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How Do I Get the Old Ribbon Off the Spindle?

I need to recalibrate the ribbon for my Zebra s600, but I can't seem to get the used ribbon off of the spindle. I know this is a stupid question, but how does the "ribbon release button" work exactly?

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The large button in the middle of the ribbon take-up spool releases the two bars that press out into the ribbon, making it looser and easier to remove. You might have to push kind of hard. Last resort, there's always scissors

Here's the manual for recalibrating instructions:
http://tinyurl.com/yb2rpd4
I hope this helps! If so, please leave a rating.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010

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