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Zebra 105SE My printer prints blank labels, seems like the ink didn't get transfer onto the label. The ribbon is installed correctly and I didn't change anything on the printer. Please help!

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Make sure the ribbon is installed properly. The thermal ribbons are only coated on one side with ink. Make sure the right side is facing the paper. If that is not the issue the thermal head might be bad.

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