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Zebra s600 paper/ribbon light flashing twice a second. can't get take up spool to run. done all cal procedures in the manual. still same. prints ok with direct labels but the paper/ribbon LED keeps flashing all the time. help!

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The factory default setting for the S600 is thermal transfer (ribbon). depending on your OS there is a command that can be echoed to the printer to change the setting to direct transfer (non ribbon). It sounds like your printer thinks is should use a ribbon and in fact you are not using a ribbon. Here is the procedure I use to get the ribbon motor to turn on:
1. start with the printer turned off.
2. open the printhead, retract the ribbon completely onto the supply spool. leave the printhead open.
3. Press and hold the top three buttons (PAUSE, FEED and CANCEL) while turning on the printer. When the botom couple lights turn off release the buttons.
4. When you are left with the power light on and the printhead light blinking reinstall the ribbon and close the printhead.

The printer will autoclaibrate and run a sensor test.
Once complete the take up motor should have turned on and you should be able to use thermal transfer labels and a ribbon.

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I did this procedure, but does'nt work.

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Just a thought, Zebra Ribbons are Coated Side Out. Take a piece of tape and press it against the ribbon, ink should come off on the tape.

If not then make sure the ribbon is the correct type and that you have it loaded properly. Also, if you use multiple ribbons i.e. wax, wax resin or resin make sure that you have the correct ribbon for the media installed.

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It does look a little strange inside, but here's the manual:

Loading the Media, p 12
Loading the Ribbon, p 17

Be sure the ribbon comes off the spool clockwise, and the labels come off the spool counterclockwise. Look carefully at the pictures in the manual and you should be able to load it ok.
Also be sure to close the printhead (the purple handle that holds down the ribbon and labels) to the 6:00 position when you're done. Then close the covers, turn it on and try it out.

Hope this helps you! If so, please leave a rating.

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You can find the manual in, and try reset, pressing FEED and PAUSE keys and turn on printer, release keys until move labels.

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this problem will address on label and ribbon issue. you must establish your printer set-up first, meaning see to it that the label and ribbon was correctly loaded, if still problem occur try using manual calibration you can see how to do at the manuals you have..

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in the switched at the front of the printer you can configure it to direct thermal mode.. or if you are using printer driver please configure it also to direct thermal mode..

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The large button in the middle of the ribbon take-up spool releases the two bars that press out into the ribbon, making it looser and easier to remove. You might have to push kind of hard. Last resort, there's always scissors

Here's the manual for recalibrating instructions:
I hope this helps! If so, please leave a rating.

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try to run the manual calibratio from the setings.
run "manual calibration"
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say "ok"
wen appear "reload all"
put the ribbon and the normal labels on the correct possition, and say "ok"
try to run sext the sensor profile.
save data (twice on "setup button")
tur off, and on again.

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