Epson LX-300+II Reference Manual

Reference Manual for Epson LX-300+II Printer (129 pages)

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  • Document: LX-300+II, File Type: PDF Reference Manual
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    9-pin Dot Matrix Printer

    Reference Guide

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    3

    Contents

    Introduction

    About This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

    Warnings, Cautions, and Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

    Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

    Hot parts caution symbol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

    When setting up the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

    When operating the printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

    When handling paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

    When maintaining the printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

    Chapter 1 Paper Handling

    Printing on Continuous Paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

    Printing with the push tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

    Printing with the pull tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

    Adjusting the top-of-form position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

    Advancing paper to the tear-off edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

    Printing on Single Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

    Printing on Special Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

    Adjusting the paper thickness lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

    Multipart forms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

    Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

    Envelopes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

    Chapter 2 Using the Printer Software

    Accessing the Printer Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

    From Windows applications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

    From the Start menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

    Changing the Printer Driver Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

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    4

    Using EPSON Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

    Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    Installing EPSON Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    Setting Up Your Printer on a Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

    Setting up the printer server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

    Setting up the clients. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM . . . . . . . . . . . 57

    Canceling Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

    Uninstalling the Printer Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

    Uninstalling the printer driver and EPSON

    Status Monitor 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

    Chapter 3 Using the Control Panel

    Control Panel Buttons and Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

    Selecting a built-in font . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

    Changing the Default Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

    Using Default Setting mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

    Restoring the printer’s default settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

    Chapter 4 Maintenance and Troubleshooting

    Cleaning the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

    Transporting the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

    Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

    Using the error indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

    Problems and solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

    Clearing a paper jam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

    Printing a self test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

    Where To Get Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

    Internet support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

    Speak to a support representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

    Purchase supplies and accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

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    5

    Chapter 5 Options and Consumables

    Cut-sheet Feeder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98

    Optional Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102

    Roll Paper Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104

    Replacing the Ribbon Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105

    Chapter 6 Product Information

    Printer Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109

    Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

    Mechanical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

    Electronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

    Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

    Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

    Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

    Printable area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

    Paper alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

    Command Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

    EPSON ESC/P control codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122

    IBM 2380 Plus emulation control codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123

    Standards and approvals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125

    Safety approvals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125

    CE marking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125

    Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126

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    6 Introduction

    Introduction

    Your Epson

    ®

    LX-300+II printer provides high-quality printing

    and superior performance in a compact design. This 9-pin dot

    matrix printer provides:

    ❏ 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).

    The CD-ROM that came with your printer contains the printer

    driver for Microsoft

    ®

    Windows

    ®

    98, Me, 2000, XP and NT 4.0,

    plus the EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility.

    About This Manual

    This manual provides detailed information about your printer:

    ❏ Chapter 1, “Paper Handling,” explains how to load various

    types of paper.

    ❏ Chapter 2, “Using the Printer Software,” describes how to

    print using the printer software.

    ❏ Chapter 3, “Using the Control Panel,” provides information

    about the control panel functions, including how to change

    the printer’s default settings.

    ❏ Chapter 4, “Maintenance and Troubleshooting,” includes

    basic maintenance procedures and solutions to possible

    problems.

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    Introduction 7

    ❏ Chapter 5, “Options and Consumables,” describes how to

    use options such as the roll paper holder and cut-sheet

    feeder, and explains how to replace the ribbon cartridge.

    ❏ Chapter 6, “Product Information,” contains technical

    information about the printer.

    For setup instructions and basic information, please see the

    User’s Guide.

    Warnings, Cautions, and Notes

    w

    Warnings

    must be followed carefully to avoid bodily injury.

    c

    Cautions

    must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment.

    Notes

    contain important information and useful tips on the operation of your

    printer.

    Safety Instructions

    Read all of these safety instructions before using the printer and

    follow all warnings and instructions marked on the printer.

    Hot parts caution symbol

    K This symbol is placed on the print head and other parts to

    indicate that they may be hot. Never touch these parts just after

    the printer has been used. Let them cool for a few minutes before

    touching them.

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    8 Introduction

    When setting up the printer

    ❏ Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a

    radiator or heat source.

    ❏ Place the printer on a flat, stable surface. It will not operate

    properly if it is tilted or placed at an angle.

    ❏ Do not place the printer on a soft surface like a bed or a sofa,

    or a small, enclosed area, as this restricts ventilation.

    ❏ 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. If you are not sure of the power supply specifications

    in your area, contact your local power company or consult

    your Epson reseller.

    ❏ Connect all equipment to properly grounded electrical

    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.

    ❏ The power cord should be placed to avoid abrasions, cuts,

    fraying, crimping, kinking, and other damage.

    ❏ 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 the total ampere of all devices plugged into the

    electrical outlet does not exceed the electrical outlet’s

    ampere rating.

    ❏ Use only the power cord that comes with this product. Use

    of another cord may result in fire or electric shock.

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    Introduction 9

    When operating the printer

    ❏ Adjust only those controls that are covered in the user

    documentation. Improper adjustment of other controls may

    result in damage requiring extensive repair by a qualified

    technician.

    ❏ Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds

    before turning it back on; otherwise, you may damage it.

    ❏ Do not turn off the printer while it is printing the self test.

    Always press the Pause button to stop printing and then

    turn off the printer.

    ❏ Do not reconnect the power cord to an electrical outlet that

    has the wrong voltage for your printer.

    ❏ Never replace the print head yourself; you may damage the

    printer. Also, other parts of the printer must be checked

    when the print head is replaced.

    ❏ You may need to move the print head by hand to replace the

    ribbon cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print

    head may be hot; let it cool before touching it.

    When handling paper

    ❏ Because labels are sensitive to temperature and humidity,

    use them only under these normal operating conditions:

    Temperature: 59 to 77°F (15 to 25°C)

    Humidity: 30 to 60% RH

    ❏ Do not leave labels in the printer between jobs; they may

    curl around the platen and jam when you resume printing.

    ❏ Do not load paper that is curled or has been folded.

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    10 Introduction

    When maintaining the printer

    ❏ Unplug the printer before cleaning it, and always clean it

    with a damp cloth only.

    ❏ Do not spill liquid onto the printer.

    ❏ Except as specifically explained in this manual, do not

    attempt to service the printer yourself.

    ❏ Unplug the printer and refer servicing to qualified service

    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.

    ❏ Do not use aerosol blowers which contain flammable gas

    inside or around this product. Doing so may cause fire.

    ❏ Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating

    instructions.

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    Paper Handling 11

    Chapter 1

    Paper Handling

    Your printer can handle continuous paper in either the push or

    the pull position, as well as single sheets and special papers such

    as labels and envelopes.

    For instructions on using continuous paper, see the following

    section. To load single sheets, see page 26. For information about

    special paper, see page 29.

    Printing on Continuous Paper

    You can print on continuous paper using the tractor in either the

    push or pull position:

    ❏ Use the tractor in the push position if you want to be able to

    switch between printing on single sheets and continuous

    paper without removing the paper supply, or if you will be

    tearing off continuous paper sheet-by-sheet. (Follow the

    instructions in the next section.) The printer comes with the

    tractor installed in the push position.

    ❏ Use the tractor in the pull position if you will be printing on

    labels, multipart forms, or other documents that require a

    precise print position. (See “Printing with the pull tractor”

    on page 17 for instructions.)

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    12 Paper Handling

    Printing with the push tractor

    Follow these steps to load continuous paper on the push tractor:

    1. Turn off the printer.

    2. Remove the printer cover and the paper guide, and pull the

    paper release lever forward to the continuous paper

    position.

    3. Unlock the sprockets on the tractor by pulling the blue lock

    levers forward.

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    Paper Handling 13

    4. Slide the left sprocket so the pins are aligned with the 0 mark

    on the printer scale (which is beneath the tractor). Push the

    lock lever back to lock it in place. Then slide the right

    sprocket to match the width of your paper, but do not lock it.

    Move the paper support so it is midway between the

    sprockets.

    5. Stack your continuous paper behind the printer. Make sure

    there are no obstructions between the paper and the printer

    and that the paper is aligned squarely with the printer so it

    will feed in straight.

    6. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight, leading edge.

    Then open the sprocket covers and fit the first holes of the

    paper over the sprocket pins.

    7. Close the covers. Slide the right sprocket to remove any

    slack in the paper and lock it in place.

    0 mark

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    14 Paper Handling

    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 as shown

    below. Then slide the paper guide toward the front of the

    printer until you feel it click.

    9. Replace the printer cover and close it.

    10. Turn on the printer.

    11. When using the push tractor, it is a good idea to turn on the

    Auto tear off feature in Default Setting mode. See page 67.

    12. Press the LF/FF button to feed the paper to the loading

    position. When the printer receives data, it begins printing

    automatically.

    13. 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 too low, you can change its

    position using the Micro Adjust feature. See “Adjusting the

    top-of-form position” on page 22.

    c

    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.

    The next time you print, the paper automatically feeds back to

    the loading position.

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    Paper Handling 15

    Removing a printed document from the push tractor

    Follow these steps to remove the printed document:

    1. Press the Tear Off (Font) button. The Tear Off (Font) lights

    start flashing. (This indicates that your paper is at the

    current tear-off position.)

    2. Open the printer cover and tear off the printed document

    using the tear-off edge on 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 25.

    c

    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 printer cover.

    When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds the

    paper back to the top-of-form position and starts printing.

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    16 Paper Handling

    To feed continuous paper backward to the standby position,

    where you can remove the paper, first tear off any printed

    sheets. Then press the Load/Eject button. Open the sprocket

    covers on the tractor and remove the paper.

    c

    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 between continuous paper and single sheets

    If you want to switch to single sheets while continuous paper is

    loaded in the push tractor position, follow these steps:

    1. Tear off your printed document.

    c

    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.

    2. Press the Load/Eject button to feed the paper backward to

    the standby position.

    3. Push the paper release lever back to the single sheet

    position.

    4. Follow the instructions on page 26 to load single sheets.

    To switch back to continuous paper, follow these steps:

    1. Press the

    Load/Eject button to eject any sheet in the printer.

    2. Move the paper release lever to the continuous paper

    position.

    3. Press the

    LF/FF button to load the paper on the tractor.

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    Paper Handling 17

    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 below. If

    your tractor is already installed in this position, make sure the

    printer is turned off and skip to step 6.

    1. Turn off the printer.

    2. Remove the printer cover and the paper guide.

    3. Remove the paper tension unit by gently squeezing the lock

    tabs and pulling it out of the printer.

    4. Pull the paper release lever forward to the continuous paper

    position.

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    18 Paper Handling

    5. To remove the tractor from the push position, gently

    squeeze the lock tabs on both sides and then rotate the

    tractor up to pull it away from the printer.

    6. Lower the tractor onto the mounting slots at the top of the

    printer as shown below, and tilt it back until you feel it lock

    into place.

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    Paper Handling 19

    7. Unlock the sprockets by pulling the blue lock levers

    forward.

    8. Feed the paper into the rear paper slot as shown below, and

    pull it up. Position the paper using the scale on the printer as

    a guide. Printing starts to the right of the position marked 0

    (under the paper now).

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    20 Paper Handling

    9. Slide the left sprocket so its pins are aligned with the holes in

    the paper and push the blue lock lever to lock the sprocket in

    place. Then slide the right sprocket to match the width of

    your paper, but do not lock it. Move the paper supports

    midway between the two sprockets.

    10. 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 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

    back.

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    Paper Handling 21

    11. 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.

    12. Turn the paper feed knob to adjust the paper position. The

    perforation between pages should be just above the print

    head.

    13. Replace the printer cover but leave it open.

    14. Turn on the printer.

    15. Set the Auto tear off feature in the Default Setting mode to

    Off; otherwise, the paper may jam. (See page 67 for more

    information.)

    When the printer receives data, it begins printing automatically.

    If you want to change the position where printing begins on the

    page, press the LF/FF button to advance the page to the next top-

    of-form position, and then see 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.

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    22 Paper Handling

    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 too

    low on the page, you can use the Micro Adjust mode to adjust

    the top-of-form position.

    c

    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.

    1. Make sure the printer is turned on and paper is loaded.

    2. Remove the printer cover.

    3. Hold down the Pause button for about three seconds. The

    printer beeps and the Pause light starts flashing as the

    printer enters Micro Adjust mode.

    4. Press the LF/FF D button to move the top-of-form position

    higher on the page, or press the Load/Eject U button to

    move the top-of-form position lower on the page.

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    Paper Handling 23

    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.

    ❏ When the paper reaches the default top-of-form position, the

    printer beeps and stops moving the paper briefly. You can use

    the default position as a reference point when adjusting the

    top-of-form position.

    5. After you set the top-of-form position, press the Pause

    button to exit Micro Adjust mode.

    Note:

    ❏ Your top-of-form position setting remains in effect until you

    change it, even if you turn off the printer.

    ❏ The top margin setting made in some software applications

    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.

    ❏ If you want to restore the printer’s default top-of-form position,

    you can reset the printer. See page 73 for instructions.

    Advancing paper to the tear-off edge

    When the push tractor is installed, 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 you can save the paper normally lost between documents.

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    You can use the tear-off feature in two ways:

    ❏ Manually, by pressing the printer’s Tear Off (Font) button

    ❏ Automatically, by turning on the Auto tear-off function in

    Default-setting mode.

    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 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

    Default Setting mode. For instructions, see page 67.

    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.

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    Adjusting the tear-off position

    If your paper’s perforation is not aligned with the tear-off edge,

    you can use the Micro Adjust mode to move the perforation to

    the tear-off position. Follow these steps:

    1. Make sure the Tear Off (Font) lights are flashing. You may

    need to press the Tear Off (Font) button to advance the

    paper to the tear-off position.

    2. Open the printer cover.

    3. Hold down the Pause button for about three seconds. The

    printer beeps and the Pause light begins to flash as the

    printer enters Micro Adjust mode.

    4. Press the LF/FF D button to feed the paper backward, or

    press the Load/Eject U button to feed the paper forward,

    until the paper perforation is aligned with the tear-off edge

    on the paper tension unit.

    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.

    Tear-off edge

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    5. After you set the tear-off position, press the Pause button to

    exit 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.

    Note:

    Your tear-off position setting remains in effect until you change it,

    even if you turn off the printer. (If you want to restore the printer’s

    default tear-off position, you can reset the printer. See page 73 for

    instructions.)

    Printing on Single Sheets

    You can load single sheets of paper one at a time using the

    printer’s paper guide.

    Before printing on single-sheet multipart forms, envelopes, or

    other special paper, make sure the paper thickness lever is set to

    the correct position. See “Printing on Special Paper” on page 29.

    Note:

    ❏ Load only one sheet at a time.

    ❏ To load a stack of single-sheet paper, use the optional cut-sheet

    feeder. (See page 98 for more information.)

    ❏ For detailed specifications on the types of single-sheet paper you

    can use, see page 115.

    ❏ 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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    Follow these steps to load a single sheet:

    1. If continuous paper is loaded in the push tractor, press the

    Load/Eject button to feed it back to the standby position.

    2. Push the paper release lever back to the single-sheet position

    and make sure the paper guide is in the upright position, as

    shown below.

    3. Slide the left edge guide until it locks in place at the guide

    mark. Then adjust the right edge guide to match the width

    of your paper.

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    4. Insert a sheet of paper between the edge guides until it

    meets resistance. The printer automatically pulls it into the

    correct printing position.

    When the printer receives data, it begins printing. If the

    document is more than one page, the printer beeps three times

    after printing each page. Load the next sheet and the printer will

    continue printing.

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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.

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    Printing on Special Paper

    With the LX-300+II, you can print on a wide variety of special

    paper types, including multipart forms, labels, and envelopes.

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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 make sure the

    paper thickness lever is set correctly for the type of paper you’re

    using. Follow these steps:

    1. Lift up or remove the printer cover. The paper thickness

    lever is on the left side of the printer.

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    2. The numbers next to the lever indicate the thickness setting.

    Use the table below to select the appropriate paper

    thickness.

    3. Close the printer cover.

    Multipart forms

    You can use continuous or single-sheet carbonless multipart

    forms of up to five parts (one original plus four copies). Follow

    these guidelines:

    ❏ Set the paper thickness lever to the correct position for your

    forms. (See page 29.)

    ❏ Use continuous multipart forms that are joined only by spot

    gluing or side-crimping. Never load continuous multipart

    forms joined by metal staples, tape, or continuous gluing.

    ❏ Use single-sheet multipart forms that are line-glued only at

    the top. Insert the forms glued-edge-first into the printer.

    ❏ Make sure that multipart forms are not wrinkled.

    Paper type Lever position

    Standard paper (single sheets or continuous) 0

    Multipart forms 2-sheet

    3-sheet

    4-sheet

    5-sheet

    0

    1

    2

    3

    Labels 1

    Envelopes 2 or 4

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    ❏ If you need to adjust the loading position, use your

    application software, or change the loading position as

    described on page 22.

    ❏ When you use side-crimped continuous multipart forms, the

    copies may not align with the original. If this happens, raise

    the paper guide.

    For multipart forms, you should not print any closer than

    0.5 inch (13 mm) from either side of the paper. For information

    on the printable area of envelopes, see the paper specifications

    on page 115.

    Labels

    To print on labels, you must use continuous paper loaded on the

    pull tractor. Keep the following tips in mind:

    ❏ Set the paper thickness lever to the correct position for

    labels. (See page 29.)

    ❏ Choose labels mounted on a continuous backing sheet with

    sprocket holes designed for tractor use. Do not print labels

    as single sheets, because the shiny backing causes the paper

    to slip slightly.

    ❏ Load labels the same way you load ordinary continuous

    paper. See “Printing with the pull tractor” on page 17 for

    loading instructions.

    ❏ Because labels are especially sensitive to temperature and

    humidity, use them only under normal operating

    conditions.

    ❏ Do not leave labels loaded in the printer between jobs; they

    curl around the platen and may jam when you resume

    printing.

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    ❏ To remove the labels from the printer, tear off the fresh

    supply at the back of the printer; then press the LF/FF button

    to advance the remaining labels out of the printer.

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    Caution:

    Never feed labels backward through the printer; they can easily

    peel off the backing sheet and jam the printer.

    Envelopes

    You can feed envelopes individually using the paper guide.

    Keep the following tips in mind:

    ❏ Set the paper thickness lever to the proper position. See

    page 29.

    ❏ To load an envelope, follow the steps on page 26 for printing

    a single sheet. 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.

    ❏ 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. It’s a good idea to print a test

    page using a normal single sheet of paper before you print

    on envelopes.

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    Chapter 2

    Using the Printer Software

    The Epson software includes the printer driver software and

    EPSON Status Monitor 3. The printer driver allows your

    computer to control the printer and enables your Windows

    software applications to take full advantage of the printer’s

    capabilities.

    Status Monitor 3 lets you monitor the status of your printer,

    alerts you when errors occur, and provides you with

    troubleshooting tips. It is automatically installed when you

    install the printer driver.

    Note:

    ❏ Before proceeding, make sure you have installed the printer

    software on your computer as described in the User’s Guide.

    ❏ Make sure the software setting is set to ESC/P. The printer driver

    software and EPSON Status Monitor 3 can function only in

    ESC/P mode. (See page 67 for more information.)

    ❏ Windows NT does not support the USB interface.

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    Accessing the Printer Driver

    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. See “From Windows

    applications” on page 34 for more information.

    ❏ When you access the printer driver from the Start menu, the

    printer driver settings you make apply to all your

    applications. See “From the Start menu” on page 36 for more

    information.

    Note:

    While many Windows applications override the settings made with the

    printer driver, some do not. Check your printer driver settings to make

    sure they are correct for your document.

    From Windows applications

    Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows

    application:

    1. Select Print or Print Setup from the File menu of your

    application.

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    2. Make sure your printer is selected in the Name drop-down

    list:

    3. Click Printer, Setup, Properties, or Options. (The button

    you click depends on your application and you may need to

    click a combination of these buttons.) The Properties

    window appears:

    4. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the

    window. See “Changing the Printer Driver Settings” on

    page 38 for more information.

    Windows 98 or Me Windows 2000, XP, or NT 4.0

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    From the Start menu

    Follow these steps to access the printer driver from the Start

    menu:

    1. For Windows 98, Me, 2000, or NT, click Start > Settings >

    Printers.

    For Windows XP Professional, click Start > Settings >

    Printers and Faxes.

    For Windows XP Home Edition, click Start > Printers and

    Faxes.

    2. In Windows 98 or Me, right-click your printer icon and click

    Properties. The screen displays the Properties window:

    .

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    In Windows 2000 or XP, right-click your printer icon and

    click Printing Preferences. In Windows NT, right-click the

    icon and select Document Defaults. You see the Document

    Properties window:

    In Windows 2000, XP, or NT, you can also click Properties

    to display the Properties window:

    3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top. See

    “Changing the Printer Driver Settings” on page 38 for more

    information.

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    Changing the Printer Driver Settings

    The following table shows the printer driver settings. Note that

    not every setting is available in all versions of Windows.

    Setting Explanation

    Paper Size Select the paper size you want to use. If you don’t see

    your paper size, use the scroll bar to scroll through the

    list. If your paper size is not included in the list, see

    “Defining a custom paper size” on page 40.

    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.

    Dithering You can leave this option set to Fine, which is the

    default setting, or select another dithering pattern for

    the kind of printout you want.

    Intensity Move the slider to make your printout lighter or darker.

    Print Quality Select a print quality option from the Print quality list.

    Set Hi-speed to On to use bidirectional printing, which

    increases the print speed. Setting Hi-speed to Off

    selects unidirectional printing mode, which is slower

    but more precise. Printing with the default settings

    uses the settings stored in the printer.

    Halftone Setup.../

    Halftone Color

    Adjustment...

    Click this button to set the brightness and contrast,

    input the RGB gamma, or make other settings. The

    Halftone Color Adjustment window appears. For

    details, click the Help button in this window.

    Halftoning Select the type of halftoning to use when printing

    graphics. To let the printer determine the best

    halftone quality, use Auto Select.

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    * See Windows Help for more information.

    Printer Font

    Setting

    Select a character table group to use: Standard,

    Expanded, and None (Bit Image printing).

    When Standard or Expanded is selected, the printer

    uses the device fonts. Expanded includes more fonts

    than Standard.

    When None is selected, the printer uses bit map

    images instead of the device fonts.

    For details on the fonts included in each table, see

    page 113.

    Print Text as

    Graphics*

    Select Off when the printer uses the device fonts or On

    when it doesn’t use the device fonts.

    Metafile

    Spooling*

    Select whether to use EMF spooling.

    Paper Order* Select whether to print from front to back or back to

    front.

    Pages Per Sheet* Select the number of pages that you want to print on

    a single sheet of paper.

    Copy Count* When you select more than one in the Number of

    copies box, this check box appears and you can

    select whether to collate the pages of the copies.

    Advanced

    Printing Features*

    Select Enable or Disable for the metafile Spooling.

    Print

    Optimizations*

    Select Disable when the printer does not use the

    device fonts and select Enable when the printer uses

    the device fonts.

    Setting Explanation

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    Defining a custom paper size

    If your paper is not included in the Paper Size drop-down list,

    you can add the size to the list.

    For Windows 98 and Me:

    Click Custom or User Defined Size and enter the paper size in

    the window that appears.

    For Windows 2000, XP, and NT 4.0:

    1. For Windows 2000 or NT, click Start > Settings > Printers.

    For Windows XP Professional, click Start > Settings >

    Printers and Faxes.

    For Windows XP Home Edition, click Start > Printers and

    Faxes.

    2. Click the EPSON LX-300+II ESC/P icon.

    3. Select Server Properties from the file menu.

    4. Select Create a New Form.

    5. Enter the paper size in the Measurement fields.

    6. Click Save Form and then click OK.

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    Monitoring settings

    Using EPSON Status Monitor 3

    EPSON Status Monitor 3 allows you to monitor your printer’s

    status, alerts you when printer errors occur, and provides

    troubleshooting instructions when needed. It is available when:

    ❏ The printer is connected directly to the host computer via

    the parallel port [LPT1] or the USB port, and

    ❏ Your system is configured to support bidirectional

    communication.

    Status Monitor 3 is installed when you install the printer driver

    (as described in the User’s Guide). When sharing the printer, be

    sure to set Status Monitor 3 so that the shared printer can be

    monitored on the printer server. See “Setting up EPSON Status

    Monitor 3” on page 42 and “Setting up the printer server” on

    page 45.

    Setting Explanation

    EPSON Status

    Monitor 3

    You can access EPSON Status Monitor 3 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

    window, where you can make settings for EPSON

    Status Monitor 3. See “Setting up EPSON Status

    Monitor 3” on page 42 for more information.

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    Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3

    Follow these steps to set up Status Monitor 3:

    1. Open the printer driver and select the Utility menu.

    2. Click the Monitoring Preferences button. You see the

    Monitoring Preferences window:

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    3. The following settings are available:

    Note:

    Click the Default button to restore all items to their default

    settings.

    Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 3

    Do either of the following to access EPSON Status Monitor 3:

    ❏ Double-click the printer shortcut icon on the taskbar. (To

    add a shortcut icon, go to the Utility menu and follow the

    instructions.)

    ❏ Open the Utility menu and click the EPSON Status

    Monitor 3 icon.

    You see the following printer status window:

    Setting Explanation

    Select Notification Click on the Error and Communication Error

    check boxes to turn notification on or off.

    Select Shortcut Icon The selected icon is displayed on the taskbar

    (shown in the example box). Click the Shortcut

    Icon check box for easy access to the

    Monitoring Preferences window.

    Receive error

    notification for

    shared printers

    When this box is checked, you’ll receive

    notification of an error on a shared printer.

    Allows monitoring

    of shared printers

    When this box is checked, a shared printer can

    be monitored by other PCs.

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    Installing EPSON Status Monitor 3

    If you need to install Status Monitor 3, you can either download

    it from Epson’s web site; or if you have the Printer Software

    CD-ROM, you can follow these steps:

    1. Make sure the printer is off and Windows is running on

    your computer.

    2. Insert the Printer Software CD-ROM in the CD-ROM or

    DVD drive. After a moment, you see the EPSON Installation

    Program screen.

    3. Close the Installation Program window.

    4. Open the CD-ROM folder and double-click the ENGLISH

    folder.

    5. Double-click STM3 and then STMSETUP.EXE.

    6. Make sure the EPSON LX-300+II icon is selected and click

    OK.

    The Status Monitor 3 files are installed.

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    Setting Up Your Printer on a Network

    If the printer will be shared over a standard Windows network,

    follow the instructions in this section to set up the printer server

    and client computers.

    The computer that is directly connected to the printer is the

    printer server, and the other computers are the clients which

    need permission to share the printer with the printer server.

    Note:

    ❏ When sharing the printer, be sure to set EPSON Status Monitor 3

    so that the shared printer can be monitored on the printer server.

    See “Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3” on page 42.

    ❏ When you are using a shared printer in Windows 98 or Me, on the

    server, double-click the Network icon in the Control panel and

    make sure that the “File and printer sharing for Microsoft

    Networks” component is installed. Then, on the server and clients,

    make sure that the “IPX/SPX-compatible Protocol” or the “TCP/

    IP Protocol” is installed.

    ❏ The printer server and clients should be set on the same network

    system, and they should be under the same network management

    beforehand.

    Setting up the printer server

    To set up the printer server, follow the steps in the appropriate

    section below:

    ❏ For Windows 98 or Me, see the following section.

    ❏ For Windows 2000, XP, or NT, see page 47.

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    Windows 98 or Me

    Follow these steps to set up the printer server in Windows 98

    or Me:

    1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.

    2. Double-click the Network icon.

    3. Click the File and Print Sharing button on the Configuration

    menu.

    4. Select the I want to be able to allow others to print to my

    printer(s) check box, then click OK.

    5. Click OK to accept the settings.

    6. When prompted, restart the computer and continue with the

    settings.

    7. Select Printers from the Control Panel menu.

    8. Right-click the LX-300+II icon, and select Sharing from the

    menu.

    9. Select Shared As, type the name in the Share Name box, and

    click OK. Type a Comment and Password if needed.

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    Note:

    ❏ Do not use spaces or hyphens for the share name, or an error

    may occur.

    ❏ When sharing the printer, be sure to set EPSON Status

    Monitor 3 so that the shared printer can be monitored on the

    server. See “Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3” on

    page 42.

    10. Follow the instructions on page 49 to set up the client

    computers so they can use the printer on a network.

    Windows 2000, XP, or NT 4.0

    Follow the steps below to set up the printer server in Windows

    2000, XP, or NT.

    Note:

    You must access Windows 2000, XP, or NT as the Administrators of

    the local machine.

    1. In Windows 2000 or NT, click Start > Settings > Printers.

    In Windows XP Professional, click Start > Settings >

    Printers and Faxes.

    In Windows XP Home Edition, click Start > Printers and

    Faxes.

    2. Right-click your printer icon, and click Sharing from the

    menu.

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    If you see the following message in Windows XP, click

    either Network Setup Wizard or If you understand the

    security risks but want to share printers without running

    the wizard, click here.

    In either case, follow the on-screen instructions.

    3. In Windows 2000, select Shared as. In Windows NT, select

    Shared. Then type the name in the Share name box and click

    OK.

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    In Windows XP, select Share this printer, then type the

    name in the Share name box and click OK.

    Note:

    Do not use spaces or hyphens for the share name.

    Follow the instructions on page 49 to set up the client computers

    so they can use the printer on a network.

    Setting up the clients

    This section describes how to install the printer driver on the

    client computers by accessing the shared printer on a network.

    Follow the instructions for your operating system:

    ❏ Windows 98 or Me: see page 50.

    ❏ Windows 2000 or XP: see page 52.

    ❏ Windows NT 4.0: see page 55.

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    Note:

    ❏ This section describes how to access the shared printer on a

    standard network system using the server (Microsoft workgroup).

    If you cannot access the shared printer due to the network system,

    ask your network administrator for assistance.

    ❏ This section describes how to install the printer driver by accessing

    the shared printer from the Printers folder. You can also access the

    shared printer from Network Neighborhood or My Network on the

    Windows desktop.

    ❏ If you want to be able to use Status Monitor 3 on the clients, you

    need to install both the printer driver and Status Monitor 3 on

    each client from the CD-ROM.

    Windows 98 or Me

    Follow these steps to set up Windows 98 or Me clients:

    1. Click Start > Settings > Printers.

    2. Double-click the Add Printer icon, then click Next.

    3. Select Network printer, then click Next.

    4. Click Browse.

    Note:

    You can also type “\\(the name of the computer that is locally

    connected to the shared printer)\(the shared printer’s name)” in

    the Network path or queue name.

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    5. Click the computer or server that is connected to the shared

    printer, and the name of the shared printer. Then click OK.

    Note:

    The name of the shared printer may be changed by the computer or

    server it is connected to. If you’re not sure about the shared

    printer’s name, ask the network administrator.

    6. Click Next.

    If the printer driver was installed on the client previously,

    you need to select the new printer driver or the current

    printer driver when you are prompted.

    If the operating system on the printer server is Windows 98

    or Me, go to the next step.

    If the operating system on the printer server is not

    Windows 98 or Me, go to “Installing the printer driver from

    the CD-ROM” on page 57.

    7. Check the name of the shared printer, and select whether to

    use it as the default printer. Click OK, and then follow the

    on-screen instructions.

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    Note:

    You can change the shared printer’s name so that it appears only

    on the client computer.

    Windows 2000 or XP

    Follow the steps below to set up clients in Windows 2000 or XP.

    Note:

    You can install the driver of the shared printer if you have Power Users

    or more powerful access rights, even if you are not the Administrator.

    1. For Windows 2000 clients, click Start > Settings > Printers.

    For Windows XP Professional clients, click Start > Settings >

    Printers and Faxes.

    For Windows XP Home Edition clients, click Start >

    Printers and Faxes.

    2. For Windows 2000, double-click the Add Printer icon, then

    click Next.

    For Windows XP, click Add a printer in the Printer Tasks

    menu and click Next.

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    3. Select Network printer (for Windows 2000) or A network

    printer, or a printer attached to another computer (for

    Windows XP), then click Next.

    4. For Windows 2000, select Type the printer name, or click

    Next to browse for a printer, then click Next.

    Note:

    You can also type the shared printer’s name or network path in the

    Name box, such as “\\(the name of the computer that is locally

    connected to the shared printer)\(the shared printer’s name).”

    For Windows XP, select Browse for a printer, then click

    Next.

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    5. Click the icon of the computer or server that is connected to

    the shared printer, and the name of the shared printer. Then

    click Next.

    Note:

    ❏ The name of the shared printer may be changed by the

    computer or server that is connected to the shared printer. To

    check the name of the shared printer, ask the network

    administrator.

    ❏ If the printer driver was installed on the client previously, you

    need to select either the new printer driver or the current

    printer driver when prompted.

    ❏ If the operating system on the printer server is Windows 2000

    or XP, go to the next step.

    ❏ If the operating system on the printer server is Windows 98,

    Me, or NT, you’ll need to install the printer driver from the

    CD-ROM. See page 57.

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    6. For Windows 2000, select whether to use the printer as the

    default printer, then click OK.

    For Windows XP, if another driver is already installed, select

    whether to use the printer as the default printer, then click

    OK.

    7. Check the settings, then click Finish.

    .

    Windows NT 4.0

    Follow the steps below to set up Windows NT 4.0 clients.

    Note:

    You can install the driver of the shared printer if you have Power Users

    or more powerful access rights, even if you are not the Administrator.

    1. Click Start > Settings > Printers.

    2. Double-click the Add Printer icon.

    3. Select Network printer server, then click Next.

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    4. Click the icon of the computer or server that is connected to

    the shared printer and the name of the shared printer. Then

    click OK.

    Note:

    ❏ You can also type “\\(the name of the computer that is locally

    connected to the shared printer)\(the shared printer’s name)”

    in Network path or queue name.

    ❏ The name of the shared printer may be changed by the

    computer or server that is connected to it. To check the name of

    the shared printer, ask the network administrator.

    ❏ If the printer driver was installed on the client previously, you

    need to select the new printer driver or the current printer

    driver when prompted.

    ❏ If the operating system on the printer server is Windows NT,

    go to the next step. If it is not Windows NT, go to “Installing

    the printer driver from the CD-ROM” on page 57.

    5. Select whether to use the printer as the default printer, then

    click OK.

    6. Click Finish.

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    Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM

    This section describes how to install the printer driver on the

    clients when the server and clients use different operating

    systems.

    Note:

    When installing on Windows 2000, XP, or NT clients, you must

    access Windows as the Administrator.

    1. Access the shared printer. When you see the prompt, click

    OK, and follow the on-screen instructions to install the

    printer driver from the CD-ROM.

    2. Insert the CD-ROM. When you see the EPSON Installation

    Program screen, click Cancel. Then type the appropriate

    drive and folder names in which the printer driver for clients

    is located, and click OK.

    When installing drivers in Windows 2000 or XP, “Digital

    Signature is not found” may appear. Click Yes (for

    Windows 2000) or Continue Anyway (for Windows XP)

    and continue installing.

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    The folder name depends on which operating system is

    being used.

    3. Select the name of the printer, and click OK. Then follow the

    on-screen instructions.

    Note:

    If you also want to install EPSON Status Monitor 3, see page 44 for

    instructions.

    Canceling Printing

    If you need to cancel a print job, follow these steps:

    1. Double-click the printer icon on the task bar:

    2. To cancel printing for a single document, choose the

    document and select Cancel Printing (Windows 98 or Me)

    or Cancel (Windows 2000, XP, or NT) on the Document

    menu.

    Client’s OS Folder Name

    Windows 98 \<Language>\WIN98

    Windows Me \<Language>\WINME

    Windows 2000 or XP \<Language>\WIN2000

    Windows NT 4.0 \<Language>\WINNT40

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    To cancel printing of all documents, select Purge Print

    Documents (Windows 98 or Me) or Cancel All

    Documents (Windows 2000, XP, or NT) on the Printer

    menu.

    Uninstalling the Printer Software

    If you need to reinstall or upgrade the printer driver, first

    uninstall the current printer driver.

    Uninstalling the printer driver and EPSON Status

    Monitor 3

    1. Quit all applications.

    2. Click Start > Control Panel or Start > Settings > Control

    Panel.

    3. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.

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    4. Select EPSON Printer Software, and click Add/Remove or

    Change/Remove.

    5. On the Printer Model tab, select the LX-300+II icon, and

    click OK.

    1

    2

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    6. If you need to uninstall Monitored Printers, click Yes in the

    displayed dialog box.

    Note:

    You can uninstall only the Monitored Printers utility of EPSON

    Status Monitor 3. When the utility is uninstalled, you cannot

    change the setting of Monitored Printers from Status Monitor 3.

    7. If you want to uninstall EPSON Status Monitor 3, click Yes

    in the window that appears.

    8. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Uninstalling the USB device driver

    If the printer is connected to your computer with a USB interface

    cable, you also need to uninstall the USB device driver.

    Note:

    ❏ Uninstall the printer driver before uninstalling the USB device

    driver.

    ❏ Once you have uninstalled the USB device driver, you cannot

    access any other Epson printers connected with a USB interface

    cable.

    Follow these steps to uninstall the USB device driver:

    1. Follow steps 1 through 3 on page 59.

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    2. Select EPSON USB Printer Devices, and click

    Add/Remove.

    Note:

    ❏ EPSON USB Printer Devices appears only in Windows 98 or

    Me when the printer is connected to the computer with a USB

    interface cable.

    ❏ If the USB device driver is not installed correctly, EPSON

    USB Printer Devices may not appear. In this case, you need to

    run the “Epusbun.exe” file on the CD-ROM. Insert the

    Printer Software CD-ROM, access the CD-ROM drive, and

    open the \<Language>\WIN98 or \<Language>

    \WINME folder. Then double-click Epusbun.exe.

    3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Now see the User’s Guide to install the printer driver.

    1

    2

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    Chapter 3

    Using the Control Panel

    The buttons and lights on the control panel let you:

    ❏ Adjust line and form feeding

    ❏ Load and eject paper

    ❏ Select a built-in font

    ❏ Change the printer’s default settings

    Control Panel Buttons and Lights

    1 Tear Off (Font) lights

    Flash when continuous paper is in the tear-off position;

    otherwise, the lights indicate the selected font.

    1

    6

    7

    23 45

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    2 Tear Off (Font) button

    ❏ Advances continuous paper to the tear-off position.

    ❏ Feeds continuous paper backward from the tear-off

    position to the top-of-form position.

    ❏ In Micro Adjust mode, selects one of the six built-in fonts.

    3 LF/FF button

    ❏ Feeds paper line by line when pressed and released.

    ❏ Ejects a single sheet or advances continuous paper to the

    next top-of-form position when held down.

    ❏ In Micro Adjust mode, adjusts the top-of-form and tear-

    off position.

    4 Load/Eject button

    ❏ Loads a single sheet of paper.

    ❏ Ejects a single sheet of paper.

    ❏ Loads continuous paper from the standby position.

    ❏ Feeds continuous paper backward to the standby

    position.

    ❏ In Micro Adjust mode, adjust the top-of-form and tear-off

    position.

    5 Pause button

    Stops printing temporarily, and resumes printing when

    pressed again. When held down for three seconds, turns on

    Micro Adjust mode. To turn it off, press it again.

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    6 Paper Out light

    ❏ On when no paper is loaded in the selected paper source

    or when paper is not loaded correctly.

    ❏ Flashes when paper has not been fully ejected or a paper

    jam has occurred.

    7 Pause light

    ❏ On when the printer is paused.

    ❏ Flashes when the printer is in Micro Adjust mode.

    ❏ Flashes when the print head has overheated.

    Selecting a built-in font

    Usually you use your software application to select the font you

    want to use in a document. However, you can also select one of

    these built-in fonts using the buttons on the printer’s control

    panel:

    ❏ Draft ❏ Draft Condensed

    ❏ Roman ❏ Roman Condensed

    ❏ Sans Serif ❏ Sans Serif Condensed

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    Follow these steps to use the control panel to select a built-in

    font:

    1. Make sure the printer is on but not printing. If it is, wait until

    it stops.

    2. Hold down the Pause button for three seconds to enter

    Micro Adjust mode. The Pause light begins to flash and the

    two Tear Off (Font) lights show the current font selection.

    3. Press the Tear Off (Font) button repeatedly to cycle through

    the fonts, and stop when the lights on the control panel

    indicate the font you want. 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.

    Bar code fonts cannot be selected from the control panel.

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    Changing the 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 Default Setting mode. The settings are explained in

    detail after the table. For instructions on using Default Setting

    mode, see page 72.

    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 ESC/P, IBM 2380 Plus

    0 slash On, Off

    High speed draft On, Off

    I/F mode Auto, Parallel, Serial, USB

    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

    Parallel I/F bidirectional

    mode

    On, Off

    Packet mode Auto, Off

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    Page length for tractor

    This setting allows you to set the page length (in inches) for

    continuous paper.

    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 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.

    Character table Standard model:

    Italic, PC 437, PC 850, PC 860, PC 863, PC 865,

    PC 861, BRASCII, Abicomp, Roman 8, ISO

    Latin 1, PC 858, ISO 8859-15

    All other models:

    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, PC437

    Slovenia, PC MC, PC1250, PC1251

    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

    Manual feed wait time 1 second, 1.5 seconds,

    2 seconds, 3 seconds

    Buzzer On, Off

    Auto CR (IBM 2380 Plus) On, Off

    IBM character table Table1, Table2

    Settings Options

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    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 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.

    Print direction

    You can select bidirectional printing (Bi-D) or unidirectional

    printing (

    Uni-D). Printing is normally bidirectional because it is

    faster. Unidirectional printing, however, allows for precise

    vertical printing alignment, which is useful for printing

    graphics.

    Software

    When you select ESC/P, the printer operates in the EPSON

    ESC/P mode. When you select

    IBM 2380 Plus, the printer

    emulates an IBM printer.

    0 slash

    The zero character has a slash ( ) when this feature is turned on.

    It has no slash (0) when it is turned off. The slash allows you to

    easily distinguish between the uppercase letter O and a zero.

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    High speed draft

    When you choose On for High speed draft, 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 three kinds of interfaces; parallel, serial,

    and USB.

    If your printer is connected to only one computer, choose

    Parallel, Serial, or USB for the interface mode, depending on the

    interface you use. If your printer is connected to two computers

    using different interfaces, select

    Auto (automatic) to allow the

    printer to automatically switch between interfaces depending on

    which one is receiving data.

    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.

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    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 for Packet mode to print from Windows applications

    using the printer driver included in the software CD-ROM that

    comes with the printer. Turn off this mode if you encounter

    connection problems when you are printing from applications

    based on other operating systems such as DOS.

    Character table

    You can select among various character 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.

    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.

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    Buzzer (beeper)

    The printer beeps when an error occurs. (See “Using the error

    indicators” on page 77 for more information on printer errors.) If

    you do not want the printer to beep when an error occurs, turn

    this setting off.

    Auto CR (carriage return)

    This setting is available only in IBM 2380 Plus emulation mode.

    When Auto CR 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.

    IBM character table

    This setting is available only in IBM 2380 Plus 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.

    Using Default Setting mode

    Follow the steps below to enter Default Setting mode and

    change the printer’s default settings.

    Note:

    ❏ To print the language selection instructions and Default Setting

    mode instructions, you need five sheets of A4 or letter-size paper or

    five pages of continuous paper that is at least 11 inches (279 mm)

    long and 8.27 inches (210 mm) wide.

    ❏ If you use single sheets without an optional cut-sheet feeder, you

    need to insert a new sheet of paper each time the printer ejects a

    printed sheet.

    1. Make sure paper is loaded and the printer is off.

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    2. Hold down the Tear Off (Font) button and then turn on the

    printer.

    The printer enters Default Setting mode and prints

    instructions for selecting the language. The current language

    is indicated by which control panel lights are on. (For

    English, only the Pause light is on.)

    3. If you want a different language, press the

    LF/FF button until

    the lights show the language you want.

    4. Press the

    Tear Off (Font) button to print a list of all the

    current settings.

    5. If the settings are all correct, turn off the printer to exit

    Default Setting mode.

    If you want to change any settings, go to step 6.

    6. Press the

    Tear Off (Font) button. The printer prints

    instructions for changing the settings.

    7. Press the

    LF/FF button to scroll through the options for the

    selected setting until you see the one you want. Then press

    the

    Tear Off (Font) button to select the next setting you want

    to change.

    8. When you finish making settings, turn off the printer to exit

    Default Setting mode.

    Your new settings remain in effect until you change them again

    or reset the printer’s defaults.

    Restoring the printer’s default settings

    If you want to restore all the factory default settings, turn off the

    printer. Then hold down the

    Load/Eject, LF/FF, and Pause

    buttons while you turn on the printer.

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    Chapter 4

    Maintenance and Troubleshooting

    This chapter explains how to clean and transport the printer,

    and provides basic troubleshooting information.

    Cleaning the Printer

    To keep your printer operating at its best, you should clean it

    thoroughly several times a year. Follow these steps:

    1. Remove any paper loaded in the printer and turn it 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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    c

    Caution:

    ❏ Never use alcohols or thinners to clean the printer; these

    chemicals can damage the printer components and 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.

    Transporting the Printer

    If you need to transport your printer for some distance, carefully

    repack it using the original box and packing materials or

    equivalent packaging.

    w

    Warning:

    ❏ When transporting the printer, do not lift it by the USB cable

    holder as the holder may detach and cause the printer to fall.

    Hold the bottom left and right sides of the printer firmly to

    lift it.

    ❏ 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.

    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. Remove the paper guide, the USB cable holder, paper

    supports, and knob.

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    4. Make sure the tractor that comes with your printer is

    installed in the push position.

    5. If an additional pull tractor is installed, remove it. If any

    options are installed, remove them and pack them in their

    original boxes.

    6. Make sure the print head is not hot. Then remove the ribbon

    cartridge.

    7. Repack the printer and all the other items in their original

    packing materials and place them in the printer’s original

    box.

    Troubleshooting

    You can solve most printing problems by checking for the

    solutions in this section. It explains:

    ❏ How to read the control panel lights that indicate errors

    (page 77)

    ❏ Problems and solutions (page 79)

    ❏ Clearing paper jams (page 93)

    ❏ Printing a self test (page 94)

    ❏ Where to get help if you need assistance from Epson

    (page 96)

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    Using the error indicators

    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 to the

    correct 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. Then

    press the Pause button to turn off the

    Pause light, if necessary.

    ••• Paper is jammed in the printer.

    Turn off the printer and open the printer

    cover, tear off the paper supply, and turn

    the paper feed knob to eject the

    remaining paper.

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    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.

    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 on

    page 93.

    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.

    Panel light

    state

    Beep

    pattern

    Problem

    Solution

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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 page 94.) If the self test works properly the problem is

    probably caused by the computer, the application software, or

    the interface cable. If the self test does not work, see “Where To

    Get Help” on page 96.

    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 come on.

    Cause What to do

    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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    Printing

    The printer does not print

    The lights come on briefly and then go off. The lights stay off

    even when the power is turned on again.

    Cause What to do

    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.

    The PAUSE light is off but nothing is printed.

    Cause What to do

    The software may not be

    installed properly.

    Check that the software is installed

    properly for your printer, as described in

    the User’s Guide.

    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 printer port may not

    be set correctly.

    For Windows 98, Me, 2000, or NT 4.0,

    click Start > Settings > Printers. For

    Windows XP, click Start > Control

    Panel > Printers and Faxes (or Start >

    Printers and Faxes). Right-click the

    LX-300+II printer icon and select

    Properties. Then, click the Ports or

    Details tab and select the appropriate

    port.

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    The Paper Out and Pause lights are on and the printer beeps

    three times.

    Cause What to do

    No paper is loaded. Load paper in the printer.

    The printer sounds like it is printing, but nothing is printed.

    Cause What to do

    The ribbon cartridge may

    not be installed properly

    or the ribbon may be worn

    out.

    See “Replacing the Ribbon Cartridge” on

    page 105.

    The printer makes a strange noise, beeps five times, and stops

    printing abruptly.

    Cause What to do

    The paper or ribbon may

    be jammed.

    Turn off the printer and check for a paper

    jam or a ribbon jam.

    The printer may have

    overheated.

    Let the printer cool. Then try to print

    again. If it still does not print correctly,

    see “Where To Get Help” on page 96.

    The printer beeps five times and all the lights flash.

    Cause What to do

    An error has occurred. Turn off the printer and turn it on again.

    If the problem persists, check for a paper

    jam or ribbon jam. (If an error occurs

    when you switch between single sheets

    and continuous paper, make sure the

    paper release lever is set correctly.)

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    The print is faint or uneven

    Dots are missing in printed characters or graphics

    Parts of printed characters are missing at the bottom.

    Cause What to do

    The ribbon cartridge may

    not be installed properly.

    See “Replacing the Ribbon Cartridge” on

    page 105.

    The printout is faint.

    Cause What to do

    The ribbon may be worn

    out.

    Replace the ribbon cartridge as

    described on page 105.

    A line of dots is missing in the printout.

    Cause What to do

    The print head is

    damaged.

    Stop printing and contact Epson to have

    the print head replaced. See “Where To

    Get Help” on page 96.

    Dots are missing in random positions.

    Cause What to do

    Either there is too much

    slack in the ribbon or the

    ribbon has come loose.

    Reinstall the ribbon cartridge as

    described on page 105.

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    Printed characters are not what you expected

    The print position is not what you expected

    The typestyles or characters you sent with your software did

    not print.

    Cause What to do

    The software may not be

    properly configured.

    Check that the software is correctly

    configured for your printer.

    The font selected on the control panel does not print.

    Cause What to do

    Your software may be

    overriding your control

    panel setting.

    Check the font setting in your

    application software.

    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.

    Cause What to do

    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.

    Cause What to do

    The page length setting in

    your application may be

    incorrect.

    Check the page length set by your

    application software and adjust it if

    necessary.

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    Paper Handling

    Single sheets do not feed properly

    The printer’s page length

    setting may not match the

    size of the continuous

    paper you are using.

    Check the Page length for tractor setting

    in Default Setting mode. See page 68.

    Regular gaps occur in the printout.

    Cause What to do

    One-inch skip-over-

    perforation may be set.

    Set skip-over-perforation to Off in

    Default Setting mode. See page 67.

    Paper does not feed.

    Cause What to do

    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.

    The paper on the paper

    guide is positioned too far

    to the left or right for the

    printer to detect it.

    Move the paper (and the edge guides) a

    little to the left or right.

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    Continuous paper does not feed properly

    Paper feeding is crooked or the paper jams.

    Cause What to do

    The paper was not fed

    correctly or is 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 on page 115.

    Paper does not eject completely.

    Cause What to do

    The paper may be too long. Press the LF/FF button to eject the page.

    Use paper that is within the specified

    range. See the paper specifications on

    page 115.

    The tractor does not feed the paper.

    Cause What to do

    The paper release lever

    may be in the wrong

    position.

    Check that the paper release lever is

    pulled forward to the continuous-paper

    position.

    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.

    Cause What to do

    The paper supply is

    obstructed.

    Make sure the paper supply is not

    obstructed by a cable or some other

    object.

    The paper supply is too far

    away from the printer.

    Make sure that your paper supply is

    within 3 feet (1 meter) of the printer.

    The printer cover may be

    opened.

    Close the printer cover.

    The edge guide positions

    may be incorrect.

    Position the edge guides at the diamond-

    shaped guide marks.

    The holes on the sides of the

    paper are misaligned.

    Check that the holes on each side of the

    paper are aligned with each other. Also

    make sure the sprockets are locked and

    their covers are closed.

    Your paper may be the

    wrong size or thickness for

    the printer.

    Make sure that the paper size and

    thickness are within the specified ranges.

    See page 115 for continuous paper

    specifications.

    When you use side-

    crimped multipart forms,

    the copies may not align

    with the original.

    Raise the paper guide to keep the

    printing position accurate.

    The paper does not eject properly.

    Cause What to do

    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. See page 115.

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    Options

    When you use the cut-sheet feeder, the paper does not feed

    properly

    When you switch between single sheets and continuous

    paper, the printer beeps three times and the PAUSE light

    comes on.

    Cause What to do

    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.

    The paper does not feed.

    Cause What to do

    The cut-sheet feeder may

    be incorrectly installed.

    Reinstall it as described on page 98.

    The paper release lever

    may be in the wrong

    position.

    Check that the paper release lever is

    pushed back to the single-sheet position.

    You may have loaded too

    many sheets in the bin.

    Remove some sheets.

    Paper may be jammed near

    the print head.

    Look for a paper jam.

    The edge guide positions

    may be incorrect.

    Position the edge guides at the diamond-

    shaped guide marks.

    There may be only one

    sheet left in the bin.

    Add more paper.

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    Two or more sheets feed at one time.

    Cause What to do

    You may have loaded too

    many sheets in the bin.

    Remove some sheets.

    You may not have fanned

    the stack of paper before

    loading it into the bin.

    Remove the paper, fan the stack to

    separate the sheets, and reload it in the

    bin.

    The paper feeds in crooked.

    Cause What to do

    The right and left paper

    guides are too far apart.

    Position the paper guides to match the

    width of your paper.

    The paper may be old or

    creased.

    Use only new, clean sheets of paper.

    There may be too much

    paper in the stacker.

    Remove some sheets.

    You may not be using the

    right type of paper for the

    cut-sheet feeder. For

    example, your paper may

    be too heavy or too light.

    Make sure your paper meets the

    requirements of your printer and cut-

    sheet feeder. See page 115 for paper

    specifications.

    One page of printing has spread to two pages.

    Cause What to do

    Your application software

    settings may be incorrect.

    Check that the page-length setting and

    lines-per-page setting in your application

    software are correct.

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    Switching between the cut-sheet feeder and the push tractor

    does not work properly

    Using the pull tractor with the push tractor, continuous paper

    does not feed properly

    The desired paper type does not load.

    Cause What to do

    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.

    Paper is feeding crooked or jams.

    Cause What to do

    The pull tractor and push

    tractor sprockets are not

    aligned correctly.

    When using both tractors, make 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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    Correcting USB Problems

    If you are having difficulty using your printer with a USB

    connection, read the information in this section.

    Make sure that your computer is a Windows 98, Me, 2000, or

    XP pre-installed model

    Your computer must be a Windows 98, Me, 2000, or XP pre-

    installed model. You may not be able to install or run the USB

    printer driver on a computer that is not equipped with a USB

    port or that has been upgraded from Windows 95 to Windows

    98, Me, 2000, or XP.

    Make sure that EPSON USB Printer Devices appears on the

    Device Manager menu (in Windows 98 and Me only)

    If you canceled the plug-and-play driver installation before the

    procedure was complete, either the USB device driver or the

    printer driver may be incorrectly installed.

    Follow these steps to check the installation and reinstall the

    drivers:

    1. Turn the printer on, and plug the USB cable into the printer

    and the computer.

    2. Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, then

    click Properties.

    3. Click the Device Manager tab.

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    If your drivers are correctly installed, EPSON USB Printer

    Devices should appear on the Device Manager menu.

    If EPSON USB Printer Devices does not appear on the

    Device Manager menu, click the plus (+) sign beside Other

    devices to view the installed devices.

    If USB Printer appears under Other devices, the

    USB printer device driver is not installed correctly.

    If EPSON LX-300+II appears, the printer driver is not

    installed correctly.

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    If USB Printer or EPSON LX-300+II does not appear under

    Other devices, click Refresh or unplug the USB cable from

    the printer, then plug it into the printer again.

    4. Under Other devices, select USB Printer or EPSON

    LX-300+II and click Remove. Then, click OK.

    5. When you see the following window, click OK. Then click

    OK again to close the System Properties dialog box.

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    6. Turn off the printer and restart your computer. Then

    reinstall the drivers from the beginning, following the

    instructions in the User’s Guide.

    Printer does not work correctly with the USB cable

    If your printer does not work correctly with the USB cable, try

    one or more of these solutions:

    ❏ Make sure that the cable you are using is a standard,

    shielded USB cable.

    ❏ If you are using a USB hub, connect the printer to the first

    tier of the hub, or connect the printer directly to the

    computer’s USB port.

    ❏ For Windows 98 or Me, try reinstalling the USB printer

    device driver and the printer software. First, uninstall

    EPSON Printer Software using the Add/Remove Programs

    utility in the Control Panel, then uninstall EPSON USB

    Printer Devices. Next, reinstall the software as described in

    the User’s Guide. If EPSON USB Printer Devices is not

    registered in the Add/Remove Programs list, access the

    CD-ROM and double-click epusbun.exe in the

    \<Language>\WINME or \<Language>\WIN98 folder.

    Then follow the on-screen instructions.

    Clearing a paper jam

    If paper becomes jammed in the printer, follow these steps to

    remove it:

    1. Turn off the printer, open or remove the printer cover, and

    remove the paper guide.

    2. If continuous paper is jammed in the printer, tear off the

    fresh supply at the perforation nearest the paper entry slot.

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    3. Gently remove any paper inside the printer, including any

    torn pieces. You can use the knob on the right side of the

    printer to help feed the paper out.

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    Caution:

    Use the paper feed knob to clear paper jams only when the

    printer is off. Otherwise, you may damage the printer or

    change the top-of-form or tear-off position.

    4. Replace the printer cover and paper guide, and turn on the

    printer. Make sure the Paper Out light is not flashing and the

    Pause light is off.

    Printing a self test

    Running the printer’s self test helps you determine whether the

    printer or the computer is causing the problem:

    ❏ If the self test results are satisfactory, the printer is working

    properly and the problem is probably caused by your

    printer driver settings, application settings, computer, or

    interface cable. (Be sure to use a shielded interface cable.)

    ❏ If the self test does not print properly, there is a problem

    with the printer. See “Problems and solutions” on page 79

    for possible causes and solutions to the problem.

    You can print the self test using either single sheets or

    continuous paper. Be sure to use paper that is at least 8.25 inches

    (210 mm) wide to run the self test; otherwise, the print head

    prints directly on the platen.

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    Follow these steps to perform a self test:

    1. Turn off the printer and load continuous or single-sheet

    paper in the printer.

    2. Set the paper release lever to the correct position.

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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.

    3. While holding down the LF/FF button or Load/Eject button,

    turn on the printer.

    The self test is printed in Draft characters when the LF/FF

    button is held, or in NLQ characters when the Load/Eject

    button is held.

    Note:

    To temporarily stop the self test, press the Pause button. To

    resume printing, press the Pause button again.

    4. To end the self test, press the Pause button to stop printing.

    If paper remains in the printer, press the LF/FF button to eject

    the printed page. Then turn off the printer.

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    Caution:

    Do not turn off the printer while it is printing the self test.

    Always press the Pause button to stop printing and the LF/FF

    button to eject the printed page before you turn off the printer.

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    Where To Get Help

    If your Epson printer is not operating properly and you cannot

    solve the problem using the troubleshooting information, see the

    support information below.

    Internet support

    Visit Epson’s support website at http://support.epson.com and

    select your printer for solutions to common problems. You can

    download drivers and documentation, get FAQs and

    troubleshooting advice, or e-mail Epson with your questions.

    Speak to a support representative

    Before you call for support, please have the following

    information ready:

    ❏ Product name (Epson LX-300+II)

    ❏ Product serial number (located on the back of the printer)

    ❏ Proof of purchase (such as a store receipt) and date of

    purchase

    ❏ Computer configuration

    ❏ Description of the problem

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    Then call:

    ❏ U.S.: (562) 276-4322, 6

    AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday

    through Friday.

    ❏ Canada: (905) 709-2170, 6

    AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday

    through Friday.

    Toll or long distance charges may apply.

    Purchase supplies and accessories

    You can purchase ribbon cartridges and other accessories from

    an Epson authorized reseller. To find the nearest reseller, call

    800-GO-EPSON (800-463-7766). Or you can purchase online at

    www.epsonstore.com (U.S. sales) or www.epson.ca (Canada

    sales).

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    Chapter 5

    Options and Consumables

    The following options are available for your LX-300+II:

    ❏ Single-bin cut-sheet feeder (C806371)

    ❏ Additional tractor (C800301)

    ❏ Roll paper holder (#8310)

    ❏ Black ribbon cartridge (#8750)

    Cut-sheet Feeder

    The optional single-bin cut-sheet feeder (C806371) handles up to

    50 sheets of standard bond paper (22 lb or 82 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 printer 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 with 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.

    5. Slide the left paper guide so it is aligned with the triangle

    mark. Then slide the right paper guide to roughly match the

    width of your paper. Slide the paper support midway

    between the paper guides.

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    6. Pull the paper set levers all the way forward until the paper

    guides retract and lock open to allow for paper loading.

    7. Take a stack of paper and fan it. Then 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 paper guide.

    9. Adjust the position of the right paper 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. Insert the

    two stacker supports supplied with the cut-sheet feeder into

    the holes on the edge guides.

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    12. Attach the paper guide to the cut-sheet feeder as shown

    below.

    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 printer cover is open when you print.

    You can easily switch between continuous paper and cut-sheet

    feeder paper. See “Switching between continuous paper and

    single sheets” on page 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.

    Release tab

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    Optional Tractor

    You can purchase an additional tractor (C800301) and 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 the standard and

    optional tractor:

    1. Turn off the printer.

    2. Remove the printer cover and paper guide.

    3. Pull the paper release lever forward to the continuous-paper

    position.

    4. Install the first tractor in the push-tractor position.

    5. Remove the paper tension unit by squeezing its lock tabs

    gently and pulling it away from the printer.

    6. Lower the pull tractor into the mounting slots at the top of

    the printer as shown below, until it clicks in place.

    7. Load continuous paper on the push tractor.

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    8. Turn on the printer. Then hold down the LF/FF button to

    feed one page.

    9. Release the sprocket lock levers on the pull tractor and

    adjust the sprockets to match the width of the paper you are

    using. Make sure the sprockets on both tractors are aligned

    so that the paper is not crooked.

    10. Open the sprocket covers. Fit the holes of the paper over the

    tractor pins and adjust the sprockets as necessary. Close the

    sprocket covers.

    11. 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.

    12. Make sure the paper is not crooked or wrinkled and then

    lock the sprockets in place.

    13. Replace 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 (216 mm) roll paper. 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.

    4. Cut the leading edge of the roll paper straight across. Slide

    the roll paper holder shaft through the center of the 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.

    Replacing the Ribbon Cartridge

    When printing becomes faint, you need to replace the ribbon

    cartridge (#8750). Genuine Epson ribbon cartridges are designed

    and manufactured to work properly with your Epson printer.

    They ensure proper operation and long life of the print head and

    other printer parts. Other products not manufactured by Epson

    may cause damage to your printer, which is not covered by

    Epson’s warranties.

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    Follow these steps to install or replace the ribbon cartridge:

    1. Make sure the printer is turned off.

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    Warning:

    If you have just used the printer, the print head may be hot; let it

    cool for a few minutes before replacing the ribbon cartridge.

    2. Open the printer cover to the upright position, then pull it

    up to remove it.

    3. Make sure the print head is in the middle of the printer.

    (If not, make sure it is not hot, then use your hand to slide it

    to the middle.)

    4. Remove the used ribbon cartridge from the printer.

    5. Remove the new ribbon cartridge from its package and turn

    the ribbon-tightening knob in the direction of the arrow to

    remove any slack from the ribbon so it is easier to install.

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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. Use a pointed object, such as a ball point pen, to guide the

    ribbon between the print head and ribbon guide.

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    8. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob in the direction of the

    arrow to help feed the ribbon into place; it should not be

    twisted or creased.

    9. Replace and close the printer cover.

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    Chapter 6

    Product Information

    This chapter identifies the printer parts and contains detailed

    specifications.

    Printer Parts

    a. edge guides e. knob

    b. paper supports f. control panel

    c. paper guide g. printer cover

    d. paper release lever h. paper guide cover

    a

    c

    b

    d

    e

    f

    h

    g

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    a. serial interface b. ribbon cartridge

    c. paper thickness lever d. paper tension unit

    e. power switch f. power cord

    g. USB cable holder h. tractor

    i. USB interface j. parallel interface

    a

    c

    b

    d

    e

    ijhg

    f

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    Specifications

    Mechanical

    Printing method: 9-pin impact dot matrix

    Printing speed: High speed draft 300 cps at 10 cpi

    337 cps at 12 cpi

    337 cps at 15 cpi

    High speed draft

    condensed

    321 cps at 17 cpi

    300 cps at 20 cpi

    Draft 225 cps at 10 cpi

    270 cps at 12 cpi

    225 cps at 15 cpi

    Draft condensed 191 cps at 17 cpi

    225 cps at 20 cpi

    Draft emphasized 112 cps at 10 cpi

    NLQ 56 cps at 10 cpi

    67 cps at 12 cpi

    56 cps at 15 cpi

    47 cps at 17 cpi

    56 cps at 20 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: 80 columns (at 10 cpi)

    Resolution: 240 × 144 dpi maximum

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    Feeding method: Friction feed (rear paper entry)

    Push tractor feed (rear paper entry)

    Push and Pull tractor feed (rear paper

    entry)

    Pull tractor feed (rear paper entry)

    Feeder: Rear push tractor

    Cut-sheet feeder (optional)

    Pull tractor unit (optional)

    Roll paper holder (optional)

    Paper feed speed: Continuous 3.0 inches/second

    (76 mm/second)

    Intermittent 63 msec/line at

    1/6-inch line spacing

    Reliability: Total print

    volume

    12 million lines

    (except print head)

    MTBF 6,000 POH

    (25% duty)

    Print head life 400 million strokes per

    wire

    Dimensions and

    weight:

    Height 6.26 inches (159 mm)

    Width 14.4 inches (366 mm)

    Depth 10.8 inches (275 mm)

    (excluding the knob,

    paper release lever,

    etc.)

    Weight approx. 9.7 lb (4.4 kg)

    Ribbon: Black ribbon cartridge (#8750)

    Ribbon life 3 million characters

    Acoustic noise: Approx. 49 db (A) (ISO 7779 pattern)

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    Electronic

    Interfaces: One standard bidirectional, 8-bit, parallel

    interface with IEEE-1284 nibble mode

    support, one EIA-232D serial interface, and

    one USB (ver1.1) interface

    Buffer: 64 KB

    Built-in fonts: Bitmap fonts

    EPSON Draft 10, 12, 15 cpi

    EPSON Roman 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional

    EPSON Sans Serif 10, 12, 15 cpi,

    proportional

    Bar code fonts

    EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A,

    UPC-E, Code 39, Code 128, POSTNET

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    114 Product Information

    Character tables: One Italic and 12 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

    The following 26 graphical character tables

    are also available in some countries:

    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 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),

    PC437 Slovenia, PC MC, PC1250, PC1251

    Character sets: 8 international character sets:

    USA, France, Germany, UK, Denmark I,

    Sweden, Italy, Spain I

  • Page 115:

    Product Information 115

    Electrical

    Environmental

    Paper

    Use recycled paper, envelopes, labels and single-sheet multipart

    forms only under normal temperature and humidity conditions,

    as follows:

    ❏ Temperature: 59 to 77 °F (15 to 25 °C)

    ❏ Humidity: 30 to 60% RH

    Do not load paper that has been folded or is damaged, wrinkled,

    or curled.

    120 V Model 220 to 240 V Model

    Input voltage range AC 99 to 132 V AC 198 to 264 V

    Rated frequency range 50 to 60 Hz

    Input frequency range 49.5 to 60.5 Hz

    Rated current 0.6 A (maximum 1.4 A

    depending on the

    character type)

    0.3 A (maximum 0.7 A

    depending on the

    character type)

    Power consumption Approx. 23 W (ISO/IEC 10561 letter pattern)

    Temperature

    (without condensation)

    Humidity

    (without condensation)

    Operation 41 to 95 °F (5 to 35 °C) 10 to 80% RH

    Storage –22 to 140 °F (–30 to 60 °C) 0 to 85% RH

  • Page 116:

    116 Product Information

    Single sheets (standard): paper guide and cut-sheet feeder

    entry

    Single-sheet multipart forms: paper guide entry

    Width Paper guide:

    3.9 to 10.1 inches (100 to 257 mm)

    Cut-sheet feeder:

    7.2 to 8.5 inches (182 to 216 mm)

    Length Paper guide:

    3.9 to 14.3 inches (100 to 364 mm)

    Cut-sheet feeder:

    10.1 to 14.0 inches (257 to 356 mm)

    Thickness Paper guide:

    0.0025 to 0.0055 inch

    (0.065 to 0.14 mm)

    Cut-sheet feeder:

    0.0028 to 0.0055 inch

    (0.07 to 0.14 mm)

    Weight Paper guide:

    14 to 24 lb (52 to 90 g/m²)

    Cut sheet feeder:

    18 to 24 lb (64 to 90 g/m²)

    Width 3.9 to 10.1 inches (100 to 257 mm)

    Length 3.9 to 14.3 inches (100 to 364 mm)

    Copies 1 original + up to 4 copies

    Thickness 0.0047 to 0.015 inch (0.12 to 0.39 mm)

    Weight 12 to 15 lb (40 to 58 g/m²)

    Binding Line-glued at the top or one side of

    form

  • Page 117:

    Product Information 117

    Envelopes: paper guide entry

    Continuous paper (standard and multipart):

    rear and bottom entry

    Size No. 6: 6.5 × 3.6 inches (165 × 92 mm)

    No. 10: 9.5 × 4.1 inches (241 ×

    105 mm)

    Thickness 0.0063 to 0.0205 inch (0.16 to 0.52 mm)

    Weight 12 to 24 lb (45 to 90 g/m²)

    Width 4.0 to 10.0 inches (101.6 to 254 mm)

    Length (one page) 4.0 to 22.0 inches (101.6 to 558.8 mm)

    Copies 1 original + up to 4 copies

    Thickness 0.0025 to 0.015 inch

    (0.065 to 0.39 mm)

    Gathering area up to 0.035 inch

    (0.9 mm)

    Weight

    (not multipart)

    14 to 22 lb (52 to 82 g/m²)

    Weight

    (one sheet of multipart)

    12 to 15 lb (40 to 58 g/m²)

    Binding Spot glued or crimp bound on both

    sides

  • Page 118:

    118 Product Information

    Labels: bottom entry

    Roll paper: rear entry with optional roll paper holder

    Label size 15/16 × 2.5 inches (23.8 × 63.5 mm)

    minimum

    0.1 inch (2.5 mm) corner radius,

    minimum

    Backing sheet width 4.0 to 10.0 inches (101.6 to 254 mm)

    Backing sheet length 4.0 to 22.0 inches (101.6 to 558.8 mm)

    Backing sheet

    thickness

    0.0028 to 0.0035 inch (0.07 to 0.09 mm)

    Total thickness 0.0063 to 0.0075 inch (0.16 to 0.19 mm)

    Label weight 17 lb (64 g/m²)

    Width 8.5 inches (216 mm)

    Thickness 0.0028 to 0.0035 inch (0.07 to 0.09 mm)

    Weight 14 to 22 lb (52 to 82 g/m²)

  • Page 119:

    Product Information 119

    Printable area

    Single sheets and envelopes:

    A The minimum top margin is 0.17 inch (4.2 mm).

    B The minimum left and right margins are 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).

    For single sheets the maximum paper width is 10.1 inches

    (257 mm).

    The maximum printable width is 8.0 inches (203.2 mm).

    If the paper size is substantially wider than this, the side

    margins will be wider than the minimum, but the printable

    width does not increase beyond 8.0 inches (203.2 mm).

    C The minimum bottom margin is 0.17 inch (4.2 mm).

  • Page 120:

    120 Product Information

    Continuous paper

    A The minimum top and bottom margins above and below

    the perforation are 0.17 inch (4.2 mm) each.

    B The minimum left and right margins are 0.51 inch (13 mm)

    each.

    The maximum paper width is 10.0 inches (254 mm).

    The maximum printable width is 8.0 inches (203.2 mm). If

    the paper size is substantially wider than this, the side

    margins will be wider than the minimum, but the printable

    width does not increase beyond 8.0 inches (203.2 mm).

  • Page 121:

    Product Information 121

    Roll paper:

    Paper alignment

    Printing starts at “0” on the scale. The unprintable area is to the

    left of the “0.”

    A The minimum top margin is 0.17 inch (4.2 mm).

    B The minimum left margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).

    The minimum right margin is 0.12 inch (3.0 mm).

    The maximum printable width is 8.0 inches (203.2 mm).

  • Page 122:

    122 Product Information

    Command Lists

    Your printer supports the Epson ESC/P control codes and IBM

    2380 Plus 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 -

  • Page 123:

    Product Information 123

    IBM 2380 Plus emulation control codes

    This printer emulates the IBM Proprinter using the commands

    below. For detailed information, see the IBM 2380 Plus reference

    manual.

    Spacing:

    ESC Space

    Character handling:

    ESC t, ESC (t, ESC R, ESC %, ESC &, ESC :, ESC I, ESC 6,

    ESC 7

    Bit image:

    ESC K, ESC L, ESC Y, ESC Z, ESC *, ESC ^

    Bar code:

    ESC (B

    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

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    124 Product Information

    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

    Character handling:

    ESC 6, ESC 7, ESC [T, ESC ^, ESC \

    Bit image:

    ESC K, ESC L, ESC Y, ESC Z

    Bar code:

    ESC [f, ESC [p

    Download:

    ESC = (only Draft mode)

  • Page 125:

    Product Information 125

    Standards and approvals

    Safety approvals

    CE marking

    120 V version:

    Safety standards UL60950

    CSA60950

    EMI FCC part 15 subpart B Class B

    CAN/CSA - CEI/IEC CISPR22

    class B

    230 V version:

    Safety standards EN60950

    EMI AS/NZS CISPR22 class B

    EMC EN55022 class B

    EN61000-3-2

    EN61000-3-3

    EN55024

    230 V version:

    Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC EN60950

    EMC Directive 89/336/EEC EN55022 class B

    EN61000-3-2

    EN61000-3-3

    EN55024

  • Page 126:

    126 Index

    Index

    A

    Accessing printer driver, 34 to 37

    Accessories, 97

    Accoustic noise, 112

    Additional tractor, 98, 102 to 103, 112

    Adjusting

    paper thickness lever, 29 to 30

    tear-off position, 25 to 26

    top-of-form position, 22 to 23

    Auto

    CR, 68, 72

    I/F wait time, 67, 70

    line feed, 67, 69

    tear-off, 14, 24, 67, 69

    B

    Baud rate, 67, 70

    Bidirectional

    mode, 67, 71

    printing, 69

    Built-in fonts, 65 to 66, 113 to 114

    Buttons, control panel, 63 to 66

    Buzzer, 68, 72

    C

    Canceling printing, 58 to 59

    Changing

    default settings, 67 to 73

    printer driver settings, 38 to 39

    Character

    sets, international, 114

    table, 68, 71, 114

    Cleaning printer, 74 to 75

    Clearing paper jam, 93 to 94

    Client computers, 49 to 56

    Continuous paper

    loading, 11 to 14, 19 to 21

    printing on, 11 to 26

    specifications, 117

    Control codes, 122 to 124

    Control panel, 109

    buttons, 63 to 66

    lights, 63 to 66, 77 to 78

    using, 63 to 73

    Custom paper size, 40

    Cut-sheet feeder, 88, 98 to 101, 112

    D

    Data length, 67, 71

    Default Setting mode, 67 to 73

    Default settings

    changing, 67 to 73

    restoring, 73

    E

    Edge guides, 109

    Electronic specifications, 113 to 114

    Envelopes, 29 to 30, 32, 117

    Environmental specifications, 115

    EPSON, help, 96 to 97

    EPSON Status Monitor 3, 33, 41 to 44,

    59 to 61

    Error lights, 77 to 78

    ESC/P, 33, 122 to 124

    F

    Feeding method, 112

    Fonts, built-in, 65 to 66, 113 to 114

  • Page 127:

    Index 127

    H

    Help, EPSON, 96 to 97

    High speed draft, 67, 70

    Hot parts caution symbol, 7

    I

    I/F mode, 67, 70

    IBM character table, 68, 72

    Interface setting, 67, 70

    International character set, 68, 71, 114

    Internet technical support, 96

    L

    Labels, 29 to 32, 118

    Lights, control panel, 63 to 66, 77 to 78

    Line spacing, 111

    Loading paper

    envelopes, 29 to 30, 32

    labels, 29 to 32

    multipart forms, 29 to 31

    on the pull tractor, 19 to 21

    on the push tractor, 11 to 14

    single sheets, 26 to 28

    M

    Manual feed wait time, 68, 71

    Micro Adjust mode, 22 to 23, 64 to 65

    Multipart forms, 29 to 31, 116

    N

    Network, 45 to 58

    O

    Options

    problems, 87 to 89

    purchasing, 97

    using, 98 to 108

    P

    Packet mode, 67, 71

    Page length for tractor, 67 to 68, 84

    Paper

    feed knob, 109

    feed speed, 112

    guide, 14, 109

    handling, 11 to 32

    jam, clearing, 93 to 94

    loading, 11 to 32

    loading on the pull tractor, 19 to 21

    loading on the push tractor, 11 to 14

    problems, 84 to 87

    release lever, 12, 17, 27, 109

    single sheets, 26 to 28

    specifications, 115 to 121

    supports, 109

    tension unit, 17, 110

    thickness lever, 29 to 30, 110

    Parallel

    I/F mode, 67, 71

    interface, 67, 70, 110

    Parity, 67, 70

    Power cord, 110

    Power supply problems, 79 to 80

    Printable columns, 111

    Print direction, 67, 69

    Printer

    cleaning, 74 to 75

    cover, 109

    parts, 109 to 110

    server, 45 to 49

    sharing, 45 to 58

    specifications, 111 to 124

    transporting, 75 to 76

    Printer driver

    accessing, 34 to 37

    settings, 38 to 39

    Printer software

    uninstalling, 59 to 61

    using, 33 to 58

  • Page 128:

    128 Index

    Printing

    canceling, 58 to 59

    envelopes, 29 to 30, 32

    labels, 29 to 32

    multipart forms, 29 to 31

    on continuous paper, 11 to 26

    on single sheets, 26 to 28

    on special paper, 29 to 32

    problems, 80 to 84

    self test, 94 to 95

    Problems

    options, 87 to 89

    paper handling, 84 to 87

    power supply, 79 to 80

    printing, 80 to 84

    solving, 76 to 95

    USB, 90 to 93

    Pull tractor

    additional, 98, 102 to 103, 112

    installing, 18

    printing with, 11, 17 to 21

    Push tractor

    printing with, 11 to 16

    removing, 17 to 18

    R

    Resolution, 111

    Restoring default settings, 73

    Ribbon cartridge

    life, 112

    location, 110

    replacing, 82, 98, 105 to 108

    Roll paper holder, 98, 104 to 105, 112

    Roll paper specifications, 118

    S

    Safety instructions, 7 to 10

    Self test, 94 to 95

    Serial interface, 67, 70, 110

    Server, printer, 45 to 49

    Sharing printer, 45 to 58

    Single-bin cut-sheet feeder, 98 to 101,

    112

    Single sheets

    loading, 26 to 28

    printing, 26 to 28

    specifications, 116

    switching to, 16

    Skip over perforation, 67 to 68, 84

    Software setting, 67, 69

    Special paper, printing on, 29 to 32

    Specifications

    control codes, 122 to 124

    electrical, 115

    electronic, 113 to 114

    environmental, 115

    mechanical, 111 to 112

    paper, 115 to 121

    printer, 111 to 124

    standards and approvals, 125

    Status Monitor 3, 33, 41 to 44, 59 to 61

    Support, technical, 96 to 97

    Switching paper source, 16

    T

    Tear-off

    button, 23 to 25

    edge, 15, 23 to 26

    position, 23 to 26, 63 to 64

    Technical support, 96 to 97

    Thick paper, printing on, 29 to 30

    Top-of-form position, 22 to 23, 64

    Tractor, 11 to 16

    installing, 18

    location, 110

    optional, 98, 102 to 103

    pull, 17 to 21

    removing, 17 to 18

    Transporting printer, 75 to 76

    Troubleshooting, 76 to 95

  • Page 129:

    Index 129

    U

    Unidirectional (Uni-d) printing, 69

    Uninstalling

    printer software, 59 to 61

    USB device driver, 61 to 62

    USB

    cable, 93

    cable holder, 110

    device driver, uninstalling, 61 to 62

    interface, 67, 70, 110

    problems, 90 to 93

    Z

    Zero slash, 67, 69

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