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If the cable works on the Zebra it should work on the Datamax. It must be a RS232 serial null modem cable.Check the serial port settings and make sure the printer setting match the PC serial port settings. Baud Rate=________? Data Bits=________? Parity=_______?Stop Bits=________? Handshaking=____________?
The typical settings are Baud 9600,8,n,1 Xon/Xoff. Also make sure of the comm port being used. com1,com2......etc
I believe this plotter has both the old centronics and a 25 pin serial connection. Your laptop MAY have a 7 pin serial connection which you can get a 7 pin to 25 pin serial cable. If your laptop does not have a serial port, you MIGHT find a USB to serial adapter cable.
Make sure you are not on Vista or Win 7 operating systems as they likely do NOT have compatible drivers for this plotter.
What connector/interface does your PC has
9-pin or 25-pin connector
If it has 9-pin connector: use the following: DB-9 RS-232 Serial Connection or DB-25 RS-232 Serial Connection
If it has 25-pin connector: use the following: DB-25 Serial Connection or
DB-25 RS-232 Serial Connection
If you are configuring the computer to use an RS-422A serial port, you need a special cable. Contact the computer or printer network manufacturer to see if an RS-422A cable is available. If no cable is available, contact your computer manufacturer for your computer pin assignments and have a cable constructed.
The default configuration for the serial port on the printer is for RS-232C serial communication. To set the printer to use RS-422A serial communication, change the control panel Serial Menu’s SERIAL setting to SERIAL=RS-422.
make sure you have the printer added in the printers window of the control panel. Epson Expert suggests adding the printer as "generic". Mine is USB, so I have to run their COMUSB program. Right now I am having a problem printing receipts. It seems the text is too wide for the line.
buy the adaptor for this these ports are called lpt ports they make adapters to run down to size
they also make a lpt printer port switch this is connected easy connect from printer to switch one printer cord then buy 2 other printer cords to hook to other computers
this is not a converter this is a switch
the printer cords can either be made on spot at most computer store or bought from fry's electronics they always have these in stock the proper lines your looking for