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The "data" cable for a printer either is:
* USB -- a small almost-square socket, less than 1/2 inch (1 centimeter),
* parallel-port -- a very-wide connector, more than 2 inches (5 centimeters).
Some printers have *BOTH* connectors.
Determine which connector(s) you have, and buy a cable.
Often, a "Thrift Store" will have the "parallel-port" cable for a dollar.
Don't pay more than $4 for a "USB" cable.
If you're buying a USB cable, make sure that there is a "square" end -- some USB cables have a smaller "mini-USB" connector, in order to connect to a digital camera.
1. Please turn the printer off. 2. Ensure that you have plenty of paper loaded, and that the interface cable is disconnected from the computer. 3. Press and hold down the "CONDENSED" and "FONT" buttons and turn the printer on. Continue to hold the buttons down for 3 to 5 seconds until the printer beeps. 4. Release the buttons.
I'm not sure exactly what your issue is, but Epson printers should be well supported as far as drivers are concerned. Do you have the correct driver loaded? If you are trying to use a Tally driver with the Epson printer, this may not work right.
Also, when printing from Windows, some older printers print only in a single direction, from left to right, instead of bi-directional (left to right & right to left).
I've used a few different Epson dot matrix printers, and problems have been few.