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Wrong ribbon messages

I get a message that says "wrong ribbon" after each card is printed

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Re: Wrong ribbon messages

Your printer ribbons sensor maybe broken or you could have a main board problem. Call Realstar Solutions 800.554.9111

Posted on May 21, 2008

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Error message saying that the type of print head is incorrect.?? Been using this printer for years and haven't changed the print head.

The printer is not giving the message.
The program you are printing from is giving the message.
either the paper is wrong, the type of printing you are trying to do ie photo, is wrong

Mar 11, 2015 | Canon Printers & Copiers

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Ribbon fault error

First of all sorry for the problem.
It seems to be a logic card problem . Kindly contact with lipi for replacement of the logic card.

Aug 16, 2012 | Tally T6215 Matrix Printer

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I am getting a "wrong print head" error message.

Turn the printer off.
Disconnect the power-cord from the wall-outlet.
Reconnect the power.
Turn the printer on.
If you still get the same message, it's time to responsibly recycle the printer,
and buy a replacement -- maybe you can buy a new PIXMA that takes the same ink-cartridges???

Dec 08, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MP810 All-In-One InkJet...

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Screen reading wrong ribbon - had the same ribbon in it since the last printing.

My DTC300 printer has the same problem.

The ribbon supply roller is driven by a small motor connected via an O-ring belt. The printer rolls the ribbon back and forth to locate the start of each color panel on the ribbon during printing and ribbon detection. Without the O-ring, the ribbon only moves toward the take-up spool, eventually going slack so that the color detector only sees one color - hence the "wrong ribbon" message. In my printer, the slack ribbon also gets chewed up in the print head.

You can order a whole belt kit (~ $20 + shipping) or you can locate a generic O-ring belt (1.8mm x 26mm).


Sep 27, 2010 | Fargo DTC-300 Thermal Card Printer

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Datacard sp55 printer won't recognize ribbon

PR-01726 Ribbon Out
Out of print ribbon.
Possible Cause 1 : The print ribbon Cartridge is empty.

Solution 1 : Reload the print cartridge. Change the cleaning sleeve and replace the cartridge in the printer. Run a cleaning card as soon as printing is completed.

Possible Cause 2 : The printer ribbon is not loaded correctly.
Soultion 2 :Load the printer ribbon correctly and then close the cover.

Possible Cause 3 : This ribbon has been completely used.
Solution 3 : Use a new roll of ribbon.

Tips for Success
* When this message appears, replace the old ribbon with the new ribbon of the same type. The printer has already prepared the card data for this ribbon type. You can change the colors of monochrome ribbon (such as from dark blue to gold).

* If you must change the type of ribbon (such as (YMCKT to KT) when this message appears, install the new ribbon, cancel any cards waiting to print, and change the ribbon type settings. Finally, return to the card creation program to send the card data to print.

* If the ribbon was repaired, the wrong take-up spool was used. Repair the ribbon again, using the correct take-up spool.

If you cannot fix the problem contact your service provider for assistance.


Nov 23, 2009 | Datacard Group SP55 Card Printer

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You need to go to setup and scroll to options menu, there you'll find :"Ribbon check" , turn it off and your good to go!

Nov 10, 2008 | Printek FormsMaster 8003 Matrix Printer

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Broken ribbon message for my zebra card printer

It could mean that the ribbon sensor on the printer is broken. Sounds like you need to send back to zebra for repair. This is free if printer is still under warranty. check out zebra's website for info on how to return printers for service.

Sep 11, 2008 | Zebra Eltron P330i Card Printer

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Wrong cartridge

I have the multipass mp700 and have just experienced the same message ..... wrong cartridge. After reading the manual, from the disc, it means that there's something wrong with the print head, most likely needs cleaning, but it won't clean because the printer is sending a malfunction message. I will be trying to clean the head and if that doesn't fix it then I'll buy a new print head. Good luck with the problem.

Aug 15, 2008 | Canon MultiPASS MP730 All-In-One InkJet...

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"warning Ribbon In" error message

Had the same problem with a ZM400. As stated in the User manual (can be downloaded, warning "Ribbon in" is usually caused by the wrong printing method (thermal direct instead of thermal transfer [which should be selected for ribbbons]). My error disappeared after choosing "thermal transfer" directly on the printer. For network printers this needs to be set by an admin in the network settings for the the printer to solve the problem permanently.

May 07, 2008 | Zebra 105SL Thermal Label Printer

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