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Faint printing on checks

When typing checks especially, the print is very light and the bottoms of the letters do no print. The longer you type, the worse it gets.

Have tried to get a different ribbon but office suppliers says they have been discontinued. My typewriter is an IBM wheelwriter 3500, and I'm using a IBM Easystrike superior cassette, #1380999. The manual says this cassette is not recommended for checkwriting, but cannot locate any other recommended ribbon.

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The reason Lexmark/IBM do not recommend the use of correctable ribbons for typing checks (cheques) is that they can sometimes be easily altered (ie forged) using nothing more than Selotape, or for a good quality forgery using another similar model with the same typestyle and precise alignment you can simply 'correct' and overtype the value of the cheque. The multistrike non-correctable ribbon is recommended for negotiable documents.

In your case, a probable cause for the poor printing is a coating on the check paper which is not adhering the carbon ribbon, but it may be made worse by a poorly adjusted machine and would be the case where you say the bottoms are cut off. This can either be the height of the characters in relation to the platen, or the ribbon adjustment is wrong. If the characters are printing very close to the bottom edge of the ribbon it may need adjusting.

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Code Q darkens the print, I keep my on 3 when typing checks.

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To my knowledge the 999 ribbon is the best avaivable. Try these things. put a little light (WD40 works well) oil on the back side of the print solenoid, then perss code and "Q" the display will show 1,2 or 3 set it at 3 and then try code "B" for bold print. These should help.

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