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Panasonic KX-1091i carriage goes to right and makes loud noise.

I have had an old Panasonic KX-1091i since it is new. I just got a new computer running Windows 7, and am using the standard mode (Epson-FX/RX emulation). Every time I try to print, the carriage goes to the right side, shakes, and makes a loud noise a little like a jackhammer. Usually if I then turn off the printer, unplug it from the computer, and turn it on again, it will produce a so-so job for most of the print job. However, sometimes if I turn on the printer even when it isn't plugged into the computer it does the same thing.

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I am using the printer to print checks, for which it is ideal. I formerly had the printer connected to a rather flaky XP system that would bluescreen and reboot frequently. I had dipswitch 1 set to IBM proprinter emulation. For that system the printer mostly behaved okay. I had dipswitch 1 set to standard mode, and other than the printer printing a couple of garbage symbols at the beginning of each print job it did okay. However, whenever the computer would reboot, the printer carriage would go over to the right and make that loud noise. I was able to mostly work around this by keeping the printer off when not in use. However, when I turned on the printer, occasionally it would go over to the right and make the noise. Very infrequently, even after unplugging and reattaching both the power and parallel cables the problem would persist. It seems that if I leave the printer off for a while and then try again, it is more likely to work. Since this was happening infrequently, usually I could print ok.

I have been unable to find a Proprinter driver for Windows 7, so that is why I am using the Epson FX Series 1 (80) driver. In addition, the computer does not have a parallel port, so I am using a parallel to USB converter cable. I don't know if any ot these things are contributing to the problem. I was able to do the autotest with the dipswitch configuration on the third try, and that printed perfectly. However, the first 2 times I turned on the printer it did the carriage to the right routine, even though it was not connected to the computer.

Also, the printing quality is not great when I do manage to print. I managed to print the Windows test page, and although it is legible, the alignment isn't great, especially with the graphics.

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  • haakonc May 31, 2010

    Well, on a hunch I looked thru all the Windows 7 drivers, and found one for the IBM Proprinter. It is not under IBM (there is nothing under IBM), but instead is listed under Generic, and called "Generic IBM Graphics 9 pin". It works fine, actually even better than the driver I was using under XP.

    I don't think this totally solves the problem, since the problem was sometimes happening even when the printer wasn't connected; however, at least I can print now.

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It has been a while since I've run across this but the printer you want to select is actually the Epson MX-80. That was the standard for narrow dot matrix printers. Panasonic equivalent was something like the KX-1180 but the Epson setting worked better.

And you will still have to adjust either the form layout or adjust the form template so the text ends up in about the right place. This is a pain to do but that is the only way if you have to use a dot matrix. Usually you only see these on multiple copy forms but most places have just changed to print multiple copies pages so I don't run across too many dot matrix printers these days.

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