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P210i card printer not printing clearly or like picture at all

Hi there! Well my problem is that my p210i card printer is not printing the way is should be printing. It prints out color, however the quality of the print is very low. I usually try to print membership cards for the gym I am about to open, but whenever I do the card always looks to horrible to even consider using. This goes for everything I try to print including images off of Google. I have a card printing software as well as photoshop7 however, it does not change anything. I recently increased the resolution of a print job to something like 1024x760 and it seemed to print just slightly better. Now my question is: can you help me solve this problem? Thank you very much I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope to hear from you soon.

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Their is really a few reasons for this.
1. Being the most Common. I can not stress enough How
important it is to CLEAN the print head. The surface the contacts the ribbon at the card. Swabs and Alcohol.

1. There may be dust or embedded dirt
on elements of the print head

2. Contrast and/or intensity colors for P310C
may be set to high values. Adjust contrast and
intensity values for in software or with

Now if photoshop. Ideal you would not print above 300dpi. Due to the printer limitation on dpi.

Some personal tips I can offer are.

To try playing with the advance color setting.
Re size the PSD to 600dpi then print. I will sometime s achieve good results.
When you DO the Black text. Leave it off for the color run. And
Send the card back thru with a black ribbon in the printer.

The thin about this series of printers is. The will not print like you and I hoped for.
See.. A state DL is printed onto a thin piece of plastic that is slightly Larger the a CR80 card. Then is it melted on the the blank card. Thus achieving the true EDGE to EDGE, Your printer and the several I have had. are not true edge. And they are not Hi-resolution printers like The ones at the DMV.
But with some practice and many. I mean many cards and ribbons. One can get close.

If this is the printer that has to work. And you can not get it to work.
Try this tip, But do not use excessive force. and Timing Is Critical.

AT your own RISK!

You have to have lid open.. Dis-sable the switch that stops the printer when the lid is up. Put the card in. and Print. As the card goes under the head. As soon as the head. Goes down to print. Apply some pressure on the top of the head near the front of the fan.

Now if is a CMY ribbon. You have to release pressure so it can let the card go backwards. When the head goes down. Apply Pressure. .

Hope this helps.......

No one has a NEW looking ID. In fact 9 out of 10 Id's are faded.....
Possible a faded look would work....

I actuall took time and wrote this out for you,,,,,, Hope it solved this question.

Posted on May 16, 2009


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