Epson DFX-9000 Specifications

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9-pin Dot Matrix Printer
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Contents
Chapter 1 Safety Instructions
Warnings, Cautions, and Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Hot Parts Caution Symbol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
When setting up the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
When maintaining the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
When handling the paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
When operating the printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
ENERGY STAR Compliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Chapter 2 Paper Handling
Using the Two-Tractor System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Positioning the paper supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Supported paper types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Loading Paper Onto the Front Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Loading Paper Onto the Rear Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Adjusting the Paper Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Adjusting the top-of-form position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Adjusting the printing position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Adjusting the label position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Tearing Off the Printed Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Using the Tear Off button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Adjusting the tear-off position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Switching Between Front and Rear Tractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
Changing the Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Printing on Multi-Part Forms and Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Using multi-part forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Using labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
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Chapter 3 Printer Software
About Your Printer Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Printer Driver with Windows Me, 98, and 95 . . . . . . . .
Accessing the printer driver from Windows applications . .
Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu . . . . . . . . .
Using the Printer Driver with Windows XP, 2000,
and Windows NT 4.0. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessing the printer driver from Windows applications . .
Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu . . . . . . . . .
Changing the Printer Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using EPSON Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting up Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessing Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting Up Your Printer on a Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sharing the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting up your printer as a shared printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting the clients. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM . . . . . . . . . . .
Canceling Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Uninstalling the Printer Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 4 Control Panel
Buttons and Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting a Font and Pitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controlling Your Printer’s Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using SelecType . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Default-setting Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Locking the Control Panel Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 5 Problem Solving
Diagnosing the Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101
Using the Error Indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101
EPSON Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
Printing a Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
Printing a Hex Dump. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
Problems and Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106
Power supply problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107
Paper loading or feeding problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108
Printing position problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110
Printing or printout quality problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112
Option problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116
Network problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118
Correcting USB Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119
Clearing Paper Jams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
Aligning Vertical Lines in Your Printout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
Restoring the Printer’s Default Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125
Where To Get Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125
Chapter 6 Options and Consumables
Ribbon Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127
Replacing the Ribbon Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127
Using the Pull Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
Installing the pull tractor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
Using the pull tractor with the front tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136
Using the pull tractor with the rear tractor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140
Removing the pull tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142
Using the Perforation Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143
Installing the perforation cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144
Attaching the perforated paper output attachment
and output tray. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148
Using the perforation cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150
Removing the perforation cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152
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Using Interface Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing an interface card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using a serial interface card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using a Print Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting the IP address from the control panel . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Appendix A Product Information
Printer Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mechanical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Electronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printable area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Command Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
EPSON ESC/P control codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
IBM PPDS emulation control codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Standards and Approvals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transporting the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 1
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Safety Instructions
Warnings, Cautions, and Notes
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Warnings
must be followed carefully to avoid bodily injury.
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Cautions
must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment.
Notes
contain important information and useful tips on the operation of your
printer.
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Hot Parts Caution Symbol
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This symbol is placed on the print head to indicate
that it may be hot. Never touch this part just after the
printer has been used. Let it cool for a few minutes
before touching it.
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Important Safety Instructions
Read all of these safety instructions before using the printer, and
follow all warnings and instructions marked on the printer
itself.
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When setting up the printer
❏ Because the printer weights approximately 34 kg (75 lb),
you should not lift or carry it alone. Two people should
carry it by the bottom.
❏ Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a
radiator or heat source.
❏ Place the printer on a flat surface. The printer will not
operate properly if it is tilted or placed at an angle.
❏ Do not place this product on a soft, unstable surface like a
bed or a sofa, or a small, enclosed area, as this restricts
ventilation.
❏ Do not block or cover the slots and openings in the printer’s
cabinet, and do not insert objects through the slots.
❏ Use only the type of power source indicated on the printer’s
label. If you are not sure of the power supply specifications
in your area, contact your local power company or consult
your dealer.
❏ Connect all equipment to properly grounded electrical
outlets. Avoid using outlets on the same circuit as
photocopiers or air control systems that regularly switch on
and off.
❏ Do not use a damaged or frayed power cord.
❏ The power cord should be placed to avoid abrasions, cuts,
fraying, crimping, kinking, and other damage.
❏ If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure the
total ampere rating of all devices plugged into the extension
cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating. Also, make
sure the total ampere of all devices plugged into the
electrical outlet does not exceed the electrical outlet’s
ampere rating.
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❏ Use only the power cord that comes with this product. Use
of another cord may result in fire or electric shock.
❏ This product’s power cord is for use with this product only.
Use with other equipment may result in fire or electric
shock.
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When maintaining the printer
❏ Unplug the printer before cleaning it, and always clean it
with a piece of damp cloth only.
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❏ Do not spill liquid onto the printer.
❏ Except as specifically explained in this guide, do not attempt
to service the printer yourself.
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❏ Unplug the printer and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
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If the power cord or plug is damaged.
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If liquid has entered the printer.
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iii. If the printer has been dropped or the cabinet damaged.
iv. If the printer does not operate normally or exhibits a
distinct change in performance.
❏ Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions.
❏ If you use the printer in Germany, observe the following:
To provide adequate short-circuit protection and
over-current protection for this printer, the building
installation must be protected by a 16-amp circuit breaker.
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Bei Anschluss des Druckers an die Stromversorgung muss
sichergestellt werden, dass die Gebaudeinstallation mit
einer 16 A-Sicherung abgesichert ist.
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When handling the paper
❏ Never feed labels backward using the Micro Feedd button.
When fed backward, labels can easily peel off the backing
sheet and cause a paper jam.
❏ Because labels are sensitive to temperature and humidity,
use them only under normal operating conditions:
Temperature
15 to 25°C (59 to 77°F)
Humidity
30 to 60% RH
❏ Do not leave labels loaded in the printer between jobs; they
may curl around the platen and jam when you resume
printing.
❏ Do not load paper that is curled or has been folded.
When operating the printer
❏ Adjust only those controls that are covered in the user
documentation. Improper adjustment of other controls may
result in damage requiring extensive repair by a qualified
technician.
❏ Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds
before turning it back on; otherwise, you may damage it.
❏ Do not turn off the printer while it is printing the self test.
Always press the Pause button to stop printing and then
turn off the printer.
❏ Do not turn off the printer while it is printing the hex dump.
Always press the Pause button to stop printing and then
turn off the printer.
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❏ Do not reconnect the power cord to an electrical outlet that
has the wrong voltage for your printer.
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❏ Never replace the print head yourself; you may damage the
printer. Also, other parts of the printer must be checked
when the print head is replaced.
❏ You need to move the print head by hand to replace the
ribbon cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print
head may be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before
touching it.
ENERGY STAR Compliance
As an ENERGY STAR® Partner, Epson
has determined that this product meets
the ENERGY STAR guidelines for
energy efficiency.
The International ENERGY STAR Office Equipment Program is
a voluntary partnership with the computer and office
equipment industry to promote the introduction of
energy-efficient personal computers, monitors, printers, fax
machines, copiers, scanners, and multifunction devices in an
effort to reduce air pollution caused by power generation. Their
standards and logos are uniform among participating nations.
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Chapter 2
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Paper Handling
Using the Two-Tractor System
Your printer’s paper handling system consists of a front push
tractor and a rear push tractor. Both tractors are easy to load and
operate, and both accommodate a wide variety of paper types,
including labels and multi-part forms.
The printer automatically adjusts to the thickness of the paper
loaded when the platen gap setting is set to Auto (the default) in
SelecType mode. See “Using SelecType” on page 84 for more
information.
You can print on continuous paper from 76.2 mm (3 inches) to
419.1 mm (16.5 inches) wide. Your printer senses the paper
width automatically.
When using more than two types of paper, load the paper you
use most often onto the front tractor. The front tractor, which is
easier to reach, will be available for the paper you change more
frequently.
Note:
❏ Before using your paper, check that it matches the specifications
described in this manual. See “Paper” on page 167 for details.
Also make sure your paper has a straight edge.
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❏ If continuous paper is fed past the sprocket (on the last page, for
example), the paper may not feed properly.
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❏ When the optional perforation cutter (#C81507X) is installed,
the printable width is from 101.6 mm (4 inches) to 406.4 mm
(16 inches).
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Positioning the paper supply
You can load continuous paper from both the front and the rear,
so be sure to leave enough room around the printer for the two
stacks of fresh paper and for the printed stack. Make sure you
align your paper supply with the paper loaded in the tractor so
the paper feeds smoothly into the printer.
front tractor
rear tractor
both tractors
Note:
❏ When loading paper from the front, be sure to place the paper lower
than the table or stand supporting the printer. Placing the paper
on the same level as the printer (or higher) may cause a paper jam.
❏ Make sure that your stack of printed pages does not interfere with
the rear tractor’s paper supply.
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Supported paper types
You can use the following types of continuous paper with either
the front or rear tractor:
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❏ Single-sheet continuous paper
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❏ Multi-part continuous paper
❏ Labels on continuous paper
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❏ Continuous forms with labels
❏ Overlapping multi-part forms
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Loading Paper Onto the Front Tractor
Follow these steps to load paper onto the front tractor:
1. Open the printer’s front cover by lifting up the bottom edge
until it locks in place, as shown below.
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2. Release the sprocket lock levers on both the right and left
sprockets by pulling each lever down.
sprocket lock lever
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Caution:
Do not try to pull on or remove the elastic cord from the
tractor.
3. Position the left sprocket so that the sprocket pins are to the
left of the arrow mark on the scale. Lock it into place by
pushing up the sprocket lock lever.
arrow mark
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4. Now slide the right sprocket to approximately match the
width of your paper. (Do not lock it in place yet.)
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5. Slide the two paper supports so that they are spaced evenly
between the two sprockets.
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paper supports
Note:
To use paper that is less than four inches wide, remove the paper
supports by pulling them off the tractor.
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6. Open both sprocket covers.
sprocket cover
7. Be sure your paper has a clean, straight edge, and then fit the
first few holes in the paper over the sprocket pins as shown
below. The side of the paper that you want to print on
should be facing you. Now close the sprocket covers.
Note:
When loading paper from the front, be sure to place the paper lower
than the table or stand supporting the printer. Placing the paper
on the same level as the printer (or higher) may cause a paper jam.
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8. Slide the right sprocket so that the paper is straight and has
no wrinkles. Lock the sprocket in place by pushing up the
sprocket lock lever. After you lock the right sprocket, it may
still move slightly; this is normal.
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Note:
Be careful not to pull the paper too tightly when adjusting the
right sprocket.
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9. Pull the printer’s front cover out slightly and lower it until it
is closed.
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Caution:
❏ Do not push the front cover directly down; always pull
it out slightly before closing.
❏ Before turning on the printer, be absolutely sure you
have removed all protective materials. (See the
unpacking instructions that are provided with the
printer for more details.) Turning on the printer while
the print head cannot move may seriously damage the
mechanism.
10. Turn on the printer.
You hear the print head move to the left and Ready appears
on the LCD. Also, either the front or rear tractor arrow on
the Tractor Select indicator lights up, depending on which
tractor was selected when the printer was turned off last.
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11. Check the Tractor Select indicator to see which tractor is
selected.
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If the front tractor arrow light is red, press the LF/FF Load
button to load the paper.
rear
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If the rear tractor arrow light is red, press the Front/Rear
button to switch to the front tractor. When the printer
switches tractors, it also loads the paper automatically.
The Tractor Select indicator changes to green. The paper is now
loaded to the top-of-form position. If it looks like the printing
will start too high or low on the page, you can adjust the paper
position. See “Adjusting the Paper Position” on page 28 for
instructions.
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Loading Paper Onto the Rear Tractor
Follow the steps below to load paper onto the rear tractor. (You
do not need to remove the paper from the front tractor first.)
1. Open the printer’s back cover.
2. Open the flap at the bottom.
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3. Release the sprocket lock levers on the rear tractor’s right
and left sprockets by pulling each lever forward.
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sprocket lock lever
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Caution:
Do not try to pull on or remove the elastic cord from the
tractor.
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4. Position the right sprocket so that the sprocket pins are to
the right of the arrow mark on the scale. Lock it in place by
pushing the sprocket lock lever back.
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arrow mark
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5. Now slide the left sprocket to approximately match the
width of your paper. (Do not lock it in place yet.)
6. Open both sprocket covers.
sprocket cover
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7. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight edge. With the
side of the paper you want to print on facing down, feed it
through the opening.
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8. Fit the first few holes in the paper over the sprocket pins as
shown below. Then close the sprocket covers.
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9. Slide the left sprocket to remove any slack in the paper.
Make sure the paper is straight and has no wrinkles. Push
the sprocket lock lever back to lock the sprocket in place.
After you lock the left sprocket, it may still move slightly;
this is normal.
sprocket lock lever
Note:
Be careful not to pull the paper too tightly when adjusting the left
sprocket.
10. Close the back cover and flap.
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11. Turn on the printer.
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You hear the print head move to the left and Ready appears
on the LCD. Either the front or rear tractor arrow on the
Tractor Select indicator lights up, depending on which
tractor was selected when the printer was turned off last.
12. Check the Tractor Select indicator to see which tractor is
selected.
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If the rear tractor arrow light is red, press the LF/FF Load
button to load the paper.
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If the front tractor arrow light is red, press the Front/Rear
button to switch to the rear tractor. When the printer
switches tractors, it also loads the paper automatically.
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The Tractor Select indicator changes to green. The paper is now
loaded to the top-of-form position. If it looks like the printing
will start too high or low on the page, adjust the paper position
as described below.
Adjusting the Paper Position
You can adjust the top-of-form position as well as the printing
position at any point on the page by using the Micro Feed, and
Top of Form buttons. The printer then remembers the new
top-of-form position. When you use the optional pull tractor,
you can adjust the paper position as described below.
Note:
The printing position (based on the top-of-form position) is controlled
by your software. To change the print position, adjust your software’s
print settings. Use the following procedure only if your software does
not allow print position adjustment.
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Adjusting the top-of-form position
The top-of-form position is the position to which the printer
feeds the paper when it loads it or performs a form feed. This
position is important because it determines where the printing
begins on each page. If the printing is too high or low on the
page, you can adjust the top-of-form position either
permanently or temporarily depending on how you use the Top
of Form button.
❏ When you want to permanently change the top-of-form
position, you enter the top-of-form mode using the Top of
Form control panel button. The printer remembers the new
top-of-form position even after the printer is turned off,
reset, or initialized. (The printer remembers separate
top-of-form positions for the front and rear tractors.)
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You can set the top-of-form position from 4.2 mm (0.17 inch) to
33.9 mm (1.33 inch) below the top edge of the paper. The default
setting is 8.5 mm (0.33 inch).
Follow the steps below to reset (permanently change) the
top-of-form position.
Caution:
To adjust the top-of-form position when you are printing on
labels, continuous forms with labels, or overlapping multi-part
forms, use the Micro Feedu button only; do not enter the
top-of-form mode. Never feed labels backward through the
printer.
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❏ When you want to temporarily change the top-of-form
position, you adjust the position using the Micro Feed
buttons without entering top-of-form mode. The printer
remembers the temporary top-of-form position until the
next time you load paper, switch tractors, or turn off the
printer.
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1. Make sure the printer is turned on and the desired tractor is
selected (the corresponding tractor arrow should be lit).
2. Open the upper cover.
3. Press the Top of Form button to enter top-of-form mode.
The printer beeps once, and the Top of Form light turns on.
4. Use the Micro Feed buttons to feed the paper to the desired
top-of-form position. The “A” on the ribbon protector shows
you where the bottom edge of your first line of text will
print. This position is based on the first printable line of text.
If your software inserts a top margin of five lines, your text
will actually print five lines below the top-of-form position.
5. Press the Top of Form button again to exit and save your
new top-of-form position. Then close the top cover.
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Note:
If you enter top-of-form mode right after loading paper, you can set the
loading and top-of-form positions at the same time. (When you use the
optional pull tractor, you cannot adjust the loading position.)
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Adjusting the printing position
You may need to adjust the printing position in the middle of a
page, or to adjust the top-of-form position when using labels.
When you move the printing position, you temporarily change
the top-of-form position by the same amount. For example, if
you adjust the printing in the middle of the page so that it falls a
half-inch lower, the next page will begin printing a half-inch
lower as well. The printer remembers this temporary
top-of-form position until the next time you load paper, switch
tractors, or turn off the printer. To adjust the printing position or
top-of-form position, follow these steps:
1. Start printing your document. When you reach the text that
you want to align at a particular spot on the page, press the
Pause button to stop printing.
2. Use the Micro Feed buttons to adjust the position where
you want your next line of text to fall. Press the button once
to feed the paper forward or backward in 1/216-inch
increments, or hold it down to move the paper continuously.
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Caution:
To adjust the printing position when you are printing on
labels, continuous forms with labels, or overlapping
multi-part forms, use the Micro Feedu button only.
Never feed labels backward through the printer. When fed
backward, labels may easily peel off the backing sheet and
cause a paper jam.
3. When you are finished, press the Pause button to resume
printing your document.
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Adjusting the label position
To adjust the printing position for labels (for example, on a form
that includes a label in addition to standard printing) you can
define the label size and location using the Forms w/labels
setting in Default-setting mode. By defining the position of the
label, you tell the printer where it needs to raise the print head to
accommodate the greater thickness as it prints over the label.
First use SelecType to turn on the Forms w/labels setting (and
to define the page length, if necessary, for the paper loaded on
the front or rear tractor). See page 84 for instructions.
Then use Default-setting mode as described on page 96 to
choose the desired position for these settings:
❏ Label base position
❏ Label top position
❏ Label length
❏ Label left position
❏ Label width
❏ Base sheet PG (Base sheet PG position number)
❏ Label paper PG (Label paper PG position number)
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Tearing Off the Printed Pages
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After you finish printing, you can use the tear-off feature to
advance continuous paper on the push tractor to the tear-off
edge of the printer. You can then easily tear off printed sheets.
When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds
paper back to the loading position.
This feature lets you save paper that would normally be lost
between documents.
If the perforation between pages is not aligned with the tear-off
edge, you can adjust the tear-off position using the micro-feed
feature. The printer remembers this new tear-off position.
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Caution:
Never use the tear-off feature to reverse feed labels, overlapping
multi-part forms, or continuous forms with labels.
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Using the Tear Off button
Whether or not the printer is in tear-off mode, you can use the
Tear Off button to advance continuous paper to the tear-off
position by following these steps:
1. Make sure printing has finished. Then press the Tear Off
button. The printer advances the paper to the tear-off edge
and the Tear Off light comes on.
2. Tear off all printed pages. If the perforation is not aligned
with the tear-off edge, adjust the tear-off position. See
“Adjusting the tear-off position” on page 34 for instructions.
3. When you resume printing, the printer feeds the paper back
to the loading position and begins printing. (You can also
manually feed the paper back to the loading position by
pressing the Tear Off button again.)
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Adjusting the tear-off position
If the paper’s perforation is not aligned with the tear-off edge,
follow these steps:
1. Turn on the printer and select the desired tractor.
2. Open the paper separator cover (the flap on the top part of
the printer’s top cover). This exposes the printer’s tear-off
edge.
3. Press the Tear Off button to enter the tear-off mode. The
Tear Off light comes on and the printer feeds the paper’s
perforation to the printer’s tear-off edge.
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4. If the paper is not aligned with the tear-off edge, press the
Micro Feed buttons to feed the paper forward or backward
in 1/216-inch increments. (You can also hold down either
Micro Feed button to feed the paper continuously.)
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Note:
You can reset the tear-off position only when you are in tear-off
mode (after you press the Tear Off button once and the Tear Off
light is on). The printer remembers the new tear-off position even
after the printer is turned off, reset, or initialized.
5. Tear off the page using the tear-off edge on the printer’s top
cover.
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6. Press the Tear Off button to feed the paper back to the
top-of-form position. You are now ready to print your next
document.
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Caution:
Always tear off the printed document before you feed the
paper back to the top-of-form position. Never feed paper
backward more than one page.
Switching Between Front and Rear Tractors
You can easily switch between paper loaded on the front tractor
and paper loaded on the rear tractor. The instructions below
explain how to switch from the front tractor to the rear tractor,
but you can follow the same steps to switch from the rear tractor
to the front tractor.
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Caution:
Never switch between tractors if labels are already loaded in the
printer. First remove the labels by tearing off the fresh supply
below the tractor and pressing LF/FF Load to eject the
remaining labels.
Before you start, make sure the printer is turned on and that the
front tractor is selected (the front tractor arrow on the
Tractor Select light should be on). If you are in the middle of
printing a document, wait for the printer to finish printing
before you switch tractors. Then follow these steps:
1. If no paper is loaded in the rear tractor, load paper to the
standby position (the first five pins of the sprockets). See
“Loading Paper Onto the Rear Tractor” on page 22 for
instructions.
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2. If you have a printed document or excess paper still in the
printer, use the tear-off feature described in the previous
section to tear off the document or excess paper.
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Always tear off the printed document and any excess paper
before switching tractors. Never feed more than one page
backward through the printer.
3. Press the Front/Rear button to switch to the rear tractor. The
front-loaded paper automatically feeds back to the standby
position and the rear-loaded paper advances to the
top-of-form position.
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Changing the Paper
This section describes how to change paper on the front tractor,
but you can follow the same steps when you change the paper
on the rear tractor. Before you start, make sure the printer is
turned on and the front tractor is selected. (If you are changing
the paper on the rear tractor, select it instead.)
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Caution:
Never change paper using this procedure if labels, continuous
forms with labels, or overlapping multi-part forms are already
loaded in the printer. Remove the labels by tearing off the fresh
supply below the tractor and pressing LF/FF Load to eject the
remaining labels. Then load the new paper. (See “Loading Paper
Onto the Front Tractor” on page 15 or “Loading Paper Onto
the Rear Tractor” on page 22) for instructions.
1. If you have a printed document still in the printer, use the
tear-off feature to tear off the document or excess paper.
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Caution:
Always tear off printed documents before changing the
paper. Never feed more than one page backward through the
printer.
2. Press the Front/Rear button to switch to the rear tractor. The
front-loaded paper automatically feeds back to the standby
position.
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3. Open the printer’s front cover. (To change the rear-loaded
paper, open the printer’s back cover and flap.)
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4. Open the sprocket covers and remove the paper from the
tractor.
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5. Load the new paper. See “Loading Paper Onto the Rear
Tractor” on page 22 or “Loading Paper Onto the Front
Tractor” on page 15 for instructions.
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Printing on Multi-Part Forms and Labels
Your printer can print on both single-sheet and continuous
multi-part forms, as well as on labels. It can also handle a variety
of paper thicknesses, from thin paper to ten sheets (or seven
sheets on the rear tractor) including the original. The printer
automatically adjusts to the thickness of your paper when the
Platen gap setting is set to Auto (the default) in SelecType mode.
(See “Using SelecType” on page 84 for more information.)
When you print on multi-part forms and labels, the positioning
of your text on the page can be critical. See “Adjusting the Paper
Position” on page 28 for more information on aligning your text.
You should also check both your printer and your software page
length settings before you load labels or forms.
If you are using multi-part forms or labels, you may want to use
the optional pull tractor. See “Using the Pull Tractor” on page
133 for details.
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Caution:
When printing on labels, be absolutely sure that your printing
stays within the printable area of the label to prevent damage to
the print head. See “Paper” on page 167 for more information
on the printable area.
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Using multi-part forms
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You can use multi-part (carbonless or carbon-backed) forms
with up to seven sheets, including the original, on the rear
tractor. On the front tractor, you can use forms with up to ten
sheets.
You load continuous multi-part forms the same way you load
any other type of continuous paper. Before loading multi-part
forms, however, make sure the paper has a clean straight edge
and does not separate or tear apart. See “Loading Paper Onto
the Front Tractor” on page 15 or “Loading Paper Onto the Rear
Tractor” on page 22 for instructions.
The DFX-9000 can print on multi-part forms that vary in
thickness, such as forms with labels on them or forms that
overlap slightly where they are glued together. These forms are
thicker in the label area and in the places where they overlap or
are joined together, as shown below. Before you print on forms
with labels, use SelecType to make sure the Forms w/labels
setting is set to On. When you use overlapping multi-part forms,
set the Overlapping multipart forms setting to On and the
Platen gap setting to 0 to 14, depending on the paper thickness
you are using. See “Changing the settings in SelecType mode”
on page 94 for details.
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When you print on these forms, make sure that the printing fits
within the printable area and that the top-of-form position is set
properly. See “Paper” on page 167 for more information about
the printable area.
Using labels
When selecting labels for printing, always choose the type
mounted on continuous paper with sprocket holes for use with a
tractor.
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Caution:
Never use the Tear Off, Front/Rear, or Micro Feedd button
when labels are loaded in the printer. Never feed labels backward
through the printer because they can easily come off the backing
and jam the printer.
Although you must never feed labels backward, you can still use
the automatic paper handling features if you follow these
precautions:
❏ Instead of using the Tear Off button to remove printed
labels, press the LF/FF Load button until the last printed
label is at the point where you can tear it off easily.
❏ Before using the Front/Rear button to switch tractors or
change paper, remove the entire supply of labels. Remove
labels by tearing off the fresh supply at a perforation below
the tractor. Then press the LF/FF Load button to eject the
remaining labels.
❏ When adjusting the top-of-form or printing position, use
only the Micro Feedu button.
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Caution:
Because labels are especially sensitive to extreme temperatures
and humidity, use them only under normal operating
conditions.
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Chapter 3
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Printer Software
About Your Printer Software
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The Epson software includes the printer driver software and
EPSON Status Monitor 3.
The printer driver is software that allows your computer to
control the printer. You need to install the printer driver so your
Windows software applications can take full advantage of the
printer’s capabilities.
Epson Status Monitor 3 allows you to monitor the status of your
printer, alerts you when errors occur, and provides you with
troubleshooting tips. Status Monitor 3 is automatically installed
when you install the printer driver.
Note:
❏ Network printers cannot be monitored with EPSON Status
Monitor 3 in Windows® 95.
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❏ Before proceeding, make sure you have installed the printer driver
on your computer described in the User’s Guide.
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® The printer driver
❏ Make sure the software setting is set to ESC/P.
software and EPSON Status Monitor 3 can function only in
ESC/P mode.
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Using the Printer Driver with Windows Me, 98,
and 95
You can access the printer driver from your Windows
applications or from the Start menu.
When you access the printer driver from a Windows
application, any settings you make apply only to the application
you are using. See “Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications” on page 45 for more information.
When you access the printer driver from the Start menu, the
printer driver settings you make apply to all your applications.
See “Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu” on
page 47 for more information.
See “Changing the Printer Settings” on page 53 to check and
change printer driver settings.
Note:
While many Windows applications override the settings made with the
printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer driver
settings match your requirements.
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Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications
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Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows
application:
1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your
application software. In the Print or Print Setup dialog box
displayed, make sure that your printer is selected in the
Name drop-down list.
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2. Click Printer, Setup, Properties, or Options. (The button
you click depends on your application and you may need to
click a combination of these buttons.)
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The Properties window appears, and you see the Paper
menu and tabs for the Graphics and Device Options menus.
These menus contain the printer driver settings.
3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the
window. See “Changing the Printer Settings” on page 53 for
information on how to change the settings.
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Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu
Follow these steps to access the printer driver from the Start
menu:
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1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and click Printers.
2. Right-click your printer icon, and click Properties. The
screen displays the Properties window, which contains the
Paper, Graphics, Device Options, and Utility menus. These
menus display the printer driver settings.
3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the
window. See “Changing the Printer Settings” on page 53 for
information on how to change the settings.
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Using the Printer Driver with Windows XP,
2000, and Windows NT 4.0
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You can access the printer driver from your Windows
applications or from the Start menu.
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When you access the printer driver from a Windows
application, any settings you make apply only to the application
you are using. See “Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications” on page 48 for more information.
When you access the printer driver from the Start menu, the
printer driver settings you make apply to all your applications.
See “Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu” on
page 50 for more information.
To check and change printer driver settings, see “Changing the
Printer Settings” on page 53.
Printer Software
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Note:
While many Windows applications override the settings made with the
printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer driver
settings match your requirements.
Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications
Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows
application:
1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your
application software. In the Print or Print Setup dialog box
displayed, make sure that your printer is selected in the
Name drop-down list.
Note:
The examples in this section are from the Windows 2000 operating
system. They may vary in appearance from what actually appears
on your screen; however, the instructions are the same.
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2. Click Printer, Setup, Properties, or Options. (The button
you click depends on your application and you may need to
click a combination of these buttons.) The Document
Properties window appears, and you see the Layout and
Paper/Quality menus. These menus contain the printer
driver settings.
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3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the
window. See “Changing the Printer Settings” on page 53 to
change the settings.
Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu
Follow these steps to access the printer driver from the Start
menu:
1. For Windows 2000 or NT® 4.0, click Start, point to Settings,
and click Printers.
For Windows XP Professional, click Start, then click Printers
and Faxes.
For Windows XP Home Edition, click Start, point to Control
Panel, and click Printers and Faxes.
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2. Right-click your printer icon, and click Printing Preferences
(in Windows XP or 2000) or Document Defaults (in
Windows NT 4.0). The screen displays the Default
Document Properties window, which contains the Layout
and Paper/Quality menus. These menus display the printer
driver settings.
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Note:
The example screens are from the Windows 2000 operating
system. They may vary in appearance from what actually appears
on your screen; however, the instructions are the same.
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When you click Properties in the menu displayed by
right-clicking the printer icon, the Properties window
appears, which includes menus used to make the printer
driver settings.
3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the
window. See “Changing the Printer Settings” on page 53 for
information on how to change the settings.
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Changing the Printer Settings
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The following tables show the settings you can change for your
printer through the printer driver. Note that not every setting is
available in all versions of Windows.
Change any settings as necessary, then click OK to apply the
settings. (If you need to cancel your changes, click Cancel or
Restore Defaults.)
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Printer settings
Settings
Explanations
Paper Size
Select the size of the paper you want to use. If you do
not see your paper size, use the scroll bar to scroll
through the list. If your paper size is not included in the
list, see “Defining a Custom Paper Size” on page 55 for
instructions.
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Orientation
Select Portrait or Landscape.
Paper Source
Select the paper source you want to use.
Resolution/
Graphics
Resolution
Select the printing resolution you want. The higher the
resolution you select, the more detailed your printout
will be; however, increasing the resolution slows
printing.
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Dithering
You can leave this option set to Fine, which is the
default setting, or select another dithering pattern
depending on the kind of printout you want.
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Intensity
Move the slider to make your printout lighter or darker.
Print Quality
Select a print quality option from the Print Quality list.
If you set Hi-speed to On, the printer enters bidirectional
printing mode and printing speed will increase. Setting
Hi-speed to Off will return the printer to unidirectional
printing mode. Printing speed will decrease, but
printing precision will improve. Printing with the default
settings uses the settings stored in the printer.
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Settings
Explanations
Halftone
Setup.../Halftone
Color
Adjustment...
Click this button to set the brightness and contrast, input
the RGB gamma, or make other settings. The Halftone
Color Adjustment dialog box appears. For details, click
the Help button in this dialog box.
Halftoning
Select the type of halftoning to use when printing
graphics. To let the printer determine the best halftone
quality, use Auto Select.
Printer Fonts
Support
Select a character table group to use. You can select
one of three character table groups, Standard,
Expanded, and None (Bit Image printing).
When Standard or Expanded is selected, the printer
uses the device fonts. Expanded includes more fonts
than Standard.
When None is selected, the printer uses bit map images
instead of the device fonts.
For details on which fonts are included in each table,
see “Electronic” on page 164.
Print Text as
Graphics*
Select Off when the printer uses the device fonts and
select On when the printer does not use the device
fonts.
Metafile Spooling*
Select whether to use EMF spooling.
Paper Order*
Select whether to print from front to back or back to
front.
Pages Per Sheet*
Select the number of pages that you want to print onto
a single page.
Copy Count*
When you select more than one in the Number of
copies box, this check box appears and you can select
whether to collate the pages of the copies.
Advanced
Printing Features*
Select Enable or Disable for the metafile Spooling.
Print
Optimizations*
Select Disable when the printer uses the device fonts
and select Enable when the printer uses the device
fonts.
* For details, see Windows help.
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Defining a Custom Paper Size
If your paper is not included in the Paper Size drop-down list,
you can add the size to the list.
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For Windows Me, 98, and 95:
Click Custom or User Defined Size and enter the paper size in
the dialog box that appears.
For Windows XP, 2000, and Windows NT 4.0:
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1. For Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0, click Start, point to
Settings, and click Printers.
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For Windows XP Professional, click Start, and click Printers
and Faxes.
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For Windows XP Home Edition, click Start, and click
Control Panel, then click Printers and Faxes.
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2. Click the EPSON DFX-9000 ESC/P icon.
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3. Select Server Properties from the file menu.
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4. Check the Create a New Form checkbox.
5. Type a name for the form in the Form name box.
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6. Enter the paper size in the Form description
(measurements) box.
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7. Click Save From and then click OK.
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Monitoring settings
Settings
Explanations
EPSON Status
Monitor 3
You can access EPSON Status Monitor 3 when you click
this button. To monitor the printer, make sure the
Monitor the printing status check box is selected.
Monitoring
Preferences
Click this button to open the Monitoring Preferences
dialog box where you can make settings for EPSON
Status Monitor 3. See “Setting up Status Monitor 3” on
page 57 for more information.
Using EPSON Status Monitor 3
Epson Status Monitor 3 allows you to monitor your printer’s
status, alerts you when printer errors occur, and provides
troubleshooting instructions when needed.
Epson Status Monitor 3 is available only when:
❏ The printer is connected directly to the host computer via
the parallel port [LPT1] or the USB port.
❏ Your system is configured to support bidirectional
communication.
Status Monitor 3 is installed when you install the printer driver
as described in the User’s Guide.
Note:
If you install the driver using the “Point and Print” method, Status
Monitor 3 may not function properly. If you want to use it, reinstall
the driver as described in the User’s Guide.
Before using Status Monitor 3, be sure to read the README file
on the printer software CD-ROM. This file contains the latest
information on the utility.
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Setting up Status Monitor 3
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1. Open the Utility menu as described on page 44 (Windows
Me, 98, and 95) or page 47 (Windows XP, 2000, and
Windows NT).
2. Click the Monitoring Preferences button. The Monitoring
Preferences dialog box appears.
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3. The following settings are available:
Select Notification
Displays the error item check box On/Off status.
Turn on this check box to display the selected
error notification.
Select Shortcut
Icon
The selected icon is displayed on the taskbar. The
setting’s example is shown on the right window.
By clicking the shortcut icon, you can access the
Monitoring Preferences dialog box easily.
Receive error
notification for
shared printers
Error notification for a shared printer can be
received when this check box is selected.
Allow monitoring of
shared printer
When this check box is selected, a shared printer
can be monitored by other PCs.
Note:
Click the Default button to restore the defaults for all the settings.
Accessing Status Monitor 3
Do one of the following to access Status Monitor 3:
❏ Double-click the printer-shaped shortcut icon on the taskbar.
To add a shortcut icon to the taskbar, go to the Utility menu
and follow the instructions.
❏ Open the Utility menu, then click the EPSON Status
Monitor 3 icon.
You see the following printer status window:
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Setting Up Your Printer on a Network
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Sharing the printer
This section describes how to share the printer on a standard
Windows network.
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The computers on a network can share a printer that is directly
connected to one of them. The computer that is directly
connected to the printer is the printer server, and the other
computers are the clients which need permission to share the
printer with the printer server. The clients share the printer via
the printer server.
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Your version of Windows and your access rights on the network
determine which settings you need to make for the printer
server and clients.
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Setting the printer server
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❏ For Windows Me, 98, or 95, see page 60.
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❏ For Windows XP, 2000, or Windows NT 4.0, see page 62.
Setting the clients
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❏ For Windows Me, 98, or 95, see page 65.
❏ For Windows XP or 2000, see page 67.
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❏ For Windows NT 4.0, see page 70.
Note:
❏ When sharing the printer, be sure to set EPSON Status Monitor 3
so that the shared printer can be monitored on the printer server.
See “Setting up Status Monitor 3” on page 57.
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❏ When you are a Windows-shared printer user in a Windows Me or
98 environment, on the server, double-click the Network icon in
Control panel and make sure that the “File and printer sharing for
Microsoft Networks” component is installed. Then, on the server
and clients, make sure that the “IPX/SPX-compatible Protocol” or
the “TCP/IP Protocol” is installed.
❏ The printer server and clients should be set on the same network
system, and they should be under the same network management
beforehand.
❏ The examples shown on the following pages may look different
than the ones on your screen, depending on the version of
Windows you are using.
Setting up your printer as a shared printer
With Windows Me, 98, or 95
Follow these steps to set the printer server on Windows Me, 98,
or 95:
1. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Network icon.
3. Click File and Print Sharing on the Configuration menu.
4. Select the I want to be able to allow others to print to my
printer(s) checkbox, then click OK.
5. Click OK to accept the settings.
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Note:
❏ When “Insert the Disk” appears, insert the Windows Me, 98,
or 95 CD-ROM in the computer. Click OK and follow the
on-screen instructions.
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❏ When the prompt to restart the computer appears, restart the
computer and continue with the settings.
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6. Double-click the Printers icon on the control panel.
7. Right-click your printer icon, and click Sharing in the menu
that appears.
8. Select Shared As, type the name in the Share Name box, and
click OK. Type a Comment and Password if needed.
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❏ Do not use spaces or hyphens for the share name, or an error
may occur.
❏ When sharing the printer, be sure to set Status Monitor 3 so
that the shared printer can be monitored on the printer server.
See “Setting up Status Monitor 3” on page 57.
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You need to set the client computers so that they can use the
printer on a network. See the following pages for details:
❏ “With Windows Me, 98, or 95” on page 65
❏ “With Windows XP or 2000” on page 67
❏ “With Windows NT 4.0” on page 70
With Windows XP, 2000, or Windows NT 4.0
Follow the steps below to set the printer server for Windows XP,
2000, or NT 4.0:
Note:
You must access Windows XP, 2000, or NT 4.0 as the Administrator
of the local machine.
1. For a Windows 2000 or NT 4.0 printer server, click Start,
point to Settings, and click Printers.
For a Windows XP Professional printer server, click Start,
then click Printers and Faxes.
For Windows XP Home Edition printer server, click Start,
click Control panel, then click Printers and Faxes.
2. Right-click your printer icon, and click Sharing in the menu
that appears.
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For Windows XP, if the following menu appears, click either
Network Setup Wizard or If you understand the security
risks but want to share printers without running the
wizard, click here.
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Then follow the on-screen instructions.
3. For a Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 printer server,
select Shared as (for Windows 2000) or Shared (for
Windows NT 4.0), then type the name in the Share name box
and click OK.
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For a Windows XP printer server, select Share this printer,
then type the name in the Share name box and click OK.
Note:
Do not use spaces or hyphens for the share name, or an error may
occur.
Now you need to set the client computers so that they can use
the printer on a network.
Setting the clients
This section describes how to install the printer driver on the
client computers by accessing the shared printer on a network.
Note:
❏ Make sure you have set up the printer server as described on
page 60 (Windows Me, 98, or 95) or page 62 (Windows XP, 2000,
or NT 4.0).
❏ This section describes how to access the shared printer on a
standard network system using the server (Microsoft workgroup).
If you cannot access the shared printer due to the network system,
ask the administrator of the network for assistance.
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❏ This section describes how to install the printer driver by accessing
the shared printer from the Printers folder. You can also access the
shared printer from Network Neighborhood or My Network on the
Windows desktop.
❏ If you want to be able to use Status Monitor 3 on the clients, you
have to install both the printer driver and Status Monitor 3 on
each client from the CD-ROM.
See the following sections for details:
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❏ “With Windows XP or 2000” on page 67
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❏ “With Windows NT 4.0” on page 70
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Follow these steps to set Windows Me, 98, or 95 clients:
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1. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Printers.
2. Double-click the Add Printer icon, then click Next.
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3. Select Network printer, then click Next.
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4. Click Browse. You see the Browse for Printer dialog box.
Note:
You can also type “\\(the name of the computer that is locally
connected to the shared printer)\(the shared printer’s name)” in
the Network path or queue name.
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5. Click the computer or server that is connected to the shared
printer, and the name of the shared printer. Then click OK.
Note:
The name of the shared printer may be changed by the computer or
server it is connected to. If you need to confirm the name of the
shared printer, ask the administrator of the network.
6. Click Next.
If the printer driver is installed in the client beforehand, you
need to select the new printer driver or the current printer
driver. When the prompt to select the printer driver appears,
select the printer driver according to the message.
If the printer server is running Windows Me, 98, or 95, go to
the next step. For other Windows versions, go to “Installing
the printer driver from the CD-ROM” on page 72.
7. Check the name of the shared printer, and select whether to
use the printer as the default printer or not. Click OK, and
then follow the on-screen instructions.
Note:
You can change the shared printer’s name so that it appears only
on the client computer.
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With Windows XP or 2000
Follow the steps below to set Windows XP or 2000 clients. You
must have Administrator rights; check with your Network
Administrator.
1. For Windows 2000 clients, click Start, point to Settings, and
click Printers.
For Windows XP Professional clients, click Start, and click
Printers and Faxes.
For Windows XP Home Edition clients, click Start, click
Control panel, then click Printers and Faxes.
2. For Windows 2000, double-click the Add Printer icon, then
click Next.
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For Windows XP, click the Add a printer in the Printer
Tasks menu.
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3. Select Network printer (for Windows 2000) or A network
printer, or a printer attached to another computer (for
Windows XP), then click Next.
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4. For Windows 2000, select Type the printer name, or click
Next to browse for a printer, then click Next.
Note:
You can also type the shared printer’s name or network path in the
Name box, such as “\\(the name of the computer that is locally
connected to the shared printer)\(the shared printer’s name).”
For Windows XP, select Browse for a printer, then click
Next.
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5. Click the icon of the computer or server that is connected to
the shared printer, and the name of the shared printer. Then
click Next.
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Note:
❏ The name of the shared printer may be changed by the computer
or server that is connected to the shared printer. Confirm the
name of the shared printer by asking the administrator of the
network.
❏ If the printer driver is installed in the client beforehand, you
need to select either the new printer driver or the current printer
driver. When the prompt to select the printer driver appears,
select the printer driver according to the message.
❏ If the printer server is running Windows XP or 2000, go to the
next step.
❏ If the printer server is not running Windows XP or 2000, go to
“Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM” on page 72.
6. For Windows 2000, select whether to use the printer as the
default printer or not, then click OK.
For Windows XP, if another driver is already installed, select
whether to use the printer as the default printer or not, then
click OK.
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7. Check the settings, then click Finish.
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With Windows NT 4.0
Follow the steps below to set Windows NT 4.0 clients. You must
have Administrator rights; check with your Network
Administrator.
1. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Printers.
2. Double-click the Add Printer icon.
3. Select Network printer server, then click Next.
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4. Click the icon of the computer or server that is connected to
the shared printer and the name of the shared printer. Then
click OK.
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Note:
❏ You can also type “\\(the name of the computer that is locally
connected to the shared printer)\(the shared printer’s name)”
in Network path or queue name.
❏ The name of the shared printer may be changed by the computer
or server that is connected to the shared printer. Confirm the
name of the shared printer by asking the administrator of the
network.
❏ If the printer driver is installed in the client beforehand, you
need to select the new printer driver or the current printer
driver. When the prompt to select the printer driver appears,
select the printer driver according to the message.
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❏ If the printer server is running Windows NT 4.0, go to the next
step.
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❏ If the printer server is not running Windows NT 4.0, go to
“Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM” on page 72.
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5. Select whether to use the printer as the default printer or not,
then click OK.
6. Click Finish.
Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM
This section describes how to install the printer driver on the
client computers, which is necessary when the server and clients
use different versions of Windows.
Note:
If the computers of the server and clients use the same OS, you do not
have to install the printer drivers from the CD-ROM.
When installing on clients running Windows XP, 2000, or NT
4.0, you must have the correct Administrator rights.
1. Access the shared printer. A prompt may appear. Click OK
and follow the on-screen instructions to install the printer
driver from the CD-ROM.
2. Insert the CD-ROM. When you see the EPSON Installation
Program dialog box, cancel the dialog box by clicking
Cancel. Then type the appropriate drive and folder names
in which the printer driver for clients is located, and click
OK.
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When installing drivers in Windows XP or 2000, “Digital
Signature is not found.” may appear. Click Yes (for
Windows 2000) or Continue Anyway (for Windows XP)
and continue installing.
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The folder name depends on the version of Windows being
used.
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Client’s Version
Folder Name
Windows 95
\<Language>\WIN95
Windows 98
\<Language>\WIN98
Windows Me
\<Language>\WINME
Windows XP, 2000
\<Language>\WIN2000
Windows NT 4.0
\<Language>\WINNT40
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3. Select the name of the printer, and click OK. Then follow the
on-screen instructions.
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Canceling Printing
If the printouts are not what you expected or contain incorrect or
garbled characters or images, you may need to cancel printing.
When the printer icon is displayed on the taskbar, follow these
steps to cancel printing:
1. Double-click the printer icon on the task bar, then click
Purge Print Documents on the Printer menu.
2. When canceling all printing documents, select Purge Print
Documents (For Windows Me or 98) or Cancel All
Documents (For Windows XP, 2000, or Windows NT 4.0)
on the Printer menu.
When canceling a particular document, select the document
you want to cancel and choose Cancel Printing (For
Windows Me or 98) or Cancel (For Windows XP, 2000, or
Windows NT 4.0) on the Document menu.
The print job is canceled.
You can also cancel printing from the printer’s control panel
by pressing the Font (ItemU) and Pitch (ItemD) buttons
simultaneously. This also resets the printer’s defaults,
however. (See page 97 for more information.)
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Uninstalling the Printer Software
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If you need to reinstall or upgrade the printer driver, first
uninstall the current printer driver.
1. Quit all applications.
2. Click Start and select Control Panel; or click Start, Settings,
and then Control Panel.
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3. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs
(or Change or Remove Programs) icon.
4. Select EPSON Printer Software, and click the Add/Remove
or Change/Remove button.
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5. Click the Printer Model tab, select the EPSON DFX-9000
ESC/P icon, then click OK.
6. If you want to uninstall Monitored Printers, click Yes in the
displayed dialog box.
Note:
You can uninstall only the Monitored Printers utility of EPSON
Status Monitor 3. When the utility is uninstalled, you cannot
change the setting of Monitored Printers from EPSON Status
Monitor 3.
7. If you want to uninstall EPSON Status Monitor 3, click Yes
in the displayed dialog box.
8. Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Uninstalling the USB device driver
When you connect the printer to your computer with a USB
interface cable, the USB device driver is also installed. If you
uninstall the printer driver, you also need to uninstall the USB
device driver.
Note:
Uninstall the printer driver before uninstalling the USB device driver.
After you uninstall the USB device driver, you cannot access any other
Epson printers connected with a USB interface cable.
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Follow these steps to uninstall the USB device driver:
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1. Follow steps 1 through 3 of “Uninstalling the Printer
Software” on page 75.
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2. Select EPSON USB Printer Devices, and click Add/Remove
(or Change/Remove).
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Note:
❏ EPSON USB Printer Devices appears only when the printer is
connected to Windows Me or 98 with a USB interface cable.
❏ If the USB device driver was not installed correctly, EPSON
USB Printer Devices may not appear. Follow these steps to run
the “Epusbun.exe” file on the CD-ROM:
1. Insert the CD-ROM in your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
2. Access the CD-ROM drive.
3. Double-click the \<Language>\WIN98 or
\<Language>\WINME folder.
4. Double-click the Epusbun.exe icon.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
See the User’s Guide to reinstall a printer driver.
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Chapter 4
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Control Panel
Buttons and Lights
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Front Tractor Select indicator
On when the front tractor is selected. The light is green
when paper is loaded, or red when the tractor is out of
paper.
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Rear Tractor Select indicator
On when the rear tractor is selected. The light is green
when paper is loaded, or red when the tractor is out of
paper.
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Front/Rear button
Selects the front or rear tractor. If you have been using
paper loaded on one tractor, first remove the printed
output before pressing this button to switch the tractor.
d
Font (ItemU) button
❏ Selects one of the fonts. To select a font, see
“Selecting a Font and Pitch” on page 83.
❏ In SelecType mode or Default-setting mode, the
button works as an ItemU button. You can press the
ItemU button to select the previous menu. See
“Controlling Your Printer’s Settings” on page 84 for
details.
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Reset
When you press both the Font and Pitch buttons
simultaneously, the printer clears its buffer and restores
its default settings.
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Pitch (ItemD) button
❏ Selects one of the pitch settings. To select a pitch, see
“Selecting a Font and Pitch” on page 83.
❏ In SelecType or Default-setting mode, the button
works as an ItemD button. You can press the ItemD
button to select the next menu. See “Controlling
Your Printer’s Settings” on page 84 for details.
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Tear Off (SetU) button
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❏ Feeds continuous paper forward to the tear-off
position.
❏ In SelecType or Default-setting mode, the button
works as the SetU button. You can press the SetU
button to select the previous value of a setting item.
See “Controlling Your Printer’s Settings” on page 84
for details.
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Tear Off light
On when the paper is in the tear-off position.
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Menu
When you press the Tear Off and Top of Form buttons
at the same time, the printer enters or exits SelecType
mode and you can set the various printer settings. See
“Changing the settings in SelecType mode” on page 94
for details.
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Top of Form (SetD) button
❏ Enters the top-of-form position mode and sets the
new top-of-form position after it has been adjusted
with the Micro Feed buttons.
❏ In SelecType or Default-setting mode, the button
works as the SetD button. You can press the SetD
button to select the next value of a setting item. See
“Controlling Your Printer’s Settings” on page 84 for
details.
Top of Form light
On when the printer is in top-of-form and tear-off mode.
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LF/FF Load button
❏ Loads continuous paper when the printer is out of
paper.
❏ Feeds paper line by line when pressed briefly.
❏ Advances continuous paper to the next top-of-form
position when held down for a few seconds.
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Micro Feed buttons
Adjust the paper position, such as the top-of-form
position and tear-off position.
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Pause button
Stops printing temporarily, and resumes printing when
pressed again.
Pause light
❏ On when the printer is paused.
❏ Flashes when the print head overheats.
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Paper Out light
❏ On when the printer is out of paper.
❏ Flashes when paper jams or the printer fails to eject
paper.
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Selecting a Font and Pitch
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While you normally select the font and pitch for your
documents in the application program you are using, you can
also select them from the printer’s control panel, as described
below.
Note:
Settings you make in application programs usually override settings
you make from the printer’s control panel. For best results, use your
application to select a font and make other settings.
The pitches available depend on the font you select:
Font
Pitch
High Speed Draft
10, 12, 15, 17, 20
Draft
10, 12, 15, 17, 20, Proportional
Roman
10, 12, 15, 17, 20, Proportional
Sans Serif
10, 12, 15, 17, 20, Proportional
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1. Make sure that the printer is not printing.
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2. Press the Font button. The first available font is displayed on
the LCD. Press the Font button until the font you want to
use is displayed. The LCD returns to its original state in a
few seconds and the font you selected is set.
3. Press the Pitch button. The first available pitch is displayed
on the LCD. Press the Pitch button until the pitch you want
to use is displayed. The LCD returns to its original state in a
few seconds and the pitch you selected is set.
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Controlling Your Printer’s Settings
When you need to change your print settings, you can usually
use your application software. The DFX-9000 provides three
additional ways to change printer settings:
❏ SelecType mode (see below)
❏ Default-setting mode (see page 96)
❏ Epson Remote Configuration Manager utility. (See the
Remote Configuration Manager Utility User’s Guide for
instructions. This manual is included on your printer
software CD-ROM and was installed in the Epson Remote
Configuration Manager program group on your computer
when you installed the printer software.)
Using SelecType
The settings you can change in SelecType mode are shown in the
following table and explained in detail after the table.
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Setting
Options (default in bold)
Language
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,
Portuguese
Print settings
Press the SetD (Top of Form) button to print all
current settings.
Page length for rear
tractor
3 inches, 3.5 inches, 4 inches, 5.5 inches, 6 inches,
7 inches, 8 inches, 8.5 inches, 11 inches,
70/6 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches, 17 inches
Page length for front
tractor
3 inches, 3.5 inches, 4 inches, 5.5 inches, 6 inches,
7 inches, 8 inches, 8.5 inches, 11 inches,
70/6 inches, 12 inches, 14 inches, 17 inches
Skip over perforation
Off, On
Line spacing
1/6 inch, 1/8 inch
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Setting
Options (default in bold)
Left margin
0 column to 80 columns
Right margin
1 column to 136 columns
Platen gap
Auto, 0 to 14
Auto tear off
Off, On
Auto line feed
Off, On
Print direction
Bi-D, Uni-D
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ESC/P, IBM PPDS
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I/F (Interface) mode
Auto, Parallel, Serial, USB, Optional
Auto I/F (Interface)
wait time
10 seconds, 30 seconds
Parallel I/F
bi-directional mode
Off, On
Packet mode
Auto, Off
Serial baud rate
19200 BPS, 9600 BPS, 4800 BPS, 2400 BPS, 1200 BPS,
600 BPS, 300 BPS
Serial parity
None, Odd, Even, Ignore
Serial data length
8-bit, 7-bit
Character table
Standard version: PC437, PC850, PC860, PC863,
PC865, PC861, BRASCII, Abicomp, Roman8, ISO
Latin 1, PC858, ISO 8859-15, Italic U.S.A., Italic
France, Italic Germany, Italic U.K., Italic Denmark 1,
Italic Sweden, Italic Italy, Italic Spain 1
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NLSP version: PC437, PC850, PC860, PC863, PC865,
PC861, BRASCII, Abicomp, Roman8, ISO Latin 1,
PC858, ISO 8859-15, PC437 Greek, PC853, PC855,
PC852, PC857, PC866, PC869, MAZOWIA, Code
MJK, ISO 8859-7, ISO Latin 1T, Bulgaria, PC774,
Estonia, ISO 8859-2, PC866 LAT., PC866 UKR, PC
APTEC, PC708, PC720, PCAR864, PC771, PC437
Slovenia, PC MC, PC1250, PC1251, Italic U.S.A., Italic
France, Italic Germany, Italic U.K., Italic Denmark 1,
Italic Sweden, Italic Italy, Italic Spain 1
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Setting
Options (default in bold)
Auto CR (IBM PPDS)*1
Off, On
IBM character table
(IBM PPDS)*1
Table 2, Table 1
Buzzer
Off, On
Low-noise mode
Off, On
mode*2
Off, On
Auto cut
Auto cut/back
mode*2
Off, On
Overlapping multipart
forms
Off, On
Continuous forms with
labels
Off, On
Skip over binding
Off, On
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Get IP address
Panel, Auto, PING
IP address*4
000.000.000.000 to 255.255.255.255
Subnet
mask*3
Default gateway*3
Save
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000.000.000.000 to 255.255.255.255
000.000.000.000 to 255.255.255.255
Yes, No
*1
Available only in IBM PPDS emulation mode.
*2
Available only when the optional perforation cutter (#C81570X) is installed.
*3
Available only when the optional Print Server is installed.
*4
Available only when the optional Print Server is installed and the Get IP
address setting is set to Panel or PING.
*5
Appears when you press the Menu buttons (Tear Off and Top of Form) in
SelecType mode.
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Page length for rear tractor
This setting allows you to set the page length (in inches) for the
continuous paper loaded on the rear push tractor.
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Page length for front tractor
This setting allows you to set the page length (in inches) for the
continuous paper loaded on the front push tractor.
Skip over perforation
When you turn on this feature, the printer provides a one-inch
(25.4 mm) margin between the last line printed on one page and
the first line printed on the next page. Because most application
program margin settings override margin settings from the
control panel, you should use this setting only if you cannot set
your top and bottom margins using your application.
Line spacing
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You can select 1/6 inch or 1/8 inch for line spacing.
Left margin
This setting allows you to set the margin (in columns) from the
left edge. The margin is set in columns of 10 cpi, regardless of
the pitch that is currently selected.
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Right margin
This setting allows you to set the margin (in columns) from the
right edge. The margin is set in columns of 10 cpi, regardless of
the pitch that is set.
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Platen gap
This setting allows you to set the paper thickness. When you
select Auto, the printer automatically adjusts the platen for the
thickness of the paper loaded. If you want to set it manually,
select 0 to 14. When using overlapping multi-part forms, select 0
to 14 according to the paper thickness you use.
Auto tear off
When auto tear off is on and you are using continuous paper
with the front or rear push tractor, the printer automatically
advances the paper perforation to the tear-off position, where
you can easily tear off the printed page(s). When the printer
receives data again, it automatically moves the paper back to the
top-of-form position and starts printing, so you can use all of the
next page.
When auto tear off is off and you are using continuous paper
with the front or rear push tractor, you need to move the
perforation to the tear-off position manually by pressing the
Tear Off and Micro Feed buttons. See “Tearing Off the Printed
Pages” on page 33 for more information.
Auto line feed
When auto line feed is on, the printer accompanies each carriage
return (CR) code received with a line feed (LF) code.
Print direction
You can select bidirectional printing (Bi-D) or unidirectional
printing (Uni-D). Printing is normally bidirectional; however,
unidirectional printing allows for precise vertical printing
alignment.
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When you select ESC/P, the printer operates in EPSON ESC/P
mode. When you select IBM PPDS, the printer emulates an IBM
printer.
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The zero character has a slash ( ) when this feature is on; it has
no slash (0) when this feature is off. The slash allows you to
easily distinguish between the uppercase letter “O” and a zero.
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I/F (Interface) mode
The printer has built-in parallel, serial, and USB interfaces in
addition to a slot for an optional Type B interface card. You can
choose Auto (automatic), Parallel, Serial, USB, or Optional for
the interface mode. When you select Auto, the printer
automatically selects the interface that is receiving data, and
uses that interface until the end of the print job. The Auto setting
allows you to share the printer among multiple computers
without changing the interface mode.
If only one computer is connected to the printer, you can select
Parallel, Serial, USB, or Optional—depending on which
interface your computer uses—to lock the other ports, if
necessary.
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Auto I/F (Interface) wait time
When the printer is in the auto interface mode and it receives no
data from the currently selected interface for the amount of time
specified with this setting, it determines which interface is
receiving data and switches to that interface. You can specify
either 10 seconds or 30 seconds for the auto interface wait
time.
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Parallel I/F bi-directional mode
The Parallel Interface bidirectional transfer mode is used when
this feature is on. If bidirectional transfer mode is unnecessary,
turn this off.
Packet mode
Make sure to select Auto when you print from Windows
applications using the printer driver included on the printer
software CD-ROM that comes with the printer. Turn this feature
off if you have connection troubles while printing from
applications based on other operating systems such as DOS.
Serial baud rate
This setting is available only when data is transferred via a serial
interface. Use this option to set the data transfer rate (baud) for
the serial interface. The baud rate is measured in bits per second
(bps). See your computer manual and software documentation
for the proper setting.
Serial parity
This setting is available only when data is transferred via a serial
interface. The parity bit is added to data and detects errors on
the data. When this option is set to None, the parity bit is not
added to data. When this option is set to Ignore, the parity is
added to data, but the printer receives the data even if an error is
detected.
Serial data length
This setting is available only when data is transferred via a serial
interface. Set the data length of the serial interface to 8-bit or
7-bit. See your computer manual and software documentation
for the proper setting.
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Character table
You can select among various character tables including several
international character sets for the italic character table. This
setting is used when you print without using the printer driver.
When using the printer driver, change the settings on the printer
driver. For details, see “Changing the Printer Settings” on
page 53.
Auto CR (IBM PPDS)
This setting is available only in IBM PPDS emulation mode.
When auto carriage return is on, each line feed (LF) code or
ESC J code is accompanied by a carriage return (CR) code so the
printer moves the next printing position to the left margin.
When this setting is off, you must send a CR code after the line
feed code to move the printing position to the left margin.
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IBM character table (IBM PPDS)
This setting is available only in IBM PPDS emulation mode. You
can select Table 2 or Table 1 for the IBM character table.
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Buzzer
The printer beeps when an error occurs. See “Using the Error
Indicators” on page 101 for more information on printer errors.
If you do not want the printer to beep when an error occurs, turn
off this setting.
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Low-noise mode
When this mode is set to On, printing is quieter but slower.
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Auto cut mode
This function is available only when the optional perforation
cutter (#C81570X) is installed in the printer. When this setting is
set to On, the perforation cutter cuts each page at the perforation
automatically. Note the following when you turn on this
function:
❏ Make sure the paper is at least 4 inches long.
❏ Do not change the top of form position using the Top of
Form button.
❏ Do not feed the paper using the Micro Feed buttons.
❏ Never cut labels, continuous paper with labels, and
overlapping multi-part forms.
❏ If you set the cutting method through the printer driver’s
paper source setting, it overrides Auto cut mode.
Auto cut/back mode
This function is available only when the optional perforation
cutter (#C81570X) is installed in the printer. When you turn on
this feature, the printer automatically cuts each page at the
perforation and feeds the paper to the top-of-form position
while it is printing.
Overlapping multipart forms
When this setting is set to On, you can print on overlapping
multi-part forms that vary in thickness.
Continuous forms with labels
When this setting is set to On, you can print on continuous
forms with labels. You can choose the label position in
Default-setting mode. See “Adjusting the label position” on
page 32 for details.
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Skip over binding
When this setting is set to On, the print head avoids the binding
area along the right and left edges of multi-part forms during
paper feeding. This makes paper feeding easier and prevents
paper jams.
Get IP address
This setting is available only when the optional Print Server is
installed. You can select the method of getting the IP address.
Select Panel to get the IP address from the control panel. See
“Setting the IP address from the control panel” on page 159 for
details. For information on the settings when this feature is set to
Auto or Ping, see the manual for the Print Server that you use.
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IP address
This setting is available only when the optional Print Server is
installed and the Get IP address setting is set to Panel or Ping.
You can set the printer’s IP address with this setting.
Subnet mask
This setting is available only when the optional Print Server is
installed. You can set the printer’s subnet mask with this setting.
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Default gateway
This setting is available only when the optional Print Server is
installed. You can set the printer’s default gateway with this
setting.
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Save settings?
This menu appears when you press the Menu buttons (Tear Off
and Top of Form) in SelecType mode. When you select Yes, the
current settings are saved.
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Changing the settings in SelecType mode
The following table shows the basic functions for the control
panel buttons while you are in SelecType mode.
Button
Basic function
Tear Off and Top of Form
(Menu) buttons
Enters or exits SelecType mode.
ItemU (Font) button
Selects the previous menu parameter.
ItemD (Pitch) button
Selects the next menu parameter.
SetU (Tear Off) button
Selects the previous value in the selected menu.
SetD (Top of Form) button
Selects the next value in the selected menu.
Follow these steps to enter SelecType mode and change the
settings:
1. Make sure paper is loaded.
2. Press the Menu buttons (Tear Off and Top of Form) to enter
SelecType mode. The LCD displays the currently selected
language.
3. If the language you want is not selected, press the SetU
(Tear Off) or SetD (Top of Form) button until the LCD
displays the language you want.
4. Press the ItemD (Pitch) button to set the desired language.
Note:
The language you select is also used for other settings, modes, and
test printouts, such as Default-setting mode and printing a Hex
Dump.
5. You see Print Settings on the LCD. Press the SetD (Top of
Form) button to print the current settings.
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6. Press the ItemU (Font) or ItemD (Pitch) button to select the
menu parameters you want to change.
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You can scroll the menu settings by holding the ItemU (Font) or
ItemD (Pitch) button for a few seconds.
7. Press the SetU (Tear Off) or SetD (Top of Form) button to
select the values within the selected parameter until you find
the desired setting.
Note:
You can scroll the values by holding the SetU (Tear Off) or SetD
(Top of Form) button for a few seconds.
8. After setting the selected parameter to the desired setting,
you can either continue to make changes to other parameters
by pressing the ItemD or ItemU button, or exit SelecType
mode.
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9. When you finish making settings, press and hold down the
Menu buttons (Tear Off and Top of Form).
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settings, select Yes by pressing the SetU (Tear Off) button. If
you do not want to save the settings, select No by pressing
the SetD (Top of Form) button.
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If you turn off the printer before exiting SelecType mode, any
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Using Default-setting Mode
In Default-setting mode, you can adjust the print position for
continuous forms with labels and choose which control panel
buttons to lock in Lock-out mode.
Continuous forms with labels
You may need to change the printing position for continuous
forms with labels if you are printing on a page that contains one
or more labels in addition to regular printing. First use
SelecType to turn on the Forms w/labels setting. Then use
Default-setting mode and select the following settings to define
the position of the label(s) relative to the base page.
Setting
Options (default in bold)
Label base position
Paper left edge, First dot
Label top position (the top
edge of the label, from the top
of the page)
0 to 4752/216
(Enter a value in 1/216-inch increments for
0 to 22 inches)
Label length (the length of the
label from top to bottom]
0 to 4752/216
(Enter a value in 1/216-inch increments for
0 to 22 inches)
Label left position (the left edge
of the label from the left edge
of the page)
0 to 1440/120 (0 to 12” in 1/120-inch
increments)
Label width (the width of the
label from one side to the
other)
0 to 1440/120 (0 to 12” in 1/120-inch
increments)
Base sheet PG position number
0 to 14*
Label paper PG position
number
0 to 14**
* Adjusts the platen gap for printing on label carrier (base sheet).
** Adjusts the platen gap for printing on labels affixed to label carrier.
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Lock-out mode
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When you select the Panel lock out menu in Default-setting
mode, you can change which buttons are locked during
Lock-out mode:
Button function
Settings (default in bold)
Pause
Unlock, Lock
Micro Feed
Unlock, Lock
Load
Unlock, Lock
LF
Unlock, Lock
FF
Unlock, Lock
Top of Form
Unlock, Lock
Tear Off
Unlock, Lock
Font
Unlock, Lock
Pitch
Unlock, Lock
Front/Rear
Unlock, Lock
Menu
Unlock, Lock
Reset
Unlock, Lock
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buttons while you are in Default-setting mode.
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Button
Function
ItemU (Font) button
Selects the previous menu parameter.
ItemD (Pitch) button
Selects the next menu parameter.
SetU (Tear Off) button
Select the previous value in the selected menu.
SetD (Top of Form) button
Select the next value in the selected menu.
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Follow these steps to enter Default-setting mode and change the
settings:
1. Make sure paper is loaded and turn off the printer.
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Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds
before turning it back on; otherwise, you may damage the
printer.
2. Hold down the Font button and turn on the printer.
Setting mode appears on the LCD panel, indicating that
the printer is in Default-setting mode.
Note:
The instructions and current settings are printed in the language
you selected in SelecType mode. If you need a different language,
choose the one you want using SelecType mode. (See page 94 for
details.)
3. Select one of the three main menus by pressing the SetU
(Tear Off) or SetD (Top of Form) button.
Note:
You can scroll the menus by holding the SetU (Tear Off) or
SetD (Top of Form) button for a few seconds.
4. If you select Print Settings, press the ItemD (Pitch) button to
print the current settings.
If you select Form w/labels or Panel lock out, press the
ItemU (Font) or ItemD (Pitch) button to select the setting
you want to change and go to the next step.
Note:
You can scroll the menu by holding the ItemU (Font) or ItemD
(Pitch) button for a few seconds.
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5. Press the SetU (Tear Off) or SetD (Top of Form) button to
select the values within the selected parameter until you find
the desired setting.
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You can scroll the values by holding the SetU (Tear Off) or SetD
(Top of Form) button for a few seconds.
6. After setting the selected parameter to the desired setting,
you can either continue to make changes to other parameters
by pressing the ItemD button or the ItemU button, or exit
Default-setting mode.
7. When you finish making settings, turn off the printer to exit
Default-setting mode and save the settings.
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You can restrict the use of buttons on the control panel using
Lock-out mode. When Lock-out mode is turned on, only the
Pause, Load, and Tear Off buttons work.
If you want to lock other buttons (or leave the Pause, Load or
Tear Off buttons functional), you can specify which buttons are
locked during Lock-out mode.
First see “Changing settings in Default-setting mode” on
page 97 for instructions on how to change the Lock-out mode
settings. Then follow these steps to turn on Lock-out mode:
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1. Make sure the printer is turned off.
Caution:
Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds
before turning it back on; otherwise, you may damage the
printer.
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2. Hold down both the Font and Pitch buttons and then turn
on the printer. It beeps twice, indicating that Lock-out mode
has been turned on.
To turn off Lock-out mode, repeat steps 1 and 2. The printer
beeps once to tell you that Lock-out mode has been turned off.
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Diagnosing the Problem
If you are having trouble with the printer, try to diagnose and
solve the problem as described in this chapter. If you have a
specific problem relating to print quality or printer operation,
see “Problems and Solutions” on page 106. For problems that
may be related to USB connections, see “Correcting USB
Problems” on page 119.
Using the Error Indicators
If your printer stops working and the control panel lights are on
or flashing and a message appears on the LCD panel, or the
printer beeps, use the following table to diagnose and fix the
problem. If you cannot fix your printer problem using this table,
see “Problems and Solutions” on page 106.
LCD message and
panel light status
Beep
pattern
Problem
Solution
Error: Paper out
•••
O Paper Out
O Pause
No paper is loaded on the selected tractor.
Load paper in the printer or select a different
tractor by pressing the Front/Rear button.
•••
The paper is not loaded correctly.
Remove your paper and reload it correctly.
Error: No paper
loaded
O Paper Out
O Pause
•••
Continuous paper is not fed to the standby
position.
Tear off the printed page at the perforation;
then press the LF/FF Load button. The printer
feeds the paper to the standby position.
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LCD message and
panel light status
Beep
pattern
Problem
Solution
Error: Paper jam
•••
F Paper Out
O Pause
Error: Switching not
completed
Paper is jammed in the printer.
See “Clearing Paper Jams” on page 123.
•••
The printer fails to change the paper.
Cut the paper at the top of it and press the
Pause or Front/Rear button.
O Pause
Error: Ribbon jam
•••
O Pause
Ribbon has jammed.
Remove and re-install the ribbon cartridge.
See page 127 for instructions.
Error: Ribbon out
•••
O Pause
Ribbon is not installed.
Install the ribbon cartridge and press the
Pause button. See page 127 for instructions.
Error: Cover open
•••
O Pause
The printer’s top cover is open.
Close the cover.
Print head hot
Please wait
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The print head is overheated.
Wait a few minutes; printing resumes
automatically once the print head cools.
F Pause
Error: xx
Turn off printer
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F Paper Out
F Pause
F Tear Off/SetU
F Top of Form/SetD
F Front
F Rear
An unknown printer error has occurred.
Turn off the printer and leave it off for several
minutes; then turn on the printer again. If the
error recurs, contact your dealer.
O = on, F = flashing
••• = short series of beeps (three beeps)
••••• = long series of beeps (five beeps)
Note:
The printer beeps once if you press a control panel button when the
corresponding function is not available.
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EPSON Status Monitor 3
EPSON Status Monitor 3 displays status messages and shows
the current status of the printer. If a problem occurs while
printing, an error message appears in the Progress Meter
window. For more information, see page 56.
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Printing a Self Test
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If you are having trouble printing, you can print a self test to
help you determine whether the printer or the computer is
causing the problem:
❏ If the self test results are satisfactory, the printer is working
properly and the problem is probably caused by your
printer driver settings, application settings, computer, or
interface cable. (Be sure to use a shielded interface cable.)
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❏ If the self test does not print properly, there is a problem
with the printer. See “Problems and Solutions” on page 106
for possible causes and solutions to the problem.
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1. Make sure the printer is turned off and that paper is loaded
on the front or rear tractor.
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Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds
before turning it back on; otherwise you may damage the
printer.
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2. To run the test using the Draft font, turn on the printer while
holding down the LF/FF Load button. To run the test using
the printer’s NLQ font, hold down the Top of Form button
while you turn on the printer. Either self test can help you
determine the source of your printing problem; however, the
draft self test prints faster than the NLQ test.
After a few seconds, the printer loads the paper
automatically and begins printing the self test, which is a
series of characters.
Note:
To temporarily stop the self test, press the Pause button. To
resume the test, press the Pause button again.
3. To end the self test, press the Pause button to stop printing.
Tear off the page if necessary, and then turn off the printer.
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Caution:
Do not turn off the printer while it is printing the self test.
Always press the Pause button to stop printing and then
turn off the printer.
Printing a Hex Dump
If you are an experienced user or a programmer, you can print a
hexadecimal dump to isolate communication problems between
the printer and your software program. In hex dump mode, the
printer prints all data it receives from the computer as
hexadecimal values.
Note:
The Hex Dump feature is designed for use with a DOS-based PC.
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Follow these steps to print a hex dump:
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1. Make sure paper is loaded and the printer is turned off.
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Caution:
Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds
before turning it back on; otherwise you may damage the
printer.
2. To enter hex dump mode, hold down the Top of Form and
LF/FF Load buttons and then turn on the printer.
3. Open a software program and send a print job to the printer.
Your printer prints all the codes it receives in hexadecimal
format.
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By comparing the characters printed in the right column
with the printout of the hexadecimal codes, you can check
the codes the printer is receiving. If characters are printable,
they appear in the right column as ASCII characters.
Nonprintable codes, such as control codes, are represented
by dots.
4. To turn off hex dump mode, press the Pause button, and
then turn off the printer.
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Do not turn off the printer while it is printing the hex dump.
Always press the Pause button to stop printing and then turn
off the printer.
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Problems and Solutions
Most problems you may encounter while operating your printer
have simple solutions. Use the information in this section to find
the source of and solution to printer problems that occur:
❏ “Power supply problems” on page 107
❏ “Paper loading or feeding problems” on page 108
❏ “Printing position problems” on page 110
❏ “Printing or printout quality problems” on page 112
❏ “Network problems” on page 118
You can also use the self test to determine whether the printer or
the computer is causing the problem. See “Printing a Self Test”
on page 103 for instructions on printing a self test. To pinpoint
communication problems, experienced users may want to use
the printer’s hex dump mode described in “Printing a Hex
Dump” on page 104.
To clear a paper jam, see “Clearing Paper Jams” on page 123.
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Power supply problems
The control panel lights come on briefly, but then go off and
stay off.
Cause
What to do
The printer’s voltage rating
does not match the voltage of
your electrical outlet.
Check the printer and the outlet voltage
ratings. If the voltages do not match,
unplug the printer immediately and
contact your dealer.
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Warning:
Do not reconnect the power cord to an electrical outlet that has the wrong
voltage for your printer.
The printer does not work and the control panel lights are off
even when you turn on the printer.
Cause
What to do
The power cord is not
properly plugged into the
electrical outlet or your
printer.
Turn off the printer, and make sure the
power cord is firmly plugged into the
electrical outlet and the printer, if
necessary. Then turn on the printer.
The electrical outlet does not
work.
Use a different outlet.
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Paper loading or feeding problems
The printer does not load continuous paper or does not feed it
properly.
Cause
What to do
Continuous paper is not
loaded properly.
See “Loading Paper Onto the Front
Tractor” on page 15 or “Loading Paper
Onto the Rear Tractor” on page 22 for
instructions on loading continuous
paper with the tractor you want to use.
The wrong tractor may be
selected.
Check if the correct tractor arrow is lit
on the Tractor Select indicator.
If the wrong tractor is selected, be sure
paper is loaded to the standby position
on the tractor you want to use. Then
press the Front/Rear button to switch to
that tractor.
The printer may be out of
paper.
Load paper onto the tractor. The tractor
arrow on the Tractor Select indicator
should be green.
The printer does not feed continuous paper to the standby
position.
Cause
What to do
You have not torn off the
Tear off the printed pages at the
printed pages before pressing perforation. Then press the LF/FF Load
the LF/FF Load button.
button to feed the paper backward to the
standby position.
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When you switch between front and rear tractors, the paper jams
or the printer does not feed the paper back to the standby
position.
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Cause
What to do
The printer may have reverse
fed too many pages.
Use the tear off feature to tear off the
printed document or any excess paper
so that the printer needs to reverse feed
only one page. Then press the
Front/Rear button to switch tractors.
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You may be trying to switch
tractors when labels are
loaded in the printer.
Labels jam when they are fed backward,
so always remove any labels loaded in
the printer before you switch tractors. To
remove labels loaded in the printer, tear
off the fresh supply below the tractor
and press the LF/FF Load button to eject
the remaining labels.
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When you switch between front and rear tractors, the printer
does not load paper onto the selected tractor.
Cause
What to do
The printer may be out of
paper.
Load paper onto the tractor. The tractor
arrow on the Tractor Select indicator
should be green.
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Printing position problems
Wrong top-of-form position
Your printing appears too high or too low on the page.
Cause
What to do
The paper size setting in your Check the paper size setting in your
application or printer driver.
application software or
printer driver does not match
the size of the paper you are
using.
The printer’s page length
settings for the front or rear
tractor do not match the size
of the continuous paper you
are using.
Check the page length settings for the
front or rear tractor using the printer’s
SelecType mode. See “Changing the
settings in SelecType mode” on page 94
for details.
The top margin or
Check and adjust the margin or
top-of-form position setting is top-of-form position settings in your
incorrect.
application software. See the printable
area specifications in “Printable area”
on page 177.
You can also adjust the top-of-form
position using the buttons on the control
panel. However, settings made in
Windows applications override settings
made with the control panel. See
“Adjusting the top-of-form position” on
page 29 for details.
The printer driver settings you Choose the correct printer driver setting
want to use are not selected in from the Windows desktop or in your
your software.
application before printing.
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Wrong tear-off position
The printer prints on (or too far away from) the perforation of
your continuous paper.
Cause
What to do
The tear-off position setting is Adjust the tear-off position using the
incorrect.
buttons on the control panel. See
“Adjusting the top-of-form position”
on page 29 for details.
The printer you want to use is Choose the correct printer from the
not selected in your software. Windows desktop or in your
application before printing.
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The paper size setting in your Check the paper size setting in your
application or printer driver.
application or printer driver
does not match the size of the
paper you are using.
The printer’s page length
settings for the front or rear
tractor do not match the size of
the paper you are using.
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Check the page length settings for the
front or rear tractor using the printer’s
SelecType mode. See “Changing the
settings in SelecType mode” on page 94
for details.
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Cause
What to do
The pull tractor is installed.
Remove the pull tractor.
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Printing or printout quality problems
The printer is on but it doesn’t print.
Cause
What to do
The interface cable is broken
or twisted.
Check that the interface cable is not
broken or twisted. If you have another
interface cable, replace the cable and
check whether the printer works
correctly.
The printer is not connected
directly to your computer.
When you use a printer changer,
printer buffer, or an extension cable, the
printer does not print correctly due to
the combination of these devices. Make
sure that the printer works correctly
when it is connected to your computer
without these devices.
The printer driver is not
installed correctly.
Check that the printer driver is
installed properly. If necessary,
reinstall the printer driver.
Paper is jammed or the ribbon Turn the printer off, open the printer
or guard mechanism is stuck. cover and remove the jammed paper or
fix the ribbon guard. See “Clearing
Paper Jams” on page 123.
The USB setting is incorrect.
See “Correcting USB Problems” on
page 119 for details.
The printer is hung up
(stopping in abnormal
situations).
Turn the printer off and wait a while.
Then turn the printer on again, and start
printing.
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The printer does not print when the computer sends data.
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What to do
The printer is paused.
Press the Pause button to resume.
The interface cable is not
plugged in securely.
Make sure both ends of the cable are
securely plugged into the printer and
the computer. If the cable is connected
correctly, run a self test as described in
“Printing a Self Test” on page 103.
Your interface cable does not
meet the printer and/or
computer specifications.
Use an interface cable that meets the
requirements of both the printer and
computer. See “Electronic” on page 164
and your computer documentation.
Your software is not properly Select your printer from the Windows
set up for your printer.
desktop or in your application. You may
need to install or reinstall the printer
software as described in the User’s Guide.
The printer makes noise, but nothing prints or printing stops
abruptly.
Cause
What to do
The ribbon has too much slack,
the ribbon has come loose, or
the ribbon cartridge is not
installed properly.
Remove any slack in the ribbon by
turning the ribbon-tightening knob, or
remove and reinstall the ribbon
cartridge as described on page 127.
The printout is pale or faint.
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What to do
The ribbon is worn out.
Replace the ribbon cartridge as
described on page 127.
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Part of the printout is missing, or dots are missing in random
positions.
Cause
What to do
The ribbon has too much
slack, the ribbon has come
loose, or the ribbon cartridge
is not installed properly.
Remove any slack in the ribbon by
turning the ribbon-tightening knob, or
reinstall the ribbon cartridge as
described on page 127.
The ribbon is worn out.
Replace the ribbon cartridge as
described on page 127.
Lines of dots are missing in the printout.
Cause
What to do
The print head is damaged.
Stop printing and contact your dealer
to have the print head replaced.
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Never replace the print head yourself; you may damage the printer. Also,
other parts of the printer must be checked when the print head is replaced.
All the text is printed on the same line.
Cause
What to do
No line feed command is sent Turn on the auto line feed setting using
at the end of each line of text. the printer’s default-setting mode so
that the printer automatically adds a line
feed code to each carriage return. See
“Changing the settings in SelecType
mode” on page 94 for details.
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The printout has extra blank lines between lines of text.
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Cause
What to do
Two line feed commands are
being sent at the end of each
line of text, because the
printer’s auto line feed setting
is on.
Turn off the auto line feed setting using
the printer’s SelecType mode. See
“Changing the settings in SelecType
mode” on page 94 for details.
The line space setting in your
application software is
incorrect.
Adjust the line space setting in your
application software.
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The printer prints strange symbols, incorrect fonts, or other
inappropriate characters.
Cause
What to do
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Your printer and computer
are not communicating
correctly.
Make sure that you use the correct
interface cable and that the
communications protocol is correct. See
“Electronic” on page 164 and your
computer documentation.
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The wrong character table is
selected in your software.
Select the correct character table using
your software or SelecType mode. The
character table setting in your software
overrides settings made in the
SelecType mode.
Make sure that your application
software is configured correctly for
your printer. See your application
documentation. If necessary, install or
reinstall the printer driver software as
described in the User’s Guide.
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The printer you want to use is Choose the correct printer from the
not selected in your software Windows desktop or in your
application before printing.
Your application software is
not configured correctly for
your printer.
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Software settings override
settings you make using the
default-setting mode or the
control panel buttons.
Use your application software to select
the font.
Vertical printed lines are not aligned.
Cause
What to do
Bidirectional printing, which
is the printer’s standard
printing mode, is out of
alignment.
Use the printer’s bidirectional
adjustment mode to correct this
problem. See “Aligning Vertical Lines in
Your Printout” on page 123.
Option problems
The perforation cutter is installed and the printer does not feed
continuous paper properly.
Cause
What to do
The perforation cutter’s
connector is not plugged
securely into the printer.
Turn off the printer, then check the
perforation cutter connector.
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The perforation cutter is installed and the paper is not cut
properly.
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Cause
What to do
The wrong paper source is
selected in the printer driver.
Select the paper source you want to use
in the printer driver.
You didn’t turn on Auto cut
mode in SelecType.
Use SelecType to set the Auto cut mode
to On. Note that if you select a different
setting through the printer driver, it
overrides the Auto cut mode setting.
You didn’t set the page length Use SelecType to set the Page length for
to match your paper.
Rear tractor or Page length for Front
tractor to match your paper.
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Paper jams, does not feed smoothly.
Cause
What to do
The perforation cutter is not
correctly installed.
Remove the perforation cutter and then
reinstall it, making sure the mounting
notches and pins fit together properly.
See “Installing the pull tractor” on
page 133 for instructions.
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Network problems
Cannot configure the network interface or cannot print from the
network.
Cause
What to do
The printer settings or
network settings may be
wrong.
First, check to see if you can print a
status sheet, as described in the manual
for the Print Server you are using. If
you can print a status sheet, check the
network settings; otherwise, set the
interface mode of the printer’s control
panel to Auto.
See if print jobs from other computers
are being printed through the network.
When a job is printed, the printer or your
computer may have a problem. Check
the connection between the printer and
your computer, as well as the printer
driver settings and your computer
settings.
When a job is not printed, the network
settings may be incorrect. Ask your
network administrator for help.
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Correcting USB Problems
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If you are having difficulty using your printer with a USB
connection, read the information in this section.
Make sure that your computer is a Windows XP, Me, 98, or 2000
pre-installed model
Your computer must be a Windows XP, Me, 98, or 2000
pre-installed model. You may not be able to install or run the
USB printer driver on a computer that is not equipped with a
USB port or which has been upgraded from Windows 95 to
Windows XP, Me, 98, or 2000.
For details about your computer, contact your dealer.
Make sure that EPSON USB Printer Devices appears on the
Device Manager menu (for Windows Me and 98 only)
If you canceled the plug-and-play driver installation before the
procedure was complete, either the USB printer device driver or
the printer driver may be incorrectly installed.
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Follow these steps to check the installation and reinstall the
drivers:
1. Turn the printer on, and plug the USB cable into the printer
and the computer.
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2. Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, then
click Properties.
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3. Click the Device Manager tab.
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If your drivers are correctly installed, EPSON USB Printer
Devices should appear on the Device Manager menu.
If EPSON USB Printer
Devices does not appear on
the Device Manager menu,
click the plus (+) sign beside
Other devices to view the
installed devices.
If USB Printer appears under Other devices, the USB
printer device driver is not installed correctly. If EPSON
DFX-9000 appears, the printer driver is not installed
correctly.
If USB Printer, or EPSON DFX-9000 does not appear under
Other devices, click Refresh or unplug the USB cable from
the printer, then plug it into the printer again.
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4. Under Other devices, select USB Printer or EPSON
DFX-9000 and click Remove. Then, click OK.
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5. When the following dialog box appears, click OK. Then click
OK again to close the System Properties dialog box.
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6. Turn off the printer and restart your computer. Then,
reinstall the drivers from the beginning, following the
instructions in the User’s Guide.
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Printer does not work correctly with the USB cable
If your printer does not work correctly with the USB cable, try
one or more of these solutions:
❏ Make sure that the cable you are using is a standard,
shielded USB cable.
❏ If you are using a USB hub, connect the printer to the first
tier of the hub, or connect the printer directly to the
computer’s USB port.
❏ For Windows Me or 98, try reinstalling the USB printer
device driver and the printer software. First, uninstall
EPSON Printer Software using the Add/Remove (or
Change/Remove) Programs utility in the Control Panel,
then uninstall EPSON USB Printer Devices. Next, reinstall
the software as described in the User’s Guide. If EPSON USB
Printer Devices is not registered in the Add/Remove
Programs list, access the CD-ROM and double-click
epusbun.exe in \<Language>\WINME or
\<Language>\WIN98 folder. Then follow the on-screen
instructions.
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Clearing Paper Jams
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Follow these steps to clear a paper jam:
1. Turn off the printer.
2. Open the front cover or back cover (depending on the tractor
you are using).
3. Tear off the fresh supply at the perforation.
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4. Gently pull the paper out of the printer. Remove any
remaining pieces of paper.
5. Close the printer cover and turn on the printer. Make sure
the Paper Out light is not flashing and the Pause light is off.
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Aligning Vertical Lines in Your Printout
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If you notice that the vertical lines in your printout are not
properly aligned, you can use the printer’s bidirectional
adjustment mode to correct this problem.
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During bidirectional adjustment, the printer prints three sheets
of alignment patterns, labeled High Speed Draft, Draft, and
NLQ (near letter quality). As described below, you select the
best alignment pattern from each sheet.
Note:
The setting instructions are printed in the language you chose in
SelecType mode. If you want a different language, see “Changing the
settings in SelecType mode” on page 94 for instructions.
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Follow these steps to perform the bidirectional adjustment:
1. Make sure paper is loaded, then turn off the printer.
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Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds
before turning it back on; otherwise you may damage the
printer.
2. Hold down the Pause button and turn on the printer. The
printer enters the bidirectional adjustment mode and prints
instructions and the first set of alignment patterns.
3. As described in the instructions, compare the alignment
patterns and select the aligned pattern number with the best
alignment by pressing the Font (ItemU) or Pitch (ItemD)
button. The LCD shows the pattern number that is selected
at the time. Press the SetD (Top of Form) button to fix the
selected pattern number and print the next set of alignment
patterns.
4. Select the pattern with the best alignment for each of the
remaining sets of alignment patterns.
5. After you select the best pattern in the final set of alignment
patterns and save it by pressing the SetD (Top of Form)
button, turn off the printer to exit bidirectional adjustment
mode.
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Restoring the Printer’s Default Settings
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If you encounter problems while printing, you may need to reset
the printer’s default settings. Press the Font (ItemU) and Pitch
(ItemD) buttons at the same time to stop printing, clear any
print job being received from the active interface, and clear
errors that may have occurred at the interface.
This operation restores the printer’s settings to their default
values.
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If you just want to cancel printing, and don’t want to restore the
default settings, see “Canceling Printing” on page 74.
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Where To Get Help
If your Epson printer is not operating properly and you cannot
solve the problem using the troubleshooting information, see the
contact information below. Epson provides technical assistance
24 hours a day through the electronic support services and
automated telephone services listed below.
Service
Access
World Wide Web
From the Internet, you can reach Epson Support at
http://support.epson.com. At this site, you can
download drivers and other files, look at product
documentation, access troubleshooting information,
and receive technical advice through e-mail.
Automated
Telephone Services
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A variety of automated help services are available
24 hours a day, seven days a week. To use these
services, you must have a touch tone telephone and
call (800) 922-8911. Use the following Epson
SoundAdviceSM Express Code to quickly select the
DFX-9000 in SoundAdvice: 70620.
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To speak to a technical support representative, dial:
❏ U.S.: (562) 276-4322, 6 AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday
through Friday.
❏ Canada: (905) 709-2170, 6 AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday
through Friday.
Toll or long distance charges may apply. Before you call, please
have the following information ready:
❏ Product name (Epson DFX-9000)
❏ Product serial number (located on the back of the printer)
❏ Proof of purchase (such as a store receipt) and date of
purchase
❏ Computer configuration
❏ Description of the problem
You can purchase ribbon cartridges, paper, and accessories from
an Epson-authorized reseller. For product information and to
find the nearest authorized reseller, please call 800-GO-EPSON
(800-463-7766) or browse our catalog of products at
www.epson.com, select the product you are interested in, and
click “Where to Buy.” To purchase online, please visit the Epson
Store S at www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales only). In Canada,
please call (800) 463-7766 for a reseller referral.
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Ribbon Cartridge
When printing becomes faint, you need to replace the ribbon
cartridge. Genuine Epson ribbon cartridges are designed and
manufactured to work properly with your Epson printer. They
ensure proper operation and long life of the print head and other
printer parts.
Your printer uses the following ribbon cartridge:
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Epson black ribbon cartridge: S015384
Replacing the Ribbon Cartridge
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Follow the steps below to replace the ribbon cartridge.
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Warning:
If the printer has been used recently, the print head may be hot.
Let it cool before attempting to replace the ribbon.
1. Make sure the printer is not printing. (Press the Pause
button if necessary.)
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2. Turn off the printer.
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3. Open the top cover and slide the print head to the
mark.
4. Lift the ribbon guide off the print head as shown below.
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5. Pull up the ribbon cartridge as shown below to release it
from the printer’s mounting pins. Remove the cartridge by
lifting it up and away from you.
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6. Unpack the new ribbon cartridge. Remove the plastic
separator from the middle of the cartridge and discard it.
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7. Holding the sides of the cartridge, place the notch on each
end onto the metal posts inside the printer. Then tilt the
cartridge down into the printer until it clicks into place.
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8. Lift up the black plastic ribbon guide and slide it down
behind the print head until it clicks into place. Do not twist
or crease the ribbon.
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9. Slide the print head back and forth to make sure it moves
freely. If not, lift up the ribbon guide and try again.
ribbon tightening knob
10. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob to remove any slack.
11. Close the top cover.
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Using the Pull Tractor
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The optional pull tractor (C800382) provides optimum
continuous paper handling. The pull tractor is especially useful
with continuous multi-part forms and labels. For best results,
use the pull tractor with either the printer’s front or rear built-in
tractor, as described in this section.
Note:
When the pull tractor is installed, the tear-off feature is not available.
Installing the pull tractor
To install the pull tractor, you need a cross-head screwdriver.
Note:
If you are going to be using the pull tractor with the built-in rear
tractor, you should load paper onto the rear tractor before installing the
pull tractor. See “Loading Paper Onto the Rear Tractor” on page 22
for instructions.
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1. Turn off the printer and open the paper separator cover.
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2. Use a cross-head screwdriver to remove the two screws
securing the paper separator to the printer. Then lift it off the
printer.
3. Close the paper separator cover and open the printer’s back
cover.
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4. Holding the pull tractor with its gears to the left, fit the
tractor’s front notches over the mounting shaft of the printer.
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5. Then tilt the pull tractor back until its rear latches click into
place over the printer’s rear mounting pins.
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Using the pull tractor with the front tractor
If you are using labels or multi-part forms with more than seven
parts (including the original), you should use the pull tractor
with the printer’s built-in front tractor.
You can switch between the front and rear tractors at any time
when you are using the pull tractor. Just press the Front/Rear
button and then use the LF/FF Load button to feed the paper the
additional distance to the pull tractor. (Labels require special
handling. See “Using labels” on page 42 for details.)
To tear off documents, press the LF/FF Load button to advance
the paper to a point where it can be torn off.
To use the pull tractor with the front tractor, follow these steps:
1. Turn on the printer and open the back cover.
2. Make sure paper is loaded on the front tractor to the
top-of-form position. If paper is already loaded on the
tractor but it is in the standby position, press the Front/Rear
or LF/FF Load button (depending on which tractor is
selected) to load the paper to the top-of-form position. (If no
paper is loaded on the front tractor, load paper. See
“Loading Paper Onto the Front Tractor” on page 15 for
instructions.)
3. Once you have paper loaded on the printer’s front tractor,
use the LF/FF Load button to advance the paper to the pull
tractor.
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4. Release both sprocket lock levers on the pull tractor by
pulling them toward you. Then open both sprocket covers.
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5. Adjust the sprockets to match the width of your paper.
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6. Slide the two paper supports so they are spaced evenly
between the two sprockets.
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Note:
When you use paper that is less than four inches wide, remove the
paper supports by pulling them off the tractor.
7. Fit the sprocket holes of the paper over the sprocket pins. If
there is slack in the paper or if the holes in the paper do not
align properly with the sprocket pins, pull the paper slightly
and use the pull tractor knob to adjust the position of the
paper as shown below. Slide the knob to the right first, and
then turn it as necessary.
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Be sure the sprockets on the built-in front tractor and the
optional pull tractor are aligned.
8. Close the sprocket covers.
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9. Adjust the two sprockets until the paper is straight and
smooth, and then lock the sprockets into place.
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Be sure the sprockets are not too far apart. Your paper could
jam if they pull the paper too tightly or tear the edges of the
paper holes. To remove any excess tension in your paper,
release the right sprocket and lock it again.
10. Adjust the top-of-form position, if necessary. See “Adjusting
the top-of-form position” on page 29 for instructions.
11. Close the back cover. Press the LF/FF Load button to feed the
paper out the back of the printer. Make sure the edge of the
first sheet emerges below the paper separator.
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Using the pull tractor with the rear tractor
If you are using labels or multi-part forms with more than seven
sheets (including the original), do not use the rear tractor; use
the front tractor. See “Using the pull tractor with the front
tractor” on page 136 for details.
You can switch between the front and rear tractors at any time
when you are using the pull tractor. Just press the Front/Rear
button and then use the LF/FF Load button to feed the paper the
additional distance to the pull tractor.
To tear off printed pages, press the LF/FF Load button to
advance the paper to a point where it can be torn off.
The following steps explain how to load paper using the
optional pull tractor (already installed) with the printer’s
built-in rear tractor. If you have not yet installed the pull tractor,
load paper onto the rear tractor and then install the pull tractor.
See “Installing the pull tractor” on page 133 for instructions.
1. Turn off the printer, then open the back cover.
Note:
If paper is loaded on the rear tractor, in either the top-of-form or
standby position, skip to step 6.
2. Pull the levers on the pull tractor toward you to release the
pull tractor.
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3. Tilt the tractor forward so that its pins rest on the metal
frame of the printer.
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4. Load paper onto the rear tractor by following steps 3
through 10 of “Loading Paper Onto the Rear Tractor” on
page 22.
5. Then tilt the pull tractor back until the rear latches click into
place over the printer’s rear mounting pins.
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6. Turn on the printer, and use the LF/FF Load button to
advance the paper to the pull tractor.
Now follow steps 4 through 11 of “Using the pull tractor with
the front tractor” on page 136.
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Removing the pull tractor
To remove the pull tractor you’ll need a cross-head screwdriver
and the paper separator that was originally installed on the
printer.
1. Remove any paper installed on the tractor and turn off the
printer.
2. Open the back cover and locate the levers that lock the pull
tractor in place on the printer. Pull these levers forward to
release the pull tractor. Then lift the tractor up and out of the
printer.
3. Close the back cover and open the paper separator cover.
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4. Use a cross-head screwdriver to remove the two screws
securing the paper separator to the printer. Then remove the
paper separator that came with the pull tractor.
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5. Using the two screws, reinstall the original paper separator
and close the paper separator cover.
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Using the Perforation Cutter
The optional perforation cutter (#C81507X) makes using
continuous paper easier by cutting off the perforation of your
printed documents for you. When you use the perforation
cutter, be sure to set the page length to match your paper.
The perforation cutter comes with the perforated paper output
attachment and the perforated paper output tray. See
“Attaching the perforated paper output attachment and output
tray” on page 148 to attach the perforated paper output
attachment and the output tray.
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❏ When the perforation cutter is installed, never cut labels,
overlapping multi-part forms, or continuous forms with
labels.
❏ Make sure that the paper thickness and perforation between
pages are within the specified ranges. See the paper
specifications in Appendix A.
❏ Make sure the paper is at least 4 inches long and no wider
than 16 inches.
❏ When using multi-part forms with the perforation cutter,
make sure that you use multi-part forms with seven parts
(one original and six copies) or less.
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If you plan to load continuous paper from the rear tractor, be
sure to leave enough room around the printer for the attached
perforated paper output attachment and the output tray, and for
the stack of fresh paper. Make sure you align your paper supply
with the paper loaded in the tractor so the paper feeds smoothly
into the printer.
The following illustration shows one way to position your paper
with the rear tractor loaded.
Installing the perforation cutter
The steps below show you how to install the perforation cutter.
You will need a cross-head screwdriver.
Note:
If you plan to use the perforation cutter with the built-in rear tractor,
you need to load paper onto the rear tractor before you install the
perforation cutter. See “Loading Paper Onto the Rear Tractor” on
page 22 for instructions.
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1. Turn off the printer and open the paper separator cover.
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2. Use a cross-head screwdriver to remove the two screws
securing the paper separator to the printer. Then lift off the
paper separator. Store the paper separator and screws for
later use.
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3. Close the paper separator cover. Then open the back flap
and lock it in place.
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4. Open the back cover.
5. Hold the perforation cutter by its handle with the connector
facing to the right. Then lower the perforation cutter into the
space at the back of the printer, fitting the pins on the sides
of the perforation cutter into the notches in the printer.
6. After the perforation cutter is in place, push back the
perforation cutter handle flat.
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7. Plug the perforation cutter’s connector securely into the
connector inside the printer. Then close the back cover.
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8. Close the back flap.
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Attaching the perforated paper output
attachment and output tray
The perforation cutter comes with the perforated paper output
attachment and the perforated paper output tray for stacking
printed sheets. You can stack up to 200 sheets of paper or 100
multi-part forms on the output tray.
Note:
❏ Stacked pages may flip over on the output tray.
❏ Do not allow the printer to stack more than 200 sheets of paper or
100 multi-part forms on the output tray.
❏ Remove the output tray when you will be printing hundreds of
pages and will not need to cut the printed pages.
To attach the perforated paper output attachment and the
output tray, follow these steps:
1. Open the paper separator cover and attach the output
attachment as shown below.
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2. Close the paper separator cover and position the output tray
on the output attachment to accommodate the page length
of paper you use:
second step: 9 inches or less
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fourth step: 12 inches or more
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You are now ready to use the perforation cutter as described in
the next section.
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output attachment and the output tray is attached. If you
want to open the top cover, you need to remove them first.
❏ When you are ready to reload the paper onto the rear tractor,
first remove the perforation cutter. See “Removing the
perforation cutter” on page 152 for instructions.
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Using the perforation cutter
This section describes how to use the perforation cutter with
continuous paper. Before printing with the perforation cutter
installed, set the page length to match your paper using your
software or SelecType mode. See “Changing the settings in
SelecType mode” on page 94 for details.
Note:
❏ The perforation cutter requires that the paper have perforations; for
best results, the paper should be fan-folded.
❏ The last page may not be ejected completely. If this happens, gently
pull it out of the printer.
❏ The perforation cutter cannot cut the last 11 inches of continuous
paper.
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Cutting off a printed document
You can cut off a printed document using one of the following
methods:
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❏ If you set the cutting method through the printer driver, the
printer driver setting overrides the SelecType settings.
You can select the following from the printer driver’s paper
source settings:
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Tractor Front: Do not cut
Tractor Front: Cut last page only
Tractor Front: Cut each page
Tractor Rear: Do not cut
Tractor Rear: Cut last page only
Tractor Rear: Cut each page
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❏ Set the Auto cut mode setting to On in SelecType mode.
See page 94 for instructions.
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❏ Select the printer’s tear-off mode as follows:
1. Make sure printing has finished. Open the paper separator
cover. You see the perforation cutter’s tear-off edge.
6
2. Press the Tear Off button to enter tear-off mode. The printer
feeds the paper’s perforation to the perforation cutter’s
tear-off edge.
6
3. If the paper is not aligned with the tear-off edge, adjust the
tear-off position by pressing the Micro Feed buttons.
6
4. Press the Tear Off button again. The printer cuts off your
printed document and feeds the fresh paper back to the
top-of-form position.
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Switching tractors
To switch tractors when the perforation cutter is installed,
follow these steps:
1. Make sure the printer is turned on. If you are in the middle
of printing a document, wait for the printer to finish printing
before you switch tractors.
2. If no paper is loaded in the tractor you want to use, load
paper. See “Loading Paper Onto the Front Tractor” on
page 15 or “Loading Paper Onto the Rear Tractor” on
page 22 for instructions.
3. Press the Front/Rear button to switch to the other tractor.
The printer cuts off the printed document, feeds the paper
on the tractor backward to the standby position, and then
advances the paper on the other tractor to the loading
position.
Removing the perforation cutter
To remove the perforation cutter, follow the steps below. Then
store it in its original box and packing materials.
1. Cut off any printed document in the printer as described in
the previous section.
2. Turn off the printer and open the paper separator cover.
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3. Remove the perforated paper output attachment and the
output tray from the printer.
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4. Open the back cover. Then unplug the paper cutter’s
connector from the printer.
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5. Grasp the handle on the perforation cutter and lift it up and
out of the printer.
6. Close the back cover and open the paper separator cover.
7. Reattach the paper separator using the two screws that you
removed before.
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8. Close the paper separator cover.
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Using Interface Cards
You can use optional interface cards to supplement your
printer’s built-in USB, serial, and parallel interfaces. The Epson
interface cards below are compatible with your printer. (Not all
of these interfaces are available worldwide.)
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Number
Name
C82305✽/C82306✽
Serial interface
C82307✽/C82308✽
32KB intelligent serial interface
C82312✽
LocalTalk interface
C82313✽
32KB IEEE-488 interface
C82314✽
Coax interface
C82315✽
Twinax interface
C82345✽
IEEE-1284 parallel interface
C82434✽
EpsonNet 10/100 Base Tx Int. Print Server 5
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The asterisk (✽) is a substitute for the last digit, which varies by country.
If you are not sure whether you need an optional interface or
would like to know more about interfaces, contact your Epson
dealer.
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Note:
Your printer has an auto interface mode function that allows you to
connect to more than one interface at a time. See “Changing the
settings in SelecType mode” on page 94 for details.
Coax and twinax interfaces enable the printer to communicate
with an IBM minicomputer or mainframe via coax or twinax
protocol. This allows Epson printers to function as local IBM
printers without the addition of any other circuitry or
components.
Installing an interface card
Follow the steps below to install an optional interface card.
Note:
If you install an optional interface card, be sure to select the interface
you use in SelecType mode. See “Changing the settings in SelecType
mode” on page 94 for details.
1. Turn off both your printer and your computer. Then remove
all power and interface cables from the printer.
2. Open the interface cover on the back of the printer.
interface cover
3. Be sure to set any switches and jumpers on the card, as
necessary. (See the interface card’s manual for details.)
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4. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws securing the
interface shield plate; remove the shield plate.
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5. Slide the interface card into the grooves in the interface slot.
Push it in firmly to make sure it connects to the printer’s
internal socket.
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6. Secure the interface card using the screws that came with it.
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7. Plug the connector cable into the interface card as shown.
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8. Plug the other end of the cable into your computer.
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9. Close the interface cover.
10. Plug the power cord into your printer and an electrical
outlet.
Using a serial interface card
To use a serial interface card (C82305✽ or C82306✽), see the
sections below to set the correct baud rate, handshake timing,
and error handling. For all other data transfer conventions, such
as word structure and communications protocol, see your
interface card manual.
Selecting a baud rate
You can select from the following baud rates: 300, 600, 1200,
2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200 bps (bits per second). To set the baud
rate, see the bit-rate selection table in your interface card
manual.
Handshake timing
When the unused area for data in the input buffer drops to 256
bytes, the printer outputs an X-OFF code or sets the DTR flag to
1 (MARK) to indicate that it cannot receive data. When the
unused area increases to 512 bytes, the printer outputs an X-ON
code or sets the DTR flag to 0 (SPACE) to indicate that it is ready
to receive data.
Error handling
When the printer detects a parity error, it prints an asterisk (✽).
The printer ignores all other errors, including framing and
overrun errors.
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Using a Print Server
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You can use this printer as a network printer by installing the
EpsonNet 10/100 Base Tx Int. Print Server 5 (C82434✼) in the
printer’s parallel interface port. See the Administrator’s Manual
packaged with this option for instructions on installation and
use.
Setting the IP address from the control panel
Follow these steps to get the IP address using the control panel:
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1. Turn on the printer.
2. Press the Menu (Tear Off and Top of Form) buttons to enter
SelecType mode.
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3. Press the ItemU (Font) or ItemD (Pitch) button to select the
Get IP address setting and set the setting to Panel using the
SetU (Tear Off) or SetD (Top of Form) button.
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4. Press the ItemD (Pitch) button to select the IP byte 1.
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5. Change the number for the IP byte 1 using the SetU (Tear
Off) or SetD (Top of Form) button.
6. Press the ItemD (Pitch) button to select the next byte and
change the number using the SetU (Tear Off) or SetD (Top
of Form) button.
7. Repeat step 6 until the number for the IP byte 4 is set.
8. Set the numbers for SM byte 1 to 4 and GW byte 1 to 4 as
you did for the IP byte.
9. Confirm the numbers that you selected for the IP byte 1 to 4,
SM byte 1 to 4, and GW byte 1 to 4 are correctly set.
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10. When you finish, press the Menu buttons (Tear Off and
Top of Form).
11. The LCD displays Save Setting. If you want to save the
settings, select Yes by pressing the SetU (Tear Off) button. If
you do not want to save the settings, select No by pressing
the SetD (Top of Form) button.
12. Turn off the printer.
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Appendix A
A
Product Information
A
Printer Parts
A
front tractor sprockets
control panel
A
front cover
A
A
power switch
front tractor paper supports
A
top cover
A
A
ribbon cartridge
A
print head
A
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rear tractor sprockets
back cover
paper separator
paper
separator cover
optional interface
USB interface
parallel interface
back flap
serial interface
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interface cover
Printer Specifications
A
Mechanical
Printing method:
36-pin impact dot matrix (9 × 4, staggered)
Printing speed:
High speed draft
1550 cps at 10 cpi
Draft
1320 cps at 10 cpi
NLQ
330 cps at 10 cpi
Printing direction:
A
A
Bidirectional logic seeking for text and graphics
printing. Unidirectional text or graphics
printing can be selected using software
commands.
A
A
Line spacing:
1/6-inch or programmable in 1/432-inch
increments
Printable columns:
136 columns (at 10 cpi)
Resolution:
Maximum 240 × 144 dpi (NLQ)
Paper feed methods:
Push tractor (front, rear)
Push and pull tractor (front, rear); requires
additional tractor
Paper feed speed:
Continuous
381 mm/second
15 inches/second
Intermittent
25 msec/line at 1/6 inch
line spacing
Total print volume
133 million lines
(except print head)
A
MTBF 20,000 POH
(25% duty)
A
200 million strokes/wire
approx. 400 million
characters (Draft, 10 cpi,
14 dots/character)
A
Reliability:
Print head life
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A
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A
Dimensions and
weight:
Ribbon:
Acoustic noise:
Height
363 mm (14.3 inches)
Width
700 mm (27.6 inches)
Depth
378 mm (14.9 inches)
Weight
approx. 34 kg (75 lb)
Black ribbon
cartridge
S015384
Ribbon life
approx. 15 million
characters (draft, 10 cpi,
14 dots/character)
Approx. 58 dB (A) (ISO 7779 pattern)
Electronic
Interfaces:
Standard bidirectional, 8-bit, parallel with IEEE 1284
nibble mode support
USB (ver 1.1)
RS-232C serial
Slot for optional Type B interface card
Buffer:
128KB
Fonts:
Bitmap fonts
Bar code fonts
EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-E,
Code 39, Code 128, POSTNET
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Character
tables:
Standard
A
One italic and 12 graphics character tables:
Italic table,
PC 437 (US, Standard Europe),
PC 850 (Multilingual),
PC 860 (Portuguese),
PC 861 (Icelandic), PC 865 (Nordic),
PC 863 (Canadian-French), BRASCII, Abicomp,
ISO Latin 1, Roman 8, PC 858, ISO 8859-15
A
A
Expanded
A
One italic and 38 graphics character tables:
Italic table,
PC 437 (US, Standard Europe),
PC 850 (Multilingual),
PC 860 (Portuguese),
PC 861 (Icelandic), PC 865 (Nordic),
PC 863 (Canadian-French), BRASCII, Abicomp,
ISO Latin 1, Roman 8, PC 858, ISO 8859-15, PC 437
Greek,
PC 852 (Eastern Europe),
PC 853 (Turkish), PC 855 (Cyrillic),
PC 857 (Turkish), PC 866 (Russian),
PC 869 (Greek), MAZOWIA (Poland),
Code MJK (CSFR),
ISO 8859-7 (Latin/Greek),
ISO Latin 1T (Turkish),
Bulgaria (Bulgarian),
PC 774 (LST 1283: 1993),
Estonia (Estonian), PC 771 (Lithuanian),
ISO 8859-2, PC 866 LAT. (Latvian),
PC 866 UKR (Ukranian),
PC437 Slovenia, PC MC, PC1250,
PC1251, PC APTEC (Arabic),
PC 708 (Arabic), PC 720 (Arabic),
PC AR 864 (Arabic)
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A
A
A
A
A
A
Character sets: 13 international character sets and one legal character
set: USA, France, Germany, UK, Denmark I,
Sweden, Italy, Spain I, Japan, Norway,
Denmark II, Spain II, Latin America, Legal
Electrical
Rated voltage range:
100 to 240 V
Input voltage range:
90 to 264 V
Rated frequency range:
50 to 60 Hz
Input frequency range:
49.5 to 60.5 Hz
Rated current:
4.8 A (maximum 14.5 A)
Power consumption:
Approx. 185 W (ISO/IEC 10561 letter
pattern)
Approx. 9.5 W in sleep mode
Environmental
Printer status
Temperature
Humidity
(without
condensation)
Operating (plain paper)
5 to 35°C (41 to 95°F)
10 to 80% RH
Operating (recycled paper,
envelope, label, or roll
paper)
15 to 25°C (59 to 77°F)
30 to 60% RH
Storage
–30 to 60°C (–22 to 140°F)
0 to 85% RH
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Paper
A
Note:
❏ Use recycled paper, labels, continuous forms with labels, and
overlapping multi-part forms only under these normal
temperature and humidity conditions:
A
A
Temperature: 15 to 25°C (59 to 77°F)
Humidity:
30 to 60% RH
❏ Do not load paper that is curled, folded, or crumpled.
A
Continuous paper (Single sheets and multi-part forms)
❏ Use only continuous paper with less than 5 mm diameter
punch holes.
❏ The ratio of the cut/uncut length at the perforation should
be between 2:1 and 5:1.
A
A
❏ If the horizontal and vertical perforation cuts cross, do not
print in the area illustrated below.
A
A 3 mm
B 28 mm
A
A
A
A
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❏ The thickness of the perforation part when extended should
be 2 mm or less.
A 2 mm or less
❏ The perforation between pages should not extend all the
way to the edges of the paper. Uncut length on the edges
should be 1 mm or more.
A paper edge
B uncut part
C cut part
D 1 mm or more
❏ When using pre-printed paper, the reflectance of the
pre-printed color should be 60% or less.
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❏ When using pre-printed paper, make sure the printing does
not appear in the shaded area illustrated below.
A 12 mm
A
A
B first dot
C Shaded should not be
pre-printed
A
D 5 mm
A
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A
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A
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Continuous paper (single sheets):
Rear entry / Front entry
Width
Length
Thickness
Weight
Minimum
Maximum
(mm)
76.2
419.1
(inch)
3
16.5
(mm)
76.2
558.8
(inch)
3
22
(mm)
0.065
0.10
(inch)
0.0025
0.0039
(g/m²)
52
82
(lb)
14
22
Quality
Plain paper and recycled paper with point gluing or
paper stapling on both sides
Continuous paper (multi-part forms):
Rear entry
Width
Length
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
(mm)
76.2
419.1
76.2
419.1
(inch)
3
16.5
3
16.5
(mm)
76.2
558.8
76.2
558.8
(inch)
3
22
3
22
Copies
Thickness
Weight
Quality
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Front entry
1 original + 6 copies
1 original + 9 copies
(mm)
0.12
0.53
0.12
0.79
(inch)
0.0047
0.021
0.0047
0.031
(g/m²)
41
56
41
56
(lb)
11
15
11
15
Carbonless or carbon-backed multi-part forms with point
gluing or paper stapling on both sides
Product Information
❏ Do not load thick paper, such as multipart forms with more
than seven parts, on the rear tractor.
A
❏ Form sheets of continuous multi-part forms should be
securely joined together along the left and right edges by
crimping or spot-gluing. See the illustration below for
details.
A
spot-gluing on both sides
A
A 25.4 mm (1 inch) or less
A
A
A
crimping on both sides
A 76.2 mm (3 inches) or less
B printing side
A
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A
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spot-gluing and crimping on opposing sides
A 25.4 mm (1 inch) or less
B 76.2 mm (3 inches) or less
C printing side
❏ Do not use continuous multi-part forms that are joined with
metal staples, one side crimping, tape-staples, or bar-gluing.
A bar-gluing
B metal stapling
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Labels
A
Rear entry / Front entry
Minimum
Maximum
(mm)
76.2
419.1
(inch)
3
16.5
Length of backing
sheet
(mm)
76.2
558.8
(inch)
3
22
Thickness of backing
sheet
(mm)
0.07
0.09
(inch)
0.0028
0.0035
Total thickness
(mm)
0.16
0.19
(inch)
0.0063
0.0075
(g/m²)
64
(lb)
17
Width of backing sheet
Label weight
Quality
A
A
A
A
A
Plain paper or the same quality labels
❏ Use only labels on continuous backing sheets.
❏ Epson recommends using labels whose backing sheet is
entirely covered with label material.
A
A
A
A
A
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Labels whose backing sheet is entirely covered with label
material:
A backing sheet
B label sheet
C label
D There should be several
uncut areas on each
side
E Corners should not be
cut
Labels whose backing sheet is not covered with label
material:
A backing sheet
B label
C 63.5 mm (2.5 inches) or
more
D 23.8 mm (15/16 inch) or
more
E 2.5 mm (0.1 inch) or
more
Continuous forms with labels
Rear entry
Front entry
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
Width of
backing
sheet
(mm)
76.2
419.1
76.2
419.1
(inch)
3
16.5
3
16.5
Length of
backing
sheet
(mm)
76.2
558.8
76.2
558.8
(inch)
3
22
3
22
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Rear entry
Total
thickness
Front entry
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
(mm)
0.065
0.53
0.065
0.79
(inch)
0.0025
0.021
0.0025
0.031
A
A
A
A label
B backing sheet
A
C total thickness:
0.53 mm (0.021 inch) or
less (rear entry)
0.79 mm (0.031 inch) or
less (front entry)
A
A
A continuous paper
B label paper
A
A
A
A
A
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Overlapping multi-part forms
Rear entry
Front entry
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
Width of
backing
sheet
(mm)
76.2
419.1
76.2
419.1
(inch)
3
16.5
3
16.5
Length of
backing
sheet
(mm)
76.2
558.8
76.2
558.8
(inch)
3
22
3
22
Total
thickness
(mm)
0.13
0.53
0.13
0.79
(inch)
0.0051
0.021
0.0051
0.031
A 13 mm (0.51 inch) or more
B From the perforation to the
bottom of the previous
overlapping form:
13.3 mm (0.52 inch) or less
C From the perforation to the
top of the next overlapping
form:
3.3 mm (0.13 inch) or more
D From the perforation to the
bottom edge of the glue
point area:
17 mm (0.67 inch) or less
E Total thickness including glue
point dilation:
0.53 mm (0.021 inch) or less
(rear entry)
0.79 mm (0.031 inch) or less
(front entry)
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Printable area
Note:
❏ When you use paper that is less than 101.6 mm (4 inches) wide,
the left margin is fixed at 13 mm (0.51 inch) regardless of paper
type. Setting the left margin to larger than that may cause a
problem when beginning on a new line or cause a skew.
❏ When you use continuous paper with labels that is more than
16 inches (406.4 mm) wide while the optional pull tractor is
installed, the left margin can be set to 18 mm (0.71 inch) or more.
❏ When loading paper with the front tractor, set the Page length for
front tractor setting to 6 inches or more.
Continuous paper
A The minimum top and bottom margins
(above and below the perforation) are
4.2 mm (0.17 inch).
A
A
A
A
A
A
B The minimum left and right margins are
13 mm (0.51 inch).
A
A
Labels
A The minimum top margin is 2.2 mm
(0.09 inch)
A
B The minimum left and right margins are
13 mm (0.51 inch)
A
C The minimum top and bottom margins
for labels are 2 mm (0.08 inch)
D The minimum left and right margins for
labels are 3 mm (0.12 inch)
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Continuous forms with labels
A The minimum top and bottom margins
are 4.2 mm (0.17 inch)
B The minimum left and right margins are
13 mm (0.51 inch)
C The minimum top margin for labels is
20.2 mm (0.8 inch)
D The minimum bottom margin for labels
is 16.6 mm (0.65 inch)
E The minimum left and right margins for
labels are 30.9 mm (1.22 inches)
F The minimum top and button margins
for labels are 2 mm (0.08 inch)
G The minimum left and right margins for
labels are 3 mm (0.12 inch)
Overlapping multi-part forms
A The minimum top margin is 26.3 mm
(1.04 inch)
B The minimum bottom margin is 16.6 mm
(0.65 inch)
C The minimum left and right margins are
16 mm (0.63 inch)
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Command Lists
A
Your printer supports the following Epson ESC/P control codes
and IBM PPDS emulation control codes.
EPSON ESC/P control codes
A
A
Selecting an Epson ESC/P printer in your software allows you to
use advanced fonts and graphics.
General operation:
ESC @, ESC U, ESC EM F/B/C/A/V
A
A
Paper feeding:
FF, LF, ESC 0, ESC 1, ESC 2, ESC 3, ESC A, CR
A
Page format:
ESC (C, ESC C, ESC C 0, ESC Q, ESC l, ESC (c, ESC N, ESC O,
ESC (U
Print position motion:
A
ESC $, ESC \, ESC D, HT, ESC B, VT, ESC J
Font selection:
ESC k, ESC x, ESC y, ESC P, ESC M, ESC g, ESC p, ESC 4,
ESC 5, ESC E, ESC F, ESC !
A
Font enhancement:
A
ESC W, DC4, SO, DC2, SI, ESC w, ESC G, ESC H, ESC T,
ESC S, ESC Spacing:
A
ESC Space
Character handling:
A
ESC t, ESC (t, ESC R, ESC %, ESC &, ESC :, ESC I, ESC 6, ESC 7
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Bit image:
ESC K, ESC L, ESC Y, ESC Z, ESC *, ESC ^
Bar code:
ESC (B
Production
ESC |
IBM PPDS emulation control codes
This printer emulates the IBM Proprinter using the commands
below.
General operation:
NUL, DC3, ESC j, BEL, CAN, DC1, ESC Q, ESC [K, ESC U,
ESC [F
Paper feeding:
FF, LF, ESC 5, ESC A, ESC 0, ESC 1, ESC 2, ESC 3, CR, ESC ]
Page format:
ESC C, ESC C0, ESC X, ESC N, ESC O, ESC 4
Print position motion:
ESC d, ESC R, ESC D, HT, ESC B, VT, ESC J
Font selection:
DC2, ESC P, ESC :, ESC E, ESC F, ESC I, ESC [d, ESC [I
Font enhancement:
DC4, SO, ESC SO, ESC W, ESC [@, SI, ESC SI, ESC G, ESC H,
ESC T, ESC S, ESC -, ESC _
Spacing:
BS, SP
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Character handling:
A
ESC 6, ESC 7, ESC [T, ESC ^, ESC \
Bit image:
A
ESC K, ESC L, ESC Y, ESC Z
Bar code:
ESC [f, ESC [p
A
Download:
ESC = (draft mode only)
A
A
Standards and Approvals
A
Universal (UPS) model:
Safety
UL60950
CSA C22.2 No. 60950
EN 60950
EMC
FCC part 15 subpart B class B
A
CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR22 Class B
EN 55022 Class B
A
EN 55024
EN 61000-3-2
A
EN 61000-3-3
A
A
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Cleaning the Printer
To keep your printer operating at its best, you should clean it
thoroughly several times a year. Follow these steps:
1. Remove any paper loaded in the printer, and turn it off.
Make sure all the covers are closed.
2. Remove the ribbon cartridge. If an optional pull tractor or
perforation cutter is installed, remove it.
3. Use a soft brush to carefully brush away all dust and dirt from
the outer case.
4. If the outer case is still dirty or dusty, clean it with a soft, clean
cloth dampened with mild detergent dissolved in water. Keep
the printer cover and front cover closed to prevent water from
getting inside the printer.
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Caution:
❏ Never use alcohol or thinners to clean the printer; these
chemicals can damage the printer components as well as the
case.
❏ Be careful not to get water on the printer mechanism or
electronic components.
❏ Do not use a hard or abrasive brush.
Do not spray the inside of the printer with lubricants; unsuitable
oils can damage the printer mechanism. Contact your Epson
dealer if you think lubrication is needed.
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Transporting the Printer
A
If you need to transport your printer some distance, carefully
repack it using the original box and packing materials.
Follow the steps below to repack the printer in its original packing
materials.
w
Warning:
You need to move the print head by hand to remove the ribbon
cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print head may be
hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it.
A
A
A
1. Remove any paper loaded in the printer. Make sure the
printer is turned off.
A
2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet; then
disconnect the interface cable from the printer.
A
3. Remove the ribbon cartridge. If any options are installed,
remove them and pack them in their original boxes.
4. Make sure the print head is not hot. Then remove the ribbon
cartridge.
A
5. Make sure that all covers of the printer are closed.
A
6. Repack the printer, ribbon cartridge, and power cord in their
original packing materials and place them in the printer’s
original box.
A
A
A
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Index
A
Adjusting
label position, 32
paper position, 28 to 32
printing position, 31
top-of-form position, 28 to 31
Aligning vertical lines, 123 to 124
Auto CR setting, 86, 91
Auto cut mode setting, 86, 92
Auto I/F wait time, 85, 89
Auto line feed setting, 85, 88
Auto tear off setting, 85, 88
B
Back cover, 162
Back flap, 162
Bidirectional adjustment mode,
123 to 124
Bidirectional printing, 88
Buzzer setting, 86, 91
C
Canceling printing, 74
Changing
default settings, 96 to 99
paper, 38 to 39
printer settings, 53 to 56, 84 to 99
SelecType settings, 84 to 95
Character table setting, 85, 91
Cleaning printer, 182
Clearing paper jams, 123
Client computers, 59 to 60, 64 to 73
Contacting Epson, 125 to 126
Continuous forms with labels, 32, 86,
92, 96
Continuous paper problems,
108 to 109
Control panel
buttons and lights, 79 to 82
locking, 97, 99 to 100
Customer support, 125 to 126
Custom paper size, defining, 55
D
Default gateway, 86
Default gateway setting, 93
Default-setting mode, 96 to 99
Default settings
changing, 96 to 99
restoring, 125
Draft font, 83
E
Electrical specifications, 166
Electronic specifications, 164
ENERGY STAR compliance, 11
Environmental specifications, 166
Epson
help, 125 to 126
Remote Configuration Manager, 84
EPSON Status Monitor 3
accessing, 58
ESC/P mode, 43
problems, 103
setting up, 57 to 58
uninstalling, 76
using, 56 to 58
Error indicators, 101 to 102
ESC/P, 43, 89, 179 to 181
Index
185
F
Font (Item) button, 80
Font, selecting, 83
Forms w/labels option, 32, 92, 96
Front/Rear button, 80
Front cover, 161
Front tractor
loading paper on, 15 to 21
sprockets, 161
with pull tractor, 136 to 139
Locking control panel, 97, 99 to 100
Lock-out mode, 97, 99 to 100
Low noise mode, 86, 91
M
Mechanical specifications, 163
Menu buttons, 81
Micro Feed buttons, 82
Multi-part forms, printing on, 40 to 42
N
G
Get IP address setting, 93
Network
problems, 118
setting up printer, 59 to 73
H
Help, Epson, 125 to 126
Hex dump, 104 to 105
High Speed Draft font, 83
O
Optional interface slot, 162
Options, 116 to 117, 127 to 160
Overlapping multipart forms, 86, 92
I
I/F (interface) mode setting, 85, 89
IBM character table, 86, 91
IBM PPDS emulation, 89, 91,
179 to 181
Interface card
installing, 156 to 158
using, 155 to 160
Interface cover, 162
IP address, 86, 93, 159
Item button, 80
L
Label position, adjusting, 32
Labels, 40 to 42, 96
Language setting, 84
Left margin setting, 85, 87
LF/FF Load button, 82
Line spacing setting, 84, 87
Loading paper, 13 to 42
186
Index
P
Packet mode setting, 85, 90
Page length setting, 84, 87
Paper
changing, 38 to 39
jam, clearing, 123
loading, 13 to 42
loading/feeding problems,
108 to 109
position, adjusting, 28 to 32
positioning, 14, 21
separator, 162
separator cover, 162
specifications, 167 to 178
supports, 161
Paper Out light, 82
Parallel I/F bidirectional mode
setting, 85, 90
Parallel interface, 89, 162
Pause button, 82
Perforated paper output attachment
and tray, 148 to 149
Perforation cutter
auto cut/back mode, 92
installing, 144 to 147
printable width, 13
problems, 117
removing, 152 to 155
using, 143 to 147, 150 to 155
Pitch (Item) button, 80
Pitch, selecting, 83
Platen gap, 13, 85, 88
Power supply problems, 107
Power switch, 161
Printable area, 177
Print direction setting, 85, 88
Printer
sharing, 59 to 73
turning on, 20, 27
Printer driver
uninstalling, 75 to 76
using, 44 to 56
Printer server
setting up, 59 to 73
using, 159 to 160
Printer settings
changing, 53 to 56, 84 to 99
Printer software
uninstalling, 75 to 78
using, 43 to 74
Print head, 161
Printing position
adjusting, 31
problems, 110
Print quality problems, 112 to 116
Problems
network, 118
options, 116 to 117
paper loading or feeding, 108 to 109
power supply, 107
printing position, 110 to 111
print quality, 112 to 116
solving, 101 to 126
tear-off position, 111
USB, 119 to 122
Pull tractor
installing, 133 to 135
removing, 142 to 143
using, 133 to 143
using with front tractor, 136 to 139
using with rear tractor, 140 to 141
R
Rear tractor
loading paper on, 22 to 28
sprockets, 162
with pull tractor, 140 to 141
Remote Configuration Manager, 84
Resetting default settings, 125
Ribbon cartridge
ordering, 127
replacing, 127 to 132
Right margin setting, 85, 87
Roman font, 83
S
Safety instructions, 7 to 11
Sans serif font, 83
SelecType mode, 84 to 95
Self test, 103 to 104
Serial
baud rate setting, 85, 90
data length setting, 85, 90
interface, 162
parity setting, 85, 90
Sharing printer, 59 to 73
Skip over binding setting, 86, 93
Skip over perforation setting, 84, 87
Software setting, 85, 89
Solving problems, 101 to 126
Specifications, 163 to 181
Status Monitor 3
ESC/P mode, 43
problems, 103
uninstalling, 76
using, 56 to 58
Subnet mask setting, 86, 93
Switching tractors, 21, 36 to 37, 152
Index
187
T
U
Tearing off printed page, 33 to 36
Tear-off
edge, 33 to 36
position, 33 to 36, 111
Tear Off button, 81
Technical support, 125 to 126
Top cover, 161
Top of Form button, 81
Top-of-form position, 28 to 31, 110
Tractor
switching, 21, 36 to 37, 152
Tractor Select indicator, 21, 27 to 28, 79
Tractor Select light, 36
Transporting printer, 183
Turning on printer, 20
Unidirectional printing, 88
Uninstalling
printer software, 75 to 78
Status Monitor 3, 76
USB device driver, 77 to 78
USB
device driver, 77 to 78
interface, 89, 162
problems, 119 to 122
W
World Wide Web, 125
Z
Zero slash, 85, 89
188
Index