Epson FX-286 - Impact Printer Specifications

Chapter 1
Printer Unpacking & Setup
Choose a sturdy table, desk or printer stand to place your printer on when you remove it from
the carton. Remove the styrofoam sides be sure to save all packing materials in case you need
to ship the printer again and check the box for these contents:
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
ML320/321 printer
Paper separator
Power cord
Platen knob
Ribbon cartridge
Note: Interface cable and paper are sold separately.
If any of these items is missing or damaged, see your dealer for a replacement.
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Setup Preliminaries
Preliminaries
Don't plug the printer in until its set up and ready to operate.
If there is clear protective film on the access cover, remove the film. Open the access cover
and remove the shipping retainer (1). Be sure to save it with the other packing materials in
case you ship the printer.
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Install The Paper Separator and Platen Knob
Install The Paper Separator and Platen Knob
Open the rear cover of the printer (2). Holding the legs closed against the paper separator,
place the tab on one side of the separator over the stud on the side of the rear cover (3).
Pull gently on the other tab to slide it over the stud on the other side of the rear cover. Then
close the rear cover. Insert the platen knob on the right side of the printer (4). Match the
flatside of the knob to the flat side of the platen shaft.
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Connect to Power and Computer
Connect to Power and Computer
Make sure the printer and computer are both OFF. Plug the power cord into the back of the
printer(5). Plug the other end into a grounded outlet. Plug the interface cable into the parallel
port on the back of your printer(6) Fasten the wire clips to the cable.
- Make sure the outlet is grounded. Do not use an adapter to defeat the grounding.
- These instructions are for the standard parallel interface. If you have the optional serial
interface, see the instructions provided with it. Interface cables are sold separately.
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Install/Replace The Ribbon Cartridge
Install/Replace The Ribbon Cartridge
The printhead can get very hot during extended periods of printing be sure to let it cool off
before you touch it. Be sure the power is off before you move the printhead.
Open the access cover. Position the printhead between the bail rollers (7). Make sure the
bail is closed (bail lever toward back of printer).
Install/Replace the Ribbon Cartridge
ÎBe sure to use only ribbons specifically for MICROLINE 320/321 or MICROLINE 100 Series
printers. Ribbon cartridges for ML390/391 printers look similar, but they will not fit in the ML320/321.
For best result use genuine OKIDATA ribbons, part number 52102001.
If you're replacing the ribbon cartridge, swing the front of the cartridge up off the printhead, then
lift the cartridge out and discard it. Hold the new ribbon cartridge with the knob facing up and the
flat end toward the front of the printer. Place the flat end into the ribbon plate(8) then lower the
front of the cartridge over the printhead until it snaps into place (9). Turn the knob in the direction
of the arrow to take up the slack in the ribbon.
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Set the Headgap
Set the Headgap
The headgap lever (10) by the side of the cartridge adjusts for different paper thicknesses.
Set it to:
1 for one- or two-part forms,
2 for three- or four-part forms,
3 for envelopes and extra-thick paper
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Chapter 2
Loading Rear-Feed, Continuous Forms
Loading Rear-Feed, Continuous Forms
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Do not position the left edge of the paper more than 1/2 from the end of the platen. The
paper must cover the groove in the left side of the platen; if it doesnt, the printer will signal
a paper out alarm. There are reference marks on the printer to show the recommended left
edge position for the two most common paper sizes.
Make sure the paper lever is forward, and open the access cover and rear cover to expose the
tractors (1). Pull the lock levers (2) forward and slide the left tractor into position for the paper
size you're using. Slide the right tractor to fit the paper width. Push the levers back to lock them.
Loading Rear-Feed, Continuous Forms
- Check the Addendum ( ) for details on paper specifications.
Open the tractor covers (3).
Pull the paper through the opening between the printer and the rear cover and
place the first two sprocket holes on each side of the page over the pins (4).
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Close the rear cover (make sure the paper separator is flat on the printer), open the guide wire,
and close the access cover (5).
Turn the printer on. The printhead will move and the control panel will light up. The ALARM light
will also come on. Pull the bail lever forward (6). The paper will automatically feed into the printer
and the ALARM light will go out. If paper doesn't feed, check to make sure that the paper lever is
in the forward position.
- Do not use the Form Feed button to load paper.
Push the bail lever back to close the bail (8).
Adjust the top of form (see page 13(
and you're ready to print.
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)), then press the SEL button ( the SEL light will go on)
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Loading Single Sheets
Loading Single Sheets
Note: If you already have continuous form paper in the printer, tear off any printed pages,
then press the PARK button to back it out of the paper path. The ALARM light will go on
and the SEL light will go off.
Push the paper lever back (1).
Push the guide wire back (2).
Raise the separator to its upright position (3).
Set a sheet of paper on the separator and adjust the guides so that they're barely
touching the edges of the paper. Pull the bail lever forward. The paper will
automatically feed into the printer. (Theres a reference mark on the separator for
the left paper edge.)
Push the bail back (4) and adjust the top of form.
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Setting Top of Form
Setting Top of Form
Note: Make sure the paper is held in place by the bail. If the top of the page is set below the
bail, paper will catch on the bail and cause a jam. The amount you can move the paper down
using this method is limited to avoid potential paper jams.
Make sure the printer is deselected. Hold down the TOF/QUIET button and press:
FORM FEED to move the paper up, or
LINE FEED to move the paper down.
This moves the paper in 0.007 increments. The lower red line on the paper shield shows
the baseline of the current printing position to help you place the top of form.
When the top of form is set where you want it, the position is recorded permanently in
the printers memory even when the printer is turned off until you reset it.
Note: If youre using continuous forms, you can temporarily change the setting to another
location without disturbing your normal setting.
- To do this, first make sure the printer is deselected (press the SEL button if its not).
- Then press the LINE FEED button (without holding down the TOF/QUIET button)
to move the paper to the new location you want to set for the top of form.
- Once youve positioned the paper where you want it, press the TOF/QUIET button to
engage the location as your temporary top of form.
The printer will retain this temporary setting until its turned off. To restore your normal
top of form setting, turn the printer off and then on again.
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Form Tear Off
Form Tear Off
Note: Don't use forms tear off when printing on labels or multipart forms. Labels should only be
fed from the bottom of the printer.
To activate this feature, press the MODE button and use the GROUP, ITEM and SET buttons
to change the FORM TEAR OFF setting to 500 ms (1). (See Chapter 5 ( ) for details on how to
use the menu). Press the MODE button to exit the Menu mode, then use the TOF/QUIET
and FORM FEED or LINE FEED buttons to set the top of form as described above (2).
When you release the TOF/QUIET button, the paper advances to the tear bar, located
under the clear top of the access cover (3).
Note: You can check the initial printing position at any time: press the SEL button, then
press TOF/QUIET; the paper will move down to the initial printing position until you release
the button.
The page stays in the tear off position until the printer receives data; then moves down to
the printing position to print. Afew seconds after printing stops, the paper moves up to the
tear off position.
Note: Some programs pause occasionally while sending data. If the pause lasts more than two
seconds, the paper will advance to the tear off position until more data is received. This extra
paper movement can cause uneven print registration in graphics. If you have this problem, use
the menu to deactivate forms tear off.
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Paper Park
Paper Park
To park continuous-forms paper, tear off any printed pages and press the PARK button (1).
The paper will retract from the paper path. Push the paper lever back to the single sheet
setting (2), and youre ready to insert single sheets.
To return continuous forms to the printer, make sure the paper lever is set for continuous
forms (3).
Pull the bail lever forward (4). The paper will advance to the front of the platen.
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Push the bail lever back (5).
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Clearing Rear-Feed Jams
Clearing Rear-Feed Jams
Note: Always turn the printer off before you turn the platen knob!
Turn off the printer. Open the access cover and the rear cover (1).
Turn the platen knob to back the paper all the way out, and remove any torn pieces of paper.
Reload the paper on the tractors (2).
Close the rear cover and the access cover (3).
Turn the printer back on, and press the FORM FEED button.
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If your paper keeps jamming
If your paper keeps jamming, bits of paper are probably stuck in the paper path.
Turn off the printer, and use the platen knob to back the paper out of the printer.
Open the access cover and the rear cover (1).
Fold some continuous-feed paper over three times to produce a page four sheets thick
and load it onto the tractors.
Turn the platen knob to draw the paper around the platen (2) this will bring jammed pieces of
paper up and out so you can remove them -- then back it out again.
Reload regular paper. Close the rear cover and the access cover (3).
Turn the printer on and press the FORM FEED button.
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Single Sheet Feed Jams
Single Sheet Feed Jams
Note: Always turn the printer off before you turn the platen knob!
Turn the printer OFF, then use the platen knob to back the sheet of paper out of the carriage (1).
Pull the bail lever forward to load in a fresh sheet of paper (2).
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Chapter 3
Printer Self Tests
After you've installed ribbon and paper, youre ready to run the self tests. Do this any time
you want to make sure the printer is functioning properly.
- Font Sample Test ( )
- Rolling Ascii Test ( )
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Font Sample Test
Font Sample Test
Holding down LF while turning on the printer produces a limited sample of available print
styles. When complete (one page), the printer stops and the SEL light goes on.
Brief example:
To stop the test, press the MODE button.
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Rolling ASCII Test
Rolling ASCII Test
Holding down TOF/QUIET while turning on the printer produces a continuous sample of
the default print style. To stop the test, press the MODE button.
Note: The self test printout also provides information about your printer. Have this information
at hand if you call for service.
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Chapter 4
Basic Terminology
Basic Terminology
Printer Commands
Printer commands are signals sent by your computer to the printer which guide and control
its operation. They usually begin with the ESC character and can be sent in decimal, ASCII,
or hexadecimal form.
Emulations
The ML320/321 E/I printers emulate the Epson FX printer and the IBM Proprinter printer (the
factory default). The ML320/321 Standard printers have the Okidata MICROLINE Standard
emulation.
Printer Drivers
Commercial software packages use printer drivers to control the appearance of printed
documents. A printer driver is a set of printer commands which cause the printer to perform
various functions at the request of the software. When you use your printer with a software
package, you must use the software to select a printer driver which is compatible with your
printer.
Changing Emulations
The ML320/321 E/I printers are set at the factory for the IBM Proprinter emulation. To change
to the Epson FX emulation, press the MODE button to enter the Menu mode. Press the GROUP
button until
General Control
Emulation
Mode IBM PPR
prints. Press the SET button to change the setting to Epson FXe. Exit the Menu mode and
save your setting by pressing the MODE button
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Selecting a Printer Driver
Selecting a Printer Driver
The drivers are listed in order by decreasing compatibility: use one as close to the top of the
list as possible. If your software does not have a printer driver from near the top of the list,
call them to see if they have added any drivers to those supplied when you purchased your software.
Note: Check your software documentation for instructions on how to install a printer driver.
Compatible Printer Drivers
ML320 & ML321 Epson/IBM
IBM Proprinter
Epson FX
IBM Proprinter II/XL
IBM Graphics Printer
Epson FX86/286
Epson FX
Epson EX800/1000
ML320 & ML321 MICROLINE Standard
OKIDATA MICROLINE Standard
- Okidata Microline 320/321
- Okidata Microline 292/293
- Okidata Microline 192/193
- Okidata Microline 182/183
- Okidata Microline 92/93
- Okidata Microline 82A/83A
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Chapter 5
Control Panel Diagram
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Print Mode, Quality & Character Pitch
PRINT MODE
If your software changes one of these features, the corresponding light will change, too.
PRINT QUALITY
NLQ: The highest level of print quality. NLQ prints in two passes of the printhead.
UTL: Higher speed printing for internal documents and high-volume data printing.
HSD: The fastest print speed. Use it for quick printouts of preliminary drafts and long documents.
CHARACTER PITCH
10, 12, 17, 20 cpi: Width of characters. In the IBM emulation, you cannot print 17 and 20 cpi in NLQ.
PROP: Proportionally spaced, not available in HSD.
Double Click to see diagram of front panel >>> (
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).
Menu Mode
Menu Mode
When the printer is in Menu mode, the MENU indicator lights, and the functions shown below
the buttons are active this lets you customize the default settings from the control panel. The
selections you make on the menu are stored in the printers permanent memory.
Note: You can override features set on the menu using either the front panel or commands sent
from your computer. However, when you turn off the printer, features set by those methods will
be cancelled.
Double Click >>> (
Double Click >>> (
) for a listing of the menu for Epson/IBM mode.
) for a listing of the menu for Microline/Standard..
Entering Menu Mode
To enter Menu mode, make sure the printer has ribbon and paper. then press MODE.
The SEL light goes out, the MENU light goes on. Press GROUP, and the first line of the menu
prints:
Font
GROUP of related items
Print Mode
ITEM within the group
Utility
Current SETting for the item
For example (Epson/IBM model), to change to NLQ Courier printing, press SET.
This line:
Font
Print Mode
Utility
changes to this:
Font
Print Mode
NLQ Courier
Same ITEM
New SETTING
Same GROUP
Exiting the Menu Mode
When youve made the changes you want, press MODE to record the changes and return to
Print mode. (MENU light goes out.)
Note: To restore the menu to its original factory settings, turn the printer off. Then hold down
the SEL and MODE buttons while you turn it on again.
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Listing of Menu Selections: Epson/IBM Models
Menu Selections: Epson/IBM Models
Double Click >>> (
) for instructions on getting into the menu mode.
Factory settings are in bold
Group
Item
Font
Print Mode
Utility, NLQ Courier, NLQ Sans
Serif, DRAFT
DRAFT Mode
HSD, SSD
Pitch
10 CPI, 12 CPI, 17.1 CPI,
20CPI, Proportional
Style
Normal, Italics
Size
Single, Double
Emulation Mode
IBM PPR, Epson FXe
Graphics
Bi-directional, Uni-directional
Max Receive Buffer
Full, 1 Line
Paper Out Override
No, Yes
Print Registration
0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, +5, +4, +3,
+2, +1
Operator Panel
Functions
Full Operation, Limited
Operation
Reset Inhibit
No, Yes
Print Suppress Effective
Yes, No
Page Width (Model 321 only)
13.6", 8"
CPU Compensation
Normal, Special
Line Spacing
6 LPI, 8 LPI
Form Tear-Off
Off, 500 ms
Skip Over Perforation
No, Yes
Auto LF
No, Yes
Auto CR
No, Yes
Auto Feed XT
Invalid, Valid
Page Length
11", 11½", 12", 14", 17", 3",
3.5", 4",5.5", 6", 7", 8", 8.5"
General
Control
Vertical Control
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Options
Settings Configurations
Symbol Sets
Serial Interface
(appears only with
optional Serial Interface
installed)
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Cut Sheet Page Length
11", 11½", 12", 14", 17", 3",
3.5", 4",5.5", 6", 7", 8", 8.5"
Character Set
Epson, Set I, Set II
Language Set
American, French, German,
British, Danish I, Swedish,
Italian, Spanish I, Japanese,
Norwegian, Danish II, Spanish
II, Latin American, French
Canadian, Dutch, Publisher
Zero Character
Slashed, Unslashed
Parity
None, Odd, Even
Serial Data 7 or 8 Bits
8, 7
Protocol
Ready/Busy, X-ON/X-OFF
Diagnostic Test
No, Yes
Busy Line
SSD-, SSD+, DTR, RTS
Baud Rate
9600 BPS, 4800 BPS, 600
BPS, 300 BPS, 19200 BPS
DSR Signal
Valid, Invalid
DTR Signal
Ready on Power Up, Ready on
Select
Busy Time
200 ms, 1 sec
Menu Selections: Microline Standard Models
Menu Selections: Microline Standard Models
Double Click >>> (
) for instructions on getting into the menu mode.
Factory settings are in bold
Group
Item
Font
Print Mode
Utility, NLQ Courier, NLQ Sans
Serif, DRAFT
DRAFT Mode
HSD, SSD
Pitch
10 CPI, 12 CPI, 17.1 CPI,
20CPI
Proportional Spacing
No, Yes
Style
Normal, Italics
Size
Single, Double
Graphics
Bi-directional, Uni-directional
7 or 8 Bit Graphics
7, 8
Paper Out Override
No, Yes
Print Registration
0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, +5, +4, +3,
+2, +1
7 or 8 Bit Data Word
8, 7
Operator Panel Functions
Full Operation, Limited
Operation
Print Suppress Effective
Yes, No
Printable DEL code
Yes, No
CPU Compensation
Standard, Special
Line Spacing
6 LPI, 8 LPI
Form Tear-Off
Off, 500 ms
Skip Over Perforation
No, Yes
Auto LF
No, Yes
Page Length
11", 112/3", 12", 14", 17", 3",
3.5", 4", 5.5", 6", 7", 8", 8.5"
Cut Sheet Page Length
11", 112/3", 12", 14", 17", 3",
3.5", 4", 5.5", 6", 7", 8", 8.5"
General Control
Vertical Control
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Options
Settings Configurations
Symbol Sets
Serial Interface
(appears only with
optional Serial Interface
installed)
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Character Set
Standard, DLL, Line Graphics
(IBM), Block Graphics
Language Set
American Slashed Zero,
American Unslashed Zero,
British, German, French,
Swedish, Danish, Norwegian,
Dutch, Italian, French Canadian,
Spanish, Publisher
Parity
None, Odd, Even
Serial Data 7 or 8 Bits
8, 7
Protocol
Ready/Busy, X-ON/X-OFF
Diagnostic Test
No, Yes
Busy Line
SSD-, SSD+, DTR, RTS
Baud Rate
9600 BPS, 4800 BPS, 2400
BPS, 1200 BPS, 600 BPS, 300
BPS, 19200 BPS
DSR Signal
Valid, Invalid
DTR Signal
Ready on Power Up, Ready on
Select
Busy Time
200 ms, 1 Second
Explanation of Menu Items
Explanation of Menu Items
7 or 8 Bit Graphics (Microline Standard)
Choose graphics your system uses: 7 or 8 dots in each column printed.
7 or 8 Bit Data Word (Microline Standard)
If your system uses seven bits to make up each unit of data, choose 7.
Auto CR (IBM):
Choose Yes to have the printer automatically add a Carriage Return to each Line Feed command
it receives.
Auto Feed XT (Epson)
If your system uses pin 14 of the parallel interface to control automatic line feed, select Valid.
Auto LF:
If your printout is consistently double spaced, select No; if it overprints, choose Yes.
Character Set (IBM/Epson):
Choose IBM Character Set I or Set II.
Character Set (Microline Standard)
Choose Line Graphics for IBM Character Set I, Block Graphics for graphic characters, or DLL for
printing custom characters designed on your computer and downloaded to the printer.
CPU Compensation
Choose Special if you have difficulty interacting with your computer through the parallel interface.
Cut Sheet Page Length
Choose the length of the single sheet paper youre using.
Form Tear-Off
Choose 500 ms to turn this feature on.
Graphics
Choose Uni-directional (left to right only) for better graphics print registration at slower
speed.
Language Set
These sets replace certain symbols with special characters used in the respective foreign
languages. The Microline Standard menu also includes American Slashed Zero and American
Unslashed Zero.
Line Spacing
Choose 6 or 8 lines per inch.
Max Receive Buffer
Choose Full to use the maximum receive buffer memory. Choose 1 line to limit the receive
buffer to one line of data.
Operator Panel Functions
Choose Limited Operation to deactivate the PRINT QUALITY, CHARACTER PITCH, and
MODE buttons on the control panel.
Note: To reactivate the menu, turn off the printer, then hold down the MODE button and
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turn the printer on again. Enter the Menu Mode and reset this item to Full Operation.
Page Length
Choose the length of the paper youre using.
Page Width (Model 321)
Choose 8 for letter-size paper.
Paper Out Override
Senses when less than one inch of paper remains and stops printing. Choose Yes to override
the detector. Be careful: this feature can cause loss of data and damage the printhead.
Pitch
Choose character width measured in characters per inch (cpi), or proportionally spaced
characters (Epson/IBM only).
Print Mode
Choose the NLQ (Near Letter Quality) Courier or Sans Serif font, Utility for quicker printing,
or DRAFT for fastest printing.
Print Registration
Use this with bidirectional bit image graphics to improve registration.
Print Suppress Effective
If your system uses the DC1 and DC3 codes for something other than the print suppress
mode, choose No.
Printable DEL Code
Choose NO if you don't want to print the DEL code (dec 127) as a solid box.
Proportional Spacing (Microline Standard)
Choose Yes for proportionally spaced printing.
Reset Inhibit
Choose Yes to prevent your software from resetting the printers settings.
Size
Choose Double for double width and height printing.
Skip Over Perforation
Choose Yes if you want the printer to go to the next page when it comes within 1 of the
bottom. Keep it set to No if your software has its own page formatting controls.
Style
Choose Normal (upright) or Italics (slanted).
Zero Character (Epson/IBM)
Choose Slashed when its important to distinguish between a zero and a capital letter O.
For MICROLINE Standard Model, see Language Set.
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Chapter 6
Problem Solving
Problem: Nothing happens when I turn on the printer.
Solution: The printer may not be plugged in. Check the power cord connection to the outlet
and to your printer. If you're using a power strip, make sure it's turned on. Check to be sure
that the circuit breaker hasn't tripped.
Problem: The ALARM light goes on.
Solution: The printer is out of paper, the paper has jammed, or the paper is installed too far
to the right and is not covering the groove at the left end of the platen. The SEL light will also
go out if you're out of paper: be sure to press the SEL button after you've reloaded paper. If
the ALARM light doesn't go out when you reload paper, call for service.
Problem: The printer doesn't print when the computer sends data.
Solutions: (1) The printer may be deselected. If the SEL light is out, press the SEL button to
select the printer.
(2) The printer cable may be loose: check the cable to be sure that it is securely connected both
to the printer and to your PC.
(3) If you have installed the serial I/F board, check to be sure that the board is firmly seated in
the printer.
Problem: When using single-sheet paper, the sheet feeds to a position where the top of form
is too far down on the page.
Solution: You need to reset the top of form: first press the FORM FEED button to eject the
paper; then, after making sure the ALARM light is on, press the TOF/QUIET button to reset
the top of form. The paper should now feed to the proper position.
Problem: The paper keeps jamming.
Solution: Be sure to set the top of form so that the paper is held in place by the bail arm
if not, it will catch on the bail arm as it advances. Don't use the FORM FEED button to load
paper into the printer.
Problem: The printer suddenly changes to unidirectional printing, then stops completely and t
he MENU light flashes.
Solution: This is a feature designed to protect the printhead from overheating when it's been
printing for a long time. When the printhead reaches a certain temperature, the printer switches
to unidirectional printing. If heat continues to increase, the printer stops until the printhead cools
down; then it automatically resumes printing.
Problem: There are dots missing in my printouts.
Solution: The head gap may not be set correctly. Try moving the head gap lever to a lower
setting (see Setting the Head Gap( ) in Chapter 1 of this manual). If that doesn't help, call for
service.
Problem: I'm getting strange symbols, incorrect fonts, etc., when I try to print a document.
Solutions: (1) The printer driver you have selected does not match the emulation selected for
your printer. For the Epson/IBM model, first check the driver selected in the printer menu: (a)
make sure paper is loaded, (b) press the MODE button, (c) press the GROUP button, (d) if
necessary, press the SET button to change the emulation, (e) press the MODE button to exit
the menu. If the emulation is correct, check your software to be sure that you have selected
one of the drivers listed for that emulation in Chapter 4( ).
(2) If you have embedded any printer commands in your software, check to be sure that you
entered them correctly.
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Problem: My word processor files don't print the way I have the menu and
front panel set.
Solution: Before sending a file to the printer, many word processors send
either an initialization string or an I-Prime signal to the printer.
The initialization string contains commands that change the printer to a default
set of features. These commands override panel or menu settings. To set your
printer to ignore the reset command, enter the printer menu and change the Reset
Inhibit item in the General Control group to Yes. Please note that while this stops
the reset command from resetting your printer, other commands in the initialization
string may still override the printer menu and/or front panel settings.
The I-Prime signal is sent over the parallel interface (pin 31) and automatically
overrides any settings you have made using the front panel.
Problem: The menu and print feature buttons on the front panel won't work.
Solution: The Operator Panel Function item on the printer menu can be used to
disable these buttons. If the printer is part of a customized system or if it is used
by a number of people, the system manager may have used this option to make
sure the printer is always set properly.
Problem: Static electricity causes my continuous-form paper to stick.
Solution: Sometimes static charges can build up on continuous-form paper, making it
cling to the paper separator. If you have this problem during high-volume printing jobs,
try moving the paper guides together so that the paper rests on the guides rather than
on the separator itself.
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Cleaning the Housing
Cleaning the Housing
Never use solvents or strong detergents on the cabinet they could damage the housing.
You should clean the printer every six months (or after about 300 hours of operation).
Turn the printer off and move the paper out of the paper path. Open the access cover.
Remove any loose pieces of paper from the carriage area, then use a clean, dry cloth
to dust area around the carriage and platen. Close access cover.
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Appendix A
Ml320/Ml321 Specifications
Impact dot matrix
Print Method
Printhead
9 pins
Print Speed,
Characters per second (cps)
Super Speed Draft (SSD):
360 cps (12 cpi only)
High Speed Draft (HSD):
300 cps
Utility:
250 cps
Near Letter Quality (NLQ):
62.5 cps
Characters per line(cpl)
ML320/ML321
at 10 cpi
80 cpl/136 cpl
at 12 cpi
96 cpl/163 cpl
at 17.1 cpi
137 cpl/233 cpl
at 20 cpi
160 cpl/272 cpl
Emulations
E/I Model: Epson FX or IBM
Proprinter
Standard Model: OKI Microline
Reliability
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
Mean Time to Repair (MTTR)
Printhead life
Ribbon Life
Interface
6000 hours at 25% duty cycle and
35% page density
15 minutes
200 million characters on average
3 million characters on average
Centronics parallel standard
RS-232C serial optional
Dimensions (W x D x H)
Weight
ML 320/321 ( 96-02-01 )
Model 320:
15.7" x 13.6" x 4.6"
Model 321:
21.7" x 13.6" x 4.6"
Model 320:
15.4 lb.
Model 321:
20.9 lb.
Environmental Requirements
Operating Temperature:
Storage Temperature:
Operating Humidity:
Storage Humidity:
Electrical requirements
41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)
14 to 109°F (-10 to +43°C)
20 to 90% RH
5 to 95% RH
120 volts ac (+5.5%, -15%), 60 Hz
(±2%)
Also available for 230/240 volts ac,
50/60 Hz
(special order)
Paper Specifications
Minimum Width:
3"
Maximum Width:
Model 32010"
Model 32116"
Specifications subject to change without notice.
ML 320/321 ( 96-02-01 )
Paper Specifications
Paper Specifications
Paper type
Feed
Weight
Thickness
Cut sheets
Top only
14 to 24 lb.
0.002" to 0.0049"
Single-part
continuous forms
Rear, Bottom (with
optional pull tractor)
12 to 24 lb.
0.0020" to 0.0049"
Carbonless, multipart
continuous form (orig.
+ 4 copies)
Rear, Bottom (with
optional pull tractor)
9 to 11 lb.
0.014" max.
Interleaf, multipart
continuous forms
(orig. + 4 copies)
Rear, Bottom (with
optional pull tractor)
10 to 12-lb. paper,
9-lb. carbon
0.014" max.
Labels (Caution! do
not use fabric labels;
do not print on edge
or perforation of
label)
Bottom only (with
optional pull tractor)
N/A
0.011" max.
Carrier width
8.5" max. for ML320,
15" max. for ML321
Envelopes, single
feed:
6.5" x 3-5/8"
8-7/8" x 3-7/8"
9-1/2" x 4-1/8"
Top
24 lb. max.
0.016" max.
Card stock
Bottom only
120 lb. max.
0.009" max.
Size: 5" x 8" max.
Transparencies
Top only
Size: 8.5" x 11"
0.004" max.
Specifications subject to change without notice.
ML 320/321 ( 96-02-01 )