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"warning Ribbon In" error message

I keep getting the warning light flashing and message "Warning Ribbon In" on the printer display, however there is no ribbon in the printer. The Print head was recently changed, would this cause this error? how do i stop it? Thanks for any help.

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  • djpop Nov 04, 2008

    Hi all, I have same problem than 2Binspired, but my printer is a Zebra S4M. The message "warning Ribbon in" is displayed when I print something. I checked the Ribbon sensor and nothing special. I cleaned it but same problem. The error message disappear when I put a paper white between the sensor and the plate.... an idea? Regards, Alex from France.

  • cbridg Nov 28, 2014

    Without ribbon the printer should be set to direct thermal.

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Had the same problem with a ZM400. As stated in the User manual (can be downloaded http://www.zebra.com/id/zebra/na/en/index/resource_library/manuals.results.html?FRRBarcodePrinters=6882), warning "Ribbon in" is usually caused by the wrong printing method (thermal direct instead of thermal transfer [which should be selected for ribbbons]). My error disappeared after choosing "thermal transfer" directly on the printer. For network printers this needs to be set by an admin in the network settings for the the printer to solve the problem permanently.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010

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    Jose Levi Chaves Aug 13, 2014

    Thanks for everybody. This solve my problem.

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Make sure the ribbon sensor is in the proper position and that there is nothing covering it, like a piece of label that came off and got stuck to the sensor. Here is a link to a picture of where the sensor is located: https://support.zebra.com/cpws/docs/xi3plus/140xi3plus/images/140xi3p021.jpg

I hope this helps!

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Make sure the Print Method is correctly set! Although I exclusively use Thermal-Transfer (ribbon is loaded along with label stock) my 140xIII had Print Method set to Direct-Thermal and printed labels just fine. The only problem I could see was that the Ribbon In warning would not go away.
After changing the Print Method the warning went away and printing continues as before.
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I have got the labels in line or make it the b but still its showing error RIBBON -IN with printer idle

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THE RIBBON IS LOAD BUT THE PRINTER IS NOT SET TO WORK WITH RIBBON, YOU SHOULD CHANGE THIS PARAMETER IN THE OPTION "RIBBON" SHOWS YOU YES OR NOT, YOU MUST CHOOSE YES AND THE MESSAGE DISSAPEARS, I JUST FIXED IT 5 MINUTES AGO.

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Warning ribbon in it print 2 labels then stops.

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I got this message...opened it up and there was a label stuck to the roller.

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Initially checked with above solutions and then tried with below steps which I missed.
After changing the parameter from Thermal Transfer to Direct transfer- you need to then press the Calibrate button on the front of the machine- that's all then you are done - That fixed the problem

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Did you make sure you put the ribbon sensor plate back in? If not you will get this message

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

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