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RECYCLING of ALPS MD-1000 Color Printer

I own an ALPS MD 1000 color printer that uses a cartridges. It's a photo quality model and an excellent printer. Unfortuneately, I have found that I can no longer order relpacement ink cartridges for it, example part no. 106005-00 which is black. I purchased this printer brand new in 2000. It's in perfect working order and I would rather recycle it if it can not be upgraded or exchanged for an inkjet model. Thank you.

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Re: RECYCLING of ALPS MD-1000 Color Printer

You can buy whatever inks you require for the MD range at

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

Re: RECYCLING of ALPS MD-1000 Color Printer

You can buy OKI MD 5000 Cartridges or Citizen Printiva Cartridges. Are the same.
There are also resellers that sells only ribbons to exchange in cartridges.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007

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How do I test the ALPS MD 1000 printer?

Have you tried to install one of the colour cartridges in to the black slot and just do a mono print. The only problem then is that the colour cartridge could become contaminated, so only do this if you don't want to spend out for a new black cartridge. I know that on some printers you can do this. I have not had much to do with ALPS printers.

So I wish you all the luck.

May 22, 2014 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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No color

I don't have an Alps printer, nor have I ever used one, but have you checked the ink to make sure that the colour hasn't run out?

Also, check your word processing program to make sure that the settings aren't set to print in grey only. Every word processing program allows you to change that, and to set the defaults to either grey or colour.

If none of those things work, check your Alps manual. You may have to change the default by hand on the printer.

If you haven't used your printer, especially some tubes of ink for some time, they could be clogged and you might have to run some test files to unclog them. Your printer manual should also tell you how to do that.

Aug 05, 2009 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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I need an alps MD1000 9 pin head part

I have a hardly used MD 1000 with about 60 foil/b&w cartridges....

contact me at if you would like to buy it all.

Jan 17, 2013 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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I'm looking for the manual for the Alps MD-1300 printer, I need to know how to print spot colors

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.

Nov 26, 2010 | Alps MD 1300 Thermal Printer

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White ink printing with alps MD 5000

To print white, you need to use the spot color option in the printer properties. The object to be printed must be all black. It seems counter to what you might think, but the spot color mode will print the solid black areas as the selected spot color.

Mar 09, 2010 | Alps MD 5000 Thermal Printer

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We have Alps MD 1000 which makes a grinding noise when we power it up, and then the error light comes on. Is this normal, or is what could be the problem? Where would we need to send it for repairs?...

All ALPS printers make noise when they are turned on. The error light is not normal. Do you have cartridges in the printer? there are two kinds: ones with gray plastic cassettes and ones with dark blue plastic cassettes. For the 1000, you want the gray ones. Are the cartridges installed correctly? Side B should be facing up.

Feb 06, 2010 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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Spotty color print

first of all you can remove your color cartage 

and check this cartage to simple page 

which color is appers
after that refill the cartage from the serge 
3 color in the cartage and every color every point you can refil 

Sep 20, 2009 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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ALPS MD1000 Won't print

Please ignore courtdate & creamgetmonE. Here's why:
creamgetmonE - If you're using the XP driver, you are using something so crippled, it should have been aborted. USE THE ALPS DRIVER!!!!!!!!
courtdate, oiling the carriage rail will not change a thing, apart from gunking up the printer, and ENSURING it will fail sometime in the future.
There is a sensor under the anti-curl veil. Clean it.

Jan 18, 2008 | Alps MD 1000 Thermal Printer

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Alps md 1300 only prints in black

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 You can find the driver in the files section of one of the groups.

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