Question about Alps MD 1300 Thermal Printer
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?
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.
Posted on Mar 20, 2008
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).
Posted on Nov 26, 2010
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.
Posted on Oct 22, 2008
At first try reinstalling the software, if it does not help check for the colour catridges. Those might have dried up.
Posted on Oct 07, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The 1300 prints spot colors the same way as the other ALPS printers. To print spot colors, create a mask or layer using only black with your artwork. Select the spot color you want and the black areas on the mask will be printed in the spot color. Make sure that you check the overlay box so the printer retains the printer. You also need to make sure you are using the ALPS printer driver supplied with the printer and NOT the default Windows plug and play driver.
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