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My printer is Fargo DTC550 and I'm using HID 1326 card for printing. I cannot get this equipment to function correctly. I had no
problems installing the software and hooking up the printer to make the ID
cards, but all attempts to print an ID card have failed. Every card I have
tried to make has been unsatisfactory, with colours not printing, very poor
image quality, and the lamination device consistently jamming for every
single card I have tried to make.
Sir, please help me.

Posted on Oct 04, 2008

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Reduce the Magenta settings

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I have the same problem...

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Pictures and information on ID cards rubs off after printing

Go into "Printers and Faxes", found in your start menu. Right click on the printer (Dtc 550). Select Printing Preferences. Under the "Device Options" tab, click "Auto Ribbon Select" (make sure to have the ribbon installed, as you would normally).

After being prompted with a "Success" message, try printing again.

If the problem persists, you need to update the printer's firmware. you can find the firmware file and update utility, Fargo Workbench, here Drivers Downloads

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Check to see if the RFID (green ring) from the old ribbon has come off and is stuck near the reader (located behind the green stem). I've seen that happen. I've also see some bad RFID rings. If that happens they should have a warranty from Fargo.

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you can change which ribbon type is installed in the printing preferences of the printer driver.
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Since the printer prints the test page from the driver, most likely the problem is with your Cardfive software. To test this, try printing a card on the printer from Microsoft Word or Notepad. Just remember to set your page size or you will get multiple cards printed. The Fargo printer is just a windows printer and may receive output from any windows software.

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This is a continuing problem we have with our Fargo DTC550 printer. If you remove the printhead from the printer and look at the underside you will see a nick on the head in the same area you are getting a line on your card. Fargo claims we damaged the head due to not keeping the printer clean even though we clean at every ribbon change. I believe that the damage happens when a plastic debris (from the plastic card) gets between the card and the head. You must check your card stock to make sure there is no plastic debris on them. Bottom line, you have to replace the head and at the time it costs $700 per head.

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The is usually resolved by replacing the head lift motor or sensor.

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