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When typing sometimes the bottom half of the letters do not show up. The Hammer solenoid is only a couple of months old. The lower case j, q,y, etc. are the worst.. Thank you in advance for your help..

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Re: IBM WW 5

Check it and it looks to be fine. This has been driving me crazy.

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Re: IBM WW 5

Check to see that the platen is fully seated in the side frames, the black latches do crack and allow the laten to raise up.


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Re: IBM WW 5

Make sure the ribbon cartridge is fully seated...try removing it and reinserting it to make sure there are no labels or paper jammed under it.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

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