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Motor throtting I started printing some 3800 cardboard labels and at about 3600 a message appeared on the screen that read "motor throtting". Printing speed slowed down and although it didnt stop, it seemed to stop after printing each label. Is there something wrong or that I should do before continuing? Im need to print some 40,000 more labels and dont want to ruin my printer.

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Re: motor throtting

This error appears when the printer has worked for more than 1 hours continuous, and to protect the printer. Wait a few minutes for printer to cool and continue with your printing.

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Our Zebra 140XiIII+ slows down after 50 labels printing

I suspect your printer is heating up too much. To compensate it is likely slowing itself down automatically allowing itself to cool.

I found the user's manual here. Under the troubleshooting section it lists an entry regarding printing speed. It looks they suggest setting the print speed to the slowest setting for your application.

You can run a FEED Self Test to determine what speed meets your quality needs. To do this, press and hold the Feed button while turning the printer on. Release the Feed button when the first control panel light turns off. Looking at the printed label, determine what speed meets your needs. The manual suggests testing any barcodes with a scanner to verify they are OK.

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I have an HP LaserJet 3600 dn printer and I'm experiencing a problem with slow printing. I thought it was just when I tried to print PDF documents, so I tried to print a regular MS Word document, and...

When you print the config page, does it print slow?
If it prints at a reasonable speed, it's not the printer.
Are you using the USB port, the network port or a jet direct card?
One of those could be bad.

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Zebra TLP 2844-Z appears to print from the iSeries/AS400 but nothing prints no error message Set up same as other Zebra printers that are working printing bar codes

check the connection configuration (if is com port, check speed, flow control and others)
Try to install locally with segull drivers ( if you need, reset to factory defult. print a test label from the driver. if is comunicate, is not printer problem, is connection problem with your software.

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Dear Sirs, I have a DATAMAX I 4308 ,I am very satisfied with him. Sometimes when I print on low speed after 20 min.labels are printed discontinuosly I had on display MOTOR THROTTLING ,printer stopped...

Motor Throttling is a warning message designed to protect and prevent the power supply and motor from overheating. It occurs after 30 minutes or so of continuous printing and printing slows down to about half the speed. It will eventually go back to printing regular speed, but if it's that much of annoyance it can be disabled under the printer menu under print control. If you wish you can do that.

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Zebra Z4MPlus not printing dark enough

In your label software there should be a setting option for print darkness (I assume it adjusts the head temperature) In ours (bartender) you can get to it when you select 'print' and a window appears with a 'documents properties' button. Click on this and select options and a darkness bar appears which you can adjust. You may also need to slow the label print speed if the darkness adjustment is not enough. I suspect it isn't in the printers best interest to run the print head at maximum darkness/heat so a sensible balance of darkness and print speed is best.
Another, less likely, possibility is an incompatability between the label material or surface finish, and the ribbon type. We did have a problem once whem Homebase changed their price label design and we had to test a load of other ribbon types until we got one that did the job. A chat with the label or ribbon supplier is always usefull, they sent us several sample bits to test.

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Issue The printer is printing slow. Solution Follow the instructions below to manually select the paper type and print speed.
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  2. Click the Paper/Quality tab.
  3. Change the Print Quality from Automatic to the desired setting.
  4. Change the Type is selection from Automatic to the appropriate paper type that you are printing on.
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It is printing slowly and says ''motor throttling''.


Motor Throttling is a warning message designed to protect and prevent the power supply and motor from overheating. It occurs after 30 minutes or so of continuous printing and printing slows down to about half the speed. It will eventually go back to printing regular speed, but if it's that much of annoyance it can be disabled under the printer menu under print control. I don't recommend that, but it's up to you.


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To reset the photoconductor page count:
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  2. While the printer is off, press and hold the Select (pattlnk_1262005_1956-enus20772_selectbuttonicon_t64x_en_us.gif) and Return (pattlnk_1262005_1950-enus21096_returnbuttonicon_e340e342_en_us.gif) buttons on the operator panel.


  3. While keeping both buttons held down, turn the printer back on. Keep holding down both buttons until the printer screen displays Performing Self Test or CONFIG MENU.
  4. Release the buttons when you see either of these messages.
  5. If Reset PC Cnt does not then appear on the screen, press the left or right menu button until it does.

  6. Press the Select button once. The message Resetting PC Cnt Value should briefly appear on the screen, indicating that the photoconductor page count has been reset.
  7. When the display shows CONFIG MENU again, power off the printer.
  8. Wait five or more seconds and then power the printer back on. NOTE: Do not hold any buttons down when powering on the printer during this step.

    The photoconductor page count should now be reset. At this point, it is recommended that you print a menu settings page to confirm this. Do the following:
    1. With the printer at the Ready status, press the left or right Menu button until UTILITIES MENU appears on the screen.
    2. With UTILITIES MENU on the screen, press the Select button once. A new menu should appear.
    3. If Print Menus is not displayed on the second line of the screen, press the left or right menu button until Print Menus appears.
    4. Press the Select button once. The message Printing Menu Settings should appear on the screen and the printer will print out one to three pages of printer settings.
    5. Look for a heading labeled Cartridge Information on one of the menu settings pages.
    6. Under Cartridge Information, look for the word Photoconductor. Confirm that the level of the photoconductor says OK or is close to 100%.
    7. If the photoconductor is still reading low, try printing 10 - 20 more pages.
    8. Print the menu settings page(s) once more. Confirm that the photoconductor level is now at OK or close to 100%.
    9. If the photoconductor continues to give a low reading, repeat this entire procedure again from the beginning to reset the counter once more.
    10. If the photoconductor reading is still low after two attempts to reset the counter, the printer may require service.

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miaharoon: Printing via Windows driver it's too long time because the driver sent a lot data to printer. Also the print speed via serial port it's slow. Inside driver, install Datamax printer fonts and barcode fonts to use it in Windows programs.

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It's not the printers, has to be the software.

Contact your vendor for support.


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