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Datamax Ovation, media sensor broken?

Datamax Ovation, after changing the ribbon, it always gives an error and feeds too many labels as though it cannot find the label edge. i have no idea which bit of the printer is the media sensor (it is not included on the manual diagrams) but from my previous googling i am assuming this is the problem. what can i do?

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  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    the paper sensor is usually on the right side behind the print head.

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SOURCE: Datamax problem

You probably need to adjust the leveling cam if you have not done so already. This is the green thumbscrew near the print mechanism.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008

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SOURCE: Zebra S600 printer

  1. Try just storing your labels in a cool dry place before using them. Peeling labels are usually a sign the glue is poor or weak.
  2. When tearing you labels off, feed them out before tearing them off, then hit the auto-align. See if that helps it.
  3. Try pushing a normal playing card under the metal cutter that tears the labels and pull it up and through the front to bend the blade slightly outward. This will hopefully allow the labels to pass underneath.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Datamax I-CLASS DMX-I-4212

Printer ribbon has a wrinkle and it transfers to the label in the form of a blank line accross the ribbon.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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SOURCE: Datamax Allegro 2

Hi - You can download the manual by clicking the link underlined in blue below:

Datamax Allegro 2
You will need to contact their customer support for the software, the details are here.

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Posted on Sep 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Z4MPlus Ribbon wrinkles causing lines diagonally across label.

Could be down to tension on the ribbon roller/spool. Check to see if you have pulled out the end part of the spool (black bit) that should ensure there is back tension on the ribbon.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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