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Epson LX-300-Epson LX 300+II B/W Dot-matrix printer

240 dpi x 144 dpi, 10 in x 22 in, Roll (8.5 in), Parallel, Serial, USB

Designed for demanding work environments, the Epson LX-300+II offers the speed, reliability and user-friendly features you need for critical business requirements. You get powerful performance, plus easy system integration with Parallel and Serial ports, as well as fast USB connectivity. This compact performer presents the perfect value for your busy workgroup, tackling high-volume, multipart print jobs with ease. The Epson LX-300+II prints up to 337 characters per second (12 characters per inch... Read more

 

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Comments to date: 9. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
lpetter 9:15am on Friday, October 15th, 2010 
printer computer dot matrix OK DATA 320 turbo workhorse of a printer for a less than gentle laboratory.
amotl 10:15am on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 
Would have been good value hasd it done what it said it could do Could not print 4 part multi form let alone 5 part. Rubbish!
frankbdunn 11:05pm on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 
Gives so much disappointment. Knockout Kings has brilliant graphics, very realistic sounds, the croud give you a few chants too!
flyingbird_forever 11:36pm on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 
it got here on time that was great price was right but i have already got it in my head that the device does not work right i have also i had experinc... If you print on standard letter paper, it is satisfactory.
Ningbojoe 3:55am on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 
Was the best deal for this printer excellent for small offices and stores. Hi reader, This model is not adequate for my needs.
mujtaba 8:50am on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 
Center Epson LX - 300 dot-matrix printer is a compact 9-pin, and the speed you need: 34 264 model in the draft of the rapid electronic forms, labels.
edearl 10:14am on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 
i have a experience with the printer LX 300. i think this printer is good for printing the factorys document. the printer is easy to use. Errmmm....leave me to think for this one Slow, terrible quality, hard to find consumables
Bob_G 7:07am on Thursday, April 8th, 2010 
Jams Paper, Does not pull it evenly, impossible to use Tried to use it to print on EMS shipping labels. This printer does not takes these forms. If i knew... not many information about the prices to ship it to my country... i paid almost $100.00 more for that. also when i receive the printer.
berkbw 2:38am on Sunday, April 4th, 2010 
I am surprised that this model still exist in the market. I have this one for quite sometime already maybe about a decade ago.

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The guarantee is restricted to the performance of the product alone, and Epson (UK) Limited does not accept responsibility for any consequential loss or damage, nor claimed or implied performance, when the product is used in any combination with other equipment or program software. Product guarantee may be invalidated as a result of excessive or inappropriate use, use in an adverse environment or in conditions outside the specifications or if the product has been subjected to unapproved modifications. The guarantee does not cover visits to the users premises or the repair or commissioning of the product on site.

Use of options

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 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
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this appliance may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, 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 with the earth symbol (G ) or coloured green or green and yellow.
The blue wire must be connected to the terminal in the plug marked with the letter N or coloured black. The brown wire must be connected to the terminal in the plug marked with the letter L or coloured white. 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.

Contents

Introduction
Features. Finding Your Way Around. Warnings, Cautions, and Notes Important Safety Instructions. 0-1 0-2 0-2 0-3

Chapter 1

Setting Up the Printer
. 1-2 1-3 1-4 1-4 1-5 1-5 1-9 1-10 1-13 1-13 1-15 1-16 1-17 1-18
Unpacking the Printer. Choosing a place for the printer. Assembling the Printer. Installing the paper-feed knob. Attaching the paper supports. Installing the ribbon cartridge. Plugging in the printer. Running the Self Test. Connecting the Printer to Your Computer. Using the parallel interface. Using the serial interface. Setting Up Your Software. Microsoft Windows 3.1 and all Windows programs Using non-Windows software.

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A5 size 95/01/20 Introduction

Features

Your Epson 9-pin dot matrix printer offers these outstanding features: t High-speed printing. Print up to 220 characters per second (cps) in 10-cpi draft mode. Quiet operation. Youll notice the benefit of quiet printing in your work environment. Simple control panel. Three buttons and three lights give you fingertip-access to most printer functions. Two built-in interfaces: parallel and EIA-232D serial. Detachable push and pull tractor. Feed continuous paper with ease and print on single sheets without removing the continuous paper supply. Compact design. This printer fits neatly into available space in your home or office. Longer printable area. Print up to 66 lines on A4-size or 62 lines on standard letter paper. IBM 2380 printer emulation mode.
In addition, you can get custom results with the following options: t Color Upgrade Kit (C83208V) adds visual interest to printed documents by switching to a color ribbon cartridge. Pull Tractor (C80030V) for printing continuous paper and multi-part forms (used in the pull-tractor position in conjunction with the standard tractor in the push tractor position).
Roll Paper Holder (#8310) uses 812-inch or 21.6-cm roll paper used by telexes and similar machines. This option is not available in some countries. Cut-sheet feeder (C80637V) loads up to 50 sheets of single-sheet bond paper automatically.

Finding Your Way Around

This manual provides fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions for setting up and operating your printer. t Chapter 1 describes how to unpack, set up, test, and connect the printer to your computer. Be sure to read this chapter first. Chapter 2 includes information on how to get the printing results you want, how to install options, and how to maintain your printer. Chapter 3 offers simple tips on solving printing problems. If printing results are not what you expect, or the printer doesnt work properly, turn here for help. The Appendix covers the printers specifications and lists programming commands. An index at the back of the manual helps you find information on specific topics quickly.

A5 size 95/01/20 Chapter 1
Unpacking the Printer. 1-2 Choosing a place for the printer. 1-3 Assembling the Printer. Installing the paper-feed knob. Attaching the paper supports. Installing the ribbon cartridge. Plugging in the printer. 1-4 1-4 1-5 1-5 1-9
Running the Self Test. 1-10 Connecting the Printer to Your Computer. 1-13 Using the parallel interface. 1-13 Using the serial interface. 1-15 Setting Up Your Software. 1-16 Microsoft Windows 3.1 and all Windows programs. 1-17 Using non-Windows software. 1-18

Unpacking the Printer

Your printer box should include these items.

Printer

Printout guide
BB1-01 BB1-02 BB1-03 BB1-04 BB1-05 BB1-05a Paper-feed knob Paper supports
Ribbon cartridge Power cord
In some locations, the power cord is attached to the printer.
Caution: There are several versions of this printer designed for different voltages, and it is not possible to change the voltage. If the label on the back of the printer does not show the correct voltage for your country, contact your dealer.
Choosing a place for the printer
When selecting a place to set up your printer, choose a safe, convenient location that provides the following: t t A flat, stable surface Adequate room around the printer to allow easy operation and maintenance. Make sure its close enough to the computer for the printer cable to reach. Place the printer where you can easily unplug the power cord. Moderate environmental conditions. Select a cool, dry area and protect your printer from direct sunlight, excessive heat, moisture, or dust. Appropriate power source. Make sure you use a grounded outlet; do not use an adapter plug. Avoid electrical outlets controlled by timers or wall switches; an interruption in power can wipe out the information in your computer or printer memory.
If you place the printer on a stand, follow these guidelines: t t t Use a stand that supports at least 10 kg (22 lb). Never use a stand that tilts the printer. Always keep it level. Provide enough clearance below the stand and between the legs so your continuous paper flows smoothly. Place cables so they do not interfere with paper feeding; secure them to a leg of the stand if possible.

Assembling the Printer

Follow the steps in this section to get your printer up and running.
Installing the paper-feed knob
The first step in assembling the printer is installing the paper-feed knob. 1. Insert the knob into the hole on the printers side and rotate it slowly until it slips onto the shaft.

If your software does not list the LX-300, you may want to contact the software manufacturer for an update.
A5 size 95/01/20 Chapter 2
Using the Control Panel. 2-2 Lights and buttons. 2-2 Selecting fonts. 2-4 Printing on Single Sheets. 2-5 Loading single sheets. 2-5 Getting the results you expect. 2-6 Printing on Continuous Paper. Printing with the push tractor. Switching back to single sheets Printing with the pull tractor. 2-7 2-7 2-11 2-11 2-15 2-16 2-17 2-17 2-18
Printing on Special Paper. Adjusting the paper-thickness lever. Multi-part forms. Labels. Envelopes.
Changing the Printer Settings. 2-19 Printer setting descriptions. 2-22 Installing and Using Options Cut-sheet feeder. Pull Tractor unit. Roll paper holder. Color upgrade kit. 2-24 2-24 2-28 2-29 2-31

Using the Control Panel

Roman Sans Serif Draft Draft Condensed Font LF/FF Pause

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You can control simple printer operationssuch as line feeding, form feeding, loading and ejecting paper, and selecting fontswith the buttons on the control panel. The control panel lights show the printers status and the current font.

Lights and buttons

PAUSE light The orange PAUSE light is on when the printer stops printing. Each time you turn on the printer, the light flashes briefly and the beeper sounds four times. When the printer is out of paper, the light flashes and the beeper sounds three times. The light also flashes when you can tear off the last sheet at the edge of the printer cover. The PAUSE light goes on and the beeper sounds five times if an error occurs.

FONT 1 and FONT 2 lights

The green FONT lights, 1 and 2, indicate the current font setting. For more about selecting fonts, see page 2-4.

FONT button

Press the FONT button during normal operation to cycle through the printer fonts listed on the control panel. When you press the button, the FONT lights change to indicate your current selection. For more about choosing a font, see page 2-4.
If you hold down the FONT button while you turn on the printer, you enter the Printer Setting mode, where you can change many of the printers settings. For more about printer settings, see page 2-19.

LF/FF button

During normal operation, you can press this button briefly to feed paper line by line. Hold it down to load a single sheet, or to advance continuous paper to the next top-of-form position. You can also press LF/FF to eject a page. If you want to make sure the printer is working correctly, you can also use this button to run the self test. To start the self test, hold down the LF/FF button while you turn on the printer. For complete instructions, see page 1-10. PAUSE button Press the PAUSE button to stop the printer temporarily during printing or the self test. Press it again to resume activity. PAPER PARK Press the FONT and LF/FF buttons together to feed continuous paper backward to the paper-park position. See Printing with the push tractor. MICRO ADJUST Feeds paper forward or backward to adjust the loading position. See Adjusting the loading position.

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To separate the incoming paper from the printed paper, attach the paper guide by holding it horizontally and fitting its notches over the printers mounting posts as shown below. Then slide the paper guide toward the front of the printer until you feel it click.

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6. Slide the left edge guide to the center until it stops at the guide mark. Then slide the right edge guide to the opposite guide mark.

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Turn on the printer. Make sure the printer cover is closed. Press the LF/FF button to feed the paper to the loading position. When the printer receives data, it begins printing automatically. When you finish printing (the printer receives no data for three seconds) the printer feeds the perforation of the continuous paper to the edge of the printer cover so that you can tear off the last sheet. The PAUSE light flashes.
Note: t Set the Auto tear off feature in the Printer Setting mode to on. Otherwise, the printer does not feed the perforation to the edge of the printer cover.
t If the perforation and the edge of the printer cover do not match, adjust the paper position by following the steps in Adjusting the loading position, while the PAUSE light is flashing.
When you send more data, the paper automatically feeds back to the loading position. If you want to change the position where printing begins on the page, follow the steps on page 2-5 to adjust the loading position.
Switching back to single sheets
To switch to single sheets, press the FONT and LF/FF buttons at the same time; the printer feeds the paper backward into the paper-park position. Then, follow the steps in Loading single sheets.
Caution: Always tear off paper before back-feeding; back-feeding too many sheets can cause a paper jam.
Printing with the pull tractor
To load continuous paper using the pull tractor, you must move the tractor to the pull tractor position, as described in steps 1 through 3 below. If your tractor is already installed in this position, make sure the printer is off and skip to step 6.
Caution: When using the pull tractor, set the Auto tear off feature in the Printer Setting mode to off; otherwise the paper may jam.
Turn the printer off; then remove the paper guide. Pull the paper-release lever forward to the continuous paper position as shown in the illustration on page 2-7.
Squeeze the tractors lock tabs gently and pull the tractor away from the printer. Remove the printer cover.

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Lift the tractor forward to the mounting slot at the top of the printer and tilt it into place as shown below. When you push the tractor onto the posts, you should feel the notches snap into place.

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Insert the paper into the paper slot as shown below and pull it up. Position the paper using the scale on the printer as a guide. The printer prints to the right of the position marked 0.

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Slide the left sprocket unit so that its sprockets match the position of the holes in the paper and lock the unit in place. Then slide the right sprocket unit to match the width of your paper, but do not lock it. Move the paper support midway between the two sprocket units.

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Make sure your paper has a clean, straight leading edge. Open the sprocket covers. Fit the first holes of the paper over the sprocket pins and then close the sprocket covers. Slide the right sprocket unit to remove any slack in the paper and lock it in place.

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To separate the incoming paper from the printed paper, attach the paper guide. Hold it horizontally and fit its notches over the printers mounting posts. Then slide the paper guide toward the back of the printer until you feel it click. Slide the left edge guide to the center until it stops at the guide mark; slide the right edge guide to the opposite guide mark.
10. Attach the printer cover and adjust the paper position with the paper-feed knob. Turn the knob until the perforation between pages is just above the print head. Then turn on the printer. 11. Make sure the printer cover is closed. When the printer receives data, it begins printing automatically. If you want to change the position where printing begins on the page, press LF/FF to advance the page to the next top-of-form position, and then follow the steps on page 2-5 to adjust the loading position. To eject the paper, tear off the paper entering the printer; then press the LF/FF button to feed the paper forward.
Printing on Special Paper
In addition to printing on single sheets and continuous forms, your printer can also print on a wide variety of paper types, including multi-part forms, labels, and envelopes. Before printing on special paper, you need to change the paper thickness setting.
Caution: When printing on multi-part forms, thicker-than-normal paper, labels, or envelopes, make sure your software program settings keep the printing entirely within the printable area. Printing past the edge of these papers can damage the print head.
For multi-part forms and labels, you should not print any closer than 0.5 inch or 13 mm from either side of the paper. For information on the printable area of envelopes, see the Appendix.
Adjusting the paper-thickness lever
The paper-thickness lever lets you specify the correct setting for your printing material. It is factory-set for standard office paper. Heres how to change the setting for special papers: 1. Turn the printer off and open the cover. The paper-thickness lever is on the left side of the printer. The numbers next to the lever indicate the thickness setting. For normal use, the lever should always be set to position 0.

The print is faint or uneven
Printed characters have parts missing at the bottom. The ribbon cartridge may not be installed properly. See page 1-5. The printout is faint. The ribbon may be worn out. Replace the ribbon cartridge as described on page 1-5.
Dots are missing in printed characters or graphics
A line of dots is missing in the printout. The print head is damaged. Stop printing and contact your dealer to have the print head replaced.
Dots are missing in random positions. Either there is too much slack in the ribbon or the ribbon has come loose. Re-install the ribbon cartridge as described on page 1-5.
Printed characters are not what you expected
The typestyles or characters you sent with your software did not print. Check that the software is correctly configured for your printer. For instructions, see page 1-16. The font selected on the control panel does not print. Your software may be overriding your control panel setting. Check the font setting in your software program.
The print position is not what you expected
Printing starts too high or too low on the page, or the bottom part of one page is printed at the top of the next page. See Getting the results you expect on page 2-6. Also, it is possible to turn the platen to make minor adjustments to the loading position for the current page only. (Do not turn the platen if you are printing labels.) Page length does not match the length of the paper. Check the page length set by your software and adjust it if necessary.
If you are using continuous paper, change the page length in the Printer Setting mode. See Changing the Printer Settings on page 2-20. Regular gaps occur in the printout. One-inch skip-over-perforation may be set. Set skip-over-perforation to off in the Printer Setting mode. See Changing the Printer Settings on page 2-20.

Paper Handling

Single sheets do not feed properly
Paper does not feed. Continuous paper may be left in the printer. Remove the continuous paper. Set the paper-release lever to the single-sheet position. Insert a new sheet. Move the paper a little to the left. Paper feeding is crooked or the paper jams. Turn off the printer and pull out the paper. Insert a new sheet straight into the paper guide. Make sure youre using the right type of paper. See the paper specifications in the Appendix. Make sure the printer cover is closed. Paper does not eject completely. Use the LF/FF button to eject the page. Make sure the printer cover is closed.
The paper may be too long. Use paper that is within the specified range. See the paper specifications in the Appendix.

Continuous paper does not feed properly
The tractor does not feed the paper. Check that the paper-release lever is pulled forward to the continuous-paper position. If not, turn off the printer, move the lever, and turn it on again. The paper may have come off the tractor. Reattach the paper to the tractor. Paper feeding is crooked or the paper jams. The position of your paper supply may be preventing it from feeding straight. Make sure the paper supply is not obstructed. Make sure that your paper supply is positioned within 1 meter (3 feet) of the printer. Make sure the printer cover is closed. Make sure the edge guide postions are correct. Position the edge guides at the diamond-shaped guide marks. Check that the holes on the sides of the paper are aligned with each other. Also, make sure the sprocket units are locked and their covers are closed. Check that the paper size and thickness are within the specified range. See the paper specifications in the Appendix. When you use side-crimped multi-part forms, the copies may not align with the original. If this happens, raise the paper guide to keep the printing position accurate.
The paper does not eject properly. The page may be too long. Tear off the fresh supply of paper and eject the page from the printer. Use only paper that is within the specified length range described in the Appendix. When you switch between single sheets and continuous paper, the beeper sounds five times and the PAUSE light comes on. You may have tried to change the paper-release lever position while paper remained in the printer. Return the paper-release lever to the previous position and eject the paper. Then change the paper-release lever position.

Options

When you use the cut-sheet feeder, the paper does not feed properly
The paper does not feed. The cut-sheet feeder may be incorrectly installed on the printer. Re-install it as described on page 2-25. Make sure the paper-release lever is pushed back to the single-sheet position. You may have loaded too many sheets in the cut-sheet feeders bin. Paper may be jammed near the print head. Look for a paper jam. Make sure the edge guide positions are correct. Position the edge guides at the diamond-shaped guide marks. There may be only one sheet left in the bin. Add more paper.

Printer Specifications

Print method: Print speed: 9-pin impact dot matrix Draft, 264 characters/second at 12 cpi 220 characters/second at 10 cpi NLQ, 53 characters/second at 12 cpi 44 characters/second at 10 cpi Bidirectional logic-seeking for draft text. Unidirectional for graphics, NLQ text, bit image, and color printing. 1/6 inch, 1/8 inch, or programmable in increments of 1/216 inch. 79 ms per 1/6-inch line; 2.78 inches/second with continuous feed 80 characters at 10 cpi 96 characters at 12 cpi 137 characters at 17 cpi 160 characters at 20 cpi Approximately 4KB Memory capacity for 6 NLQ and 6 Draft user-defined characters Epson NLQ Roman Epson NLQ Sans Serif Draft Draft Condensed

Printing direction:

Line spacing: Paper feed speed: Printable columns:
Buffer: Download memory: Character fonts:
Character tables: Europe Other countries Character sets: Color printing (optional): Method Ribbon color Print ribbon shifting Black, Magenta, Cyan, and Yellow One italic and 14 graphics character tables One italic and 8 graphics character tables 13 international character sets
Single sheets (CSF): Width: Length: Thickness: Weight: 182 to 216 mm (7.2 to 8.5 inches) 210 to 364 mm (8.3 to 14.3 inches) 0.07 to 0.12 mm (0.0028 to 0.0047 inches) 64 to 91 g/m2 (18 to 24 lb) t Use 90 g/m2 (24 lb) paper only under normal temperature and humidity conditions.
Single sheets (manual insertion): Width: Length: Thickness: Weight: 182 to 257 mm (7.2 to 10.1 inches) 182 to 364 mm (7.2 to 14.3 inches) 0.065 to 0.14 mm (0.0025 to 0.0055 inches) 52 to 90 g/m2 (14 to 24 lb) paper under normal conditions. t Use 90 g/m2 (24 lb) paper only under normal temperature and humidity conditions.
Continuous paper: Width: Copies: Thickness: Weight: 102 to 254 mm (4 to 10 inches) Three sheets (one original plus two copies) 0.065 to 0.25 mm (0.0026 to 0.0098 inches) total 52 to 82 g/m2 (14 to 22 lb) for one sheet 40 to 58 g/m2 (12 to 15 lb) per sheet in multi-part forms t Use only two- or three-part carbonless multi-part forms fed with the tractor. t When using side-crimped multi-part forms, raise the paper guide to keep the printing position accurate. t When using the push tractor, the printing position for the last page may not be accurate because the page comes off the tractor.

Note: Use recycled paper under normal conditions only. If ribbon consumption or paper jamming increase, use a higher grade of paper.
Labels: Size: 102 to 254 mm (4 to 10 inches) width for backing sheet 63.5 23.8 mm (2.50 0.94 inches) minimum for a label 0.07 to 0.09 mm (0.0028 to 0.0035 inches) for backing sheet 0.16 to 0.19 mm (0.0063 to 0.0075 inches) total 64 g/m2 (17 lb) for label only t Use only continuous type labels and use them only with the tractor. t Use labels only under normal temperature and humidity conditions.

Thickness:

Weight:
Envelopes: Size: Thickness: Weight: No. 92 mm (6.5 3.6 inches) No. 104 mm (9.5 4.1 inches) 0.16 to 0.48 mm (0.0063 to 0.019 inches) 45 to 90 g/m2 (12 to 24 lb) t Use envelopes only under normal temperature and humidity conditions.
Roll paper (optionalnot available in some countries) Width: Diameter: Thickness: Weight: 213 to 219 mm (8.38 to 8.62 inches) Up to 127 mm (5.0 inches) 0.07 to 0.09 mm (0.0028 to 0.0035 inches) 52 to 64 g/m2 (14 to 17 lb)
Printable area: Single sheets and envelopes

BBA-01

A The minimum top margin is 5.3 mm (0.2 inches). B The minimum left margin is 3 mm (0.12 inches). The minimum right margin is 3 mm (0.12 inches). However, the maximum printable width is 203 mm (8 inches). C The minimum bottom margin is 9.0 mm (0.35 inches).

Continuous paper

BBA-02
A The minimum top and bottom margins above and below the perforation are 9 mm (0.35 inches). B The minimum left and right margins are 13 mm (0.51 inches). The maximum printable width is 203 mm (8 inches).

Mechanical

Paper-feed methods: Friction Push tractor Push-pull tractor (with optional pull tractor unit) Pull tractor (C80030V) Cut-sheet feeder (option C80637V) Roll-paper holder (option #8310) Black ribbon cartridge (#8750) Life expectancy at 14 dots/character: 3 million characters Color ribbon cartridge (S015073) Life expectancy at 14 dots/character: Black, 1 million characters Magenta, Cyan, 0.7 million characters Yellow, 0.5 million characters 4000 power-on hours 200 million strokes/wire (black) 100 million strokes/wire (color) Width: Depth: Height: Weight: 366 mm (14.4 inches) 275 mm (10.8 inches) 132 mm (5.2 inches) Approx. 4.0 kg (8.8 lb)

Ribbon:

MTBF: Print head life: Dimensions and weight:

Electrical

120 V model: Rated voltage Input voltage range Rated frequency range Input frequency range Rated current Power consumption 220-240 V model: Rated voltage Input voltage range Rated frequency range Input frequency range Rated current AC 120 V AC 103.5 to 132 V 50 to 60 Hz 49.5 to 60.5 Hz 1.0 A Approx. 30 W (during self-test printing in Draft mode at 10 cpi) AC 220240 V AC 198 to 264 V 50 to 60 Hz 49.5 to 60.5 Hz 0.5 A

Power consumption

Approx. 30 W (during self-test printing in Draft mode at 10 cpi)

Environmental

Temperature: Humidity: Operation 5 to 35C (41 to 95F) Storage 20 to 55C (4 to 131F) Operation 30% to 80% without condensation Storage 5% to 85% without condensation

Safety approvals

Safety standards: US model European model RFI: US model European model UL1950 with D3, CSA22.2 No.950 with D3 EN 60950 (TV, SEMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SETI) FCC part 15 subpart B class B Vfg 243 (VDE 0878 part 3, part 30) EN 55022 (CISPR Pub. 22) Class B

Interface Specifications

Your printer is equipped with an EIA-232D serial interface and a Centronics-compatible parallel interface. The printer switches automatically to the appropriate interface when it receives data.
Parallel interface specifications
The parallel interface has the following characteristics. Data format: Synchronization: Handshaking: Signal level: Connector: 8-bit STROBE pulse BUSY and ACKNLG signals TTL compatible 36-pin 57-30360 Amphenol connector or equivalent
Serial interface specifications
The serial interface has the following characteristics. Bit rate: Word length: Data format Start bit Parity bit Stop bit Synchronization: Handshaking: Parity check: Connector: 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200 bps (selectable) 7 or 8-bit (selectable) 1 bit 0 or 1 bit (selectable) 1 bit (transmitting), 1 bit or more (receiving) Asynchronous DTR protocol, XON/XOFF protocol ETX/ACK protocol (selectable) Odd, even, or no parity bit (selectable) EIA standard, 25-pin, D-SUB, female connector

Serial pin assignments

The following table lists the serial connector pin assignments and describes their respective interface signals.
Pin No. Signal Protective Ground (FG) Transmitted data (TXD/SD) Received data (RXD/RD) Request to Send (RTS/RS) Clear to Send (CTS/CS) Signal Ground (SG) Reverse Channel Data Terminal Ready (DTR/ER) Direction Out In Out In Out Out Description Printers chassis ground Printer has transmitted serial data Printer has received serial data Always positive Ignored Return path for data control signals Connected to Pin 20 Positive when the printer is ready to accept data, and negative when the printer is not ready

Printer Settings

The table below lists the printer settings that you can change from the control panel. Underlined options indicate the factory default settings that take effect when the printer is initialized (some factory default settings may vary by country). To change a setting, see Changing the Printer Settings in Chapter 2.
Function Character spacing Shape of zero 1 inch skip-over-perforation Character table Options 10 cpi, 12 cpi 0, 0 (with slash) On, Off US model: USA Italic, France Italic, Germany Italic, UK Italic, Denmark Italic, Sweden Italic, Italy Italic, Spain 1 Italic, PC437, 850, 860, 861, 863, 865, BRASCII, Abicomp All other models: USA Italic, France Italic, Germany Italic, UK Italic, Denmark Italic, Sweden Italic, Italy Italic, Spain 1 Italic, PC437, 850, 852, 853, 855, 857, 866, 869, 437 Greek, ISO Latin 1T, ISO 8859-7 Code MJK, Mazovia, Bulgaria Auto line feed Page length Auto tear off Tractor Interface Serial I/F bit rate Serial I/F parity bit Serial I/F data length Serial I/F ETX/ACK Software Auto carriage return On, Off 11, 12, 8.5, 70/6, 5.5, 7, 17, 14, 8, 6, 4, 3.5, 3 inches On, Off Single, Double Auto (10 sec. wait), Auto (30 sec. wait), Parallel, Serial 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200 bps None, Odd, Even 7 bit, 8 bit Disable, Enable ESC/P, IBM 2380 On, Off

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ESC J n VT ESC B nn

4A 0B 42

Perform n/216-inch Line Feed Tab Vertically Set Vertical Tabs Up to 16 tabs entered in ascending order; last n should be 0 Set Vertical Tabs in Channels The c selects a channel for the vertical tabs, which must be between 0-7 Select Vertical Tab Channel

ESC b c nn

ESC / c

Horizontal motion

ESC l n ESC Q n BS ESC e 0 n
Set Left Margin n = Left margin column Set Right Margin n = Right margin column Backspace Set Horizontal Tab Increments n = Horizontal tab interval in spaces (n< 21 at 10 cpi, 25 at 12 cpi, or 36 in condensed modes) Set Vertical Tab Increments n = Vertical tab interval in lines Horizontal Skip n = Number of spaces to skip Vertical Skip n = Number of lines to skip Tab Horizontally Set Horizontal Tabs Up to 32 tabs entered in ascending order; last n should be 0
ESC e 1 n ESC f 0 n ESC f 1 n HT ESC D nn

Overall printing style

ESC x n
Select NLQ or Draft n = 1: NLQ 0: Draft Select NLQ Font n = 0: Roman 1: Sans Serif Master Select To find the value of n, add together the numbers of the typestyles you want to combine from the list below: n = 0: 10 cpi 16: Double-Strike 1: 12 cpi 32: Double-Width 4: Condensed 64: Italic 8: Emphasized 128: Underline

ESC k n

ESC ! n
Print size and character width
ESC P ESC M SI ESC SI DC2 SO ESC SO DC4 ESC W 1/0
50 4D 0F 0F 12 0E 0E 14 57
Select 10 cpi Select 12 cpi Select Condensed Mode Select Condensed Mode Cancel Condensed Mode Select Double-Width Mode (one line) Select Double-Width Mode (one line) Cancel Double-Width Mode (one line) Turn Double-Width Mode On/Off

Print enhancement

ESC E ESC F ESC G ESC H
Select Emphasized Mode Cancel Emphasized Mode Select Double-Strike Mode Cancel Double-Strike Mode
ESC S0 ESC S1 ESC T ESC4 ESC 5 ESC - 1/0
Select Superscript Mode Select Subscript Mode Cancel Superscript/Subscript Mode Select Italic Mode Cancel Italic Mode Turn Underline Mode On/Off

Word processing

ESC a n
NLQ Justification n = 0: Left justification 1: Centering 2: Right justification 3: Full justification Select Character Tables Selects character table n assigned by ESC ( t n = 0, 1, 48, or 49 only

ESC t n

Character tables

ESC ( t nn

40 116
Assign Character Table ESC ( t d1 d2 d3 Assign character table set with d2 and d3 to table d1 d1 = 0, 1, 48, or 49

Table name

Italic PC 437 (USA) PC 437 Greek (Greek)* PC 850 (Multilingual) PC 851 (Greek)* PC 853 (Turkish)* PC 855 (Cyrillic)* PC 860 (Portuguese)* PC 863 (Canadian-French) PC 865 (Nordic) PC 852 (East Europe)* PC 857 (Turkish)*

PC 866 (Russian)* PC 869 (Greek)* USSR GOST (Russian)* PC 861 (Icelandic)* BRASCII (Brazilian Portuguese)** Abicomp (Brazilian Portuguese)** MAZOWIA (Poland)* Code MJK (CSFR)* ISO 8859-7 (Latin/Greek)* ISO Latin 1T (Turkish)* Bulgaria
* Available only in certain areas ** Available in North/South American version only ASCII Dec. Hex. Description

ESC R n

Select an International Character Set n = 0: USA 7: Spain I 1: France 8: Japan 2: Germany 9: Norway 3: U.K. 10: Denmark II 4: Denmark I 11: Spain II 5: Sweden 12: Latin America 6: Italy Printable Code Area Expansion Enable Upper Control Codes

ESC 6 ESC 7

User-defined characters

ESC & nn ESC : 0 n 0

Define User-Defined Characters Copy ROM into RAM n = 0: Roman 1: Sans Serif

ESC % n

Select User-Defined Set n = 0: Normal set 1: User-defined set

Color printing

ESC r n
Select printing color The variable n selects the printing color according to the table below. 0: Black 4: Yellow 1: Magenta 5: Red 2: Cyan 6: Green 3: Violet

Graphics

ESC K n1 n2 ESC L n1 n2 ESC Y n1 n2 ESC Z n1 n2 ESC * m n1 n2 ESC ? s n ESC ^ m n1 n2

4B 4C 59 5A 2A 3F 5E

Select Single-Density Graphics Mode Select Double-Density Graphics Mode Select High-Speed Double-Density Graphics Mode Select Quadruple-Density Graphics Mode Select Graphics Mode Reassign Graphics Mode Select 9-Pin Graphics Mode
Proof Sign-off: Wayne _______ Katagiri _______

A5 size 95/01/20 Index

Adjusting loading position, 2-5 paper-thickness lever, 2-16 Assembling printer, 1-49 Attaching paper supports, 1-5 Auto line feed, 2-23 tear off, 2-23
Features, 12 Feeder, cut-sheet, 2-2428 Finding your way around, 2 FONT button, 2-23, 2-1924 lights, 2-2, 2-2124 Fonts, selecting 2-4 Forms, multi-part, 2-17
Bit rate, 2-24 Buttons, 2-23
Getting results you expect, 2-6
Changing printer settings, 2-1924 Character spacing, 2-22 table, 2-23 Choosing a place for the printer, 1-3 Color upgrade kit, 2-3134 Command summary, A-1016 Connecting printer to computer, 1-1316 Continuous paper, 2-715 Control panel, 2-24 Cut-sheet feeder, 2-2428
Help for United States users, iii
Important safety information, vvi, 3-4 Installing options, 2-2434 paper-feed knob, 1-4 ribbon cartridge, 1-58 Interface, 2-24 parallel, 1-1314 serial, 1-1516 specifications, A-78

Data length, 2-24

Knob, paper-feed, 1-4
Envelopes, 2-18 ETX/ACK, 2-24
Labels, 2-1718 Lever, paper-thickness, 2-16 LF/FF button, 2-3 Lights, 2-23 Loading position, 2-5 Loading single sheets, 2-5
Microsoft Windows, 1-17 MICRO ADJUST, 2-3 Multi-part forms, 2-17

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paper supports paper guide edge guides

Options

Single-bin Cut-sheet Feeder (C806371)
Feeds up to 50 sheets of ordinary single-sheet paper.

printer cover

Additional Tractor Unit (C800301)
Used in combination with the other tractor, improves continuous paper handling and reduces the chance of paper jams. This is especially useful for printing on continuous multipart forms.
Roll Paper Holder (#8310)
Allows you to use your printer with 8.5-inch roll paper.

control panel

paper release lever

Printer Specifications

ribbon cartridge paper tension unit

Mechanical

Printing method Emulation Printing speed 9-pin impact dot matrix EPSON ESC/P and IBM 2380 Plus High-speed draft 300 cps at 10 cpi 337 cps at 12 or 15 cpi High-speed draft condensed 321 cps at 17 cpi 300 cps at 20 cpi

serial interface

tractor parallel interface
paper thickness lever (gap) power switch
Draft 225 cps at 10 cpi 270 cps at 12 cpi 225 cps at 15 cpi Draft condensed 191 cps at 17 cpi 225 cps at 20 cpi NLQ 56 cps at 10 cpi 67 cps at 12 cpi 56 cps at 15 cpi 47 cps at 17 cpi 56 cps at 20 cpi Printing direction Bidirectional logic seeking for text and graphics printing. Unidirectional text or graphics printing can be selected using software commands.

User Replaceable Parts

User replaceable part Knob Logo plate Paper supports Paper eject assembly Printer cover assembly Sheet guide assembly Reference number Part number 1050626 1054395

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Line spacing Printable columns 1/6 inch or programmable in 1/216-inch increments 80 columns (at 10 cpi) Reliability Total print volume 12 million lines (except print head) MTBF 6,000 POH (25% duty) Print head life approximately 400 million strokes per wire (black); 100 million strokes per wire (color) Dimensions and weight Height Width Depth Weight Ribbon 6.3 inches (160 mm) 14.4 inches (366 mm) 10.8 inches (275 mm) 9.8 lb (4.4 kg)
Resolution (maximum) dpi (NLQ) Interfaces 1 standard bidirectional, 8-bit parallel interface with IEEE-1284 nibble mode support, and 1 EIA-232D serial interface Friction (top paper entry) Push tractor (rear paper entry) Pull tractor (bottom or rear paper entry) Push and pull tractor (optional) Cut-sheet feeder (optional) Roll paper holder (optional) Paper feed speed Continuous 3 inches/second Intermittent 88 ms/line at 1/6-inch line spacing Buffer Built-in fonts 8KB Bitmap fonts EPSON Draft 10, 12, 15 cpi EPSON Roman 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional EPSON Sans Serif 10, 12, 15 cpi, proportional Bar code fonts EAN-13, EAN-8, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 39, Code 128, POSTNET Character tables 1 Italic table and 12 graphical character tables (35 graphical character tables are available in some countries) 13 international character sets and 1 legal character set Printing method: ribbon shifting Colors: black, magenta, cyan, yellow
Power consumption Input voltage range Rated frequency range Input frequency range Rated current

Continuous paper with labels: bottom entry only
Label size (minimum) Backing sheet width Backing sheet length Backing sheet thickness Total thickness Label weight
0.938 2.5 inches (23.8 63.5 mm) 0.1 inch (2.5 mm) corner radius 4 to 10 inches (101.6 to 254 mm) 4 to 22 inches (101.6 to 558.8 mm) 0.0028 to 0.0035 inch (0.07 to 0.09 mm) 0.0063 to 0.0075 inch (0.16 to 0.19 mm) 17 lb (64 g/m2)

Size Thickness Weight

No. 6: 6.5 3.6 inches (mm) No. 10: 9.5 4.1 inches (mm) 0.0063 to 0.0205 inch (0.16 to 0.52 mm) 12 to 24 lb (45 to 90 g/m2)
Roll paper: rear entry with optional roll paper holder only

Width Thickness Weight

8.5 0.12 inch (mm) 0.0028 to 0.0035 inch (0.07 to 0.09 mm) 14 to 22 lb (52 to 82 g/m2)

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Paper Alignment
Printing starts at 0 on the scale. The unprintable area is to the left of the 0.

Continuous paper

A printable area

Printable Area

Single sheets and envelopes

A B A printable area

A The minimum top and bottom margins above and below the perforation are 0.17 inch (4.2 mm). B The minimum left and right margins are 0.51 inch (13 mm). The maximum paper width is 10 inches (254 mm). The maximum printable width is 8 inches (203.2 mm). For continuous paper wider than 9 inches (229.2 mm), the side margins increase proportionally to match the width of the paper. B

printable area

Roll paper
A The minimum top margin is 0.17 inch (4.2 mm). B The minimum left and right margins are 0.12 inch (3 mm). The maximum paper width is 10.1 inches (257 mm). The maximum printable width is 8 inches (203.2 mm). For single sheets wider than 8.23 inches (209.2 mm), the side margins increase proportionally to match the width of the paper. C The minimum bottom margin is 0.17 inch (4.2 mm).
A The minimum top margin is 0.17 inch (4.2 mm). B The minimum left and right margins are 0.12 inch (3 mm). The maximum printable width is 8 inches (203.2 mm).

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Safety Approvals

120 V LF/FF button

Feeds paper line by line when pressed and released. When held down, ejects a single sheet or advances continuous paper to the next top-of-form position.

Safety standards EMI

UL 1950 CSA C22.2 No. 950 FCC part 15 subpart B class B CSA C108.8 class B

Load/Eject button

Loads or ejects a single sheet of paper. When the tractor is installed in the push position, loads continuous paper from the standby position or feeds continuous paper backward to the standby position.
Safety standards EMI Acoustic noise
EN 60950 EN 55022 (CISPR pub. 22) class B AS/NZS 3548 class B Approx. 49 dB (A) (ISO 7779 pattern)

Paper Out light

On when no paper is loaded in the selected paper source or paper is not loaded correctly. Flashes when paper has not been fully ejected or a paper jam has occurred. In Micro Adjust mode, selects the font indicated by the Tear Off lights.

CE Marking

Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC EMC Directive 89/336/EEC
EN 60950 EN 55022 Class B EN 61000-3-2 EN 61000-3-3 EN 50082-1 IEC 60801-2 IEC 60801-3 IEC 60801-4

Pause button

Stops printing temporarily, and resumes printing when pressed again. When pressed for 3 seconds, turns on Micro Adjust mode.

Pause light

On when the printer is paused. Flashes when the printer is in the Micro Adjust mode or when the print head has overheated.
Control Panel Buttons and Lights

Micro Adjust mode

When you hold down the Pause button for 3 seconds, the printer enters the Micro Adjust mode. In this mode, you can press the LF/FF D and Load/Eject U buttons to adjust the top-of-form or tear-off position.

Tear Off lights

f f When continuous paper is in the tear-off position; otherwise the lights indicate the selected font.

Tear Off (Font) button

When the tractor is installed in the push position, advances continuous paper to the tear-off position. Feeds continuous paper backward from the tear-off position to the top-of-form position.

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Selecting Fonts
After entering the Micro Adjust mode by holding down the Pause button for three seconds, you can change font settings with the Tear Off button. The two Tear Off lights come on (n) and go off (o) to show the current selection. Press the button repeatedly to cycle through all of the available selections; then stop when you reach the desired font. Your selection stays in effect until you change it again or turn off the printer. However, any font choices you make with your software will cancel your control panel selection. The table below shows how the Tear Off lights appear for each selection.

Font EPSON Draft EPSON Draft condensed EPSON Roman EPSON Roman condensed EPSON Sans Serif EPSON Sans Serif condensed Tear Off lights o o n n n f n f o n f o f Pause f Paper Out n Pause Sample Problem Solution No paper is loaded in the selected paper source. Load paper in the printer. Then press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary. The paper is not loaded correctly. Remove your paper and reload it. Then press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary. Paper is jammed in the printer. Clear the paper jam. Continuous paper is not fed to the standby position. Tear off the printed document at the perforation; then press the Load/Eject button. The printer feeds the paper to the standby position. Press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light. A single sheet of paper is not fully ejected. Press the Load/Eject button to eject the sheet. Then press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary. Paper is jammed in the printer. Clear the paper jam. The print head is overheated. Wait a few minutes; the printer resumes printing automatically once the print head cools. f Paper Out f Pause f f Tear Off An unknown printer error has occurred. Turn off the printer and leave it off for several minutes; then turn on the printer again. If the error recurs, contact your dealer.
State of Beep panel lights pattern n Paper Out n Pause
n = on o = off f = flashing

Error Indicators

You can identify many common printer problems using the lights on the control panel. If your printer stops working and one or more control panel lights are on or flashing, or the printer beeps, use the following table to diagnose and fix the problem.
State of Beep panel lights pattern n Pause Problem Solution The printer is paused. Press the Pause button to resume printing. Paper from another paper source is currently in the paper path. Move the paper release lever back to the appropriate position and press the Load/Eject button to feed the paper out of the paper path. Then set the lever to the position you want to use. Press the Pause button to turn off the Pause light, if necessary.

n = on, f = flashing = short series of beeps (three beeps) = long series of beeps (five beeps) The printer beeps once if you press a control panel button when the corresponding function is not available.

Status Monitor

The EPSON Status Monitor 3 utility comes with the printer but is available only for use with Windows 95, 98, or NT 4.0. It allows you to monitor your printers status, alerts you when printer errors occur, and provides troubleshooting instructions.

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If you plan to use a tractor in the pull position, you can remove the tractor from the push position and reinstall it in the pull position, or you can purchase an optional tractor unit (C800301) and install it in the pull position.

Paper Positions

Top-of-Form Position
The top-of-form position is where the printer starts printing on single sheets or continuous paper.
Printing with the Push Tractor
When using the push tractor, it is a good idea to set the Auto tear-off feature in the default setting mode to On. Before loading paper, remove the printer cover and the paper guide and place the paper-release lever in the continuous paper position.
The letters ABC are printed at the top-of-form position

Tear-off Position

Continuous paper is in the tear-off position when the perforation is aligned with the tear-off edge. You can easily tear off your printed document at this position. After you load paper, attach the paper guide to separate the incoming paper from the printed paper. Fit its notches over the printers mounting posts as shown below. Then slide the paper guide toward the front of the printer until you feel it click.

Standby Position

Continuous paper is in the standby position when it is attached to the tractor but not loaded in the printer.
Printing on Continuous Paper
You can choose from two tractor positions (push and pull) for printing on continuous paper:
If you often need to tear off sheets of continuous paper (for printing purchase orders or sales slips, for example), it is best to use the push tractor. This allows you to use the tear-off edge to easily tear off printed sheets of continuous paper at the perforation. When continuous paper is loaded on the push tractor, you can also load single sheets from the paper guide without removing the continuous paper from the tractor. The tractor is installed in the push position when the printer is shipped. If you often print on thick or heavy continuous paper, such as multipart forms or continuous paper with labels, use a tractor in the pull position. You cannot use the tear-off feature with the pull tractor.
Switching Back to Single Sheets
To switch to single sheets, press the Load/Eject button; the printer feeds the paper backward to the standby position. Then you are ready to load single sheets for printing.

Always tear off the printed document before you press the Load/Eject button. Reverse feeding several pages at a time may cause a paper jam.

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Printing with the Pull Tractor
To load continuous paper using the pull tractor, you must move the tractor to the pull tractor position, as described in steps 1 through 4 below. If your tractor is already installed in this position, make sure the printer is off and skip to step 7.
Use the knob on the left side of the printer only to clear paper jams and only when the printer is off. Otherwise, you may damage the printer or cause it to lose the topof-form position. When using the pull tractor, set the Auto tear-off feature in the default setting mode to Off; otherwise the paper may jam.
4. Move the tractor forward to the mounting slot at the top of the printer and tilt it into place as shown below. When you push the tractor onto the posts, you should feel the notches snap into place.
1. Turn the printer off; then remove the printer cover and the paper guide. 2. Remove the paper tension unit by squeezing the tension units lock tabs gently and pull the tension unit away from the printer. Pull the paper-release lever forward to the continuous paper position. 5. Release the sprocket units by pulling the sprocket locks forward.
3. Squeeze the tractors lock tabs gently and rotate the tractor up and pull it away from the printer.
6. Insert the paper into the paper slot as shown below and pull it up. Position the paper using the scale on the printer as a guide. The printer prints to the right of the position marked 0.

0 position

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7. Slide the left sprocket unit so that its sprockets match the position of the holes in the paper and lock the unit in place. Then slide the right sprocket unit to match the width of your paper, but do not lock it. Move the paper support midway between the two sprocket units.
Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position
The top-of-form position is where the printer will start printing on the page. If your printing appears too high or low, follow the steps below to use the Micro Adjust feature to adjust the top-ofform position.
Never use the knob to adjust the top-of-form position; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the topof-form position. Your top-of-form position setting remains in effect until you change it, even if you turn off the printer. The top margin setting made in some application software overrides the top-of-form position setting you make with the Micro Adjust feature. If necessary, adjust the top-of-form position in your software.

1. Make sure the printer is turned on and paper is loaded. 8. Open the sprocket covers, fit the first holes of the paper over the sprocket pins, and then close the sprocket covers. Slide the right sprocket unit to remove any slack in the paper and lock it in place. 2. Remove the printer cover. 3. Hold down the Pause button for about 3 seconds. The Tear Off lights start flashing and the printer enters the Micro Adjust mode. 4. Press the LF/FF D button to move the top-of-form position up on the page, or press the Load/Eject U button to move the top-of-form position down on the page.
9. To separate the incoming paper from the printed paper, attach the paper guide. Hold it horizontally and fit its notches over the printers mounting posts. Then slide the paper guide toward the back of the printer until it clicks. 10. Attach the printer cover and adjust the paper position with the paper-feed knob. Turn the knob until the perforation between pages is just above the print head. Then turn on the printer. 11. Make sure the printer cover is closed, but with the paper guide cover open. If you want to change the position where printing begins on the page, press LF/FF to advance the page to the next top-of-form position, and then see Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position (below) to adjust the loading position. To eject the paper, tear off the paper entering the printer; then press the LF/FF button to feed the paper forward.

plastic ribbon cover

The printer has a minimum and maximum top-ofform position. If you try to adjust it beyond these limits, the printer beeps and stops moving the paper. When the paper reaches the default top-of-form position, the printer also beeps and stops moving the paper briefly. You can use the default setting as a reference point when adjusting the top-of-form position.

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To adjust the top-of-form position for continuous paper loaded on the pull tractor, see the following example: First mark a point 0.1 inch (2.5 mm) above the papers perforation; then position the paper so that the mark is even with the top edge of the plastic ribbon cover. This gives you a 0.33-inch (8.5-mm) margin on the next page, meaning the printer starts printing 0.33 inch (8.5 mm) below the perforation. If you mark a point 0.22 inch (5.5 mm) above the perforation, you get a 0.22-inch (5.5-mm) margin on the next page.

Advancing the paper to the tear-off position automatically
To automatically advance your printed documents to the tear-off position, turn on the Auto tear-off mode and select the appropriate page length for continuous paper in the default setting mode. See Changing Default Settings on page 13. When Auto tear-off is on, the printer automatically advances the paper to the tear-off position when it receives a full page of data or a form feed command followed by no more data.
Adjusting the tear-off position
If the paper 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 the steps below.
Never use the knob to adjust the tear-off position; this may damage the printer or cause it to lose the tear-off position. Your tear-off position setting remains in effect until you change it, even if you turn off the printer.
5. After you set the top-of-form position, press the Pause button to exit Micro Adjust mode.
Advancing Paper to the Tear-Off Edge
When you use the push tractor, you can use the tear-off feature to advance your continuous paper to the tear-off edge when you finish printing. You can then easily tear off the printed document. When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds the paper back to the top-of-form position, saving the paper normally lost between documents. You can use the tear-off feature manually by pressing the Tear Off button, or automatically by turning on the Auto tear-off mode. If the perforation between pages is not aligned with the tear-off edge, you can adjust the position of the perforation using the Micro Adjust feature.
Never use the tear-off feature to feed continuous paper with labels backward; they may come off their backing sheet and jam the printer.
1. Make sure the Tear Off lights are flashing (the paper is at the current tear-off position). If necessary, press the Tear Off button to advance the paper to the tear-off position. 2. Open the paper guide cover. 3. Hold down the Pause button for 3 seconds. The Tear Off lights flash 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.

tear-off edge

Using the Tear Off button
After your document prints, check that the Tear Off lights are not flashing. Then press the Tear Off button. The printer advances the paper to the tear-off edge.
If the Tear Off lights are flashing, the paper is in the tear-off position. If you press the Tear Off button again, the printer feeds your paper to the top-of-form position. The printer has a minimum and maximum tear-off position. If you try to adjust the tear-off position beyond these limits, the printer beeps and stops moving the paper.

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5. After you set the tear-off position, press the Pause button to turn off the Micro Adjust mode. 6. Tear off the printed page(s). When you resume printing, the printer automatically feeds the paper back to the top-of-form position. 2. Slide the left edge guide until it locks in place at the guide mark, then adjust the right edge guide to match the width of your paper.
Printing on Single Sheets
You can load single-sheet paper one sheet at a time using the printers paper guide. The printer accommodates single sheets from 3.9 to 10.1 inches (100 to 257 mm) wide. Before printing on single-sheet multipart forms, envelopes, or other special paper, be sure to the set the paper thickness lever to the appropriate position. See Adjusting the Paper Thickness Lever on page 12 for details.
To load a stack of single-sheet paper, use the optional cut-sheet feeder. You can use the paper guide to load single-sheet carbonless multipart forms that are fastened at the top by line gluing. Insert multipart forms in the paper guide, bound edge first and printable side down.
3. Slide a sheet of paper down firmly between the edge guides until it meets resistance.

Loading Single Sheets

1. Make sure the paper-release lever is pushed back to the single-sheet position, as shown below. Raise the paper guide upright.
Printing on Special Paper
The printer accommodates multipart forms, labels, and envelopes. For multipart forms and labels, you should not print any closer than 0.5 inch or 13 mm from either side of the paper.
When printing on multipart forms, thicker-than-normal paper, labels, or envelopes, make sure your software program settings keep the printing entirely within the printable area. Printing past the edge of these papers can damage the print head.

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Adjusting the Paper Thickness Lever

Before printing on special paper, you need to change the paper thickness setting. The paper thickness lever is under the cover on the left side of the printer. The numbers next to the lever indicate the thickness setting.

Labels

You must use the tractor as a pull tractor to print on labels. Keep these tips in mind:
Choose labels mounted on a continuous backing sheet with sprocket holes made for use with a tractor. Do not print labels as single sheets, because the shiny backing sheet almost always slips slightly. You load labels the same way you load continuous paper, except that the paper thickness lever should be set to 1. See Printing with the Pull Tractor on page 8 for loading instructions. Because labels are especially sensitive to temperature and humidity, use them only under normal operating conditions. Make sure the printing stays entirely within the printable area. Dont leave labels loaded in the printer between jobs; they curl around the platen and may jam when you resume printing. To remove the labels from the printer, tear off the fresh supply at the rear of the printer; then press LF/FF to advance the remaining labels out of the printer.
Never feed labels backward through the printer; they can easily peel off the backing and jam the printer.
Use the table below to select the appropriate paper thickness.
Paper type Standard paper (single sheets or continuous) Multipart forms 2-sheets 3-sheets 4-sheets 5-sheets Labels Envelopes Lever position 2 to 4
You can feed envelopes individually using the paper guide.

Multipart Forms

You can use carbonless multipart forms of up to five parts (one original plus four copies). Before you print on the forms, set the paper thickness lever as described in the previous section. These tips will help you get good results:
Before loading an envelope, set the paper thickness lever to 2, 3, or 4. See Adjusting the Paper Thickness Lever (above). Load an envelope the same way you load single sheets, but insert the wide edge of the envelope into the printer first, printable-side down. When you insert the envelope between the paper guides, push it firmly and hold it until it feeds into the printer. Use envelopes only under normal temperature and humidity conditions. Make sure the printing stays entirely within the printable area. The print head must not go past the left or right edge of the envelope or other thick paper.
Use only multipart forms that are joined by spot gluing or side-crimping, and that are free of wrinkles and waves. Never load multipart forms joined by metal staples, tape, or continuous gluing. If you need to adjust the loading position, use your software program or change the loading position as described in Adjusting the Top-of-Form Position on page 9. When you use side-crimped multipart forms, the copies may not align with the original. If this happens, raise the paper guide.

Printing a Self Test

Running the self test helps you determine whether the printer or the computer is causing a printing problem. You can print the self test using either single sheets or continuous paper. 1. Make sure paper is loaded and the printer is turned off.
2. To enter hex dump mode, hold down both the LF/FF and Load/Eject buttons while you turn on the printer. 3. Open a software application and send a print job to the printer. Your printer prints all the codes it receives in hexadecimal format.
2. To run the test using the Draft font, hold down the LF/FF button while you turn on the printer. 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 test prints faster than the letterquality test. After a few seconds, the printer loads the paper automatically and begins printing the self test. A series of characters is printed.
If characters are printable, they appear in the right column as ASCII characters. Nonprintable codes, such as control codes, are represented by dots. By comparing the characters printed in the right column with the printout of the hexadecimal codes, you can check the codes the printer is receiving. 4. To exit hex dump mode, press the Pause button to stop printing and the Load/Eject button to eject the printed page(s). Then turn off the printer. 5/00

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6. Make sure the tractor that came with your printer is installed in the push position. 7. Repack the printer, ribbon cartridge, and paper guide in the original packing materials and place them in the printers original box.

Cleaning the Printer

To keep your printer operating at its best, you should clean it thoroughly several times a year. Follow these steps: 1. Remove any paper loaded in the printer and turn it off. 2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet; then disconnect the interface cable from the printer. 3. Remove the paper guide. If a pull tractor or an optional cutsheet feeder is installed, remove it. 4. Use a soft brush to carefully brush away all dust and dirt from the outer case and paper guide. 5. If the outer case or paper guide is still dirty, clean it 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 top of the printer to prevent water from getting inside the printer.

Never use alcohols or thinners to clean the printer; these chemicals can damage the printer components as well as the case. 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.

Related Documentation

TM-LX300+ PL-LX300+ EPSON LX-300+ Users Guide EPSON LX-300+ Read All About It (Transition Guide) EPSON LX-300+ Service Manual EPSON LX-300+ Parts Price List

Transporting the Printer

If you need to transport your printer, carefully repack it using the original box and packing materials, as described below.
You need to move the print head by hand to remove the ribbon cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print head may be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it.
1. Remove any paper in the printer and turn it off. 2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet; then disconnect the interface cable from the printer. 3. Attach the paper guide. 4. If a pull tractor is installed, remove it. If any options are installed, remove them and pack them in their original boxes. 5. Make sure that the print head is not hot. Then remove the ribbon cartridge.

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Technical specifications

Full description

Designed for demanding work environments, the Epson LX-300+II offers the speed, reliability and user-friendly features you need for critical business requirements. You get powerful performance, plus easy system integration with Parallel and Serial ports, as well as fast USB connectivity. This compact performer presents the perfect value for your busy workgroup, tackling high-volume, multipart print jobs with ease. The Epson LX-300+II prints up to 337 characters per second (12 characters per inch) in High-speed Draft Mode and handles up to 5-part forms. With its narrow format and durable, 9-pin technology, this hard-working printer handles virtually any task, including inventory reports, spreadsheets, receipts, invoices, packing slips, check runs and customer shipping labels. Plus, its compact size makes it ideal for that busy workroom with limited counter space. At 49 dB, the Epson LX-300+II is quieter than most impact printers. And, because it's from Epson, you know you can count on it in any situation. Boasting a mean-time-between-failure rating of 6,000 power-on-hours, it offers remarkable reliability. In addition, its printhead produces up to 400-million strokes/wire, ensuring the long life you require from a high performance printer. Built to handle all your critical tasks, the Epson LX-300+II features multiple paper paths for greater versatility. It also includes eight built-in bar codes so you can customize documents as needed.

General
Printer TypeWorkgroup printer - dot-matrix - 9 pin - monochrome
Width14.4 in
Depth10.8 in
Height6.3 in
Weight9.7 lbs
Printer
Print SpeedUp to 337 char/sec - fast draft - 12 cpi Up to 300 char/sec - fast draft - 10 cpi Up to 225 char/sec - draft - 10 cpi Up to 270 char/sec - draft - 12 cpi Up to 225 char/sec - condensed - 20 cpi Up to 56 char/sec - letter - 10 cpi Up to 67 char/sec - letter - 12 cpi Up to 225 char/sec - draft - 15 cpi Up to 191 char/sec - condensed - 17 cpi Up to 56 char/sec - letter - 15 cpi Up to 47 char/sec - letter - 17 cpi Up to 56 char/sec - letter - 20 cpi
Connectivity TechnologyWired
InterfaceParallel, Serial, USB
Max Resolution ( B&W )240 dpi x 144 dpi
Fonts Included8 x barcode
BarcodesCode 39, EAN/JAN-8 , EAN/JAN-13 , UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, Postnet
RAM
RAM Installed ( Max )64 KB
Media Handling
Media TypeEnvelopes, labels, plain paper, continuous forms
Max Media Size (Custom)10 in x 22 in
Media Sizes10 in x 22 in, Roll (8.5 in), 4 in x 4 in
Max Sheets in Multi-Part Form5
Expansion / Connectivity
Connections1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 36 pin Centronics 1 x serial 1 x USB
Miscellaneous
MTBF6,000 hour(s)
Works with Windows VistaSoftware and devices that carry the Works with Windows Vista logo have been tested for baseline compatibility with PC's running.
Power
Power DevicePower supply
Voltage RequiredAC 120 V
Frequency Required50/60 Hz
Software / System Requirements
OS RequiredMicrosoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows 3.1, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows NT 3.5
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support2 years warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - 2 years
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature41 °F
Max Operating Temperature95 °F
Humidity Range Operating10 - 80%
Sound Emission (Operating)49 dBA
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandEpson
Part NumberC11C640001
GTIN00010343858558

 

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