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03-21-2001, 03:51 AM
I'm tryint to get a standard Epson Compatible 9-pin dot-matrix printer to work under Windows, but do you think it will work????
I have tried installing the "Epson Compatible 9-pin" driver, and the "IBM generic 9-pin graphics" driver, both don't work.
I have tried adjusting the DPI, and the port settings, and the spool settings.
The IBM driver ALMOST works, but it prints everything in double-space.
This printer works FINE under DOS(surprise, surprise - almost ANYTHING works better under DOS then in Windows, WHY IS THAT?!!?!!???), and prints fine(single spacing) with no problems at all, using the EPSON COMPATIBLE printer options...
Can anyone throw light on this - never does a day go by, when thou art put to the ultimate in self-control and paitence, dealing with the UNoperating-system called Windows...
Thanks for any help!
03-21-2001, 05:29 PM
I have a Epson LQ570 24 pin dot matrix running fine. When I installed it the Windows asked me what printer I had and I scrolled to the proper one and let the wizard install. I also, have a HP882 installed on the same system. I had bought a Panasonic dot matrix and could not get it to run on the other system with a Epson 640 ink jet. When I called Panasonic they referred me to another model because of incompatibility with the Epson. When you say Epson compatible??? Is it Epson or another brand. If it is Epson check their site for FAQs or check with their tech support.
03-22-2001, 01:22 AM
Some dot-matrix printers have a bank of DIP switches -- sometimes at the rear or hidden by a panel . One of them was usually to give a "hard" CR/LF (carriage return/line feed) at the end of each line, regardless of what the software application sends to the printer. When switched the other way, it only sends a CR. This may be what's causing the double spacing.
03-22-2001, 12:09 PM
One other thing you could try is to boot in Safe Mode. Go to Device Manager and delete all instances of printers you see. Then, reboot in normal mode and let Windows find the printer and set it up. If the printer wizard does not start automatically, go to Add New Hardware in Control Panel and manually set up the printer.
You might also check www.windrivers.com. (http://www.windrivers.com.) Use the Advanced Search option. Choose E and then Epson. You will then be presented with several options, drivers being one of them.
Whoops, wait a minute. You state that the printer is Epson compatible? What is the brand name of the printer? Does the printer have any software that came with it that contains the drivers? When you check the Windrivers site as listed above, find the actual manufacturer of your printer, then their driver page.
Sorry to be so vague. Could you please post back with the brand name of your printer? We should be able to nail this down, but it will be trial and error, for the most part.
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03-23-2001, 01:19 AM
Sorry about the printer make and model.
Forgot to state that cos I was so...annoyed...
Printer is a PANASONIC type, model EN-P1090, Super 5.
What gets me annoyed is that it works with Epson drivers using the old PROFESSIONAL WRITE word-processor for DOS.
And it prints single-spacing.
I checked out the Panasonic website, but could find no driver info for this model.
Will see if I can hunt down the manual for this printer.
It DOES have a 8-way DIL switch underneath.
Switch 4 is on.
I tried switching #4 off and tried the test page again, and the printer threw a wobbly!!!!
It started printing all sorts of crazy characters, and then stopped and beeped it's head off!!!
I think we can assume that #4 was in the right place before??!!!?
Try disabling the Auto Line Feed signal on pin 14 of the printer cable. The method I used was just a narrow piece of electrical tape placed on the #14 contact of the Centronics end of the cable. This Intel link (http://support.intel.com/support/netport/vintage/24731e.htm) describes the problem, which is not just related to your hardware.
Another thing you might try is to see if works in Windows as an Epson MX-80.
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[This message has been edited by Reid (edited 03-23-2001).]
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