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Solid red light after flashing firmware

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I'm in trouble. My Zebra TLP 2844 doesn't want to take firmware. I was following instructions how to do it using DOS mode. After copying the file and waiting forever for green; my light stayed solid red. I've tried to send firmware few more times with the very same effect. Light is flashing yellow/red for a few minutes and than stays solid red. HELP!!!!!!!!!!
I'm about to eat my keyboard after spending three days with "her" on my side.

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  • headupx May 07, 2008

    Hi jigeo :)



    I've double checked media and it's fine. Also swiched power OFF and ON several times. I remember every single word from Zebra webside. Nothing worked so far. Probably I have to get rid of the firmware being corrupted, i mean wipe it out. I have no idea how...

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Hi, I'm facing the same problem. could someone help please

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These are the 3 things listed as being wrong for the status light being solid red:
1. Media is out. Reload a new supply. Press feed button to
continue.
2. Power-up failure. Switch power OFF then back ON.
3. Printer ready to receive flash programming during
firmware download.


There's a programming manual available for download on Zebra's website: https://www.zebra.com/id/zebra/na/en/index/resource_library/manuals.results.html
It might help.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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    Jill George May 08, 2008

    One more possible cause I forgot: that the printhead is open, not latched down all the way. Press down on the top
    cover of the printer to see if the error light clears and goes to green.

    How is the printer connected to the PC? Parallel cable? If it's with a USB cable or a networked printer, the DOS method will not work.

    There's a firmware downloader program that's an alternative to the DOS method. Go here to download this.

    -Download the utility and
    open program.
    -Select the correct communication method, serial or parallel.

    -Select Download and browse to the firmware.
    -Select Open and the file will be
    sent to the printer.

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