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NP Series FAQs
Q: What's New in the NP Series 3.1 Software?A: The NP Series offers many new features with 3.1 software:
See the complete list in the 3.1 Release Notes.
Q: What's the printable area of DirectVista® Film?
A: The printable area for DirectVista Film is 2280 x 2565 pixels, or 7.6"x8.55".
Q: What's the printable area of XLW paper (9.5"x14")
A: The printable area of our Extra Long Wide Paper is 2550 x 3600 pixels, or 8.5"x12", or 216 x 307 mm.
Q: What is "Film Typing"?A: The film typing mechanism accounts for small variations between lots of film. Film typing is an image quality option and the printer can function without it. A printer which has not had the update diskette installed must have the type set to 000. A printer which has the diskette installed can be set to any valid type. Details on selecting a film type are in the film typing technical brief (PDF). New Codonics printers ship with the film typing installed and 015 as the film type set in the front panel. A level-0 reset will return the printer to type 000, however.
Q: How can I tell what updates are installed in the printer?
A: With 3.1 software: Examine the Test Print (T1): Front Panel Online -->
ADMIN --> TEST PRINT --> YES
updates [return]If the printer does not return anything or returns an error, type
more /etc/updates [return]Don't forget the "s" on the end of the filename. If you receive a "File Not Found" response, the printer does not have any patches installed. Otherwise, it should return a screen similar to the following:
DICOM 2.4.3This printer has a lot of patches installed. The patches register from oldest to newest. This file is wiped out in the event of a software reinstall. All applied patches are deleted in a software reinstall.
If you don't have telnet or serial port access there is no way to tell all the patches that have been installed on the printer. Most patches can be reinstalled without creating problems. As a general rule, install operating system upgrades (i.e. 2.2.6) first, and PostScript patches last.
Q: What is an "L.U.T."?
A: LUT stands for "look up table." The LUT translates the digital data sent to the printer
into the information used by the print head to lay down the image. Changing the LUT
produces changes in print that follows.
Q: What does "key expired" mean on the status page?
A: Many printers ship from Codonics with temporary PostScript keys installed. The keys are valid for 60 days from the ship date of the printer. A PostScript key is only necessary when printing PostScript images. Codonics issues temporary keys for software options, i.e. DICOM.
Q: Where is the serial number of the NP Series Printer located?
A: On all printers, the serial number can be found on the back of the unit. It is printed on a white label below the model number. Serial numbers are nine (9) digits and follow the form S/N 40CxxxxB, 30CxxxxB, 44CxxxxxB, 36CxxxxB, etc. On newer units, the serial number can also be found on the inside right side of the chassis. Open the door and look on the right wall. The S/N will be located above a barcode.
Q: Is it safe to leave the printer on all the time?
A: It is safe to leave your printer operational. However, it's a good idea to put the printer on a UPS (universal power supply) in case of a power outage. The printer should minimally run at 1000 watts. ALWAYS use the soft shutdown feature (tech brief) to power off an NP Series Printer.