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How do I fix a jammed ribbon guide on a Olivetti Letter 32? It won't move up when I hit a key.

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Before you do anything rash check the ribbon color lever if it is in the white position the ribbon won't lift.


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Something else you might check, I was having same problem. Make sure the Daisy Wheel Lock Lever (check the description that comes in the guide) is locked in place, i.e., push it forward to lock. It is the black thing that sticks up on the right inside the correction tape. I did this and words started appearing. Hope it helps.

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i just picked up an olivetti lettera 22 at the local goodwill for $5. it has a ribbon but def. needs replacement. i was on a site that sells them in a 3-pack for $24.00. they fit all standard and portables by olivetti apparently. here it is:

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SOURCE: The Caps Lock/Shift key jammed on my Olivetti Lettera 32

Sounds like the shift key lock spring is broken or missing. Look ont he key and hook it up or find a tiny spring to install.

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Many of these older portables have a carriage lock, usually just below the carriage on the L. or R.


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Is it possible the margins are set closely together? There may be a carriage lock on the bottom l or r side of the carriage.

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