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Alert code My S4M printer "alert" light blinks all of a sudden. We've been using it for a year and suddenly the light blinks. We haven't changed any settings or media. We cannot print to it.

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  • animalar Nov 11, 2008

    My S4m Printer "Alert" light blinks all of a sudden. It prints nothing and the LCD displays says "Printer Paused data" and it stops middle of the label

  • katfisch70 Nov 25, 2008

    My printer (Zebra S4M) says: Alert Ribbon out, but I have no clue how to solve this problem. What ribbon and where do I change it?

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    most everything we try does not work. there is ribbon loaded.. we open and close the header and occasionally it works again. But what can fix this permanently???

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    Alert light keeps blinking everything is installed find but machine won't print



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What is the message that should be display in the LCD display? The Alert light signals a problem the printer thinks it has and usually display amessage in the LCD display to help a user determine what may or may not need repair or service.

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