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Printer eats ribbon

My printer eats ribbon which is creating an ending black sector on my cards. I have to clear the ribbon and lose a lot of RFID cards.

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  • per2 Jun 28, 2009

    Your answer is not helpful. The ribbon does not pause (or jump forward) after having printed black. I suppose this is due to a sticking problem between the card and the ribbon. Sometimes it works properly - other times my printer eats cards.



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Replace the ribbon transport mechanism

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Make sure ribbon is appropiate for machine!make sure there is no obstructions in way,may haft clean were ribbon feeds with rubbing alcohol and qtips use small bright flashlight to check!something in system is obstucting operation of ribbon!!!Best of Luck to You!!!

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I have a fargo HPD 5000 and I am getting the error 91 stating the ribbon is out..i have changed and its still showing the same error. am I doing something wrong?

Hi Camille - that is indeed the error message for "ribbon out". This has a few possible causes:

1. Make sure you have the right ribbon for the printer. The standard color (YMCK) ribbon is #084051; if dual-sided, the standard YMCKK ribbon #084052; if monochrome/black print only, that is ribbon #084060.

2. Make sure the ribbon is loaded correctly. The spools are color-coded, so make sure the orange on the ribbon spool is in placed with the orange on the carrier - ditto for the blue.

3. Make sure you've changed the "ribbon", not the "film". The ribbon has orange and blue spools; the film has yellow & green spools.

4. Make sure the ribbon is loaded properly on the carrier - it goes the "long way" around the carrier, across the silver/metal rollers.

5. Try another new ribbon - they're RFID tagged, and occasionally an RFID tag is bad, missing, or corrupted.

6. Verify you have the latest printer firmware, to ensure all ribbon manufacturing site-codes (embedded in the RFID tag) are recognized as valid for your printer.

If you have continued problems, we can help with further support, including potential repairs. Good luck!

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Magicard Enduro+ printer error message prompt "Wrong Dye file, error 31:01, see your dealer supplier. I have original dye films.

That error can be caused by several conditions.

1. Make sure the printer driver is set properly for the ribbon type you're using. For example, if you have a MA100YMCKO ribbon, make sure the driver is set for it, rather than the MA1000K or MA250YMCKOK ribbon. NOTE - you must have Windows admin privileges to be able to adjust driver settings.

2. Make sure you're using a compatible ribbon type. Magicard makes many ribbon types, and they're not always compatible across all printers. Make sure the ribbon you have IS specified for the Enduro+ printer.

3. Update your firmware. All ribbons contain an RFID tag that informs the printer of the ribbon type, print-count, manufacturing site, lot-number, etc. If you have old firmware, it may not properly recognize the ribbon, resulting in this error condition.

4. Try an alternate ribbon. On very rare occasion, one of the ribbon RFID tags is missing or corrupted. The likelihood of 2 separate ribbons having the same issue is very small.

5. The printer may have a bad RFID-tag reader/sensor, which would have to be replaced by an authorized service center.

If you're in the USA, and we can help further, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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My datacard sp25 plus won't detect color ribbon. but when i instal monochrome ribbon it works. why..?

One of several potential issues:

(1) you could have a ribbon that is not correct for the printer. Verify your ribbon part-number against those the printer requires to be sure. (Each ribbon has an RFID tag, and the part-number is included in the encoded info. The printer has an internal "list" of acceptable ribbons, and only those on the list will work properly.)

(2) You could have out-of-date firmware. There are occasional changes to the RFID tag encoding on ribbons, and the firmware has to be periodically updated to be able to use ribbons with the updated encoding.

(3) In very rare instances, an RFID tag's data is corrupted, or the tag is completely missing. Try another ribbon to see if this might be the cause.

(4) Datacard does have some printers that are "regional", and their ribbons are also "regional". What that could mean is that a European-sold printer would not work with a USA-tagged ribbon, and vice-versa. This is unlikely with the SP25, but possible depending on original configuration of the printer.

BTW - monochrome can work because that's the default printer setting when no RFID tag is present, or can't be read.

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P330i gives out of ribbon error. When completing command "!SA" it ran the blank card through the printer into the other side. After right after that the printer flashed the "out of...

The printer uses three sensors in relation to the ribbon. The RFID (chip on ribbon). When you go into the printing preferences for the printer it should detect any color ribbon, and say ribbon type changed to (ribbon type). If so both the ribbon and RFID sensor are working properly. Then there is the color ribbon sensor, which has the blue and amber LED's, and is used to detect the panel of the ribbon. Thirdly the flag sensor which is on the back end of the supply reel, to detect the ribbon turning. . Additionally, CALIB command has never worked for me. !SA is an auto self adjustment for multiple sensors. additional you can use !CSA 0 without ribbon in machine, then run !CSA 1 with a ribbon (color ribbon is a must with any calibrations). You can also run !SAP 0 for card sensors !SAP3 for mag encoder card sensor. !SAP 1 for ribbon calibrations. if all else fails, you can manually set the ribbon by using !CSA 5 70 120. Please remember these commands are for genuine zebra I Series printers, and that they are case sensitive, and spaces are present. If none of the above corrects the issue you may need to replace one of the three sensors, the daughter board, or possibly the main logic board.

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THe datacard sp55 color card printer is printing monochrome(black and white). I have done lots of setting changes but still couldn't manage tro print the right color. And the duplex module is not on the...

The printer needs to be serviced, The Monochrome issue could be related to a problum with the RFID chip in the take up wheal of the ribbon, but the duplex offset can only be adjusted by an authorized service provider using a special password and diagnostic tool. offers a depot service.

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The printer is not feeding the label until the perferated line. it only feeds about an inch and then stops and then feeds another inch. on our other zebra once the feed button is pushed the printer feeds...

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DTC550 Fargo printer it says out of ribbon with new installed

Check to see if the RFID (green ring) from the old ribbon has come off and is stuck near the reader (located behind the green stem). I've seen that happen. I've also see some bad RFID rings. If that happens they should have a warranty from Fargo.

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SP55 Datacard

The printer does not know the the model of the ribbon installed and thinks it is a monochrome (single color) Print ribbon. You can verify this in the Driver toolbox under the supply tab, or in the advanced printing options.
The Datacard SP series printers use an RFID Radio freq. tag in the take up spool end of the ribbon. This identify s the ribbon model and supply use settings for the printer.
Make sure you have the most recent driver and firmware from Datacard, There is a firmware Update Available to help reading "weak" RFID tag's
Next try removing the RFID tag from another (old) ribbon and see if it that fixes the problem)
Aside from that you:
May have a counterfeit (non-Datacard) ribbon
A bad RFID tag
Someone removed your RFID tag
You need a firmware update (weak RFID tag)
A bad RFID reviver in the printer, which is a fairly cheap repair.
Basically try a new print ribbon if that does not correct the issue, have the printer serviced.

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You have probably bought fake color ribbons , or you have taqken of the blue cup with the rfid inside.. Wich tells the printer what kind of ribbon installed

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Sounds like a failed/failing ribbon sensor. Each color ribbon has an embedded RFID tag. The PC/driver requests the ribbon tag info from the printer, and sets the driver according to the reply (R3011-YMCKO, for example). The mono-chrome/black R2011 and R2211 ribbons don't have RFID tags. If the PC/driver requests the ribbon tag info, and gets a response of "none found", then the driver will be set for "K" ribbon.

This can also be a fault due to spotty communications with the PC - bad USB cord; USB port; printer logic board issues; etc. Try a different USB cord, port & a different PC to see if the problem will resolve. If not, then it seems the problem is with the printer itself.

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