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Epson PLQ-20 Reference Manual

Epson reference guide printer plq-20, plq-20m.

 
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24-pin Dot Matrix Printer
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Reference Guide
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Summary of Contents

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    Seiko Epson Corporation. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this Epson printer. Epson is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other printers.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Assembling the Printer ........

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Printer Driver Settings Overview ......47 Using EPSON Status Monitor 3 ......49 Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3.

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    Using the error indicators ......99 EPSON Status Monitor 3 ......102 Printing a Self-Test .

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    Printer Specifications ........148...

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    Assembling the Printer ........

  • Page 7: Unpacking The Printer, Remove The Protective Materials, Unpacking The Printer, Remove The Protective Materials

    Unpacking the Printer These items are included in the box with your printer. printer ribbon cartridge Remove the protective materials Follow the directions written on the cardboard box to remove the protective materials. Save all packing and protective materials in case you need to ship the printer in the future.

  • Page 8: Assembling The Printer, Assembling The Printer

    Assembling the Printer 1. Make sure the printer is turned off and unplugged. 2. Hold both sides of the printer cover and move it upward to open it. 3. Push the release lever to move the upper mechanism forward. Make sure that you push the lever until it clicks.

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    4. Slide the print head to the middle of the printer by hand. 5. Remove the ribbon cartridge from the package. 6. Place the plastic hooks on the ribbon cartridge into the slots of the printer. Then press both sides of the cartridge until it clicks into place.

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    7. Hold both sides of the ribbon guide and pull it down until it is out of the cartridge. 8. Put the ribbon guide at the bottom of the print head and push it up until it clicks into place. Chapter 1 Setting up the Printer...

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    Caution: The ribbon should not be twisted or creased. 10. Pull the release lever back to move the upper mechanism to its original position. Make sure that you pull the lever until it clicks. Chapter 1 Setting up the Printer...

  • Page 12: Connecting The Printer To Your Computer, Connecting The Printer, Connecting The Printer To Your Computer

    Connecting the Printer to Your Computer Connecting the printer Make sure both the printer and computer are turned off, then connect the interface into the printer and computer. Use USB, Serial, or Parallel cable to connect the printer and computer.

  • Page 13: Plugging In The Printer, Installing The Printer Software, Plugging In The Printer

    Plugging in the Printer Make sure the printer is turned off, then plug the power cord into the printer’s AC inlet and a properly grounded electrical outlet. Installing the Printer Software Installing the software in Windows XP, Me, or 2000 Note: ❏...

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    Installing the software in Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0 Note: ❏ Installing the printer software for Windows NT 4.0 may require administrator privileges. If you have problems, ask your administrator for more information. Chapter 1 Setting up the Printer...

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    They may vary in appearance from what actually appears on your screen; however, the instructions are the same. 1. Make sure that the printer is turned off, then insert the User CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. The SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT dialog box appears.

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    6. Click Browse to select the appropriate path for the printer driver, then click OK and follow the instruction on the screen. Note: If you are using Windows NT, insert your Windows CD-ROM when prompted on the screen. 7. Select the appropriate file in the folder, then click OK.

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    Windows. ❏ If you are using Windows NT, you do not need to specify a path. ❏ If you are using Windows 98, the Printer Utility Setup may start. If it does, follow the instructions on the screen.

  • Page 18: For Dos Programs, For Dos Programs

    If the list in your application does not include your printer, choose the first available printer from the list below. Choose the Epson printer at the appropriate step in the installation or setup procedure. If the list in your application does...

  • Page 19: Chapter 2 Safety Instructions

    Chapter 2 Safety Instructions Warnings, Cautions, and Notes ......20 Hot Parts Caution Symbol ....... . . 20 Important Safety Instructions.

  • Page 20: Warnings, Cautions, And Notes, Hot Parts Caution Symbol

    When setting up the printer Caution: Be sure the AC power cord meets the relevant local safety standards. ❏ Do not place the printer on an unstable surface or near a radiator or heat source. Chapter 2 Safety Instructions...

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    ❏ Place the printer on a flat surface. The printer will not operate properly if it is tilted or placed at an angle. ❏ Do not place this product on a soft, unstable surface like a bed or a sofa, or a small, enclosed area, as this restricts ventilation.

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    ❏ Use a grounded power outlet; do not use an adapter plug. ❏ If you plan to use a printer stand, follow these guidelines: Use a stand that can support at least 15 kg (33.1 lb) for PLQ-20 or 17 kg (37.5 lb) for PLQ-20M.

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    If possible, secure the cables to a leg of the printer stand. When maintaining the printer ❏ Unplug the printer before cleaning it, and always clean it with a piece of damp cloth only. ❏ Do not spill liquid onto the printer.

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    ❏ Do not punch holes in the area from 25.0 to 40.0 mm from the left edge of paper. When operating the printer ❏ Avoid using or storing the printer in places subject to rapid changes in temperature and humidity. Keep it away from direct sunlight, strong light, heat sources or excessive moisture or dust.

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    Always press the Offline button to pause printing. Then turn off the printer. ❏ Do not turn off the printer while it is printing the hex dump. Always press the Offline button to pause printing. Then turn off the printer.

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    Their standards and logos are uniform among participating nations. As an NERGY has determined that this product meets NERGY energy efficiency. ® NERGY Office Equipment Program is Chapter 2 Safety Instructions ® Partner, Epson ® guidelines for...

  • Page 27: Chapter 3 Paper Handling

    Chapter 3 Paper Handling Loading Passbooks ........28 Loading Single Sheets .

  • Page 28: Loading Passbooks

    Paper Specification that is included on the User CD-ROM. 3. Insert the passbook printable side up into the front slot until the top part of it reaches the roller inside. The printer loads it automatically to the correct position and the passbook is ready to be printed.

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    ❏ Do not print on the front or back cover of a passbook. Printing can be done only when the passbook is opened. ❏ Always close the printer cover before printing. The printer does not print when the printer cover is open.

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    2. Insert a single sheet printable side up into the front slot until the top part of the paper reaches the roller inside. The printer loads the paper automatically to the correct position and the paper is ready to be printed.

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    PR2: 4.2 mm ESC/P and IBM PPDS: 8.5 mm ❏ This mode can be used even when the printer cover is open. ❏ If you wish to change the top-of-form position in PR40+, make sure that you set the TOF position for PR40+ to Off.

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    PR2 mode and from 1.0 mm to 33.9 mm in the ESC/P and IBM PPDS modes. 6. Insert a sheet of A4 paper into the front slot. The printer prints triple H in capitals (HHH) on the current top-of-form position and ejects the sheet.

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    ❏ Prepare an A4 size sheet of paper before using this function. ❏ Always close the printer cover before printing. The printer does not print when the printer cover is open.

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    5. Press the F1/Eject button for the next pattern or F2 button for the previous pattern to select the printing start position. Each time you press the F1/Eject or F2 button, the printer makes a short beep. The F1/Eject, Offline and F2 lights show the pattern which is selected at that time.

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    Printer Driver Settings Overview ......47 Using EPSON Status Monitor 3 ......49 Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3.

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    “Installing the Printer Software” on page 13. ❏ Make sure the software setting is set to ESC/P. The printer driver software and EPSON Status Monitor 3 can only function in ESC/P mode. Using the Printer Driver with Windows Me and You can access the printer driver from your Windows applications or from the Start menu.

  • Page 37: Accessing The Printer Driver From Windows Applications

    See “Changing the printer driver settings” on page 40 to check and change printer driver settings. Note: ❏ The printer driver is designed for PLQ-20, but is compatible and can be installed for PLQ-20M. ❏ While many Windows applications override the settings made with the printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer driver settings match your requirements.

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    1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your application software. In the Print or Print Setup dialog box displayed, make sure that your printer is selected in the Name drop-down list. Chapter 4 Printer Software...

  • Page 39: Accessing The Printer Driver From The Start Menu

    See “Changing the printer driver settings” on page 40 for information on how to change the settings. Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu Follow these steps to access the printer driver from the Start menu: 1. Click the Start button, and then point to Settings.

  • Page 40: Changing The Printer Driver Settings

    Your printer driver has four menus: Paper, Graphics, Device Options, and Utility. For an overview of the available settings, see “Printer Driver Settings Overview” on page 47. You can also view online help by right-clicking items in the driver and selecting What’s this?

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    To check and change printer driver settings, see “Changing the printer driver settings” on page 46. Note: ❏ The printer driver is designed for PLQ-20, but is compatible and can be installed for PLQ-20M. ❏ While many Windows applications override the settings made with the printer driver, some do not, so you must verify that the printer driver settings match your requirements.

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    Accessing the printer driver from Windows applications Follow these steps to access the printer driver from a Windows application: Note: The examples in the following section are from the Windows 2000 operating system. They may vary in appearance from what actually appears on your screen;...

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    2. Click Printer, Setup, Properties, or Options. (You may need to click a combination of these buttons.) The Document Properties window appears, and you see the Layout and Paper/Quality menus. These menus contain the printer driver settings. Chapter 4 Printer Software...

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    See “Changing the printer driver settings” on page 46 to change the settings. Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu Follow these steps to access the printer driver from the Start menu: Note: The screen shots used in this procedure are from the Windows 2000 operating system.

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    3. Right-click your printer icon, and click Printing Preferences (in Windows XP or 2000) or Document Defaults (in Windows NT 4.0). The screen displays the Default Document Properties window, which contains the Layout and Paper/Quality menus. These menus display the printer driver settings.

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    Changing the printer driver settings Your printer driver has two menus from which you can change the printer driver settings; Layout and Paper/Quality. You can also change settings on the Utility menu in the printer software.

  • Page 47: Printer Driver Settings Overview

    When you finish making your printer driver settings, click OK to apply the settings, or click Cancel to cancel your changes. Once you have checked your printer driver settings and changed them if necessary, you are ready to print. Printer Driver Settings Overview The following tables show the Windows printer driver settings.

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    Settings Explanations EPSON Status You can access EPSON Status Monitor 3 when you Monitor 3 click this button. To monitor the printer, make sure the Monitor the printing status check box is selected. Monitoring Click this button to open the Monitoring Preferences...

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    Note: If you install the driver using the “Point and Print” method, EPSON Status Monitor 3 may not function properly. If you want to use EPSON Status Monitor 3, reinstall the driver as described in “Installing the Printer Software” on page 13.

  • Page 50: Setting Up Epson Status Monitor 3

    Before using EPSON Status Monitor 3, be sure to read the README file on the User CD-ROM. This file contains the latest information on the utility. Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3 Follow these steps to set up EPSON Status Monitor 3: 1.

  • Page 51: Accessing Epson Status Monitor 3

    Click the Default button to revert all items to the default settings. Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 3 Do one of the following to access EPSON Status Monitor 3; ❏ Double-click the printer-shaped shortcut icon on the taskbar. To add a shortcut icon to the taskbar, go to the Utility menu and follow the instructions.

  • Page 52: Setting Up Your Printer On A Network

    When you access EPSON Status Monitor 3 as described above, the following printer status window appears. You can view printer status information in this window. Setting Up Your Printer on a Network Sharing the printer This section describes how to share the printer on a standard Windows network.

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    63. 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 50.

  • Page 54: Setting Up Your Printer As A Shared Printer

    Setting up your printer as a shared printer With Windows Me or 98 When the printer server’s OS is Windows Me or 98, follow these steps to set the printer server. 1. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.

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    ❏ 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 printer server. See “Setting up EPSON Status Monitor 3” on page 50.

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    You must access Windows XP, 2000, or Windows NT 4.0 as the Administrators of the local machine. 1. For a Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 printer server, click Start, point to Settings, and click Printers. For a Windows XP printer server, click Start, point to Printers and Faxes.

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    3. For a Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 printer server, select Shared (for Windows 2000) or Shared as (for Windows NT 4.0), then type the name in the Share name box and click OK. For a Windows XP printer server, select Share this printer, then type the name in the Share name box and click OK.

  • Page 58: Setting For The Clients

    Network Neighborhood or My Network on the Windows desktop. ❏ When you want to use the EPSON Status Monitor 3 at clients, you have to install both of the printer driver and the EPSON Status Monitor 3 in each client from the CD-ROM.

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    When the prompt to select the printer driver appears, select the printer driver according to the message. ❏ If the printer server’s OS is Windows Me or 98, go to the next step. Chapter 4 Printer Software...

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    ❏ If the printer server’s OS is not Windows Me or 98, go to “Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM” on page 65. 7. Make sure of the name of the shared printer, and select whether to use the printer as the default printer or not. Click OK, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

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    (for Windows XP), then click Next. 4. For Windows 2000, select Type the printer name, or click Next to browse for a printer and type the name of the shared printer, then click Next. Note: ❏...

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    Next. Note: ❏ The name of the shared printer may be changed by the computer or server that is connected to the shared printer. To make sure of the name of the shared printer, ask the administrator of the network.

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    When the prompt to select the printer driver appears, select the printer driver according to the message. ❏ If the printer server’s OS is Windows XP or 2000, go to the next step. ❏ If the printer server’s OS is not Windows XP or 2000, or is Windows Me or 98, go to “Installing the printer driver from...

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    When the prompt to select the printer driver appears, select the printer driver according to the message. ❏ If the printer server’s OS is Windows NT 4.0, go to the next step. Chapter 4 Printer Software...

  • Page 65: Installing The Printer Driver From The Cd-rom

    ❏ If the printer server’s OS is not Windows NT 4.0, or is Windows Me or 98, go to “Installing the printer driver from the CD-ROM” on page 65. 5. Select whether to use the printer as the default printer or not, then click OK.

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    2. Insert the CD-ROM, then the EPSON Installation Program dialog box appears. Cancel the dialog box by clicking Cancel, then type the appropriate drive and folder names in which the printer driver for clients is located, then click OK. When installing drivers in Windows XP or 2000, “Digital Signature is not found.”...

  • Page 67: Canceling Printing

    When the printer icon is displayed on the taskbar, follow the instructions below to cancel printing. 1. Double-click the printer icon on the task bar, then click Purge Print Documents on the Printer menu. 2. When canceling all printing documents, select Purge Print Documents (For Windows Me or 98) or Cancel All Documents (For Windows XP, 2000, or Windows NT 4.0) on...

  • Page 68: Uninstalling The Printer Software, And Epson Status Monitor 3

    Uninstalling the Printer Software When you wish to reinstall or upgrade the printer driver, uninstall the printer driver that has been installed already. Uninstalling the printer driver and EPSON Status Monitor 3 1. Quit all applications. 2. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.

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    4. Select EPSON Printer Software, and click the Add/Remove. Note: When using the Windows XP or Windows 2000 computer, click Change or Remove Programs, select the EPSON Printer Software, then click Change/Remove. Chapter 4 Printer Software...

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    5. Click the Printer Model menu, select the EPSON PLQ-20 Advanced icon, then click OK. Note: The printer driver is designed for PLQ-20, but is compatible and can be installed for PLQ-20M. 6. If you uninstall Monitored Printers, click Yes in the displayed dialog box.

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    ❏ Uninstall the printer driver before uninstalling the USB device driver. ❏ Once you uninstalled the USB device driver, you cannot access any other Epson printers connected with a USB interface cable. 1. Follow steps 1 through 3 of “Uninstalling the Printer Software” on page 68.

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    ❏ EPSON USB Printer Devices appears only when the printer is connected to Windows Me or 98 with a USB interface cable. ❏ If the USB device driver is not installed correctly, EPSON USB Printer Devices may not appear. Follow these steps to run the “Epusbun.exe”...

  • Page 73: Chapter 5 Control Panel

    Compress Printing Mode ........79 About Your Printer’s Default Settings ..... . . 79 Understanding default settings .

  • Page 74: Buttons And Lights

    ❏ On when the printer is ready to receive or already receiving data. ❏ Flashes when an error has occurred during a printing operation. Power light (Green) ❏ On for a few seconds when the printer is turned on. ❏ On when the printer is paused. Chapter 5 Control Panel...

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    PR2 mode. You can assign optional functions to it by programming them in the PR2 mode. ❏ Ejects paper when the printer is in the ESC/P or IBM PPDS mode. ❏ When the printer enters the default setting mode, the button works as a button to select the menu.

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    F2 button ❏ Executes functions which are assigned to the F2 button when the printer is in the PR2 mode. You can assign optional functions to it by programming them in the PR2 mode. ❏ When the printer enters the default setting mode, you can change the setting by pressing this button.

  • Page 77: Functions Auxiliary

    Functions auxiliary This section describes functions executed by turning on the printer while holding one or more buttons. These functions are shown in the following table and explained in detail after the table. Switch F1/Eject & F2 F1/Eject & Offline Offline Open the cover &...

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    Compress printing mode Starts the compress printing mode. See “Compress Printing Mode” on page 79 for more information. Data dump Starts the data dump mode, in which all input data is printed as hexadecimal numbers and corresponding characters. See “Printing Hex Dump” on page 103 for more information. Paper removing Starts the paper removing mode.

  • Page 79: Compress Printing Mode, About Your Printer's Default Settings

    Compress Printing Mode You can compress your printing data to the ratio of 75% by following the steps below. Note: Compress printing mode is effective only when the printer is in the ESC/P mode. 1. Turn off the printer. Caution: Whenever you turn off the printer, wait at least five seconds before turning it back on;...

  • Page 80: Understanding Default Settings

    Understanding default settings This section describes the settings and options available in the default-setting mode. All items available in the default setting mode are divided into three groups depending on the applications. You can select the three main menus while making the default settings and then change the setting of each item which belongs to the menu you selected.

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    Default-setting mode Common Settings Menu Software High speed draft I/F mode * Auto I/F wait time (Seconds) Parallel I/F bidirectional mode Packet mode ** Baud rate (bps) Data length (bit) Parity DSR (PR2) DCD (PR2) Passbook Binding Thin paper Buzzer Paper width measurement Right paper edge detection Low-noise mode...

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    * When the printer turns on in Auto I/F mode and PR2 mode, this mode is set to Serial. ** When the printer turns on in the PR2 mode, Packet mode is set Off. Software This setting allows you to select the software format. When you select ESC/P2, the printer operates in the EPSON ESC/P mode.

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    Auto I/F wait time (Seconds) When the printer is in the auto interface mode and it receives no data from the currently selected interface for the amount of time specified with this setting, it determines which interface is receiving data and switches to that interface. You can specify either 10 or 30 for the auto interface wait time.

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    On and the Passbook mode is set to Off. Buzzer If you set this feature to On, the printer beeps when an error occurs. See “Using the error indicators” on page 99 for more information on printer errors. If you do not want the printer to beep, select Off.

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    Paper width measurement You can set the timing when the printer measures the width of the paper. When you select After loading, the printer measures the width just after it loads the paper. When you select Before printing, it makes the measurement just before printing the first line.

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    On. This mode is activated when you select On and the Passbook mode is set to Off. When this option is set to Off and paper is left in the printer, the printer ejects the paper when the printer is turned on or the cover is opened.

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    Menu Olivetti character table PC character table ISO character table 8-pin bit image resolution Condensed pitch (cpi) Vertical resolution Auto CR Columns TOF position for PR40+ Magnetic standard * Values (default in bold) ST15INT (International), ST15ITA (Italy), ST15P (Portugal), ST15USSR (USSR), ST15SDC (SDC),ST15E (Spain 1), ST15E2 (Spain 2), ST15S/SF (Sweden/Finland),...

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    Menu End sentinel * ** Displacement * Duplicate * Retry * * These settings are available only for PLQ-20M. ** This setting is effective, when the format of IBM3604 or IBM4746 is selected. Emulation You can select emulation of PR2, PR40+, or PR54+. Font This setting allows you to set one of the six fonts.

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    Auto CR When auto carriage return is set to On, each line feed (LF) code is accompanied by a carriage return (CR) code so the printer moves the next printing start position to the left margin. When this setting is set to Off, you must send a CR code after the line feed code to move the printing start position to the left margin.

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    This feature is available only for PLQ-20M. Retry This setting allows you to set the number of times the printer tries to receive data before it fails. This feature is available only for PLQ-20M. Chapter 5 Control Panel...

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    Other Emulation Settings Menu Print direction 0 slash Font Pitch (cpi) Character table International character set for Italic table Auto line feed Auto CR (IBM PPDS) * AGM (IBM PPDS) * IBM character table (IBM PPDS) * Columns Paper loading * These settings are effective when IBM PPDS emulation is selected.

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    (Bi-D), or unidirectional printing (Uni-D). Printing is normally bidirectional; however, unidirectional printing allows for precise vertical printing alignment. When set to Auto, the printer analyzes the data and uses unidirectional printing for any lines which require vertical printing alignment. 0 slash The zero character has a slash ( ) when this feature is set to On;...

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    You can select the number of columns in one line. Paper loading When you set Auto load, the printer loads paper just after it is inserted. When you set Data exists, the printer does not load the paper until it receives the data.

  • Page 94: Changing Default Settings

    ❏ Prepare an A4 size sheet of paper before entering the default setting mode. ❏ You need to load a new sheet of paper each time the printer ejects a printed sheet from the front slot. ❏ Always close the printer cover before printing. The printer does not print when the printer cover is open.

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    Select the language by pressing the F1/Eject button. 4. Press the F2 button to set the language. The printer prints a message asking if you wish to print the current settings. If you wish to print the current settings, press the F2 button. The printer prints the current settings.

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    When you press the Offline button at the first item selection of each menu, the menu selection will also return to the main setup menu selection. 9. After you finish the default setting, turn off the printer to exit the default setting mode. Aligning Vertical Lines in Your Printout If you notice that the vertical lines in your printout are not properly aligned, you can use the printer’s bidirectional...

  • Page 97

    4. When the Ready light turns on, insert a sheet of A4 paper into the front slot. The printer prints the guide to adjust the bidirectional alignment and the first set of alignment patterns. 5. As described in the instructions, compare the alignment patterns and select the pattern with the best alignment.

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    Using the error indicators ......99 EPSON Status Monitor 3 ......102 Printing a Self-Test .

  • Page 99: Diagnosing The Problem, Using The Error Indicators

    The information that you need to diagnose and solve most common problems is provided by the printer’s control panel, EPSON Status Monitor 3, or by printing a self-test or hex dump. Refer to the appropriate section below. If you have a specific problem relating to print quality, a printout...

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    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. Chapter 6 Problem Solver...

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    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. Chapter 6 Problem Solver...

  • Page 102: Epson Status Monitor 3, Printing A Self-test

    EPSON Status Monitor 3 EPSON Status Monitor 3 provides status messages and a graphic display showing the current status of the printer. If a problem occurs while printing, an error message appears in the Progress Meter window. Printing a Self-Test Running the printer’s self-test helps you determine whether the...

  • Page 103: Printing Hex Dump

    2. Turn on the printer while holding the F2 button. Then press the F1/Eject and F2 button while the F1/Eject, Offline, and F2 lights are flashing. 3. When the Ready light turns on, insert a sheet of A4 paper into the front slot.

  • Page 104

    2. Turn on the printer while holding the Offline button to enter hex dump. 3. Open a software program and send a print job to the printer. Your printer prints all the codes it receives in hexadecimal format. By comparing the characters printed in the right column with the printout of the hexadecimal codes, you can check the codes the printer is receiving.

  • Page 105: Problems And Solutions

    “Printing or printout quality problems” on page 109 “Network problems” on page 114 You can also use the self-test to determine whether the printer or the computer is causing the problem. See “Printing a Self-Test” on page 102 for instructions on printing a self-test. To pinpoint communication problems, experienced users may want to use the printer’s hex dump mode described in “Printing Hex Dump”...

  • Page 106: Power Supply Problems

    Warning: Do not reconnect the power cord to an electrical outlet that has the wrong voltage for your printer. The printer does not work and the control panel lights are off even when you turn on the printer. Cause The power cord is not properly plugged into the electrical outlet or your printer.

  • Page 107: Paper Loading Or Feeding Problems

    Paper loading or feeding problems The printer does not load single-sheet paper or does not feed it properly. Cause Single-sheet paper is not loaded properly. Paper is creased, old, too thin, or too thick. The printer does not fully eject a single sheet.

  • Page 108: Printing Position Problems

    You can also adjust the top-of-form position using the top-of-form adjusting function. See “Adjusting the top-of-form position” on page 31. Choose the correct printer driver setting from the Windows desktop or in your application before printing. Chapter 6 Problem Solver...

  • Page 109

    Jams” on page 119. Confirm the USB setting is correct. See “Correcting USB Problems” on page 115 for details. Turn the printer off and wait for a while. Then, turn the printer on again, and start printing. Chapter 6 Problem Solver...

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    The printer does not print when the computer sends data. Cause The printer is paused. The interface cable is not plugged in securely. Your interface cable does not meet the printer and/or computer specifications. Your software is not properly set up for your printer.

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    The printout is pale. Cause The ribbon is worn out. The printout is faint. Cause The ribbon is worn out. Part of the printout is missing, or dots are missing in random positions. Cause The ribbon has too much slack, the ribbon has come loose, or the ribbon cartridge is not installed properly.

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    The print head is damaged. Caution: 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. All the text is printed on the same line. Cause No line feed command is sent at the end of each line of text.

  • Page 113

    The line space setting in your application software is incorrect. The printer prints strange symbols, incorrect fonts, or other inappropriate characters. Cause Your printer and computer are not communicating correctly. The wrong character table is selected in your software. The printer you want to use is not selected in your software.

  • Page 114

    Network problems The printer does not print when using a network. Cause The network setting is wrong. Check whether or not print jobs from What to do Use the printer’s bidirectional adjustment mode to correct this problem.

  • Page 115: Correcting Usb Problems

    XP, Me, 98, or 2000. For details about your computer, contact your dealer. Make sure that EPSON USB Printer Devices appears on the Device Manager menu (for Windows Me and 98 only) If you canceled the plug-and-play driver installation before the procedure was complete, either the USB printer device driver or the printer driver may be incorrectly installed.

  • Page 116

    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.

  • Page 117

    Note: The printer driver is designed for PLQ-20, but is compatible and can be installed for PLQ-20M. 4. Under Other devices, select USB Printer or EPSON PLQ-20(for the PLQ-20 users) and click Remove. Then, click OK. Note: The printer driver is designed for PLQ-20, but is compatible and can be installed for PLQ-20M.

  • Page 118

    ❏ 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.

  • Page 119: Clearing Paper Jams

    Follow the steps noted below to clear the paper jam. Warning: If you have just used the printer, the print head may be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it. 1. Turn off the printer.

  • Page 120: Contacting Customer Support

    Do not pull the mechanism by hand. It may damage the printer. Contacting Customer Support If your Epson product is not operating properly and you cannot solve the problem using the troubleshooting information in your product documentation, contact customer support services for assistance.

  • Page 121: For Users In North America

    For users in North America If you purchased your printer in the United States or Canada, Epson provides technical assistance 24 hours a day through the electronic support services and automated telephone services listed in the following table:...

  • Page 122: For Users In Australia

    (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral. For users in Australia Epson Australia wishes to provide you with a high level of customer service. In addition to your product documentation, we provide the following sources for obtaining information:...

  • Page 123

    Epson Helpdesk Epson Helpdesk is provided as a final backup to make sure our clients have access to advise. Operators on the Helpdesk can aid you in installing, configuring and operating your Epson product.

  • Page 124: For Users In Singapore, For Users In Thailand

    We encourage you to have all the relevant information on hand when you ring. The more information you prepare, the faster we can help solve the problem. This information includes your Epson product documentation, type of computer, operating system, application programs, and any information you feel is required.

  • Page 125: For Users In Indonesia

    Epson Hotline (Phone: (66)2-670-0333) Our Hotline team can help you with the following over the phone: ❏ Sales enquiries and product information ❏ Product usage questions or problem ❏ Enquiries on repair service and warranty For users in Indonesia Contacts for information, support, and services are: World Wide Web (http://www.epson.co.id)

  • Page 126: For Users In Hong Kong

    To obtain technical support as well as other after-sales services, users are welcome to contact Epson Hong Kong Limited. Internet Home Page Epson Hong Kong has established a local home page in both Chinese and English on the Internet to provide users with the following information: ❏...

  • Page 127: For Users In Malaysia

    ❏ Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ❏ Latest versions of Epson product drivers Users can access our World Wide Web home page at: http://www.epson.com.hk Technical Support Hotline You can also contact our technical staff at the following telephone and fax numbers:...

  • Page 128: For Users In India

    ❏ Enquiries on repair services & warranty, product usage and technical support (Techline) Phone: For users in India Contacts for information, support, and services are: World Wide Web (http://www.epson.co.in) Information on product specifications, drivers for download, and products enquiry are available. 603-56288222 603-56288333...

  • Page 129

    Pune Ahmedabad Toll Free Telephone Support To learn more about Epson products or to avail service support, please call 1600 440011. This is a toll-free number and can be accessed (9 A.M to 9 P.M) anywhere in the country. 5321266 (14 Lines)

  • Page 130: For Users In The Philippines

    For users in the Philippines To obtain technical support as well as other after sales services, users are welcome to contact the Epson Philippines Corporation at the telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address below: Phone: (63) 2-813-6567 Fax: (63) 2-813-6545 E-mail: customersupport@epc.epson.com.ph...

  • Page 131: Chapter 7 Options And Consumables

    Ribbon Cartridge ........132 Genuine Epson ribbon cartridge..... . . 132 Replacing the ribbon cartridge .

  • Page 132: Ribbon Cartridge, Genuine Epson Ribbon Cartridge, Replacing The Ribbon Cartridge

    When printing becomes faint, you need to replace the ribbon cartridge (S015339). 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.

  • Page 133

    2. Unplug the printer from the electric outlet. 3. Hold both sides of the printer cover and move it upward to open it. 4. Push the release lever to move the upper mechanism forward. Make sure that you push the lever until it clicks.

  • Page 134

    5. Slide the print head to the middle of the printer by hand. Caution: Never move the print head while the printer is turned on; this can damage the printer. 6. Hold both sides of the ribbon guide and pull it down until it is out of the print head.

  • Page 135

    8. Remove the new ribbon cartridge from the package. 9. Place the plastic hooks on the ribbon cartridge into the slots of the printer. Then press the cartridge until it clicks into place. Chapter 7 Options and Consumables...

  • Page 136

    10. Hold both sides of the ribbon guide and pull it down until it is out of the cartridge. 11. Put the ribbon guide at the bottom of the print head and push it up until it clicks. Chapter 7 Options and Consumables...

  • Page 137

    12. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob to help feed the ribbon into place. Caution: The ribbon should not be twisted or creased. 13. Pull the release lever back to move the upper mechanism to its original position. Make sure that you pull the lever until it clicks.

  • Page 138: Roll Paper Holder, Assembling The Roll Paper Holder

    Make sure that you move the upper mechanism by pulling the release lever. Do not pull the mechanism by hand. It may damage the printer. 14. Close the printer cover. Roll Paper Holder The optional roll paper holder (C811141) allows you to use 8.5-inch roll paper like that used with telex machines.

  • Page 139: Installing The Roll Paper Holder

    The roll paper holder is assembled. Installing the roll paper holder Follow these steps to install the roll paper holder on your printer: 1. Make sure the printer is turned off. Chapter 7 Options and Consumables...

  • Page 140: Loading Roll Paper

    The roll paper holder is not fastened to the printer; only the printer’s weight and the two positioning pegs hold it in place. If you pick up the printer, be careful not to drop the roll paper holder. Loading roll paper...

  • Page 141

    3. Insert the roll paper holder shaft into the center of the paper roll as shown. 4. Place the shaft and paper roll on the roll paper holder so the paper feeds from the bottom of the roll. Then turn on the printer. Chapter 7 Options and Consumables...

  • Page 142

    5. Bring the leading edge of the paper up over the front of the printer and insert it into the front slot until it meets resistance. The printer loads the roll paper automatically. You are now ready to print. When you finish printing,...

  • Page 143: Removing Roll Paper, Print Server

    PR2 mode), or pressing the F1/Eject button (in ESC/P or IBM PPDS mode). Print Server You can use this printer as a network printer by installing a print server in the printer’s USB interface port. See the Administrator’s Manual packaged with this option for instructions on installation and use.

  • Page 144

    Note: ✽ The asterisk ( ) is a substitute for the last digit, which varies by country. Others For details of other optional products, contact your dealer. Chapter 7 Options and Consumables...

  • Page 145

    Printer Specifications ........148...

  • Page 146: Printer And Ribbon Cartridge Parts, Printer Parts

    Printer and Ribbon Cartridge Parts Printer parts printer cover control panel power switch front slot rear outlet AC inlet Serial interface USB interface Parallel interface Appendix A Product Information...

  • Page 147: Ribbon Cartridge Parts

    upper mechanism print head release lever Ribbon cartridge parts ribbon-tightening knob ribbon ribbon guide plastic hook Appendix A Product Information...

  • Page 148: Printer Specifications, Mechanical

    Printer Specifications Mechanical Printing method: 24-pin impact dot matrix Printing speed: Printing direction: Bidirectional logic seeking for text and Line spacing: Printable columns: 94 columns (at 10 cpi) Resolution: Paper feed methods: PR2: High speed draft 480 cps at 10 cpi...

  • Page 149

    Depth Weight Ribbon: Black ribbon cartridge Ribbon life Acoustic noise: Approx. 53 dB (A) (ISO 7779 pattern) (PLQ-20) Approx. 55 dB (A) (ISO 7779 pattern) (PLQ-20M) 330 mm/second 13 inches/second 35 msec/line at 1/6 inch line spacing (except print head)

  • Page 150: Electronic

    1284 nibble mode support, USB (ver 1.1) interface, EIA-232D Serial interface 64KB PR2 emulation Bitmap fonts High speed draft 10, 12 cpi (=EPSON Super Draft) Draft (=EPSON 10, 12 cpi Draft) NLQ1 (=EPSON 10, 12, 15 cpi Sans Serif) NLQ2 (=EPSON...

  • Page 151

    ESC/P and IBM PPDS emulations Bitmap fonts EPSON Super Draft 10, 12 cpi, proportional EPSON Draft 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional EPSON Roman 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional EPSON Sans Serif 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional EPSON Courier 10, 12, 15 cpi...

  • Page 152

    Character tables: PR2 emulation (Olivetti) 22 graphics character tables: International, Germany, Portugal, Spain 1, Denmark/Norway, France, Italy, Sweden/Finland, Switzerland, Great Britain, USA ASCII, Greece, Israel, Spain 2, USSR, Yugoslavia, Olivetti TCV 370, Canada, SDC, Turkey, Arabic, CIBC (ISO) 9 graphics character tables: ISO 8859-1 Latin 1, ISO 8859-9 Latin 5 ISO 8859-2 Latin 2, ISO 8859-5 Cyrillic, ISO 8859-15, ISO 8859-6 Latin Arabic,...

  • Page 153

    ESC/P and IBM PPDS emulations Standard One italic and 12 graphics character tables: Italic table, PC 437 (US, Standard Europe), PC 850 (Multilingual), PC 860 (Portuguese), PC 861 (Icelandic), PC 865 (Nordic), PC 863 (Canadian-French), BRASCII, Abicomp, ISO Latin 1, Roman 8, PC 858, ISO 8859-15 Appendix A Product Information...

  • Page 154

    Expanded One italic and 39 graphics character tables: Italic table, PC 437 (US, Standard Europe), PC 850 (Multilingual), PC 860 (Portuguese), PC 861 (Icelandic), PC 865 (Nordic), PC 863 (Canadian-French), BRASCII, Abicomp, ISO Latin 1, Roman 8, PC 858, ISO 8859-15, PC 437 Greek, PC 852 (Eastern Europe), PC 853 (Turkish), PC 855 (Cyrillic), PC 857 (Turkish), PC 866 (Russian),...

  • Page 155: Electrical

    This product is also designed for IT power systems with a phase-to-phase voltage of 220 to 240 V. Note: Check the label on the back of the printer for the voltage of your printer. 120 V Model 220 to 240 V Model...

  • Page 156: Environmental, Paper

    Environmental Operation (passbook, plain paper, recycled paper, and multipart forms) Operation (roll paper) Storage Paper For information about available paper types and their printable area, refer to the Paper Specification, which is included on the User CD-ROM. Magnetic stripe reader/writer (horizontally installed only) The horizontal magnetic stripe reader/writer is used to read and write data on the magnetic stripe on bank passbooks.

  • Page 157

    Recorded track width Read track width Speed of medium Displacement Number of retries Field duplication Recordable area Back Cover DIN/ISO, ANSI IBM3604 ISO7811 IBM4746 7 mm 2 mm 340 mm/second Standard, Standard + 10 mm, Standard + 20 mm 1 or 3 YES or NO Magnetic stripe area Recordable area...

  • Page 158

    ISO8484 HT-2751-CIZ Recordable formats specification DIN/ISO and ISO8484 Bit density Recording direction Preamble SOM (Start sentinel) Recordable characters EOM (End sentinel) LRC Parity Postamble Maximum number of recordable characters (1 block) Maximum number of recordable characters (2 block) Number of separator Center of vertical position Horizontal start position F (max)

  • Page 159

    IBM3604 Bit density Recording direction Preamble SOM (Start sentinel) Recordable characters EOM (End sentinel) LRC Parity Postamble Maximum number of recordable characters (1 block) Maximum number of recordable characters (2 block) Number of separator Center of vertical position Horizontal start position ANSI Bit density Recording direction...

  • Page 160

    Postamble Maximum number of recordable characters (1 block) Maximum number of recordable characters (2 block) Number of separator Center of vertical position Horizontal start position ISO7811 Bit density Recording direction Preamble SOM (Start sentinel) Recordable characters EOM (End sentinel) LRC Parity Postamble Maximum number of recordable characters...

  • Page 161

    IBM4746 Bit density Recording direction Preamble SOM (Start sentinel) Recordable characters EOM (End sentinel) LRC Parity Postamble Maximum number of recordable characters (1 block) Maximum number of recordable characters (2 block) Number of separator Center of vertical position Horizontal start position HT-2751-CIZ Bit density Recording direction...

  • Page 162

    Postamble Maximum number of recordable characters (1 block) Maximum number of recordable characters (2 block) Number of separator Center of vertical position Horizontal start position 40 bits 60 characters 27 characters 10 bits 8.8 mm 12.6 mm from the left edge Appendix A Product Information...

  • Page 163

    Character conversion table DIN/ISO, ISO8484 and IBM3604 ASCII Line code < > * crt means character. Function DIN/ISO, IBM3604 ISO8484 — Appendix A Product Information Recording codes...

  • Page 164

    ANSI and ISO7811 ASCII Line code < > * crt means character. Function ANSI ISO7811 — — Appendix A Product Information Recording codes...

  • Page 165

    IBM4746 and HT-2751-CIZ ASCII Line code < > * crt means character. Function IBM4746 HT-2751- — — — — — — — — — Appendix A Product Information Recording codes...

  • Page 166

    Recording layout of magnetic stripe DIN/ISO, IBM3604, ANSI, ISO7811, IBM4746, and ISO8484 1 block format Erase 2 block format Erase 1st Data 1st Block Data Area Data Gap0 2nd Block Data Area Appendix A Product Information Erase 2nd Data Erase...

  • Page 167

    Direction of bit pattern HT-2751-CIZ 1 block format Erase Data Erase Appendix A Product Information...

  • Page 168: Command Lists

    2 block format Erase 2nd Data Gap0 1st Data 2nd Block Data Area 1st Block Data Area Erase Direction of bit pattern Command Lists For information about the commands, refer to the Programming Guide, which is included on the User CD-ROM. Appendix A Product Information...

  • Page 169: Standards And Approvals

    Standards and Approvals U. S. model: Safety European model: Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC EMC Directive 89/336/EEC Australian model: UL60950 CSA C22.2 No. 60950 FCC part 15 subpart B class B CSA C108.8 class B AS/NZS CISPR 22 class B Appendix A Product Information EN 60950 EN 55022 Class B EN 55024...

  • Page 170: Cleaning The Printer

    ❏ Do not use a hard or abrasive brush. Do not spray the inside of the printer with lubricants; unsuitable oils can damage the printer mechanism. Contact your Epson dealer if you think lubrication is needed. Appendix A Product Information...

  • Page 171: Transporting The Printer

    Warning: You need to move the print head by hand to remove the ribbon cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print head may be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it. 1. Remove any paper loaded in the printer. Make sure the printer is turned off.

  • Page 172

    See characters per inch (cpi). default Value settings that take effect when a device (such as a printer) is turned on, reset, or initialized. dithering A half toning method in which dots are printed in a predetermined pattern to simulate a shade or tone.

  • Page 173

    See printer driver. ESC/P Abbreviation for EPSON Standard Code for Printers, the system of commands your computer uses to control your printer. It is standard for all Epson printers and supported by most application software for personal computers. font A style of type designated by a name such as Roman or Sans Serif.

  • Page 174

    A measure of the amount of detail that can be represented. Resolution of printed images is measured by using the number of dots per inch (dpi). self-test A method for checking the operation of the printer. When you run the self-test, an internally stored self-pattern is printed. top-of-form position The horizontal position on the paper that the printer recognizes as the first printable line.

  • Page 175

    94 default settings mode, 81 understanding, 80 Diagnosing the problem, 99 Driver (printer driver), 36 ENERGY STAR compliance, 26 EPSON Status Monitor 3, 36, 49, 102 accessing, 51 setting up, 50 Error indication, 99 ESC/P, 82 Hex dump, 103...

  • Page 176

    106 printing or printout quality problems, 109 printing position problems, 108 USB problems, 115 Unidirectional (Uni-d) printing, 92 Uninstalling printer software, 68 USB device driver, 71 USB interface, 82 problems, 115 Index...

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