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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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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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Re: IBM quietwriter 7 - autocorrect problem

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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Re: IBM quietwriter 7 - autocorrect problem

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

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