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Line spacing:
1/6 inch, 1/8 inch, or programmable in
1/216-inch increments
Paper feed speed: 79 milliseconds per 1/6-inch line
2.78 inches/sec. for continuous paper
Buffer:
Approximately 4 KB
Internal fonts and character tables
Bitmap fonts:
EPSON NLQ Roman
EPSON NLQ Sans Serif
EPSON Draft
Draft condensed
Character tables: 1 italic and 8 graphics character tables
Character sets:
Roman
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Single sheets (CSF):
3sec
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182 to 257 mm (7.2 to 10.1 inches)
182 to 364 mm (7.2 to 14.3 inches)
0.065 to 0.14 mm (0.0025 to 0.0055 inches)
52 to 90 g/m2 (14 to 24 lb)
Bond paper, plain paper, recycled paper
Note:
Use 90 g/m2 paper under normal temperature and humidity
conditions only.
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210 mm (8.5 inches)
297 mm (11.0 inches)
0.065 to 0.14 mm (0.0025 to 0.0055 inches)
64 to 90 g/m2 (18 to 24 lb)
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Single sheets (manual insertion):
Printing method: 9-pin dot matrix
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Weight
102 to 254 mm (4 to 10 inches)
Three sheets (one original plus two copies)
0.065 to 0.25 mm (0.0025 to 0.0098 inches)
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
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forms fed with the tractor.
❏ When using side-crimped multi-part forms, raise the
paper guide to keep the printing position accurate.
Bidirectional with logic-seeking for draft
with monochrome ribbon. Unidirectional
for NLQ text, bit image, and color printing.
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❏ When using the push tractor, the printing position for
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Labels:
Width
Thickness
Weight
Continuous paper
102 to 254 mm (4 to 10 inches) width for
backing sheet
63.5 × 23.8 mm (2.50 × 0.94 inches)
minimum for a label
0.07 to 0.09 mm (0.0028 to 0.0035 inches)
for backing sheet
0.16 to 0.19 mm (0.0063 to 0.0075 inches)
total
64 g/m2 (17 lb) for label only
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❏ Use only continuous type labels and use them only
with the tractor.
❏ Never feed labels backward through the printer; they
can easily peel off the backing and jam the printer.
Mechanical
❏ Use labels only under normal temperature and
humidity conditions.
Paper-feed
methods:
Friction
Push tractor
Push-pull tractor (with optional pull
tractor unit)
Pull tractor (C800301)
Cut-sheet feeder (option C806371)
Ribbon:
Black ribbon cartridge (#8750)
Life expectancy at 14 dots/character:
3 million characters
Envelopes (manual insertion):
Size
Thickness
Weight
Quality
No. 6:
166 × 92 mm (6.5 × 3.6 inches)
No. 10:
240 × 104 mm (9.5 × 4.1 inches)
0.16 to 0.48 mm (0.0063 to 0.019 inches)
45 to 90 g/m2 (12 to 24 lb)
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❏ Use envelopes only under normal temperature and
humidity conditions.
Color ribbon cartridge (S015073)
Life expectancy at 14 dots/character:
Black - 1 million characters
Magenta, Cyan - 0.7 million characters
Yellow - 0.5 million characters
❏ Insert envelopes long side first; use the manual feed
slot only.
❏ Difference in thickness within printable area must be
less than 0.25 mm (0.01 inches).
Printable area:
Single sheets
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manual insertion)
Envelopes
MTBF:
4,000 power-on hours
Lifetime print
capacity:
75,000 pages (A4 or letter)
Print head life:
200 million strokes/wire (black)
100 million strokes/wire (color)
Dimensions and weight:
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Depth
Weight
356 mm (14 inches)
125 mm (4.9 inches)
275 mm (10.8 inches)
5.0 kg (11 lb)
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Rated voltage:
AC 120 V
Input voltage
range:
AC 103.5 to 132 V
Rated frequency 50 to 60 Hz
range:
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range:
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Rated current:
1.0 A
Synchronization: Asynchronous
Power
consumption:
Approx. 30 W (during self-test printing in
draft mode at 10 cpi)
Handshaking:
DTR protocol, XON/XOFF protocol
ETX/ACK protocol (selectable)
Parity check:
Odd, even, or no parity bit (selectable)
Connector:
EIA standard, 25-pin, D-SUB, female
connector
Environmental
Temperature:
Operation: 5 to 35° C (41 to 95° F)
Storage:
–20 to 55° C (–4 to 131° F)
Serial pin assignments:
Humidity (without condensation):
The following table lists the serial connector pin assignments
and describes their respective interface signals.
Operation: 30 to 80% RH
Storage:
5 to 85% RH
Safety approvals
Safety standards: UL1950 with D3, CSA22.2 No. 950 with D3
R.F.I.:
FCC Part 15 Subpart B class B
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Parallel interface specifications
The parallel interface has the following characteristics.
Data format:
8-bit parallel
The printer control panel gives you easy control over most
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buttons.
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Serial interface specifications
The serial interface has the following characteristics.
Bit rate:
300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200 bps
(selectable)
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Data format
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Pause
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PAUSE light
On when printing is paused. 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 at
the edge of the printer cover. Additionally, the PAUSE light
comes on and the beeper sounds five times if an error occurs.
FONT 1 and FONT 2 lights
Indicates the current font setting. These three lights go on
and off when you press the FONT button. The font menu on
the control panel tells you which font is selected.
FONT button
Press this button to cycle through the font choices on the font
menu. The FONT lights indicate the current selection.
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The factory default settings are designed to meet the needs of
most users, so you may not need to change them. The table
below lists all the features you can select in the
default-settings mode.
LF/FF button
Press this button briefly to feed the paper forward one line.
Hold this button down to eject a single sheet or to advance
continuous paper to the next top-of-form position. You can
also use this button to eject a page. You can also use this
button to run a self-test to make sure the printer is working
correctly. To start the self-test, hold down the LF/FF button
while you turn on your printer.
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Default settings descriptions
Your selection stays in effect until you change it or turn off
the printer. Any font you select with your software overrides
any you selected at the control panel.
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The table below lists the available fonts and shows how the
FONT lights appear for each selection.
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Your printer comes with a series of internal settings that
control a variety of printer functions, such as print direction
and auto line feed. Because these settings take effect each
time you turn on the printer, they are called default settings.
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When you select 10 cpi, the printer prints 10 characters per
inch (cpi). When you select 12 cpi, it prints 12 characters per
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feed. If your software program controls these features, you may
never need to set them with the control panel.
To choose one of the four internal fonts listed on the control
panel, press the FONT button. The two FONT lights come on
(1 ) or go off (2 ) to indicate the active font. Press the button
repeatedly to cycle through all selections.
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Skip-over-perforation
When this feature is on and you are using continuous paper,
the printer leaves a 1-inch (25.4-mm) margin between the last
printable line on one page and the first printable line on the
next page. This causes the printer to skip over the perforation
between continuous sheets.
Most software takes care of the top and bottom margins. Do
not turn on skip-over-perforation unless your software does
not provide these margins.
Character table
Character tables contain the characters and symbols used by
different languages. The printer prints text with the selected
character table.
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Auto line feed
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 to on.
3. Press the FONT button until the FONT lights indicate the
language of your choice; then press the LF/FF button to
make your selection.
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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 inches (the length of A4 paper).
Auto tear off
When you use continuous paper with the push tractor, this
feature advances the paper perforation to the tear-off
position when 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 printing, so you
can use all of the next sheet. When you use the tractor to
print on labels, set this feature to off.
Tractor
When you use the tractor as a pull or push tractor, leave this
option set to Single. If you install an optional tractor and use
both tractors as push-pull tractor, set it to Double.
Interface
When this feature is set to Auto, the printer determines
which interface receives data and then 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 by the Auto interface wait time).
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After you press the LF/FF button, the printer prints the
current default settings and the next instruction in the
language you selected. Wait until printing is finished,
then go to the next step.
4. Press the FONT button now to print help text that guides
you through the operations. (Once you are experienced
with the Printer Setting mode, you can skip this step by
pressing LF/FF instead.) The printed instructions include
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and show you how the control panel lights appear for
each selection.
5. At this point you are in the table shown below. To move to
the feature you want to change, press the FONT button
until the lights indicate the appropriate selection.
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want the printer to ignore data from the parallel interface.
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Because software settings always override the printer’s
default settings, use your software program to control the
printer, if possible. See your software manual for more
information. To change the printer’s default settings, follow
the steps below:
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1. Make sure the printer is turned off and paper is loaded in
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For example, if you want to change the interface setting,
press the FONT button until FONT 1 is on, FONT 2 is
flashing, and the PAUSE light is on.
2. Hold down the FONT button and turn on the printer to
enter the default-settings mode.
The printer loads a sheet of paper and prints a brief
summary and instructions. It instructs you to select the
language that you want messages printed in (English,
French, German, Italian, or Spanish).
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printer automatically enters a submenu for that setting.
As you move from setting to setting, the FONT lights turn
on (1 ), off (2 ), and flash () ) to show your selection, as
indicated in the following table.
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7. When the control panel lights match your desired setting,
press PAUSE.
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❏ If you want to check the new default settings, enter the
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After you check them, turn the printer off to exit without
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Before installing the ribbon cartridge, make sure the printer
is not plugged into an electrical outlet.
1. Open the printer cover to the upright position, then pull it
up to remove it.
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Warning:
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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.
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.
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
to install.
When the 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 posts on either side and taking it
out of the printer.
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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.
4. 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.
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.
Caution:
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should use paper at least 210 mm or 8 1/4 inches 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.
The PAUSE light flashes.
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.
The printer prints characters in each font in the order the
fonts appear on the control panel
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Most software programs let you specify the type of printer
you use so that the program can take full advantage of the
printer’s features. Many of these programs provide an
installation or setup menu that presents a list of printers.
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.
To take full advantage of your printer’s features, choose
LX-300. If LX-300 is not listed, contact your software
manufacturer for an update that includes the LX-300. Until
you receive an update, choose another printer as close to the
top of the list as possible.
LX-300
JX-80
EX-800
Color
LX-810
LX-850
LX-800
LX-80/86
FX-850
FX-86e/800
Not color
If none of these printers is listed among your program’s
options, select the first one available from the following:
any FX printer, EPSON printer, and Draft printer.
4. Slide a sheet of paper down firmly between the edge
guides until it meets resistance. The printer loads the
sheet automatically and begins to print.
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The loading position is the position of the paper when the
printer loads it. If printing is too high or low on the page,
change the loading position with the micro-feed feature.
1. With paper loaded, hold down the PAUSE button until the
printer beeps once and the FONT lights begin to flash.
2. 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.)
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Caution:
Always close the printer cover while the printer is printing.
The printer cover helps the paper feed.
3. To complete the adjustment, press the PAUSE button or
send data from your computer.
5. To stop printing temporarily, press the PAUSE button.
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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:
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.
❏ 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 for instructions.
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❏ Are you printing on labels, multi-part forms, or other
documents that require a precise print position? Use the
tractor as a pull tractor as described on the next page.
Printing with the push tractor
1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Remove the paper
guide and pull the paper-release lever forward to the
continuous paper position.
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.
2. Release the sprocket units by pulling the sprocket locks
forward.
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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2. Squeeze the tractor’s lock tabs gently and pull the tractor
away from the printer.
6. 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.
7. Turn on the printer. The PAUSE light flashes briefly, then
stays on.
8. 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.
3. Lift 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.
9. 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 PAUSE light flashes.
Note:
Set the Auto tear off feature in the Printer Setting mode to on.
Otherwise, the printer does not feed the perforation to the edge of
the printer cover.
If the perforation and the edge of the printer cover do not match,
adjust the paper position by following the steps in “Adjusting the
loading position,” while the PAUSE light is flashing.
4. Release the sprocket units by pulling the sprocket locks
forward.
When you send more data, the paper automatically feeds
back to the loading position. If you want to change the
position where printing begins on the page, adjust the
loading position.
Printing with the pull tractor
Caution:
F When
using the pull tractor, set the Auto tear off feature in the
Printer Setting mode to off; 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.
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5. Insert the paper into the paper slot as shown below and
pull it up. Use the scale on the printer as a guide. Position
the paper using the scale on the printer as a guide. The
printer prints to the right of the position marked 0.
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 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.
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The optional color upgrade kit (C832081) 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. Slide the
connector cover on the printer and pull it out as shown
below.
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 four 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.
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.
8. 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. Then
slide the paper guide toward the back of the printer until
you feel it click.
3. Insert the motor unit plug into the connector on the printer.
9. 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.
10.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. The PAUSE light flashes briefly,
then stays off.
11.Make sure the printer cover is closed. When the printer
receives data, it begins printing automatically.
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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.
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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.
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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 is 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 forward. If the bottom edge is
yellow, move the lever backward. 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.
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