Looking through our storage room yesterday I found an old “OKI MICROLINE 390 Turbo” Printer (24 PIN).
I did a test page from the printer by holding down the LF button for several seconds while I turned the printer on. Results are below, as you can see this printed normally.
I then hooked it up to my machine (Windows 7 32 bit) and used the “OKI MICROLINE 390 TURBO” driver that’s already in windows. It prints but at different times it doesn’t print some words correctly as can be seen in the below screenshot.
I have also tried using the “OKI Generic Dot-Matrix 24Pin Printer” driver, also from Windows and this gives me the same result as the first driver.
What’s interesting though is that when I use either of the above drivers and print a good 10 pages of text on the printer, at first the printer will print incorrectly on the first few pages, but then it will correct itself and print fine, but then will bugger up again, as can be seen below.
I have searched for other drivers on the net, but havent been able to find any. Even the vendor themselves say to use the one in Windows 7.
I've been reading that it could be the printer head that is faulty, but if that were the case then nothing would print perfectly. Also why would the test from the printer itself (holding down the LF button) be perfectly fine if the print head was buggered.
Is someone able to advise what the problem might be? And how it can be resolved.