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Beeps and Flashing Lights

Typewriter beeps and then the lights 1 and 2 on the right side flash.

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    Geno111 May 11, 2010

    this is an error code that is different for different models

    always give manuf. and model #

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    When I turn on the typewriter it beeps six times the single and double space lights flash continuously in sinc and it doesn't respond to any key presses.



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It sounds like a keyboard but you didn't give a make or model, if it is an IBM Wheelwriter see my tip under WW 1000


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