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Ribbon not advancing on Selectric II typewriter

The ribbon on my IBM Selectric II is not advancing - it simply stays in one spot until the letters gradually disappear from lack of ink. I tried changing cartridges with no success.

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  • sipsis1997 Dec 04, 2008

    I have the same problem - cartridge is in correctly and on the left side of the post - still not advancing- did you fix your problem and if so how?

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On the left far side of the ribbon there is a white vertical post. the ribbon should be on the left side of that. also make sure you turn the ribbon the direction of the arrow (on the cassete) otherwise will need professional repair

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Yoy can also check that the ribbon driver (the spicked post) is making contact with the ribbon the sometimes get sticky and dont close on the ribbon or close very slowley.

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