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Ribbon align error

My printer is telling me that the ribbon is missaligned, but it printed test cards fine. How do I fix this?

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Try Calibrating the the print ribbon through the print driver printing preferences on the calibrate tab.

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The print ribbon is broken.

Possible Cause 1: The print ribbon has broken or is not installed.

Solution 1: Trim the broken ribbon evenly and tape the cut end of the ribbon to the ribbon on the take-up spool. Install the ribbon cartridge.
NOTE: Do not switch take-up spools when fixing.

Possible Cause 2: If the ribbon type is K or KT, the print ribbon is at the end of the roll.

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If the letters aren't formed then the print head is not working well, which means that either it's missaligned, i.e it's a bit higher than it should be, or, it's broken and you'll need a replacement head. So, see if there are any nobs that you can use to fine-align the printhead onto the roller. I'm not sure there are such nobs, but it's worth to try.
The rule of thumb is that if you've used your printer heavily for about 5 years chances are you'll need to replace the printhead.
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* If you must change the type of ribbon (such as (YMCKT to KT) when this message appears, install the new ribbon, cancel any cards waiting to print, and change the ribbon type settings. Finally, return to the card creation program to send the card data to print.

* If the ribbon was repaired, the wrong take-up spool was used. Repair the ribbon again, using the correct take-up spool.

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