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Zebra LP 2844 doesn't stop feeding paper

We have a Zebra LP 2844. For some reason, whenever it tries to print, it will just spit out paper until you power it off. It does this when trying to print from a pc as well as when it gets to the end of the auto-sense function. I've tried flashing the firmware but it is still doing the same thing. Any Ideas?

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  • TriGa May 04, 2008


    Im having almost the same trouble with this printer. When I try to print out something, it first spits out 8-10 labels and then starts printing arbitrarily on the next label. Any solution?

  • The IT Guy May 05, 2008

    I have not yet found a solution to this problem. I am hoping that someone on here will be able to point me in the right direction. In my original post, I said that it will feed paper until you turn it off. That isn't the case. It is like you said, it will feeds about 10ft of labels and then print the label you wanted.

  • The IT Guy May 07, 2008

    I have tried the Media Auto-Sense function. It will act as though it is working, but then when the printer gets to the part where it prints the report, it feeds out 10ft of labels before printing the report.

  • The IT Guy May 30, 2008

    I tried the procedure suggested in Solution #2. It made it so that it didn't spit out 30 labels before printing. However, Now, the printer prints one page and locks up, doesn't accept any print jobs, feed button doesn't work, the only thing to get it out of this state is a power off/on. The indicator light stays green however.

  • The IT Guy May 30, 2008

    The solution that I mentioned above was the one posted by jigeo.

  • The IT Guy May 30, 2008

    Alright. Here's what appears to be happening. The printer will now print a single page. It won't feed any labels or print another page until I tear off the label that is hanging out of it. Once, I tear the label off, I can press the feed button and it works fine.



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I had the very same problem but I know it could be several different reasons. In my case it was a media calibration issue. To perform calibration switch the power OFF, then pres FEED button and hold it, Power ON still holding and after three red flashes release it. Calibration report will print out. At the end of that print you should get "PRESS FEED TO END". Do it and it should be ok. Let me know if that worked.

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This will only work if you have the ZUD4 drivers installed:
1. find the printer in Printers and Faxes, right click on it and select properties.
2. Click on the printer tab at the top. Click on the plus sign in front of Advanced and then click on the tools button
3. Click in the Direct Command for Printer box and type OD(case sensitive) and then click send. You will have to manually remove the contents before entering the next command.
4. Hold the shift key down and press the 6. You should see this: ^
Then press send.
5. Type default after the carrot; ^default
6. Click send.
7. Clear that and type xa and click send.
8. The printer should start 'reading' the label. When it stops moving, press the feed button.
9. Run a test to check but it should be correctly calibrated now.

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I had the same problem. One day it just started screwing up. Here's a good test that determines if it's your PC or not. First, send the command ^default to the printer. There's a box under the printer properties to do this, though it's not 100% necessary.

The main thing is to see if it still runs past the label end if it's not connected to the PC. Unplug the USB and cycle power on the printer. Then try to advance a label. If it spits out more than one then the problem is in the printer and has nothing to do with drivers or anything else in your PC.

Open the printer and about 1/2 inch back from the roller you will see a small rectangle hole. This is where the LEDs are that sense the label spaces. If it's dirty or dusty this can cause the label to keep advancing. A more common issue is the sensor opposite the one I just mentioned, Open the lid and look under it. In the center near the thermal pad you'll see a small round hole. It should line up with the rectangular one I mentioned earlier. This was my culprit. The reader behind that little hole comes loose after time and moves. All it takes is just a fraction of a fraction and the printer will not stop after printing a label. I just took a kitchen knife and spun it a few times in the hole to widen it. Be careful not to hit the sensor when you do this. Once I widened it the printer started working like a champ.

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Trash that ****, buy HP or something

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    Kailyn Sharp Oct 24, 2013

    HP has never even dreamed of making a printer that can do what this printer does, as well and as long as it does it. We routinely see printers that have put out 150,000+ 4x6 labels and are going strong.


Headupx that helped me thanks

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