I have a low time ALPS MD1000- infrequently used- Last time I tried, I put the paper i, pressed the 'feed button' and the printer started to pull the paper through; it stopped part way and stalled. Amber 'error' light turned on. I looked inside- it had been sitting out for months- and foun a piece of paper in there. I removed it and it printed once. Then, same thing: paper stalled, amber light, shutdown.
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Re: 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.
TO FIX YOUR PROBLEM:
There is a sensor under the anti-curl veil. Clean it.
THIS ACTUALLY WORKS! - I have had the same problem using my ALPS MD1000, but b26354 over at hobbytalk.com had an idea and I tried it and it works! The problem I was having was trying to "spot" print which means use the white or clear finish for the entire print. The XP driver does not support spot printing, but AHA! yo can actually trick the printer into believing it has a color cartridge by taking the barcode (foil sticker on top of cartridges, black and silver with a number) off of any color cartridge and replacing the barcode on a clear cartridge. When I popped the modified finish cartridge in the Alps MD1000 it worked! Sometimes you have to press feed or open the cartridge door a couple times but hey, it's a fix.
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Wow.... last made in 22007 according to the ALPS USA website. From what I read, it should be a dynamyte printer. Several things to consider.....
1) how long has it been since you thoroughly cleaned the machine... or spent the$$ to have maintainance done on it. 6 years of use and rubber rollers get slippy, paper feed mechanisms need cleaned and resurfaced (this isgeneric info.... i never have worked with an alps)
2) this is a dye "sublimation" printer whose print mechanism moves the sheet through the mechanism 4 times (one for each color) so check and see if there is buildup of dry print medium or lint--paper dust blocking. (Airblast first, then clean with one of those long wood stick q tims. Dipped in alcohol.
3) check your printer drived ssset-up. Some printers can be set to greyscale only. reload your driver. I believe I saw a link saying drivers can be had at driver.com (or was it drivers?)
Also, frim 2007 may not be compatable with win 8. Or win 7. Probably will work with good ol windows xp. Put a good firewall on XP and limit it to only allowing printer calls assigned to whatever port.
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.
Make sure that you have the dark grey cartridges and not the blue cartridges. The blue ones will not work in the MD1000. Can you tell us more about the problem? Have you tried an internal self test print?
Yes. It's very easy. Turn the printer off, unplug it, and disconnect the printer cable.Insert two sheets of paper, and make sure the paper feed is set to automatic. You need to have a black cartridge loaded into the 1st slot. Plug in the printer and wait for the lights to turn off.Press and hold the power button at the same time press and hold the "ready/Insert" button.Release the power button, but keep holding the "ready/Insert" button for at least 4 seconds.After 4 seconds, release the "ready/Insert" button and quickly press it again.The printer will start the selftest. For the 1300, the number of bands printed will be on page two.On the 1st page, there will be a black bar on the bottom of the page.It should be a solid black bar with no lines - this is the test for bad elements on the print head.
Here are a couple of suggestions: Try taking the cover off the printer and check for dust near the paper sensor. While you have the cover removed, give it a good spray with a can of air. Be careful, not to break any parts or to pull out wires. Or you can try setting the paper option in the driver to the thick paper. This sometimes helps when I have a paper feed problem.
Go to the ALPS Yahoo Group. They have an extensive file section with drivers. Windows will use the default plug and play driver for the printer. The MS version is very limited. You should rename the MS driver to something else like "MS Alps Driver" and then install the ALPS driver you find at the Yahoo Group. These will give you full functionality. good luck
1. Do NOT use the MS XP driver for these - it has limited functionality. Download the Alps driver, which you can find in the files section at the Alps YahooGroup (http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Alps/files/) 2. The printer requires bi-directional comms in order to feed back the printer status to the computer. While this is not an absolute requirement, it means that without bi-dir comms, the error light will flash, and you won't know what the problem is. 3. The driver is hardcoded to only communicate bi-directionaly with Alps virtual LPT ports - run this with a non-Alps cable (And all of the cables on FleaBay are non-Alps), and you will not be able to monitor the printer status.
Now, how to install.....
1. Plug in the USB cable to the computer (But not the printer), and let it install. Reboot if required (Unlikely) 2. Install the Alps driver you downloaded fron the Alps YahooGroup. Reboot if required. If you now look at Printers in Control Panel, you will see a nice Alps printer there, waiting to be used. Make a note of what it named. 3. Plug in the printer and turn it on. XP will now tell you it has found new hardware, and install the MS driver. Reboot if required 4. Go back to Printers in Control Panel. You will now see you have TWO Alps printers! The MS driver will be called something like "Alps MD-1000 (MS)". Rename (DON'T delete!) this driver to something like "Alps MD-1000 (DO NOT USE)". If you delete it, it will come back to haunt you every time you switch on the printer, and screw up your settings. 5. Open the properties page of the driver you made a note of in step 2 (Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes -> right click on printer, and select "Properties"), and click on the "Ports" tab. 6. Check the checkbox next to the port created for your USB-// cable, and uncheck the other box that will be checked. 7. Uncheck "Enable bidirectional support" 8. Click on the "Advanced" tab 9. Select the "Print directly to the printer" radio button 10. Click on the "Print Processor" button 11. Select ALMD224S as the Print processor and select RAW(FF AUTO) as the Default data type 12. Click Apply.