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IBM Selectric III - ribbon won't turn

I have an IBM selectric III - the ribbon cartridge is new and can be manually turned, however, it won't turn when typing, thus using all the ink off one spot and then nothing.

What can I do to make the ribbon move without manually turning it?


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  • merrygirl Feb 06, 2008

    my newly installed ribbon also won't turn and although I put the ribbon on the outside of the white "shock" post, it still will not advance ....It must be my installation, because it worked fine until I changed the ribbon. This is my last ribbon. Any suggestions?? Thanks!

  • mmay291 Jan 28, 2009

    I have the same problem, with the ribbon outside the shockwire, and installed according to the manual. When I try to type, the ribbon simply won't move. Any ideas what to do? Thanks!




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Make sure the ribbon cartridge lever is closed and that the ribbon is on the outside of the shock wire (where the ribbon exits the left side of the cartridge)

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