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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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