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We have Alps MD 1000 which makes a grinding noise when we power it up, and then the error light comes on. Is this normal, or is what could be the problem? Where would we need to send it for repairs? Thanks

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All ALPS printers make noise when they are turned on. The error light is not normal. Do you have cartridges in the printer? there are two kinds: ones with gray plastic cassettes and ones with dark blue plastic cassettes. For the 1000, you want the gray ones. Are the cartridges installed correctly? Side B should be facing up.

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