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Light 1 always on, beeps when any key is pressed. No typing

I can't figure it out. It powers up, the print wheel will spin around during the power up phase and all the lights light up. The lights go out like it's ready to type and then when you hit one key, the print wheel moves a bit and then it all stops and that's when it starts beeping. From that point on, light 1 comes on and beeps when keys are pressed...

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I was just playing with a WW 1500 and the only way i got anything close to what you described was to stop the carrier on tab and return it so it slammed at the l. margin. Check and see if the carrier moves fairly freely from side to side with power off. If so check the circut board over and under for debris.

Hope this helps
DickyO

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

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