Control Panel Buttons and Lights

Control Panel Buttons and Lights
Tear Off (Font) lights**
LF/FF button
Paper Out light
Flash when continuous paper is in
the tear-off position; otherwise, the
lights indicate the selected font.
Feeds paper line by line
when pressed and
released.
On when no paper is
loaded in the selected
paper source or when
paper is not loaded
correctly.
Ejects a single sheet or
advances continuous
paper to the next
top-of-form position
when held down.
Flashes when paper has
not been fully ejected or a
paper jam has occurred.
Tear Off (Font) button**
Load/Eject button
Pause button
Advances continuous paper
to the tear-off position.
Loads a single sheet of paper.
Stops printing
temporarily, and resume
printing when pressed
again. When pressed fo
three seconds, turns on
the Micro Adjust mode*.
To turn off, press again.
Feeds continuous paper
backward from the tear-off
position to the top-of-form
position.
*Micro Adjust mode
Ejects a single sheet of paper
if a sheet is loaded.
Loads continuous paper from
the standby position.
Feeds continuous paper
backwards to the standby
position.
Pause light
On when the printer is
paused.
When you hold down the Pause button for three seconds, the
printer enters the micro adjust mode. In this mode, you can press
the LF/FFD and Load/EjectU buttons to adjust the top-of-form
or tear-off position. See Chapter 2, “Using the Printer.”
Flashes when the printe
is in the Micro Adjust
mode*.
**Font select
Flashes when the print
head has overheated.
In the Micro Adjust mode, you can select the font to use for
printing by pressing the Tear Off button. The Tear Off lights turn
on, off or flash to indicate the selected font.
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User’s Guide
Contents
Control Panel Buttons and Lights
Getting to Know Your Printer
Warnings, Cautions, and Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Print Head Caution Symbol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
ENERGY STAR ® Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Chapter 1 Setting Up the Printer
Unpacking the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Choosing a place for the printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Assembling the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Installing the paper-feed knob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Attaching the paper supports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Installing or replacing the ribbon cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Plugging in the printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Running the Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Connecting the Printer to Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Using the parallel interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Using the serial interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Installing the Printer Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18
Installing the software in Windows Me, 98, 95, 2000,
or NT 4.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19
Installing the software in Windows 3.1 or NT 3.5x . . . . . . . 1-20
For DOS programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22
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Chapter 2 Using the Printer
Using the Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting a built-in font. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About Your Printer’s Default Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing default settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing on Continuous Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing with the push tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a printed document from the push tractor. . . .
Switching back to single sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing with the pull tractor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the top-of-form position. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Advancing the paper to the tear-off edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing on Single Sheets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading single sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printing on Special Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the paper-thickness lever. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Multipart forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Envelopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing and Using Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cut-sheet feeder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pull tractor unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Roll paper holder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Color upgrade kit (LX-300+ only). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Print server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2-11
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Chapter 3 Using the Printer Software
Using the Printer Driver with Windows Me, 98, and 95 . . . . . .
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Printer Driver with Windows 3.1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-2
3-4
3-4
3-5
3-5
Using the Printer Driver with Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 . . . . . 3-6
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Using the Printer Driver with Windows NT 3.5x . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Printer Driver Settings Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
About the EPSON Status Monitor 3 Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Using the EPSON Remote! Utility (LX-300+ only) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15
Installing EPSON Remote! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15
Accessing EPSON Remote! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
Chapter 4 Troubleshooting
Using the Error Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Problems and Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Power Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Power is not being supplied . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
The printer does not print . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
The print is faint or uneven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Dots are missing in printed characters or graphics . . . . . . . 4-7
Printed characters are not what you expected . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
The print position is not what you expected . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Paper Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Single sheets do not feed properly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Continuous paper does not feed properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9
Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
When you use the cut-sheet feeder, the paper
does not feed properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Switching between the cut-sheet feeder
and the push tractor does not work properly . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Using the pull tractor with the push tractor,
continuous paper does not feed properly . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
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With the color upgrade kit installed, the printer
does not operate properly (LX-300+ only) . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13
Appendix A
Cleaning the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transporting the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mechanical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Electronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printable area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Paper alignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Standards and approvals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Command Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
EPSON ESC/P control codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
IBM 2380 Plus (for LX-300+)/ IBM 2381 Plus
(for LX-1170) emulation control codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Contacting Customer Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Index
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Getting to Know Your Printer
Your EPSON® LX-300+/LX-1170 9-pin dot matrix printer
provides high-quality printing and superior performance in a
compact design. Its features include:
❏ A variety of paper paths to suit your printing needs.
❏ The ability to handle a wide range of paper types, including
continuous paper, multipart forms (with one original and up
to four copies), labels, single sheets, and envelopes.
❏ High-speed printing of up to 300 cps (characters per second)
at 10 cpi (characters per inch).
Your printer comes packaged with the printer driver and other
software, including the EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility for
Microsoft® Windows® Me, 98, 95, 2000, or NT 4.0. The EPSON
Status Monitor 3 utility lets you check the status of your printer
quickly and easily.
Note:
The illustrations in this manual are from LX-300+. LX-1170 is wider
than LX-300+. However, the explanations are the same.
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Warnings, Cautions, and Notes
This guide uses the following conventions:
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Warnings
must be followed to avoid bodily injury.
Cautions
must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment.
Notes
contain important information and useful tips on the operation
of your printer.
Important Safety Instructions
Read all of these safety instructions before using the printer. In
addition, follow all warnings and instructions marked on the
printer itself.
❏ Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a
radiator or heat source.
❏ Place the printer on a flat surface. The printer will not operate
properly if it is tilted or placed at an angle.
❏ Do not block or cover the slots and openings in the printer’s
cabinet, and do not insert objects through the slots.
❏ Use only the type of power source indicated on the printer’s
label.
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❏ Connect all equipment to properly grounded power outlets.
Avoid using outlets on the same circuit as photocopiers or air
control systems that regularly switch on and off.
❏ Do not use a damaged or frayed power cord.
❏ If you use an extension cord with the printer, make sure the
total ampere rating of all devices plugged into the extension
cord does not exceed the cord’s ampere rating. Also, make
sure that the total ampere of all devices plugged into the wall
outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere rating.
❏ Unplug the printer before cleaning it, and always clean it with
a piece of damp cloth only.
❏ Do not spill liquid onto the printer.
❏ Except as specifically explained in this guide, do not attempt
to service the printer yourself.
❏ Unplug the printer and refer servicing to qualified personnel
under the following conditions:
i. If the power cord or plug is damaged.
ii. If liquid has entered the printer.
iii. If the printer has been dropped or the cabinet damaged.
iv. If the printer does not operate normally or exhibits a
distinct change in performance.
❏ Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions.
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Printer parts marked with this symbol may be hot.
Turn off the printer and let it cool for a few minutes
before you touch any printer part marked with this
symbol.
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❏ If you plan to use the printer in Germany, observe the
following:
To provide adequate short-circuit protection and
over-current protection for this printer, the building
installation must be protected by a 10- or 16-amp circuit
breaker.
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Print Head Caution Symbol
This symbol is placed on the print head to indicate
that the print head may be hot. Never touch the
print head just after the printer has been used. Let
the print head cool for a few minutes before
touching it.
ENERGY STAR ® Compliance
As an ENERGY STAR® partner, EPSON has
determined that this product meets the ENERGY
STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency.
The International ENERGY STAR® Office Equipment Program is
a voluntary partnership with the computer and office equipment
industry to promote the introduction of energy-efficient personal
computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, and
scanners in an effort to reduce air pollution caused by power
generation.
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Chapter 1
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Setting Up the Printer
Unpacking the Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Choosing a place for the printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Assembling the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Installing the paper-feed knob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Attaching the paper supports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Installing or replacing the ribbon cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Plugging in the printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Running the Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Connecting the Printer to Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Using the parallel interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Using the serial interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Installing the Printer Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18
Installing the software in Windows Me, 98, 95, 2000,
or NT 4.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19
Installing the software in Windows 3.1 or NT 3.5x . . . . . . . 1-20
For DOS programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22
Setting Up the Printer
1-1
Unpacking the Printer
Besides the items shown in the illustration below, the printer box
should include an EPSON printer software CD-ROM and a Notice
Sheet. Check that everything has been included in the package.
printer
paper supports
paper-feed knob
power cord
ribbon cartridge
Note:
Depending on your printer model, the power cord may be permanently
attached to the printer. Also, the shape of the power cord plug varies
depending on the country of purchase; be sure the plug you have is the
right one for your location.
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Caution:
There are several models of the printer designed for different
voltages, and it is not possible to adjust the printer for use with
another voltage. If the label on the back of the printer does not
show the correct voltage for your country, contact your dealer.
Setting Up the Printer
You must remove all protective materials packed around and
inside your printer before you set it up and turn on the power.
Follow the directions on the Notice Sheet (packed with the
printer) to remove these materials.
Save all packing and protective materials in case you need to ship
the printer in the future. It should always be transported in its
original packing materials.
Choosing a place for the printer
Follow the guidelines below when selecting a location for your
printer.
❏ Place the printer on a flat, stable surface. The printer will not
operate properly if it is tilted or placed at an angle.
❏ Place the printer where you can easily connect it to a network
interface cable, if necessary.
❏ Leave adequate room around the printer for easy operation
and maintenance.
❏ Avoid using or storing the printer in places subject to rapid
changes in temperature and humidity. Keep it away from
direct sunlight, strong light, heat sources, or excessive
moisture or dust.
❏ Avoid places subject to shocks and vibrations.
❏ Place the printer near a wall outlet where you can easily
unplug the power cord.
❏ Avoid electrical outlets controlled by wall switches or
automatic timers. An interruption in power can erase
information in the memory of your printer or computer. Also
avoid outlets on the same circuit as large motors or other
appliances that can cause voltage fluctuations.
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❏ Keep the entire computer system away from potential sources
of electromagnetic interference, such as loudspeakers or the
base units of cordless telephones.
❏ Use a grounded power outlet; do not use an adapter plug.
If you plan to use a printer stand, follow these guidelines:
❏ Use a stand that supports at least 20 kg.
❏ Never use a stand that tilts the printer. The printer should
always be kept level.
❏ Position your printer’s power cord and interface cable so they
do not interfere with paper feeding. If possible, secure the
cables to a leg of the printer stand.
Assembling the Printer
This section provides you with information on how to get your
printer up and running.
See “Printer Parts” on the last page of this manual for the names
of the individual printer parts.
Installing the paper-feed knob
The first step in assembling the printer is installing the paper-feed
knob.
Follow these steps to install the paper-feed knob:
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1. Insert the knob into the hole on the printer’s side and rotate
it slowly until it slips onto the shaft.
2. Push firmly on the paper-feed knob until it fits against the
printer case.
Attaching the paper supports
You should install the paper supports before you begin using the
printer.
Follow these steps to attach the paper supports onto the printer:
1. Pull the paper guide backward. Raise it up, and then push it
firmly until it fits in place.
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2. Hold one of the paper supports and push the tips into the
notches on the edge guide.
3. Repeat step 2 for the other paper support.
Installing or replacing the ribbon cartridge
Before installing the ribbon cartridge, make sure that the printer
is not plugged into an electrical outlet.
Follow these steps to install or replace the ribbon cartridge:
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1. Open the printer cover to the upright position, then pull it up
to remove it.
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Warning:
Never move the print head while the printer is turned on;
this can damage the printer. Also, if you have just used the
printer, let the print head cool for a few minutes before you
touch it.
2. For LX-1170 users, remove the paper tension unit by
squeezing the tension unit’s lock tabs gently and pull the
tension unit away from the printer.
3. Slide the print head to the middle of the printer.
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4. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob in the direction of the arrow
to remove any slack from the ribbon so it is easier to install.
5. Insert the ribbon cartridge into the printer as shown; then
press both sides of the cartridge firmly to fit the plastic hooks
into the printer slots.
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6. Use a pointed object, such as a ball point pen, to guide the
ribbon between the print head and ribbon guide. Turn the
ribbon tightening knob to help feed the ribbon into place; it
should not be twisted or creased.
7. Slide the print head from side to side to make sure it moves
smoothly.
8. For LX-1170 users, reinstall the paper tension unit.
9. Reinstall and close the printer cover.
When printing becomes faint, you need to replace the ribbon
cartridge. To remove the old ribbon cartridge, first move the print
head to the center of the printer. Then remove the cartridge by
lifting the both ends and taking it out of the printer.
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Plugging in the printer
Follow these steps to plug in the printer:
1. Make sure the power switch on the printer is turned off. It is
off when the N side of the switch is pressed down.
2. Check the label on the back of the printer to make sure the
voltage required by the printer matches that of your electrical
outlet.
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Caution:
If the rated voltage on the printer and your outlet voltage do
not match, contact your dealer for assistance. Do not plug in
the power cord.
3. If the power cord is not attached to the printer, connect it to
the AC inlet on the printer.
4. Plug the power cord into a properly grounded electrical
outlet.
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Setting Up the Printer
Running the Self Test
Use the built-in self test function to check that the printer is
working properly. You can run the test with either continuous
paper or single sheets. The procedure below describes the test
using single sheets, which is the easier way.
Follow these steps to run the self test:
1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Also make sure that the
paper-release lever is pushed back to the single-sheet position
and the paper guide is in the upright position, as shown
below.
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Caution:
For LX-300+: You should use paper at least 210mm wide to
run the self test; otherwise, the print head prints directly on
the platen.
For LX-1170: You should use paper at least 376mm wide to
run the self test; otherwise, the print head prints directly on
the platen.
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2. While holding down the LF/FF button, turn on the printer.
3. Slide the left edge guide until it locks in place at the guide
mark. Next, adjust the right edge guide to match the width of
your paper.
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4. Slide a sheet of paper down firmly between the edge guides
until it meets resistance. The printer loads the sheet
automatically and begins printing the self test.
5. To stop printing temporarily, press the PAUSE button.
6. To end the self test, make sure the printer is not printing. Press
LF/FF to eject the sheet; then turn off the printer.
Here is a part of a typical self-test printout:
Note:
If the self test did not print satisfactorily, see Chapter 4,
“Troubleshooting.” If it prints correctly, proceed to the next section.
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Connecting the Printer to Your Computer
Your printer includes both an IEEE-1284-compatible parallel
interface and an EIA-232D serial interface. Before you begin, place
the printer upright, as shown below. (This makes it easier to
connect the cable.)
Connect your computer to the desired interface as described
below.
Note:
You can connect a cable to both interfaces; the printer switches
automatically to the appropriate interface when it receives data.
Using the parallel interface
You need a shielded, twisted-pair cable no longer than 2 meters
to use the parallel interface.
Follow these steps to connect the printer to the computer using
the parallel interface:
1. Turn off both the computer and the printer.
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2. Plug the parallel cable connector securely into the printer’s
parallel interface port. Squeeze the wire clips together until
they lock in place on both sides of the connector.
Note:
If there is a ground wire at the end of the cable, attach it to the ground
connector located to the right of the parallel interface port.
3. Plug the other end of the cable into the computer’s parallel
interface port. (If there is a ground wire at the end of the cable,
attach it to the ground connector at the back of the computer.)
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Using the serial interface
You need a serial cable that has a DB-25 male connector on the
printer side to use the serial interface.
Follow these steps to connect the printer to the computer using
the serial interface:
1. Turn off both the computer and the printer.
2. Plug the serial cable connector securely into the printer’s
serial interface port. Tighten the screws on both sides of the
connector.
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Note:
If there is a ground wire at the end of the cable, attach it to the ground
connector located to the right of the serial interface port.
3. Plug the other end of the cable into the computer’s serial
interface port and then tighten the screws on both sides of the
connector. (If there is a ground wire at the end of the cable,
attach it to the ground connector at the back of the computer.)
4. Use the Default Setting mode to change the baud rate or parity
bit, if necessary. See “About Your Printer’s Default Settings”
on page 2-3.
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Installing the Printer Software
After you connect the printer to your computer, you need to
install the software included on the EPSON printer software
CD-ROM shipped with your printer.
Your printer software includes:
❏ Printer driver
The printer driver is the software that runs, or “drives,” your
printer. With it, you can make printer settings such as print
quality, resolution, and paper size.
❏ EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility (Windows Me, 98, 95, 2000 or
NT 4.0)
The EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility notifies you of printer
errors and displays printer status information.
❏ EPSON Remote! (a DOS-based printer setup utility) (LX-300+
only)
The EPSON Remote! utility allows you to easily change the
printer’s default settings from the computer screen. See
“Using the EPSON Remote! Utility (LX-300+ only)” on page
3-15.
To install the printer software, see “Installing the software in
Windows Me, 98, 95, 2000, or NT 4.0” on page 1-19 or “Installing
the software in Windows 3.1 or NT 3.5x” on page 1-20. If you are
using DOS, see “For DOS programs” on page 1-22.
Note:
Printer software for Windows 3.1 and NT 3.5x is only provided for
LX-300+. If you need to use LX-1170 on those operating systems,
contact your dealer.
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Installing the software in Windows Me, 98, 95,
2000, or NT 4.0
Follow these steps to install the printer software in Windows Me,
98, 95, 2000, or NT 4.0:
Note:
❏ Installing the printer software for Windows 2000 or NT 4.0 may
require administrator privileges. If you have problems, ask your
administrator for more information.
❏ If you wish to make a floppy disk version of the printer software on
your CD-ROM, insert the CD-ROM and run the START.EXE
program. In the dialog box that appears, click the Driver disk
creation utility button and follow the on-screen instructions.
❏ If you are using the floppy disk version of the EPSON software, make
a backup copy of the EPSON printer software disk or disks before
you begin installation.
1. Make sure that the printer and computer are switched off.
2. Switch the PC on. Windows starts automatically. Then switch
the printer on.
3. Insert the CD-ROM containing the printer software into the
CD-ROM drive. The AutoPlay function of the CD-ROM drive
automatically starts the installation program on the CD-ROM.
If the installation program does not start automatically, click
on Start and then on Run. In the Run dialog box, enter the
drive letter of your CD-ROM drive in the command line (e.g.
E:\), followed by the command START.EXE (e.g.
E:\START.EXE) and click on the OK button.
Note:
If your CD-ROM drive has a drive letter other than E, substitute
the appropriate letter.
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The installation program starts. The subsequent procedure is
menu-driven, i.e., you can select the relevant options from a
list simply by clicking with the mouse. The remainder of the
installation is automatic and you do not need to enter any
more information.
4. Select the desired options and follow the on-screen
instructions.
5. After the printer software has been successfully installed,
click on the button identified by a door icon to exit the
installation program.
Note:
❏ If the New Hardware Found screen or any other wizard appears
when you turn on your computer, click Cancel and follow the steps
above.
❏ Installation time varies depending on your computer.
When you install the printer driver on Windows Me, 98, 95, 2000
or NT 4.0, the EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility will also be
installed.
For information on launching and using the software, see
Chapter 3, “Using the Printer Software.”
Installing the software in Windows 3.1 or NT 3.5x
Follow these steps to install the printer software in Windows 3.1
or NT 3.5x.
Note:
❏ Printer software for Windows 3.1 and NT 3.5x is only provided for
LX-300+. If you need to use LX-1170 on those operating systems,
contact your dealer.
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❏ Installing the printer software on Windows NT 3.5x may require
administrator privileges. If you have problems, ask your
administrator for more information.
1. Make sure Windows 3.1 is running and the Program
Manager window is open.
2. Insert the EPSON printer software CD-ROM shipped with
your printer in the CD-ROM drive.
Note:
If your system does not have a CD-ROM drive, you can make a
floppy disk version from which to install the printer software.
3. From the File menu, choose Run. The Run dialog box
appears. In the Command Line box, type E:\START and click
OK.
Note:
If your CD-ROM drive has a drive letter other than E , substitute
the appropriate letter.
The installation program starts. The subsequent procedure is
menu-driven, i.e., you can select the relevant options from a
list simply by clicking with the mouse. The remainder of the
installation is automatic and you do not need to enter any
more information.
4. Select the desired options and follow the on-screen
instructions.
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5. After the printer software has been successfully installed,
click on the button identified by a door icon to exit the
installation program.
The installation program automatically selects the LX-300+ as the
default printer for Windows applications.
For information on launching and using the software, see
Chapter 3, “Using the Printer Software.”
For DOS programs
To control the printer from DOS application programs, you need
to select the printer you are using or another available printer
from the printer list of your application.
Choose the EPSON LX-300+/LX-1170 printer at the appropriate
step in the setup or installation procedure of your DOS
application program. If the list in your application does not
include the LX-300+/LX-1170 printer, choose the first available
printer from this list.
For LX-300+
LX-300
LX-810/850
LX-80/86
FX-850
FX-86e/800
JX-80
EX-800
Any FX printer
EPSON printer
Draft printer
If you plan to use color, you must choose either LX-300+, LX-300,
JX-80, or EX-800. The other printers cannot use color.
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For LX-1170
FX-1180
FX-1170
FX-1050
FX-1000
FX-105
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FX-100+
FX-100
Any FX printer
EPSON printer
Draft printer
Note:
If your application does not list a suitable alternative, contact the
software manufacturer to see if an update is available.
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Chapter 2
Using the Printer
2
Using the Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Selecting a built-in font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
About Your Printer’s Default Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Changing default settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Printing on Continuous Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Printing with the push tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Removing a printed document from the push tractor . . . . 2-15
Switching back to single sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Printing with the pull tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Adjusting the top-of-form position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Advancing the paper to the tear-off edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Printing on Single Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Loading single sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27
Printing on Special Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27
Adjusting the paper-thickness lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-27
Multipart forms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-29
Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-29
Envelopes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30
Installing and Using Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-31
Cut-sheet feeder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-31
Pull tractor unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-35
Roll paper holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-38
Color upgrade kit (LX-300+ only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-40
Print server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-43
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Using the Control Panel
You can control simple printer operations—such as line feeding,
form feeding, loading and ejecting paper, and selecting fonts—
with the buttons on the control panel. The control panel lights
show the printer’s status. For information on the buttons and the
lights on the control panel, see “Control Panel Buttons and
Lights” on the first page of this manual.
Selecting a built-in font
Follow these steps to select a built-in font using the buttons on the
printer’s control panel:
1. Make sure that the printer is not printing. If it is, wait until
printing is complete.
2. Hold down the Pause button for three seconds to enter the
Micro Adjust mode. The Pause light begins to flash. The three
Tear Off (Font) lights show the current font selection.
3. Press the Tear Off (Font) button repeatedly to cycle through
all of the available selections; then stop when you reach the
desired font with a pattern shown on the control panel. Your
selection stays in effect until you change it again.
Note:
❏ Settings you make in your application programs usually
override settings you make from the printer’s control panel. For
best results, use your application to select a font and pitch.
❏ Barcode fonts cannot be selected via the control panel.
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About Your Printer’s Default Settings
The default settings control many printer functions. While you
can often set these functions through your software or printer
driver, you may sometimes need to change a default setting from
the printer’s control panel using the Default Setting mode.
The following table lists the default settings and the options you
can select in the Default Setting mode. The settings are explained
in detail after the table. For instructions on changing the default
settings, see “Changing default settings” on page 2-9.
Settings
Options
Page length for tractor*
Length in inches: 3, 3.5, 4, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5,
11, 70/6, 12, 14, 17
Skip over perforation
On, Off
Auto tear off
On, Off
Auto line feed
On, Off
Print direction
Bi-D, Uni-D
Software
EPSON ESC/P, IBM 2380 Plus (for
LX-300+)/IBM 2381 Plus (for LX-1170)
0 slash
0, 0
High speed draft
On, Off
I/F mode
Auto, Parallel, Serial
Auto I/F wait time
10 seconds, 30 seconds
Baud rate
19200, 9600, 4800, 2400, 1200, 600, 300
BPS
Parity
None, Odd, Even, Ignore
Data length
8 bit, 7 bit
* The options available vary depending on the country of purchase.
** These settings take effect only when IBM 2380 Plus (for LX-300+)/IBM 2381
Plus (for LX-1170) emulation is selected.
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Settings
Options
Parallel I/F bidirectional
mode
On, Off
Packet mode
Auto, Off
Character table*
Italic, PC 437, PC 850, PC 437 Greek,
PC 853, PC 855, PC 852, PC 857,
PC 866, PC 869, MAZOWIA, Code MJK,
ISO 8859-7, ISO Latin 1T, Bulgaria,
PC 774, Estonia, ISO 8859-2,
PC 866 LAT, PC 866 UKR, PC APTEC,
PC 708, PC 720, PC AR864, PC 860,
PC 863, PC 865, PC 861, BRASCII,
Abicomp, Roman 8, ISO Latin 1, PC 858,
ISO 8859-15, PC 771
International character set
for Italic table
Italic U.S.A., Italic France,
Italic Germany, Italic U.K.,
Italic Denmark1, Italic Sweden,
Italic Italy, Italic Spain1
Auto CR (IBM 2380 Plus for
LX-300+, IBM 2381 Plus for
LX-1170)**
On, Off
Manual feed wait time
1 second, 1.5 seconds,
2 seconds, 3 seconds, Others
Buzzer
On, Off
Roll paper
On, Off
IBM character table**
Table 2, Table 1
* The options available vary depending on the country of purchase.
** These settings take effect only when IBM 2380 Plus (for LX-300+)/IBM 2381
Plus (for LX-1170) emulation is selected.
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Page length for tractor
This setting allows you to set the page length (in inches) for
continuous paper.
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Skip over perforation
This feature is available only when continuous paper is selected.
When you select On, the printer provides a one-inch (25.4 mm)
margin between the last line printed on one page and the first line
printed on the next page. Because the program margin settings in
most applications override margin settings made from the control
panel, you should use this setting only if you cannot set your top
and bottom margins using your application.
Auto tear off
When auto tear off is on and you are using continuous paper with
the push tractor, the printer automatically advances the paper
perforation to the tear-off position, where you can easily tear off
the printed pages. When the printer receives the next print job, it
automatically moves the unused paper back to the top-of-form
position and starts printing, so you can use all of the next page.
When auto tear off is off, you need to move the perforation to the
tear-off position by pressing the control panel button. See “Using
the Tear Off button” on page 2-24 for more information.
Auto line feed
When auto line feed is on, the printer accompanies each carriage
return (CR) code received with a line feed code, and the print
position moves to the next line. If the printer adds an extra line
after every carriage return, select Off.
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Print direction
You can select bidirectional printing (Bi-D) or unidirectional
printing (Uni-D). Printing is normally bidirectional for faster
printing; however, unidirectional printing allows for precise
vertical printing alignment, which is useful for printing graphics.
Software
When you select EPSON ESC/P, the printer operates in the
EPSON EPSON ESC/P mode. When you select IBM 2380 Plus
(for LX-300+)/IBM 2381 Plus (for LX-1170), the printer emulates
an IBM printer.
0 slash
The zero character has a slash (0) when this feature is turned on.
It has no slash (0) when this feature is turned off. The slash allows
you to easily distinguish between the uppercase letter O and a
zero.
High speed draft
When you choose On, the printer prints up to 300 cps (characters
per second) at 10 cpi (characters per inch). When you choose Off,
the printer prints up to 225 cps at 10 cpi.
I/F (interface) mode
The printer comes with a built-in parallel interface and serial
interface.
If your printer is connected to only one computer, select Parallel
or Serial for the interface mode, depending on the interface you
use. If your printer is connected to two computers, select Auto
(automatic) to allow the printer to automatically switch between
interfaces depending on which one is receiving data.
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Auto I/F (interface) wait time
This setting takes effect only when I/F (interface) mode is set to
Auto. This setting determines how long the printer waits when it
no longer receives data from an interface before it checks whether
a print job is being sent through the other interface. You can
specify 10 seconds or 30 seconds for the auto interface wait
time.
Baud rate
Use this option to set the data transfer rate (baud) for the serial
interface. The baud rate is measured in bits per second (bps). See
your computer manual and software documentation for the
proper setting.
Parity
When this option is set to None, parity checking is disabled. The
parity bit, if used, provides a basic form of error detection. See
your computer manual and software documentation for the
proper setting.
Data length
Set the data length of the serial interface to 7 bit or 8 bit. See your
computer manual and software documentation for the proper
setting.
Parallel I/F bidirectional mode
The parallel interface bidirectional transfer mode is used when
this feature is turned on. If bidirectional transfer mode is
unnecessary, turn this off.
Packet mode
Select Auto to use the IEEE-1284.4 packet transfer mode. If packet
transfer mode is unnecessary, or if you cannot connect, turn this
off.
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Character table
You can select from among 38 standard character tables,
depending on the country of purchase. See “Character tables:” on
page A-7 for more information on the tables.
International character set for Italic table
You can select among several international character sets for the
Italic character table. Each character set contains eight characters
that vary depending on the country or language, so you can
customize the Italic table to suit your printing needs.
Auto CR (carriage return)
This setting is available only in the IBM 2380 Plus (for
LX-300+)/IBM 2381 Plus (for LX-1170) emulation mode. When
auto carriage return is on, each line feed (LF) code or ESC J code
is accompanied by a carriage return code. This moves the print
position to the beginning of the next line.
Manual feed wait time
This sets the amount of wait time between the time paper is
inserted into the paper guide and when it is fed. If the paper feeds
before you can adjust its position to your satisfaction, you can
increase the wait time.
Buzzer (beeper)
The printer beeps when an error occurs. (See “Using the Error
Indicators” on page 4-2 for more information on printer errors.)
If you do not want the printer to beep when an error occurs, turn
this setting off.
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IBM character table
This setting is available only in IBM 2380 Plus (for LX-300+)/ IBM
2381 Plus (for LX-1170) emulation mode. When you select table 1,
hex codes 80H to 90H of the character tables are used for the
control codes. When you select table 2, hex codes 80H to 90H are
used for characters.
Changing default settings
Follow these steps to enter the Default Setting mode and change
the printer’s default settings:
Note:
❏ To print the language selection instructions and the Default Setting
mode instructions, you need five or six sheets of A4 size single-sheet
paper, or five or six pages of continuous paper that is at least 279
mm long and 210 mm wide.
❏ If you use single sheets without an optional cut-sheet feeder, you
need to feed a new sheet of paper each time the printer ejects a printed
sheet.
1. Make sure paper is loaded and the printer is turned off.
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Caution:
Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds
before turning it back on; otherwise, you may damage the
printer.
2. While holding down the Tear Off (Font) button, turn on the
printer. The printer enters the Default Setting mode and prints
the language selection instructions (one page).
3. Follow the instructions to select the language you want for
the instruction pages.
4. Load the next sheet of paper, if necessary. The printer prints
the current settings list (one page).
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5. Press down the Tear Off (Font) button. The printer prints the
Default Setting mode instructions (three or four pages) in the
language you selected. The printed instructions list the
default settings you can change, describe how to change them,
and show you how the control panel lights help you make
settings.
6. Follow these instructions to change the default settings using
the buttons on the printer’s control panel.
Note:
The arrows on the instruction sheets indicate the printer’s current
settings.
7. When you finish making settings, turn off the printer and exit
the Default Setting mode. Any settings you have made remain
in effect until you change them again.
Note:
Turn off the printer when it has finished printing.
Printing on Continuous Paper
Your printer can handle continuous paper with the tractor.
Depending on where you position the tractor, you can use it as a
pull tractor or a push tractor. The following guidelines can help
you decide where to position the tractor:
❏ Do you want to switch between printing on single sheets and
continuous paper without removing the paper supply? Will
you tear off continuous paper sheet-by-sheet? Use the tractor
in the push tractor position. (The printer comes with the
tractor installed in this position.) See the following section.
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❏ Are you printing on labels, multipart forms, or other
documents that require a precise print position? Use the
tractor as a pull tractor. See “Printing with the pull tractor”
on page 2-16 for instructions.
For specifications on the type of continuous paper you can use,
see “Paper” on page A-8.
Printing with the push tractor
When using the push tractor, it is a good idea to set the Auto tear
off feature in the Default Setting mode to On. See “About Your
Printer’s Default Settings” on page 2-3.
Follow these steps to load continuous paper using the push
tractor:
1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Remove the printer cover
and the paper guide and place the paper-release lever in the
continuous paper position.
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2. Release the sprocket units by pulling the sprocket locks
forward.
3. Slide the left sprocket unit using the scale on the printer as a
guide. The printer prints to the right of the position marked
0. Push the sprocket lock lever back to lock it in place. Then
slide the right sprocket unit to match the width of your paper,
but do not lock it. Move the paper support so it is midway
between the sprocket units.
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4. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight leading edge. Open
the sprocket covers. Fit the first holes of the paper over the
sprocket pins and then close the sprocket covers. Slide the
right sprocket unit to remove any slack in the paper and lock
it in place. Now the paper is in the paper-park position.
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Caution:
Use the paper-feed knob on the right side of the printer only
to clear paper jams and only when the printer is turned off.
Otherwise, you may damage the printer or cause it to lose
the top-of-form position.
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5. To separate the incoming paper from the printed paper, attach
the paper guide by holding it horizontally and fitting its
notches over the printer’s mounting posts as shown below.
Then slide the paper guide toward the front of the printer until
you feel it click.
6. Turn on the printer.
7. Make sure the printer cover is closed. Press the LF/FF button
to feed the paper to the loading position. When the printer
receives data, it begins printing automatically.
8. After you finish printing, follow the steps in the next section
to tear off your printed document. If the first printed line on
your page appears too high or low, you can change its position
by using the Micro Adjust feature. See “Adjusting the
top-of-form position” on page 2-21.
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Caution:
Never use the paper-feed knob to adjust the top-of-form position;
this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form
position.
When you send more data, the paper automatically feeds back to
the loading position.
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Removing a printed document from the push
tractor
Follow these steps to remove the printed document:
1. Press the Tear Off (Font) button. Make sure the Tear Off
(Font) lights are flashing. (This indicates that your paper is at
the current tear-off position.)
2. Open the paper guide cover, then tear off the printed
document using the tear-off edge of the paper tension unit.
Note:
If your paper’s perforation is not properly aligned with the tear-off
edge, you can adjust the tear-off position using the Micro Adjust
feature. See “Adjusting the tear-off position” on page 2-24.
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Caution:
Never use the paper-feed knob to adjust the tear-off position;
this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the tear-off
position.
3. Close the paper guide cover.
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When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds
the paper back to the top-of-form position and starts printing.
To feed continuous paper to the standby position where you can
remove the paper, press the Load/Eject button. Then open the
sprocket covers of the tractor and remove the paper.
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Caution:
Always tear off your printed document before you press the
Load/Eject button. Reverse feeding several pages at a time may
cause a paper jam.
Switching back to single sheets
To switch to single sheets, press the Load/Eject button; the printer
feeds the paper backwards into the standby position. Then, follow
the steps in “Loading single sheets” on page 2-27.
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Caution:
Always tear off your printed document before you press the
Load/Eject button. Reverse feeding several pages at a time may
cause a paper jam.
Printing with the pull tractor
To load continuous paper using the pull tractor, you must move
the tractor to the pull tractor position, as described in steps 1
through 3 in this procedure. If your tractor is already installed in
this position, make sure the printer is turned off and skip to step 4.
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Caution:
❏ Use the paper-feed knob on the right side of the printer only
to clear paper jams and only when the printer is off.
Otherwise, you may damage the printer or cause it to lose
the top-of-form position.
❏ When using the pull tractor, set the Auto tear off feature in
the Default Setting mode to Off; otherwise, the paper may
jam.
1. Turn the printer off; then remove the printer cover and the
paper guide. Next, remove the paper tension unit by
squeezing the tension unit’s lock tabs gently and pulling the
tension unit away from the printer. Finally, pull the
paper-release lever forward to the continuous paper position.
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2. Squeeze the tractor’s lock tabs gently on both sides, and then
rotate the tractor up to pull it away from the printer.
3. Move the tractor forward to the mounting slot at the top of
the printer and tilt it into place as shown below. When you
push the tractor onto the posts, you should feel the notches
snap into place.
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4. Release the sprocket units by pulling the sprocket locks
forward.
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5. Insert the paper into the bottom paper slot or into the rear
paper slot as shown below, and pull it up. Position the paper
using the scale on the printer as a guide. The printer prints to
the right of the position marked 0.
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6. Slide the left sprocket unit so that its sprockets match the
position of the holes in the paper and lock the unit in place.
Then slide the right sprocket unit to match the width of your
paper, but do not lock it. Move the paper support midway
between the two sprocket units.
7. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight leading edge. Open
the sprocket covers. Fit the first holes of the paper over the
sprocket pins and then close the sprocket covers. Slide the
right sprocket unit to remove any slack in the paper and then
lock it in place.
Note:
Remove any remaining slack by gently pulling the paper from the
rear or bottom.
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8. To separate the incoming paper from the printed paper, attach
the paper guide. Hold it horizontally and fit its notches over
the printer’s mounting posts. Then slide the paper guide
toward the back of the printer until you feel it click.
9. Attach the printer cover and adjust the paper position with
the paper-feed knob. Turn the knob until the perforation
between pages is just above the print head. Then turn on the
printer.
10. Make sure the printer cover is closed, but with the paper guide
cover open. When the printer receives data, it begins printing
automatically.
If you want to change the position where printing begins on the
page, press LF/FF to advance the page to the next top-of-form
position, and then see “Adjusting the top-of -form position” in the
next section to adjust the loading position.
To eject the paper, tear off the paper entering the printer; then
press the LF/FF button to feed the paper forward.
Adjusting the top-of-form position
The top-of-form position is the position on the page where the
printer starts printing. If your printing appears too high or low
on the page, you can use the micro adjust feature to adjust the
top-of-form position. Follow these steps:
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Caution:
Never use the paper-feed knob to adjust the top-of-form position;
this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form
position.
Note:
❏ Your top-of-form position setting remains in effect until you change
it, even if you turn off the printer.
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❏ The top margin setting made in some application software overrides
the top-of-form position setting you make with the Micro Adjust
feature. If necessary, adjust the top-of-form position in your
software.
1. Make sure the printer is turned on.
2. If necessary, load paper as described in this chapter.
3. Remove the printer cover.
4. Hold down the Pause button for about three seconds. The
Pause light starts flashing and the printer enters the Micro
Adjust mode.
5. Press the LF/FF D button to move the top-of-form position up
on the page, or press the Load/Eject U button to move the
top-of-form position down on the page.
plastic ribbon cover
Note:
❏ The printer has a minimum and a maximum top-of-form
position. If you try to adjust it beyond these limits, the printer
beeps and stops moving the paper.
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❏ When the paper reaches the default top-of-form position, the
printer also beeps and stops moving the paper briefly. You can
use the default position as a reference point when adjusting the
top-of-form position.
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To adjust the top-of-form position for continuous paper
loaded on the pull tractor, see the following example:
First mark a point 2.5 mm above the paper’s perforation; then
position the paper so that the mark is even with the top edge
of the plastic ribbon cover. This gives you an 8.5 mm margin
on the next page, meaning the printer starts printing 8.5 mm
below the perforation. If you mark a point 5.5 mm above the
perforation, you get a 5.5 mm margin on the next page.
6. After you set the top-of-form position, press the Pause button
to exit the Micro Adjust mode.
Advancing the paper to the tear-off edge
If you use the push tractor, you can use the tear-off feature to
advance your continuous paper to the printer’s tear-off edge
when you finish printing. You can then easily tear off the printed
document. When you resume printing, the printer automatically
feeds the paper back to the top-of-form position so that you can
save the paper normally lost between documents.
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As described below, you can use the tear-off feature in two ways:
manually, by pressing the printer’s Tear Off button, or
automatically, by turning on the auto tear-off mode.
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Caution:
Never use the tear-off feature (as described below) to feed
continuous paper with labels backwards; they may come off their
backing sheet and jam the printer.
Using the Tear Off button
After the printer finishes printing your document, check that the
Tear Off (Font) lights are not flashing. Then press the Tear Off
(Font) button. The printer advances the paper to the tear-off edge.
Note:
If the Tear Off (Font) lights are flashing, the paper is in the tear-off
position. If you press the Tear Off (Font) button again, the printer feeds
your paper to the next top-of-form position.
Advancing the paper to the tear-off position automatically
To automatically advance your printed documents to the tear-off
position, you need to turn on the auto tear-off mode and select
the appropriate page length for continuous paper in the Default
Setting mode. For instructions, see “Changing default settings”
on page 2-9.
When auto tear-off is on, the printer automatically advances the
paper to the tear-off position whenever it receives a full page of
data or a form feed command followed by no more data.
Adjusting the tear-off position
If your paper’s perforation is not aligned with the tear-off edge,
you can use the Micro Adjust feature to move the perforation to
the tear-off position.
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Follow these steps to adjust the tear-off position:
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Caution:
Never use the paper-feed knob to adjust the tear-off position; this
may damage the printer or cause it to lose the tear-off position.
Note:
Your tear-off position setting remains in effect until you change it, even
if you turn off the printer.
1. Make sure the Tear Off (Font) lights are flashing (the paper
is at the current tear-off position). You may need to press the
Tear Off (Font) button to advance the paper to the tear-off
position.
2. Open the paper guide cover.
3. Hold down the Pause button for about three seconds. The
Pause light begins to flash and the printer enters the Micro
Adjust mode.
4. Press the LF/FF D button to feed the paper backwards, or
press the Load/Eject U button to feed the paper forwards,
until the paper perforation is aligned with the tear-off edge.
tear-off edge
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Note:
The printer has a minimum and a maximum tear-off position. If you
try to adjust the tear-off position beyond these limits, the printer
beeps and stops moving the paper.
5. After you set the tear-off position, press the Pause button to
exit the Micro Adjust mode.
6. Tear off the printed pages.
When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds the
paper back to the top-of-form position and begins printing.
Printing on Single Sheets
You can load single-sheet paper one sheet at a time using the
paper guide of the printer. For specifications on the type of
single-sheet paper you can use, see “Paper” on page A-8.
Before printing on single-sheet multipart forms, envelopes, or
other special paper, be sure to set the paper thickness lever to the
appropriate position. See “Printing on Special Paper” on page
2-27 for details.
Note:
❏ To load a stack of single-sheet paper, use the optional cut-sheet
feeder. See “Installing and Using Options” on page 2-31.
❏ You can use the paper guide to load single-sheet carbonless
multipart forms that are fastened at the top by line gluing.
❏ Insert multipart forms in the paper guide, bound edge first and
printable side down.
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Loading single sheets
You load single sheets as shown in “Running the Self Test” on
page 1-11. For normal use, turn on the printer without pressing
any other buttons. When the printer receives data, it begins to
print.
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Caution:
Use the paper-feed knob on the right side of the printer only to
clear paper jams and only when the printer is off. Otherwise, you
may damage the printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form
position.
Printing on Special Paper
Your printer can also print on a wide variety of paper types,
including multipart forms, labels, and envelopes.
For multipart forms and labels, you should not print any closer
than 13 mm from either side of the paper. For information on the
printable area of envelopes, see “Printable area” on page A-14.
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Caution:
When printing on multipart forms, thicker-than-normal paper,
labels, or envelopes, make sure your application software settings
keep the printing entirely within the printable area. Printing past
the edge of these papers can damage the print head.
Adjusting the paper-thickness lever
Before printing on special paper, you need to change the paper
thickness setting.
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Follow these steps to adjust the paper thickness setting:
1. Turn the printer off and open the printer cover. The
paper-thickness lever is on the left side of the printer. The
numbers next to the lever indicate the thickness setting.
2. Use the table below to select the appropriate paper thickness.
Paper type
Lever
position
Standard paper (single sheets or continuous)
0
Multipart forms
0
1
2
3
2-sheet
3-sheet
4-sheet
5-sheet
Labels
1
Envelopes
2 to 4
3. Close the printer cover.
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Multipart forms
You can use continuous or single-sheet carbonless multipart
forms of up to five parts (one original plus four copies). Before
you print on the forms, set the paper thickness lever as described
in the previous section. The following tips will help you get good
results:
❏ Use only continuous multipart forms that are joined by spot
gluing or side-crimping. Never load continuous multipart
forms joined by metal staples, tape, or continuous gluing.
❏ Use only single-sheet multipart forms that are line-glued only
at the top. Insert the forms glued edge first into the printer.
❏ Use only multipart forms that are free of wrinkles and waves.
❏ If you need to adjust the loading position, use your
application software or change the loading position as
described on “Adjusting the top-of-form position” on page
2-21.
❏ When you use side-crimped continuous multipart forms, the
copies may not align with the original. If this happens, raise
the paper guide.
Labels
You must use the tractor as a pull tractor and load paper from the
bottom paper slot to print on labels. Before you print on labels,
set the paper thickness lever as described in “Adjusting the
paper-thickness lever” on page 2-27. Keep the following tips in
mind:
❏ Choose labels mounted on a continuous backing sheet with
sprocket holes made for use with a tractor. Do not print labels
as single sheets, because the shiny backing sheet almost
always slips slightly.
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❏ Load labels the same way as you would load ordinary
continuous paper. See “Printing with the pull tractor” on page
2-16 for loading instructions.
❏ Because labels are especially sensitive to temperature and
humidity, use them only under normal operating conditions.
Make sure the printing stays entirely within the printable
area. (See “Printer Specifications” on page A-4 for
specifications.)
❏ Do not leave labels loaded in the printer between jobs; they
curl around the platen and may jam when you resume
printing.
❏ To remove the labels from the printer, tear off the fresh supply
at the bottom of the printer; then press LF/FF to advance the
remaining labels out of the printer.
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Caution:
Never feed labels backwards through the printer; they can easily
peel off the backing sheet and jam the printer. If a label does
become stuck in the printer, contact your dealer.
Envelopes
You can feed envelopes individually using the paper guide. Keep
the following tips in mind:
❏ Before loading an envelope, set the paper thickness lever to
the proper position. See “Adjusting the paper-thickness
lever” on page 2-27.
❏ To load an envelope, follow the steps in “Running the Self
Test” on page 1-11. Insert the wide edge of the envelope into
the printer first, printable-side down. When you insert the
envelope between the edge guides, push it firmly and hold it
until it feeds into the printer.
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❏ Use envelopes only under normal temperature and humidity
conditions.
❏ Make sure the printing stays entirely within the printable
area.
❏ The print head must not go past the left or right edge of the
envelope or other thick paper. (See “Printer Specifications” on
page A-4 for specifications.) It’s a good idea to print a test
sample using a normal single sheet of paper before you print
on envelopes.
Installing and Using Options
Cut-sheet feeder
The optional single-bin cut-sheet feeder (C806372 for
LX-300+/C806392 for LX-1170) handles up to 50 sheets of
standard bond paper (90 g/m²) without reloading.
Follow these steps to install the cut-sheet feeder:
1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Remove the paper guide
and open the paper guide cover.
2. If the tractor is installed in the pull-tractor position, remove it
and reinstall it in the push-tractor position.
3. Make sure the paper-release lever is in the single-sheet
position.
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4. Hold the cut-sheet feeder in both hands and press on the latch
levers. Fit the notches in the cut-sheet feeder over the
mounting posts on the printer. Releasing the latch levers locks
the cut-sheet feeder in place.
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5. Slide the left edge guide so it is aligned with the triangle mark.
Next, slide the right edge guide to roughly match the width
of your paper. Slide the paper support midway between the
edge guides.
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6. Pull the paper-set levers all the way forward until the edge
guides retract and lock open to allow for paper loading.
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7. Take a stack of paper and fan it. Next, tap the side and bottom
of the paper on a flat surface to even up the stack.
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Caution:
Do not use envelopes, multipart forms, carbon paper, or
labels in the cut-sheet feeder.
8. Insert up to 50 sheets of paper along the left edge guide.
9. Adjust the position of the right edge guide so that it matches
your paper’s width. Make sure the position of the guide
allows the paper to move up and down freely.
10. Push the paper-set levers back to clamp the paper against the
guide rollers.
11. Remove the paper supports from the edge guides and insert
them into the holes on the back of the paper tension unit.
Insert the two stacker supports packed with the cut-sheet
feeder into the holes on the edge guides.
12. Attach the paper guide to the cut-sheet feeder as shown
below.
View from above
Release tab
Release tab
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13. Slide the left edge guide to the center until it stops at the guide
mark. Then slide the right edge guide to fit the size of paper
you will use.
Note:
❏ To remove the paper guide from the cut-sheet feeder, press both
release tabs and pull out the paper guide.
❏ Make sure the paper guide cover is open when you print.
You can easily switch between continuous paper and cut-sheet
feeder operation. See “Switching back to single sheets” on page
2-16 for details.
Note:
When you print several pages of continuous paper, fold the first printed
page forward at the perforation after the perforation emerges from below
the printer cover. This helps the printer feed the printed pages properly
and prevents paper jams.
Pull tractor unit
An additional pull tractor (C800302 for LX-300+/ C800341 for
LX-1170) is available as an option.
You can improve the performance of continuous paper handling
by using two tractors at the same time. This is especially useful
with continuous pre-printed forms and multipart forms.
Follow these steps to install and load paper on a standard and an
additional pull tractor:
1. Make sure the paper-release lever is pulled forward to the
continuous-paper position. Install the included tractor in the
push-tractor position.
2. Remove the paper tension unit by squeezing the tension unit’s
lock tabs gently and pulling the tension unit away fom the
printer.
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3. For LX-300+ users: grasp the pull tractor with both hands.
Move the tractor forward to the mounting slot at the top of
the printer until it fits in place as shown below. You should
feel the notches snap into place.
For LX-1170 users: grasp the pull tractor with both hands. Push
down the tractor onto the mounting slot at the top of the
printer and tilt it into place as shown below. When you push
the tractor onto the posts, you should feel the notches snap
into place.
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4. Load continuous paper on the sprocket units of the
push-tractor. (See “Printing on Continuous Paper” on page
2-10.)
5. Turn on the printer. Hold down the LF/FF button to feed
paper in one page.
6. Release the sprocket lock levers of the pull tractor and adjust
the sprocket units to match the width of the paper. Be sure
that the sprocket units on both tractors are aligned so that the
paper is not crooked.
7. Open the sprocket covers. Fit the holes of the paper over the
tractor pins of the sprocket units and adjust the sprocket units
as necessary. (See “Printing on Continuous Paper” on page
2-10.) Close the sprocket covers.
8. If there is slack in the paper between the push and pull
tractors, push in and turn the paper-feed knob on the right
side of the pull tractor to remove the slack.
9. See that the paper is not crooked or wrinkled and lock the
sprocket units in place.
10. Re-install the printer cover and the paper guide.
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Roll paper holder
The optional roll paper holder (#8310) allows you to use your
printer with 8.5-inch roll paper like that used with telex machines.
This option is not available in all countries.
Follow these steps to install and use the roll paper holder:
1. Turn off the printer and remove the paper guide.
2. Position the roll paper holder beneath the printer as shown
below. Fit the two holes in the base onto the two positioning
pegs on the bottom of the printer.
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Caution:
Be careful to avoid dropping the roll paper holder when
lifting the printer. Only the printer’s weight holds it in place.
3. Push the paper-release lever to the single-sheet position.
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4. Cut the leading edge of the roll paper straight across. Slide
the roll paper holder shaft through the center of the paper roll.
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5. Set the shaft and paper roll onto the roll paper holder. Orient
the roll so that paper feeds from the bottom of the roll. Then
turn on the printer.
6. Bring the leading edge of the paper up over the paper path
guide for single sheets and insert it into the printer path for
single sheets until you feel resistance.
7. Install the paper guide. Slide the left edge guide to the center
until it stops at the guide mark. Then slide the right edge guide
to the opposite guide mark.
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Color upgrade kit (LX-300+ only)
The optional color upgrade kit (C832082) includes a color ribbon
cartridge and a motor unit.
Follow these steps to install the kit:
1. Turn off the printer and remove the printer cover. Slide the
connector cover on the printer and pull it out as shown below.
2. Install the motor unit in the right hand corner of the printer,
with the gear facing the center of the printer. Push it down
firmly to fit the metal pins into the slots.
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3. Insert the motor unit plug into the connector on the printer.
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4. Slide the print head to the middle of the printer; then slide the
plastic part on the color ribbon to the center of the cartridge.
5. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob in the direction of the arrow
to remove any slack in the ribbon.
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6. Insert the ribbon cartridge into the printer as shown; then
press both sides of the cartridge firmly to fit the plastic hooks
into the printer slots.
7. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob to help feed the ribbon into
place; it should not be twisted or creased.
8. Replace the paper tension unit and printer cover.
After you install the color ribbon cartridge, run the self test as
described under “Running the Self Test” on page 1-11.
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If the top or bottom edge of the characters in the self test are a
different color from the rest, adjust the ribbon angle. Check the
characters printed in red. If the top edge is blue, move the color
ribbon adjustment lever forwards. If the bottom edge is yellow,
move the lever backwards. Then print another self test to check
your adjustment. Repeat this process until the ribbon is properly
adjusted.
Note:
When you print using the color ribbon, the print speed is reduced.
To switch to the black ribbon, remove the color ribbon as shown
in the manual that comes with the optional color upgrade kit; then
install the black ribbon as described under “Installing or replacing
the ribbon cartridge” on page 1-6.
You do not have to remove the motor unit.
Print server
You can use this printer as a network printer by installing the
EpsonNet 10/100 BASE TX Ext. Print Server (C823782) in the
printer’s parallel interface port. See the Administrator’s Manual
packaged with this option for instructions on installation and use.
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Chapter 3
Using the Printer Software
Using the Printer Driver with Windows Me, 98, and 95 . . . . . . . 3-2
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
3
Using the Printer Driver with Windows 3.1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Using the Printer Driver with Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 . . . . . 3-6
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Using the Printer Driver with Windows NT 3.5x . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Accessing the printer driver
from Windows applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Changing the printer driver settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Printer Driver Settings Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
About the EPSON Status Monitor 3 Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Using the EPSON Remote! Utility (LX-300+ only) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15
Installing EPSON Remote! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15
Accessing EPSON Remote! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
Using the Printer Software
3-1
Using the Printer Driver with Windows Me, 98,
and 95
You can access the printer driver from your Windows
applications or from the Start menu.
When you access the printer driver from a Windows application,
any settings you make apply only to the application you are using.
When you access the printer driver from the Start menu, the
printer driver settings you make apply to all your applications.
To check and change printer driver settings, see “Changing the
printer driver settings” on page 3-4.
Note:
❏ The screen shots in the following section are from LX-300+. For
LX-1170 users, substitute LX-1170 for the model name in the screen
shots. The instructions are the same.
❏ While many Windows applications override the settings made with
the printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer
driver settings match your requirements.
Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications
Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows
application:
Note:
❏ The steps given in this procedure provide general guidelines on
accessing the printer driver. How you access the printer driver may
differ depending on your application. See your application manual
for details.
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1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your
application software. The Print or Print Setup dialog box
appears.
2. Make sure that your printer is selected and then click Printer,
Setup, Properties, or Options. (You may need to click a
combination of these buttons.) The Properties window
appears, and you see the Paper, Graphics, and Device
Options menu. These menus contain the printer driver
settings.
3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the
window. See “Changing the printer driver settings” below to
change the settings.
Note:
To access the printer driver from the Start menu, click Start - Settings
- Printers to open the Printer Window. Right-click the printer icon
and click Properties.
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Changing the printer driver settings
Your printer driver has four menus: Paper, Graphics, Device
Options, and Utility. For an overview of the available settings,
see “Printer Driver Settings Overview” on page 3-11. You can also
view online help by right-clicking items in the driver and selecting
What’s this?.
When you finish making printer driver settings, click OK to apply
the settings, or click Restore Defaults to return the settings to
their default values.
Once you have checked your printer driver settings and made any
necessary changes, you are ready to print.
Using the Printer Driver with Windows 3.1
Printer software for Windows 3.1 is only available for LX-300+.
You can access the printer driver from your Windows
applications or from the Control Panel.
When you access the printer driver from a Windows application,
any settings you make apply only to the application you are using.
When you access the printer driver from the Control Panel, the
printer driver settings you make apply to all your applications.
To check and change printer driver settings, see “Changing the
printer driver settings” on page 3-5.
Note:
While many Windows applications override the settings made with the
printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer driver
settings match your requirements.
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Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications
Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows
application:
Note:
The steps in this procedure provide general guidelines on accessing the
printer driver. How you access the printer driver may differ depending
on your application. See your application manual for details.
1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your
application software. The Print or Print Setup dialog box
appears. See “Changing the printer driver settings” on page
3-5 for detailed information about the settings in this dialog
box.
2. Make sure that your printer is selected and then click Printer,
Setup, or Options. (You may need to click a combination of
these buttons.) The Options dialog box appears. See
“Changing the printer driver settings” on page 3-5 to change
the settings.
Note:
To access the printer driver from the Control Panel, in the Main window,
double-click the Control Panel icon, then the Printer icon. Make sure
your printer is highlighted, then click Setup.
Changing the printer driver settings
You can change printer driver settings in the Print (or Print
Setup) dialog box and the Options dialog box. For an overview
of the available settings, see “Printer Driver Settings Overview”
on page 3-11.
When you finish making your printer driver settings, click OK to
apply the settings, or click Cancel to cancel your changes.
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Once you have checked your printer driver settings and changed
them if necessary, you are ready to print.
Using the Printer Driver with Windows 2000
and NT 4.0
You can access the printer driver from your Windows
applications or from the Start menu.
When you access the printer driver from a Windows application,
any settings you make apply only to the application you are using.
When you access the printer driver from the Start menu, the
printer driver settings you make apply to all your applications.
To check and change printer driver settings, see “Changing the
printer driver settings” on page 3-8.
Note:
❏ The screen shots in the next section are from LX-300+. For LX-1170
users, substitute LX-1170 for the model name in the screen shots.
The instructions are the same.
❏ While many Windows applications override the settings made with
the printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer
driver settings match your requirements.
Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications
Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows
application:
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Note:
❏ The steps in this procedure provide general guidelines on accessing
the printer driver. How you access the printer driver may differ
depending on your application. See your application manual for
details.
❏ The screen shots in the following section are from the Windows
NT 4.0 operating system. They may vary in appearance from what
actually appears on your screen; however, the instructions are the
same.
1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your
application software. The Print or Print Setup dialog box
appears.
2. Make sure that your printer is selected and then click Printer,
Setup, Properties, or Options. (You may need to click a
combination of these buttons.) The Document Properties
window appears, and you see the Page Setup and Advanced
menus. These menus contain the printer driver settings.
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3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the
window. See “Changing the printer driver settings” below to
change the settings.
Note:
To access the printer driver from the Start menu, click Start - Settings
- Printers to open the Printer Window. Right-click the printer icon and
click Document Defaults.
Changing the printer driver settings
Your printer driver has two menus from which you can change
the printer driver settings; Page Setup and Advanced. You can
also change settings on the Utility menu in the printer driver. For
an overview of the available settings, see “Printer Driver Settings
Overview” on page 3-11. You can also view online help by
right-clicking items in the driver and selecting What’s this?.
When you finish making your printer driver settings, click OK to
apply the settings, or click Cancel to cancel your changes.
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Once you have checked your printer driver settings and changed
them if necessary, you are ready to print.
Using the Printer Driver with Windows NT 3.5x
Printer software for Windows NT 3.5x is only provided for
LX-300+.
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You can access the printer driver from your Windows
applications or from the Control Panel.
When you access the printer driver from a Windows application,
any settings you make apply only to the application you are using.
When you access the printer driver from the Control Panel, the
printer driver settings you make can apply to all your
applications.
To check and change printer driver settings, see “Changing the
printer driver settings” on page 3-10.
Note:
While many Windows applications override the settings made with the
printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer driver
settings match your requirements.
Accessing the printer driver from Windows
applications
Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows
application:
Note:
The steps in this procedure provide general guidelines on accessing the
printer driver. How you access the printer driver may differ depending
on your application. See your application manual for details.
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1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your
application software. The Print or Print Setup dialog box
appears.
2. Make sure that your printer is selected and then click Printer,
Setup, Properties, or Options. (You may need to click a
combination of these buttons.) The screen displays the
Document Properties dialog box, which contains the Form
and Orientation printer driver settings. See “Changing the
printer driver settings” on page 3-10 to change the settings.
3. Click Options (or a similar button) to view the Advanced
Document Properties dialog box, which includes the
Graphics Resolution, Color, and Optimizations printer
driver settings. See “Changing the printer driver settings” on
page 3-10 to change the settings.
Note:
To access the printer driver from the Control Panel, in the Main window,
open Print Manager and make sure your printer is highlighted, then
click Printer - Properties. Then click Details - Job Default.
Changing the printer driver settings
You can change printer driver settings in the Document
Properties dialog box and the Advanced Document Properties
dialog box. For an overview of the available settings, see “Printer
Driver Settings Overview” on page 3-11. To open these dialog
boxes, see the previous sections on accessing the printer driver.
When you finish making your printer driver settings, click OK to
apply the settings, or click Cancel to cancel your changes.
Once you have checked your printer driver settings and changed
them if necessary, you are ready to print.
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Printer Driver Settings Overview
The following tables show the Windows printer driver settings.
Note that not every setting is available in all versions of Windows.
The printer settings are shown below.
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Settings
Explanations
Paper size
Select the size of the paper you want to use. If you do
not see your paper size, use the scroll bar to scroll
through the list. If your paper size is not included in the
list, click Custom or User Defined Size and enter the
paper size in the dialog box that appears.
Orientation
Select Portrait or Landscape.
Paper Source
Select the paper source you want to use.
Resolution/
Graphics
Resolution
Select the printing resolution you want. The higher the
resolution you select, the more detailed your printout will
be; however, increasing the resolution slows printing. If
you are using Windows 3.1, this option is only available
from the Control Panel.
Dithering
You can leave this option set to Fine, which is the default
setting, or select another dithering pattern depending on
the kind of printout you want.
Intensity/
Intensity Control
Move the slider to make your printout lighter or darker.
Color (LX-300+
only)
The printer will print in color when there is a checkmark
in this check box. If you want to print in monochrome or
gray scale, remove the checkmark.
Print quality
Select a print quality option from the Print quality list.
If you turn on Hi-speed, you will enter bi-directional
printing mode and printing speed will increase. Turning
Hi-speed off will return the printer to uni-directional
printing mode. Printing speed will decrease, but printing
precision will improve. Printing with the default settings
uses the settings stored in the printer.
Paper/Output
Check the Paper Size, Orientation, and Paper Source
settings you made on the Page Setup menu and change
them if necessary. Select the setting and then choose
an option from the Change Setting list box.
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Settings
Explanations
Halftone
Click this button to set the brightness and contrast, input
the RGB gamma, or make other settings. The Halftone
Color Adjustment dialog box appears. For details, click
the Help button in this dialog box.
The monitoring settings are shown below.
Settings
Explanations
EPSON Status
Monitor 3
You can access the EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility
when you click this button. To monitor the printer, make
sure the Monitor the printing status check box is
selected.
Monitoring
Preferences
Click this button to open the Monitoring Preferences
dialog box where you can make settings for the EPSON
Status Monitor 3 utility. For more information, see
“Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3” on page 3-13.
About the EPSON Status Monitor 3 Utility
The EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility that comes with your printer
is available for Windows Me, 98, 95, 2000 or NT 4.0. It allows you
to monitor your printer’s status, alerts you when printer errors
occur, and provides troubleshooting instructions when needed.
The EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility is available only when:
❏ The printer is connected directly to the host computer via the
parallel port [LPT1].
❏ Your system is configured to support bidirectional
communication.
The EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility is installed when you install
the printer driver as described in Chapter 1.
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Note:
If you install the driver using Add Printer in the Printers folder, or using
the “Point and Print” method, EPSON Status Monitor 3 may not
function properly. If you want to use EPSON Status Monitor 3, reinstall
the driver as described in Chapter 1, “Setting Up the Printer.”
Before using the EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility, be sure to read
the README file on the driver disk. This file contains the latest
information on the utility.
Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3
Follow these steps to setup EPSON Status Monitor 3:
1. Open the Utility menu as described in “Using the Printer
Driver with Windows Me, 98, and 95” on page 3-2 or “Using
the Printer Driver with Windows 2000 and NT 4.0” on page
3-6.
2. Click the Monitoring Preferences button. The Monitoring
Preferences dialog box appears.
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3. The following settings are available:
Select Notification
Displays the error item check box ON/OFF
status.
Turn on this check box to display the selected
error notification.
Select Shortcut
Icon
The selected icon is displayed in the system tray
on the taskbar on the PC screen. The setting’s
example is shown on the right window. By clicking
the shortcut icon, you can access the Monitoring
Preferences dialog box easily.
Receive error
notification for
shared printers
Error notification for a shared printer can be
received when this check box is selected.
Allow monitoring
of shared printers
When this check box is selected, a shared printer
can be monitored by other PCs.
Note:
Click the Default button to revert all items to the default settings.
Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 3
To access the EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility:
❏ Double-click the printer-shaped shortcut icon on the taskbar.
To add a shortcut icon to the taskbar, go to the Utility menu
and follow the instruction.
❏ Open the Utility menu, then click the EPSON Status
Monitor 3 icon. To find out how to open the Utility menu, See
“Using the Printer Driver with Windows Me, 98, and 95” on
page 3-2 or “Using the Printer Driver with Windows 2000 and
NT 4.0” on page 3-6.
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When you access the EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility as described
above, the following printer status window appears.
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You can view printer status information in this window.
Using the EPSON Remote! Utility (LX-300+
only)
The EPSON Remote! utility allows you to easily change the
printer’s default settings from your computer’s DOS prompt.
Installing EPSON Remote!
Follow these steps to install the EPSON Remote! utility:
1. Insert the printer software CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
2. At the DOS prompt, type D:\ENGLISH\DOS\SETUP. (If you
inserted the disk into a drive other than drive “D,” substitute
“D” with the appropriate letter.) Then press Enter.
3. Select your printer’s name in the Printer Model window and
then press Enter. C:\EPUTIL appears as the default directory.
4. Press Enter again. The EPSON Remote! utility is copied to the
C:\EPUTIL directory.
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Accessing EPSON Remote!
To access the EPSON Remote! utility, type C:\PRNSET at the DOS
prompt and press Enter. Then follow the on-screen instructions
to use this utility. You can also access the EPSON Remote! utility
by typing C:\PANEL at the DOS prompt and then pressing Enter.
The PRNSET and PANEL access methods differ slightly. The
PANEL method opens a condensed version of EPSON Remote!
that only provides the most often used settings.
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Chapter 4
Troubleshooting
Using the Error Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Problems and Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Power Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Power is not being supplied . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
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Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
The printer does not print . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
The print is faint or uneven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Dots are missing in printed characters or graphics . . . . . . . 4-7
Printed characters are not what you expected . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
The print position is not what you expected . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Paper Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Single sheets do not feed properly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Continuous paper does not feed properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9
Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
When you use the cut-sheet feeder, the paper
does not feed properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Switching between the cut-sheet feeder
and the push tractor does not work properly . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Using the pull tractor with the push tractor,
continuous paper does not feed properly . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
With the color upgrade kit installed, the printer
does not operate properly (LX-300+ only) . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13
Troubleshooting
4-1
Using the Error Indicators
You can identify many common printer problems using the lights
on the control panel. If your printer stops working and one or
more control panel lights are on or flashing or the printer beeps,
use the following table to diagnose and fix the problem. If you
cannot fix your problem using this table, go to the next section.
Panel light
state
Beep
pattern
Problem
Solution
n Pause
–
The printer is paused.
Press the Pause button to resume printing.
•••••
Paper from another paper source is currently in
the paper path.
Move the paper-release lever back to the
appropriate position and press the Load/Eject
button to clear the paper from the paper path. Then
set the lever to the position you want to use. Press
the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if
necessary.
n Paper Out
n Pause
•••
No paper is loaded in the selected paper source.
Load paper in the printer. Then press the Pause
button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary.
•••
The paper is not loaded correctly.
Remove your paper and reload it. See Chapter 2 for
instructions on loading paper. Then press the Pause
button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary.
•••
Paper is jammed in the printer.
Turn off the printer, open the printer cover, tear off
the paper supply and turn the paper-feed knob to
eject the remaining paper.
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Panel light
state
Beep
pattern
Problem
Solution
f Paper Out
n Pause
•••
Continuous paper is not fed back to the standby
position.
Tear off the printed document at the perforation;
then press the Load/Eject button. The printer feeds
the paper to the standby position. Press the Pause
button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary.
•••
A single sheet of paper is not fully ejected.
Press the Load/Eject button to eject the sheet. Then
press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if
necessary.
•••
Paper is jammed in the printer.
Clear the paper jam as described in the previous
page.
f Pause
–
The print head is overheated.
Wait a few minutes; the printer resumes printing
automatically once the print head has cooled.
f All the lights on
the control panel
•••••
An unknown printer error has occurred.
Turn off the printer and leave it off for several
minutes; then turn on the printer again. If the error
recurs, contact your dealer.
n = on, f = flashing
•••
= short series of beeps (three beeps)
• • • • •= long series of beeps (five beeps)
Note:
The printer beeps once if you press a control panel button when the corresponding function
is not available.
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Problems and Solutions
Most problems you may encounter while operating your printer
have simple solutions.
You can check the operation of your printer using the self test. See
“Running the Self Test” on page 1-11. If the self test works
properly the problem probably lies in the computer, the
application software, or the interface cable. If the self test does not
work, contact your dealer or a qualified service person for
assistance.
Note:
If you are an experienced user or a programmer, you can print a
hexadecimal dump to isolate communication problems between the
printer and computer. To print a hex dump, turn off the printer. Next,
hold down the Load/Eject and LF/FF buttons while you turn on the
printer. Then send data from your computer. The printer prints all the
codes it receives in hexadecimal format.
Power Supply
Power is not being supplied
The lights on the control panel do not go on.
The power cord may be unplugged. Check that the power cord is
properly plugged into the electrical outlet.
The outlet may not be operating. If the electrical outlet is controlled by
an outside switch or automatic timer, use a different outlet.
Plug another electrical device, such as a lamp, into the outlet to
determine whether the outlet is operating properly.
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The lights come on briefly and then go off. The lights stay off
even when the power is turned on again.
The voltage ratings of the printer and electrical outlet may not match.
Check that the printer’s voltage rating matches the voltage of your
electrical outlet. If the voltages do not match, unplug the printer and
contact your dealer immediately. Do not reconnect the power cord to
an electrical outlet.
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Printing
The printer does not print
The PAUSE light is off but nothing is printed.
The software may not be installed properly. Check that the software is
installed properly for your printer, as described in “Installing the
Printer Software” on page 1-18. Check the software’s printer settings.
The interface cable may not match the specifications of the printer or
computer. Check both ends of the interface cable. Make sure the cable
meets both the printer and computer specifications.
The Paper Out light is on and the printer beeps three times.
The printer may be out of paper. Load paper in the printer.
The printer sounds like it is printing, but nothing is printed.
The ribbon cartridge may not be installed properly. See “Installing or
replacing the ribbon cartridge” on page 1-6.
The ribbon may be worn out. Replace the ribbon cartridge.
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4-5
The printer makes a strange noise, the beeper sounds five
times, and the printer stops abruptly.
The paper or ribbon may be jammed. Turn off the printer and check
for a paper jam, a ribbon jam or other problems.
The printer may have overheated. Let the printer cool. Then try to print
again. If the printer still does not print correctly contact your dealer.
The beeper sounds five times and the PAUSE light comes on.
An error has occurred. Turn off the printer and turn it on again. If the
PAUSE light stays on, check for a paper jam or ribbon jam. If there is
no jam, contact your dealer or a qualified service person. (If an error
occurs when you switch between single sheets and continuous paper,
make sure the paper-release lever is in the correct position.)
The print is faint or uneven
Printed characters have parts missing at the bottom.
The ribbon cartridge may not be installed properly. See “Installing or
replacing the ribbon cartridge” on page 1-6.
The printout is faint.
The ribbon may be worn out. Replace the ribbon cartridge as described
under “Installing or replacing the ribbon cartridge” on page 1-6.
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Dots are missing in printed characters or
graphics
A line of dots is missing in the printout.
The print head is damaged. Stop printing and contact your dealer to
have the print head replaced.
Dots are missing in random positions.
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Either there is too much slack in the ribbon or the ribbon has come
loose. Reinstall the ribbon cartridge as described in “Installing or
replacing the ribbon cartridge” on page 1-6.
Printed characters are not what you expected
The typestyles or characters you sent with your software did
not print.
The software may not be properly configured. Check that the software
is correctly configured for your printer. For instructions, see Chapter
3, “Using the Printer Software.”
The font selected on the control panel does not print.
Your software may be overriding your control panel setting. Check the
font setting in your application software.
Troubleshooting
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The print position is not what you expected
Printing starts too high or too low on the page, or the bottom
part of one page is printed at the top of the next page.
Your application software settings may be incorrect. Check the margin
or top-of-form position setting in your application software.
Page length does not match the length of the paper.
The page length setting in your application may be incorrect. Check
the page length set by your application software and adjust it if
necessary.
If you are using continuous paper, change the page length in the Printer
Setting mode. See “Changing default settings” on page 2-9.
Regular gaps occur in the printout.
One-inch skip-over-perforation may be set. Set skip-over-perforation
to off in the Default Setting mode. See “Changing default settings”
on page 2-9.
Paper Handling
Single sheets do not feed properly
Paper does not feed.
Continuous paper may be left in the printer. Remove the continuous
paper. Set the paper-release lever to the single-sheet position. Insert a
new sheet.
Move the paper a little to the left.
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Paper feeding is crooked or the paper jams.
The paper was not fed correctly or is of the wrong type. Turn off the
printer and pull out the paper. Insert a new sheet straight into the paper
guide. Make sure you’re using the right type of paper. See the paper
specifications under “Printer Specifications” on page A-4.
Paper does not eject completely.
Use the LF/FF button to eject the page.
The paper may be too long. Use paper that is within the specified range.
See the paper specifications under “Printer Specifications” on page
A-4.
Continuous paper does not feed properly
The tractor does not feed the paper.
The paper-release lever may be in the wrong position. Check that the
paper-release lever is pulled forward to the continuous-paper position.
If not, turn off the printer, move the lever, and turn it on again.
The paper may have come off the tractor. Reattach the paper to the
tractor.
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Paper feeding is crooked or the paper jams.
The position of your paper supply may be preventing it from feeding
straight. Make sure that the paper supply is not obstructed.
Make sure that your paper supply is positioned within 1 meter of the
printer.
Make sure the printer cover is closed.
Make sure the edge guide positions are correct. Position the edge
guides at the diamond-shaped guide marks.
Check that the holes on the sides of the paper are aligned with each
other. Also, make sure the sprocket units are locked and their covers
are closed.
Check that the paper size and thickness are within the specified range.
See the paper specifications under “Printer Specifications” on page
A-4.
When you use side-crimped multipart forms, the copies may not align
with the original. If this happens, raise the paper guide to keep the
printing position accurate.
The paper does not eject properly.
The page may be too long. Tear off the fresh supply of paper and eject
the page from the printer. Use only paper that is within the specified
length range described under “Printer Specifications” on page A-4.
When you switch between single sheets and continuous paper,
the beeper sounds five times and the PAUSE light comes on.
You may have tried to change the paper-release lever position while
paper remained in the printer. Return the paper-release lever to the
previous position and eject the paper. Then change the paper-release
lever position.
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Troubleshooting
Options
When you use the cut-sheet feeder, the paper
does not feed properly
The paper does not feed.
The cut-sheet feeder may be incorrectly installed on the printer.
Reinstall it as described under “Cut-sheet feeder” on page 2-31.
Make sure the paper-release lever is pushed back to the single-sheet
position.
You may have loaded too many sheets in the cut-sheet feeder’s bin.
Paper may be jammed near the print head. Look for a paper jam.
Make sure the edge guide positions are correct. Position the edge
guides at the diamond-shaped guide marks.
There may be only one sheet left in the bin. Add more paper.
Two or more sheets feed at one time.
You may have loaded too many sheets in the cut-sheet feeder’s bin.
You may have forgotten to fan the stack of paper before loading it into
the bin. Remove the paper and fan it.
The paper feed is crooked.
The paper may be old or creased. Use only new, clean sheets of paper.
There may be too much paper in the stacker.
Make sure that the paper guides are set correctly and that your paper
is the proper size and quality. See “Printer Specifications” on page A-4
for paper specifications.
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One page of printing has spread to two pages.
Your application software settings may be incorrect. Check that the
page-length setting and lines-per-page setting in your application
software are correct.
Switching between the cut-sheet feeder and the
push tractor does not work properly
The desired paper type does not load.
The paper-release lever may not be in the proper position. Pull the lever
forward to load continuous paper or push the lever back to load single
sheets.
Using the pull tractor with the push tractor,
continuous paper does not feed properly
Paper feed is crooked or the paper jams.
The pull tractor and push tractor sprockets are not aligned correctly.
When using both tractors, be sure that the sprockets on both are
positioned evenly.
The paper may have too much slack. Adjust the position of the
sprockets to take up any slack along the width of the paper. Remove
slack lengthwise by rotating the paper-feed knob.
The paper may be caught on the edge guides. Make sure that the paper
guide is installed over the paper and that the edge guides are
positioned correctly.
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Troubleshooting
With the color upgrade kit installed, the printer
does not operate properly (LX-300+ only)
The lights on the control panel do not go on.
Did you install the motor in the color upgrade kit? Follow the
instructions under “Color upgrade kit (LX-300+ only)” on page 2-40.
The desired color or certain characters are not printed.
Your application software may not be properly set up for color
printing. Use the program’s setup (or install) procedure to check the
printer setting and adjust as needed. If your application software is
capable of sending control codes, select the color using the ESC r
command. (See “Command Lists” on page A-18.)
The ribbon cartridge may not be installed properly. See Chapter 1,
“Setting Up the Printer.”
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Appendix A
Cleaning the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2
Transporting the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3
Printer Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-4
Mechanical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-4
Electronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6
Electrical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-8
Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-8
Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-8
Printable area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-14
Paper alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-17
Standards and approvals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-17
Command Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-18
EPSON ESC/P control codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-18
IBM 2380 Plus (for LX-300+)/ IBM 2381 Plus
(for LX-1170) emulation control codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-19
Contacting Customer Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-20
A-1
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Cleaning the Printer
To keep your printer operating at its best, you should clean it
thoroughly several times a year.
Follow these steps to clean your printer:
1. Remove any paper loaded in the printer. Make sure the
printer is turned off.
2. Remove the paper guide. If a pull tractor or an optional
cut-sheet feeder is installed, remove it.
3. Use a soft brush to carefully brush away all dust and dirt from
the outer case and paper guide.
4. If the outer case or paper guide is still dirty or dusty, clean
them with a soft, clean cloth dampened with a mild detergent
dissolved in water. Keep the printer cover in place and lower
it until it lies flat on the top of the printer to prevent water
from getting inside the printer.
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Caution:
❏ Never use alcohols or thinners to clean the printer; these
chemicals can damage the printer components as well as the
case.
❏ Be careful not to get water onto the printer mechanism or
electronic components.
❏ Do not use a hard or abrasive brush.
❏ Do not spray the inside of the printer with lubricants;
unsuitable lubricants can damage the printer mechanism.
Contact an EPSON dealer if you think lubrication is needed.
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Transporting the Printer
If you need to transport your printer for some distance, carefully
repack it using the original box and packing materials.
Follow these steps to repack the printer in its original packing
materials:
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Warning:
You need to move the print head by hand to remove the ribbon
cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print head may
be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it.
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1. Remove any paper loaded in the printer. Make sure the
printer is turned off.
2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet; then
disconnect the interface cable from the printer.
3. Attach the paper guide.
4. If a pull tractor is installed, remove it. If any options are
installed, remove them and pack them in their original boxes.
5. Make sure that the print head is not hot. Then remove the
ribbon cartridge as described in Chapter 1, “Setting Up the
Printer.”
6. Make sure the tractor that comes with your printer is installed
in the push position.
7. Repack the printer, ribbon cartridge, paper guide, and power
cord in their original packing materials and place them in the
printer’s original box.
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Printer Specifications
Mechanical
Printing method:
9-pin impact dot matrix
Printing speed:
High speed draft
Draft
Draft condensed
NLQ
300 cps at 10 cpi
337 cps at 12 cpi
225 cps at 10 cpi
270 cps at 12 cpi
225 cps at 15 cpi
191 cps at 17 cpi
225 cps at 20 cpi
56 cps at 10 cpi
67 cps at 12 cpi
56 cps at 15 cpi
Printing direction:
Bidirectional logic seeking for text and
graphics printing. Unidirectional text or
graphics printing can be selected using
software commands.
Line spacing:
1/6-inch or programmable in 1/216-inch
increments
Printable columns:
LX-300+: 80 columns (at 10 cpi)
LX-1170: 136 columns (at 10 cpi)
Resolution:
240 × 144 dpi maximum
Paper feed methods: Friction (top paper entry)
Push tractor (rear paper entry)
Pull tractor (bottom or rear paper entry)
Push and pull tractor (optional)
Cut-sheet feeder (optional)
Roll paper holder (optional)
A-4
Paper feed speed:
Continuous
76 mm/second
Intermittent
88 msec/line at 1/6-inch
line spacing
Color printing
(optional, LX-300+
only):
Method
Ribbon color
Print ribbon shifting
Black, Magenta,
Cyan and Yellow
Reliability:
Total print volume
12 million lines
(except print head)
MTBF 6,000 POH
(25% duty)
Black ribbon:
approx. 400 million
strokes per wire
Color ribbon
(LX-300+ only):
approx. 400 million
strokes per wire
Print head life
Dimensions and
Height
weight (for LX-300+): Width
Depth
Weight
159 mm
366 mm
275 mm
approx. 4.4 kg
Dimensions and
Height
weight (for LX-1170): Width
Depth
Weight
163.5 mm
546 mm
275 mm
approx. 6.3 kg
Black ribbon
(for LX-300+):
Black ribbon cartridge (#8750)
Black ribbon life
3 million characters
(Draft 10 cpi,
14 dots/character)
A-5
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Black ribbon
(for LX-1170):
Black ribbon cartridge (#8755)
Black ribbon life
3 million characters
(Draft 10 cpi,
14 dots/character)
Color ribbon
(LX-300+ only):
Color ribbon cartridge (S015073)
Color ribbon life
black
1 million characters
cyan
0.7 million characters
magenta
0.7 million characters
yellow
0.5 million characters
(Draft, 10 cpi,
14 dots/character)
Acoustic noise:
49 dB (A) (ISO 7779 pattern)
Electronic
Interfaces:
One standard bidirectional, 8-bit, parallel
interface with IEEE-1284 nibble mode
support and One EIA-232D serial interface
Buffer:
8KB
Built-in fonts:
Bitmap fonts
EPSON Draft
EPSON Roman
EPSON Sans Serif
10, 12, 15 cpi
10, 12, 15 cpi,
proportional
10, 12, 15 cpi,
proportional
Barcode fonts
EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A,
UPC-E, Code 39, Code 128, POSTNET
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Character tables:
Character sets:
One Italic and 35 graphical character tables:
Italic table,
PC 437 (US, Standard Europe),
PC 850 (Multilingual),
PC 860 (Portuguese),
PC 861 (Icelandic), PC 865 (Nordic),
PC 863 (French-Canadian),
BRASCII, Abicomp, ISO Latin 1,
Roman 8, PC 858, ISO 8859-15
PC 437 Greek,
PC 852 (Eastern Europe),
PC 853 (Turkish), PC 855 (Cyrillic),
PC 857 (Turkish), PC 866 (Russian),
PC 869 (Greek),
MAZOWIA (Poland),
Code MJK (CSFR),
ISO 8859-7 (Latin/Greek),
ISO 8859-2,
ISO Latin 1T (Turkish),
Bulgaria (Bulgarian),
PC 774 (LST 1283: 1993),
Estonia (Estonian),
PC 771 (Lithuanian), ISO 8859-2,
PC 866 LAT. (Latvian),
PC 866 UKR (Ukrainian),
PC APTEC (Arabic), PC 708 (Arabic),
PC 720 (Arabic), PC AR 864 (Arabic)
13 international character sets:
USA, France, Germany, UK, Denmark I,
Sweden, Italy, Spain I
Japan, Norway, Denmark II, Spain II,
Latin America
A-7
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Electrical
Input voltage range
198 to 264 V
Rated frequency range
50 to 60 Hz
Input frequency range
49.5 to 60.5 Hz
Rated current
0.3 A (maximum 1.4 A depending on the
character type)
Power consumption
Approx. 23 W (ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern)
Note:
Check the label on the back of the printer for the voltage of your printer.
Environmental
Temperature
Humidity
(without condensation)
Operation
5 to 35 °C
10 to 80% RH
Storage
–30 to 60 °C
0 to 85% RH
Paper
Note:
❏ Use recycled paper, envelopes, labels, and single-sheet multipart
forms only under normal temperature and humidity conditions, as
follows:
Temperature
15 to 25 °C
Humidity
30 to 60% RH
❏ Do not load paper that has been folded or is damaged, wrinkled, or
curled.
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For LX-300+
Single sheets (standard): paper guide and cut-sheet feeder entry
Width
Paper guide:
100 to 257 mm
Cut-sheet feeder:
182 to 216 mm
Length
Paper guide:
100 to 364 mm
Cut-sheet feeder:
257 to 356 mm
Thickness
Paper guide:
0.065 to 0.14 mm
Cut-sheet feeder:
0.07 to 0.14 mm
Weight
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Paper guide:
52 to 90 g/m²
Cut sheet feeder:
64 to 90 g/m²
Single-sheet multipart forms: paper guide entry
Width
100 to 257 mm
Length
100 to 364 mm
Copies
1 original + up to 4 copies
Thickness
0.12 to 0.39 mm
Weight
40 to 58 g/m²
Binding
Line glued at the top of form
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Envelopes: paper guide entry
Size
No. 6: 165 × 92 mm
No. 10: 241 × 105 mm
Thickness
0.16 to 0.52 mm
Weight
45 to 90 g/m²
Continuous paper (standard and multipart):
rear and bottom entry
Width
101.6 to 254.0 mm
Length (one page)
101.6 to 558.8 mm
Copies
1 original + up to 4 copies
Thickness
Printable area 0.065 to 0.39 mm
Gathering area up to 0.9 mm
Weight
(not multipart)
52 to 82 g/m²
Weight
40 to 58 g/m²
(one sheet of multipart)
Binding
A-10
Spot glued or crimp bound on both
sides
Labels: bottom entry
Label size
23.8 × 63.5 mm
2.5 mm corner radius, minimum
Backing sheet width
101.6 to 254 mm
Backing sheet length
(one page)
101.6 to 558.8 mm
Backing sheet thickness 0.07 to 0.09 mm
Total thickness
0.16 to 0.19 mm
Label weight
64 g/m²
Roll paper: rear entry with optional roll paper holder
Width
216 ± 3 mm
Thickness
0.07 to 0.09 mm
Weight
52 to 82 g/m²
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A-11
For LX-1170
Single sheets (standard): paper guide and cut-sheet feeder entry
Width
Paper guide:
148 to 420mm
Cut-sheet feeder:
182 to 420mm
Length
Paper guide:
100 to 364mm
Cut-sheet feeder:
210 to 364 mm
Thickness
Paper guide:
0.065 to 0.14 mm
Cut-sheet feeder:
0.07 to 0.14 mm
Weight
Paper guide:
52 to 90 g/m²
Cut sheet feeder:
64 to 90 g/m²
Single-sheet multipart forms: paper guide entry
A-12
Width
148 to 420mm
Length
100 to 364 mm
Copies
1 original + up to 4 copies
Thickness
0.12 to 0.39 mm
Weight
40 to 58 g/m²
Binding
Line glued at the top of form
Envelopes: paper guide entry
Size
No. 6: 165 × 92 mm
No. 10: 241 × 105 mm
Thickness
0.16 to 0.52 mm
Weight
45 to 90 g/m²
Continuous paper (standard and multipart):
rear and bottom entry
Width
101.6 to 406.4 mm
Length (one page)
101.6 to 558.8 mm
Copies
1 original + up to 4 copies
Thickness
Printable area 0.065 to 0.39 mm
Weight
(not multipart)
52 to 82 g/m²
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Weight
40 to 58 g/m²
(one sheet of multipart)
Binding
Spot glued or crimp bound on both
sides
Labels: bottom entry
Label size
23.8 × 63.5 mm minimum
2.5 mm corner radius, minimum
Backing sheet width
101.6 to 406.4 mm
Backing sheet length
(one page)
101.6 to 558.8 mm
Backing sheet thickness 0.07 to 0.09 mm
Total thickness
0.16 to 0.19 mm
Label weight
64 g/m²
A-13
Roll paper: rear entry with optional roll paper holder
Width
216 mm
Thickness
0.07 to 0.09 mm
Weight
52 to 82 g/m²
Printable area
Single sheets and envelopes:
B
A
A
B
printable
area
printable
area
C
B
C
For LX-300+
A-14
A
The minimum top margin is 4.2 mm.
B
The minimum left and right margins are 3.0 mm each.
The maximum paper width is 257mm and the maximum
printable width is 203.2mm.
For single sheets wider than 229.0mm, the side margins
increase proportionally to match the width of the paper.
C
The minimum bottom margin is 4.2 mm.
For LX-1170
A
The minimum top margin is 4.2 mm.
B
The minimum left and right margins are 3.0 mm each.
The maximum paper width is 420mm and the maximum
printable width is 345.44mm.
For single sheets wider than 364.0mm, the side margins
increase proportionally to match the width of the paper.
C
The minimum bottom margin is 4.2 mm.
Continuous paper:
A
A
A
Printable
area
B
B
For LX-300+
A
The minimum top and bottom margins above and below the
perforation are 4.2 mm each.
B
The minimum left and right margins are 13 mm each.
The maximum paper width is 254mm and the maximum
printable width is 203.2mm.
For continuous paper wider than 241.3mm, the side margins
increase proportionally to match the width of the paper.
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For LX-1170
A
The minimum top and bottom margins above and below the
perforation are 4.2 mm each.
B
The minimum left and right margins are 13 mm each.
The maximum paper width is 406.4 mm and the maximum
printable width is 345.44 mm.
For continuous paper wider than 377.8mm, the side margins
increase proportionally to match the width of the paper.
Roll paper:
A
B
printable
area
A-16
A
The minimum top and bottom margins are 4.2 mm.
B
The minimum left margin is 3.0 mm.
The minimum right margin is 3.0 mm.
The maximum printable width is 203.2mm.
Paper alignment
Printing starts at “0” on the scale. The unprintable area is to the
left of the “0.”
A
Standards and approvals
European model:
Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC
EN 60950
EMC Directive 89/336/EEC
EN 55022 Class B
EN 55024
EN 61000-3-2
EN 61000-3-3
A-17
Command Lists
Your printer supports the EPSON ESC/P control codes and IBM
2380 Plus (for LX-300+)/ IBM 2381 Plus (for LX-1170) emulation
control codes listed below.
EPSON ESC/P control codes
Selecting an EPSON ESC/P printer in your software allows you
to use advanced fonts and graphics.
General operation:
ESC @, ESC U, ESC EM
Paper feeding:
FF, LF, ESC 0, ESC 1, ESC 2, ESC 3, ESC A, CR
Page format:
ESC (C, ESC C, ESC C 0, ESC Q, ESC l, ESC (c, ESC N, ESC O,
ESC (U
Print position motion:
ESC $, ESC \, ESC D, HT, ESC B, VT, ESC J
Font selection:
ESC k, ESC x, ESC y, ESC P, ESC M, ESC g, ESC p,
ESC 4, ESC 5, ESC E, ESC F, ESC !
Font enhancement:
ESC W, DC4, SO, DC2, SI, ESC w, ESC G, ESC H, ESC T,
ESC S, ESC Spacing:
ESC Space
Character handling:
ESC t, ESC (t, ESC R, ESC %, ESC &, ESC :, ESC I, ESC 6, ESC 7
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Bit image:
ESC K, ESC L, ESC Y, ESC Z, ESC *, ESC ^
Bar code:
ESC (B
Color printing (LX-300+ only):
ESC r
IBM 2380 Plus (for LX-300+)/ IBM 2381 Plus (for
LX-1170) emulation control codes
This printer emulates the IBM Proprinter using the commands
below. For detailed information, see the IBM 2380 Plus (for
LX-300+)/IBM 2381 Plus (for LX-1170) reference manual.
General operation:
NUL, DC3, ESC j, BEL, CAN, DC1, ESC Q, ESC [ K, ESC U,
ESC [ F
Paper feeding:
FF, LF, ESC 5, ESC A, ESC 0, ESC 1, ESC 2,
ESC 3, CR, ESC ]
Page format:
ESC C, ESC C0, ESC X, ESC N, ESC O, ESC 4
Print position motion:
ESC d, ESC R, ESC D, HT, ESC B, VT, ESC J
Font selection:
DC2, ESC P, ESC :, ESC E, ESC F, ESC I, ESC [d, ESC [I
Font enhancement:
DC4, SO, ESC SO, ESC W, ESC [ @, SI, ESC SI, ESC G, ESC H,
ESC T, ESC S, ESC -, ESC _
Spacing:
BS, SP
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Character handling:
ESC 6, ESC 7, ESC [T, ESC ^, ESC \
Bit image:
ESC K, ESC L, ESC Y, ESC Z
Barcode:
ESC [f, ESC [p
Download:
ESC = (only Draft mode)
Contacting Customer Support
If your EPSON product is not operating properly and you cannot
solve the problem using the troubleshooting information in your
product documentation, contact customer support services for
assistance.
You will find the telephone number and further important
information for your country in the Service and Support brochure
provided with your printer.
Customer support will be able to help you much more quickly if
you give them the following information.
❏ Product serial number
(The serial number label is usually on the back of the product.)
❏ Product model
❏ Product software version
(Click About, Version Info, or a similar button in the product
software.)
❏ Brand and model of your computer
❏ Your computer operating system name and version
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❏ Names and versions of the software applications you
normally use with your product
A
A-21
Index
Numerics
D
0 slash 2-6
Data length 2-7
Default settings
changing 2-9–2-10
option list 2-3–2-4
Driver
See Printer driver
A
Adjusting
paper-thickness lever 2-27–2-28
tear-off position 2-24–2-26
top-of-form position 2-21–2-23
Auto CR (carriage return) 2-8
Auto I/F (interface) wait time 2-7
Auto line feed 2-5
Auto tear-off 2-5
B
Baud rate 2-7
Bidirectional (Bi-d) printing
See Print direction
Built-in font
list A-6
selecting 2-2
Buttons
See Control panel
Buzzer (beeper) setting 2-8
C
Character table
list A-7
setting 2-8
Cleaning the printer A-2
Contacting EPSON A-20
Continuous paper
printing 2-10–2-26
specifications A-10, A-13
Control panel 2-2–2-10, 4-2
Customer support A-20
Cut-sheet feeder 2-31–2-35
E
Emulation
See IBM 2380 Plus/IBM 2381 Plus
emulation
Envelopes
printing 2-30–2-31
specifications A-10, A-13
EPSON Remote! utility 3-15
EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility 1-20,
3-12–3-15
Error indication 4-2–4-3
ESC/P A-18–A-19
F
Font (default setting) 2-8
Font
See Built-in font
H
High speed draft (default setting) 2-6
I
I/F (interface) mode 2-6
IBM 2380 Plus/IBM 2381 Plus
emulation A-19–A-20
International character set for
Italic table 2-8
International character sets A-7
Index
1
L
Labels
printing 2-29–2-30
specifications A-11, A-13
Lights
See Control panel
M
Manual feed wait time 2-8
Micro adjust 2-21–2-23, 2-24–2-26
Multipart forms
printing 2-29
specifications A-9, A-10, A-12, A-13
O
Options
Color upgrade kit 2-40–2-43
Cut-sheet feeder 2-31–2-35
Pull tractor unit 2-35–2-37
Roll paper holder 2-38–2-39
P
Packet mode 2-7
Page length for tractor 2-5
Panel
See Control panel
Paper alignment A-17
Paper specifications A-8–A-11,
A-12–A-14
Paper-thickness lever 2-27–2-28
Parallel I/F (interface)
bidirectional mode 2-7
Parity 2-7
Print direction 2-6
Printable area A-14–A-16
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Index
Printer driver
accessing
from Windows 2000
or NT 4.0 3-6–3-9
from Windows 3.1 3-4–3-6
from Windows Me, 98 or 95
3-2–3-4
from Windows NT 3.5x
3-9–3-10
installing
for DOS 1-22
for Windows 2000 or NT 4.0
1-19–1-20
for Windows 3.1 1-20–1-22
for Windows Me, 98 or 95
1-19–1-20
for Windows NT 3.5x
1-20–1-22
settings 3-11–3-12
Printer software
installing 1-18–1-23
R
Remote! utility
See EPSON Remote! utility
Removing
printed document from
push tractor 2-15–2-16
Ribbon cartridge 1-6–1-9, A-5, A-6
Roll paper
default setting 2-9
printing 2-38–2-39
specifications A-11, A-14
Roll paper holder 2-38–2-39
S
Safety instructions 2
Self test 1-11–1-13
Single sheets
printing 2-26–2-27
specifications A-9, A-12
Skip over perforation 2-5
Software
default setting 2-6
See Printer software
Specifications
built-in font A-6
character tables A-7
command lists
ESC/P A-18–A-19
IBM 2380 Plus/IBM 2381
Plus emulation A-19–A-20
environmental A-8
international character sets A-7
mechanical A-4–A-6
paper A-8–A-11, A-12–A-14
paper alignment A-17
printable area A-14–A-16
standards and approvals A-17
Status Monitor 3 utility
See EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility
T
Tear-off 2-23–2-26
adjusting 2-24–2-26
automatically 2-24
button 2-24
Technical support A-20
Transporting the printer A-3
U
Unidirectional (Uni-d) printing
See Print direction
Unpacking the Printer 1-2–1-3
Index
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Printer Parts
paper supports
edge guides
paper guide cover
paper guide
printer cover
paper-release
lever
paper-feed
knob
control panel
ribbon cartridge
paper thickness
lever
serial interface
parallel interface
paper tension unit
tractor
power cord
power switch
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