Epson LQ-2500

Language: Epson ESC/P

Speed: Draft 324 CPS, LQ 108 CPS

Graphics: 60,180, 360 DPI

No. of Pins: 24

 FontsPaperSettingsInterfaces

Epson LQ-2500 Fonts

Internal Fonts

Typeface Quality Height Pitches
Epson Draft Draft 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 pts. 20, 14, 12, 10, 8.5, 8 and 7.5 CPI and proportional
Roman Letter Quality 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 pts. 20, 14, 12, 10, 8.5, 8 and 7.5 CPI and proportional
Sans Serif Letter Quality 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 pts. 20, 14, 12, 10, 8.5, 8 and 7.5 CPI and proportional
Courier Letter Quality 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 pts. 20, 14, 12, 10, 8.5, 8 and 7.5 CPI and proportional
Prestige Letter Quality 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 pts. 20, 14, 12, 10, 8.5, 8 and 7.5 CPI and proportional
Script Letter Quality 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 pts. 20, 14, 12, 10, 8.5, 8 and 7.5 CPI and proportional

Epson LQ-2500 Paper Handling

Continuous Feeding

Tractor Feed: Standard

Manual Feeding

Preparing the printer for single-sheet feed

  1. The dust cover. Do not put paper in the printer before you turn it on. The automatic single-sheet loading won't work if paper is loaded before turning the printer on.
  2. Now turn the printer ON. The display reads [PAPER OUT], the printer beeps, and the PAPER OUT light comes on.
  3. Push the paper release an paper bail levers back. Note that the paper bail lever must be in the printing (back) position now. You will move it to the single-sheet loading (forward) position in step 5.
  4. Place the paper on the paper guide with its left edge next to the edge tab. Push the paper firmly into the printer, then let go of it. The display changes from [PAPER OUT] to [OFF LINE].
  5. Pull the paper bail lever forward to the single-sheet loading position (indicated by the icon). This feeds the paper into the printer until it is past the paper bail.
  6. When the paper stops, push the paper bail lever back to the printing position. This feeds the paper backward until only its top edge is under the paper bail.
  7. With the paper loaded, press the ON LINE button to place the printer on line. The display reads [ON LINE}, the green ON LINE and READY lights come on, and the print head moves to the left side of the printer; this is the home position. The LQ-2500 is ready to print.

Epson LQ-2500 Settings

The SelecType Main Menu

The SelecType main menu lists the four modes that let you control printer functions and operation. Whenever you exit from any of the modes, you always return to the main menu. An * next to the name the mode indicates that you're in the main menu.

  1. After activating SelecType, press MENU to view the four modes on the main menu. The four modes are:
    LOAD MACRO - This mode lets you load one of the four macros to accommodate your own printing needs.
    CHANGE MACRO - This mode lets you change the current printer settings, with the option of creating and saving your mown macros.
    CHANGE DEFAULTS - This mode lets you define the settings that will be in effect each time you turn on the printer.
    PRINT OUT SETTINGS - This mode prints out the current printer settings, the settings for the four macros, and the default settings.
  2. To enter any of the four modes, press MENU until the display shows the mode you want. Then proceed according to the instructions for the particular model.
  3. Pressing EXIT at any time while you're in the main menu takes you out of the SelecType mode and returns the printer to the on line state.

Change Macro

The 14 settings and their options shown in the following table control printing and printer operation. These settings are the heart of the SelecType system. (There are additional settings that can be changed in the *Change Defaults mode).

Select with SETTING Change with OPTION
PRINT QUALITY Draft, LQ
FONT Roman, Sans Serif, Courier, Prestige, Script
PITCH 10 CPI, 12 CPI, 15 CPI, Proportional
CONDENSED On, Off
FORM LENGTH xx.x” (4” to 22” in 1/2” steps)
1” SKIP On , Off
RIGHT MARGIN xxx (Left Margin + 1-136)
LEFT MARGIN xx (0-80)
CG TABLE Italic, Graphic, Download
COUNTRY USA, France, Germany, UK, Denmark 1, Sweden, Italy, Spain 1, Japan, Norway, Denmark 2, Spain 2, L. America
PRINT DIR. Bi-D, Uni-D
HALF SPEED On, Off
SHEET FEEDER Off, Single, Double
*DEFAULT BIN 1,2 (only displayed when double-bin sheet feeder Is selected.)

The LQ-2500 uses a list of these settings, called the current printer settings, whenever it prints. This means there are actually six lists of settings stored in the printer's memory - the current printer settings, the settings for each of the four macros, and the default settings.

Change Defaults

The defaults are the settings in effect when your turn the printer on. The following table shows the default settings and options for the LQ-2500.

Select with SETTING Change with OPTION
INTERFACE Parallel, Serial
*BAUD RATE 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 900, 19200
*PARITY None, Even, Odd, Ignore
AUTO LINE FEED On, Off
SLCT-IN Valid, Invalid
DEFAULT MACRO #1, #2, #3, #4

The preset defaults

When you receive your LQ-2500, the defaults are already set for a parallel interface. The default settings are:

INTERFACE Parallel

AUTO LINE FEED Off

SLCT-IN Valid

DEFAULT MACRO #1

NOTE: If you change the default settings the printer does not recognize the new settings until you turn the power OFF, then turn it back ON again.

Changing the Defaults

To change the default settings follow these steps:

  1. From the SelecType main menu, press MENU until the display shows [*CHANGE DEFAULTS].
  2. Press SETTING to see the default settings.
  3. Select a setting you want to change, the press OPTION to display the options for that setting,
  4. When you see the option you want, leave it displayed.
  5. Now press SETTING again. When you press SETTING after OPTION, the option is selected, but it's not stored and a default setting until you save the defaults.
  6. After changing the settings press MENU. The display shows [SAVE DEFAULTS]. If you press MENU again, the display shows [DEFAULTS SAVED], then returns to the main menu.
  7. Pressing SETTING gives you the option of either saving the defaults or not saving the defaults. To save the defaults leave [SAVE DEFAULTS] displayed.
  8. Press MENU and the display reads [DEFAULTS SAVED], then returns to the main menu.
  9. Turn the power off and then back on again so the printer recognizes the new defaults.

PRINT OUT SETTINGS

The Print Out Settings mode gives you an immediate printout of the six SelecType listings.

Printing out the settings

  1. From the SelecType main menu, press MENU until the display shows [PRINT OUT SETTINGS].
  2. Now press SETTING. The display shows [OK? - Option] for confirmation.
  3. If you want to print, press OPTION to begin printing. The display reads [PRINTING OUT], and automatically prints all the SelecType settings. When printing is complete, the display returns to the main menu.

Epson LQ-2500 Interfaces

The interface connector is located on the back of the printer.

Parallel

Availability: Standard

Connection: Centronics Female

Activation: SelecType Menu

Serial

Availability: Standard

Connection: RS-232 Serial interface

Activation: SelecType Menu