Printer Specifications

Printer Specifications
EPSON LQ-300
Character fonts:
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paper supports
EPSON Roman
EPSON Sans Serif
EPSON Courier
EPSON Script
Draft condensed
Roman-T
Sans Serif-H
EPSON Prestige
Draft
Character tables: One italic and 8 graphic character tables.
(15 graphic character tables are available
in certain areas.)
Character sets:
/
switch
14 international character sets and 1 legal
character set
Color printing (optional):
Method
Ribbon color
Print ribbon shifting
Black, Magenta, Cyan, and Yellow
Paper
amsuifo 0
Single sheets (CSF):
Couriers 0
Width:
Length:
Thickness:
Weight:
Printer Specifications
Printing
Print method:
Single sheets (manual insertion):
24-pin impact dot matrix
Width:
Length:
Thickness:
Weight:
Print speed:
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12
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240
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300
10
67
12
15
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60
100
The paper-thidoress lever posltbn or an oveftmmd Pttnt head may
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Printing
direction:
Bidirectional logic-seeking for text and
graphics. Unidirectional for graphics can
be selected with the Printer setting mode
or a software command.
Line spacing
l/6 inch, l/8 inch, or programmable in
increments of l/360 inch.
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80 characters at 10 cpi
96 characters at 12 cpi
120 characters at 15 cpi
137 characters at 17 cpi
160 characters at 20 cpi
Input buffer:
8KB
Download
memory:
10KB
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148 to 257 mm (5.8 to 10.1 inches)
Max. 364 mm (14.3 inches)
0.065 to 0.14 mm (0.0025 to 0.0055 inch)
52.3 to 90 g/m2 (14 to 24 lb) paper under
normal conditions.
0 Use 90 g/m2 (24 lb) paper only under
normal temperature and humidity
conditions.
Continuous paper:
Width:
Copies:
Thickness:
Weight:
Paper feed speed 80 ms per l/6-inch line; 3.3 inches/second
with continuous feed.
Printable
columns:
182 to 216 mm (7.2 to 8.5 inches)
210 to 364 mm (8.3 to 14.3 inches)
0.07 to 0.12 mm (0.0028 to 0.0047 inch)
64 to 91 g/m2 (18 to 24 lb)
Cl Use 90 g/m2 (24 lb) paper only under
normal temperature and humidity
conditions.
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101 to 254 mm (4 to 10 inches)
Four sheets (one original plus three copies)
0.065 to 0.32 mm (0.0025 to 0.012 inch) total
52.3 to 82 g/m2 (14 to 22 lb) for one sheet
40 to 58.2 g/m2 (12 to 15 lb) per sheet in
multi-part forms
a Use only two- or three-part carbonless
multi-part forms fed with the tractor.
Q When using side-crimped multi-part
forms, raise the paper guide to keep the
printing position accurate.
a When using the push tractor, the
printing position for the last page may
not be accurate because the page comes
off the tractor.
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Note:
Use recycled paper under normal conditions only. If ribbon
consumption or paper jamming increase, use a higher grade of
paper
Continuous paper
Labels:
size:
Thickness:
Weight:
101 to 254 mm (4.0 to 10.0 inches) width
for backing sheet
63.5 x 23.8 mm (2.50 x 0.94 inches)
minimum for a label
0.07 to 0.09 mm (0.0028 to 0.0031 inches)
for backing sheet
0.16 to 0.19 mm (0.0063 to 0.0075 inches)
total
68 g/m2 (17 lb) for label only
0 Use only continuous type labels and
usethemonlywiththetractor.
P Use labels only under normal
temperatureand humidity conditions.
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A TheminimumtopandbottommPrginsaboveandbekwthepertoration~
9.0 mn (0.35 inch).
B Themlnimuml~aMJrlgMmarghs~13mm(0.51inch).
The maximum printaWe wklth is 203 mm (6.0 inches).
Mechanical
Paper-feed
methods:
Envelopes:
size:
ThiCkMSS:
Weight
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No.6 166x92mm (6.5~3.6inches)
No. 10 240 x 104 mm (9.5 x 4.1 inches)
0.16 to 0.52 mm (0.0063 to 0.0197 inches)
45 to 91 g/m2 (12 to 24 lb)
0 Use envelopes only under normal
temperature and humidity conditions.
Friction
Push tractor
Pull tractor
Push-pull tractor (with optional pull
tractor unit C800301) .
Cut-sheet feeder (option C806371)
Ribbon:
Printable area:
Single sheets and envelopes
MTBF:
4ooopower~hours
Print head
life:
200 million strokes/wire (black)
100 million strokes/wire (color and film)
366 mm (14.4 inches)
Width
275 mm (10.8 inches)
Depth:
141 mm (5.6 inches)
Height:
Approx. 4.3 kg (9.5 lb)
weight:
l3iXbdOnS
and weight:
(Without
tractor unit)
Electrical
A Theminlnwmtapmat$n&55mm(02inch).
6 The minillmnn bit margin is 3 mm (0.12 inch).
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HtmBver,the- prlntrblew#his203mm(8inches).
C The minimum bottom matgln is 9.0 mm (0.35 inch).
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Rated voltage AC 120 V
Input voltage
range
Rated
frequency
range
Input
frequency
range
Ratedcurrent
Power
consumption
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AC 103.5 to 132 V
50 to 60 Hz
49.5 to 60.5 Hz
1.1 A
Approx. 30 W (during self-test printing in
Draft mode at 10 cpi)
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Environmental
Serial interface specifications
Temperature:
Operation:
The serial interface has the following characteristics.
5 to 35OC (41 to 95°F)
Operation (film ribbon):
15 to 35OC (59 to 95OF)
Operation (envelopes, labels, or recycled paper):
15 to 25OC (59 to 77OF)
Storage:
-20 to 55OC (-4 to 13lOF)
Humidity (without condensation):
Operation:
5 to 80% RH
Operation (film ribbon):
lOtow%RH
Operation (envelopes, labels, or recycled paper):
2oto6o%RH
Storage:
5 totE%RH
Safety approvals
Safety standards:
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US model
European
model
Bit rate:
Word length:
Data format
Start bit
Parity bit
Stop bit
DTR protocol, XON/XOFF protocol
ETX/ACK protocol (selectable)
Parity check:
Odd, even, or no panty bit (selectable)
Connector:
ETA standard, 25pin, D-SUB, female
COMector
Serial pin assignments
The following table lists the serial connector pin assignments
and describes their respective interface signals.
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Parallel interface specifications
The parallel interface has the following characteristics.
Data format:
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The Control Panel
Interface Specifications
Your printer is equipped with an ETA-232D serial interface
and a [email protected]~ompatible parallel interface. The printer
switches automatically to the appropriate interface when it
receives data.
7 or 8-bit (selectable)
1 bit
Odd, even, or none (selectable)
1 bit
Handshaking:
UL1950 with D3, CSA22.2 No.950 with D3
EN 60950 (TUV)
IEC 950 (SEMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO,
SETI)
FCC part 15 subpart B class B
Vfg 243 (VDE 0878 part 3, part 30)
EN 55022 (CISPR Pub. 22) Class B
bps
Synchronization: Asynchronous
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US model
European
model
300,600,1200,2400,4800,9600,19200
(selectable)
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Courie* 0
You can control simple printer operatio-uch 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 and the current
font.
Synchronization: STROBE pulse
Handshaking:
BUSY and ACKNLG signals
Signal level:
TTL compatible
Connector:
36-pin 57-30360 Amphenol connector or
equivalent
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Lights and buttons
Character Fonts
Pause Light
The orange Pause light is on when the printer stops
printing. Each time you turn on the printer, the light
flashes briefly.
When the printer is out of paper, the light flashes and the
beeper sounds three times. The light also flashes when
you can tear off the last sheet of continuous paper at the
edge of the printer cover.
To choose one of the seven internal fonts listed on the control
panel, press the Fo$ button. The two font lights come on (0),
go off(O), or flash (0) to show the current. selection. Press the
button repeatedly to cycle through all of the available
selections; stop when you reach the desired font
The POUS light goes on and the beeper sounds ifan
error occurs.
Font 1 and Font 2 lights
Your Action stays in effect until you change it again or turn
off the printer. However, any font choices you make with
your software will cancel your control panel selection. The
table below shows how the Font lights appear for each
selection.
The green Font lights, 1 and 2, indicate the current font
setting-
Font button
.
Press the Font button during normal operation to cycle
Font LigW
through the printer fonts listed on the control panel.
When you press the button, the Font lights change to
indicate your current selection.
EPSON Sans Setif
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EPSON Courier
0
0
EPSON PrWige
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EPSON Sctipt
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EPSON Roman
If you hold down the Font button while you turn on the
printer, you enter the Printer Setting mode, where you can
change many of the printer’s settings. ’
LF/FF button
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During normal operation, you can press this button
briefly to feed paper line by line. Hold it down to load a
single sheet, or to advance continuous paper to the next
top-of-form position. You can also press LF/FF to *a
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Printer Settings -
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Your printer has internal settings that control simple
functions such as the page length and character set. These
settings take effect each time you turn on the printer, so they
are also called default settings.
If you want to make sure the printer is working correctly,
you can also use this button to run the self test To start
the self test, hold down the U=/FF button while you turn
on the printer.
For most users, the factory [email protected] are best, but you can
changethesesettingsifnecessary. The table on the next page
lists all the settings you can change.
Pause button
Press the POW button to stop the printer temporarily
during printing or the self test. Press it again to resume
activity.
Paper Park
Press the Font arsd LF/FF buttons together to feed
continuous paper backward to the paper-park position.
Micro Adjust
While in this mode, you can adjust the loading position by
pressing the LF/FF button or the Font button.
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Graphic print direction
You can choose unidirectional or bidirectional as the print
direction for graphics. The printer usually prints text and
graphics bidirectionally for fast printing. To print graphics
unidirectionally for precise vertical alignment of print
dots select unidirectional printing.
software
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Pc437, Pc050, Pc864, Pu37GLeek, Pc8s2,Pctl53, Pcass, Pc857,
PO866, PC869, IS0 Latin IT, IS0 88597, code MJK, MAZOWIA, Bulgaria
Note:
Because @ware settings always ommide the printer0 dejblt
settings, use your sojbare program to control the printer, if
possible. See your @ware documentatim~ more ittformafion.
Character table
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You can select the kind of printer commands used by your
printer. When you select ESC/P 2,” the printer emulates
an EPSON ESC/P 2 printer. When you select [email protected] X24E,
the printer operates as an IBM Proprinter” X24E. If
possible, choose an EFSON ESC/P 2 printer in your
software programs. This will allow you to use the most
advanced font and graphics handling available.
(Emulation means that the printer can understand and
respond to commands as if it were an X24E.)
AGM (Alternate Graphics Mode)
When AGM is set to On, the printer can use
high-resolution 24pi.n graphics commands. The default
setting is off. When you select IBM X24E, this setting is
available.
Auto line feed
Character tables contain the characters and symbols used
in different languages. Your printer includes a wide
variety of character tables.
When the auto line feed feature is on, each carriage return
(CR) code is accompanied by a line feed (LF) code. If your
printed text is unexpectedly double-spaced, set this
feature to Off. If text lines print on top of each other, set it
toon.
Page length
This option is available only when you use continuous
paper with the tractor. You can set the page length to 8.5,
11,12, or 70/6(the length of A4 paper) inches.
Interface
When this feature is set to Auto, the printer determines
which interface is receiving data and switches to that
interface until the end of the print job (when no data is
received from the selected interface for the amount of time
specified), You can specify either 10 seconds or 30 seconds.
Skip-over-perforation
When you turn on this feature, the printer skips over the
perforations of continuous paper, providing a l-inch
marginbehyeenthelastiineprintedono~pageandthe
first line printed on the next. Because most software
programs set their own top and bottom margins, you
should use this feature only if your program does not
provide them. This feature does not affect single-sheet
paper*
Set this option to Parallel only if you want the printer to
ignore data from the serial interface or to Serial only if
you want the printer to ignore data from the parallel
interface.
Bit rate, parity bit, data length, and ETX/ACK
Auto tear off
When you use continuous paper with the push tractor,
this feature advances the paper perforation to the tear-off
position where you can easily tear off the printed pages.
When the printer receives data, it automatically reverses
the paper to the top-of-form position and starts prinsoyoucanuseallofthenextsheet.Whenyouusethe
tractor to print on labels, set this feature to off.
These options are available only when the interface is set
to Serial. See your computer manual for the appropriate
settings.
State reply
For normal operation leave this option set to Off (default).
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Changing the printer settings
Table B
If you cannot use your software program to change the
printer’s settings, you can use the Printer Setting mode.
Here’s how:
Caution:
El To print the help text, use paper at least 210 mm (8.3 inches)
w&for single Sheets or 240 kn (9.5 inches) for wntinuous~
paper; otherwise the print heud prints directly on the platen.
Also make sure you have enough sheets qf paper because the
printer prints several pages #help text.
1. Turn off the printer. Make sure the paper is loaded
correctly.
2. Hold down the Font button while you turn on the printer.
If you are using single sheets, insert a sheet of paper. The
printer automatically loads the paper and prints out a
table of languages from which you can choose. You can
print instructions in Eqlish, French, German, Italian or
Spanish, as shown in Table A below.
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For example, if you want to change the Interface setting,
press Font or LF/FF until Font 1 is flashing, Font 2 is off,
and the Pause light is flashing. The printer beeps once
each time you press the button while in Table B.
Wifurge
When you reach the setting that you want to change, press
the Pause button once. The printer beeps twice and enters
a submenu table for that setting. For example, if you
choose Interface and then press Pause, you enter Table H.
See the appropriate table in your help text. Press
the Font button to move through the se&ngs in the table.
The printer beeps twice each time you press the Font
button while in a submenu table.
O=on,O=off, t5=lhshing
To choose a language, press the Font button repeatedly
until the Font lights match your desired selection. For
example, to choose Spanish, press the Font button until
Font 1 is on and Font 2 is flashing.
Press LF/R to select the language. The printer prints the
current settings in the languae of your choice, and then
StOpS.
Press the Font button now to print help text that guides
you through the operations. The printed instructions
include submenu tables that list all of the settings you
can change and show you how the control panel lights
appear for each selection. After printing is finished, go on
to step 6.
When the control panel lights match your desired setting,
press the Pause button to make your selection. The
printer saves the new setting and returns to Table B.
lO.ReFt steps 6 through 9 for each additional setting you
want to change, or skip to step 11 to exit the Printer
Setting mode.
ll.Whenyouarefinished,tumtheprinteroff.Anysettings
you have made remain in effect until you change them
again.
Note
If you have changed the printer settings bejke and do not need the
help text, you can skip this step by pressing LF/FF instend #the
Font buttan.
6. At this point, you are in Table B. Press the Font or LF/FF
button to move through the printer m listed in
Table B, and notice how the control panel lights change to
indicate your position
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4. Insert the ribbon cartridge into the printer as shown; then
press both sides of the cartridge down firmly to fit the
plastic hooks into the printer slots.
Installing the Ribbon Cartridge
Before installing the ribbon cartridge, make sure the printer
is turned off.
1. Open the printer cover to the upright position+ then pull it
up to remove it.
5. 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.
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0 Never
moue 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. Slide the print head to the middle of the printer.
6. Slide the print head from side to side to make sure it moves
smoothly.
7. Re-install and close the printer cover.
3. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob in the direction of the
arrow to remove any slack from the ribbon so it is easier
toinstall.
When your 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 grasp
the ribbon cartridge handle on either side and lift it out of the
printer.
Running the Self Test
The built-in self test function demonstrates that the printer is
working properly. You can run the test with either
continuous paper or single sheets; this section describes the
easier way, with single sheets.
Caution:
la You should use paper at least 210 mm (8.3 inches) wide to run
the self test; otheruise, the print heud prints directly on the
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1. Make sure the printer is turned off and the paper-release
lever is pushed back to the single-sheet position. Raise the
paper guide upright.
4. Slide a sheet of paper down firmly between the edge
guides until it meets resistance. The printer loads the
sheet automatically.
Caution:
RI Always
close the printer cover while the printer is printing.
While hokling down the LF/FF button turn on the printer.
Release the button after the Pause light flashes. The
beeper sounds three times, indicating the printer is out of
paper*
The printer cm& helps the paperfeed prqxrly.
5. To stop printing temporarily, press the Taupe button
6. To end the self test, make sure the printer is not printing.
Press LF/FF to elect the sheet; then turn off the printer.
Setting Up Your software
Most software lets you specify the type of printer you use so
that you can take full advantage of the printer’s features.
Your software probably provides an mstallation or setup
section that includes a list of printers.
Microsoft® Windows™ 3.1 and all Windows
progr;ilms
Slide the left edge guide until it locks in place at the
triangular guide mark Next, adjust the right edge guide
to match the width of your paper.
If Windows is installed on your computer system, follow the
steps below to install the right driver for your printer. Your
printer will work correctly for all your Windows programs,
such as Word for Windows, Lotus” l-2-3” for Windows, and
CorelDRAW?
If Windows is mt already installed on your system, run the
Windows setup program as described in the documentation
that comes with the program. Follow steps 4 through 10
below when you reach the section about choosing a printer.
1. In the Main window, double click the Control Panel icon.
2. Double click the Printers icon.
3. Choose the Ad&> button.
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4. From the list of printers box, select LQ-300. If it is not
available, choose the first available printer from the
following list. If you plan to use color, you must choose
either ActionPrinter 3260, LQ-150, LQ-860, LQ-2550. The
other printers cannot use color.
ActionPrinter~ 3260
LQ-150
w-860
LQ-2550
LQ-570+
Stylus &[email protected]
Adjusting the Loading Position
If you want to adjust the position where printing begins on
the page, follow these steps (these instructions also work
when you use the pull or push tractor):
LQ-870
ActionPrinter 3250
Any LQ printer
EPSON printer
With paper loaded, hold down the Pause button until the
printer beeps once and the Font light begins to flash.
Press the LF/FF button to feed the paper forward, or press
the Font button to feed the paper backward. ‘(Press either
button as many times as necessary until you reach the
desired position.)
5. Choose the Install button. A dialog box may instruct you to
insert a diskette. (If necessary, insert the diskette required.)
To complete the adjustment, press the Pause button or
send data from your computer.
6. Choose the Setup button.
7. Select the appropriate resolution.
8. If you selected the LQ-860, LQ-2550, LQ-570+, or LQa70
printer, select Sheet Feeder - Bin 1 as the Paper Source.
This step is very important for proper page breaks in your
documents.
9. Choose the OK button.
lO.Highlight EPSON LQ300 (or the printer you added) and
click the button labeled Set As Default Printer.
Printing on Continuous Paper
Your printer can handle continuous paper with a width of
101 mm (4.0 inches) to 254 mm (10.0 inches). Depending on
where you position the tractor, you can use it as a pull tractor
or a push tractor. These 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? If yes, use the tractor in the push tractor
position. (The printer comes with the tractor installed in
this positim) seethe following section.
Are you printing on labels? If yes, use the tractor as a pull
tractor.
If your documents require a more precise print position,
use the optional pull tractor (C800301) in addition to the
built-in tractor in the push tractor position.
11 .Click the Close button.
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Using non-Windows software
From the list of printers box, choose LQ-300. If it is not
available, choose the first available printer from the
following list. If you plan to use color, you must choose
either ActionPrinter 3260, LQ-150, LQ-860, LQ-2!550. The
other printers cannot use color.
ActionPrinter 3260
LQ-150
LQ-860
LQ-2550
LQ-570+
Stylus 800
LQ-870
ActionPrinter 3250
Any LQ printer
EPSON printer
If your software does not list the LQ-300, you may want to
contact the software manufacturer for an update.
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Printing in the push tractor position
When using the push tractor, it is a good idea to set the
Auto tear off feature in the Printer Setting mode to on. Here’s
how to load continuous paper using the push tractor:
1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Remove 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. Rush 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.
4. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight leading edge.
Open~sprocketcwers.Fit~firstholesof~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.
Note:
a Do not use the knob tofeed pper, othemise the tqof$rm
pition may be alteredfrom the next page.
a Make sure your paper supply is positioned within I meter
(3 feet) of the printer.
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.
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6. Slide the left edge guide to the center until it stops at the
diamond-shaped guide mark. Then slide the right edge
guide to the opposite guide mark.
7. Make sure the printer cover is closed. Then turn on the
printer. When the printer receives data, it begins printing
automatically.
8. When you finish printing (the printer receives no data for
three seconds) the printer feeds the perforation of the
continuous paper to the edge of the printer cover so that
you can tear off the last sheet. The POUW light flashes.
Note:
P Set the auto tear [email protected] in the Printer Setting mode to on.
Otherwise, the printer does notfeed the perforation to the edge
of the printer cover.
P If the perjkation and the edge of the printer cmer do not match,
adjust the paper position byfillowing the steps in “Adjusting
the loading position,” while the Pause light is flashing.
When you send more data, the paper automatically feeds
back to the loading position
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Switching back to single sheets
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To switch to single sheets, press the Font and LF/FF buttons
at the same time; the printer feeds the paper backward into
the paper-park position.
4. Release the sprocket units by pulling the sprocket locks
forward.
Caution:
ca Always tear off paper before back-feeding; back-feeding too
many sheets can cause a paper jam.
Printing in the pull tractor position
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 below. If your tractor is already installed in
this position, make sure the printer is off and skip to step 5.
caution:
a When using the pull tractor, set the auto tear offfeature in the
Printer Setting mode to 8; otherwise the paper may jam.
1. Turn the printer off; then remove the paper guide. Pull the
paper-release lever forward to the continuous paper
position.
5. Insert the paper into the 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.
2. Squeeze the tractor’s lock tabs gently and pull the tractor
away from the printer. Remove the printer cover.
Note:
Make sure your paper supply is positioned within I meter (3 feet) of
the printer.
3. Lift the tractor forward to the mounting slot at the top of
the printer and tilt it into place as shown below. Then
push the tractor onto the posts until the notches snap into
place.
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 ri&t sprocket unit to match the
width of your paper, but do not lock it. Move the paper
support midway between the two sprocket units.
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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 lock it in place.
Installing the Color Upgrade Kit
The optional Color Upgrade Kit (C832111) includes a color
ribbon cartridge and a motor unit. Here’s how to install the
kit:
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1. Turn off the printer and remove the printer cover. If the
original ribbon cartridge is installed, remove it. Then slide
the connector cover on the printer and pull it out as
shown below.
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
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.
Slide the left edge guide to the center until it stops at the
diamond-shaped guide mark; slide the right edge guide to
the opposite guide mark.
10. Attach the printer cover and adjust the paper position
with the knob. Turn the knob until the perforation
between pages is just above the print head.
11. Make sure the printer cover is closed. Then turn on the
printer. 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 follow the steps to adjust the
loading position.
3. Insert the motor unit plug into the connector on the printer.
To eject the paper, tear off the paper [email protected] the printer;
then press the LF/FF button to feed the paper forward.
4. Slide the print head to the middle of the printer. Remove
the retaining tape from the cartridge and then slide the
movable ribbon guide on the color ribbon to the center of
the cartridge.
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5. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob in the direction of the
arrow to remove any slack in the ribbon.
Note:
When you print using the color ribbon, print speed may be reduced.
To switch to the black ribbon, remove the color ribbon and
then install the black ribbon To remove the color ribbon,
press down on he motor unit and pull out the cartridge as
shown below. You do not have to remove the motor unit.
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.
Information Reference List
Engineering Change Notices
NCWS
Product Support Bulletins
None
7. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob to help feed the ribbon
into place; it should not be twisted or creased.
8. Replace the printer cover.
After you install the color ribbon cartridge, run the self test.
If the top or bottom edge of the characters in the self test are
a different color from the rest, adjust the ribbon angle with
the color ribbon adjustment lever.
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Technical Information Bulletins
None
Related Documentation
TM-LQ300
EPSON LQ-300 Service Manual
PL-LQ300
EPSON LQ-300 Parts Price List
4003131
EPSON LQ-*300 User’s Guide
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