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There are a couple reasons a pen refill won't start writing right away. The first thing to check is the tip--often there is a bit of glue or plastic over it in order to prevent leaking.
If that doesn't work, then try one (or both) of the following two methods:
1) Place the refill (but not the tip) in some warm water. Heat will allow the liquid in the gel pen to become thinner and flow more naturally.
2) Hook a rubber band around the middle of the pen, using tape to ensure safety, and wind the pen while holding the rubber band on either side of the pen. Make sure the cap is on the pen. When the rubber band is tight, when you pull straight out on the rubber band from both sides of the pen, it should spin very quickly. The centripetal force will cause the liquid in the pen (at least half of it) to move toward the tip.
Make sure you fasten the rubber band to the pen with tape or something similar; otherwise the pen may go flying off at someone nearby. Also, again, make sure the cap is on to prevent any ink spraying out--this is unlikely in a gel pen, but it could happen.
It sounds like you need to "prime" the printer. Look for the Utility that came with the printer. It may even be where you found the "test print" page. If that fails, check the documentation that came with your printer, and see if the print cartridges also contain the printer head... like the HP Inkjet printers do. If not, I'd say there might be something wrong with your print head and it needs replacing.
If you no longer have the manual that came with you printer, log onto the Lexmarkwebsite, support, and find your printer manual. If all else fails, call Lexmark's support line.
Carbonless paper is great, but it deteriorates with age. (Nothing new here. )
I don't know that there are different sensitivity paper available, but usually to get a good result the paper should be on a flat hard surface. Naturally the writer must press much harder than with carbon paper.
- Yes, I have once seen carbonless paper forms printed on the wrong side. -
At the back of the pricing gun, there's an opening with two
spindles to hold a roll of labels. There's also a slot and two small,
black rollers, where you'll place the first label to begin feeding them
into the gun.
Insert a roll of labels into the gun opening so
that the beginning of the roll is at the back and comes up over the top
of the gun. Insert the beginning of the roll into the slot, squeezing
the trigger halfway. Push the labels through the gun until they come out
at the front. Thread the labels up and under the black plate on the
front of the gun and then under the rubber roller. Squeeze the trigger
again and pull six or seven labels out. Discard the labels, leaving the
paper backing. Thread the paper backing into the underside of the gun,
next to the handle, in the direction indicated by the arrow. Push the
paper backing while squeezing the trigger until the gun begins
If the print on the labels is off-center, place a penny in the
slot on the right side of the gun and hold it in place. Using another
penny, turn the adjuster on the left side of the gun in a clockwise
direction, printing test labels to check your correction. Keep turning
the adjuster until the print is centered.
To replace the ink
cartridge, turn the latch on the right side of the gun to an upright
position. Pull the door out. The ink roller is on the end of the door in
a plastic holder. Push the holder apart slightly to remove the old ink
roller and insert a new one. Replace the door and turn the latch to hold
it in place.