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Ribbon broke have a personal c 30 unit, ribbon broke, we need instructions on how to repair and reload on spindles. Any pictures would be helpfull.

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SOURCE: Printer ribbon broke in half

Not sure what your question is??? Must have been a defective card that caused the ribbon to split. Or the ribbon was worn and happened to split on that card. I hate when that happens. Please repost if you have further questions. Tim

Posted on Mar 06, 2007

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It sounds like the the print head itself maybe dirty. Try taking out the ribbon and cleaning the print head.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007

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SOURCE: Fargo DTC400 is giving me "INVALID RIBBON" error

I think you or your machine have answered your own question. The machine said it isn't going to use the 300 ribbon and that is that.

I dont have experience with your particular model but I can tell you a Ford starter will not start a Chevrolet automobile.

I think you should take the 300 ribbon back and get a 400. If they wont take it back, trade somewhere else.

So, what do you say?


Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Broken ribbon on the Fargo Persona C30

Try a sensor calibration, its done through the printer drivers.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a persona C30 card printer by Fargo and it

run forgo diagnostic utility given on your installation cd
Try by doing all the tools under mechanics tab most importantly ribbon sensor calibration and advance & reverse ribbon drive motor by removing the ribbon as instructed by the manufacturer

Posted on Jan 11, 2010

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How to remove ribbon

This comes out of the manual.....

While turning the ribbon take-up spindle release knob counterclockwise, squeeze the
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When the tension blades collapse into the ribbon take-up spindle, hold the release knob
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Now sometimes the ribbon gets wound so darn tight that it might take "Superman Strength Hands" to make this work. In this case I use a razor blade and cut the ribbon off. If you do this please be VERY CAREFUL and, as you get more and more ribbon off keep trying the "NORMAL" method. When you get down to the end make sure you don't cut so hard as to scratch the take up spindle.

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Please can you send me a picture of how to install the ribbon in to the Remington Standard No.12 typewriter. Or tell me how to thread the ribbon.

Hi, first of all there is no picture diagram for this and this method am giving you is what has been used to install ribbon on different typewriters.
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  • Roll the ribbon entirely on to one of the two reels if your replacement ribbon didn't come with a take-up reel. If your new ribbon has a take-up reel, skip this step.
  • Attach the end of the new ribbon to the take-up reel if your new ribbon doesn't already have one. In most cases, there is a sharp arrow shaped piece on the reel. Use that arrow to penetrate the ribbon and make a few winds of ribbon around the take-up reel.
  • Slip the take-up reel on the take-up spindle on the right side of the typewriter. Align any tabs designed to turn the reel to move the ribbon during typing.
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The ribbon does not feel when I calibrate the printer.

I believe you mean Feed.
1. ensure the ribbon is above the snap plate and the label stock is below the snap plate in the 'throat' of the printer. Be sure the ribbon pulls withoout restriction with the head open.
2. Without ribbon attached to the take-up spindle, does the take-up spindle still spin? If not, check the belt/pulley inside rear cover of printer.
3. Take-up spindle (and feed spindle, for that matter) have a clutch mechanism that should have about 400 g of pull/resistance. If the clutch is slipping, that may cause ribbon to not feed.

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My ribbon broke, I don' t know how to fix it.

The ribbon has 2 little (feet) on the rear of the cartridge they hook into the ribbon deck and it just rocks into place. You can get a picture and instructions @ lexmark .com klick your way to publications. Be sure to advance the ribbon by hand a foot or so to be sure it isn't sticking to itself.


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There are two spools for the ribbon and one spool for the ticket roll. The first spool on which the ribbon is first attached no longer rotates, while the secon spool still wants to rotate (thus resulting...

There is one motor and two belts - one belf for each ribbon spool. It's possible the belts are the problem, but it sounds more like it's the ribbon spindle itself. The spindles contain clutches, and when the clutches bind up the spindles don't want to turn. Sounds like you need a new ribbon spindle.

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Error code 754

It's very possible you are not installing the ribbon properly.
When loading a new ribbon on a Monarch printer, you must save the plastic ribbon core (it's butter yellow in color) from the previous roll of ribbon. The core is what the ribbon is wound up on.
Do not throw away this plastic core - you need it for the next roll of ribbon you load!
You have to move this now empty core from the back ribbon spindle and slide it on the front ribbon spindle. You then load the new ribbon on the back spindle and attach the ribbon end to the empty plastic ribbon core on the front spindle.
You CAN NOT just tape the ribbon to the front spindle. You must have an empty ribbon core to attach the new ribbon to. The printer will give a 754 error unless you have two plastic cores on the two spindles. It can also give a 754 error if the ribbon is not loaded properly, and also if you have a bad motherboard. There are no ribbon sensors, so that's never going to be a problem...

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How Do I Get the Old Ribbon Off the Spindle?

The large button in the middle of the ribbon take-up spool releases the two bars that press out into the ribbon, making it looser and easier to remove. You might have to push kind of hard. Last resort, there's always scissors

Here's the manual for recalibrating instructions:
I hope this helps! If so, please leave a rating.

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Ribbon error 754

Your printer is not correctly configured for ribbon. Download the manual located at

Go to chapter 4-1 to see the map of the menu system and change your printer to ribbon yes.

Make sure that your printer is loaded with supplies and the ribbon is set up correctly, as well as slack taken out.

You may see a couple of labels not print well, but after that, you shold have proper tension and good print. If you notice a lot of ribbon wrinkle, you probably need to reload your ribbon or adjust the tension bars.

This should resolve any issue you have with the ribbon.


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