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Ribbon out displayed

I hate fargo dtc 400 printer i changed the print cartridge 3 prints before old was was completley out it alowed me to use the next three prints of the new ribbon now it keeps telling me ribbon isout

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Fargo dtc 400 not printing screen says printing yellow?????

There's really very limited info in your question for us to go on, but we would: update the drivers; update the firmware; and perform a ribbon calibration. All of these can be performed from the (free) Fargo Workbench Utility program, which you can download from the manufacturer's website (Drivers Downloads ).

Otherwise, if you can reply with more details, such as:
1. What PC operating system are you using?
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3. When hung at "Printing Yellow", can you here the ribbon spooling within the printer?
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Hello David,
There might be a problem with the O ring that drives the card feed rollers. Fargo's older DTC 400 has this issue seriously which causes regular fees roller issues like ribbon breakage or misaligment of print reg etc.., but in new DTC I heard that they had ifx this problem, Still I dont know your product is new or old.

Doing a ribbon sensor calibration usually solve this problem by your print driver. For more 'how to do instructions' please visit here and ask your doubts and download the maual.

Dear David, hope this information helps, please fell free to contact if you need any assistance further,
Thanks forusing fixya, I appreciate your co-orperation further, thanks.

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Your DTC400 came with a two year manufacturer warranty. Contact Fargo Technical Support at 800-459-5636.

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