This is a monochrome plotter with 24” wide roll capacity.
Paper costs over 35c per linear foot, please donate (with “for plotter use”) to offset your use. This plotter requires (2) HP “26” print cartridges to print anything. Both cartridges are used in tandem to produce the effect of a larger print head for faster prints.
“Draft” mode is 300dpi with reduced ink use, and suitable for most use. “Final” mode is 600dpi with full ink use, and recommended for large areas of solid black.
The plotter has 8M of RAM, so plots in excess of 4M may cause confusion or slow prints.
The roll of paper is 24” wide, so careful selection of portrait or landscape is necessary for 18×24 or 24×36 prints to minimize paper usage and bad prints.
Loading paper or other media should only be done by trained persons, please ask for help if the roll runs out, or you want to print on other media.
The plotter is set up in the default configuration, which is compatible with the above driver. Changing settings will break it for everyone else.
The “Configuration Plot” accessible from the on printer menu will print out a 36” long sheet that lists all configuration details, and is designed to be used as a test print to set internal settings that will determine accuracy of plots. It is currently correctly calibrated.
The internal “Test Plot” does not display any useful information not contained here.
The Windows XP 32-bit driver is titled “pl523en.exe” and is available if you search for “Designjet 600 diver” from HP.com.
In XP, Start>Printers and Faxes>Add a Printer. Local Printer (do not auto detect), Create a printer port, TCP/IP. Printer IP is 18.104.22.168, name it something you'll remember. After that has completed, go to Add a Printer again, select Local Printer (do not auto detect), choose the printer port you just created, select HP as manufacturer, and Designjet 600 (C2847A).
We have not yet found a Windows 7 64-bit driver for this that works.