TTP-244M Pro series (English)
TTP-244M Pro / TTP-342M Pro
TTP-244ME Pro / TTP-342ME Pro
THERMAL TRANSFER / DIRECT THERMAL
BAR CODE PRINTER
USER’S
MANUAL
Copyright Information
© 2011 TSC Auto ID Technology Co., Ltd,
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therein are owned by TSC Auto ID Technology Co., Ltd, All rights reserved.
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Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not
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any purpose other than the purchaser’s personal use, without the expressed
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CE CLASS A
EN55022:2006+A1:2007
EN50024:1998+A1:2001+A2:2003
EN61000-4-2:2008, EN61000-4-3: 2008, EN61000-4-4: 2004
EN 60950-1:2006+A11:2009 (LVD)
GB9254-2008 (CLASS A)
GB4943-2001
GB17625.1-2003
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CONTENTS
1. PRODUCT INTRODUCTION.............................................................. 1
2. GETTING STARTED .......................................................................... 2
2.1 Equipment Checklist ........................................................................................ 2
2.2 Printer Parts ..................................................................................................... 3
2.3 Buttons and Indicators ..................................................................................... 6
3. SET UP .............................................................................................. 8
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
Setting up the Printer ....................................................................................... 8
Loading the Ribbon .......................................................................................... 9
Loading the Label .......................................................................................... 13
Loading Media in Peel-off Mode (Option) ...................................................... 16
Loading Media in Cutter Mode (Option) ......................................................... 18
4. POWER-ON UTILITIES ................................................................... 19
4.1 Self Test Utility ............................................................................................... 19
4.2 Gap Sensor Calibration Utility ........................................................................ 22
4.3 Printer Initialization ........................................................................................ 23
5. DIAGNOSTIC TOOL ......................................................................... 24
5.1 Start the Diagnostic Tool ................................................................................ 24
5.2 Printer Function .............................................................................................. 25
6. TROUBLESHOOTING ...................................................................... 26
7. MAINTENANCE ................................................................................ 27
REVISE HISTORY ................................................................................ 28
APPENDIX A MENU CONTROL FLOWCHART (OPTION) ................... 1
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1.
PRODUCT INTRODUCTION
Thank you very much for purchasing this bar code printer. The attractive printer
delivers superior performance at an economical price. Both powerful and easyto-use, this printer is your best choice.
The printer offers both thermal transfer and direct thermal printing at user
selectable speeds: either 1.5, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 IPS (Inch Per Second) for 203 DPI
model; 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 IPS for 300 DPI model. It can accept a wide range of
media, including roll feed, die-cut, and fan-fold labels for both thermal transfer
and direct thermal printing. All of the most frequently used bar code formats are
available. Fonts and bar codes can be printed in any one of the four directions.
This printer provides a choice of five different sizes of alphanumeric fonts. By
using font multiplication, an even greater range of sizes is possible. Smooth fonts
can be down-loaded from the user friendly, Windows labeling software. In
addition, this printer is capable of independently executing BASIC programming
functions, including arithmetic, logical operation, loop, flow-control and file
management, among others. This programming capability provides the greatest
efficiency in label printing.
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2.
GETTING STARTED
This printer has been specially packaged to withstand damage in the shipping
process. However, for fear that unexpected damage might occur, upon
receiving the bar code printer, carefully inspect the package and the device. In
case of evident damage, contact the carrier directly to specify the nature and
extent of the damage. Please retain the packaging materials in case you need
to reship the printer.
2.1 Equipment Checklist
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One bar code printer unit
One ribbon paper core for ribbon rewind spindle
Two ribbon supply/rewind spindle (2 pcs)
One USB interface cable
One power cord
One Windows labeling software/ Windows driver CD disk
One quick start guide
Separately purchased items may also be included. These additional items may
include:
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Labels
Ribbons
Stand-alone keyboard
Cutter module
Peel-off module
If any parts are missing, please contact the Customer Service Department of
your purchased reseller or distributor.
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2.2 Printer Parts
Front View
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9
8
7
6
5
1
4
3
2
1. Printer cover/ Release handle
2. Label dispense opening
3. Liner opening (Option function)
4. MENU button (Option for E series)
5. PAUSE/ SELECT button
6. FEED/ SET button
7. Error indicator
8. On-line indicator
9. LCD display (Option for E series)
10. Power indicator
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Interior View
1
2
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3
4
7
6
5
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1. Ribbon supply spindle
2. Label roll guard
3. Label supply spindle
4. Ribbon rewind spindle
5. Sensor switch
6. Print head release lever
7. Front panel
8. Printer cover
9. Print head
10. Platen roller
11. Media sensor
12. Adjustable label guide
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Rear View
3
4
1
5
2
6
8
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1. Centronics interface (Option for E series)
2. Ethernet interface (Option)
3. USB interface
4. Label insert opening (For use with external labels)
5. RS-232C interface connector
6. SD card socket
7. Power switch
8. Power cord socket
Note: The interface picture here is for reference only. Please refer to the
specification for the interfaces availability.
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2.3 Buttons and Indicators
POWER Indicator
The green POWER indicator illuminates when the power switch is turned on.
ON-LINE Indicator
The green ON-LINE indicator illuminates when the printer is ready to print. When
the PAUSE button is pressed, the ON-LINE indicator will be flash.
ERROR Indicator (Error/Paper Empty)
The red ERROR indicator illuminates in the event of a printer error, such as
paper empty, ribbon empty, out of memory, and so forth. For a full list of error
messages, please refer to Section 4.2, Troubleshooting Guide.
MENU Button (Option function for E series)
Provided with a built-in menu, the printer allows the user to directly set printing
parameters or view printer status on the LCD display panel. To enter the Menu
mode, press the MENU button. Press the button over again to proceed form one
menu item to another or to revert to the original Ready status. The menu is
comprised of these major items: Printer Info, File List, Memory Info,
Date/Time, and Printer Setup. Each of said items, in turn, is made up of a
number of sub-items, which can be selected by pressing the SELECT button, or
viewed or set by pressing the SET button. Refer to Appendix for the structure
and operation logic of the menu.
PAUSE/SELECT Button
This button combines two functions: PAUSE if the printer is in the Ready status,
or SELECT if in the Menu mode.(Option function for E series)
The PAUSE button allows the user to hold a print job and then resume the
printing with a second depression of the button. By pressing the PAUSE button:
(1) the printer stops at the completion of printing of the current label, (2) the
PAUSE LED flashes, and (3) the printer holds all data in memory. This allows for
trouble-free replacement of label stock and thermal transfer ribbon. A second
depression of the PAUSE button will restart the printer.
Note: If the PAUSE button is held down for more than 3 seconds, the
printer will be reset and all data of the previous printing job will be
lost.
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The SELECT button allows the user select for the sub-item to be processed.
Once the sub-item has been selected, the user can change its setting by
pressing the SET button. (Option function for E series)
FEED/SET Button
As does the PAUSE/SELECT button, this button also has dual functions: FEED
and SET.
Press the FEED button for label to advance to the next print position.
Press the SET button to change parameter settings or view printer status on the
LCD screen. (Option function for series)
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3. SET UP
3.1 Setting up the Printer
1.
2.
3.
4.
Place the printer on a flat, secure surface.
Make sure the power switch is off.
Connect the printer to the computer mainframe with the provided printer cable.
Plug the power cord into the AC power cord socket at the rear of the printer,
and then plug the power cord into a properly grounded receptable.
Note: Please switch OFF printer power switch prior to plug in the power cord to printer
power jack.
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3.2 Loading the Ribbon
1. Open the printer cover and front panel.
2. Place an empty paper core onto the ribbon rewind spindle.
3. Insert the left side first. Mount the ribbon rewind paper core on the front hubs.
Please be noted that the bigger hub side with 4 ribs must be installed toward
the right side of ribbon mechanism.
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4. Install a ribbon on the ribbon supply spindle. Mount the ribbon supply spindle
on the rear hubs. Insert the left side first.
5. Please be noted that the bigger hub side with 4 ribs must be installed toward
the right side of ribbon mechanism.
6. Disengage the printer carriage by pulling the print head release lever.
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7. Following the direction of the  RIBBON label, pull the ribbon leader to the
front from beneath the printer carriage.
8. Attach the ribbon leader to the ribbon rewind paper core (with a tape).
5. Rotate the ribbon rewind roller until the ribbon overlaps the ribbon leader and
stretches tight.
6. Engage the printer carriage.
7. Close the printer cover and press the FEED button until the green ON-LINE
LED illuminates.
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Note:
 When switched on, the printer will automatically detect whether ribbon is
installed to set printer to direct thermal or thermal transfer mode. As such,
to use thermal transfer mode, be sure to install the ribbon, the label, and
engage the ribbon mechanism before you switch on the printer. To use
direct thermal mode, install the label and engage the ribbon mechanism
before switching on the printer.
 Please refer to videos on TSC YouTube or driver CD.
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3.3 Loading the Label
1. Open the printer cover and front panel.
2. Lower the label roll guard to the horizontal position, slide the label stock into
label roll spindle, and then flip back the label roll guard.
3. Disengage the printer carriage by pulling the print head release lever located
to the left side of the platen.
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4. Install the label so that it goes (when using an external label roll mount:
through the label feed slot) in the direction of the  LABEL label and under the
ribbon mechanism to lay upon the platen.
5. Adjust the label guide to fit the width of the media.
6. Engage the printer carriage.
7. Wind the label roll until it becomes adequately stretched for the intended
purpose.
8. Select the using label type by sensor switch.
“M” for single column label
“R” for double column label
9. Close the printer cover and front panel.
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10. Use “Diagnostic Tool” to set the media sensor type and calibrate the selected
sensor. (Start the “Diagnostic tool”  Select the “Printer Configuration” tab 
Click the “Calibrate Sensor” button) Please refer to the section 4.
Note:
 Please calibrate the gap/black mark sensor when changing the media.
 When the printer is out of ribbon or label, the ON-LINE LED will not come
on and the ERROR LED will flash. Reload the ribbon or media without
turning off the printer. Press the FEED button a few times until the ONLINE LED illuminates, the printing job will be resumed without data loss.
 Please refer to videos on TSC YouTube or driver CD.
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3.4 Loading Media in Peel-off Mode (Option)
1. Please refer to section 3.3 to loarding the media and to calibrate the sensor
first.
2. Remove the foremost one or two labels from the liner.
Liner
Label
3. Pull the print head release lever to feed the liner between the platen and the
white peel-off roller.
White peel-off
roller
Platen
4. Feed the liner through the liner opening in the front panel.
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Liner
opening
5. Close the print head, front panel and printer cover.
Liner
6. Set the “post-print action” to “peel”. Peeling will automatically start. Press the
FEED button to test.
Label
Liner
Note: Please calibrate the gap/black mark sensor when changing media.
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3.5 Loading Media in Cutter Mode (Option)
1. Please refer to section 3.3 to loarding the media.
2. Install the label so that it goes (when using an external label roll mount:
through the label feed slot) in the direction of the  LABEL label and under the
ribbon mechanism. Feed the label through the cutter opening.
3. Adjust the label guide to fit the width of the media.
4. Engage the printer carriage.
5. Close the printer cover and front panel.
6. Use “Diagnostic Tool” to set the media sensor type and calibrate the selected
sensor. And set the “post-print action” to “cutter”.
Note:
 Please calibrate the gap/black mark sensor when changing the media.
 When the printer is out of ribbon or label, the ON-LINE LED will not come on
and the ERROR LED will flash. Reload the ribbon or media without turning off
the printer. Press the FEED button a few times until the ON-LINE LED illuminates,
the printing job will be resumed without data loss.
 Cutter module specification:
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Rotary regular cutter
− Paper thickness: Min. 0.12mm, 500,000 cuts
Max. 0.20mm, 250,000 cuts
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Rotary heavy duty cutter
− Paper thickness: Min. 0.12mm, 500,000 cuts
Max. 0.25mm, 250,000 cuts
 Except for the linerless cutter, all regular/heavy duty/care label cutters DO NOT
cut on media with glue.
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4. POWER-ON UTILITIES
There are three power-on utilities to set up and test the printer hardware. These
utilities are activated by pressing the FEED or PAUSE button and turning on the
printer power simultaneously. The utilities are listed below:
1. Self test
2. Gap sensor calibration
3. Printer initialization
4.1 Self Test Utility
Install the label first. Press the FEED button and then turn on the printer power.
Do not release the FEED button until the printer feeds labels. The printer performs the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Calibrate label pitch
Print out thermal print head check pattern
Print the internal settings
Enter dump mode
To initiate the self test mode, hold down the FEED button and activate the printer
power simultaneouly. The printer will calibrate the label length. If the label gap is
not detected within 7", the printer stops feeding labels and the media is regarded
as continuous paper. In self test, a check pattern is used to check the performance of the thermal print head. Following the check pattern, the printer prints its
internal settings as listed below:
Self-test printout
Model name and F/W version
Serial no.
Printed mileage (meter)
Firmware checksum
Serial port configuration
Code page
Country code
Print speed (inch/sec)
Print darkness
Label size (inch)
Gap distance (inch)
Gap/black mark sensor sensitivity
Numbers of download files
Total & available memory space
Print head check pattern
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Self-test printout (with printer firmware V7.0 and later version)
Model name
F/W version
Firmware checksum
Printer S/N
TSC configuration file
System date
System time
Printed mileage (meter)
Cutting counter
Print speed (inch/sec)
Print darkness
Label size (inch)
Gap distance (inch)
Gap/black mark sensor intension
Code page
Country code
ZPL setting information
Print darkness
Print speed (inch/sec)
Label size
Control prefix
Format prefix
Delimiter prefix
Printer power up motion
Printer head close motion
Note:
®
ZPL is emulating for Zebra
language.
RS232 serial port
configuration
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Numbers of download files
Total & available memory
space
Print head check pattern
When the self test is completed, the printer enters the dump mode. Please turn
the printer's power off and then on again to resume normal printing.
Note:
The physical flash memory on board is 4MB respectively. Due to system
firmware will occupy 1.5MB, so total available flash memory space for
downloads is 2.5MB bytes.
The DRAM on board is 8MB respectively. For DRAM, system and image
buffer will occupy it, so total available DRAM for downloads will be 256 K
bytes.
Dump Mode
After the self test, the printer enters the dump mode. In this mode, any characters sent from the host computer will be printed in two columns, as shown. The
characters received will be shown in the first column, and their corresponding
hexadecimal values, in the second. This is often helpful to users for the verification of programming commands or debugging of printer programs. Reset the
printer by turning the POWER switch off and on.
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4.2 Gap Sensor Calibration Utility
This utility is used to calibrate the sensitivity of the gap sensor. Users may have
to calibrate the gap sensor on two occasions:
1. Changing to a new type of label media.
2. Initializing the printer.
Note: The ERROR LED may flash if gap sensor is not calibrated properly.
Please follow the steps below to calibrate the gap sensor:
1. Turn off the printer power and install blank labels (without any logo or
character) on the printer.
2. Hold down the PAUSE button and turn on the printer power.
3. Release PAUSE button when the printer feeds labels. Do not turn off the
printer power until the printer stops and the two green LEDs light on.
Note: Black mark sensor has fixed sensitivity. It is no need to calibrate the
black mark sensor
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4.3 Printer Initialization
Printer initialization clears all downloaded files resident in the flash memory and
sets printer parameters to default values.
Please follow the steps below to initialize the printer:
1. Turn off the printer power.
2. Hold down the PAUSE and FEED buttons and turn on the printer power.
3. Do not release the buttons until the three LEDs flash in turn.
Parameter
Speed
Density
Label width
Label height
Sensor type
Gap setting
Print direction
Reference point
Offset
Print mode
Serial port settings
Code page
Country code
Clear flash memory
Shift X
Shift Y
Gap sensor
sensitivity
LCD Language
IP address
Default setting
50.8 mm/sec(2 ips)(203DPI)
38.1 mm/sec(1.5 ips)(300DPI)
8
4” (101.6 mm)
4” (101.6 mm)
Gap sensor
0.12” (3.0 mm)
0
0,0 (upper left corner)
0
Tear Mode
9600 bps, none parity, 8 data bits, 1
stop bit
850
001
Yes
0
0
8
ENGLISH
DHCP
Note:
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Printing method (thermal transfer or thermal direct printing ) will be set
automatically at the activation of printer power.
Download files will be deleted after printer initialization.
Sensor calibration is required after printer initialization before printing
labels.
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5. DIAGNOSTIC TOOL
TSC’s Diagnostic Utility is an integrated tool incorporating features that enable
you to explore a printer’s settings/status; change a printer’s settings; download
graphics, fonts and firmware; create a printer bitmap font; and send additional
commands to a printer. With the aid of this powerful tool, you can review printer
status and settings in an instant, which makes it much easier to troubleshoot
problems and other issues.
5.1 Start the Diagnostic Tool
1. Double click on the Diagnostic tool icon
to start the software.
2. There are four features (Printer Configuration, File Manager, Bitmap Font
Manager, Command Tool) included in the Diagnostic utility.
Features tab
Interface
Printer functions
Printer setup
Printer Status
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5.2 Printer Function
1. Select the PC interface connected with bar code printer.
2. Click the “Function” button to setting.
3. The detail functions in the Printer Function Group are listed as below.
Function
RTC Time
Description
Calibrate the sensor specified in the Printer
Setup group media sensor field
Setup the IP address, subnet mask, gateway
for the on board Ethernet
Synchronize printer Real Time Clock with PC
Print Test Page
Print a test page
Reset Printer
Reboot printer
Calibrate Sensor
Ethernet Setup
Dump Text
Initialize the printer and restore the settings
to factory default.
To activate the printer dump mode.
Ignore AUTO.BAS
Configuration Page
Password Setup
Ignore the downloaded AUTO.BAS program
Print printer configuration
Set the password to protect the settings
Factory Default
Note:
For more information about Diagnostic Tool, please refer to the diagnostic utility quick
start guide in the CD disk \ Utilities directory.
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6. TROUBLESHOOTING
The following guide lists some of the most common problems that may be
encountered when operating the bar code printer. If the printer still does not
function after all suggested solutions have been invoked, please contact the
Customer Service Department of your purchased reseller or distributor for
assistance
Problem
Ribbon does not advance or
rewind
Solution
The media and ribbon must be installed
and close print head mechanism prior to
turning on printer power.
Poor print quality
Clean the thermal print head.
Adjust the print density setting.
Ribbon and media are not compatible.
Media thickness is over spec.
Power indicator does not
illuminate
Check the power cord, see whether it is
properly connected.
ON-LINE indicator is off, ERROR
indicator is on
Out of paper or out of ribbon
Calibrate the sensitivity of gap sensor.
Rewind ribbon paper core is not installed.
Continuous feeding when printing
labels
Calibrate the gap sensor.
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7. MAINTENANCE
This session presents the clean tools and methods to maintain your printer.
1. Please use one of following material to clean the printer.
 Cotton swab (Head cleaner pen)
 Lint-free cloth
 Vacuum / Blower brush
 100% ethanol
2. The cleaning process is described as following,
Printer Part
Method
Interval
1. Always turn off the printer
Clean the print head when changing a
before cleaning the print head. new label roll
2. Allow the print head to cool for
a minimum of one minute.
3. Use a cotton swab (Head
cleaner pen) and 100% ethanol
to clean the print head surface.
Print Head
Platen Roller
Tear Bar/Peel
Bar
Sensor
Exterior
Interior
1. Turn the power off.
2. Rotate the platen roller and
wipe it thoroughly with 100%
ethanol and a cotton swab, or
lint-free cloth.
Use the lint-free cloth with 100%
ethanol to wipe it.
Compressed air or vacuum
Wipe it with water-dampened
cloth
Brush or vacuum
Clean the platen roller when changing
a new label roll
As needed
Monthly
As needed
As needed
Note:
 Do not touch printer head by hand. If you touch it careless, please use ethanol
to clean it.
 Please use 100% Ethenol. DO NOT use medical alcohol, which may damage
the printer head.
 Regularly clean the print head and supply sensors once change a new ribbon to
keep printer performance and extend printer life.
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Revise History
Date
2013/3/21
2013/4/3
Content
Modify section 4.1
Add cutter module specification on section 3.5
Add V7.0 F/W self test on section 4.1
Add TSC YouTube web address
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Editor
Camille
Camille
Appendix A Menu Control Flowchart (Option)
The following shows the control flowchart of the menu.
READY
PRINTER INFO.:
SPEED:3
PRINTER INFO.:
DENSITY:8
PRINTER INFO.:
COM1:96,N,8,1
PRINTER INFO.:
CODE PAGE:437
PRINTER INFO.:
COUNTRY:001
PRINTER INFO.:
SIZE:X.XX,X.XX
PRINTER INFO.:
GAP:X.XX,X.XX
PRINTER INFO.:
PEEL-OFF:OFF
PRINTER INFO.:
CUTTER:ON
PRINTER INFO.:
RIBBON:ON
FILE LIST:
END OF LIST
FILE LIST:
XXXXXXXX.XXX
FILE LIST:
END OF LIST
MEMORY INFO.:
F-TOTAL: XXXX K
MEMORY INFO.:
F-AVAIL: XXXX K
MEMORY INFO.:
D-TOTAL: XXXX K
DATE/TIME:
DATE:XXXX/XX/XX
DATE/TIME:
TIME:XX:XX
PRINTER INFO.:
TTP243M V1.XX
PANEL CONTROL
FLOW CHART
MEMORY INFO.:
D-AVAIL: XXXX K
MENU
SELECT
SET
PRINTER SETUP:
LANG:ENG
(Continued on next page)
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PRINTER SETUP:
LANG:ENG
PRINTER SETUP:
LANG:繁體中文
PRINTER SETUP:
LANG:日本語
PRINTER SETUP:
SPEED:1.5
PRINTER SETUP:
SPEED:2
PRINTER SETUP:
SPEED:3
PRINTER SETUP:
LANG:簡体中文
READY
MENU
SELECT
PRINTER SETUP:
DENSITY:0
PRINTER SETUP:
DENSITY:1
......
PRINTER SETUP:
DENSITY:15
PRINTER SETUP:
BAUD RATE:19200
PRINTER SETUP:
BAUD RATE:9600
PRINTER SETUP:
BAUD RATE:4800
PRINTER SETUP:
BAUD RATE:2400
PRINTER SETUP:
PARITY:NONE
PRINTER SETUP:
PARITY:EVEN
PRINTER SETUP:
PARITY:ODD
SET
PRINTER SETUP:
DATA BITS:8
(Continued on next page)
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PRINTER SETUP:
DATA BITS:8
PRINTER SETUP:
DATA BITS:7
READY
MENU
PRINTER SETUP:
STOP BITS:1
PRINTER SETUP:
STOP BITS:2
SELECT
SET
PRINTER SETUP:
LANG:ENG
A- 3
TSC Auto ID Technology Co., Ltd.
Corporate Headquarters
9F., No.95, Minquan Rd., Xindian Dist.,
New Taipei City 23141, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
TEL: +886-2-2218-6789
FAX: +886-2-2218-5678
Web site: www.tscprinters.com
E-mail: [email protected]
[email protected]
Li Ze Plant
No.35, Sec. 2, Ligong 1st Rd., Wujie Township,
Yilan County 26841, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
TEL: +886-3-990-6677
FAX: +886-3-990-5577
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