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CX400
Desktop Printer
Operator's Manual
PN 9001107 Rev. A
Warning: This equipment complies with the requirements in Part 15 of FCC rules for
a Class A computing device. Operation of this equipment in a residential area may
cause unacceptable interference to radio and television reception requiring the opera-
tor to take whatever steps necessary to correct the interference.
All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced or issued to third
parties in any form whatsoever without the express permission of SATO America,
Inc. The material in this document is provided for general information only and is
subject to change without notice. SATO America, Inc. assumes no responsibilities
for any errors or omissions.
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BARCODE SATO
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Charlotte, NC 28273
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PN 9001107 Rev. A Page 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What You Get . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Controls, Indicators, and Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Printer Power Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Printer Interface Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Loading Labels or Tags. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Loading Ribbon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Selecting the Label Sensor Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Sensor Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Using the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Printing a Self-test Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Feeding Blank Labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Label Reprint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Sending Data to the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Resetting the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Printing Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Controlling the Printer Using Direct Commands. . . . . . . . 14
Routine Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
What To Do If . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
POWER light is not lit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
ERROR light is lit or blinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Labels will not feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Host stops responding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Labels feed continuously . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Poor print quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Printer Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Communication Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Serial Input Cable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Parallel Input Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Serial Port Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
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CX Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Label Gallery Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Windows Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Media and Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
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What You Get
The SATO CX400 Printers come complete and ready to install and
print labels. Your unit carton contains the following items:
CX400 Printer
90 Watt Power Supply
Sample Label Roll
Thermal Transfer Ribbon
Users Guide
CD-ROM Containing:
Label Gallery Free Label Design and Production Software
CX400 Users Manual
CX400 Programming Reference Guide
Windows Printer Driver for CX400
Label Gallery Demo Software
Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing the manuals.
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Controls, Indicators, and Connections
Device Name Primary Function Use
Power Switch Power control Applies power to printer.
FEED Button Advances print
media
1 Pressing FEED while
applying power, a test
label will be printed.
2. Pressing FEED during
printing will cause the
printing to pause.
3. To feed a blank label or
last printed label.
4. To reset the settings to
factory defaults.
POWER indi-
cator
Indicates power
status
1 Normally ON when power
is turned on.
2. Blinks when ribbon error,
media error or other error
occurres.
ERROR LED Indicates error sta-
tus
1 Normally OFF.
2. Blinking in unison with
POWER indicator indi-
cates media error.
3. Alternate blinking with
POWER indicator indi-
cates ribbon error.
4. Blinking for other errors,
e.g. RS232 error.
Power Input Connects the
power supply
Connect to power module
provided with printer.
Serial Port Data input DB9S connector for connec-
tion to host RS232 port.
Parallel Port Data input Centronics compatible con-
nector for connection to host
parallel port.
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Print Head
Release
Unlocks print head Push both releases down-
ward to release print head.
Top Cover Protects print
media and mecha-
nism
Lift to open.
Push inward at hinge to
remove.
Power Indicator
Error Indicator
FEED Button
Power Switch
Push
upward
to open
Paper
Roll
Print Head
Release
Holder
Fan-Fold Knockout
Serial Port
Parallel Port Power Input
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Printer Power Connection
1. Plug the output of the power module provided with the printer
into the connector on the rear panel.
2. Plug the power module into an AC outlet having the proper volt-
age.
3. Place the power switch in “I” position to turn on the power.
Note
If the FEED button is pressed after a label is printed, the last
label will be printed again; otherwise a blank label is fed. To
clear the image buffer inside the printer press and hold the
FEED button for at least 5 seconds untill the ERROR indica-
tor is lit, then release the FEED button.
Important !
The required AC voltage is marked on the power supply.
Confirm that your AC voltage matches the power supply
input specificaton. Do not use any power supply other than
the one provided with the printer.
Printer Interface Connection
1. Connect the interface cable to the parallel printer port on the com-
puter.
2. Connect the other end to the parallel input port on the printer.
Power Input
Power Module
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.
Paper Holder
Lock
Print Head
Ribbon
Paper Guide
Platen Roller
Sensor
Media Roll
Paper Holder
Print Head
Release
Label Exit
Slot
Labels
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Loading Labels or Tags
1. Lift the top cover.
2. Press the two print head releases down to unlock the print head.
3. Unwind a few labels from the roll. Labels should be wound face-
in for the best results.
4. Slide the center justified paper holders apart until the label roll
will drop down between them.
5. The paper holdersare spring loaded and will automatically retract
when released. Make sure the label holder spindles fit inside the
label roll core and the roll spins freely.
6. Lock the paper holders in place by pressing down on the purple
lock tab on the left paper holder.
7. Place media roll in the paper tray such that the media unwinds
from the bottom of the roll toward the front of the printer. The
label image surface must face up as it passes under the print head.
8. Move the purple paper guides in place to fix the label position.
they should lightly contact the outside edges of the label backing.
Make sure the label material is routed beneath the guides.
9. Slip the free end of the media under the print head and out the
front paper exit.
10. Lower the print head and press it down firmly until it locks closed
on both sides.
11. Close the top cover.
12. Wait until the ERROR LED stops blinking. Press the FEED but-
ton to feed a label or to resume printing.
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Loading Ribbon
The CX400 thermal transfer printer transfers ink from a ribbon to the
label to produce an image.
1. Lift the top cover.
2. Press the two print head releases down to unlock the print head
module and expose the ribbon supply spindles.
3. Unwrap the new ribbon and unwind 4" from the roll. The end of
the ribbon is attached to a take-up core.
4. Observe the notches on both end of the supply core and the take-
up core. These notches must fit on the corresponding nibs on both
the supply and take-up spindles.
5. Roll several turns of ribbon on the take-up core. The coated side
of the ribbon must be on the outside of the take-up roll.
6. Place the left notch of the take-up core into the nib of left take-up
spindle.
7. Place the right notch of the take-up core into the nib of right take-
up spindle.
8. Pull the ribbon down, over the print head and insert the supply
core onto the left supply spindle, making sure the notches in the
core fit over the nibs.
9. Place the right end of the supply core into the right spindle, lining
up the notches with the spindle nibs.
Note
Make sure the (coated) dull side of the ribbon is to the outside
where the ink will be in contact with the label media.
10. Turn the take-up spindle to pull the ribbon over the print head
without any slack. Check to make sure there are no ribbon wrin-
kles.
11. Lower the print head and press it firmly until it locks closed on
both sides.
12. Close the top cover.
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13. Wait until the ERROR LED stops blinking and goes OFF; press
the FEED button to feed a label or to resume printing.
Ribbon Supply Roll
Take-Up Co re
Spindle Notches
Dull Side
on Bottom
Right Take-Up
Spindle
Right Supply
Spindle
Left Take-Up
Spindle
Left Supply
Spindle
Rotate Left
Take-Up Spindle
to tighten ribbon.
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Selecting the Label Sensor Type
CX400 printers can use Eye-mark, gap or notch label sensing. The
sensing method used by the printer must match to the media being
used. If you are using label printing software, it should provide a
mean to set up these parameters. See your software documentation for
details. If you are writing your own software or controlling the printer
using direct commands, you must use printer commands to set up the
printer mode and sensing method. Refer to the programming informa-
tion provided in the Program.pdf file for further information.
Note
The Program.pdf file is in Adobe Acrobat format. To view it,
you must install Adobe Acrobat Reader which is included on
the CD-ROM in the AcroRead directly.
Sensor Calibration
The CX400 uses a single sensor element for both direct thermal (with-
out a ribbon) and thermal transfer (with a ribbon) printing. The
method of printing can be selected by using configuration settings in
the software program or by sending the command directly to the
printer (Please refer to the Programming Guide). The mode of opera-
tion can be determined by running a Self Test Label.
A CX400 unit is calibrated at the factory for use with SATO standard
ribbon and media. Other ribbon/media combinations may or may not
index properly with these settings. If you are experiencing difficulty
with label indexing and are not using SATO labels and/or ribbon, it
may be necessary to recalibrate the unit for your particular ribbon/
media. This can be done by selecting the Calibration buttons provided
in the Label Gallery Free software or the Windows Printer Driver. If
you are not using either of these, you will have to send the calibration
command directly to the printer. See the Programming Guide for
instructions on using the Sensor Calibration command.
Important!
The ribbon must be installed in the printer when calibrating
in the thermal transfer mode.
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Using the Printer
Printing a Self-Test Label
Printing a self-test label checks the printer overall operability. To run
a self-test, confirm that the printer is loaded and connected to AC
power and no print jobs are in process. Then:
1. Turn off the power.
2. Press and hold the FEED button.
3. Turn on the power.
4. After the printer starts printing release the FEED button.
5. After the self-test label finishes printing, the printer will enter the
hex dump mode. To return to normal operation you must cycle
printer power.
Important!
The printer will be in hex dump mode after printing the self-
test label. It cannot print normal labels in hex dump mode.
The printer will return to normal operation only when you
cycle printer power.
Label Edge and
Eye-Mark Sensor
Ribbon Sensor
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Feeding Blank Labels
To feed a label you press the FEED button if there is no image in the
printer buffer. To clear the image buffer you must press and hold the
FEED button for at least 5 seconds and then release the FEED button.
Label Reprint
If the last label printed has not been cleared from the printer buffer,
pressing the FEED button causes the last printed label to be reprinted.
Sending Data to the Printer
To print labels using data sent from a host computer or terminal:
1. Connect the host and printer serial or parallel ports together using
a correctly wired interface cable (refer to the wiring information).
2. If you are using the serial port, confirm that the host and printer
are using the same communication parameters.
3. Confirm that the POWER indicator is lit and the ERROR indica-
tor is off.
4. Send your data to the printer.
Resetting the Printer
Some commands with parameters can be saved in the printer. They
are in non-volatile memory that can be kept permanently unless they
are changed by other commands with different parameters. To reset
the parameters to factory settings, follow the procedure below.
1. Install ribbon and media.
2. Turn on the printer.
3. Press and hold the FEED button for about 30 seconds until the
printer starts printing.
4. Release the button.
5. The printer will print a test label and enter hex dump mode.
6. Restart the printer for normal printing.
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Note
When holding the FEED button, the indicator status will
change, but should be ignored even if the ERROR indicator
becomes lit.
Printing Labels
To print labels, the host computer sends commands to the printer via
the serial or parallel communication port. If you are using label print-
ing software, the computer and software control the entire printing
process. You only need to set up the printer, start your label printing
program, and follow its instructions. Contact the software supplier or
manufacturer if you encounter difficulties.
Controlling the Printer Using Direct Commands
You can also produce labels by sending commands directly to the
printer. Simple ASCII commands control the printer. You can write
command files using any text editor program that can output ASCII
text (including the control codes). Since printer programming is
potentially complex, programming information is not provided here.
A printer command reference and basic programming procedure are
provided on the CD-ROM packed with the printer. The file CX400
Manual.pdf on the disk is in Adobe Acrobat format, readable using
the Adobe Acrobat Reader provided in the AcroRead directory on the
CD-ROM or can be downloaded free of charge from
http://www.adobe.com. This program will allow you to search the
contents of the manual and/or print a hard copy. If you need program-
ming information and are not using Windows, contact our Service
Hotline.
Routine Maintenance
CX 400 needs very little maintenance other than occasional cleaning.
If cleaning the printer body is required, using soft cloth moistened
with a mild detergent cleaner. Clean the print head if it appears dirty
or if print quality is poor. Print head cleaning is easy and fast:
1. Unlatch and raise the print head if it is not already raised.
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2. Using a soft cotton sheet moistened alcohol, clean all dirt and
label residue from the print head, paying particular attention to
the print line.
Caution !
Do not clean the print head or drive roller using abrasive or
metallic objects, ammonia-based cleaners or other harsh
chemicals. The practices can cause serious damage and will
void the warranty.
3. Wipe the platen roller with the cleaning cloth. To reach all por-
tions of the platen roller, press the FEED button. The roller will
rotate 1/4 turn each time you press the FEED button when the
print head is unlatched.
Caution !
Keep all objects clear of the platen roller when you press the
FEED button
4. Confirm that the label sensor is unobstructed. Clean away any
obstruction with a soft brush if necessary.
5. Resume the media loading procedure, or if there is already media
in the printer, lower and lock the print head.
6. Resume normal operation.
What To Do If …
CX400 is very reliable, so printing problems are unlikely. If you do
think you have a printer problem, proceed as follows:
Confirm that the printer has the right media installed, and that it is
loaded correctly. See page 5 for media loading instructions.
1. Confirm that the printer is connected to its power supply and the
supply is plugged into an AC outlet having the proper voltage.
2. Open the print head and inspect the media path. Remove any
obstructions, and clean the print head and drive roller according
to the instructions on page 12.
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3. Press down firmly on both print head latches to confirm that they
are closed.
4. Confirm that the printer ERROR indicator is off.
5. Print a self-test label as described on page 10.
6. Restart the printer.
7. Press the FEED button to confirm that the printer will feed a
blank label or last printed label.
8. Review the common problems described in the following section.
9. If these steps do not correct the problems, contact your dealer or
our Technical Support Department.
Note
The information here assumes you are using label printing
software. If you are programming the printer, please review
the information in the CX400 Manual.pdf file located on the
CD-ROM.
Common Problems And Their Solutions
POWER light is not lit
Double-check the AC source and the power supply connections. Dis-
connect the cable between the printer and host, then restart the printer.
If the POWER light becomes lit with the host disconnected, suspect a
host computer or cabling problem.
ERROR light is lit or flashing
1. If both ERROR and POWER indicators are flashing in unison, it
means media error (media out or gap was not detected).
2. If ERROR and POWER indicators are flashing alternately, it
means ribbon empty or ribbon not installed.
3. POWER is lit and ERROR is flashing
4. Flashing ERROR indicator:
Long OFF, shorter ON: Cover is open or there is problem in
cover sensor.
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Others: If you are using the serial communication check the
parameters on both the printer and the host.
Self-test label will not print
1. If printing in the direct thermal mode, confirm that you have
loaded direct thermal media.
2. Disconnect the cable between the printer and the host computer.
Restart the printer and try to print a self-test label again.
Label will not feed
1. Confirm that the print media is loaded correctly.
2. Restart the printer and confirm that the printer POWER indicator
is lit and ERROR indicator is off. Press the FEED button.
3. If the printer still does not feed, disconnect the communication
cable and repeat step 2. If the printer feeds with the cable discon-
nected, suspect a problem with the host computer or cable.
Host stops responding or displays “printer not ready” message
1. Review your software setup, following the instructions provided
with the software.
2. Confirm that the host-to-printer communication cable is con-
nected and undamaged. If using the serial port, confirm that you
are using a null modem cable or adaptor.
3. If using the serial port, confirm that the host and printer are using
the same parameters. The self-test label shows the current printer
serial port parameters.
4. If using a communication switch between the host and printer,
remove the switch and connect the printer directly to the host.
5. Restart both printer and host, run the original software, and try
again.
Labels feed continuously
1. Check that the print media is loaded correctly. Confirm that the
gap/mark goes through media sensor.
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2. Confirm that the sensor type (Eye-mark or gap) in your software
setup matches yours print media.
Poor print quality
1. Confirm that the print media is properly loaded, and there is no
side-to-side motion of the paper as it feeds through the printer.
2. Check your software print darkness and print speed settings.
These settings may need adjustment for optimum results.
3. Try different print media. Old or inferior quality media will
degrade print quality.
4. If you are printing in the direct thermal mode, make sure you are
using direct thermal labels.
Technical Support
Please contact your local dealer for technical support. Your dealer is
knowledgeable about SATO printers, printing software, and your
unique system. If you still need technical assistance on your CX400
after contacting your dealer, 90 days of free telephone support is pro-
vided to all users who have return the filled in registration card. The
90 day period starts with the receipt of your first telephone support
call. If you are having difficulty with application software call the
software vendor for support.
SATO America, Inc.cannot provide support for third party software
problems.
Support for the CX400 is provided via E-mail at:
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Printer Specifications
CX400
Print Method Thermal Transfer or Direct Thermal
Max Ribbon Length 328 ft. (100m)
Max Ribbon Roll OD 1.5 in. (38mm)
Ribbon Core ID 0.5 in.(12.8mm)
Ribbon Core OD 0.72 in. (18.4mm)
Weight (including
power module)
8.1 lbs. (3.67kg)
Print Head Density 203 dpi (8 dot/mm)
Print Speed 1 ips (25.4mm/s), 2 ips (50.8mm/s), 3 ips
(76.2mm/s), 4 ips (101.6mm)
Media Continuous paper, Paper Labels, Vinyl
Labels, Tag
Media Width 4.3 in. (108mm)
Max Roll Diameter 5 in. (127mm)
Label Roll Core ID 1 in. (25.4mm)
Max Print Width 4.1 in. (104mm)
Max Print Length 50 in. (1270mm)
Min Label Length .39 in. (10mm)
Min Inter-Label Gap 0.08 in. (2mm)
Max Inter-Label Gap 1 in. (25.4mm)
Media Sensing
(Left side, adjust-
able)
See-through sensor for die-cut gap or
notched media;
Reflective sensor for Eye-mark;
Continuous Material
Interface Ports 9-pin RS232 Serial & 36-pin Centronics
Baud rate 9600, 19200 & 38400 bps
Flow Control X-On/X-Off and RTS/CTS protocols
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Memory 2MB total RAM; 2MB flash memory
Bar Codes Sup-
ported
UPC, EAN8/13, EAN128, Code39, Code93,
MSI, I25, M25, Postnet
Bookland, Code 128, UCC 128, Codabar,
MaxiCode, PDF417
Bar Code Rotations
Bar Code Ratios 0o; 90 o; 180 o; 270 o
1:2; 1:3; 2:5
Fonts
Text Rotation
Code Page 858,
Others available. U;S; M; WB; WL; XU; XS;
XM; XB; XL; OCR-A/B;
Vector Font (50 ~ 999 dots)
0o; 90 o; 180 o; 270 o
Graphic Formats
Graphic Rotation
SATO Hex/Binary; PCX; and BMP Formats
0o; 90 o; 180 o; 270 o
Electrical 110/220 VAC±10%, 50/60 HZ
Size 197mm (7.76”) x 257mm (10.2”) x 164mm
(6.5”)
Environment Operating : 4 ~ 38oC (30 ~ 80 RH, non con-
densing)
Storage : -20 ~ 50oC (25 ~ 85 RH, non con-
densing)
Approvals CE, FCC Class A, TUV, UL/CUL, CCC
Accessories
Additional Memory
Dispenser; RS232C Interface Cable; Cutter
2MB, 4MB additional flash memory
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Communication Ports
CX400 printers are equipped with a standard Centronics parallel and
an RS232 communication port, wired as shown below.
Serial Input Cable (DB9S)
Pin # Description
2 RXD (data to printer)
3 TXD (data from printer)
4 DTR, always high
5 GROUND
6 DSR, connected to pin 4, always
high
7 RTS (printer busy)
8CTS
1,9 +5V
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Parallel Input Cable (Centronics 36 pin)
Serial Port Parameters
CX400 printers are configured as Data Terminal Equipment (DTE)
equipment, and use Request-To-Send/Clear-To-Send (RTS/CTS)
handshaking or X-On/X-Off flow control (control characters are DC2
and DC4). The serial port supports the following parameters:
Pin # Description
1STROBE
2~9 Data bits 0-7
10 ACK
11 Busy
12 PE (Paper End)
13 Select, always high
16 Signal Ground
17 Chassis Ground
18 +5V DC
19~30 Ground
32 Fault
Speed 9600,19200 or 38400 bps
Parity Odd, Even or None
Data Bits 7 or 8 bits
Stop Bit(s) 1 or 2
Default Parameters 9600 bps, No parity, 8 data bits, 1
stop bit
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Note
CX400 printers require a “null modem” cable (pin 2-3 and
7-8 cross connected) when connected to another DTE device
such as a personal computer. The SATO serial cables are
wired in a null modem configuration. Other cables may
require an external null modem adapter.
CX400 Software
Two basic software packages are supplied on the Label Gallery Free
CD-ROM included with each CX400 printer. Each package allows
you to easily change the configuration of the printer and print labels.
Label Gallery Free
Label Gallery Free is a basic label design and printing software pack-
age. It supports all SATO printers. Label Gallery Free requires a Pen-
tium based computer with at least 32 MB of free RAM and 32-bit
Windows OS (9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP) and 15 MB of available hard
You can upgrade to more featured versions of Label Gallery. Please
contact your dealer for upgrade information.
The Label Gallery Free CD-ROM will Autorun when it is inserted in
your computer if Autorun is enabled on your computer. If Autorun is
not enabled, you may manually load the software by placing the CD-
ROM in your CD drive and then selecting RUN from the Start Menu.
Enter X:\START.EXE (where X is the drive letter associated with
your CD drive). Follow the instructions on the screen, After the soft-
ware has been installed, you must then install the SATO Windows
Printer Driver from the same install screen. You can also manually
install the Printer Drivers by using the Add New Printer selection in
the Printer Folder and following the instructions.When the list of
printers is displayed, be sure to select “Have Disk”. When asked for
the disk with the driver, enter X:\Drivers\ and select the SATO printer
model from the list.
Label Gallery Free stores the printer configuration with each label
format. When you enter the program and select “New Label”, a Label
Setup window is opened. You enter the basic information about your
label (Width, length, etc.) in this box. Selecting the “Next” in the
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lower right corner will take you to the Select Printer window where
you select the printer model that will be used to print the label. Select-
ing “Printer Setup” opens a Printer Driver where the operating param-
eters of the printer can be configured.
Windows Drivers
The CX400 Windows Drivers lets you print labels using virtually any
Windows application program. The driver can be installed using the
Label Gallery Free START.EXE setup wizard or can be loaded like
any other Windows printer driver using Add Printer from the Win-
dows Control Panel. The driver is located in the Drivers directory on
the CD-ROM. After the driver is installed, you can send data to the
CX400 just like any other printer on your system: simply specify the
CX400 model in the Print dialog box of your Windows application..
Media and Supplies
The CX400 comes from the factory set up to operate with SATO
media supplies that are shipped with the printer. These supplies have
been carefully selected to give optimum results with your printer.
Contact SATO sales for ordering information.Other may or may not
give acceptable results. It is also probable that you will have to cali-
brate the sensors and heating settings before acceptable results are
obtained. Calibration is accomplished by using the Windows driver or
by selecting of the Printer Settings/Advanced/Immediate/Calibrate
from the File menu. Instructions for calibrating the printer for use
with different media supplies is contained in the CX400 Printer Pro-
gramming Guide found on the CX series Ready-To-Go CD-ROM.

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