How can I maximize the print speed from my PC?
Verify that your system meets the system requirements. The print speed is dependent upon the amount of RAM in your system, the type and speed of your interface, the computer's processor, and the amount of free hard drive space and degree of fragmentation of hard drive space in your computer.
Using the FireWire or 2.0 USB port would be faster than the parallel port.
To print multiple copies of your document faster, select High Speed Copies. This speeds up printing by using your hard disk space as a cache when printing multiple copies of your document.
Verify that you are using the EPSON Stylus Photo 2200 driver. Choose Black ink in the driver software if your document is black text only.
In the printer software menu set the Quality/Speed slider to Speed. You can also select Custom and select the print resolution you wish. If you don't need the highest quality, a photo printed at 720 dpi looks great and will print much faster than a 1440 dpi or 2880 dpi graphic.
For printer models that use the parallel port, select the 'EPSON Printer Port' check box to enable the EPSON printer port, which is optimized for EPSON printers, instead of the Windows default printer port. This speeds up the data transfer rate to EPSON printers. Parallel port users can further increase print speed by enabling DMA transfer, as explained below.
Enabling DMA transfer
If your computer has a parallel port that supports ECP mode, you can enable DMA transfer to speed up printing. See your computer manual to determine if it supports ECP mode and DMA transfer. To determine whether you need to enable DMA transfer, compare the message below the EPSON Printer Port check box, and take the recommended action.
Message - High Speed (DMA) Transfer enabled.
Action - DMA transfer is already enabled. Click OK to close the dialog box.
Message - For higher data transfer rates, use DMA Transfer.
Action - Follow the steps below this table to enable DMA transfer.
Action - Your system's parallel port setting does not allow DMA transfer. However, if you change the parallel port setting to ECP or Enhanced using your computer's BIOS setup program, you may be able to use DMA transfer. Consult your computer manual or computer manufacturer for instructions. Once you change the parallel port setting, follow the steps below this table to enable DMA transfer.
Note: Before you run the BIOS Setup program, uninstall the printer software using Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
After running the BIOS Setup program, reinstall the printer software.
If you want to enable DMA transfer, follow the steps below.
1. Double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and then Control Panel.
2. Double-click the System icon and click the Device Manager tab.
3. Double-click the Ports (COM & LPT) icon and then the LPT1 icon. If your printer is connected to a port other than LPT1, double-click the appropriate port icon.
4. Click the Resources tab, then clear the Use automatic settings check box.
5. Write down the Input/Output Range settings shown in the resource settings box.
6. Select a basic configuration setting from the Setting based on list that uses the same Input/Output Range settings as those you wrote down in Step 4, and make sure that the Direct Memory Access channel and Interrupt Request numbers are allocated and displayed. Confirm also that the Conflicting device list text box shows No conflicts.
7. Click OK to save the settings.
8. Reopen the Speed & Progress dialog box to verify whether DMA transfer has been enabled.
You may not be able to use DMA transfer on some computers even after you make the settings explained above. Consult your computer maker for information on the DMA transfer capability of your computer.