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Kyriacos Leptos 6:16pm on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 
costly, but otherwise very nice... Clean Replacement,Easy To Install,Sharp Tones & Colors Short Cartridge Life
jg 11:53am on Sunday, August 15th, 2010 
Its to expensive Clean Replacement,Sharp Tones & Colors Too Expensive I use this toner in a color laser printer that is used by two people.
wisedriver 5:37am on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 
I would not reccomend this printer to anyone. I am now looking for a different brand but will be careful to read the review before I buy. I would not reccomend this printer to anyone. I am now looking for a different brand but will be careful to read the review before I buy.
bsrchas 10:35pm on Friday, April 30th, 2010 
Works like it should None Works None I used to support Lexmark/IBM Laser Printers. Can honestly say that 3rd party toners, while cost is appealing, are a bad investment. Quality of toner,...
parkway 6:06pm on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 
43 NOT 43XL The description is 43XL, the photo is a 43 (But 43XL in the closeups!) YOU GET A 43 NOT A HIGH YIELD. Not worth it!!!!! Shop elsewhere.
ronalds 4:20pm on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 
I tried to print photos in photo paper using this ink and they all came with a green cast to them.
BlueEagle 8:15am on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 
Great ink cartridge and paper that produce awesome photos. The item was well packaged so that it did not bounce around in the shipping box.

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Its time to expect a lot more from your Dot Matrix infrastructure.
Lexmark Forms Printer 2500 Series
Fast, reliable forms printing now with built-in networking on some models.
Rapid printing up to 510 cps (9-pin) and 465 cps (24-pin) Robust MTBF: 12,500 power-on hours (POH) at 25 percent duty cycle Versatile 4-part (24-pin) and 6-part (9-pin) forms printing Durable design, built for extreme environments Expanded support for fonts and bar codes Long-lasting 8-million-character ribbons available
2580/n 2581/n 2590/n 2591/n
Flexible paper-handling options available Network-ready models with remote management Simple to set up, operate and maintain

Expect results.

Reliability and performance, the Lexmark way
Built on Lexmarks proven heritage for superior performance and reliability, the Lexmark Forms Printer 2500 Series gives you what you need to be productive. In addition to rapid print speeds as fast as 510 cps, these printers boast a rugged design that can handle extreme environments and workloads. This includes powerful printheads that print up to 300 million characters and a robust MTBF of 12,500 POH*. Whats more, with 2MB of built-in flash memory, youll benefit from great functionality like expanded bar code support, non-volatile fonts and remote management.
*Power-on hours rated at 25 percent duty cycle
Enter a world of versatility
Whatever youre printing from invoices to packing slips to shelf labels you can count on the Forms Printer 2500 Series. Each printer comes with a handy push/pull tractor, allowing you to effortlessly switch between push and pull feeds for a smooth, versatile paper feed. You can also benefit from an array of flexible paper-handling options like the Automatic Sheet Feeder to load a stack of cut-sheet media, envelopes or multi-part forms, or the Tractor 2 so two types of continuous forms can be loaded simultaneously. Want to run longer without stopping? Then opt for the highyield ribbons which include automatic re-inking to reduce user intervention.
Life at the printer just got simpler!
These forms printers are easy to use right out of the box. First, there is no Web connection needed for driver setup - everything is on the CD. Loading ribbons and installing media options takes just seconds. There are many user-friendly operational features. The new operator panel gives easy access to all printer functions, and includes intuitive font indicators that display how the fonts look. Each model offers character and page counts via the operator panel (or via the Web page on network models), allowing you to effectively monitor supplies and page usage.
Connect on your own terms
Connectivity features include standard parallel and USB ports, as well as an optional internal serial port*. Benefit from our network models that include built-in Ethernet and security features such as IPSec, HTTPS, SNMPv3 and 802.1x authentication. Additionally, they support multiple protocols including IPX/SPX and TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6). Best of all, each network model comes with MarkVision Professional software, which gives you a simple and new way to manage your printers remotely. You can configure and query your devices, update firmware and troubleshoot, all via a flexible, user-friendly interface - a major plus for your helpdesk.
*Serial port not available with network model
Which model is perfect for your needs?
Lexmark Forms Printer 2580

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Lexmark Forms Printer 2581
Lexmark Forms Printer 2590
Lexmark Forms Printer 2591
9-pin dot matrix, narrow format Print speeds up to 510 cps 6-part forms: 1 original + 5 copies 240 x 144 dpi quality Network-ready model available (2580n)
9-pin dot matrix, wide format Print speeds up to 510 cps 6-part forms: 1 original + 5 copies 240 x 144 dpi quality Network-ready model available (2581n)
24-pin dot matrix, narrow format Print speeds up to 465 cps 4-part forms: 1 original + 3 copies 360 x 360 dpi quality Network-ready model available (2590n)
24-pin dot matrix, wide format Print speeds up to 465 cps 4-part forms: 1 original + 3 copies 360 x 360 dpi quality Network-ready model available (2591n)
Lexmarks guarantee to you : At Lexmark, we work to ensure you achieve maximum productivity with minimum downtime. Our Forms Printer 2500 Series includes a Two-year Exchange service warranty, with a next business day response time (in serviceable areas). For even greater peace of mind, you can opt for one of our extended warranty service offerings. For more information on any of these offerings, visit us today at www. lexmark.com.

Fast, reliable 9-pin printing for narrow forms
Compact, affordable and easy to set up, the Lexmark Forms Printer 2580 offers performance as fast as 510 cps when printing up to 6-part forms (1 original + 5 copies). The Lexmark Forms Printer 2580n is available as a network-ready model.
Print Technology 9-Pin Dot Matrix Print Speeds Up to 304 cps Draft @12 cpi, Up to 510 cps Fast Draft @ 12cpi, Up to 76 cps Near Letter Quality @ 12 cpi Resolution 240 x 144 dots per inch Memory 512 KB Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 12,500 POH @ 25% duty cycle Linux Operating Systems Supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, 4.0, Linspire Linux 5.0, SUSE Linux 10.0, 10.1, 10.2 Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Supported 2000, NT (4.00/4.00 Server), Me, XP, Server 2003, 98 2nd Edition, XP x64, Server 2003 x64 Edition, Vista, Vista x64
Optional Local Ports Internal RS-232C serial Optional Network Ports Lexmark N4000e Fast Ethernet (Print Only), Lexmark N4050e 802.11g Wireless Print Server (Print Only), External MarkNet N7020e Gigabit Ethernet, External MarkNet N7000e Fast Ethernet (USB), External MarkNet N7002e Fast Ethernet (parallel) Printer Languages (Standard) Epson Emulation, Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS), Okidata MICROLINE Emulation Text Fonts Fast Draft, Draft, Courier, Gothic, 10, 12, 15, 17.1, 20 cpi, Proportional Spaced (PS)
Paper Handling Optional Automatic Sheet Feeder (narrow), Tractor 2 (narrow) Paper Handling Standard Front Tractor Feeder Media Sizes Supported Single-part or multi-part Continuous Forms, Narrow Sheet Fed Paper, Singlepart or multi-part Cut Forms Media Types Supported Multi-part forms - Up to 1+5 Parts (up to 0.020 or 0.51 mm paper thickness), Single-part forms - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11 mm paper thickness), Forms or Paper - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11mm maximum paper thickness) Supplies Yield Optional 8 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi)- Re-Inking Ribbon, Standard 4 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi) - Re-Inking Ribbon
Packaged Size ( - H x W x D) 12.8 x 24.0 x 16.1 in. Size ( - H x W x D) 7.7 x 19.4 x 11.4 in. Weight (lbs) 17.6 lb. Noise Level, Idle 0 dBA Print Noise Level, Operating 56 dBA Maximum Print Line () 8.0 inches Product Warranty 2 Year Exchange, Next Business Day Response Product Certifications Energy Star, UL 60950-1, CSA, FCC Class B, VCCI, CB IEC 60950-1, SEMKO, GS (TV), CE Class B, SMA C-Tick Specified Operating Environment Humidity: 8 to 90% Relative Humidity, Temperature: 10 to 40C (50 to 104F)

Part Numbers 11C2550 Lexmark Forms Printer 2580 11C2551 Lexmark Forms Printer 2580n
Copywriter: Bill Fahber - October 2007. Cover image: Getty Images
Standard Ports Centronics IEEE 1284 Bidirectional Parallel, USB
Fast, reliable 9-pin printing for wide forms
Ideal for wide-format documents, like daily reports and packing slips, the Lexmark Forms Printer 2581 offers reliable 6-part forms (1 original + 5 copies) printing. Enjoy user-friendly functions and print speeds up to 510 cps. The Lexmark Forms Printer 2581n is available as a network-ready model.
Paper Handling Optional Automatic Sheet Feeder (wide), Tractor 2 (wide) Paper Handling Standard Front Tractor Feeder Media Sizes Supported Single-part or multi-part Continuous Forms, Wide Sheet Fed Paper, Single-part or multi-part Cut Forms Media Types Supported Multi-part forms - Up to 1+5 Parts (up to 0.020 or 0.51 mm paper thickness), Single-part forms - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11 mm paper thickness), Forms or Paper - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11mm maximum paper thickness) Supplies Yield Optional 8 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi)- Re-Inking Ribbon, Standard 4 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi) - Re-Inking Ribbon
Packaged Size ( - H x W x D) 12.8 x 29.6 x 16.1 in. Size ( - H x W x D) 7.7 x 24.9 x 11.4 in. Weight (lbs) 21.6 lb. Noise Level, Idle 0 dBA Print Noise Level, Operating 56 dBA Maximum Print Line () 13.6 inches Product Warranty 2 Year Exchange, Next Business Day Response Product Certifications Energy Star, UL 60950-1, CSA, FCC Class B, VCCI, CB IEC 60950-1, SEMKO, GS (TV), CE Class B, SMA C-Tick Specified Operating Environment Humidity: 8 to 90% Relative Humidity, Temperature: 10 to 40C (50 to 104F)
Part Numbers 11C2552 Lexmark Forms Printer 2581 11C2553 Lexmark Forms Printer 2581n
Letter-quality 24-pin printing for narrow forms
The Lexmark Forms Printer 2590 combines speed and quality for your forms and documents, from invoices to office memos. Print up to 4-part forms (1 original + 3 copies) with up to 360 x 360 dpi print resolution. The Lexmark Forms Printer 2590n is available as a network-ready model.
Print Technology 24-Pin Dot Matrix Print Speeds Up to 465 cps Fast Draft @ 12 cpi, Up to 109 cps Near Letter Quality @ 12 cpi, Up to 328 cps Draft @12 cpi Resolution 360 x 360 dots per inch Memory 512 KB Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 12,500 POH @ 25% duty cycle Linux Operating Systems Supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, 4.0, Linspire Linux 5.0, SUSE Linux 10.0, 10.1, 10.2 Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Supported 2000, NT (4.00/4.00 Server), Me, XP, Server 2003, 98 2nd Edition, XP x64, Server 2003 x64 Edition, Vista, Vista x64

Optional Local Ports Internal RS-232C serial Optional Network Ports Lexmark N4000e Fast Ethernet (Print Only), Lexmark N4050e 802.11g Wireless Print Server (Print Only), External MarkNet N7020e Gigabit Ethernet, External MarkNet N7000e Fast Ethernet (USB), External MarkNet N7002e Fast Ethernet (parallel) Printer Languages (Standard) Epson Emulation, Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS) Text Fonts Fast Draft, Draft, Courier, Gothic, Orator, Presentor, Prestige, Script, 10, 12, 15, 17.1, 20, 24 cpi, Proportional Spaced (PS)
Paper Handling Optional Automatic Sheet Feeder (narrow), Tractor 2 (narrow) Paper Handling Standard Front Tractor Feeder Media Sizes Supported Single-part or multi-part Continuous Forms, Narrow Sheet Fed Paper, Singlepart or multi-part Cut Forms Media Types Supported Multi-part forms - Up to 1+3 Parts (up to 0.014 or 0.36 mm paper thickness), Single-part forms - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11 mm paper thickness), Forms or Paper - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11mm maximum paper thickness) Supplies Yield Optional 8 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi)- Re-Inking Ribbon, Standard 4 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi) - Re-Inking Ribbon
Packaged Size ( - H x W x D) 12.8 x 24.0 x 16.1 in. Size ( - H x W x D) 7.7 x 19.4 x 11.4 in. Weight (lbs) 17.6 lb. Noise Level, Idle 0 dBA Print Noise Level, Operating 55 dBA Maximum Print Line () 8 inches Product Warranty 2 Year Exchange, Next Business Day Response Product Certifications Energy Star, UL 60950-1, CSA, FCC Class B, CB IEC 60950-1, SEMKO, GS (TV), CE Class B, SMA C-Tick Specified Operating Environment Humidity: 8 to 90% Relative Humidity, Temperature: 10 to 40C (50 to 104F)
Part Numbers 11C2554 Lexmark Forms Printer 2590 11C2555 Lexmark Forms Printer 2590n
Letter-quality 24-pin printing for wide forms
Print up to 4-part forms (1 original + 3 copies) quickly and easily with the reliable Lexmark Forms Printer 2591. Provides print quality up to 360 x 360 dpi and print speeds as fast as 465 cps. The Lexmark Forms Printer 2591n is available as a network-ready model.
Parallel, USB Optional Local Ports Internal RS-232C serial Optional Network Ports Lexmark N4000e Fast Ethernet (Print Only), Lexmark N4050e 802.11g Wireless Print Server (Print Only), External MarkNet N7020e Gigabit Ethernet, External MarkNet N7000e Fast Ethernet (USB), External MarkNet N7002e Fast Ethernet (parallel) Printer Languages (Standard) Epson Emulation, Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS) Text Fonts Fast Draft, Draft, Courier, Gothic, Orator, Presentor, Prestige, Script, 10, 12, 15, 17.1, 20, 24 cpi, Proportional Spaced (PS)

Paper Handling Optional Automatic Sheet Feeder (wide), Tractor 2 (wide) Paper Handling Standard Front Tractor Feeder Media Sizes Supported Single-part or multi-part Continuous Forms, Wide Sheet Fed Paper, Single-part or multi-part Cut Forms Media Types Supported Multi-part forms - Up to 1+3 Parts (up to 0.014 or 0.36 mm paper thickness), Single-part forms - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11 mm paper thickness), Forms or Paper - 16 to 24 lbs, 60 to 90 gsm (0.0045 or 0.11mm maximum paper thickness) Supplies Yield Optional 8 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi)- Re-Inking Ribbon, Standard 4 million characters (draft mode at 10 cpi) - Re-Inking Ribbon
Packaged Size ( - H x W x D) 12.8 x 29.6 x 16.1 in. Size ( - H x W x D) 7.7 x 24.9 x 11.4 in. Weight (lbs) 21.6 lb. Noise Level, Idle 0 dBA Print Noise Level, Operating 55 dBA Maximum Print Line () 13.6 inches Product Warranty 2 Year Exchange, Next Business Day Response Product Certifications Energy Star, UL 60950-1, CSA, FCC Class B, CB IEC 60950-1, SEMKO, GS (TV), CE Class B, SMA C-Tick Specified Operating Environment Humidity: 8 to 90% Relative Humidity, Temperature: 10 to 40C (50 to 104F)
Standard Ports Centronics IEEE 1284 Bidirectional
Lexmark believes that the environment is a critical component of responsible business management and clearly demonstrates it by implementing the 4R strategy: Reduce, Recover, Reuse and Recycle. To learn more about these programmes please visit www.lexmark.com/recycle
Lexmark, Lexmark with diamond design, MarkNet and MarkVision are trademarks of Lexmark International, Inc., registered in the United States and/or other countries. These products contain software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit (http://www.openssl.org/). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Part Numbers 11C2556 Lexmark Forms Printer 2591 11C2557 Lexmark Forms Printer 2591n

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Forms Printer 2500 Series

User's Guide

July 2007

www.lexmark.com

Lexmark and Lexmark with diamond design are trademarks of Lexmark International, Inc., registered in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 2007 Lexmark International, Inc. All rights reserved. 740 West New Circle Road Lexington, Kentucky 40550

Contents

Safety information....7 Learning about the printer...8
Printer overview.....8 Applying control panel overlays....9 Understanding the printer features and functions....10 Printing a demonstration page....12 Printing a network setup page.....14 Printing from Windows or DOS....14 Using IBM emulation mode.....15 Using Epson emulation mode.....15 Using Okidata MICROLINE emulation mode....16
Using the control panel..17
Understanding the control panel buttons.....17 Understanding the control panel lights.....19 Setting the printer online or offline....20 Advancing paper......20 Using the Load/Unload function.....20 Locking and unlocking the control panel....20 Selecting a Tractor mode.....21 Selecting and locking a font.....21 Disabling Font Lock.....21 Selecting and locking a pitch.....22 Disabling Pitch Lock.....22

Loading paper...23

Setting the forms thickness lever.....23 Paper paths......25 Using the Tear Off function.....25 Loading continuous paper.....26
Loading continuous forms using the push tractor.... 26 Front loading continuous forms using the pull tractor.... 29 Bottom loading continuous forms using the pull tractor... 32
Loading cut forms......37
Loading a cut form or envelope manually.... 37 Aligning the left margin...... 39
Setting Top-of-Form.....40
Setting Top-Of-Form for continuous forms in push mode.... 40 Setting Top-Of-Form for continuous forms in pull mode... 41 Setting Top-Of-Form for a cut form or an envelope.... 41 Setting Top-Of-Form in a macro..... 42
Paper and specialty media guide..43
Paper types and sizes supported by the printer....43
Changing tractor positions..44
Push tractor position......44 Pull tractor position.....44 Converting the push tractor to pull tractor position....45 Converting the pull tractor to push tractor position....46
Understanding Setup mode and menu options.48
Using Setup mode......48 Changing menu settings (an example)....49 Setup Mode - Main menu.....50
Main menu options..... 50 Forms Macro options..... 51 Data options...... 52 Control options...... 54 Emulation options..... 55 Interface options...... 56
Maintaining the printer..57
Ordering supplies.....57 Removing the ribbon cartridge....57 Cleaning the printer.....57 Recycling Lexmark products....58
Administrative support..59
Restoring the factory default settings....59 Supporting IPSec......60 Supporting SNMPv3.....60 Using 802.1x authentication....61

Troubleshooting...62

Checking an unresponsive printer.....62 Testing the printer......62 Checking the printer status.....63 Adjusting character (bidirectional) alignment....65 Solving printing problems.....66
Printer test works, but the printer does not print when attached to the computer... 66 Printer is noisy...... 67 Printer sounds like it is printing, but does not print.... 67 Printer alarm sounds...... 67 Printer goes to the Tear Off position before the print job finishes... 67 Buttons do not work, except for Start/Stop, FormFeed, Tear Off and Load/Unload... 68 Printer power switch is on, but the power light is off.... 68 Left margin moves to the right during printing.... 68 Incorrect line length; lines do not start at the left margin.... 68 Printer speed slows..... 68 Incorrect characters print, left margin changes, or printing stops... 69 Printing continues beyond the edges of the continuous forms... 69 Selected font or pitch is not printing or is changing.... 69
Solving paper feed problems.....69
Paper is jammed in the printer..... 69 Paper is jammed in the Auto Sheet Feeder..... 70 Paper fed in the Auto Sheet Feeder jams at the printer entrance... 70 Paper jam in the Tractor 2 Feeder..... 70 Printer does not feed paper..... 70 Printer does not feed from the optional Tractor 2 Feeder.... 71 Printer does not feed from the Auto Sheet Feeder... 71 The optional Tractor 2 Feeder positions paper at incorrect Top-Of-Form position.. 71 The Auto Sheet Feeder feeds paper at an incorrect rate... 71 The Auto Sheet Feeder places paper at the wrong Top-Of-Form position... 72 Paper fed from the Auto Sheet Feeder is skewed.... 72 The Auto Sheet Feeder feeds multiple sheets.... 72

so it is not changed by your program.
Font lock is deactivated when you turn the printer off
unless it is set in the printer default settings. Pitch lock
Locks pitch selections you make from the control panel
so they are not changed by your program
Pitch lock is deactivated when you turn the printer off
unless it is set in the printer default settings. Load/Unload Macro function Loads and unloads continuous form paper (tractor fed) The printer has the capability of storing four unique document formats to enhance flexibility when using different styles of pre-printed forms. Enables printing on cut sheets or envelopes
Manual front loading for cut sheets Tear Off bar
Assists in removing printed continuous forms at the

perforation

Assists in tearing non-perforated forms Reduces the amount of paper used, thus reducing costs
Adjustable tractor Lets you handle continuous form paper without purchasing additional options. It can be repositioned to function as:
Push tractor Pull tractor
Control panel disable Limits control panel functions to the Start/Stop, FormFeed, Tear Off, and Load/Unload buttons only, thus limiting the potential that untrained operators may accidentally change forms settings Contains the inked fabric ribbon
Ribbon cartridge Printer tests
Power-on Self Test Printer test pageDetermines whether your machine

has print problems

Demonstration Print
Box and line drawings Greek and math symbols Code pages Prints tables, charts, and other graphics as shown on your computer screen Prints a variety of symbols used in mathematical equations, including subscript and superscript Selects the characters and symbols corresponding to various country languages
Feature/function Bar code function
All models These bar codes are resident in the printer:
3 of 9 Codabar (NW-7) Code 39 Code 128 Interleaved 2 of 5 UPC-A UPC-E EAN 8 EAN 13 PostNet
Note: For more information on the Bar code function, see the Technical Reference available on the Lexmark Web site at www.lexmark.com. Software compatibility
Compatible with all programs that support IBM
emulation or Epson emulation
Compatible with Okidata MICROLINE emulation (with the

Printing from Windows or DOS

Windows

When printing from a Windows application, use the Windows Forms Printer 2500 Series driver available from the Lexmark Web site at www.lexmark.com.
Follow the instructions that came with your DOS application to see what printer drivers are supported for your level of DOS. Most applications let you specify the type of printer you are using so the application can take full advantage of the printer features.

Using IBM emulation mode

If the printer is using IBM mode (the factory default setting), select a printer from your program in the following preferred order.
For Lexmark Forms Printer 2580/2581 users:
1 Forms Printer 2580/Forms Printer 2480/2481 plus 3 Forms Printer 2380/2381 plus plus/2381 plus 5 2380/2381 IBM Personal Printer SeriesTM II 6 4201/4202 IBM ProprinterTM III 7 4201/4202 IBM Proprinter II 8 IBM ExecJetTM Printer Model 4072
For Lexmark Forms Printer 2590/2591 users:
1 Forms Printer 2590/Forms Printer 2490/Forms Printer 2390 plus/2391 plus plus/2391 plus 5 2390/2391 IBM Personal Printer Series II IBM Proprinter 24P IBM PS/1 Printer 8 4207/4208 Proprinter X24/XLIBM ExecJet Printer Model 2205 IBM PS/1 Printer
If your software does not allow you to select one of the printers in this list, you may need to customize your printer for Epson emulation mode. Note: The printer driver you select in your program must match the emulation model you select for your printer. Printer drivers other than the 2500 series support most, but not all, of the printer capabilities.
Using Epson emulation mode
If the printer is using Epson mode, select a printer from your application in the following preferred order. Note: The printer driver you select in your application must match the emulation mode you select for your printer. Printer drivers other than the 2500 series support most, but not all, of the printer capabilities.
For Forms Printer 2580/2581 users:

1 Epson FXEpson FX 1050

For Forms Printer 2590/2591 users:

1 Epson LQLQ 1050

Using Okidata MICROLINE emulation mode
If the printer has the Okidata MICROLINE emulation option installed, select a printer from your application in the following preferred order.
1 Oki 320/321 Turbo 2 Oki 320/321

Using the control panel

Understanding the control panel buttons
The control panel has two layers of functionality:

Layer 2 control panel lights
Light Macro Light status On Off Pitch Pitch Lock On On What it means The specified macro function is active. No macro is being used, or Macros are disabled in the Setup menu. One of the printer resident pitches is selected. Pitch Lock is active. Printer resident fonts are locked.
Setting the printer online or offline
The printer must be online to accept data.
To set the printer online, press Start/Stop.
The Ready light comes on. If paper is not loaded, the Paper Out light blinks. When online, the printer is ready to receive print jobs.
To set the printer offline, press Start/Stop.
The Ready light turns off. The printer finishes printing the current line and then stops. To resume printing, press Start/Stop until the Ready light comes on.

Advancing paper

Use these control panel buttons to advance the paper when the printer is not printing: Note: When you are printing continuous forms, the first time you press LineFeed, it moves the paper from the Tear Off position to the current print line before advancing the paper.
Press LineFeed to advance the paper to the next line. Press FormFeed to advance the paper to the Top-Of-Form on the next page or to eject the cut form.
To change the Tear Off position on the current page:
Press LineFeed to move the paper incrementally. Press Tear Off to move the paper to the Top-Of-Form.
Using the Load/Unload function
Use the Load/Unload button to unload continuous forms from the printer to allow printing on either a cut form or an envelope. The Load/Unload function works only when the tractor unit is in the push position. You can also use the Load/Unload button to load continuous forms into the printer when the paper path is clear, or to change one type of pre-printed form to another.
Locking and unlocking the control panel
To restrict the use of printer functions to the Start/Stop, FormFeed, Tear Off, and Load/Unload buttons, lock the control panel. When the panel is locked, the light comes on. To lock the control panel:
1 Turn the printer off. 2 Press and hold Load/Unload and Tractor while turning the printer on.
To unlock the control panel:

Selecting a Tractor mode

Note: Because this function unloads continuous forms from the currently selected tractor, tear off excess paper prior to initiating. When the optional Tractor 2 Feeder is installed, you can press Tractor to unload the current continuous forms and switch to the continuous forms loaded in the other tractor source. The Tractor 2 light comes on when the optional Tractor 2 Feeder is selected.

13 Push the left tractor locking lever down to lock the tractor in place. 14 Remove slack from the paper, and then lock the right locking lever. 15 Open the control panel cover to access layer 2. 16 Press Micro , Micro , or LineFeed to move the paper to the Top-Of-Form you want to use. 17 Press Set TOF to set the Top-Of-Form.
18 Make sure the printer is online, and the Ready light is on solid.

Loading cut forms

Cut forms can be single sheets, envelopes, or multiple-part forms. They are placed one at a time into the manual feeder.
Loading a cut form or envelope manually
Note: If you have installed the optional Auto Sheet Feeder or Tractor 2 Feeder, see the documentation that came with the option, for paper loading instructions.
2 Make sure the paper path is clear. 3 If continuous forms are currently loaded, tear off the leading edge of the continuous form, and then press
Load/Unload to park the continuous forms. The Paper Out light blinks.
4 Set the forms thickness lever to a corresponding setting for the type of paper you are using. 5 Move the paper select lever up to the
6 Open the manual feeder.
7 Move the left paper guide so that the print start position you want aligns with the [A symbol printed on the
margin guide. The distance from the left paper guide to the [A symbol determines the width of the left margin.
8 Place a cut form or an envelope against the left paper guide.
Note: If you are loading a preprinted form or envelope, put the top edge in first with the printed side up.
9 Move the right paper guide so the guide aligns with the right edge of the cut form or envelope.
Left paper guide Cut form or envelope Right paper guide
10 Insert the cut form or envelope into the printer until the Paper Out light stops blinking.
If Auto Cut Sheet Load is set to On, the paper feeds automatically to the Top-Of-Form. If Auto Cut Sheet Load is set to Off, press FormFeed. 11 Make sure the printer is online, and the Ready light is on solid.

Aligning the left margin

You can manually change the first print position at the left margin. The first print position is indicated by the [A symbol. You can also set the left margin in your program. Notes:
Setting the left margin in your program adds that amount to the left margin setting on the printer. For example,

Interface Options define how information is transferred from the computer to the printer.

Forms Macro options

Note: Use Setup mode to configure the printer according to your needs. To print a list of all default settings, press LineFeed from the Main menu. The following list items outline and explain the Forms Macro functions and settings you can use with the printer:

Default Macro

Default Macro lets you select the macro default you want when the printer is powered on. Select Disabled if you do not want to use a macro as the default. Note: Enabled is the factory default setting.

Character options

Use the following options to select character option changes, as detailed:
Default FontSelect the font you want from the available fonts listed. Font LockSelect Yes to set Font Lock as the default even after the printer has been turned off and back on. Default PitchSelect the pitch you want as the default from the available pitches listed.
Note: Not all pitches are available in all fonts.
Pitch LockSelect Yes to set Pitch Lock as the default even after the printer has been turned off and back on. Code PageSelect one of the following code pages for different language sets: 437, 850, 858, 860, 861, 863, 865,
437G, 813, 851, 853T, 857, 869, 920, 1004, or 1053.
Eastern European, Baltic, and Middle Eastern language code page configurations can be selected by holding
down specific key combinations when the printer is turned on. For more information, see the Technical Reference available on the Lexmark Web site at www.lexmark.com. 437 is the factory default setting. Character SetSelect Character Set 1 or Character Set 2. Note: Character Set 1 is the factory default setting for the US, and Character Set 2 is the factory default setting for the European Union.

Paper Handling Options

Use the following options to select paper handling option changes, as detailed: Auto Tear Off
OnContinuous forms automatically advance to the Tear Off bar position. OffYou can manually advance the perforation of a continuous form to the Tear Off bar position.
Note: On is the factory default setting.
Auto Cut Sheet Load OnCut sheet paper automatically loads to the current Top-Of-Form position. OffYou must press FormFeed to load paper.

Auto Sheet Feeder

OnAutomatically loads paper if the optional Auto Sheet Feeder is installed. Note: Off is the factory default setting.

Form Length

This option lets you set the form length (in lines per page) from one line to a maximum of 22 inches.

Left Margin

This option lets you set the left margin to any inch increment from 0 to 3.

Right Margin

This option lets you set the right margin to any inch increment from 4 to 8. If you have a wide carriage model, the maximum right margin is 13.6.

Lines Per Inch

Lets you specify the number of text lines in an inch from 3 to 6. Note: 6 is the factory default setting.
Eject by FF OnLets you eject loaded cut sheet paper by pressing FormFeed.

Data options

Note: Use Setup mode to configure the printer according to your needs. To print a list of all default settings, press LineFeed from the Main menu. The following list items outline and explain the Data options and settings you can use with the printer: Understanding Setup mode and menu options

Buffer

MinimumSets the receive buffer size to zero MaximumFor 2580/2581 models, sets the receive buffer size to 64KB or 480KB, depending on whether NLQ II
(Near Letter Quality) Download is enabled MaximumFor 2590/2591 models, sets the receive buffer size to 47.5KB or 480KB, depending on whether Download is enabled Note: Maximum is the factory default setting.

Auto LF

Requires a line feed to occur.
OnA line feed is performed for each Carrier Return (CR) code received. OffA line feed does not occur when a CR code is received.
Note: Off is the factory default setting.

Auto CR

Requires a CR to occur.
OnA CR is performed for each line feed code received. OffA CR does not occur when a line feed code is received.

Zero Slash

OnThe zero (0) prints with a slash down the middle. OffThe zero (0) prints without a slash down the middle.
Download to NLQ II (available for 2580/2581 models only)
EnabledReserves a portion of the receive buffer for downloading fonts DisabledUses the entire buffer as a receive buffer
Note: Enabled is the factory default setting.
Download (available for 2590/2591 models only)

Code Page Sub.

EnabledSubstitutes code page 858 for 850 to allow older programs access to the European characters DisabledNo code page substitution
Note: Disabled is the factory default setting.

Control options

Note: Use Setup mode to configure the printer according to your needs. To print a list of all default settings, press LineFeed from the Main menu. The following list items outline and explain the Control options and settings you can use with the printer:

Uni-Dir Printing

OffGraphics commands are not available.

Epson mode

Table Select lets you select Italic Character Table or Epson Extended Graphic Character Table.
Note: Graphics is the factory default setting.
Int'l Char Set lets you select the character set associated with the language you want to print in.
Supported international character sets for Epson mode are: USA, France, Germany, U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and Spain I. The following character sets are also supported, but only through host commands used by Epson FX850/FX 1050: Japan, Norway, Denmark II, Korea (2580/2581 models only), Spain II, Latin America, and Legal. Note: USA is the factory default setting.

OKI mode

OKI mode lets you select from the following functions:
7 or 8 Bit Graphics Paper Out Override Reset Inhibit Print Suppress Effective Print DEL Code

Interface options

Note: Use Setup mode to configure the printer according to your needs. To print a list of all default settings, press LineFeed from the Main menu. The following list items outline and explain the Interface options and settings you can use with the printer:

Interface Selection

Unless turned off, the Auto setting automatically selects the printer interface from the available connection cables. The following connection cables are available: parallel cable, USB cable, serial cable (only available when an optional serial interface is installed), and network cable (only available on network models). Note: Auto is the factory default setting.

Honor Init.

EnabledHonors the initialization signal on the parallel port DisabledIgnores the initialization signal on the parallel port

Maintaining the printer

Periodically, certain tasks are required to maintain optimum print quality.

Ordering supplies

Use the listed part numbers to order printer supply items you will need.
Supply item Parallel cable Part number
1329605 (10-foot cable) 1427498 (20-foot cable)
12A2405 12T0154 (Serial Interface option) 1038693 (50-foot cable)
USB cable Serial adapter and cable Printer ribbon
11A3540 (2400/2500 series standard re-inking ribbon) 11A3550 (2500 series high yield re-inking ribbon)
Note: Printer ribbons can be ordered from the Lexmark Web site at www.lexmark.com.

Removing the ribbon cartridge
1 Turn the printer off. 2 Lift the left and right release latches on the ribbon access cover to remove it. 3 Place the ribbon access cover on a flat surface. 4 Set the forms thickness lever to position 7. 5 Squeeze the left and right latches on the ribbon cartridge to lift it out of the printer.

Cleaning the printer

Preparing the printer for cleaning
1 Turn the printer off. 2 Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
CAUTIONHOT SURFACE: The printhead may be hot. If so, allow it to cool before touching.
3 Squeeze the left and right latches on the ribbon cartridge, and then lift it out of the printer.
Cleaning the inside of the printer
Every few months, use a soft brush and a vacuum to remove dust, ribbon lint, and pieces of paper from the printer. Vacuum any dust from around the printhead and from inside the printer. Maintaining the printer
Cleaning the outside of the printer
Clean the outside of the printer with a damp cloth and mild soap. Do not use spray or chemical cleaners anywhere on your printer. Do not use liquids or spray near the air vents. For stubborn ink stains on the outside of the printer, use a commercial mechanic's hand cleaner.
Recycling Lexmark products
To return Lexmark products to Lexmark for recycling:
1 Visit our Web site at www.lexmark.com/recycle. 2 Find the product type you want to recycle, and then select your country from the list. 3 Follow the instructions on the computer screen.

Administrative support

Restoring the factory default settings
Restoring the US factory default settings
The factory default settings for the United States are:
Code pages: 437 Character Set: 1 Form length: 11 inches
To restore the factory default settings:
1 Make sure the ribbon cartridge is installed and paper is loaded. 2 Turn the printer off. 3 Open the ribbon access cover. 4 Move the printhead over toward the control panel side of the printer until it stops. 5 Close the ribbon access cover. 6 Press and hold Tear Off and Load/Unload while turning the printer on. 7 Continue holding the buttons until the carrier moves.
Note: The control panel lights blink on and off several times. The factory default settings have been restored once the carrier moves.
Restoring the EU factory default settings
The factory default settings for Europe are:
Code pages: 858 Character Set: 2 Form length: 12 inches
1 Make sure the ribbon cartridge is installed and paper is loaded. 2 Turn the printer off. 3 Open the ribbon access cover. 4 Move the printhead over toward the control panel side of the printer until it stops. 5 Close the ribbon access cover. 6 Press and hold Tear Off and Tractor while turning the printer on. 7 Continue holding the buttons until the carrier moves.

Check the status of the control panel lights. Turn the printer off and then back on.
Printer goes to the Tear Off position before the print job finishes

Set Auto Tear Off to On:

1 Press Start/Stop. 2 Press and hold Tear Off until the printer beeps and the 3 Open the control panel to access layer 2. 4 Press Micro or Micro to move the paper to the desired position. 5 Close the control panel.
The printer beeps twice and the paper rolls backward and then advances to the new Top-Of-Form position. light blinks.
The paper remains at the new Top-Of-Form position until another job is initiated.
7 Send the print job again.
Buttons do not work, except for Start/Stop, FormFeed, Tear Off and Load/Unload
When the light goes off, the control panel is unlocked, and all buttons are active.
Printer power switch is on, but the power light is off
These are possible solutions. Try one of more of the following:
Make sure the power cord is correctly connected at both ends. Verify that the power source works. Turn the printer off and then back on.
Left margin moves to the right during printing
Make sure the ribbon cartridge is properly installed, and the paper is correctly loaded. Make sure the carrier packing tape has been removed. Check to see if anything is blocking the carrier movement. If a paper jam has recently occurred, turn the printer off and then back on. Contact Customer Support.
Incorrect line length; lines do not start at the left margin
See the documentation that came with the program. Make sure the correct printer driver is selected. Adjust the left margin by adjusting the tractor or paper guide.

Printer speed slows

Make sure the forms thickness lever setting is appropriate for the thickness of the forms being used.
Printing speed is slower when the forms thickness lever is set at 4 or higher. This is normal.

Select resident fonts.

Note: Automatic thermal slowdown protects the printhead from overheating. This operation is normal and is affected by the print type being used (letter quality, etc.) and the amount and density of graphics being printed.

CHECK THE FORMS THICKNESS LEVER
The forms thickness lever may be set to the wrong number. If so, move it to the correct number for the form thickness you are using.
Dots are missing or print quality is poor
1 Make sure the ribbon is securely snapped down on the carrier. 2 Adjust the density control knob from 1 to 2 to increase darkness of print. 3 Replace the ribbon cartridge. 4 Run a printer test. a Make sure the paper and the ribbon cartridge are installed. b Turn the printer off. c Press and hold LineFeed while you turn the printer on, and then release LineFeed when printing begins.
d Press Start/Stop to stop or interrupt the printer test. e Press Start/Stop again if you want to resume the printer test.
Printing continues until you turn the printer off. If the print quality does not improve, contact Customer Support.
Characters are wrong or missing

Run a printer test:

1 Make sure the forms thickness lever setting is in a position that corresponds with the forms you are using. 2 Make sure paper and the ribbon cartridge are installed. 3 Set the paper select lever to the position that corresponds with the forms you are using. 4 Turn the printer off. 5 Press and hold LineFeed while you turn the printer on. 6 Release LineFeed when printing starts.
7 Press Start/Stop to stop the printing, and then turn the printer off.
Forms are smudged or print is too dark
Make sure the forms thickness lever is in the appropriate position for the paper being used. Make sure the ribbon is installed correctly. Untwist or untangle the ribbon. Remove the ribbon slack using the ribbon advance knob. Set the density control knob to 1. Remove and replace the ribbon cartridge.
Incorrect number of lines on a page
Make sure the paper is free to feed from the carton and there is nothing obstructing paper movement. Readjust the Top-Of-Form. For more information, see Setting Top-of-Form on page 40. From the Setup menu, adjust the page length. For more information, see Using Setup mode on page 48.

Graphics do not print

See the documentation that came with your software application. Make sure the correct printer driver is selected.
Incorrect line spacing or overprinting occurs
Reset the forms thickness lever. For more information, see the documentation that came with your software application.
Contacting Customer Support
When you call Customer Support, describe the problem you are experiencing, the message on the display, and the troubleshooting steps you have already taken to find a solution. You need to know your printer model type and serial number. For more information, see the label on the inside top front cover of the printer. The serial number is also listed on the menu settings page. In the U.S. or Canada, call (1-800-539-6275). For other countries/regions, visit the Lexmark Web site at www.lexmark.com.

Notices

Product name Lexmark 2580 Lexmark 2580n Lexmark 2581 Lexmark 2581n Lexmark 2590 Lexmark 2590n Lexmark 2591 Lexmark 2591n Machine type Model number 100 110

Edition notice

July 2007 The following paragraph does not apply to any country where such provisions are inconsistent with local law: LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC., PROVIDES THIS PUBLICATION AS IS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some states do not allow disclaimer of express or implied warranties in certain transactions; therefore, this statement may not apply to you. This publication could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically made to the information herein; these changes will be incorporated in later editions. Improvements or changes in the products or the programs described may be made at any time. References in this publication to products, programs, or services do not imply that the manufacturer intends to make these available in all countries in which it operates. Any reference to a product, program, or service is not intended to state or imply that only that product, program, or service may be used. Any functionally equivalent product, program, or service that does not infringe any existing intellectual property right may be used instead. Evaluation and verification of operation in conjunction with other products, programs, or services, except those expressly designated by the manufacturer, are the users responsibility. For Lexmark technical support, visit support.lexmark.com. For information on supplies and downloads, visit www.lexmark.com. If you don't have access to the Internet, you can contact Lexmark by mail: Lexmark International, Inc. Bldg 004-2/CSC 740 New Circle Road NW Lexington, KY Lexmark International, Inc. All rights reserved.
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT RIGHTS
This software and any accompanying documentation provided under this agreement are commercial computer software and documentation developed exclusively at private expense.

Noise emission levels

The following measurements were made in accordance with ISO 7779 and reported in conformance with ISO 9296. Note: Some modes may not apply to your product.
1-meter average sound pressure, dBA Printing Ready 56 dBA NA
Values are subject to change. See www.lexmark.com for current values.
Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive
The WEEE logo signifies specific recycling programs and procedures for electronic products in countries of the European Union. We encourage the recycling of our products. If you have further questions about recycling options, visit the Lexmark Web site at www.lexmark.com for your local sales office phone number.

ENERGY STAR

Power consumption
Product power consumption
The following table documents the power consumption characteristics of the product. Note: Some modes may not apply to your product.
Mode Printing Copying Description Power consumption (Watts)
The product is generating hard-copy output from electronic inputs. 47 W The product is generating hard-copy output from hard-copy original NA documents.
Mode Scanning Ready Power Saver High Off
Description The product is scanning hard-copy documents. The product is waiting for a print job. The product is in energy-saving mode. The product is plugged into a wall outlet, but the power switch is turned off.
Power consumption (Watts) NA 8W NA NA
Low Off (<1 W Off) The product is plugged into a wall outlet, the power switch is turned NA off, and the product is in the lowest possible power consumption mode. Off The product is plugged into a wall outlet, but the power switch is turned off. 0.055 W
The power consumption levels listed in the previous table represent time-averaged measurements. Instantaneous power draws may be substantially higher than the average. Values are subject to change. See www.lexmark.com for current values.

Power Saver

This product is designed with an energy-saving mode called Power Saver. The Power Saver Mode is equivalent to the EPA Sleep Mode. The Power Saver Mode saves energy by lowering power consumption during extended periods of inactivity. The Power Saver Mode is automatically engaged after this product is not used for a specified period of time, called the Power Saver Timeout.

 

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