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Almost unreadable print - have replaced ribbon twice

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Hi I work in a restaurant and we have a Epson TM-U220A Model M188A printer. The last few days the printer has not been printing on the White receipt paper. We've tried replacing the ink and it doesn't do...


If this is the thermal head model, you will need to have the print head replaced. These were also sold under the Dell label, so finding a used replacement printer may be more economical. If it takes ribbons, you will need:

Ribbons

This printer needs a ribbon cassette to print receipts.

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EPSON ribbon cassette, ERC-38 (B) (Life: 3,000,000 characters / Color: Black) EPSON ribbon cassette, ERC-38 (P) (Life: 4,000,000 characters / Color: Purple) EPSON ribbon cassette, ERC-38 (B/R) (Life: 1,500,000 characters / Color: Black)
(Life: 750,000 characters / Color: Red)
You can order replacement parts here: http://www.umd.com.au/itd/products/spareparts_epson.html
Thanks

Jan 08, 2011 | Epson TM-U220 Matrix Printer

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Although I replaced the ink cartridge, the fax text is fainted.


Hello,
You want to make sure the print head is not dirty or dusty. Remove the ribbon and clean the metal print head you see under the ribbon.
If this does not work then the print head is simply not warming up properly and you need to service it.
Thanks,
Pat

May 11, 2010 | Brother IntelliFAX 1270E Plain Paper Fax

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Black color has faded to unreadable Have replaced all components


chean the black cartridege with a cleanex and tap it to see if ink will come outm if it does bor then it has dried out and needs replacement.

Jan 11, 2010 | Dell 5100cn Laser Printer

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I have a p100 dh calculator and the printing is unreadable. what can I do?


Do you mean the printing is unreadable because it is faded?
Replace the ink ribbon.

Jul 15, 2009 | Canon P100-DHII Calculator

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HP Office Jet 630 will not print


please check whether the data cable rx232 which is used to connect the printer to pc is fine. try someone else's cable(e.g friend) and check whether it is able to print .re install the software that is provided along with the printer in the form og cd or dvd. hope your problem will be tackled then

May 25, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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On printing the text overlaps and is unreadable.


Go to Settings and do a Print Head Alignment, you may have to do it a couple of times. Open the printer and check movement while it's printing.

May 17, 2009 | Epson Stylus DX8400 All-In-One InkJet...

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OfficeJet G85 Makes Unreadable Copies


Usually, it's the print cartridge. I recently installed a new black cartridge on a 6110 printer and it, too, was very faint in printing. It turned out to be "dried up", even though it was a new cartridge in a sealed bag (but purchased in 2005).

Feb 07, 2009 | HP OfficeJet G85 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Dot matrix printer. very light print on last page of form


Hi and welcome to FixYa,

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.
Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

Jan 30, 2009 | Lexmark 2381 Plus Matrix Printer

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I have a 7 year old Lexmark 2381plus dot matrix printer. Recently, the print on the last page of the 3 part form has become very hard to read (very light). I changed the ribbon and have the form setting...


Hi and welcome to FixYa,

It would seem you posted twice.

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.
Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

Jan 30, 2009 | Lexmark 2381 Plus Matrix Printer

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