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IBM quietwriter 7 - autocorrect problem


I used to use (and am familiar with) IBM wheelwriter 6.

I bought a used IBM quietwriter 7 at a local garage sale.

I cleaned it up and it was working properly - autocorrect and all.

Then the tape/ribbon broke in the print cartridge.

I opened up the cartridge and re-attached the take-up ribbon by removing what was left on the used-ribbon take-up spool and attaching to the hub with krazy glue. I put it all back together - everything works great.

Until I went to autocorrect.

I get black blotches instead of erasing/correcting.

What I thought was odd about quietwriter is that it doesnt seem to have a correcting ribbon cartridge (like wheelwriter did).

SOOO.. I am not sure how the autocorrect actually FUNCTIONS on this thing.

I am wondering if I incorrectly threaded the ribbon through the cartridge (it looks exactly the same as it does in all the pics of the cartridges I could find online). cartridge # is 1299635 - IBM 'quiet' high density correcting ribbon.

I also may have incorrectly threaded the ribbon through the machines mechanism - but it seems pretty automatic.

I'm pretty maechanically / electrically / electronically inclined and can fix most anything (properly) without giving much effort to it - it's just a gift.

But this one has me stumped.

I do NOT have an owners manual for this machine - are there any sources to dlownload them online (for free?) $45 is a bit much for a machine I paid $3 for.

I was hoping to try to sell this on ebay for afew bucks if I cannot use it myself.

Please help?

thank you kindly.

Ted B.

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  • TeddyTested Nov 11, 2007

    Actually, I have since gotten the machine to correct properly.

    The IBM Quitewriter 7 does NOT use lift-off correction tape like wheelwriter does. It seems that the typewriter mecahnism needed to be cleaned more thoroughly (with dealcohol) and allowed to dry completely.

    The machine now corrects flawlwssly.

    I still, however, do not understand how a single black ribbon cartridge machine can also correct - but it does.

    it goes back and somehow strikes and erases the carbon right off the paper - no lift-off correction tape is required (or available) for IBM quietwriter 7.

  • TeddyTested Nov 11, 2007


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    A Ziffel Nov 13, 2013

    I was trained on these darned typewriters, and it was a huge technology error for the IBM corp. The way the machine corrects is to apply a lower voltage to the print head which makes the original ribbon tacky. Higher current prints; lower current will lift off. My only conclusion to your problem is the shelf life of the ribbon has expired, and the ink is so darned hard that nothing could pull it back off. In the earliest versions of this machine, IBM had a problem with the ink falling off the page due to extreme heat in postal trucks, etc. They did something to clear that up, but I don't remember what. At best, the machine was a miserable seller, and technologies soon superceded the WOW it brought to the market. It just wasn't worth what IBM wanted for it.



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I've been a IBM typewriter technician for 15 years in the field. Currently I support Servers for a major bank data center. Concerning the lift off I think the print heads correct with a negative and prints positive charge similar to a laser printer of which I am an HP certified tech as well.

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When a Quietwriter corrects the the print head heats the ribbon just enough to make it tacky and remove the print.

I hope you can sleep now.


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Do you have a lift off tap snapped onto the bottom of the ribbon

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