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TLP2848Z blinking red, will not print

I have a 2005 Zebra TLP2844 printer which is new but I can not get it to work. It won't even print a test page. It ends up with a red blinking light no matter what I try. I have made sure the lid is closed tightly, re-loaded the labels several times, powered down, turned it on while holding the button but it always ends up the same. It will give me a double blinking green light when I first load the labels but if I push the button it will advance the label around an inch and stop with a blinking red light. I can push it again and get the same result. When I push it a third time, the label will advance to the next seam between labels and stay green until I press it one more time which it goes back to the blinking red. Any ideas?
Part # 284Z-10300-0001 (new old stock?)

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    funnychuks20 Jan 30, 2013

    Plz have been having a great challenge with my TLP 2824 Plus when i want to print 1-10 it prints the first 3 then it stops and shows a red light what can i do to make it print the 1-10 instead of 1-3 plz very urgent mail funnychuks2000@yahoo.com

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1: Is it a TLP2844 or a TLP2844Z.

Operationally they are completely different printers. TLP2844 uses ELP (Eltron Programming Language. but TLP2844Z uses ZPL (Zebra Programming Language). You need to calibrate the printer to the labels.

Calibration:
If its a TLP2844. Load media. Connect power.
Hold down feed key, power on, count one, two, release feed key. The printer will go through a calibtation routine and print config label. IMPORTANT - When it prints this label you must press the feed key and see the message OUT OF DUMP. Your printer will now be calibrated. Check this by hitting the feed key a few times and printer will feed one label each time feed is hit.

Calibration:
If its a TLP2844z.

Load media. Turn printer on and wait for green light (Approx 1 minute)
Press feed key and keep it pressed until green light blinks once, then twice, now release feed key.

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  • Jim H Aug 01, 2009

    If your printer is a 2844Z you don't calibrate it by holding down button while powering up. That is how you calibrate a 2844.

    1: is the printer a :2844Z??? YES!!
    dont press any buttons. Power on and wait for a solid green light.
    2: Press and hold the feed button.
    3: Wait for it to flash the light.

    release key when led flashes 4 times.

    This will reset printer and perform a calibration routine.

  • Mario Jan 12, 2012

    on my Zebra TLP 2844 When I hold down the feed button and turn on the printer, wait for the first blink and release, runs through two lables (Prints nothing) then half way through the third label it stops and have a orange light.

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Firstly make sure the ribbon is installed correctly. Secondly press and hold the Green Feed light until it flashes 4 times and let go, it will then reset to the factory defaults and do a calibaration.

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