Question about Zebra LP 2844 Thermal Printer
I have been using this printer with a wireless print server attached to the Centronics port and then configuring the machines to a local IP port for printing. However, now I'm switching to an application that requires a cabled connection to the Centronics port. I cannot get the printer to play along. When I set up the print driver, I try to send a test print and it just feeds labels to infinity. I have to turn it off to make it stop.
I tried to update the device to Zebra's latest firmware revision 45_11_7Z, but the device tries to print it instead... and of course just feeds labels. I've done this from both a command prompt and from Zebra's firmware downloader app with the same result.
I've tried to reset to factory defaults by pressing and holding the feed button until it flashes, but it never flashes... only feeds labels. This device has a manufactured date of 04/21/05 and has no USB connection, only Centronics and serial DB9. Any ideas on what's going on here? I've tried multiple IEEE 1294 cables on 3 different PCs running XP SP2, all with the same result.
Thanks for any ideas.
you need to increase the baud rate of the serial port on the printer and pc, the default baud rate of the serial port is 9600kbp which is heaps slower then the LPT port which can rate atleast 100 times faster.
the reason why it is taking 45sec before printing is because the pc is sending a lot of graphics data to the printer, this can be cause by two main things
1) you could be printing a lot of logos or graphics .
2) you are printing using a nonhardware font so the driver has to convert all of the text into graphics. you can fix this by selecting a hardware font (has a printer logo next to it's name in word). also outputting EPL (the printers native command language) would be extreamly quick.
you could also download ZebraDesigner which includes drivers.
i would also recommend not updating the firmware as it can do more harm then good, and if you make a mistake you kill the printer and it voids the warranty
best of luck
Posted on Dec 07, 2007
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Posted on Feb 03, 2008
Sounds like you might be using a bad driver, or the printer is in dump mode.
Try hitting the green button and see if it says exiting dump.
If still having trouble, inside the printer it tells you that if you are having printing trouble:
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
SOURCE: LP2844 Printing light
You should first make sure the printhead is clean. If the printhead is dirty and you crank up the darkness, you will blow the printhead elements. Open the printer and from the bottom, you will see the printhead, which has a glass like appearance. There is a green strip from one side of the printhead to the other. Take a que tip with some rubbing alcohol and wipe it clean. I would make sure the printer is turned off before doing so. Just to be safe.
Posted on Oct 27, 2009
If you are printing through a driver the raw output will be converted and printed. Please make sure you have the correct driver installed.
To send a single command can be sent via the Driver, right click the driver and select properties. Go to the Printer Tab and select Advanced and then "Tools". Click the Tools button and there is a dialogue box available to send commands directly to the printer.
Posted on Oct 29, 2009
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