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make sure no documents are stuck waiting to be printed if so delete them. then right click and hit pint test page. if prints you are good. If not delete the printer and plug it in a a different usb port
possible was reset to factory defult and the darkness is to low, press the button until flash 5 times and let run untill see the dark print. then press the buton again. Try to print again (flash 1x)
outher possibility is the ribbon in on other way.
other possibility is the labels need to use ribbon (Thermal Transfer), and the printer is run out from ribbon.(run as Direct Termal.
You need to set the label size in the driver. Goto printers and faxes then right click on your zebra printer driver. Left click properties and then left click the advanced tab, then left click printing defaults button and the size is listed there.
Is this a 2844Z? the 2844 is an EPL printer and the 2844Z is a ZPL printer. Since your have described the printer as 2844 but mentioned that you are performing 3-flash proceedures, it sounds like you have installed the wrong driver. uninstall the driver and install the LP2844z driver so that you can send the correct print language to the printer. If this is not the case, then you need to clarify:
What is your model?
Details about the driver installed?
Firmware version of your printer?
Connectivity? (Serial, USB or Parlallel)?
What are the characters that are coming out on the page? ASCII -Extended?
To change from "page mode" (protrait) to "line mode" (landscape) you need to complete the following steps. 1. turn the power off 2. hold the feed button down 3. turn power on, the feed button should blink, release the button. 4. when the feed button blinks green, press and hold until it turns red or amber. release the button. 5. turn the power off. 6. hold down the feed button and turn power on, the button should blink and release. it will now print a calibration page. 4 blanks followerd by 2 text pages, the last saying "Now in DUMP" press feed to exit. on the first print, the 4th line down will say either page mode or line mode.
This printer requires special software to print labels with. It uses a unique PCL language to work with. Thats why when you use these printers with Fedex or UPS software, it typically downloads forms first before working.
Zebra used to see a label designer program to work with it. You might want to check with them to see if they still carry it.