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No print with ribbon

I have been printing labels that did not need a ribbion. I have recently changed to a plastic label that requires a ribbon. But even yhough the printer goes through the motions, it does not print anything. I have a Zebra Z4N Plus.

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Did you put a ribbon in your printer? The zebra does both direct thermal and thermal transfer, but you need a ribbon to get it to print AND have to change the settings to let the printer know that it needs to use the ribbon instead of direct thermal.

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