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Evolis ID maker is not printing anymore. The yellow light was blinking for a while until it just quit. Some guy cleaned it a little, and it started to work, but the next day it wasn't.Please let me know if this problem can be fixed.Do you charge even if it cant be fixed?

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There are 5 lights on the right side of the Evolis ID Maker. The first is the Control button, second is the End of Ribbon light, third is the No Cards light, fourth is the Cleaning light, fifth is the Cover Open light.

If the fourth light was flashing, or on, this means It is imperative that the printer is cleaned.
If the fifth light was flashing, or on, this means The output hopper is midway between open and closed.

Follow the procedure below:
Repeatedly running the cleaning card through the printer cleans the feed rollers, the cleaning rollers and the print head.

  1. Remove the card feeder from the printer.
  2. Closing the lever, set the card thickness to the MAX position.
  3. Remove any cards found in the feeder.
  4. Insert the cleaning card into the feeder.
  5. Put the feeder back into the printer, then press on the upper section of the feeder until it clicks.
  6. Open the cover.
  7. Remove the ribbon.
  8. Close the cover and check it has clicked shut.
  9. Hold down the control button on the control panel for one second. Cleaning starts.
  10. The used cleaning card is ejected into the output hopper.
In addition to routine printer cleaning, we suggest that you clean the cleaning roller(s) using the special wipes available from Evolis.

The cleaning roller(s) remove(s) any dust or particles from the cards before printing.

Follow the procedure below:
  1. Open the cover and remove any ribbon.
  2. Remove the cleaning roller.
  3. Rub the wipe gently over the surface of the roller.
  4. When it has dried, replace the cleaning roller in the printer.
To maintain the original print quality and to absorb surplus ink on the print head, we recommend that you regularly clean the print head (whenever the ribbon is changed) using the cotton buds supplied by Evolis. You must also protect the print head and its components from any discharge of static electricity.

Follow the procedure below:
  1. Take an Evolis cotton bud and press the middle of the tube until the end of the cotton bud is impregnated with alcohol.
  2. Open the cover and find the print head.
  3. Gently rub the cotton bud from left to right along the print head for a few seconds.
  4. Close the cover.
If you are having difficulties in configuring and using your printer, read this manual carefully. If you do not manage to solve your problem, you can obtain further information and help from the Evolis partner network.

For any unresolved technical problem, contact an Evolis dealer. If you do not know any Evolis dealers, visit the website and send us your question. Evolis will pass on the contact details of your nearest Evolis dealer. When calling an Evolis dealer, you do need to be close to your computer and ready to provide the following information:
  • Your printer model and serial number
  • The configuration and operating system that you are using
  • A description of the incident that has occurred
  • A description of the steps that you have taken to resolve the problem.
  • In addition, to enable you to find answers to your questions 24/7, the website includes a number of aspects related to day-to-day use of your printer.

Here is your User's Guide:

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Hi Marilyn - when the power light is flashing, and no other lights are on, that usually indicates it is receiving data from your PC. Disconnect the power and data cords from the Primacy, then ensure you have ribbon & cards loaded, and that the card thickness gauge is set appropriately for the card thickness you use (usually 30 mil). Then plug in ONLY the power cord to see if the printer will start normally while disconnected to the PC.

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