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This long thin plastic ribbon has fallen off from somewhere inside the printer and i cant seem to get it back on. There is two hooks one on each end but I can't make it fit from one to the other. How exactly does it go on? It is on a Lexmark x2470 all in one printer.

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IDE ribbon pulled out!

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Sounds like the Encoder Strip, but without the Brand Printer and model number, I cant be 100% sure.
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