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Zebra S4M - Print quality problems - not keeping Thermal Transfer

Hi,I think that this is causing the print quality problems that we are having.When I print a PAUSE self test, the label prints out perfect. When I print out a normal label it is very faint.This is a new "2nd hand" printer which we are just setting up.I've noticed a "Ribbon In" message on the LCD screen - which would indicate that it was set to Direct Transfer, but when I check the settings it is on Thermal. However, in the past I have notice this change from Thermal Transfer, with no intervention from us
.Any ideas much appreciated.

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  • nicola_swins Jun 29, 2009

    Hi,



    Thank you for the info, that sounds like it could be the answer. I don't have access to the driver so am awaiting support looking into this.



    The other issue that we are experiencing is the bar code printing across 3 labels, we are setting up a new application and don't currently have our label print specification mapped, so are wondering if the format in our TEST system is not correct for our labels.



    Any other advise would be much appreciated!



    Cheers,

    N

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If you are using a windows printer driver then perhaps you have "Direct Thermal" selected in the printer preferences. The driver setting will override anything you have set in the printer. So every time you send a new print job the settings get changed to what they are in the driver.
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  • BarcodeGuru Jun 30, 2009

    It's hard to say without knowing everything about your printer setup and how you are printing. The label format being sent to the printer has to correlate to the size of label that you are using and the printhead dpi.

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