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Re: Lexmark 4227 Plus Matrix Printer on Vista
Operating System Printer Driver Installation Procedure NOTE: This procedure involves driver installation and port creation using Microsoft's Standard TCP/IP printing.
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Click on the Microsoft logo start button.
Click on Control Panel.
Click on Hardware and Sound. NOTE: Classic Mode users can double-click directly on the printer icon.
Select Add a printer.
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Network installation Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer (for direct IP printing, networkprintqueues - \computernameprintername, etc.) NOTE: For printers connected via LPT1 (parallel), select Add a Local printer (e.g. IEEE- 1284 compliant printer cable, etc.) Image
Observe Searching for availableprinters... Upon completion, select (highlight) your printer, and click Next. Your printer's IP address will be displayed under the printer description. Use the IP address obtained under Recommended above. Available Windows Vista Search options:
Stop Search - Select this if you can identify your printer prior to search completion.
Search Again - If your printer does not appear,determine whether the printer is on the same segment of the networkand confirm successful communication with the printer.
HINT: Windows Vistawill only search the local subnet. If you are confident that theprinter is communicating over the network, select The printer that I want is not listed and try to add the printer's IP address manually. Image
Observe Detecting the TCP/IP Port... NOTE: Windows will automatically move to the next page when the detection is finished. Image
Observe Detecting the driver model... NOTE: Windows will automatically move to the next page when the detection is finished. Image
The Printer name will appear, click Next.
Optional: If youwould like a distinctive printer name and do not want this printer tobe your default (i.e. main) printer, enter a different printer name and deselect Set as the default printer.
Observe Installing printer...Image
Upon completion, a Windows test page will print. You can verify the printer's installation by opening the printer's window.
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Hi, Dear... 1> Use the properties section to check the speed settings in the driver and try again. 2> Printhead alignment checked. 3> Has someone changed the setting on the printer to Print "Best Quality" instead of normal? 4> Finally Full servicing Lexmark 2380 Plus Matrix Printer.
The problem with dot matrix printers is that these are very old printers and you may not find a printer driver for them that run with Vista. If the incorrect printer driver is installed, the printer will print rubbish.
The only suggestion I can offer is to try various generic printer drivers until you find one that works. Connect it to the LPT1 printer port first and when you get it to work then set it up on the print server.
Also try Panasonic support and ask if they have a printer driver for this model printer that works with Vista.
Based on your description, the printer
is working, it is not a form issue, the printer head is good, an
adjustment might be needed and it works, there is no reason to replace
the Lexmark 2381plus printer even if it is 7 years old (not unless you would want to).
To the faint printing on the last of the 3 pages:
the take-up spool/wheel drawing the ribbon is not working (most likely).
The ribbon is not moving hence the printer head is not striking fresh
ribbon area. Check the ribbon cartridge, it may be stuck or the driving
spindle where the ribbon's take-up spool/wheel locks into. It may need
a bit of cleaning and/or lubrication;
the printer head is slightly adjusted away from the
paper. Normally, there is a mechanical lever/adjustment that sets how
many paper & duplicates are fed. Adjust for 1 only.