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Alps md 1300 only prints in black

I purchased an alps md 1300 off of ebay to produce some decals. I got the printer working but it only prints the selected photo or test page in black. All the color cartriges are in the printer. It just does not recognize that it should print in color. I've check the settings on my computer and it should be printing in color. Is it the printer, driver, or settings?

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First of all, Alps MD inks do not "Dry up". They are dry to start with!

It sounds like you may be running XP, with the Microsoft driver for this printer installed. You need to load the Alps driver, which you can get by joining the alps or alpsdecal group at http://groups.yahoo.com. You can find the driver in the files section of one of the groups.

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Do you have the Windows driver installed, or the Alps driver? If it says MD-LPT1 vs LPT1 than you've got the right printer driver installed. If it's just LPT1, it won't work correctly, that's the printer driver that Windows THINKS will works with the printer, and I promise you, it won't. You need to get the correct driver before anything will work properly, including the test page. If you do have the correct printer driver, make sure you have enough ribbon in the color cartridges. They're hard to come by, but there are sites online, or they can be found (for a price) on eBay. Best of luck! (btw, if you don't have the correct drivers, there is someone selling drivers that work up to XP on eBay--there are no drivers that work beyond XP).

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    I didn't read the previous comments, so I see what I've said is a repeat of what others have said, but as for the colors of the cartridges, the blue ones are for photographic printing only, and you require photographic paper made my Alps. The greyish cartridges are for any other paper, including the photo-realistic paper, also made by Alps. If you do get up and running, and have the blue cartridges, make sure you change the orange strip that comes in all packages of photographic paper. That is the only time you need to change it. When the package is used up and you start a new package of paper, change the orange strip. Hope you get it going! (and remember, when looking under printing settings, look for the MD LPT1 and delete the LPT1 if you see it, unless you have another printer running that is using it)

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The correct color cartridges for a 1300 are gray in color. When I purchased my 1300 it came with a set of cartridges only they were blue. I could only print black. If this is not the problem then see what driver you are using. I have the factory supplied driver for the 1300 for use in windows xp. I works great. However when insstallaing the driver in windows xp the MS version will sometimes also load and the computer wants to make that the primary driver. This will also cause printing problems you must use the straight MD1300 printer selection not the MS MD1300. Hope this helps. I spent many frustrating days trying to make mine work and when you finally get the bugs out they are great.
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At first try reinstalling the software, if it does not help check for the colour catridges. Those might have dried up.

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