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Re: printer prints too light and not threw all copies of...
It's been a while, but I remember that that model has a print pressure setting on it; check your manual for the location on your model.
You should be able to print a 3-part form again.
Also, with the gradual demise of dot matrix, I suspect the available ribbons might already be somewhat dried out when purchased.
You can experiment as follows with an old cartridge that simply has a dried out ribbon that is not too badly wrinkled:
Carefully pry open the housing of the cartridge; they are not normally glued.
You will see the ribbon standing on edge, randomly snaking through the housing, and a round wheel that looks like a dense sponge; that's because it is.
Over a sink, spray WD-40 from a distance over the ribbon and then closer up, the wheel itself - DON"T overdo it! It will make blotchy print if you do.
Close the case again.
I have had the best results when using a drill motor attached to the provided finger nub that sticks up from the top to circulate (slowly!) the ribbon a few times; this will distribute the softened ink over all of the cartridge's ribbon.
I'm not that tight but have bought dried-out ribbons and live too far from the city to just run back to stuff it in their faces.
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You need to adjust the print head spacing. This is a lever along the side inside the printer by the print head. It just move the head closer or further away from the paper. The closer it is the harder it strikes the bottom pages and it should print darker on them. If you get it too close it can catch the paper and cause a jam so you have to give it a bit more space. You may end up redoing this if you use a different brand or type of nc form paper. Just open the cover look for a lever on the side and lick it a notch (should show circles so go to the smaller one) and try printing. You might have to waster a few pages before it behaves but this is all you need to do.
You need to change the print method from thermal transfer to direct thermal. There are three places to do this:
- on the printer itself
- in the printer driver (this will override the setting in the printer and be the default setting for any new labels crested)
- in the print properties of a specific label (this will override the two settings previously listed)
The last option works best if you are switching label stock or ribbon in and out for different labels.
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The following information regarding Print Head is taken from Website. Please go through carefully.
Print heads are very sensitive from the type of ribbons you use. These textile tapes, used as consumable in dot matrix printers are made by special technologies. They are impregnated with ink and special oils, which lubricate the print head wires during printing. While print head works, the quantity of ink and lubricant in ribbon exhausts, and the quality of printed matter gradually declines. When this quantity goes down below certain limits the ribbon begins wear to threads. These fine textile fibers mix with cellulose filaments from the paper and form a dark gray dust. This is a sure sign that the ribbon is dangerously worn and must be changed with a new one. Otherwise you will soon need a print head repair service.
Still not satisfied about those points, please get in touch with local authorized printer service engineer to set right the issue.
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The same problems you may have with "old" ribbons, because after time the lubricants and inks get dry. The usage of "worn" or "dry" ribbon leads to difficult movement of the printhead's wires, its quick wear or crush. If you wish to use your printhead for a long time without any problems, you must use a quality ribbons with an original guarantee.
Never use re-inked old ribbons. This surely guides you to print head repair or to buy a new one.
It is a good idea to read the User's Guide for your printer, if you have not already done so. If you don't succeed in finding it, then carefully look at your printer and try to find the lever for printhead positioning, it controls the printhead gap. You must adjust manually this gap in correspondence with the number of printed copies.
Based on your description, the printer is working, it is not a form issue, the printer head is good, an adjustment might be needed and it works, there is no reason to replace the Lexmark 2381plus printer even if it is 7 years old (not unless you would want to).
To the faint printing on the last of the 3 pages:
the take-up spool/wheel drawing the ribbon is not working (most likely). The ribbon is not moving hence the printer head is not striking fresh ribbon area. Check the ribbon cartridge, it may be stuck or the driving spindle where the ribbon's take-up spool/wheel locks into. It may need a bit of cleaning and/or lubrication;
the printer head is slightly adjusted away from the paper. Normally, there is a mechanical lever/adjustment that sets how many paper & duplicates are fed. Adjust for 1 only.
Based on your description, the printer
is working, it is not a form issue, the printer head is good, an
adjustment might be needed and it works, there is no reason to replace
the Lexmark 2381plus printer even if it is 7 years old (not unless you would want to).
To the faint printing on the last of the 3 pages:
the take-up spool/wheel drawing the ribbon is not working (most likely).
The ribbon is not moving hence the printer head is not striking fresh
ribbon area. Check the ribbon cartridge, it may be stuck or the driving
spindle where the ribbon's take-up spool/wheel locks into. It may need
a bit of cleaning and/or lubrication;
the printer head is slightly adjusted away from the
paper. Normally, there is a mechanical lever/adjustment that sets how
many paper & duplicates are fed. Adjust for 1 only.
The factory default setting for the S600 is thermal transfer (ribbon). depending on your OS there is a command that can be echoed to the printer to change the setting to direct transfer (non ribbon). It sounds like your printer thinks is should use a ribbon and in fact you are not using a ribbon. Here is the procedure I use to get the ribbon motor to turn on:
1. start with the printer turned off.
2. open the printhead, retract the ribbon completely onto the supply spool. leave the printhead open.
3. Press and hold the top three buttons (PAUSE, FEED and CANCEL) while turning on the printer. When the botom couple lights turn off release the buttons.
4. When you are left with the power light on and the printhead light blinking reinstall the ribbon and close the printhead.
The printer will autoclaibrate and run a sensor test.
Once complete the take up motor should have turned on and you should be able to use thermal transfer labels and a ribbon.
My guess is it?s probably the print head. These things are designed to print on single sheets so even though it?s probably well within specs it still doesn?t have enough force to push an image to the last page. Less likely but never the less a possibility this could also be caused by inconsistent paper in the two boxes. Continuous feed, multi-part forms in a box are made by several manufacturers and have different characteristics.
-You might try flipping the box of forms from the printer that works to the one that doesn?t just to make sure it?s not the forms. When I used to use multipart forms we would place orders for several boxes of the same form and occasionally some would be from a different manufacturer. The paper looked the same but the characteristics were way different. By the way we tried to do four-part but could never print beyond three part forms. Our fix was that we decided we only needed one in-house copy.
-If the problem doesn?t follow the paper then I would suspect the print head. Panasonic print heads are fairly easy to replace and fairly inexpensive so I would try changing it out. With a lot of use the print heads do wear out so even if this doesn?t solve this problem you?ll have a spare when your vertical characters start looking wavy?.
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