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Alps MD 1000 self tests okay, but printing gives "nonvolatile error" (fast blink)

I tried printing on new photo paper about a year ago. Results were terrible, so I put the printer back in the closet. But now I need just business graphics, and my Alps MD 1000 self-tests that well on high grade copy paper. But it won't print from the computer. It does respond somewhat, by loading the paper (manual load also works okay), and the Ready light slow blinks for awhile. Then it turns to fast blink, which means "the contents of the MD-1000's nonvolatile memory have been lost." And that will go on forever, printing nothing. Have tried printing from Notepad, command line, Word, etc. same result. Using parallel port. Don't know if the cable is bidirectional or not. Cable works fine with my HP 2200.

Any way to check this further?

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  • garyraye Mar 30, 2008

    I have the same problem. Anyboby know of a fix?

  • skymail Apr 19, 2008

    I started having the exact same problem after installing a new monitor.

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This is a symptom of the following:

You are running XP, and have installed SP3 and, you are using the microsoft driver bundled with XP.

The solution:

The m$ driver will have created a printer with "(MS)" as a suffix. Leave this intact, as it will cause major trouble on every reboot if you delete it.
Download the appropriate driver from the Files section in the Alps YahooGroup found at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Alps/
With your printer unplugged, install the downloaded driver
Shut down your computer and hook up the printer
Reboot
XP will detect the printer, and create a new printer in Control Panel without the "(MS)" suffix
Make the new printer your default printer.

The reason why you do not delete the printer with the "(MS)" suffix, is because every time you reboot, XP will ignore the fact that you have the correct Alps driver loaded, and will create a new printer using the m$ drivers, and set it to default. Of course, the m$ Alps driver is fundamentally broken

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