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tongue-ring-499 12:51pm on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 
Fascinating and informitive although there are some facta that get cut off or start partway through.... also the developer seems to love turkey facts Totally worth it. Some of the facts have typos, and some make zero sense at all, but the vast majority of the TEN THOUSAND facts are way cool! Get it Great app had it for a few months now and i look at the widget everytime im on my phone. Be cool if we could chose how often the fact changes.
soepstad 4:51pm on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 
Great quality prints! Easy to use. Ink last! none Print size up to A2 which is an attractive feature Rubber roller is uneven causing colour bleed at end of print
Eagle3386 10:38pm on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 
Even if you print exclusively in black and White, it expends color from the color cartridges which you MUST replace if you want to use the printer.
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Epson LQ 2180 is one of the dot matrix printers that are reliable. I know the printer is less than five years ago. Impressive 10,000 Power-On-Hour POH). Printer EPSON LQ - 2180 yield results of high-quality printing. Ease of use and flexibility in the paper loader,...
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When I got my computer back in 1999 I chose the Epson Stylus color 777 printer; I wanted something that would perform very well in printing out my fam... Build Quality: average. When I first took this printer home, it felt nice and solid, and it felt like it would last.
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By adding options such as a cut-sheet feeder or roll paper holder, you can further expand your printers capabilities. Optional interface cards are also available to supplement your printers built-in interfaces. (See the Reference Guide for more information.) You can purchase ribbon cartridges, paper, manuals, and accessories from the Epson StoreSM at (800) 873-7766, or visit (U.S. sales only). In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.

Chapter 1

Setting Up the Printer
This chapter describes how to unpack and set up your printer.

Unpacking the Printer

Make sure you have the following items.

Ribbon cartridge Printer

Paper guide
Front sheet guide (LQ-590 only)
Front paper guide (LQ-2090 only)
Power cord Printer software
Follow the directions on the Notice Sheet to remove the protective materials before you turn on the printer. Save all packing and protective materials in case you need to ship the printer in the future.
Choosing a Place for the Printer
Place the printer on a flat, stable surface. The printer will not operate properly if it is tilted or placed at an angle. Avoid using or storing the printer in places subject to rapid changes in temperature and humidity. Keep it away from direct sunlight, strong light, heat sources, or excessive moisture or dust.
Place the printer near a wall outlet where you can easily unplug the power cord. Position the power cord and interface cable so they do not interfere with paper feeding. Note for French-speaking users: Placez limprimante prs dune prise de courant o la fiche peut tre dbranche facilement.
Avoid electrical outlets controlled by wall switches or automatic timers. An interruption in power can erase information in the memory of your printer or computer. Also avoid outlets on the same circuit as large motors or other appliances that can cause voltage fluctuations. Use a grounded power outlet; do not use an adapter plug.

Assembling the Printer

1. Make sure the printer is turned off and unplugged. Then open the printer cover and pull it up to remove it.
Remove the paper tension unit by pressing the tabs on each side and pulling it up.
Use your hand to slide the print head to the middle of the printer.
Remove the new ribbon cartridge from the package. The black plastic ribbon guide is held in place on top of the cartridge with a small tab. To release it, hold the sides of the ribbon guide and gently disconnect it. (Do not remove the ribbon guide from the ribbon, however.)

Ribbon guide

Hold the ribbon cartridge by its handle and insert it into the printer at an angle, as shown below; then press down on both sides of the cartridge to fit the plastic hooks into the printer slots. You should hear it click into place.
Slide the ribbon guide into the print head until it clicks in place. Be careful not to twist or crease the ribbon. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob to help feed the ribbon into place.
Reinstall the paper tension unit by lowering it onto the printers mounting pegs. Then press down on both ends until it clicks into place.
To replace the printer cover, insert the front tabs into the slots on the printer and lower the cover into place. Then push it down until it clicks.
Make sure the top part of the cover is folded forward, as shown. Then attach the paper guide.
Note: When printing, you can use the paper guide only when the tractor is installed in the front or rear push position.
Connecting the Printer to Your Computer
Your printer is equipped with both an IEEE-1284-compatible parallel interface and a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface. It also includes a Type-B optional interface slot in case your computer requires a different type of printer interface. (See the Reference Guide if you need to install an interface card.) Note: You can connect cables to both interfaces; the printer switches automatically to the appropriate interface when it receives data. To connect your computer to your printers built-in parallel interface, you need a shielded, twisted-pair parallel cable with a 36-pin Centronics compatible connector for the printer. To connect the printer to a USB port, you need a standard, shielded USB cable. 1. Make sure both the printer and computer are turned off, then connect the parallel or USB cable to the printer.

Turn on your printer, then wait for the software to be installed. (This may take a few minutes.) If you are prompted to insert the Windows CD-ROM, go to step 7. Otherwise, follow any instructions on the screen until the installation is complete and you see the Installation screen again. Then turn to page 15 and follow the instructions to install the Reference Guide and the Remote Configuration Manager utility.
If the installation asks for the Windows CD-ROM, insert the disk in the CD-ROM drive and click OK. When the Windows installation screen appears, close the screen to continue with the driver installation. Note: If you see a message that the drive is not accessible, click Cancel and try again.
Click Browse and select the path for the printer driver. Then click OK and follow the on-screen instructions. Select the appropriate file in the folder and click OK.
10. When prompted, insert the printer software CD-ROM and click Browse to select the correct path. Note: If you see a message that the drive is not accessible, click Cancel and try again. If a System Error message appears, click Cancel. If you are using Windows NT, you do not need to specify a path. If you are using Windows 98, the Printer Utility Setup may start. If it does, follow the instructions on the screen.
11. When the installation is complete, see page 15 to install the Reference Guide and the Remote Configuration Manager utility.

For DOS programs

To control the printer from DOS application programs, you need to select the printer you are using or another available printer from the printer list in your application. Choose the Epson printer at the appropriate step in the installation or setup procedure. If the list in your application does not include your printer, choose the first available printer from the following list.
For the LQ-590 LQ-580 / LQ-570e LQ-300+ LQ-300 LQ-870 LQ-570 / 570+ LQ-850+ LQ-850 LQ-510 / 550 LQ-200 LQ-500 LQ-860+ LQ-2550 LQ-2500 LQ-800 LQ-1500 For the LQ-2090 LQ-2080 / 2180 LQ-2070 / 2170 LQ-1070 / 1070+ LQ-870 / 1170 LQ-850+ / 1050+ LQ-850 / 1050 LQ-510 / 550 / 1010 LQ-200 LQ-500 LQ-860+ / 1060+ LQ-2550 LQ-2500 LQ-800 / 1000 LQ-1500
Installing and Using the Online Reference Guide
To install the Reference Guide on your hard disk, select Install Reference. The manual is copied and Guide on the Installation screen and click an LQ590-2090 Reference Guide icon appears on your desktop. To open the Reference Guide, double-click the LQ590-2090 Reference Guide icon on your desktop. You can also click Start > Programs (or All Programs) > EPSON > LQ590-2090 Reference Guide, and click Reference Guide.

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printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form position.
Loading Continuous Paper with the Rear Push Tractor
1. Make sure the printer is turned off, the tractor is installed in the rear push position, and the paper guide is removed. (You may need to move the tractor from the front push or pull position.) Set the paper release lever to the rear push tractor position. Release the left and right sprockets by pulling the blue sprocket lock levers forward.
Slide the left sprocket approximately 0.5 inch (12 mm) from the far left position and push the blue lever back to lock it in place. Then slide the right sprocket to match the width of your paper, but do not lock it.
The triangle mark on top of the printer indicates the point furthest to the left where printing can begin. 5. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight edge. Then open both sprocket covers and fit the first four holes of the paper, with the printable side down, over the tractor pins.
Close the sprocket covers. Then slide the right sprocket to remove any slack in the paper and lock it in place by pushing the blue lock lever down. Attach the paper guide and lay it flat on the printer. Slide the edge guides to the middle of the paper guide. Turn on the printer. When the printer receives data, it automatically loads the paper and starts printing.
If the first line on your page appears too high or low, change its position with the Micro Adjust function. (See page 33.)
Loading Continuous Paper with the Pull Tractor
1. Make sure the printer is turned off, and the printer cover is removed. Also make sure the tractor is installed in the pull position and the paper guide is lying flat on the printer. (You may need to move the tractor from the rear push or front push position.) Set the paper release lever to the pull tractor position. Release the sprockets by pulling the sprocket lock levers forward.
Slide the left sprocket approximately 0.5 inch (12 mm) from the far left position and push the lever back to lock it in place. Then slide the right sprocket to match the width of your paper, but do not lock it. Slide the edge guides to the center.

Edge guides

Make sure your paper has a clean, straight edge. Then open the sprocket covers. Note: Make sure the printer is off before you insert the paper in the paper slot. If you insert the paper while the printer is on, a paper jam may occur.

Insert the paper into the front or bottom paper slot as shown below until it emerges between the platen and the ribbon guide. Then pull up the paper until the perforation between the first and second pages is even with the top of the printers ribbon. Front slot Before you load paper in the front slot, remove the front cover. Then load paper with the printable side facing up.
Bottom slot Load paper in the bottom slot with the printable side facing up.
Fit four holes of the paper over the tractor pins on both sprockets. Then close the sprocket covers.
Slide the right sprocket to remove any slack in the paper, then lock it in place. Slide the edge guides to the center.
10. If you load paper in the front slot, reattach the front cover.
If you have the LQ-2090, remove the sub cover from the front cover before replacing the front cover. Be sure to reattach the sub cover when you want to print from a different paper source. 11. Turn on the printer. 12. Remove any slack in the paper by pressing the LF/FF button. When the printer receives data, it will start printing at the current position without advancing the paper. If necessary, adjust the top of form position using the Micro Adjust function (see page 33).
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damage the printer or cause it to lose the top-of-form position. 13. Attach the printer cover by inserting the front tabs into the slots, then lowering the cover into place. Close the paper guide cover. 14. Send a print job to the printer. The printer starts printing from the top-of-form position. After you finish printing, open the paper guide cover and tear off the printed document at the perforation nearest the paper exit slot.
Removing paper from the pull tractor
1. After you finish printing, tear off the paper supply at the perforation nearest the paper entry slot.
To feed paper forward and eject it, hold down the LF/FF button.
c Caution: the Load/Eject or Tear Off/Bin button when you are Never press
using the pull tractor; the paper could come off the pull tractor and jam in the printer.
Loading Single Sheets with the Paper Guide
You can load ordinary single sheets and envelopes one at a time from the top of the printer using the paper guide. The paper can be up to 10.1 inches (257 mm) wide on the LQ-590 and 16.5 inches (420 mm) wide on the LQ-2090. To load single-sheet multipart forms, use the front paper entry slot with the front sheet guide (LQ-590) or the front paper guide (LQ-2090) installed. For more information, see the Reference Guide.
c Caution: multipart forms, carbon paper, or labels in the paper guide. Do not load
Make sure the paper guide is in the upright position. Then set the paper-thickness lever to 0 if you are using ordinary single-sheet paper. (If you are using envelopes, see Envelopes on page 30.) Move the paper release lever to the single-sheet position. Turn on the printer, if necessary. Slide the left edge guide until it locks in place next to the triangle mark on the paper guide. Next adjust the right edge guide to match the width of your paper.

2. 3. 4.

Load a sheet of paper with the printable side down and slide it down between the edge guides until it meets resistance. The printer feeds the paper automatically and is ready to print.
If the first printed line on your page appears too high or low, you can use the Micro Adjust function to adjust the top-of-form position. See page 33 for more information.

Loading Special Papers

Follow the guidelines in this section when loading single-sheet multipart forms, labels, envelopes, and postcards.
Continuous multipart forms
Except for adjusting the paper-thickness lever, you load continuous multipart forms the same way as ordinary continuous paper. Note: Be sure the multipart forms do not exceed 0.015 inch (0.39 mm) in thickness. Do not load paper that is curled or has been folded. Thick paper, such as a multipart form with five parts, requires a straight paper path to avoid paper jams. Load thick paper in the front or bottom slots.
Single-sheet multipart forms
To load single-sheet multipart forms, use the front paper entry slot with the optional front paper guide or front sheet guide installed. Thick paper, such as a multipart form with five parts, requires a straight paper path to avoid paper jams. For more information, see the Reference Guide.


When printing on labels, use only the type of labels that are mounted on continuous backing sheets with sprocket holes for use with a tractor feeder. Do not try to print on single sheets of labels because the printer may not feed labels on a shiny backing sheet properly. Thick paper, such as continuous paper with labels, requires a straight or almost straight paper path. You can load labels in the front (to the pull tractor) or bottom (pull tractor) paper slot. The loading procedure for continuous paper with labels is the same as that for ordinary continuous paper, except you must set the paper-thickness lever to 2 before printing.
Note: It is best to load continuous paper with labels on the pull tractor. Do not load labels on the rear or front push tractor. Do not load continuous paper with labels from the rear paper slot. Because the rear paper path is curved, labels may come off their backing sheets inside the printer and cause a paper jam. Do not load paper that is curled or has been folded. Never feed labels backward using the Load/Eject or Tear Off/Bin button. When fed backward, labels can easily peel off the backing sheet and cause a paper jam. Because labels are sensitive to temperature and humidity, use them only under normal operating conditions: Temperature Humidity 59 to 77 F (15 to 25 C) 30 to 60% RH

Do not leave labels loaded in the printer between jobs; they may curl around the platen and jam when you resume printing.
Removing continuous paper with labels
To prevent labels from peeling off the backing sheet and jamming the printer, follow these steps to remove continuous paper with labels from the printer: 1. Tear off the fresh supply of continuous labels at the perforation nearest the paper entry slot.
Hold down the LF/FF button to eject the remaining labels from the printer.
c Caution: labels backward using the Load/Eject or Tear Off/Bin button. Never feed
When fed backward, labels can easily come off the backing sheet and cause a paper jam. Paper Handling


You can feed envelopes one at a time using the paper guide, or you can load multiple envelopes using the optional high-capacity cut-sheet feeder (bin 1 of the double-bin cut-sheet feeder). Before loading envelopes, set the paper-thickness lever to position 3, 4, or 6, depending on the thickness of the envelopes. See page 18 for more information. To load single envelopes, follow the instructions under Loading Single Sheets with the Paper Guide on page 26. Be sure to place the envelope printable side down and insert the top edge of the envelope into the printer first. To load multiple envelopes, see the Reference Guide. Note: The print head must not print past the left or right edge of the envelope or other thick paper. Make sure your application program prints entirely within the printable area of your envelope. See Printer Specifications in the Reference Guide for more information on the printable area of envelopes. If you are using No. 6 envelopes, make sure the left edge guide is aligned with the arrow on the paper guide.


You can feed postcards one at a time using the paper guide, or you can load multiple cards using the optional high-capacity cut-sheet feeder (bin 1 of the double-bin cut-sheet feeder). The cards can be loaded only in the front or rear paper slot. Before loading postcards, set the paper-thickness lever to position 2 and set the paper release lever to the single-sheet position.

Font HSD Draft Roman Sans Serif Courier Prestige Script Others Pitch 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, PS* 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, PS* 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, PS* 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 10, 12, 17, 20 10, 12, 17, 20 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, PS*

* Proportional spacing

Note: You can select other fonts in addition to the seven fonts on the control panel by selecting Others. See Changing the Printers Default Settings on page 38 for more information about the Font setting. 1. Make sure that the printer is not printing. If it is, press the Pause button to stop printing. Then press the Font button until the three Font lights indicate the desired font.
HSD Draft Roman Sans Serif Courier


Prestige Script Others
O = On, N = Off, F = Flashing
Press the Pitch button until the three Pitch lights indicate the desired pitch. (The pitches available depend on which font you select.)
10 cpi 12 cpi 15 cpi 17 cpi 20 cpi PS

O = On, N = Off

Changing the Printers Default Settings
While you can often change the printers settings through your software or printer driver, you may sometimes need to change one or more of the printers default settings. There are two ways to do this: Using the Epson Remote Configuration Manager on the printer software CD-ROM. (See page 15.) Using the printers control panel default-setting mode.
For instructions on using the Remote Configuration Manager, see the online Remote Configuration Manager Users Guide on the CD-ROM. To use the control panel, see below. For detailed information about default settings, see the Reference Guide. The following table shows the options available for each printer setting.
Setting Page length for front tractor Page length for rear tractor Skip over perforation Auto tear-off Auto line feed Print direction Options (default in bold) Length in inches: 3, 3.5, 4, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 11, 70/6, 12, 14, 17 Length in inches: 3, 3.5, 4, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 11, 70/6, 12, 14, 17 Off, On Off, On Off, On Bi-D, Uni-D
Setting Software 0 slash I/F (interface) mode Auto I/F wait time Parallel I/F bidirectional mode Packet mode Auto CR (available in IBM PPDS emulation mode) A.G.M. (IBM PPDS); available in IBM PPDS emulation mode Character table
Options (default in bold) ESC/P, IBM PPDS 0, Auto, Parallel, USB, Option 10 seconds, 30 seconds Off, On Auto, Off Off, On Off, On

Using the Error Indicators
Use the following table to diagnose printer errors.
Light status Beep pattern Problem Solution No paper is loaded in the selected paper source. Load paper in the printer or select a different paper source; the Paper Out light goes off. Then press the Pause button; the Pause light goes off and the printer starts printing. The paper is not loaded correctly. Remove your paper and reload it correctly. See Chapter 2 or the Reference Guide.

O Paper Out O Pause

O Pause
The paper release lever is set to the wrong position. Set the paper release lever to the position for the paper source you want to use. If paper from another paper source is currently in the paper path, press the Load/Eject button to eject the paper; then move the paper release lever to the desired position.

F Paper Out O Pause

A single sheet of paper is not fully ejected. Press the Load/Eject button to eject the sheet. Continuous paper is not fed to the standby position. Tear off printed page at the perforation; then press Load/Eject to feed paper to the standby position.
Paper is jammed in the printer. To clear the paper jam, see page 42.

Light status

Beep pattern
Problem Solution The print head is overheated. Wait a few minutes; the printer resumes printing automatically once the print head cools.

F Pause

Paper Out Pause F Tear Off/Bin F F Font light F F Pitch light
An unknown or serious printer error has occurred. Turn off the printer and leave it off for several minutes; then turn on the printer again.

O = On, F = Flashing

= Three beeps, = Five beeps

Clearing Paper Jams

1. 2. 3. Turn off the printer and open the printer cover. If continuous paper is jammed in the printer, tear off the fresh supply at the perforation nearest the paper entry slot. Turn the knob on the left side of the printer counterclockwise to remove the paper in the printer and any torn pieces of paper.
c Caution: on the left side of the printer to clear paper jams only Use the knob
when the printer is off. Otherwise, you may damage the printer or change the top-of-form or tear-off position. 4. 5. If the paper is stuck where the printer ejects it, gently pull the paper out of the printer. Close the printer cover and turn on the printer. Make sure the Paper Out light is not flashing and the Pause light is off.

Printing a Self Test

Running the printers self test helps you determine whether the printer or the computer is causing the problem. If the self test results are satisfactory, the printer is working properly and the problem probably results from your printer driver settings, application settings, computer, or interface cable. (Be sure to use a shielded interface cable.) If the self test does not print properly, there is a problem with the printer. See the Reference Guide for possible causes and solutions to the problem. You can print the self test using either single sheets or continuous paper of at least the following width:

Paper type Continuous paper (including perforated border) Single sheet LQ-590 9.5 inches (241 mm) A4 or letter size LQ-2090 14.8 inches (376 mm) A3 landscape
Make sure paper is loaded and the printer is turned off. To run the test using the Draft font, turn on the printer while holding down the LF/FF button. To run the test using the printers near letter-quality fonts, hold down the Load/Eject button while you turn on the printer. Either self test can help you determine the source of your printing problem; however, the draft self test prints faster than the near letter-quality test. After a few seconds, the printer loads the paper automatically and begins printing the self test. A series of characters is printed. Note: To temporarily stop the self test, press the Pause button. To resume the test, press the Pause button again.
To end the self test, press the Pause button to stop printing. If paper remains in the printer, press the Load/Eject button to eject the printed page. Then turn off the printer.
c Caution: off the printer while it is printing the self test. Always press Do not turn
the Pause button to stop printing and the Load/Eject button to eject the printed page before you turn off the printer. Troubleshooting

Where To Get Help

If your Epson printer is not operating properly and you cannot solve the problem using the troubleshooting information, see the contact information below. Epson provides technical assistance 24 hours a day through the electronic support services and automated telephone services listed below.
Service World Wide Web Access From the Internet, you can reach Epson Support at At this site, you can download drivers and other files, look at product documentation, access troubleshooting information, and receive technical advice through e-mail. A variety of automated help services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To use these services, you must have a touch tone telephone and call (800) 922-8911. Use one of the following Epson SoundAdviceSM Express Codes to quickly select your printer in SoundAdvice: 70525 (for the LQ-590) or 70530 (for the LQ-2090).
Automated Telephone Services
To speak to a technical support representative, dial: U.S.: (562) 276-4322, 6 AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Canada: (905) 709-2170, 6 AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
Toll or long distance charges may apply. Before you call, please have the following information ready: Product name (Epson LQ-590 or LQ-2090) Product serial number (located on the back of the printer) Proof of purchase (such as a store receipt) and date of purchase Computer configuration Description of the problem

FCC Compliance Statement for United States Users
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures. Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.


The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will invalidate the FCC Certification of this device and may cause interference levels which exceed the limits established by the FCC for this equipment. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this device. If this equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to unused interfaces. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the users authority to operate the equipment.

For Canadian users

This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interface Causing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numrique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Rglement sur le matriel brouileur du Canada.
Declaration of Conformity
According to 47CFR, Part 2 and 15 for Class B Personal Computers and Peripherals; and/or CPU Boards and Power Supplies used with Class B Personal Computers: We: Located at: EPSON AMERICA, INC. MS 3-Kilroy Airport Way Long Beach, CA 90806 Telephone: (562) 290-5254
Declare under sole responsibility that the product identified herein, complies with 47CFR Part 2 and 15 of the FCC rules as a Class B digital device. Each product marketed is identical to the representative unit tested and found to be compliant with the standards. Records maintained continue to reflect the equipment being produced can be expected to be within the variation accepted, due to quantity production and testing on a statistical basis as required by 47CFR 2.909. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Trade Name: Type of Product: Model: EPSON Dot Matrix Printer P363A/P363U (LQ-V/LQ-590 UPS) P364A/P364U (LQ-V/LQ-2090 UPS)

What Is Covered: Epson America, Inc. (Epson) warrants to the first end user customer of the Epson product enclosed with this limited warranty statement that the product, if purchased and used in the United States or Canada, conforms to the manufacturers specifications and will be free from defects in workmanship and materials for a period of three years from the date of original purchase. Epson also warrants that the consumable ribbon enclosed with the product will perform to the manufacturers specified usage, which usage may expire before the expiration of the limited warranty for the Epson product. What Epson Will Do To Correct Problems: Should your Epson product prove defective during the warranty period, please call the EPSON ConnectionSM at (562) 276-4322 or (905) 709-2170 (Canada) for warranty repair instructions and return authorization, if required. Epson will, at its option, repair or replace on an exchange basis the defective unit, without charge for parts or labor. When warranty service involves the exchange of the product or of a part, the item replaced becomes Epson property. The exchanged product or part may be new or previously repaired to the Epson standard of quality. Exchange or replacement products or parts assume the remaining warranty period of the product covered by this limited warranty. For warranty service, you must provide proof of the date of original purchase.
What This Warranty Does Not Cover: This warranty covers only normal consumer use in the United States and Canada. This warranty is not transferable and will not apply to products purchased from an end user. This warranty does not cover damage to the Epson printer caused by parts and supplies not manufactured, distributed or certified by Epson. This warranty does not cover ribbon or third party parts, components or peripheral devices added to the Epson product after its shipment from Epson, e.g., dealer-added boards or chips. Epson is not responsible for warranty service should the Epson label or logo or the rating label or serial number be removed or should the product fail to be properly maintained or fail to function properly as a result of misuse, abuse, improper installation, neglect, improper shipping, damage caused by disasters such as fire, flood, and lightning, improper electrical current, software problems, interaction with non-Epson products, or service other than by an Epson Authorized Servicer. Packaging, postage, insurance and shipping costs incurred in presenting your Epson product for warranty service are your responsibility. If a claimed defect cannot be identified or reproduced in service, you will be held responsible for costs incurred. THE WARRANTY AND REMEDY PROVIDED ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOME LAWS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY, THEN ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD IDENTIFIED ABOVE. UNLESS STATED HEREIN, ANY STATEMENTS OR REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY ANY OTHER PERSON OR FIRM ARE VOID. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THIS WRITTEN WARRANTY, NEITHER EPSON AMERICA, INC., NOR ITS AFFILIATES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, INCONVENIENCE, OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE EPSON PRODUCT, WHETHER RESULTING FROM BREACH OF WARRANTY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY. IF THE REMEDY ABOVE FAILS, EPSONS ENTIRE LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO A REFUND OF THE PRICE PAID FOR THE EPSON PRODUCT COVERED BY THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. In Canada, warranties include both warranties and conditions. Some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. To locate an Authorized Epson Servicer near you, call the Epson Connection at (800) 922-8911 in the United States. In Canada, call (800) 463-7766. Or write to: Epson America, Inc., P. O. Box 93012 Long Beach, CA 90809-3012


Powering business productivity with
superior performance and reliability
With powerful 24-pin technology, the Epson LQ-590 and the wide-format Epson LQ-2090 deliver precision text and graphics, plus rugged reliability for critical print requirements. Offering print speeds of up to 529 cps and seamless integration into existing

Epson LQ-590

Key Features

Powerful 24-pin print head technology s Delivers high quality text and graphics for critical applications Ultra fast print speeds s Speeds through multipart forms, reports, labels and more at up to 529 cps Extreme reliability in demanding print environments s Offers an MTBF rating of 20,000 POH and a 400 million character print head life s Facilitates greater productivity with less downtime Long-life ribbon cartridge thats easy to install s 5 million (LQ-590)/8 million (LQ-2090) character ribbon cartridge reduces the need for frequent ribbon changes s Ensures the lowest cost per page Advanced paper handling capabilities for greater flexibility s Provides four convenient paper paths to accommodate cut sheet paper and continuous forms up to 5 parts thick Easy system integration s Includes USB and Parallel connections, plus an additional slot for optional Type B interface cards s Epson and IBM printer languages ensure compatibility for new and legacy printing applications Simplified setup and operation s Improved menu navigation allows quick and easy changes to printer settings s Remote Configuration Manager facilitates easy setup via a PC Convenient setting for whisper-quiet operation Three-year warranty backed by Epsons superior service and support
printing environments, these robust performers
are sure to increase productivity. With versatile 5-part forms printing, multiple paper loading options, and a durable, long-lasting ribbon, each product races through tickets, purchase orders, invoices and more. Perfect for point-of-sale, manufacturing, and production environments, these two printers boast an amazing 20,000 POH MTBF rating and a 400 million character print head life. Each features an easy-to-use control panel that makes changing settings a snap, while convenient configuration software facilitates simple setup via a PC. These two workhorses provide Parallel and USB interfaces, plus a slot for optional interface cards, including high-speed Ethernet, for greater compatibility with practically any system. And, with both Epson and IBM printer languages, theyre perfect replacements for the Okidata ML-390/490, the Epson LQ-570e/870 or the wide-format Epson LQ-2080. Ideal for businesses that require high quality, multipart forms printing, the reliable Epson LQ-590 and LQ-2090 printers offer extremely low operational costs compared to other printing technologies, as well as superior performance in comparison to other impact printers in their class. Designed for use in demanding print environments, these heavy-duty dot matrix printers handle critical business applications with precision and ease. And theyre backed by a three-year warranty that includes Epsons superior service and support.
Printer Throughput Test* - ISO/IEC 10561 Letter Pattern

Lexmark 2490/2491

Pages Per Minute

6.1 5.0 5.0

10 cpi High-Speed Draft Mode
10 cpi Draft/Utility Mode

Selected Print Speed

Epson LQ-590/2090

Okidata ML-490/491



Printing Method 24-pin, impact dot matrix Print Direction Bidirectional with logic seeking in Text and Graphics Mode Print Speed High Speed Draft 529 cps (12 cpi) 440 cps (10 cpi) Draft 330 cps (10 cpi) Letter Quality 110 cps (10 cpi) Character Sets 96 ASCII characters; 14 international character sets and 1 legal character set; 128 user-defined characters; Extended IBM style graphic characters; 5 code pages Resident Fonts Epson Draft 10, 12, 15 cpi Epson Roman 10, 12, 15 cpi proportional Epson Sans Serif 10, 12, 15 cpi proportional Epson Courier 10, 12, 15 cpi Epson Prestige 10, 12 cpi Epson Script 10 cpi Epson OCRB 10 cpi Epson Script C Proportional Epson Orator 10 cpi Epson Orator-S 10 cpi Bar Code Fonts EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 39, Code 128, POSTNET, Codabar (NW-7), Industrial 2 of 5, Matrix 2 of 5 Scalable Fonts Epson Roman 10.5 pt; 8-32 pt every 2 pt Epson Sans Serif 10.5 pt; 8-32 pt every 2 pt Epson Roman T 10.5 pt; 8-32 pt every 2 pt Epson Sans Serif H 10.5 pt; 8-32 pt every 2 pt Column Width LQ-590 LQ-cpi 12 cpi 15 cpi 17 cpi 20 cpi Formatting 32 horizontal tabs; line spacing in 1/6 or programmable (minimum 1/360 increments); skip over perforations in lines; page length in lines or inches Paper Feed Mechanism Feeding method Friction feed (front, rear) Push tractor (front, rear) Pull tractor (front, bottom, rear) Push and pull tractor** (front, rear) Cut sheet feeder (optional) Roll paper holder (optional) Paper Feed Speed 45 millisecond per 1/6" 5" per second continuous feed Paper Path Manual insertion Front or top in, top out Cut sheet feeder Top in, top out Tractor Front, rear or bottom in, top out Input Buffer 128KB

Software Drivers Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP and NT 4.0 Interface Bidirectional Parallel (IEEE 1284 Nibble Mode supported) USB Type-B slot for optional interface cards Printer Language Epson ESC/P2 IBM PPDS Paper Handling Forms: continuous multipart, original plus 4 carbonless copies, maximum thickness.018" Width LQ-590 LQ-2090 Single sheets 3.9" to 10.1" 3.9" to 16.5" Continuous 4.0" to 10.0" 4.0" to 16.0" Cut-sheet feeder 7.2" to 8.5" 7.2" to 16.5" Length Single sheets 3.9" to 14.3" 3.9" to 14.3" Continuous 4.0" to 22.0" 4.0" to 22.0" Cut-sheet feeder 10.1" to 14.0" 10.1" to 14.0" No. 6 envelopes 6.5" x 3.6" No. 10 envelopes 9.5" x 4.1" Labels 2.5" x 0.94" (minimum) Roll paper 8.5" width Sound Level 52 dBA Power Requirements LQ-590 LQ-2090 Rated voltage 120V 100 to 240V Input voltage range 103.5 to 132V 90 to 264V Rated frequency range 50 to 60 Hz 50 to 60 Hz Input frequency range 49.5 to 60.5 Hz 49.5 to 60.5 Hz Physical Dimensions LQ-590 LQ-2090 Height 6.3" 6.3" Width 16.3 23.2" Depth 13.8" 13.8" Weight 15.6 lb 21 lb Control Panel Functions Font, pitch, pause, tear off, bin selection, line feed, form feed, load, eject, micro adjust, top-of-form adjustment, paper parking, default feature setting, panel lockout Reliability MTBF 20,000 POH (25% duty cycle) Print head life 400 million characters Ribbon life 5 million characters at 48 dots/character (LQ-590) 8 million characters at 48 dots/character (LQ-2090) Warranty Three-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada SupportThe Epson ConnectionSM Automated Technical Support (800) 922-8911 Pre-Sales Support (US and Canada) (800) 463-7766 Internet Website
* Advanced print head deisgn provides unmatched burst speed, allowing the Epson LQ-590/2090 to maximaize performance by consistently performing at or near top speeds. Standardized ISO 10561 throughput tests illustrate how Epsons superior technology results in faster printing and greater print volume over time. Test conducted by Seiko Epson Corporation. ** Additional tractor unit required

Printer Specifications

Ordering Information
Product Code Epson LQ-590 C11C558001 S015337 C806381 C806371 C800201 C814002 Epson LQ-2090 C11C559001 S015335 C806401 C806391 C800211 C814012 C814031


Product Code
Epson LQ-590 and LQ-2090 Accessories Epson LQ-590 Impact Printer Ribbon Cartridge High Capacity Cut Sheet Feeder Single Bin Cut Sheet Feeder Additional Pull Tractor Unit Front Sheet Guide C811141 C823051 C823071 C823121 C823141 C823151 C823452 C823912 Roll Paper Holder Serial Interface Board 32KB Serial Interface Board LocalTalk Interface Coax Interface Board Twinax Interface Board Bidirectional Parallel Interface Board EpsonNet Multiprotocol 10/100 Base-TX Type-B Ethernet Print Server
Epson LQ-2090 Impact Printer Ribbon Cartridge High Capacity Cut Sheet Feeder Single Bin Cut Sheet Feeder Additional Pull Tractor Unit Front Sheet Guide Front Paper Guide
Epson America, Inc. 3840 Kilroy Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806 Epson Canada, Ltd. 3771 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M1W 3Z5
Specifications and terms are subject to change without notice. Epson and Epson ESC/P2 are registered trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. Epson Remote Configuration Manager is a trademark and Epson Connection is a service mark 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. Copyright 2004 Epson America, Inc. CPD-17742 3/04 10K B&G
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