced" Tab to "Raster", the
  error may occur when printing.
  In this case, please change "Graphics Mode:" to "Vector" or
  "HP-GL/2" and print it again.

- If the ruled lines for the graph area is not printed, put a tick
  on the checkbox of "Fit To Page".

- When printing a document with large amounts of graphic data 
  using applications such as Corel Draw, it might take a long 
  time to print this data using the PCL driver.  This might be 
  solved by modifying the graphic mode of Advanced setting tab 
  to be raster after opening the printer properties of the print 
  dialog.

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                          About PS Driver

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- When printing using the Acrobat, please turn the checkbox
  on for "PS Pass-through".

- Adobe PostScript uses the binding edge definitions "LongEdge" 
  / "ShortEdge" for paper orientation. Our PS3 driver is using 
  "Book" / "Tablet" for "image orientation" to provide an easy 
  to understand user interface.
  Some Adobe application like AcrobatReader will inform the 
  driver that the document is Portrait even if the images are 
  Landscape so that the Main page of the driver will incorrectly 
  show the page orientation in the page icons under "Frequently 
  Used Settings." 
  As a result of this mixing up by the application, the driver 
  may flip the binding edge (Book/Tablet) for Landscape 
  document.  If this occurs, just set the PS3 driver to the 
  opposite binding direction and the document will print 
  correctly.

- If you would try to print with "N-Up", "Fit to page" or 
  "PS Pass-through" off by PS3 driver of Windows9x, the color 
  map may be wrong.

- With some applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw,
  some extra features of the Windows PS printer driver such as
  "Watermark", "N-Up Printing" or "Different Paper" may not work
  properly. At that time, when you use the PCL printer driver,
  this problem may be solved.

- When you print with custom papers, there are some cases that
  negative printing doesn't operate normally.

- When the printing is cancelled during using the PS printer 
  driver, the blank paper may be output.

- When you print the type of download font by using the download
  of "Download as TrueType (Type 42)", the error may occur.
  At this time, if you set the "Download Font Mode:" into the
  "Download as Bitmap   (Type  3)" by the "Font..." of "Advanced"
  tab, the print may be improved.

- When you execute the overlay print, please do not use the 
  "Negative Image" and "Mirror Image" functions.
  It may not be output normally.

- When you use custom size papers, the correct paper size for the
  custom paper should be defined in both the printer properties
  dialog and the application program.

- When you print with custom papers use the bypass tray.

- When you turn the checkbox on for "PS Pass-through", you cannot
  use the Cancel button of the Job Control review dialog to cancel
  a print job. If you need this function, please turn the checkbox
  off for "PS Pass-through".

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                        About PS PPD Driver

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- When you install the PPD printer driver onto Windows NT 4.0, the
  CD-ROM for Windows NT4.0 requires. the other required files like
  PSCRIPT.DLL are in the i386 folder of CD-ROM.

- With the [Table Edit] of [Font] Tab in the printer properties
  dialog, do not push this button [Reverse previously arranged
  value] in the substituted list of fonts. The print speed will be
  slow and the driver will treat all fonts as software fonts. To
  change this back to the original setting, execute "PFMSetup.exe"
  again.

- Under Windows NT4.0 environment, when you use the PPD printer 
  driver, you can not use the N-up function (Layout Function).

- When you execute the watermark print, the watermark is printed
  to the [Portrait] direction, regardless of the print setting.

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                     About Overlay Function

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- When you register the overlay form data, please print only one 
  page.

- When you execute the overlay print, please print the document in
  the same printer setting as created the overlay form data.

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          About Limitations for each Application Software

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- Some image printing problems such as PhotoShop printing of an
  oversize image( bigger then the printer margins ) which results
  in extra printed matter or a blue screen. Reducing the image
  size to fit the paper size may solve this problem.

- If Microsoft Publisher is installed, sometimes the Configuration
  settings of the printer will return to the default values.

- When printing is performed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader,
  garbled characters may be printed. This problem may be solved
  by taking the following measures.
  Open the printer properties of the print dialog and then click
  on the "Font..." button found using the "Advanced" tab, and then
  select "Download Fonts" for "Font Source:" and select "Download
 fonts".

- When the print error occurs on the Microsoft binder, this
  problem  may be solved by taking the following measures.
  - Turn off the [Print binder as a single job] of the [Binder
    Options].
  - Set all setting items of the printer driver into the default.

- If the print setting is changed for Wordpad, please go to the
  Properties page which appears after clicking the [Properties]
  on [Printer...] from [Page Setup] dialog. The print setting from
  [Properties] on [Print] dialog is sometimes not applicable.

- With the Windows printer driver, if Microsoft Paintbrush for
  Windows 3.1x is used, sometimes Fit To Page does not work
  correctly.

- With some applications such as Lotus Approach97, when you select
  "Advanced" property "Fonts" in the print dialog and select
  "Download fonts" as the "Font Source" and select "Download as
  bitmap font" in the "TrueType Mode", the size of the downloaded
  font bitmap images may be smaller than requested. At this time,
  please use resident font or select "Download as TrueType" as the
  "TrueType Mode".

- When printing with some Windows3.1 application software
  (ex. MS-Word6), characters might not be printed or be printed
  incorrectly with the layout of the document disturbed. For
  MS-Word6, trouble shooting for this problem is described in the
  "[MS Word Text Converters] session," of Help. Other application
  software may also describe trouble shooting for this problem.
  Referring to the Manual, README.TXT or Help files first when 
  this trouble occurs.

- When printing more than one copy of a document with MS Excel,
  the printing result might be incorrect.
  In this case, print the document without checking "collate", or
  after setting "EMF" on spool format.

  When you want to do "EMF" with any application, do the 
  following:
    1) Open the printer folder of your Windows Control Panel.
    2) Choose the tab "Details" from printer property.
    3) Click "Spool Settings" button.
    4) Set "EMF" on [Spool data format].

- In order to print from Lotus AmiPro 3.1 using the SHARP AR-PB2A
  printer drivers, background printing must be disabled.
  Background printing can be disabled as follows:
    1) Open the [User Setup] dialog of Lotus AmiPro via the
       [Tools] menu.
    2) Click the [Option] button, then uncheck the "Print in
       background" check box.

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SHARP Corporation does not guarantee the accuracy of the 
information contained in this document and the software (SHARP 
AR-PB2A printer driver) which accompanies this document for any 
purpose other than what they are intended for.

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                             Copyright (C) 2001 SHARP Corporation

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