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Fargo Pro-L Not Printing Edge-To-Edge

This printer is designed to print edge to edge on a standard cr-80 pvc card stock. My printer is not printing edge to edge and always prints a yellow background.

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Re: Fargo Pro-L Not Printing Edge-To-Edge

These direct-to-card printers do not print right to the edge because of the way the print head comes down on the card. There will always be a white boarder on the card especially if your graphics are dense. The only solution to this issue is to re-design your artwork so that the image fades at the edges of the card so the white boarder is not obvious, or purchase a re-transfer printer which will give you true over the edge printing.

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I know when I am using my pro-l I have to go to printer properties and click yes to print edge to edge. When you choose which printer next to the printer option should say properties, click on properties then at bottom click on advanced, they will be a list of options toward bottom one should be print edge to edge it will say no, click on the no and change to yes. See if that helps you. Thanks

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Re: Fargo Pro-L Not Printing Edge-To-Edge

Make sure your Card designer software is set for CR-80. Also, make sure your color is bleeding to all ends of the card

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Re: Fargo Pro-L Not Printing Edge-To-Edge

Could be print head blown...

Also the Card software needs to set to edge-to edge..

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Hello Richard,

Sorry for the delay in replying to your request.
You may have already resolved your issue by now.
The advice below may help others with the same issue though.

In the case of a damaged (scratched) printhead, the lines always run along the cards longest length (landscape), and are always in exactly the same place.
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Possible Cause 1: The print ribbon has broken or is not installed.

Solution 1: Trim the broken ribbon evenly and tape the cut end of the ribbon to the ribbon on the take-up spool. Install the ribbon cartridge.
NOTE: Do not switch take-up spools when fixing.

Possible Cause 2: If the ribbon type is K or KT, the print ribbon is at the end of the roll.

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•If you have recently changed edge-to-edge settings using the SmartDriver, printing might be too close to the edge of the card. Change edge to edge settings.

•You might have moved the print ribbon while the printer power was off. The next card will print correctly. The printer is designed to allow you to fix problems while the printer power is on.

•If the print ribbon is stuck to the card, the Intensity setting might be so high that printing causes the ribbon to stick to the card. Lower the Intensity or power setting.

•The card design might be longer than the card size. Change the card design to be less than or equal to the card size in the long direction (3.37 inches or 85.60 mm).

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