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After About 10 tickets a white line will start showing up in the

White lines will appear in the barcode lines after it has printed about 10 tickets.

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    Hello, are the white lines straight up, or diagonal?


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If printing with ribbon, check to see if you have ribbon burnt onto the printhead. If so, lower the temp of the heat on print. Or you can speed up the print speed.
I have seen this happen alot when the ambient temp is low, and the printer tries to make up for the differences in temperature.
Check the hed first..

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