How to switch Emulations on Star Desktop Printers

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This application note details how to change the printer language emulation of the below listed star printers from StarLine to ESC/POS mode. 


Supported Printers: TSP650, TSP650II, TSP700II, FVP-10, SP500, SP700, TSP800II

Supported Interfaces: All

Supported Environments: All


DIP Switch Settings

NOTE: Before proceeding, please ensure the printer is OFF and unplugged. Changing the printer’s emulation only entails switching the corresponding DIP SWITCHES located in a panel at the bottom of the printer as shown below.  This process only applies to the indicated models.

The following image uses the TSP800II as an Example. All applicable printer models have the DIP Switch located at the bottom.


1)  Unplug the printer’s power cable 

2)  Using a small screwdriver, remove the cover as shown below to access the DIPSWITCH panel.


3) Switch the corresponding DIP Switch to the OFF position: 

    TSP650, TSP650II, TSP700II, FVP-10: set DIP Switch 1-1 to OFF.

    SP500, SP700:  set DIP Switch 1-4 (on the group of 8 switches) OFF.

    TSP800II: set DIP Switches 1-1 and 1-2 (on the group of 8 switches) OFF.


4) Plug the printer’s power cable and turn ON to save the new configuration.

5) Printer a self-test to corroborate the new emulation setting. “ESC/POS” should appear in the “Emulation” setting.

    To print a Self-Test:

    – Turn power OFF

    – Press and hold the FEED button located at the front of the printer.

    – Turn power ON while still holding down the FEED button, and only releasing it when printing begins.


To set the printer back to StarLine emulation, simply set the corresponding Dip Swith to ON following the above steps.

To change the emulation of a TSP100 series printer, click HERE 

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