Hello, can you help me with my ribbon problem? Unfortunately when I went to Staples to replace this ribbon I gave them the original and they sold me the wrong tape. When I went to get the old one back, it had been thrown out! The new tape that I ordered does not fit at all. On the box it states: LEXMARK 210 Correctable Ribbon Cassette. It is nothing like the original ribbon. The serial # on my machine is 6705 46 878 (or 676). Thank you in advance.
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Re: IBM Selectric III Typewriter Ribbon help
There are two different ribbons for the selectric III one has the ribbon lift guides built into the ribbon the other the guides are part of the typewriter. The first is a General Ribbon T=387 the other is a G.R. T-385.
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When the lever closes does the driver move to the right and aganist the ribbon, they get gummed up and stay opened. If this is a generig ribbon the top of the ribbon cassette will sometimes get in the way. If the ribbon isn't lifting you may be in stencil .
Go to lexmark.com , click yuor way to publications there you will find an operators manual. The pictures and descriptions are better than mine. (Be sure you have the right ribbon Selectric III takes two different ribbons)
You haven't told what model of Selectric. If it is a selectric II or III, there is an orange lever on the carrier that you must pull to one side. The correction tape has a silver lever next to the take-up spool that you must pull outward.
Selectric III has two different ribbons the selectric II ribbon tha the ribbon guides are part of the macine and the "bicycle" ribbon that has the guides bilt into the ribbon. to replace the "bicycle" ribbon move pull the red lever on the right toward you, drop the ribbon in turn the knob a few times in the direction of the arrows, move the red lever back done. The other style move the lever, drop the ribbon in, be sure the ribbon is left of the slacker finger sticking up on the left,thread it tru the guides, turn the knob inthe direction of the arrows, move red lever back,done.
There are two different ribbons for selectric III T/W's. One has the ribbon guides as part of the cassette the other the guides are part of the machine.
Be sure the ribbon and L/Oare installed properly and the ribbon is winding on the take up spool properly (counter clock wise) and if the guides are in the machine id to the left if thr white slacker finger just L. of the ribbon also be sure the L/O tape is behind the black seperation finger and the ribbon is in front of it (just to the rt. of the opening in the plastic card holder).