I have an Oki Microline 590. It will print then stop and the menu light comes on. Then it will start printing again. Then stop and so on. I know that the menu light blinking is saying that the print head is overheating. I have replaced the print head and also replaced the ribbon. And still the same results. Anymore things I can try?
Try to perform an offline test print using your printer alone
To do this, power off your printer first
Press and hold the LF/FF button on the printer panel then power on. The printer will perform its own printing ( lines of pattern )
If it does it without problems ( no MENU lights came on ) the printer should be OK. If not try replacing the printer main control board.
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If text did not line up as planned, your TOF ( top of forms adjustment ) isn't correct. Just correct it using the button on the panel. If after printing 1 page or so and then it begins to go out of place, most probably you hv set the page lenght incorrectly. To correct, enter the MENU on the panel and set the correct page length.
Lastly if printing garbage, most probably you have selected the wrong emulation on the MENU. Correct by entering MENU mode ( press ' SHIFT+MENU ' button together ) and select the correct emulation.
Try setting the page lenght using the printer panel
To do this, enter MENU mode by pressing SHIFT+MENU
press GROUP button until prints REAR feed or BOTTOM feed ( depend on where you load the forms from )
Press ITEM button until it prints form length
Press SET to change length as required
To exit, repeat SHIFT+MENU
Your printer is designed to change font and pitch from the front panel. Just press the SEL/MENU button to take the printer offline. Then press the PRINT QUALITY button (to the right side of the panel) to make the lights switch to different fonts. Finally, press SEL/MENU to activate the changes and return the printer to online status. Be advised, these changes will not be permanent. To make a change permanent, you need to read the user's manual which I can email to you. Finally know that Windows does not pay attention to these settings, they are only goog in text applications such as DOS.
Try printing the menu like this -With power on press the "Shift" tand "Select" button, a red menu light will pop up on the touch panel ! than press the "Print" button on the touch panel-this will print out the current settings of your printer.
Sounds like driver problems. Cant solve problems without details like what opperating system, what driver, how it the printer attached, usb, paralel, network? Will it print a test page from the driver ok?