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Is it available to self-test?


The printer has a self test feature which allows you to test the printer. When activated, this feature will print 5 linesof each resident font. When complete, it will return to the draft font and continue for approximately 8 minutes.

  1. Install the ribbon cassette and paper,then turn the power off.
  2. While pressing LF / FF , turn the power on, then release. A sample printout will begin, which serves as a self test.
  3. Once you see that the printer is functioning properly, you may turn the power off during the self test, or you may run the entire test.

What about printer driver selection?


This procedure is the final step before printing and is performed in your application software program. The steps will vary, depending on the software program. Consult your software package for proper procedures. The Panasonic KX-P3196 will be your first choice. However, if the Panasonic KX-P3196 printer is not listed in your software, you must select an alternative.

If using Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 3.5x or Windows NT 4.0, you will need to install a Windows printer driver. These drivers are located on the Setup Disks supplied with your printer.

Printer Selections (in order of priority)

Panasonic KX-P3196
Epson FX-880
Panasonic KX-P1150
Epson FX-850
Panasonic KX-P2180*1
Panasonic KX-P3200*2
Epson FX series
IBM Proprinter III*3
OKI MICRolINE 320 Turbo*3

  • *1 KX-P3196 cannot print in color.
  • *2 KX-P3200 does not have Friction mode.
  • *3 If selecting the IBM Proprinter III or OKI MICROLINE 320 Turbo in your software, printer emulation must also be changed through the Setup Disk or using the Control Panel.

What types of software can be installed?


The Setup Disks (DOS Utilities & Printer Driver for Windows 3.1 disk, Printer Driver for Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 3.5x and Windows NT 4.0 disk) can only be used in an IBM-PC or a compatible computer with a 3.5" floppy disk drive.
Before using the Setup Disk, it is recommended that you make a back-up copy and store the original in a safe place. The following steps will automatically create a directory called P3196 and copy Control Panel Software (CPS 3196.EXE) and Command Reference utility (CMDREF.EXE) from the DOS Utilities & Printer Driver for Windows 3.1disk to your C Drive. (You can change the directory and drive.)


Does it require periodic maintenance?


The printer does not require routine maintenance. However, reasonable care of the printer will extend its life. Most problems associated with the printer can be traced to improper setup, installation, or cabling. The manual of the unit will assist you in identifying and correcting some of the more common problems.


Please tell us paper specifications.


It is recommended that paper which may be used with this unit is within the specification provided below.
Fanfold Paper
Width: 76.2-254 mm (3-10")
Quality and number of sheets:

Type of paper Sheets Weight
Rear Bottom lbs. g/m²
Fine-quality paper 1 1 12-24 45-90
Non-carbon 2-5 2-6 11-14(17*) 41-53(64*)
Multi-layered with carbon 2 3 11-14(17*) 41-53(64*)

(* only for the last sheet)

To insure optimum print quality, 60-82.5 g/m² {16-22 lbs.} is recommended for graphic printing. In multi-layered paper with carbon, the carbon is equivalent to a sheet of paper. Weight in pounds represents the weight of 500 [432 x 559 mm (17 x 22")] sheets. When Bottom Feeding, the printer will handle multi-part forms up to 0.43 mm (0.017") thick. Up to 6 copies of 14 lbs. chemical release paper can be used. When Rear Feeding, the printer will handle multi-part forms up to 0.36 mm (0.014") thick. Up to 5 copies of 14 lbs. chemical release paper can be used.

Continuous Labels
Width of the backing sheet: 76.2-254 mm (3-10")
Thickness of the backing sheet: 0.07-0.09 mm (0.0028-0.0035")
Total thickness: 0.16-0.19 mm (0.0063-0.0075")
Label weight: 68g/m² (17 lbs.)
Quality: Fine -quality paper
Label size: Width: 63.5 mm (2.5")minimum
Length: 23.8 mm (0.94")minimum
Corner radius=2.5 mm (0.1")minimum

Shingle sheet
Width: 102-297 mm (4-11.7")
Height: 127-363 mm (5-14.3")
Weight in pounds (g/m²): 52.5-90 g/m² {14-24 lbs.}

#6 and #10 size envelopes are recommended. Since envelopes vary in size, paper weight and construction, we cannot guarantee print quality and paper handling for all types of envelopes.


Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT and MS-DOS are registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and / or other countries.
EPSON is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.
IBM and Proprinter are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
OKI is a trademark of OKI Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
All other acknowledgements are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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