Every time I turn on my EPSON L130 printer connected to my Windows 10 laptop PC, it prints out a page containing some lines of a code of some kind and it all begins with "@PJL". When I give it a job to print, it again prints the same page with lines of code. Every now and then I get the printout of what is required but I can't find a pattern as to when the correct prints occur.

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  • It looks to me like you have anincorrect driver associated with the printer (but I don't use Windows much) – davidgo Nov 11 '18 at 7:37

PJL stands for "Printer Job Language". This is a set of commands that are used to set the printer up for specific printing functions, before the actual job is sent. Examples are duplexing, stapling, etc. The PJL commands are added to the beginning of the job by the driver.

PJL is normally used by printers with high-level printer languages like PostScript or PCL. It is not used by printers with low-cost, host-based printers.

I have not been able to find out what languages (if any) your printer understands. Neither the data sheet nor the manual mention it, which makes me think your printer is host-based.

However, the fact that it prints the PJL commands implies that you are not using the correct driver. Try re-installing the printer. Go to Devices and Printers. First delete the printer. The click on any other printer and select Print Server Properties from the menu that appears at the top. Click The Drivers tab and remove any instances of your printer. Now install from CD or from a downloaded driver. Click the Download button on that page.

Note that the link @harrymc gave is not an Epson Support link, although that driver may well be the same.

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  • The poster wrote "JPL", but maybe it was misspelled. – harrymc Nov 11 '18 at 11:51
  • Sorry, it was misspeIled. I have corrected it! – Max_P Nov 11 '18 at 14:55
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    Because of the "@" it had to be PJL ;-) – hdhondt Nov 11 '18 at 22:39

It seems like your Epson driver is set to print JPEG images rather than Postscript. You could search the driver configuration page for such an option. This page is reachable from various places, including the File menu of your displayed print queue (I don't really remember where, maybe also from Device Manager, Properties of printer).

If you can't find anything, try to download and install the driver from the Epson L130 Driver page. Get the 32-bit or 64-bit version that matches your Windows version.

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  • My analysis was based on a misspelling in the post which has since been fixed, but my recommendations to examine the printer's config page and install the latest driver are still pertinent. – harrymc Nov 11 '18 at 20:08

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