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LQ-590 skip-over-perforation (s-o-p) issue

I am printing long continuous graphs using program designed to produce same (obviously does not want s-o-p). I am using fanfold NCR tractor feed paper. Even though printer is set to not s-o-p and set for "roll paper", it skips anyway (Tried using both remote software and printer buttons to change defaults). Epson had me install LQ-570 driver and set up new paper type for 8.5" x 43". Using this driver, the printer does not s-o-p (finally), but does indent the graph about 1/4" for a few lines every 43" (bummer), then continues on with the job to the end. This workaround is ok for drafts, but not for finished work. Hint: the LQ-590 setup does not see the new paper type, so I have to use the LQ-570 driver to get anywhere. Any advice on how to REALLY overide the s-o-p in the LQ-590? Is there some other command that is interfering with the s-o-p setting?

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  1. You text page is larger than the printer page,
    margins are set wrong, or there are special
    formatting marks and/or characters at the end
    of your documents.

  2. Check default printer paper-size settings:

    START --> Printers & Faxes -> Chose printer -->
    right-click --> properties --> ....

    This sets the default settings, that are in effect every time
    an application starts up.

    Also note, that if printer settings are not listed within
    your START menu, you can find them in the Windows
    control panel. You can change what shows in the
    START menu and what doesn't by right-clicking the
    task bar.

  3. Now start your application and do the same thing under
    the file menu:

    File --> Print --> Settings ...
    File --> Printer settings ...
    File --> Page setup .... and also margins. etc...

    This sets the actual settings for this application or the
    current document. These settings over-ride the global
    default setting in item (2)
  4. To clarify, the settings in item (2) should be setup to
    reflect the way you use the printer the most often.

    The settings in item (3) reflect the actual document you
    are trying to print now.

  5. Be careful that the paper size settings (3) accurately
    reflect the paper in the machine, do not confuse
    metric sizes: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 ....

    with English sizes: Letter, Legal,..... etc

    These do not line up exactly.

  6. Also check your document, to make sure that there
    are no extra characters at the end of your document:

    Paragraph marks, Page Brakes, Form Feeds, etc.

    Also check the paragraph settings (in Word for Windows,
    for example, to make sure that is not the cause of the

    In word for Windows, for example, you can also go
    into tools, options and change the way your document
    is displayed, such that all formatting marks become
    visible (or click on the paragraph tool)

  7. Finally, most Windows applications offer some kind
    of print PREVIEW facility, so that you can see what
    you are going to get, before you physically print it.

I hope this solves your problem, please rate my answers.
Good luck.


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