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Epson LQ 570 ESC/P2 Print Garbled/Win 98

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Okay I'm ready to pull my hair out.  I have a computer that I just installed Windows 98 (full version) from a formatted FAT 32 hard drive.  I have installed the Epson Printer (LQ 570 ESC/P2) as it is the appropriate printer, however, whenever I print, it is garbled.  It doesn't matter if I uninstall it, reinstall it, try to print from Notepad a few text words (to check if its just the program), and it wont print correctly at the MSDOS Prompt when I use the dir >lpt1 command.  Garbled language, that's all I get.  Why is this doing this to me???

Why download a new driver when I have the newest Windows 98 CD that already has that driver on it?  Has anyone else had the same problem? Help ....
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I would be willing to bet that you have either incorrect dip-switch settings on your printer (located on the front of your printer behind small door) or you have a bad printer cable.

The proper dip-switch settings shoud be:
SW1:
1,2,3 On (up) -- 4-8 Off (down)

SW2:
1-4 Off (down)

If that is correct then try using a different printer cable and see where that gets you.

Hope that helps!

Joel R. Helgeson
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jrhelgeson, I checked the dip switches which are correct.  I have yet to try a new cable and will get one today, however, when I connected the printer to an old computer (Win 3.11), the printer worked.  Now, these computers are out in the country, and so there is a LOT of dust in them, etc, so I can understand if the dust has made the printer cable's pins faulty, and this is a new computer, so, I can reason the communication problem between old printer/new computer.  However, if the printer worked with the old win 3.11 computer, is there a better explanation then for the problem with this new computer not being able to communicate with this printe????
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Your new computer has a faulty printer port?
I have that very same printer here that we use for printing up invoices, and it works quite well.

Good luck, and keep me posted.

JRHelgeson
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by:Indi
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R u using Windows 98?  Do you have a driver that I could use? We have installed an Epson LQ-1000 and it prints fine, but not with the LQ 570.  I think the Windows 98 CD which comes with its own driver, is either not compatible or this particular printer requires an older printer driver.  Suggestions?  Do you know where I could find the printer driver that will work with this?

I have tried printing using RAW/EMF and as soon as something is sent to the printer, it prints in ASCII.  HUUUEEELLP...
thanks
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....where did you gooooo.....   I wanted to know if you're using Windows 98 with your Epson 570?  If not, then that would explain why I'm having problems, and you're not!?
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Your suggestions were very helpful, however in this case, I discovered that this printer works fine on new computer, just not on mine.  I since discovered through the grapevine, that I should check CMOS and set the printer to normal.... in this case, it was set at ECP and I changed it to EPP under CMOS... and that cured the problem.  


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