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Smith Corona Mod. 5-A

I rreplaced the cartridge ribbon in my typewriter and now it's locked. The lock light is flashing and there are no functions. Any help appreciated. Fred

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    green light flashing, tried all keys, unplugged and plugged back in, nothing inside typewriter, please help.

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Be sure the ribbon is properly installed, then try putting the old ribbon back in, if it works the ribbon may not have the piece on the bottom that tells the T/W that the ribbon is in.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2008

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