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Epson FX-980Epson FX 980 B/W Dot-Matrix Printer
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Part Numbers: FX-980, FX980


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BLISTERING SPEED AND IRONCLAD RELIABILITY YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR FAST, DEPENDABLE BACK OFFICE PRINTING.
EPSON FX-980 Impact Printer
F E AT U R E S Rock-solid EPSON 9-pin technology Rapid-fire print speeds MTBF rating of 10,000 POH with 300-million strokes/wire print head life Prints up to 7-part (original + 6) forms Two tractor feeds included Zero tear-off paper handling Front, rear and bottom paper paths Long-life 7.5 million character printer ribbon Windows 3.1x, Windows 3.51/4.0/ NT/4.51 printer drivers included BENEFITS Crisp, clear near letter-quality printing on single or multipart forms. Prints up to 569 cps in high speed draft mode (at 12 cpi), so printing tasks are completed quicker. Ultra-dependable printing for the most demanding back-office print tasks.
Name a back office printing task and the EPSON FX-980 will race through it in record time. Its our fastest impact printer. In fact, its the fastest impact printer in its class. Put it to work for you and speed through continuous forms, labels, checks, greenbar forms, spreadsheets, envelopes, manufacturing reports, packing slips and security logs at up to 569 cps in high speed draft mode. Its also one of the most reliable impact printers, with an MTBF of 10,000 power-on-hours (POH), a print head life rating of 300 million strokes/wire and a ribbon life of 7.5 million characters. Combined, they add up to a workhorse printer you can depend on for years of rugged, care-free use. Its the only printer in its class that can handle up to 7-part (original +6) forms. Its also equipped with front, rear and bottom paper paths. And it even comes with two tractors. So, unlike its less sophisticated counterparts, you can load two different forms and switch between them without reloading the forms each time. Plus, the zero tear-off paper handling eliminates wasted paper, saving even more time and reducing paper costs in the bargain. The EPSON FX-980 also gets along well with othersit can be used in multi-platform environments, features both parallel and serial connectivity standard and comes complete with a variety of Windows printer drivers. Add the optional network interface board to quickly connect it to an Ethernet network or Type B device. The worry-free, care-free EPSON FX-980rely on it to cut costs, increase efficiency and make quick work of any printing task.
Can print virtually any multipart form with superior legibility on all parts. Can load two different forms at the same time and print to either, increasing productivity by eliminating the need to change forms. Saves time and eliminates paper waste of both prenumbered and standard forms. Multiple paper paths allow printing of single sheet, continuous forms, labels, checks, multiplesized envelopes, spreadsheets, greenbar forms and more. Ribbons last longer than those used in comparable printers Compatible with all industry standard software.
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PRI I T R S ECI S P E C N F IEC A T IPO N S F I C A T I O N S Printing Method 9-pin, impact dot matrix Print Direction Bidirectional with logic seeking for text and graphics printing and unidirectional text or graphics printing via software commands Print Speed High Speed Draft Draft Near Letter Quality 569 cps (12 cpi) 380 cps (10 cpi) 95 cps (10 cpi) Printer Language EPSON ESC/P, IBM 2380+/2381+ Physical Dimensions Height Width Depth Weight 6.1" 23.2" 13.8" 21.2"

Power Requirements 120V AC 105; 49.5 to 60.5Hz; 120 VA maximum Rated Current: 1.0 Amp, Energy Star compliant Environmental Conditions Temperature 41 to 95F; 5 to 35C Humidity 10 to 80% RH (no condensation) Hardware Features Control panel selection of: power, fonts, pause, paper feed, top-of-form adjustment, paper parking, tear-off, default feature setting Sound Level 55 dB(A) Ribbon Life Black - approximately 7.5 million characters (Draft 10 cpi, 14 dots per character) Reliability/Life Expectancy Total print volume 7.5 million lines (except print head) MTBF 10,000 power-on hours (POH) @25% duty, 35% coverage Print head life 300 million characters @14 dots per character Control Panel Buttons Indicators Operate, Pause, Load/Eject, LF/FF, Tear Off/Bin, Font, Pitch Pause, Paper Out, Tear Off/Bin selection, Pitch Selection, Font Selection C276001 S015091 C800331 C806841 C806851 C823051 C823071 C823622 C823642 C823151 C823141 8310
Character Sets 13 character tables, NLSP 37 character tables, 13 international character sets Residential Bitmapped EPSON Draft EPSON NLQ Roman EPSON NLQ Sans Serif 8 Bar Code Fonts Fonts (cpi) 10, 12, 15 10, 12, 15, proportional 10, 12, 15, proportional EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code-39, Code-128, POSTNET Front, Front, Front, Front, Front, CSF rear rear rear rear, bottom push tractor, rear push tractor,
Paper Feeding Friction feed Push tractor feed Push/pull tractor feed Pull tractor feed Feeder Paper paths Manual insertion CSF Tractor
Front or rear in, top out Rear in, top out Front, rear, bottom in, top out
Advanced Paper Handling Micro-adjustment for top-of-form and tear-off mode, paper parking for loading single sheet paper without removing continuous paper. Optional: additional push/pull tractor, standard-capacity cut sheet and envelope feeder, and front sheet guide, roll paper holder. Paper Handling Forms Continuous multipart, original plus 6 carbon less copies; maximum thickness 0.018 inches (.46mm) Cut sheet size (single sheet or multipart) Width 3.9 to 10.1" (100 to 257 mm) Length Max 14.3" (364 mm) Envelopes-top entry No. 6, No.10 Continuous paper size (single sheet, multipart or labels) Width 4.0 to 10.0" (102 to 254 mm) Length Max 22.0" (559 mm) Paper thickness Cut sheet 0.0025 to 0.0055" (0.065 to 0.14 mm) Cut sheet multipart forms thickness 0.0047 to 0.015" (0.12 to 0.39 mm); 12 to 15 lb Continuous paper multipart forms thickness 0.0025 to 0.018"(0.065 to 0.46 mm) Input Buffer 64KB or 0KB (User selectable) Interface Bidirectional Parallel interface (IEE-1284 nibble mode supported), serial; optional Type B interface

Product/Accessories Part Numbers EPSON FX-980 printer EPSON FX-980 ribbon cartridge Additional Pull Tractor Unit Cut Sheet Feeder High-capacity/envelope Single bin InterfacesType B Serial Serial w/32KB Buffer Multiprotocol 10 Mbps Ethernet Print Server Multiprotocol 10/100 Ethernet Print Server w/AC adapter Twinax Coax Roll paper holder Warranty Two year limited in the U.S. and Canada SupportThe Epson ConnectionTM Pre-Sales Support U.S. and Canada Automated Technical Support Internet Website
800-463-7766 800-922-8911 http://www.epson.com
Epson America, Inc. 20770 Madrona Ave., Torrance, CA 90503 Epson Canada, Ltd. 550 McNicoll, Willowdale, Ontario M2H 2E1 Epson Latin America, Inc. 6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126 1-305-265-0092
Specifications are subject to change without notice. EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. The World Leader in Impact Printing and FX are trademarks, EPSON ECS/P is a registered trademark, Epson Connection is a servicemark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Epson America, Inc. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service. Copyright 1999 Epson America, Inc. CPD-7524 50K 3/99
Printed on recycled paper

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Epson (UK) Limited shall not be liable against any damages or problems arising from the use of any options or consumable products other than those designated as Original EPSON Products or EPSON Approved Products by Epson (UK) Limited.

Safety information

Warning: This appliance must be earthed. Refer to the rating plate for voltage and check that the appliance voltage corresponds to the supply voltage. Important: The wires in the mains lead fitted to this appliance are coloured in accordance with the following code: Green and yellow Earth Blue Neutral Brown Live
If you have to fit a plug: As the colours of the mains lead of this appliance may not match coloured markings used to identify the terminals in a plug, please proceed as follows: The green and yellow wire must be connected to the terminal in the plug which is marked with the letter E or the Earth symbol (G ). The blue wire must be connected to the terminal in the plug marked with the letter N. The brown wire must be connected to the terminal in the plug marked with the letter L. If damage occurs to the plug, replace the cord set or consult a qualified electrician. Replace fuses only with a fuse of the correct size and rating.

How To Use Your Manuals

This Users Guide provides detailed information on setting up and using your printer. The Quick Reference Guide that also comes with the printer summarizes basic information on how to use the printer.
Warnings, Cautions, and Notes
This guide uses the following conventions:
Warnings must be followed to avoid bodily injury.
Cautions must be observed to avoid damage to your equipment.
Notes contain important information and useful tips on the operation of your printer.
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Chapter 1

Setting Up the Printer
Unpacking the Printer. 1-2 Choosing a Place for the Printer. 1-4 Positioning the continuous paper supply. 1-5 Installing or Replacing the Ribbon Cartridge. 1-6 Attaching the Paper Guide Base. 1-12 Plugging in the Printer. 1-13 Connecting the Printer to Your Computer. 1-14 Installing the Printer Software. 1-17 Installing the printer software in Windows 98, 95, or NT 4.01-18 Installing the printer software in Windows 3.1 or NT 3.5x. 1-19 For DOS programs. 1-21

Unpacking the Printer

Besides this guide, your printer box should include an EPSON printer software disk, a Notice Sheet, and the following items:
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power cord ribbon cartridge

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Note: Depending on your printer model, the power cord may be permanently attached to the printer. Also, the shape of the power cord plug varies depending on the country of purchase; be sure the plug you have is the right one for your location.

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Chapter 2

Printing on Continuous Paper
Setting the Paper Release Lever. 2-2 Setting the Paper Thickness Lever. 2-4 Using the Rear Push Tractor. 2-6 Loading paper onto the rear push tractor. 2-6 Removing a printed document from the rear push tractor. 2-10 Using the Front Push Tractor. 2-12 Loading paper onto the front push tractor. 2-12 Removing a printed document from the front push tractor 2-17 Removing the front push tractor. 2-18 Reinstalling the tractor in the front push position. 2-19 Using the Tractor in the Pull Position. 2-21 Installing the tractor in the pull position. 2-21 Loading paper onto the pull tractor. 2-23 Removing the paper from the pull tractor. 2-28 Using two tractors in a push/pull combination. 2-29 Removing the pull tractor. 2-31 Loading Multi-Part Forms. 2-33 Loading Continuous Paper With Labels. 2-34 Removing continuous paper with labels. 2-36 Switching Between Printing on Continuous Paper and Printing on Single Sheets. 2-37 Switching to printing on single sheets. 2-37 Switching to printing on continuous paper. 2-38 Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position. 2-39 Advancing the Paper to the Tear-Off Edge. 2-42 Using the Tear Off/Bin button. 2-42 Advancing the paper to the tear-off position automatically 2-43 Adjusting the tear-off position. 2-43
Setting the Paper Release Lever
You can load continuous paper in the printer from several paper sources, including the rear push tractor or the front push tractor. Use the paper release lever to indicate the paper source you want to use, as described in the table below. Note: To decide which paper source and paper path best suits your printing needs, see Available Paper Paths on page 3.

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The table below describes each paper release lever position.
Paper release lever position Description Single-sheet position For loading single-sheet paper from the top or front slot. For information on loading single sheets, see Chapter 3.

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Paper release lever position
Description Rear push tractor position For loading continuous paper from the tractor installed in the rear push position. Also set the lever to this position when using the rear push and pull tractors in combination.

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Front push tractor position For loading continuous paper from the tractor installed in the front push position. Also set the lever to this position when using the front push and pull tractors in combination. Pull tractor position For loading continuous paper from the tractor installed on top of the printer in the pull position. When the tractor is in the pull position, you can load paper in the front, rear, or bottom slot.

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2. Open the paper guide cover, and tear off the printed document using the tear-off edge of the printer.

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Note: If your papers perforation is not properly aligned with the tear-off edge, you can adjust the tear-off position using the micro adjust feature. See Adjusting the tear-off position on page 2-43.
Caution: Never use the knob to adjust the tear-off position; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the tear-off position.
3. Close the paper guide cover. When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds the paper back to the top-of-form position and starts printing. To feed continuous paper to the standby position where you can remove the paper, press the Load/Eject button. (See the Glossary for an explanation of the standby position.) Then open the sprocket covers of the tractor and remove the paper.

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Caution: Always tear off your printed document before you press the Load/Eject button. Reverse feeding several pages at a time may cause a paper jam.
Using the Front Push Tractor
To use the front push tractor, load continuous paper in the front slot. For more information on when to use the front push tractor, see Available Paper Paths on page 3. Note: The tractors are installed in the front push and rear push positions when the printer is shipped. The rear tractor cannot be removed. If a tractor is not installed in the front push position, go to Reinstalling the tractor in the front push position on page 2-19.

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Loading paper onto the front push tractor
To load paper onto the front push tractor, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the printer is turned off. 2. Open the front paper guide by pulling the tab at the center of the guide. Then remove the guide by grasping both sides and pulling it straight out of the printer. Check that the tractor is installed in the front push position.

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3. Set the paper release lever to the front push tractor position. Also set the paper thickness lever (located under the printer cover) to the proper position for your papers thickness.

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4. Release the left and right sprockets by pushing the sprocket lock levers backward.
5. Slide the left sprocket to the left margin of your paper using the arrow mark inside the printer. (Printing starts at the arrow mark.) Then pull the lever forward to lock it in place.
7. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight edge. Then open both sprocket covers and fit the first three holes on each side of the paper, printable side up, over the tractor pins. Then close the sprocket covers.
8. Slide the right sprocket to remove any slack in the paper; then lock it in place by pushing the sprocket lock down. 9. Attach the front paper guide by sliding it along the printers mounting slots as shown below. Then close the front paper guide.

Caution: Never use the tear-off feature (by pressing the Tear Off/Bin button or turning on the auto tear-off mode as described below) to feed continuous paper with labels backward; they may come off their backing sheet and jam the printer.
Using the Tear Off/Bin button
After the printer finishes printing your document, check that the Tear Off/Bin lights are not flashing. Then press the Tear Off/Bin button. The printer advances the paper to the tear-off edge. Note: If the Tear Off/Bin lights are flashing, the paper is in the tear-off position. If you press the Tear Off/Bin button again, the printer feeds your paper to the next top-of-form position.
Advancing the paper to the tear-off position automatically
To automatically advance your printed documents to the tear-off position, you need to turn on the auto tear-off mode and select the appropriate page length for continuous paper in the defaultsetting mode. For instructions, see Changing default settings on page 5-9. When auto tear-off is on, the printer automatically advances the paper to the tear-off position whenever it receives a full page of data or a form feed command followed by no more data.
Adjusting the tear-off position
If your papers perforation is not aligned with the tear-off edge, you can use the micro adjust feature to move the perforation to the tear-off position. Follow these steps:
Note: Your tear-off position setting remains in effect until you change it, even if you turn off the printer. 1. Make sure the Tear Off/Bin lights are flashing (the paper is at the current tear-off position). You may need to press the Tear Off/Bin button to advance the paper to the tear-off position. 2. Open the paper guide cover. 3. Hold down the Pause button for about three seconds. The Pause light begins flashing and the printer enters the 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.

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Note: The printer has a minimum and a maximum tear-off position. If you try to adjust the tear-off position beyond these limits, the printer beeps and stops moving the paper. 5. After you set the tear-off position, press the Pause button to turn off the micro adjust mode. 6. Tear off the printed pages. When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds the paper back to the top-of-form position and begins printing.

Accessing the printer driver from Windows applications
To access the printer driver from a Windows application, follow the steps on the next page. Note: The steps on the next page provide general guidelines on accessing the printer driver. How you access the printer driver may differ depending on your application. See your application manual for details.
1. Select Print Setup or Print from the File menu of your application software. The Print or Print Setup dialog box appears.

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2. Make sure that your printer is selected and then click Printer, Setup, Properties, or Options. (You may need to click a combination of these buttons.) The Properties window appears, and you see the Paper, Graphics, and Device Option menu. These menus contain the printer driver settings.

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3. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the window. See Printer driver settings overview below for detailed information about the settings.
Accessing the printer driver from the Start menu
To access the printer driver from the Start menu, follow these steps: 1. Click the Start button, and then point to Settings. 2. Click Printers. 3. Right-click your printer icon, and click Properties. The screen displays the Properties window, which contains the Paper, Graphics, and Device Options menus. These menus display the printer driver settings. 4. To view a menu, click the corresponding tab at the top of the window. See the next section for detailed information about the printer driver settings.
Printer driver settings overview
Your printer driver has three menus: Paper, Graphics, and Device Options. The printer driver settings on each of these menus are described below. To open the menus, see the previous sections on accessing the printer driver. When you finish making your printer driver settings, click OK to apply the settings, or click Restore Defaults to return the settings to their default values.

Paper menu

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t Paper size

Select the size of the paper you want to use. If you dont see your paper size, use the scroll bar to scroll through the list. If your paper size is not included in the list, click Custom and enter the paper size in the dialog box that appears. Select Portrait or Landscape. Click the paper source you want to use.
t Orientation t Paper source

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t Resolution

Click the printing resolution you want. The higher the resolution you select, the more detailed your printout will be; however, increasing the resolution slows printing. You can leave this option set to Fine, which is the default setting, or select another dithering pattern depending on the kind of printout you want. The display to the left of the dithering options shows the effect of your selection. Move the slider to make your printout lighter or darker.

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3. Click Options (or a similar button) to view the Advanced Document Properties dialog box, which includes the Graphics Resolution, Color, and Optimizations printer driver settings. See page 4-21 for detailed information about these settings.
To access the printer driver from the Control Panel, follow these steps: 1. In the Main window, double-click the Print Manager icon. The Print Manager window opens. 2. Make sure your printer is highlighted, then click Printer and select Properties. The Printer Properties dialog box appears.
3. Click the Details button, then click Job Default. You see the Document Properties dialog box, which includes the Form and Orientation printer driver settings. See Printer driver settings overview on page 4-21 for detailed information about these settings. 4. Click Options to open the Advanced Document Properties dialog box, which contains the Graphics Resolution, Color, and Optimizations printer driver settings. See Printer driver settings overview on page 4-21 for detailed information about these settings.
Your printer driver has two dialog boxes: Document Properties and Advanced Document Properties. The printer driver settings in each of these dialog boxes are described below. To open these dialog boxes, see the previous sections on accessing the printer driver. When you finish making your printer driver settings, click OK to apply the settings, or click Cancel to cancel your changes.
Document Properties dialog box
t Form Select the type of paper you want to use. If you dont see your paper type, select it from the Form list. Select Portrait or Landscape. The diagram on the screen changes according to the orientation you select.
Click the Halftone button to set the brightness and contrast, input the RGB gamma, or make other settings. The Halftone Color Adjustment dialog box appears. For details, click Help in this dialog box.
Advanced Document Properties dialog box
t Graphics Resolution Select a printing resolution option from the Graphics Resolution list. The higher the resolution you select, the more detailed your printout will be; however, increasing the resolution slows printing. Only monochrome printing is available. Click a check box to turn the corresponding option on or off. Select a print quality option from the Print quality list. Selecting a high quality option produces more detailed printouts at a slower printing speed.
t Color t Optimizations t Print quality
Using the EPSON Remote! Utility
The EPSON Remote! utility allows you to easily change the printers default settings from your computers DOS prompt.

Installing EPSON Remote!

Follow the steps below to install EPSON Remote! 1. Insert the printer software CD-ROM in a disk drive. 2. At the DOS prompt, type D:\SETUP. (If you inserted the disk in a drive other than drive D, substitute the appropriate letter.) Then press Enter. 3. Select your printers name in the Printer Model window and press Enter. C:\EPUTIL appears as the default directory. 4. Press Enter again. The EPSON Remote! utility is copied to the C:\EPUTIL directory.

Settings Print direction I/F mode Auto I/F wait time Software Character table
Options Bi-D, Uni-D Auto, Parallel, Serial, Optional 10 seconds, 30 seconds ESC/P, IBM 2380Plus 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 865, PC 861, PC 863, BRASCII, Abicomp, Roman 8, ISO Latin 1, PC 858, ISO 8859-15 Italic U.S.A, Italic France, Italic Germany, Italic U.K., Italic Denmark1, Italic Sweden, Italic Italy, Italic Spain1 On, Off On, Off On, Off On, Off 19200BPS, 9600BPS, 4800BPS, 2400BPS, 1200BPS, 600BPS, 300BPS None, Odd, Even, Ignore Table2, Table1
International character set for Italic table
0 slash Input buffer Buzzer Auto CR (IBM 2380 Plus)** Baud rate Parity IBM character table**
* The options available vary depending on the country of purchase. **These settings take effect only when IBM 2380 Plus emulation is selected.
Page length for front tractor
This setting allows you to set the page length (in inches) for continuous paper loaded on the front push tractor.
Page length for rear tractor
This setting allows you to set the page length (in inches) for continuous paper loaded on the rear push tractor.

Skip over perforation

This feature is available only when continuous paper is selected. When you select On, the printer provides a one-inch (25.4 mm) margin between the last line printed on one page and the first line printed on the next page. Because the program margin settings in most applications override margin settings made from the control panel, you should use this setting only if you cannot set your top and bottom margins using your application.

Auto tear off

When auto tear off is on and you are using continuous paper with the front or rear 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 and you are using continuous paper with the front or rear push tractor, you need to move the perforation to the tear-off position manually by pressing the Tear Off/Bin button. See Chapter 2, Advancing the Paper to the Tear-Off Edge for more information. (The tear-off feature is not available for paper loaded on the pull tractor.)

The printer you want to use is not selected in your software. You moved the paper using the knob while the printer was on.
Choose the correct printer from the Windows desktop or in your application before printing. Adjust the top-of-form position using the micro adjust feature. See Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position in Chapter 2.

Wrong tear-off position

The printer prints on (or too far away from) the perforation of your continuous paper.
The tear-off position setting is incorrect. You moved the paper using the knob while the printer was on.
Adjust the tear-off position using the micro adjust feature. SeeAdjusting the tear-off position in Chapter 2. Adjust the tear-off position using the micro adjust feature. SeeAdjusting the tear-off position in Chapter 2.
Caution: Never use the knob to adjust the tear-off position; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the tear-off position. Choose the correct printer from the Windows desktop or in your application before printing. Check the paper size setting in your application or printer driver.
The printer you want to use is not selected in your software. The paper size setting in your application or printer driver does not match the size of the paper you are using. The printers page length settings for the front or rear tractor do not match the size of the continuous paper you are using.
Check the page length settings for the front or rear tractor using the printers default-setting mode or the EPSON Remote! utility. SeeAbout Your Printers Default Settings in Chapter 5, or Using the EPSON Remote! Utility in Chapter 4.
Printing or printout quality problems
The printer does not print when the computer sends data.
The printer is paused. The interface cable is not plugged in securely.
Press the Pause button. Check that both ends of the cable between the printer and the computer are plugged in securely. If the cable is connected correctly, run a self test as described later in this chapter. Use an interface cable that meets the requirements of both the printer and computer. See Optional interface cards on page A-3 and your computers documentation. Select your printer from the Windows desktop or in your application. If necessary, install or reinstall the printer driver software as described in Chapter 1.

The following table shows the paper handling options and interface cards available for your printer. To purchase options, contact your dealer or customer support as described in Appendix D.

Paper handling options

High-capacity cut-sheet feeder (C80684V) Feeds up to 150 sheets of paper, 25 plain bond envelopes, or 30 postcards into the printer without reloading. You can also load a stack of single-sheet multi-part forms up to 15 mm (0.59 inches) thick in this feeder. See Using the Optional Cut-Sheet Feeders on page A-4 for instructions.

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Second bin cut-sheet feeder (C80685V) Connects to the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder to create a double-bin cut-sheet feeder. You can load up to 50 sheets of ordinary singlesheet paper in the second-bin cut-sheet feeder. ,See Using the Optional Cut-Sheet Feeders on page A-4 for instructions.

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Pull tractor (C80033V) Improves continuous paper handling and reduces the chance of paper jams. You can also use this tractor as a front push tractor. Using a pull tractor in combination with a push tractor is especially useful for printing on continuous pre-printed forms, multi-part forms, labels, and for printing high-quality graphics. For instructions on using this option, see page 221.

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Roll paper holder (#8310) Allows you to use your printer with 8.5-inch roll paper like that used with telex machines. See Using the Roll Paper Holder on page A12 for instructions.

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Note: The asterisk (V) is a substitute for the last digit of the product number, which varies by country.

Optional interface cards

You can install an optional interface card to supplement your printers builtin parallel interface and provide added network compatibility. The EPSON interface cards in the table below are compatible with your printer. (Not all the interfaces in the table are available worldwide.) See Installing an Interface Card on page A-17 for instructions.

Model number

C82307V / C82308V C82312V C82313V C82314V C82315V C82345V C82362V / C82363V / C82364V

Card type

32KB serial interface card LocalTalk interface card 32KB IEEE-488 interface card Coax interface card Twinax interface card IEEE-1284 (Type B bidirectional) parallel interface card Ethernet interface card
tThe asterisk (V) is a substitute for the last digit, which varies by country. tWhen you use Ethernet interface card C82363V, you need to attach the optional interface adapter(C82525V) to the interface card.
If you are unsure whether you need an optional interface or would like to know more about interfaces, contact your dealer.
Using the Optional Cut-Sheet Feeders
The optional high-capacity cut-sheet feeder (C80684V) can load up to 150 sheets of paper in the printer. You can also create a double-bin cut-sheet feeder by connecting the second bin cut-sheet feeder (C80685V) to the highcapacity cut-sheet feeder. The double-bin cut-sheet feeder allows you to load two different types of single-sheet paper in the printer at the same time and easily switch between them. To assemble the double-bin cut-sheet feeder and load paper in the second-bin cut-sheet feeder, see the second-bin cutsheet feeder manual. See Selecting the paper source (bin 1 or bin 2) on page A-10 for instructions. Note: The second-bin cut-sheet feeder can be used in combination with the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder only; you cannot use it separately.

Installing the high-capacity or double-bin cut-sheet feeder
You install the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder and double-bin cut-sheet feeder in the same way. Follow the steps below. Note: Before installing the double-bin cut-sheet feeder, assemble it as described in the cut-sheet feeder manual.
Warning: You will need to move the print head by hand before installing the cut-sheet feeder. If you have just used the printer, the print head may be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it.
Make sure the printer is turned off.
Caution: You will need to move the print head to the ribbon installation position before installing the high-capacity or double-bin cut-sheet feeder. Moving the print head while the printer is on may damage the printer.
Remove the paper guide base and printer cover. Slide the print head to the ribbon installation position (the indented portion of the paper tension unit) by hand.
Press up the tabs on both sides of the paper tension unit and lift it up and off the printer. If a tractor is installed in the pull position, remove it as described on Removing the pull tractor on page 2-31. Store any printer parts you remove in a safe place. Hold the cut-sheet feeder in both hands and fit the feeders notches over the mounting posts on the printer as shown below. Then release the latch levers and lower the cut-sheet feeder until it rests on the printer.

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Insert the cable into the connector as shown above. Replace the printer cover.
You are now ready to load paper in the cut-sheet feeder. To load paper in the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder, see the next section. To load paper in the second bin of the double-bin cut-sheet feeder, see the manual that comes with the second-bin cut-sheet feeder. If you installed the double-bin cutsheet feeder, you need to select the paper source (bin 1 or bin 2) as described on Selecting the paper source (bin 1 or bin 2) on page A-10. To remove the cut-sheet feeder, reverse the steps above.
Loading paper in the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder
You can load up to 150 ordinary single sheets, 25 plain bond envelopes, or 30 postcards in the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder. You can also load a stack of single-sheet multi-part forms up to 15 mm (0.59 inches) thick in this feeder. Follow the steps below to load paper in the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder.
Caution: Do not load carbon paper or labels in the high-capacity cut-sheet feeder.
Open the paper guide cover, and set the paper release lever to the singlesheet position. Also make sure the paper thickness lever (located under the printer cover) is set to the proper position for your papers thickness.

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Installing the roll paper holder
To install the roll paper holder, follow the steps below. 1. 2. Make sure the printer is turned off. Position the roll paper holder underneath the printer as shown below. Fit the two positioning pegs on the bottom of the printer into the two holes in the base plate.

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Caution: The roll paper holder is not fastened to the printer; only the printers 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.
To remove the roll paper holder, carefully lift up the printer and pull out the roll paper holder from beneath the printer.

Loading roll paper

After you install the roll paper holder, follow the steps below to load a roll of paper, 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Make sure the printer is turned off. Open the paper guide cover and remove the paper guide base. Make sure the paper tension unit is installed. Set the paper thickness lever (located under the printer cover) to the proper position for the thickness of your roll paper. Set the paper release lever to the single-sheet position. Cut the leading edge of the roll paper straight across.

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Insert the roll paper holder shaft into the center of the paper roll as shown.

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Place the shaft and paper roll on the roll paper holder so the paper feeds from the bottom of the roll.

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Turn on the printer. Bring the leading edge of the paper up over the rear push tractor and insert it until it meets resistance. The printer loads the roll paper automatically. Replace the paper guide base and close the paper guide cover. You are now ready to print. The printed roll paper is fed over the paper guide base to the back of the printer, as shown below.

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When you finish printing, open the paper guide cover and press the LF/FF button to advance the paper. Tear off the paper using the tear-off edge of the printer (pull it towards you for a clean cut).

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Removing roll paper
Roll paper cannot be fed backward. To remove roll paper, open the paper guide cover and remove the paper guide base, then cut the paper behind where it feeds into the printer. Press the Load/Eject button to eject the remaining paper.

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Installing an Interface Card
Follow the steps below to install an optional interface card. 1. 2. Make sure the printer is turned off. Unplug the printers power cord and disconnect the interface cable. Remove the screws from the shield plate on the back of the printer and remove the plate.

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Slide the interface card along the slots on both sides of the interface compartment. Firmly push in the card to make sure the connector at the back of the interface card is fully inserted into the printers internal socket. Then replace the screws and tighten them.

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Note: Store the shield plate in a safe place; you will need to reattach it if you remove the interface card later. To remove the interface card, reverse the steps above.
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Appendix B

Cleaning and Transporting the Printer

Cleaning the Printer

To keep your printer operating at its best, you should clean it thoroughly several times a year. To clean your printer, follow these steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. Remove any paper loaded in the printer. Make sure the printer is turned off. Remove the paper guide base. If a pull tractor or an optional cut-sheet feeder is installed, remove it. Use a soft brush to carefully brush away all dust and dirt from the outer case and paper guide base. If the outer case or paper guide base is still dirty or dusty, clean them with a soft, clean cloth dampened with 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. Caution: t Never use alcohols or thinners to clean the printer; these chemicals can damage the printer components as well as the case. t t t Be careful not to get water on the printer mechanism or electronic components. Do not use a hard or abrasive brush. Do not spray the inside of the printer with lubricants; unsuitable lubricants can damage the printer mechanism. Contact an EPSON dealer if you think lubrication is needed.

Transporting the Printer

If you need to transport your printer some distance, carefully repack it using the original box and packing materials, as described below.

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Warning: You need to move the print head by hand to remove the ribbon cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print head may be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it.
Remove any paper loaded in the printer. Make sure the printer is turned off. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet; then disconnect the interface cable from the printer. Remove the paper guide base. If a pull tractor is installed, remove it as described on page Removing the pull tractor on page 2-31. If any options are installed, remove them and pack them in their original boxes. Make sure that the print head is not hot. Then remove the ribbon cartridge as described in Chapter 1. Remove the paper tension unit as described on page 2-22. Attach the protective locking clips on both sides of the printer roller. Then install the paper tension unit as described on page 2-32. Make sure the tractor that comes with your printer is installed in the front push position. See Loading paper onto the front push tractor on page 2-12 for instructions. Replace the transportation screw using the screwdriver that came with the printer. Repack the printer, ribbon cartridge, paper guide base and power cord in the original packing materials and place them in the printers original box.

resolution 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, the printer prints the characters stored in its ROM (Read Only Memory). standby position The position of your continuous paper when it is attached to the tractor but not loaded in the printer. See also page 5 of the Glossary. Tear Off Bin button A control panel button that feeds the perforation of continuous paper to the tear-off position. When pressed again, the paper feeds back to the top-of-form position. tear-off position The position of your continuous paper when you finish printing if the auto tearoff mode is on or if you press the Tear Off/Bin button. Using the micro adjust feature, you can adjust the tear-off position so that the papers perforation is aligned with the printers tear-off edge. See also page 5 of the Glossary for paper positions. top-of-form position The position on the paper that the printer recognizes as the first printable line. This is the default top margin position. See also page 5 of the Glossary for topof- form positions. unidirectional printing Printing in which the print head prints in one direction only. Unidirectional printing is useful for printing graphics because it provides precise vertical alignment. You can select unidirectional printing using the printers defaultsetting mode or the EPSON Remote! utility. See also bidirectional printing.

Paper positions

Standby position

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In the standby position, your paper is attached to the printer but is not inside the printer.

Tear-off position

Tear off your printed document at the printers tear-off edge.

Top-of-form position

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The letters ABC above are printed at the top-of-form position.
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Accessing EPSON Status Monitor 2, 6-5 Adjusting tear-off position, 2-43 to 2-44 top-of-form position, 2-39 to 2-41 Advanced document properties, 4-22 Advanced menu, 4-16 Advancing to the tear-off edge, 242 to 2-44 Aligning vertical lines, 7-17 Attaching front paper guide, 2-15 paper guide base, 1-12 to 1-13 printer cover, 1-11 switching between continuous paper and single-sheet paper, A-11

 

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