Zebra lp2844 EPL commands

Posted on 2009-02-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am trying to get my zebra lp2844 to print using EPL. i am typing the EPL commands in a text file and then copying this file to the printer , but the printer just prints a label with the exact EPL text i wrote in the text file.

I need some assistance getting this setup , from scratch.
Question by:Neil2311
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    Assisted Solution

    First of all is it a LP2844 or a LP2844-Z model you are using? I assume its a LP2844 (without -Z)
    Are you using EPL1 or EPL2, this requires different programming mode set in the printer (see quote from EPL2manual)
    when you say copy the file to the printer, can you describe this more?
    Quote from EPL programming manual
    Flash based printers are, by default, configured for Page (EPL2) mode operations.
    the operator must convert the printer to Line Mode prior to the initial use of LineMode.
    This is done via a hardware select procedure with the feed button during printer power-up.
    End Quote
    if the above is not the issue, can you post the EPL code her?
    / Mikael
    LVL 37

    Assisted Solution

    How did you "type" the escape and other control characters? Most text editors (e.g. NotePad) cannot handle control characters. Even those that can usually require a special trick to let you insert them. For example, DOS EDIT requires you to type Ctrl-V and then the character you want. Some control characters have a keyboard key, e.g Esc, so you can press that after the Ctrl-V. Others, such as FF (formfeed) need to be entered as a Ctrl key. In the case of EDIT and FF, you would type Ctrl-V Ctrl-L.

    Other editors let you enter the control characters as hex or decimal numbers. Tell us which editor you are using, and someone will be able to tell you how to enter control characters.

    Accepted Solution

    What you have to do is put the printer in "Line Mode" instead of "Page Mode".  To see which mode follow these steps:

      1.  Turn off the power.

      2.  Hold down the feed button while powering up the printer.  Once the green light is visible release the button.

      3.  This will print the printer configuration label.  One of the top two lines will say which mode the printer is in.  If it says "Page Mode" then skip to step 4, otherwise there is something wrong with the printer instructions.

      4.  To change from "Page Mode" to "Line Mode" perform the following:
            a.)  Turn off the power.
            b.)  Press and hold down the feed button.
            c.)  When the light turns red release the feed button.
            d.)  When the light turns green press and hold down the feed button.
            e.)  When the light turns amber release the feed button.  The light should now be green.
            f.)  Repeat steps 1-3 to determine that the printer is now in "Line Mode".

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    I have what should be an acceptable solution.  One of my colleagues had this same exact issue last week and this solution worked her.

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