How to Set Up Dot Matrix Printer - First Time Printer Setup

This document is for the following printers:

  • Epson LX-350 Dot Matrix Printer
  • Oki Microline 320 Turbo Dot Matrix Printer
  • Epson FX-890II Dot Matrix Printer
  • Oki Microline 186 Dot Matrix Printer
  • Epson LQ-590II Dot Matrix Printer
  • Lexmark Forms Printer 2580+ Dot Matrix Printer
  • Tally Dascom 1125 Dot Matrix Printer
  • Star Micronics SP700 Dot Matrix Printer
  • Epson PLQ-20 Dot Matrix Passbook Printer
  • IBM 4247 Dot Matrix Printer

Printer Setup Steps

  1. Unboxing: Carefully unpack the printer and remove all packaging materials, including tapes and protective covers.
  2. Placement: Choose a stable, flat surface near a power outlet. Ensure that there's enough space around the printer for ventilation and paper loading. Also, make sure the surface can support the weight of the printer.
  3. Power Connection: Plug the power cord into the printer and connect it to a power outlet. Turn on the printer using the power button, typically located on the front or top panel.
  4. Initial Setup:
    1. Some printers require initial setup steps like selecting the language, country/region, date, and time. Follow the on-screen prompts or consult the printer's manual for guidance.
    2. Set up any additional preferences such as Wi-Fi connectivity, if applicable. Navigate through the printer's control panel menu to connect it to your Wi-Fi network, entering the network password when prompted.
  5. Ink or Ribbon Installation: Dot matrix printers use ink ribbons instead of ink cartridges. Follow these steps to install the ribbon:
    1. Open the printer cover or access panel to reveal the print head and ribbon compartment.
    2. Insert the ink ribbon cartridge into its designated slot, ensuring it's inserted correctly and securely.
    3. Close the cover or access panel securely.
  6. Paper Loading:
    1. Open the paper tray or input tray of the printer.
    2. Adjust the paper guides to match the size of the paper you're using (usually continuous feed paper).
    3. Insert the paper roll into the tray, ensuring it's inserted correctly and aligned with the paper guides.
    4. Close the paper tray securely.
  7. Driver Installation: If you're using Windows or macOS, you may need to install specific drivers for your dot matrix printer. These drivers can usually be downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
    1. Download and run the printer driver installer.
    2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers.
    3. Once installed, connect the printer to your computer using a USB cable or set up network printing if applicable.
  8. Test Print: Perform a test print to ensure that the printer is functioning correctly. You can do this by sending a test page or document to the printer from your computer.
    1. Open a text document or image on your computer.
    2. Select "Print" from the file menu.
    3. Choose the dot matrix printer from the list of available printers.
    4. Click "Print" to send the document to the printer.
    5. Check the printout for quality and alignment.
  9. Optional Configuration: Depending on your specific needs, you may want to configure additional settings such as print quality, paper size, font settings, etc., through the printer's control panel or the printer properties on your computer.