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"printhead temp" My printer was down and off for a little over a month because I ran out of cards and ribbon. When I finally got them and turned on the printer to print a card it said "printhead temp". Reading further into details it said the temperature needs to be set!??? I didn't know this printer even had a temperature gage judge one that can cause such a big problem! The cards are only feeding half way and the ribbon is feeding but nada is printing. Can someone help me with this problem with step by step instuctions? Because I live in The Bahamas and I highly doubt anyone here can help me! Please what ever help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. My business depends upon it!

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  • Safe-Card ID Services May 11, 2010

    First off we will need to find out specifically what printer model you are operating and what optional modules you have on your printer. It sounds as if you have a lamination unit.

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SOURCE: Printer ribbon broke in half

Not sure what your question is??? Must have been a defective card that caused the ribbon to split. Or the ribbon was worn and happened to split on that card. I hate when that happens. Please repost if you have further questions. Tim

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SOURCE: fargo pro-l using too much ribbon

It sounds like you may need to calibrate the ribbon sensor.

Go to the driver icon in your printers folder.

Right click on the Pro-L driver's icon, and select "Printing Preferences".

Click on the "Advanced" button in the lower right corner. A new window will open.

Scroll to the bottom and you will see "Calibrate...". Click on that and a button appears next to it that says "Properties...". Click the "Properites" button and another window appears.

On this screen, you'll see a button on the right side that says "Sensors...". Click on it, and yet another window opens. Almost there.

Here, you'll see two sections. The top section is for calibrating the ribbon sensor, the bottom is for the lamination sensor. Remove the ribbon and close the lid. Click on the "Send" button in the top section to calibrate the ribbon sensor. Your printer should beep twice.

After that, hit cancel on the previous windows to close out everything.

Normally this fixes this kind of problem, but if it doesn't, then there is something broke in the printer, possibly the sensor itself.

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SOURCE: Fargo c16 card printer

Try cleaning all the rollers.

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SOURCE: Fargo 4250 card printer runs, but doesn't print.

take the ribbon out, and rewind it a little bit and see if you see print on it. if you dont, chances are your printhead is either bad or has loose cables going into it.

if you do see print, either your card is not aligning properly or the head lift motor might not be working (when the unit on, open the door, and press both buttons at the same time and see if the printhead does an up and down motion), platen roller is bad

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SOURCE: Zebra P110 ID card printer card jam on yellow ribbon.

In the driver go to the tools section. In the command to send to the printer box type !SA then choose send the will calibrate all your sensors. As always make sure your clean the printer.

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