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Microboards PF-2 inkjet scanner problem

Is there any way to bypass this magnetic reader? I have one of the first Print Factories that didn't have the magnetic reader, and also purchased another one later that does have the magnetic reader. I have had more trouble with this magnetic reader. I ordered new ink cartridges, and apparently Microboards added a date code on the bottom right of the label, and this has thrown everything off. I can put an old empty cartridge in and it will read the bar code/magnetic reader, then if I put in the new cartridge it will print 2 cd's, then stop after it scans the new catridge. I've spent hours trying to adjust the magnetic reader with no results. I hate to send the unit back to micrcoboards (shipping/insurance cost, out of warranty, time without printer), but I have tried just about everything I know. Any help would be appreciated

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  • davey492 Nov 20, 2008

    microboards are a skank - rip off bastards!!!!

  • HIDABROOT Dec 16, 2008


    "Try covering the label of a regular HP78 cart (or a oem cart) with the
    alumn. air duct tape... reboot the printer and the PC... and boom no
    more expenive ink.. has worked for me on three DX-2 units for 3yrs+"



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Try covering the label of a regular HP78 cart (or a oem cart) with the
alumn. air duct tape... reboot the printer and the PC... and boom no
more expenive ink.. has worked for me on three DX-2 units for 3yrs+

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

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I had the same problem as Ed1222 did when I bought the first of three PF2s. I adjusted the reader so that it was closer to the color cartridge as it passed by.

As for the ink refill issue, I started getting my cartridges refilled by Emerald Recycling ( once the warrantee ran out on each machine. I have never had any problem with leaking cartidges and the colors match pretty darn close. I have had a few that the printheads are too worn to be re-used or ones that the folks at Emerald refilled that did not print colors correctly, but they will issue credit for those. I have been very happy with their services!

Posted on Nov 12, 2007


Please read this article for reasons why one would not want to use refilled ink.

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I have found that a slight forward adjustment (actually, it was adjusted all forward, so I had to bend it)of the vertical post that holds the reader so that it is closer to the inkcarts-- but really have to be careful that you don't adjust too close, or else the carts might strike the reader. I moved the reader closer by about 1/16th of an inch-- that solved the problem. Too bad Microboards had installed this-- just to milk their own clients of their products. If there was another alternative, I'd be there. Just a note to others-- if the reader does not read properly, it will stop the feeding of the disks alltogether and you will have a flashing down arrow on the right and the red light on the left. I have resorted to having the carts refilled-- works great.

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