Question about Alps MD 1300 Thermal Printer
I powered on the printer, loaded paper and pressed the Insert button for 5 seconds.
Wow.... last made in 22007 according to the ALPS USA website. From what I read, it should be a dynamyte printer. Several things to consider.....
1) how long has it been since you thoroughly cleaned the machine... or spent the$$ to have maintainance done on it. 6 years of use and rubber rollers get slippy, paper feed mechanisms need cleaned and resurfaced (this isgeneric info.... i never have worked with an alps)
2) this is a dye "sublimation" printer whose print mechanism moves the sheet through the mechanism 4 times (one for each color) so check and see if there is buildup of dry print medium or lint--paper dust blocking. (Airblast first, then clean with one of those long wood stick q tims. Dipped in alcohol.
3) check your printer drived ssset-up. Some printers can be set to greyscale only. reload your driver. I believe I saw a link saying drivers can be had at driver.com (or was it drivers?)
Also, frim 2007 may not be compatable with win 8. Or win 7. Probably will work with good ol windows xp. Put a good firewall on XP and limit it to only allowing printer calls assigned to whatever port.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
First of all, Alps MD inks do not "Dry up". They are dry to start with!
It sounds like you may be running XP, with the Microsoft driver for this printer installed. You need to load the Alps driver, which you can get by joining the alps or alpsdecal group at http://groups.yahoo.com. You can find the driver in the files section of one of the groups.
Posted on Mar 20, 2008
It sounds like the head has been damaged. Unfortunately, there is no fix for this, as Alps stopped production of these printers years ago, and now do not offer repairs for these printers.
If you still want a dye-sub capable Alps printer, the only model available is the MD-5500, which you can find here: http://www.alps-supplies.com
Posted on Mar 21, 2008
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 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
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
Posted on May 24, 2008
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The 1300 prints spot colors the same way as the other ALPS printers. To print spot colors, create a mask or layer using only black with your artwork. Select the spot color you want and the black areas on the mask will be printed in the spot color. Make sure that you check the overlay box so the printer retains the printer. You also need to make sure you are using the ALPS printer driver supplied with the printer and NOT the default Windows plug and play driver.
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