Epson ActionPrinter manual

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    FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT FOR AMERICAN USERS This equipment has been tested and found to comply with [...]

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    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 1. Read all of these instructions and save them for later reference. 2[...]

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    10. If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total of the ampere ratings o[...]

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    Contents Introduction 1 Features ...................................................................[...]

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    Chapter 4 Using the Printer Options 4-1 Cut-Sheet Feeder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[...]

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    Introduction Your new Epson 24-pin dot matrix printer combines a compact design and high performance[...]

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    Introduction l Film Ribbon Cartridge ( # 7768) An optional film ribbon cartridge provides you with e[...]

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    Introduction Name of the Parts edge guides paper release lever printer cover slot cover control pa[...]

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    Introduction Where to Get Help A network of authorized Epson Customer Care Centers throughout the Un[...]

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    Chapter 1 Setting Up the Printer Unpacking the Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[...]

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    Unpacking the Printer When you unpack the printer, make sure that you have all the parts shown below[...]

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    Unpacking the Printer Note: l You’ll find the platen knob in a piece of the foam packing. l You?[...]

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    Choosing a Place for the Printer When selecting a place to set up your printer, be sure to keep the [...]

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    Choosing a Place for the Printer Note: If you plan to use a printer stand, follow these guidelines: [...]

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    Assembling the Printer After choosing a good place for your printer, you install the platen knob. In[...]

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    Assembling the Printer 1. Raise the tractor cover to the upright position. Then lift the cover up a[...]

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    Assembling the Printer 3. Turn the ribbon-tightening knob in the direction of the arrow. This remov[...]

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    Assembling the Printer 5. Use a pointed object, such as a ball point pen, to guide the ribbon betwee[...]

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    Testing the Printer Before connecting your printer to a computer, you use the built-in self-test fun[...]

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    Testing the Printer Loading paper Next, you need to load paper. This section describes loading conti[...]

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    Testing the Printer Slide the left sprocket unit to approximately 0.5 inches (12 mm) from the far [...]

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    Testing the Printer 6. Position the paper support midway between the two sprocket units. 7. Open bo[...]

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    Testing the Printer 8. Make sure your paper has a clean, straight edge and then insert the paper in[...]

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    Testing the Printer 10. Slide the right sprocket unit to a position where the paper is straight and[...]

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    Testing the Printer 13. Slide the edge guides to the center of the paper’s width. 14. Use the pl[...]

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    Testing the Printer Running the self test The self test runs in draft mode or Letter Quality (LQ) m[...]

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    Testing the Printer 4. To end the self test, be sure the printer is not printing. Press the FORM FEE[...]

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    Connecting the Printer to Your Computer If the self test printed correctly, you are ready to connect[...]

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    Connecting the Printer to Your Computer Note: If your cable has a ground wire, connect it to the gro[...]

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    Setting Up Your Application Software Most application programs let you specify the type of printer y[...]

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    Chapter 2 Paper Handling Using Single Sheets .................................................... 2-[...]

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    Using Single Sheets Your printer accommodates single sheets with widths from 7.2 inches (182 mm) to [...]

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    Using Single Sheets 2. Place the paper guide on the printer. Then raise it up until it locks into [...]

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    Using Single Sheets 3. 4. Slide the left edge guide until it locks in place at the Next, adjust the[...]

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    Using Single Sheets Note: If the platen turns without loading the paper, completely remove the pape[...]

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    Using Continuous Paper This printer’s paper-handling system allows you to load continuous paper th[...]

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    Using Continuous Paper 4. Fit the rear notches of the tractor unit over the rear mounting pins of t[...]

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    Using Continuous Paper Positioning your continuous-paper supply If you want to load paper through th[...]

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    Using Continuous Paper 3. Slide the left sprocket unit to approximately 0.5 inches (12 mm) from the[...]

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    Using Continuous Paper 7. Slide the right sprocket unit to a position where the paper is straight [...]

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    Using Continuous Paper Setting the top of form position You may need to set the top of the form to[...]

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    Using Continuous Paper Removing the pull tractor 1. If you have a printed document still in the pri[...]

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    Using Continuous Paper 6. Hold both ends of the tractor unit and slowly tilt the unit back until t[...]

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    Printing on Special Paper In addition to printing on single sheets and continuous paper, your printe[...]

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    Printing on Special Paper 4. Set the paper-thickness lever to match the thickness of your paper acco[...]

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    Printing on Special Paper Except for the paper-thickness setting, you load multi-part paper the s[...]

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    Chapter 3 Using the Printer Operating the Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [...]

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    Operating the Control Panel The indicator lights give you the current status of the printer. The but[...]

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    Operating the Control Panel Buttons POWER READY PAPER OUT ON LINE This button controls the printer?[...]

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    Operating the Control Panel SelecType When the printer is on line, the FORM FEED button is used[...]

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    Setting the DIP Switches By changing the settings of the two sets of DIP switches inside the compart[...]

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    Setting the DIP Switches 3. Use a pointed instrument, such as the tip of a pen, to turn a switch on [...]

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    Setting the DIP Switches DIP-switch tables The tables below show the settings for each DIP switch f[...]

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    Setting the DIP Switches Table 1 international character sets (DIP switch 1-7 OFF) When DIP switch[...]

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    Setting the DIP Switches Table 4 Page length Page length SW2-1 SW2-2 SW1-8 11 inches OFF OFF OFF [...]

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    Setting the DIP Switches DIP switch functions This section describes the different features you c[...]

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    Setting the DIP Switches Print direction for graphics The printer ordinarily prints text bidirecti[...]

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    Selecting Typestyles You can produce a wide range of typestyles by combining different character fon[...]

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    Selecting Typestyles Draft mode uses fewer dots per character for high-speed printing, which makes i[...]

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    Selecting Typestyles Epson Prestige Epson Script OCR-B Note: The OCR-B font is read by an optical ch[...]

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    Selecting Typestyles Character spacing For all of the eight built-in fonts, you can choose character[...]

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    Selecting an International Character Set International character sets provide you with some characte[...]

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    Choosing a Character Table When DIP switch 1-7 is on, the graphics character tables are selected; [...]

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    Choosing a Character Table The characters in each character set are shown in the Appendix. Note: l T[...]

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    Data Dump Mode Data dump mode is a special feature that allows experienced users to find the cause o[...]

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    Chapter 4 Using the Printer Options Cut-Sheet Feeder ...............................................[...]

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    Cut-Sheet Feeder The optional cut-sheet feeder ( # 7341) makes it possible to handle single sheets o[...]

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    Cut-Sheet Feeder 4. Hold the assembled cut-sheet feeder in both hands and fit its notches over the p[...]

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    Cut-Sheet Feeder Paper handling 1. Pull the left and right rear tabs on the cut sheet feeder forward[...]

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    Cut-Sheet Feeder 3. Move the front stacker support to the center of your paper’s width. 4. Take a [...]

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    Cut-Sheet Feeder 6. Push the rear tabs on both paper guides backward to clamp the paper against the[...]

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    Cut-Sheet Feeder Removing the cut-sheet feeder 1. Make sure that the printer is turned off. If any p[...]

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    Film Ribbon The optional film ribbon (#7768) provides you with even higher quality printing than the[...]

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    Chapter 5 Maintenance and Transportation Cleaning the Printer .....................................[...]

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    Cleaning the Printer To keep your printer operating at its best, you should clean it thoroughly seve[...]

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    Replacing the Ribbon When your printing becomes too faint, you need to replace the ribbon. The Epson[...]

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    Transporting the Printer If you need to transport your printer some distance, carefully repack the p[...]

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    Chapter 6 Troubleshooting Problems and Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [...]

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    Problems and Solutions This chapter presents solutions to possible printer problems. If you have dif[...]

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    Power Supply Power is not being supplied. l The POWER light does not go on. Check that the power [...]

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    Printing The printer does not print. l The ON LINE light is off. Press the ON LINE button to put [...]

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    Printing The print is faint or uneven. l Printed characters have parts missing at the bottom. The ri[...]

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    Printing l The font selected by SelecType does not print. Your software may be overriding your Sel[...]

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    Printing l Skip-over-perforation is set, but the perforation does not fall in the center of the s[...]

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    Paper Handling The following section guides you through problems in handling single sheets and conti[...]

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    Paper Handling l The paper feed is crooked or the paper jams. The cut-sheet feeder mode may be t[...]

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    Options When you use the cut-sheet feeder, the paper does not feed properly. l When a print command [...]

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    Chapter 7 Technical Specifications Printer Specifications .........................................[...]

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    Printer Specifications Printing Printing method: 24-pin impact dot matrix Printing speed: Quality Ch[...]

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    Printer Specifications Buffer: Character fonts: 1 Kbyte or 8 Kbytes (DIP-switch selectable) Font Ava[...]

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    Printer Specifications Printable area: Single sheet 0.12" (3 mm) or more on paper that is 9&q[...]

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    Printer Specifications Paper thickness: Single sheets Paper weight : 0.0025 to 0.004 inches (0.065 [...]

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    Printer Specifications Mechanical Paper-feed methods: Friction Pull tractor Single-bin cut-sheet fee[...]

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    Printer Specifications Input voltage range: Rated current: Power consumption: Rated frequency range[...]

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    Interface Specifications Your printer is equipped with a parallel interface. Specifications and pin [...]

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    Interface Specifications Signal Pin 11 Return Pin 29 Description A HIGH signal indicates that the p[...]

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    Interface Specifications Signal Return Pin Pin Signal Direction Description 35 - - OUT Pulled up to [...]

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    Interface Specifications Interface timing The figure below shows the timing for the parallel interf[...]

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    Initialization There are three ways that the printer can be initialized (returned to a fixed set o[...]

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    Chapter 8 Command Summary Using the Command Summary ........................................ 8-2 C[...]

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    Using the Command Summary The following section lists and describes all the commands by topic. If a [...]

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    Commands Arranged by Topic Printer operation ASCII Dec. Hex. Description ESC @ 64 40 Initialize Pri[...]

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    Commands Arranged by Topic ASCII ESC 0 ESC 2 ESC 3 n ESC J n VT ESC B nn Dec. Hex. Description 48 3[...]

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    Commands Arranged by Topic Overall printing style ASCII Dec. Hex. Description ESC x n 120 78 Sel[...]

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    Commands Arranged by Topic ASCII Dec. Ha. Description ESC W l/0 87 57 Turn Double-Width Mode On/Off[...]

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    Commands Arranged by Topic ASCII ESC q n Dec. Hex. Description 113 71 Select Character Style 0: [...]

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    Commands Arranged by Topic Userdefined characters ASCII Dec. Hex . Description ESC & nn ESC :[...]

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    Commands Arranged by Topic Graphics ASCII Dec. Hex. Description ESC * m n1 n2 42 2A Select Gra[...]

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    Appendix Character Tables ........................................................ A-2 Italic char[...]

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    Character Tables These character tables are selected by setting DIP switches 1-1, 1-2, 1-3 and 1-7[...]

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    Character Tables Graphics character tables PC 437 (United States) PC 850 (Multilingual) Appendix A- [...]

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    Character Tables PC 860 (Portugal) PC 863 (Canada-French) A-4 Appendix[...]

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    Character Tables PC 865 (Norway) Appendix A- 5[...]

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    Glossary The following definitions apply specifically to printers. application program A software pr[...]

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    character table A portion of the printer’s standard ASCII character set that you use for graphic s[...]

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    DIP switches Small switches in a printer that control various printer functions and set the default [...]

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    form feed A control code and a panel button that advances the paper to the next top of form positio[...]

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    platen The black roller that provides a backing for the paper during printing. proportional printing[...]

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    unidirectional printing Printing in one direction only. Unidirectional printing is useful for prin[...]

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    Index Command descriptions are not indexed here. For information on a specific command, see Chapter [...]

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    G Graphics character sets, 3-7-8, 3-17-18, A-3-1 5 I Initialization, 7-12 Input buffer, 3-7, 3-10[...]

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    Print head, 7-6 Print speed, 7-2 Problems, see Troubleshooting Proportional spacing, 3-15, 7-2 Pull [...]

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    3000 KEY FEATURES: n Sharp Letter Quality Printing n Fast 192 CPS Draft Print Speed n High-Resolu[...]