Go to zebra and download the latest firmware and drivers (free).
update the firmware first
turn printer off
then uninstall (from uninstall programs) the zebra drivers.
then install latest zebra driver.
turn printer on
Double click on printer icon, click on properties.
Click on the device options tag, then click on the properties next to tools
Enter "CALB" and click execute - this will re-calibrate your ribbon
First try the CALB, if your current firmware does not recognize it, then you will
need to upgrade the firmware as above.
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Re: OVERLAPING OF COLOURS.
CALB does not work, I don't know why everyone recommends this command, but as a trained technician who works on these machines daily it will not work. try !SA instead, this is a self adjustment for all sensors. Also try !CSA 0 without the ribbon in the machine, and !CSA 1 with the ribbon (color ribbon only) in the machine. if all else fails try !CSA 5 70 120 to manually set the values, beyond this you would be looking at parts replacement which are best performed by a trained tech.
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Colour calibration is always a bit hit and miss with these. You can get big variations between screen RGB and the YMC that is actually printed.
Try zebra.com in the downloads you can find developer manuals that may aid you. Or contact Zebra directly via the site.
If you haven´t used your inkjet printer for a while it may just be dry ink clogging some of the nozzles in the print head.
To check if yours is clogged...
Remove the ink cartridges Holding the cartridge upright and press down gently onto a paper towel.
The colour cartridge you should see YELLOW, MAGENTA (red) and CYAN (blue)
But if any colours are missing? The inks have probably just clogged up? and you will need to buy a new one or if you know you still have ink then you can easily unclog it with a Magic Inkjet Flush Kit (Which you can find on Ebay)
MIXED COLOURS If you have others colours coming out then the colours have mixed... Sometimes caused when people put tape onto the inks to keep them moist but instead the colours mix through capilary action.
If so... leave print head sitting on a paper towel for a few mins until the correct colours appear.
To prevent an ink clog it is best if you print something regularly about every 10 days to keep the tiny print head nozzles / jets open. Otherwise the ink in the print head will thicken. Then it´s like trying to pass a camel through the eye of a needle.
So to preven inkjet ink from clogging print something every 10 days if you dont have anything to print, use something like these test prints
Just a note, you need to be careful when sending the !SA command, as in some of the earlier firmware versions pre v1.16.11 , it can "double count" the i-series chip contained in the ribbon. So for example if you run the !SA command with a new ribbon with 200 prints remaining, it is possible after 100 prints the chip has counted down and the printer displays "OUT OF RIBBON" even though you have half a ribbon left.
I would use the following procedure to recalibrate the colour sensor only:-
1). Remove ribbon and lock the printhead down
2). Send the command !CSA_0 (Where "_" represents a space) - allow this stage to complete
3). Insert the ribbon and lock the printhead down.
4). Send the command !CSA_1 (Where "_" represents a space) - allow the calibration to complete.
This has works for me 99% of the time where the sensor array is faulty.