TL> 1. does it need a special cable to hook it up via the serial port
I have a JX-9500H too and I believe the serial port is a standard RS-232
port. I used it once with a second computer, but found it to be extremely slow.
I would really recommend that you use the parallel port interface.
TL> when it prints graphics it spreads them over 2 pages (strange)
My guess would be that you don't have enough memory in your printer.
1. Take your printer offline
2. Press and hold the "Print Fonts/Test" button until "Self Test #1" appears.
3. Release the button and it should print out a page telling you the printer
configuration, and the "Installed Memory".
I have 3072 Kbytes (3 Meg) in mine and I can print full page graphics. But,
when I first bought the printer I know I had problems with the 1 Meg or so it
Hope this helps...
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