Star Manufacturing LC-4522 User's Manual

Star Manufacturing LC-4522 User's Manual
USER’S MANUAL
LC-4522
DOT MATRIX PRINTERS
Contents
Chapter 1: Printer Setup … 1
Choosing a place for the printer … 1
Upacking the printer … 2
General guide … 3
Open the front cover … 4
Removing the protective materials … 4
Installing the platen knob … 6
Installing the ribbon cassette … 6
Removing the ribbon cassette … 8
Installing the paper guide … 9
Standing up the paper guide … 10
Connecting to a power outlet and turning power on and off … 11
Loading fanfold paper … 12
Printing on fanfold paper … 16
Parking fanfold paper … 17
Unpaking fanfold paper … 17
Using the tear-off function … 18
Connecting to your computer … 18
Chapter 2: Control Panel Operations
Switching between on- line and off- line … 20
Selecting a Print Quality … 21
Entering the Print Quality Lock Mode … 21
Entering the Multi-part Mode … 22
Line feed … 23
Setting the top of form position … 24
Tear-off Function (fanfold paper) … 24
Selecting the Quiet Print Mode … 24
Changing the auto load position … 25
Save a macro … 26
Clearing the printer’s buffer … 26
Initializing the printer … 27
Chapter 3: Using the EDS Mode
About EDS Mode settings … 28
Entering the EDS Mode … 28
Selecting a bank … 29
Changing a switch setting … 29
Printing the current switch settings … 30
Exiting the EDS Mode … 30
EDS Mode Settings … 31
Chapter 4: Using the Printer with MS-DOS
Setting up for printing with MS-DOS … 40
Chapter 5: Paper Handling
Selecting paper types … 41
Adjusting for paper thickness … 43
Paper Handling … 44
Automatic fanfold feeding … 44
Manual sheet feeding … 44
Clearing paper jams … 45
1
Chapter 1: Printer Setup
This chapter contains important information on setting up your printer. Be sure
to read this chapter carefully before using the printer for the first time. In this
chapter you will learn about:
o Choosing a place for the printer
o Unpacking and setting up the printer
o Installing the platen knob
o Installing the ribbon cassette
o Loading paper
o Connecting to your computer
Choosing a place for the printer
Before actually unpacking the printer, you should take a few minutes to think
about where you plan to use it. Remember the following points when doing this.
3 Choose a firm, level surface where the printer will not be exposed to
vibration.
3 The power outlet you plan to connect to for power should be nearby and
unobstructed.
3 Make sure that the printer is close enough to your computer for you to
connect the two with your printer cable.
3 Allow six inches (15 centimeters) of free space on either side of the printer.
If you are going to use fanfold paper, make sure that there is adequate space
for paper behind the printer.
3 Make sure that the printer is not exposed to direct sunlight.
3 Make sure that the printer is well away from heaters.
3 Make sure that the surroundi ng area is clean, dry, and free of dust.
3 Make sure that the printer is connected to a reliable power outlet. It should
not be on the same electric circuit as copiers, refrigerators, or other
appliances that cause power spikes.
3 Use a power outlet that matches the power rating noted on the label affixed
to the bottom of your printer.
3 Make sure that the room where you are using the printer is not too humid.
2 Printer Setup
Unpacking the printer
Check to make sure that the carton contains each of the items shown in the
following illustration.
If anything is missing, contact the store where you bought the printer and ask
them to supply the missing part. Note that it is a good idea to keep the original
box and all the packing materials just in case y ou need to pack the printer up
again and send it somewhere at a later date.
Important!
There are several versions of this printer designed for different voltages. It is
not possible to change the voltage of a printer. If the voltage shown on the label
on the bottom of your printer does not match the voltage for your area, contact
your dealer immediately.
General guide 3
General guide
The following illustrations show the major components of your printer.
4 Printer Setup
Opening the front cover
o Lift up on the front cover and swing it open until it stops.
o To close the front cover, simply lower it back into place.
Caution!
The tear assist edge is rather sharp. Take care to avoid injuring your hands.
Note:
You can completely remove the front cover from the printer or you can stand it
up. You should normally leave the front cover closed, because it protects
against objects getting into the printer, and it cuts down on printer noise.
Removing the protective materials
Two small p ieces of packing material are inserted into the printer to protect
components during shipping. Be sure to remove them before using the printer.
o Open the rear cover by pushing it back so that the cover swings back and
down.
Removing the protective m aterials 5
o Open the front cover.
o Remove a pieces of packing material from inside the printer as shown in
the illustration.
A piece of cardboard is inserted into the printer to protect components during
shipping. Be sure to remove it before using t he printer.
o Open the rear cover.
o Remove the cardboard from the inside of the rear cover as shown in the
illustration.
6 Printer Setup
Installing the platen knob
The platen knob is packed into a recess in the packaging material.
o Install the knob on the shaft located inside the large hole on the left side of
the printer. Make sure that the two splines of the platen shaft inside the
printer fit into the slots inside the knob’s spindle. Press the knob carefully
but firmly into place as far as it will go.
Installing the ribbon cassette
o Make sure the printer is unplugged from its power outlet.
Caution!
Never move the print head while the printer is turned on. Doing so can damage
the printer. If you have just finished printing, let the print head cool for a few
minutes before you touch it.
o Remove the front cover of the printer.
o Remove the ribbon cassette from its package.
Installing the ribbon cassette 7
o Rotate the knob on the ribbon cassette clockwise to take up any slack in the
ribbon.
o Carefully place the cassette onto the mechanism making sure that the
spindle fits into the socket on the bottom of the cassette. Also
make sure that the side tabs fit into the grooves on the sides of the flame.
8 Printer Setup
o While guiding the ribbon between the print head and print head shield,
press down the ribbon fabric by pen.
o By hand, move the printer head left and right making sure that the ribbon
fabric comes into correct position.
o Replace the front cover of the printer.
Important!
Printing that is poor quality or too light is almost always due to a ribbon that is
simply worn out or “used up.” If you experience problems with print quality,
check the condition of the ribbon. If the black part looks gray and well-worn,
replace the ribbon with a new one.
Removing the ribbon cassette
Use the following procedure to remove the ribbon cassette from the printer
when you want to replace it with a new one.
o Make sure that the printer is unplugged from its power outlet.
Caution!
Never move the print head while the printer is turned on. Doing so can damage
the printer. If you have just finished printing, let the print head cool for a few
minutes before you touch it.
Installing the paper guide 9
o Open the front cover of the printer.
o By hand, move the cartridge holder to the left side where there is a cutout in
the top guide to allow easy installation and removal of the ribbon cassette.
o Using your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the two tabs on the ribbon
cassette towards the center, carefully remove the cassette from the holder.
o Use the procedure under “Installing the ribbon cassette” on page 6 to install
a new cassette.
Installing the paper guide
o Insert the two tabs on the rear cover of the printer into the holes in the
bottom of the paper guide.
o To remove the paper guide from the printer, simply pull the tabs out of the
holes.
10 Printer Setup
Standing up the paper guide
o You can move the paper guide so that it is at angle as shown in the illustrations
below.
Connecting to a power outlet and turning power on and off 11
Connecting to a power outlet and turning power on and off
o Plug the power cord of the printer into a standard power outlet whose
voltage matches the power rating noted on the label affixed to the bottom of
your printer.
Caution!
If the voltage marked on the bottom of your printer does not match the voltage
from the outlet you are using, do not plug in the power cord. Contact your
dealer for assistance.
o Set the switch on the left of the printer to 1 (ON) to turn power on, and to 0
(OFF) to turn power off.
Caution!
Whenever you turn off the power, wait for at least five seconds before turning it
back on. Otherwise you may damage the printer. We also recommend that you
unplug the printer from the power outlet whenever you do not plan to use it for
long periods. Because of this, you should locate the printer so that the power
outlet it is plugged into is nearby and easy to access.
12 Printer Setup
Loading fanfold paper
This section tells you how to load fanfold paper. Note that you can also use cut-sheet
paper. For details on using other types of paper, see “Paper Handling” on
page 41 of this manual.
o Remove the paper guide from the printer.
o Make sure printer power is turned off.
o Set the release lever to the fanfold position.
o Grasping the two back corners of the printer with the palms of your hands,
press back on the two raised areas on the top of the rear cover until it opens.
o Swing the rear cover back and down until it stops.
Loading fanfold paper 13
Note:
You can also completely remove the rear cover by simply pulling it away from
the back of the printer after you open it.
Caution!
The metal edge of the cover is rather sharp. Take care to avoid injuring your
hands when handling it.
o Pass the fanfold paper through the space between the printer case and the
rear cover.
o Unlock the two tractor covers by pulling their gray levers up, and slide
them so they are aligned approximately with the holes on the sides of the
paper. Also move the center paper support so that it is approximately
halfway between the two tractors.
o Open the covers of both tractors and insert the paper so the tractor pins fit.
o Close the tractor covers. At this point you can make final adjustments to the
paper position by releasing the gray levers and moving the tractors. The
paper should lie flat with no buckling or bulging (tractors too close) or no
stretching or elongation of the holes (tractors too far apart). After making
these adjustments, be sure that you re-lock the tractors by pushing the gray
levers back into their original positions.
14 Printer Setup
o Close the rear cover and press down gently on it until it locks into place
with a click.
Caution!
Since printing with an open rear cover may cause paper feeding problems, be
sure to close the rear cover before printing.
Loading fanfold paper 15
o Install the paper guide so that it is lay down as the illustration.
In this position, the paper guide keeps the printed paper separate from the
unprinted paper.
Then slide the right and left paper guides apart so they do not interfere with
the fanfold paper feeding.
o Turn on the printer.
The printer will beep a number of times to indicate that paper is not loaded
properly. Also, the control panel’s POWER indicator flashes whenever
paper is not loaded.
o Press the SET/EJECT/PARK button to feed the paper to the starting
position.
16 Printer Setup
Printing on fanfold paper
When printing on fanfold paper, take care not to print too close to the
perforations that separate each sheet. The following shows the recommended
print area for fanfold paper, cut-sheet paper and label paper.
Parking fanfold paper 17
Parking fanfold paper
It is not necessary to remove fanfold paper currently loaded in the printer in
order to print on cut-sheet paper. Instead, simply use the following procedure to
park the fanfold paper.
o Tear off the paper at a perforation so there is no more than half a page
sticking out of the front cover of the printer.
If necessary, you can press the control panel’s ON
printer off-line. and then use the LINE
LINE button to put the
FEED button to feed the paper until
a perforation is just past the front cover.
o Press the control panel’s ON
LINE button to put the printer off-line.
o Press the control panel’s SET/EJECT/PARK button. The printer
automatically reverse feeds the fanfold paper until it is no longer in contact
with the platen, which is indicated by the printer beeping a number of
times. Also, the control panel’s POWER indicator starts to flash because
paper is not loaded.
o Move the release lever to the cut-sheet position.
o Change the paper guide to its upright position.
You can now load cut-sheet paper into the printer using the procedures
under “Manual sheet feeding” on page 44.
Unparking fanfold paper
After you are finished printing on cut-sheet paper, use the following procedure
to unpark fanfold paper and make it available for printing.
o Remove all cut-sheet paper from the printer.
o Move the paper guide so that it is at a lay down position: (Refer to page 10.)
o Move the release lever to the fanfold position.
o Press the SET/EJECT/PARK button to feed the paper to the starting
position.
The printer automatically goes back on-line at this time.
18 Printer Setup
Using the tear-off function
The following procedure makes it easy to tear off fanfold paper.
o Check to make sure that the printer is on -line.
o Press the FORM
press the LINE
FEED button to perform the long tear-off operation, or
FEED button to perform the short tear-off operation.
The long tear-off operation causes the paper to be fed automatically so the
tear assist edge of the printer cover is aligned with the paper’s next
perforation.
The short tear-off operation causes the paper to be fed automatically so the
tear assist edge of the printer cover is located just below the last line printed
on the paper.
o Pull the paper against the tear assist edge to tear it off.
Connecting to your computer
The computer sends data to the printer through a cable. This printer does not
come with a cable, so you must purchase one separately. You will probably
want to use a standard parallel cable for connection, but note that you can also
use an optional serial-to-parallel interface converter (SPC-8K) .
Important!
The following instructions apply to the Centronics parallel cable that is used
with an IBM-compatible personal computer. Note that they do not apply to all
types of computers and cables. If you are unsure about what type of cable you
should use to connect with your computer, consult your dealer.
For an IBM-compatible personal computer:
3 Use a standard 36-pin Centronics parallel cable.
3 The parallel cable should be no longer than six feet (two meters). Longer
cables can result in poor transfer of information.
Important!
Make sure that the printer and the computer are turned off before connecting
them.
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o Plug one end of the parallel cable into the p arallel port of your computer.
The parallel port should be labeled “Printer,” “Parallel,” “PRN,” “LPT1,” or
something similar.
o Plug the other end of the parallel cable into the socket on the side of the
printer and secure it in place with the clips.
Note:
Consult your dealer for details on how to set up your computer when using the
optional SPC-8K serial-to-parallel interface converter.
20 Control Panel Operations
Chapter 2: Control Panel Operations
The control panel gives you push -button control over the printer’s operations. It
includes indicator lights, which tell you the current status of the printer at a
glance.
This chapter describes control panel functions that can be performed while the
printer is turned on and either on-line or off-line. The buttons perform different
functions in the EDS and Dot Adjustment Modes. Functions of control panel
buttons in these modes are described in the relevant sections covering them.
Switching between on-line and off-line
o Press ON LINE to switch the printer between being on-line and off-line.
o When the printer is on-line, the ON
LINE indicator is lit and the printer can
receive data from the computer. You should make sure that the printer is on-line
whenever you are trying to print.
o When the printer is in off -line, the ON
LINE indicator goes out, which
means that the printer cannot receive any data.
o Note that you can also press ON
LINE while a printing operation is in
progress to stop the printing.
Important!
Make sure that the on-line/off -line setting of the printer is correct before
performing a control panel operation.
Selecting a font 21
Selecting a Print Quality
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o Press PRINT MODE to change the printing quality selection. An indicator lights to the left of
the name of the quality that is currently selected.
Note:
The print quality setting you make with the above procedure can be changed if the
software you are using overrides the setting on the control panel. You can
prevent this by using the following procedure to put the printer into the Quality
Lock Mode when you turn it on.
The Print Quality mode will function for the image printing, too.
Entering the Print Quality Lock Mode
When the printer is in the Print Quality Lock Mode, the print quality settings you make on the
control panel are used even if your software tries to override the font. Use the
following procedure to enter the Print Quality Lock Mode.
o Turn off the printer.
o While holding down PRINT MODE, turn printer power on.
The printer is now in the Quality Lock Mode.
To exit the Print Quality Lock Mode, simply turn the printer off.
Important!
The Print Quality lock will also function if you are using Windows Truetype fonts.
22 Control Panel Operations
Entering the Multi-part Mode
When the printer is in the Multi -part Mode, the print head prints with greater
impact. It should be noted, however, that printing in the Multi-part Mode also
reduces the life of the print head. Because of this, you should use the Multi-part
Mode only for printing on four or five-ply paper. Return to the normal mode for
printing on one to three-ply paper.
Use the following procedure to enter the Multi-part Mode
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o Press MULTI-PART to change the printing force selection.
The following shows the meanings of the indicators that light on the control
panel when you press MULTI-PART.
o When you will select Auto, the printing force is controlled by the adjust-lever position.
o When you will select Normal, the printing force is always normal mode and it’s used
the single-sheet or the multi-part form which is less then 1 original and 2 copies.
o When you will select Multi, the printing force is always multi-part mode and it’s used
the multi-play form which is 1 original and 3 or 4 copies.
Line feed 23
Line feed
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
o Press LINE
LINE indicator is not lit).
FEED once to feed paper one line. Holding down LINE FEED
continually feeds paper, one line at a time, until you release the button.
Paper eject (cut-sheet paper)
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o Press SET/EJECT/PARK to eject the paper.
o After the paper is ejected, the printer will beep and the POWER indicator
will flash to indicate there is no paper in the printer.
Form feed (fanfold paper)
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o Holding down LINE FEED and press ON LINE then the printer will
automatically feed the paper to the top of the next page.
Parking fanfold paper
o Make sure the printer is off-line (ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o Press the control panel’s SET/EJECT/PARK button.
o The printer automatically reverse feeds the fanfold paper until it is no
longer in contact with the platen.
Micro feed
Use the following operation to feed the paper in very small increments. This
makes it possible to align the print head exactly where you want it.
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o While holding down ON LINE , press LINE
FEED to feed the paper
forward or SET/EJECT/PARK to feed the paper backward.
24 Control Panel Operations
Setting the top of form position
The current position of paper loaded in the printer is automatically set as the top
of the page whenever you turn power on. You can also use the following
procedure at any time to specify a different position as the top of the page.
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o Use the micro feed operations (see above) to move the paper so that the
print head is located where you want the new top of form position to be.
o While holding down PRINT MODE, press SET/EJECT/PARK.
The printer will beep once to indicate that a new top of form position has
been set.
Tear-off function (fanfold paper)
This procedure feeds fanfold paper to a position where it can be torn off easily.
o Check to make sure that the printer is on -line.
o Press the SET/EJECT/PARK button to perform the long tear-off operation, or
press the LINE
FEED button to perform the short tear-off operation.
The long tear-off operation causes the paper to be fed automatically so the
tear assist edge of the printer cover is aligned with t he paper’s next
perforation.
The short tear-off operation causes the paper to be fed automatically so the
tear assist edge of the printer cover is located just below the last line printed
on the paper.
o Pull the paper against the tear assist edge to tear it off.
o When you resume printing, the printer reverse feeds the paper to its former
position.
Selecting the Quiet Print Mode
The Quiet Print Mode lets you print with less noise than that produced with
normal printing. Use the following procedure to enter and exit the Quiet Print
Mode.
Changing the auto load position 25
Important!
Though the Quiet Print Mode prints more quietly, it also causes printing to
take considerably longer than normal printing.
o Make sure the printer is on -line (ON
LINE indicator is lit).
o Press PRINT MODE, to toggle between the Quiet Print Mode and
normal printing.
The printer emits one short beeps when the Quiet Print Mode is selected, and
two short beep when normal printing is selected.
Changing the auto load position
Normally the printer automatically feeds paper to a standard position (1/6-inch
from the top of the paper). This is called the auto load position. You can use the
following procedure to specify a different auto load position.
o Make sure the printer is off-line ( ON
LINE indicator is not lit).
o While holding down ON LINE , press PRINT
MODE and then
release the two buttons.
The printer will automatically eject the cut-sheet that is in the printer, or
reverse feed fanfold paper until it is no longer in contact with the platen.
Also, all the font and pitch indicators on the control panel will light.
o Press MULTI-PART to feed the paper to the starting position.
o Feed the paper so the print head is located where you want the new auto
load position to be.
Press LINE
FEED to feed the paper forward and SET/EJECT/PARK to feed the
paper backward. This is the micro feed operation.
o After you have the paper at the position you want, hold down ON
LINE
and press SET/EJECT/PARK to make the current print head position the new auto
load position. The printer will beep twice to indicate that the new auto load
position is set.
o To clear the new auto load position and return to the one that you set
previously (using the above procedure), press ON
LINE. To clear the
currently set auto load position and return to the standard position (1/6 -inch
from the top of the paper), hold down ON LINE and press MULTI-PART.
26 Control Panel Operations
Note:
The auto load position you set remains in effect until you turn the printer off. If
you want to save the auto load position in memory, press LINE FEED instead
of SET/EJECT/PARK while holding down ON LINE in the above step.
Saving a macro
Normally, any settings you make on the control panel are cleared when you turn
the printer off. Use the following procedure to save the current control panel
settings so that they are used whenever you turn the printer on.
o Make the control panel settings you want.
o Use ON
LINE to put the printer off-line (ON LINE indicator is not lit).
o Hold do wn PRINT MODE and then MULTI-PART. Keep both buttons
held down until the printer beeps twice.
This procedure saves the following settings.
• Current the print quality and the copy-capability settings
• Quiet Print Mode status
o To clear saved control panel settings repeat the above procedure, but keep
PRINT MODE and MULTI-PART depressed after the printer beeps twice. ]
Soon the printer will beep again three times to indicate that the saved control panel
settings have been cleared.
Clearing the printer’s buffer
When the printer receives data from a computer, it temporarily stores it in a
memory called a buffer. If you stop a printing job partway through, there is the
chance that some data will remain in the buffer. The following procedure clears
the printer’s buffer by deleting any data that might be there.
o Execute the necessary command in the program you are using to stop the
print job.
Initializing the printer 27
Important!
Be sure to stop the print job before taking the printer off line. Otherwise, the
print job will resume from where you interrupted it when you put the printer
back on-line.
o Use ON
LINE to take the printer off line (ON LINE indicator is not lit).
o Hold down PRINT MODE and then ON
LINE. Keep both buttons held down
until the printer beeps once, which indicates that the buffer is cleared.
Initializing the printer
The following procedure initializes the printer to its power-on settings. If you
have control panel settings stored in memory, this procedure sets up the printer
using them.
o Use ON
LINE to take the printer off line (ON LINE indicator is not lit).
o Hold down PRINT MODE and then ON
LINE. Keep both buttons held down
until the printer beeps once (indicating the printer buffer is cleared) and
then beeps again three times, which indicates that the printer is reset.
28 Using the EDS Mode
Chapter 3: Using the EDS Mode
The letters “EDS” stand for “Electronic DIP Switches.” Just like the small DIP
switches that are used by many computers, printers, and other devices, the EDS
mode lets you configure the printer so that it matches your system and software
needs. This chapter describes how to enter the printer’s EDS Mode and provides
details about available settings and how to change them.
About EDS Mode settings
There are two EDS-1 and EDS-2 and each EDS Mode settings are grouped among
seven “banks” (representing banks of switches) that are identified by the letters A through G.
Each bank contains a number of “switches” numbered 1 through 7 t hat you can turn on and
off to configure the printer.
Entering the EDS Mode
o Make sure that paper is loaded in the printer.
o Turn off the printer.
o While holding down the control panel’s ON
LINE, LINE FEED, and
SET/EJECT/PARK buttons, turn the printer back on.
This causes the following message to be printed, which indicates the printer
is in the EDS-1 Mode.
o While holding down the control panel’s PRINT MODE , MULTI-PART, and
SET/EJECT/PARK buttons, turn the printer back on.
This causes the following me ssage to be printed, which indicates the printer
is in the EDS-2 Mode.
Selecting a bank 29
Selecting a bank
o While in the EDS Mode, use the control panel’s BANK button to select a
bank. When the BANK indicator flashes it indicates the current bank
selected.
Lit Indicator
A
A+C
C
C+E
E
E+G
G
Selected Bank
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
Selecting a switch
o While in the EDS Mode, use the control panel’s SWITCH button to select a
bank switch. When the SW indicator flashes it indicates the current switch
selected.
Lit Indicator
1
1+3
3
3+5
5
5+7
7
Selected Switch
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Changing a switch setting
o After selecting a bank and switch, press the control panel’s ON/OFF
button to turn the switch on and off. The current setting of the switch is
indicat ed by the ON LINE indicator: the indicator is lit when the switch is
on, and is not lit when the switch is off.
30 Using the EDS Mode
Printing the current switch settings
o In the EDS Mode, press the control panel’s PRINT button to print out the
current switch settings. Asterisks on the printout show whether a switch is
turned on or off.
Exiting the EDS Mode
o Press the control panels EXIT button to exit the EDS Mode.
EDS Mode Settings 31
EDS Mode Settings
The following details all of the settings you can program in the EDS Mode. You
can print out a detailed overview of all the settings by performing a test of the
printer.
(EDS-1)
BANK A
Switch 1: Reserved
Switch 2: RAM Usage
Specifies whether RAM should be used as an input buffer (ON) or as a
download buffer (OFF). Selecting input buffer (ON) tells the printer to use
available RAM to store data it receives from the computer, which speeds up the
printing. Selectin g download buffer (OFF) tells the printer to use available
RAM to store character patterns.
Switch 3: Graphics Direction
Selects uni-directional (OFF) or bi-directional (ON) printing for graphics. Bi -directional
printing (ON) is faster, while uni-directio nal (OFF) printing
generally provides better print quality in the graphics mode.
Switch 4: Auto CR with LF
Specifies whether auto CR with LF is enabled (ON) or disabled (OFF). When
auto CR with LF is enabled (ON), the printer automatically performs a carriage
return whenever it receives a line feed from the computer. When it is
disabled (OFF), the computer must send both a line feed code and a carriage
return code at the end of each line. Most applications do this automatically.
Switch 5: Auto LF with CR
Specifies whether auto LF with CR is enabled (OFF) or disabled (ON). When
auto LF with CR is enabled (OFF), the printer automatically performs a line
feed whenever it receives a carriage return from the computer. When it is
disabled (ON), the computer must send both a line feed code and a carriage
return code at the end of each line. Most applications do this automatically.
32 Using the EDS Mode
Note the following check points when trying to figure out which setting to use here:
3 If you find that your ou tput is double-spaced when it should not be, turn
this switch ON (Disabled).
3 If you find that lines are printing over each other, turn this switch OFF
(Enabled).
Switch 6: Quiet mode
When the Quiet Mode is enabled (OFF), the printer prints with less noi se than
normal printing. Though the Quiet Mode prints more quietly, it also takes
considerably longer than normal printing.
Switch 7: Not Used
BANK B
Switches 1,2: Print mode
Turn these switches on or off to select the print mode you want to use.
ON, O N
:LQ mode
ON, OFF
:HS-LQ mode
OFF,ON
:Draft mode
OFF,OFF
:HS-Draft mode
Switches 3, 4, 5: Print Pitch
Turn these switches on or off to form the pattern that matches the print pitch
setting you want to make.
ON, ON, ON :10cpi
OFF,ON, ON :20cpi
ON, ON, OFF :12cpi
OFF,ON, OFF :Proportional
ON, OFF,ON :15cpi
OFF,OFF,ON :10cpi
ON, OFF,OFF :17cpi
OFF,OFF,OFF :10cpi
Switch 6: LQ Font Selection
Selects Roman (ON) or Sanserif (OFF) font to use for LQ printing.
Switch 7: Not Used
EDS Mode Settings 33
BANK C
Switches 1,2: Multi-Part Mode
Specifies whether the printer’s Multi -Part Mode is enabled (ON, OFF) or disabled
(OFF,ON). When the Multi-Part Mode is enabled, the impact of the print head
is increased, but head life is decreased. Enable the Multi -Part Mode when
printing on four to five-ply paper. Disable the Multi -Part Mode when printing
on 1 to 3 -ply paper.
Both switches turns on, Multi-Part Mode is selected by the adjust-lever position when
the position is set to more than 4.
Switch 3: Auto Tear off (Long)
Specifies whether the printer’s auto tear-off (long) feature (page 24) is enabled
(OFF) or disabled (ON). Note that this setting controls the application
software’s tear-off function only. It does not affect the manual tear-off function
that is performed using the control panel buttons.
The manual tear-off function is always enabled.
Switch 4: Skip over perforation (Tractor mode only)
Specifies whether the printer’s skip over perforation feature is enabled
(OFF) or disabled (ON). When skip over perforation is enable, printer
makes 1 -inch bottom margin automatically.
Switch 5: FF command selection (Friction mode only)
Turn off this switch, FF command performs as paper eject command.
Switch 6: Paper eject at Power ON (Friction mode only)
Turn off t his switch, Printer performs a paper eject operation at power on.
Switch 7: Line Spacing
Selects 1/6-inch (ON) or 1/8 -inch (OFF) spacing between lines.
EDS Mode Settings 34
BANK D
Switch 1: Character Table
Selects IBM-Graphic character table (ON) or Italic character table (OFF).
Switch 2: Character Set
When IBM-Graphics character table is selected, code area from 80H to 9FH are used
as the control code (OFF).
Switch 3: Zero Style
Specifies whether a normal zero (ON) or a slashed zero (OFF) will be used.
Selecting Normal (ON) prints zeros without lines running through them, while
Slashed (OFF) prints zeros with a diagonal slash running through them.
Switches 4,5: Reserved
Switch 6: Print Width
Specifies the printing area whether 13.6 inch (ON) or 8 inch (OFF).
Switch 7: Not Used
BANK D
Switches 1,2,3,4,5,6,7: Reserved
Using the EDS Mode 35
(EDS-2)
BANK A
Switches 1,2,3,4: Page Length (Friction Mode)
Turn these switches on or off to form the pattern that matches the Page Length
settin g you want to use.
ON, ON, ON, ON
:3.0 inch
OFF,ON, ON, ON
:8.5 inch
ON, ON, ON, OFF :3.5 inch
OFF,ON, ON, OFF :10.5 inch
ON, ON, OFF,ON
OFF,ON, OFF,ON
:4.0 inch
:11.0 inch
ON, ON, OFF,OFF :5.5 inch
OFF,ON, OFF,OFF :11.7 inch (A4)
ON, OFF,ON, ON
OFF,OFF,ON, ON
:6.0 inch
:12.0 inch
ON, OFF,ON, OFF :7.0 inch
OFF,OFF,ON, OFF :14.0 inch
ON, OFF,OFF,ON
OFF,OFF,OFF,ON
:7.25 inch
ON, OFF,OFF,OFF :8.0 inch
:17.0 inch
OFF,OFF,OFF,OFF :11.7 inch (A4)
Switch 5: Top Margin
Selects 1/6-inch (ON) or 1 -inch (OFF) spacing as the top margin when execute
Paper auto-loading feature.
Switches 6,7: Not Used
BANK B
Switches 1,2,3,4: Page Length (Tractor Mode)
Turn these switches on or off to form the pattern that matches the Page Length
setting you want to use.
ON, ON, ON, ON
:3.0 inch
OFF,ON, ON, ON
:8.5 inch
ON, ON, ON, OFF :3.5 inch
OFF,ON, ON, OFF :10.5 inch
ON, ON, OFF,ON
OFF,ON, OFF,ON
:4.0 inch
:11.0 inch
ON, ON, OFF,OFF :5.5 inch
OFF,ON, OFF,OFF :11.7 inch (A4)
ON, OFF,ON, ON
OFF,OFF,ON, ON
:6.0 inch
:12.0 inch
ON, OFF,ON, OFF :7.0 inch
OFF,OFF,ON, OFF :14.0 inch
ON, OFF,OFF,ON
OFF,OFF,OFF,ON
:7.25 inch
:17.0 inch
ON, OFF,OFF,OFF :8.0 inch
OFF,OFF,OFF,OFF :11.0 inch
36 Using the EDS Mode
Switch 5: Top Margin
Selects 1/6-inch (ON) or 1 -inch (OFF) spacing as the top margin when execute
Paper auto-loading feature.
Switches 6,7: Not Used
BANK C
Switch 1: CR Centering at top of page
Specifies whether the printer execute CR Centering at the top of page (ON) or not (OFF).
When the printer execute CR Centering, the paper is fed smoothly.
Switch 2: CR Centering at seem line (Tractor mode only)
Specifies whether the printer execute CR Centering at seem line (OFF) or not (ON).
The thick paper is fed smoothly at the perforation when select this feature.
Switch 3: CR Centering Position
Specifies whether the printer's CR centering is long (ON) or short (OFF). When
the CR centering position is long (ON), the carriage moves to the center of the
platen before the paper is inserted or ejected. When CR centering is short (OFF),
the carriage moves to the left side of the platen.
In order to prevent paper feeding problems, set the CR centering position to
short (OFF) when narrow (less than 6″) paper is used and set it to long (ON)
when wider (more than 6 ″) paper is used.
Switch 4: Paper Out Detector
Specifies whether the printer’s paper out detector is enabled (ON) or disabled
(OFF). When the paper out detector is enabled (ON), the printer automatically
stops printing whenever it senses there is no more paper. When it is disabled
(OFF), the printer continues printing as long as there is data. Selecting disabled
(OFF) makes it possible to print right up to the bottom of a page, but it also
creates the danger of printing when there is no paper loaded in the printer, which
can damage the print head and platen.
Using the EDS Mode 37
Switch 5: Buzzer
Specifies whether the beep command of buzzer is enabled (ON) or disabled .
Switch 6: Print direction command
Specifies whether the print direction command <ESC>”U”n is enabled (OFF) or disabled.
Switch 7: Not Used
BANK D
Switches 1, 2, 3, 4: International Character Set
Select the international character set you want to use. This setting determines the
assignment of 16 character codes.
ON, ON, ON, ON
:USA
OFF,ON, ON, ON
:Japan
ON, ON, ON, OFF :France
OFF,ON, ON, OFF :Norway
ON, ON, OFF,ON
OFF,ON, OFF,ON
:Germany
:Denmark-2
ON, ON, OFF,OFF :England
OFF,ON, OFF,OFF :Spain-2
ON, OFF,ON, ON
OFF,OFF,ON, ON
:Denmark-1
:Latin America
ON, OFF,ON, OFF :Sweden
OFF,OFF,ON, OFF :Korea
ON, OFF,OFF,ON
OFF,OFF,OFF,ON
:Ireland
OFF,OFF,OFF,OFF
:Legal
:Italy
ON, OFF,OFF,OFF :Spain-1
Switch 5: Strobe timing
Specifies whether the strobe timing of parallel interface is Normal (ON) or Special timing.
When printer is connected with Special terminal, it’s necessary to change the timing to Special.
Switch 6: ACK timing
Specifies whether the strobe timing of parallel interface is Normal (ON) or Special timing.
When printer is connected with Special terminal, it’s necessary to change the timing to Special.
Switch 7: Not Used
38 Using the EDS Mode
BANK D
Switches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Code Page
If your EDS settings specify the graphics character table (EDS-2, Bank D, Switch 1 ON),
use the Bank D switches to select the default character code page you want to use.
A code page is the set of symbols and characters that your printer can print.
Your printer converts ASCII hexadecimal data according to a code page to print
symbols and characters. By supporting different code pages, the printer can
print in a variety of different languages. The following table shows detailed
information about code pages.
ON, ON, ON, ON, ON
:#437 U.S.A
ON, ON, ON, ON, OFF
:#737 Greek #737
ON, ON, ON, OFF,ON
:#772 Lithuanian #772
ON, ON, ON, OFF,OFF
:#774 Lithuanian #774
ON, ON, OFF,ON, ON
:#850
ON, ON, OFF,ON, OFF
:#851 Greek #851
ON, ON, OFF,OFF,ON
:#852 Latin-2
ON, ON, OFF,OFF,OFF
:#858 Multi-Lingual with Euro
ON, OFF,ON, ON, ON
:#860 Portuguese
ON, OFF,ON, ON, OFF
:#861 Icelandic
ON, OFF,ON, OFF,ON
:#863 Canadian French
ON, OFF,ON, OFF,OFF
:#865 Nordic
ON, OFF,OFF,ON, ON
:#866 Russian
ON, OFF,OFF,ON, OFF
:#869 Greek #869
ON, OFF,OFF,OFF,ON
:#928 Greek #928
ON, OFF,OFF,OFF,OFF
:#1001
OFF,ON, ON, ON, ON
:#2001 Lithuanian-KBL
OFF,ON, ON, ON, OFF
:#3001 Estonian-1
OFF,ON, ON, OFF,ON
:#3002 Estonian-2
OFF,ON, ON, OFF,OFF
:#3011 Latvian -1
OFF,ON, OFF,ON, ON
:#3012 Latvian-2
OFF,ON, OFF,ON, OFF
:#3021 Bulgarian
Multi-Lingual
Arabic
Using the EDS Mode 39
OFF,ON, OFF,OFF,ON
:#3031 Hebrew
OFF,ON, OFF,OFF,OFF
:#3041 Maltese
OFF,OFF,ON, ON, ON
:#3840 IBM-Russian
OFF,OFF,ON, ON, OFF
:#3841 Gost
OFF,OFF,ON, OFF,ON
:#3843 Polish
OFF,OFF,ON, OFF,OFF
:#3844 CS2
OFF,OFF,OFF,ON, ON
:#3845 Hungarian
OFF,OFF,OFF,ON, OFF
:#3846
OFF,OFF,OFF,OFF,ON
:#3847 Brazil-ABNT
OFF,OFF,OFF,OFF,OFF
:#3848 Brazil-ABICOMP
Turkish
Switch 6: Saving Control Panel Status
When select the Auto Saving mode (OFF), the panel condition which are memorized
Automatically.
Switch 7: Not Used
When select the Auto Saving mode (OFF), the panel condition which are memorized
Automatically.
40 Setting up for printing with MS-DOS
Chapter 4: Using the Printer with MS-DOS
This chapter contains information about how to use the printer with applications
software running under MS-DOS. In this chapter, you will learn about:
o How to set up for printing with MS-DOS
Setting up for printing with MS-DOS
To print from an application running under MS-DOS, you must first select the
printer from within the application. Typically, the program will feature an
INSTALL or SETUP command for selection of printers. Refer to the manual
for the application you are using for details on how to select a printer for it.
o Start up the application and use the correct procedure for that application to
select a printer. The following is a list of printers that can be used. If your
application lists more than one of these, select the printer that is nearest to
the top of this list.
Star LC-4522
Star LC-4511/4521
Star LC24-300/NX-2480
Star LC24-30/NX-2450
Epson LQ-860/1060
Epson LQ-850/1050
o To print, follow the instructions given in the manual of the application you
are using. Typically, you would select the application’s PRINT command,
make any necessary changes in the window that appears (such as the
number of copies to be printed), and then press the Enter key to start
printing.
Paper Handling
Chapter 5: Paper Handling
Your printer is designed to print on a variety of paper types. This chapter tells
you everything you need to know about paper, and how to set the printer up for
manual paper feed. In this chapter, you will learn about:
o Selecting the best type of paper
o Adjusting for paper thickness
o Manual sheet feeding
o Clearing paper jams
Selecting paper types
Use the following information when selecting paper.
Cut-Sheet Paper (Manual Feed)
Width: 7.0″ to 16.54″ / 178 to 420mm
Length: 5.5 ″ to 14″ / 140 to 356mm
Thickness: 0.00276″ to 0.00472 ″ / 0.07 to 0.12mm
Weight: 14 to 24 lbs / 52 to 90g/m 2 / 45 to 77 kg
Cut-Sheet Paper (with Optional Automatic Sheet Feeder)
Paper size: B5, A4, LT, B4, A3, Legal
Thickness: 0.00315″ to 0.00472 ″ / 0.08 to 0.12mm
Weight: 16 to 24 lbs / 60 to 90g/m 2 / 52 to 77 kg
Hopper: 50 sheets of 64g/m 2
30 sheets of 80g/m 2
Stacker: 10 sheets
41
Paper Handling
42
Fanfold Paper
Width (push feed): 4 ″ to 1 6.5″ / 101.6 to 419mm
Width (pull feed): 4 ″ to 1 6.0″ / 101.6 to 406mm
Thickness: 0.00276″ to 0.00433 ″ / 0.07 to 0.11mm (1-ply)
0.01378 ″ / 0.35mm max. (total thickness of multi-ply, non -carbon)
Weight: 14 to 22 lbs / 52 to 82g/m 2 / 45 to 70 kg (one-ply)
11 to 14 lbs / 40 to 52g/m 2 / 34 to 45 kg (multi-ply)
Copies: Original + 1 or 2 (Normal Mode)
Original + 3 or 4 (Multi-Part Mode)
Multi-part Mode and an optional pull tractor are
recommended when printing on 4 or 5 -ply paper.
Labels
Backing sheet: 4 .5″ to 16.5″ / 114 to 419mm
Thickness
Backing sheet: 0.00276″ to 0.0035 ″ / 0.07 to 0.09mm
Total: 0.0075″ / 0.19mm
• Use labels under normal temperature and humidity conditions only.
Adjusting for paper thickness 43
Adjusting for paper thickness
Paper comes in different weights, normally expressed as gsm (grams per square
meter) or lbs (pounds). Some forms paper also have multiple pages that make
them quite thick. Use the following procedure to change the gap between the
print head and the platen and adjust for paper thickness.
o Move the adjustment lever to one of its five settings. Position 2 is most
suitable for single-sheet paper.
44 Paper Handling
The following table provides a general guide for setting the adjustment lever.
Experiment with different settings until you find the one that gives you the print
quality you want.
Important!
Continuous use of the wrong adjustment lever setting can drastically reduce
print head life! The Multi-part Mode is only recommended when printing on 4
or 5 -ply paper.
Automatic fanfold feeding
o See “Loading fanfold paper” on page 12 for details on using fanfold paper.
Manual sheet feeding
You can use the following procedure to manually feed single sheets of paper
into the printer.
o Make sure that there is no fanfold paper in the printer. If there is, use the
procedure under “Parking fanfold paper” on page 17 to park the fanfold
paper and prepare for manual sheet feeding.
o Move the paper guide so that it is at a up-right position. (Refer to page 10.)
o Set the release lever to the cut-sheet position.
o Align the left paper guide with the scale mark that matches the size of the
paper you are using.
Clearing paper jams 45
For any paper size other than A3 landscape (horizontal), align the paper
guide with scale 0 (zero). For A3 landscape paper, align the paper guide with
the s mark.
o Adjust the right paper guide so there is enough space to insert the paper.
o Insert a sheet of paper into the paper guide, with the side you want to print
on facing the back of the printer. Gently push the paper down into the
printer until you feel it stop.
o Press the SET/EJECT/PARK button to feed the paper to the starting
position.
o If you want to move the paper to another position, use the micro feed
function described under “Micro feed” on page 23.
o Start the printing operation from your software application.
Clearing paper jams
Use the following procedure to clear paper jams from the printer.
o Unplug the printer from its AC power outlet.
o Open the front cover of the printer.
o Carefully try to pull the jammed paper from the printer.
If necessary, change the release lever position or rotate the platen knob t o
remove the paper.
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