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Alarm I have tried the solutions you've suggested, removing the ribbon/correction tape & nothing is obstructing it from going all the way to the left, yet when turned on it moves to the left then the alarm sounds until turned off.

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  • robbiemuse Aug 15, 2008

    We have the same problem. Turn on the typewriter, internal print wheel assembly moves to far left, and alarm beeps immediately begin to sound very rapidly, and do not stop until the power is shut off. Removing the print wheel and ribbons produces the same situation exactly. The typewriter will not function in any other way. This began today. The typewriter had operated normally since we bought it 4 years ago until now.

  • adoug4 Jan 28, 2009

    We have the same problem. When the typewriter is turned on, the print assembly moves to the far left and the alarm beeps constantly. It stays on for a few seconds after the typewriter is turned off. It has worked fine until today.


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Oil the chrome rod that the carrier slides on, when they get sticky they slow the printed down and tells board it has not come homein time. Also will give you different margins every time....Good luck

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Daisywheel shooting to the left, spinning and then whizzing back to the right, then repeating!

It is trying to find home position. It make not be locked in properly. If you are supposed to snap this model in, then make sure you have it snapped in place properly. Make sure there are no obstructions from the ribbon, correction tape, ribbon guides, or scale. Make sure the printwheel is not damaged with bent fingers or a broken hole for the printwheel detent.

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How can we change the correction tape? We are unable to get the correction tape off. We can take out the regular ribbon. The wheels for the correction tape won't come off and we can't get below taking...

1. Use the spacebar or backspace to move the carrier to the center of the platen.
2. Open the top cover.
3. remove the cassette ribbon if installed.
4. Pull off both spools, pressing against the correction tape with your thumbs. Bring it back to a position parallel with the platen, lift it up and out.
5. Pass the new tape through the left guide,behind the ribbon guide. The rough (sticky) side of the tape should face the platen.
6. Attach the feeder spool to the pin on the left.
7. Attach the take-up spool to the pin on the right.
8. Turn the take-up spool counter-clockwise until a small amount of white tape is around it.
9. Replace the cassette ribbon and close the top cover.
10. Press (CODE)+(RESET)(Q) to move the carrier to the previous position.

Dec 15, 2010 | Brother ML-300 Typewriter

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How to change the correction tape?

Changing the Correction Tape

1) Move the print carrier to the center of the platen using the SPACE or BS key.

2) To replace the correction tape, lift out the typing ribbon cassette (see Changing The Ribbon Cassette) and remove the two spools of the lift off tape by pulling them outwards.

3) Place the empty spool of new tape on the left pin so that the tape winds clockwise. Place the tape around the left guide. Pull the tape around the right

guide and place the loaded spool on the right pin so that the tape unwinds counter-clockwise.

Note: Make sure the sticky side of the tape is facing the platen.

4) Manually turn the left-hand spool in the clockwise direction, tightening the tape until resistance is felt.

5) Replace the typing ribbon cassette.
6) Press the CODE + = (SETTING) key.

Changing the Ribbon Cassette

1) Move the print carrier to the center of the platen using the SPACE or BS key.

2) Hold the ribbon cassette on both sides and lift up the front portion (where the ribbon is exposed) to remove the cassette.

3) To insert a new cassette, place the back end of the cassette on the cassette

holder on the carrier and gently press down on the front of the cassette unit it clicks into place.

4) Turn the ribbon feed knob counter-clockwise again to take up any slack in the ribbon.
5) Presss the CODE + = (SETTING) key.

Good Luck!

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How to install correction tape in the GX-6500 Typewriter?

Move carrier to middle with spacebar.
Open lid, remove black ribbon and old correction tape.
Gently pull new tape apart a few inches. attach take-up spool (empty one) to right post.
Pass through right ribbon guide, sticky side faces platen!
Unspool carefully thread through left ribbon guide.
Attach feeder spool to the left post.
Turn the right spool to tighten.


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First, remove the ribbon. Now look at the left side of the printhead. (thats the unit that moves back and forth) You will notice that, above the spindel that you put the correction tape on, and towards the platen, on the black plastic, there is a recessed flat place about the width of the correction tape with slight serrations in it. This is the guide for the corr. tape. There is one like this on the right side also.
Put the corr. tape on the spindle, keeping slight tension on the tape, give it a 1/2 turn so the underside (dull) side is facing to the left, and put it in the guide. Then you put the tape behind the two metal "fingers" that are sticking up in front of the printwheel, and then into the guide on the right side. Then put the other corr. tape spool on the post on the right side, and turn it until the red "leader" on the tape is past the middle of the printwheel. The dull side of the corr. tape is the side that does the corrections, so make sure that side is facing towards the platen. Make sure the ribbon goes behind the metal fingers also. The tape and the ribbon should both be between the fingers and the metal cardholder.

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Correction tape problem IBM Selectric II

Take off the ribbon, just inside the rt. side frame of the printer is the mech. for L/O feeding. There is an arm that moves back and allows the feed to ****, that mech. is probably gummy, lube with some WD40 on both sides of the printer (the left side sets up correction lifting.


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Olympia Startype 3

A couple things to check, lift the cover and make sure there is nothing obstructing the carrier from moving completely to the left. Also make sure your correction tape is not interfering with the print wheel. Try taking both the ribbon and correction tape out and see if the machine will go to ready. If this does not help let me know and we can check a couple other things, But try that first. John

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Make sure that the correction tape is place in the guides one on each side small metal guides, remove ribbon to see, it should be behind ribbon guide (closes to you). Dry lift-off tape only(#3015)

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