I have datacard magna printer platinum series printer. I keep getting an error that overlay module not communicating with rest of printer. It keeps cycling and turning the topcoat reels, but the card just sits there and does not move into the part where it should be laminated.
You would need to replace the entire lamination assembly, it would not be worth cost for parts or time, buy same model printer used or trade in your current for discount on a Datacard CP80 Plus Printer TulsaBiz.net for more info
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Most likely it's either a dirty printer, or a printer than needs a calibration performed.
Printing color cards is done with a series of passes using a ribbon that has a series of panels - yellow, magenta, cyan, black, and a clear overlay. The card is positioned; a panel is printed; the card is repositioned; another panel is printed; etc.
This color "ghosting" or "shadowing" happens when the card is not positioned properly at the start of one or more of the ribbon-panel print-cycles. This can occur when the card slips on dirty rollers, or there is a sensor or calibration issue.
Both procedures are documented in the user manual, and at the Datacard web-site. I'd perform the recommended cleaning first. If it's been a long time since cleaning, I'd do it more than once.
If that doesn't correct your issue, the next step would be to perform a calibration.
If it is still not performing properly after the above steps, you may need to have the device serviced, as a sensor could be failed or failing.
Datacard does not make nor do windows 7 drivers exist, the printer is obsolete and end of support from datacard was in 2006, you need to upgrade your printer. Check TulsaBiz.net or Midwestidsolutions.com for more info.
First, what color is it breaking on? Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, Topcoat?
Next, I would do is clean all the rollers in the printer with isoprophyl alcohol (99% if you can find it, 91% is ok, 75% is you're in a bind). This is a common problem
Then, load the Printer Diagnostics from your print driver CD. In diagnostics, you can set the BASE POWER for YMC, K or Topcoat. The base power is totally different from intensity. As the printhead gets old, you may need to back off the intensity to keep the ribbon from breaking.
Lastly, take a look at the ribbon:
Is the image placed in the same spot of the ribbon on each panel or does it move (creep) higher or lower? This creeping action is caused by many things and would be best to be serviced by a technician.
It is not a scsi port it is a parallel port, the end that plugs into the printer just uses a smaller parallel connector, the other end will plug into a standard printer port. The cable is common used bu HP and Datacard, We have some used for about $10 Plus shipping www.midwestidsolutions.com MidWestIdSolutions (DOT) com contact us for ordering
If the problem was not there before you replaced the cartridge then I suggest that the toner cartridge is at fault. If you touch the blue drum in the toner cartridge ( under the flap ) with your fingers then that can also cause a smear.