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Only typing half letters and numbers

My typewriter just started typing the top half of all letters and numbers. I cannot figure out the problem. It just started doing this a few minutes ago. Can you help???

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  • elainegam May 20, 2008

    What is a platen?

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On the WheelWriter series, sometimes the platen may pop out of position, causing only half the letters to print. If this is the case, easially solved... Using the left and right platen knobs, firmly push down to lock it back in place. Hope this helps....MediaMan

Posted on Jun 08, 2007

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The platen is the black rubber roller.

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Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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Check the ribbon is it folding over?

Posted on Jun 09, 2007

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What about on an old Royal typewriter? same thing, MediaMan?

Posted on Jun 17, 2013

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Thanks I had this problem and MediaMan85 your solution worked.

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Everything seems to be locking in but the IBM Personnel Wheelwriter 2 only typpes the top half of the letters. I put in new ribbon and checked everything else. Can this machine lock itself into doing this?

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