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Won't print My model printer 1180 will not print. Tape comes out with nothing on it.

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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    Same Problem 1/12/09. Have a Ptouch-350 with the same issue. Tape comes printing on it. I do see a loose U-shaped spring wire!! But, I can't determine, as yet, where it would go !! If mfmccoyrpt found the parts source to replace it, please pass that info along. Meanwhile, I'll be looking for a schematic/diagram to see how the internal parts are supposed to be put together !



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My P-touch has the same issue. There is a U-shaped spring wire that pushes one of the rubber wheels so it presses the tape against the element that "writes" on the tape. A small piece of plastic that holds the spring in place broke off so the spring can't do it's thing. CA glue (superglue) would not work, I am trying to find a parts source now, it is easy enough to replace.


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P-touch 1180 will not print, I type in what I want and hit print, and I get an error. how do I fix this error, what is the error?!?!

You did not specify the error you are getting. However, if you have an additional TZ cartridge, try replacing the cartridge as the current one may be jammed or out of tape.

Apr 17, 2014 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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My ptouch isn't printing; after creating a label, when i press print, the tape comes out but nothing is on it.

Try a different tape. Usually, when the ink and label get screwed up it's time to trash it and start over, but you might just inspect the cartridge to make sure they are joining properly. If another tape works, there's your answer. If not, well 1180's aren't very expensive and our Brother store (Staples) has a sale on them every other week. Another heads up. If you have a Meijer's store nearby, they are stupid. They're selling black on white 12mm TZ tapes for $9.99. Go and buy them all :-)


Apr 21, 2011 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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It isn't printing my letters on the label. I just installed a new tape roll

Make sure the new tape cassette you have installed in fitted correctly and the tape has not got caught on the metal guide.

Aug 12, 2010 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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I think it ran out of ink, do I need to add ink to

I believe that this is a therm printer. Which means that the paper does the work it is heat sensitive and the keys warm to print. I'm not entirly sure about this but a quick way to tell is if the paper/tape is glossy on one side and flat finish on the other.You can obtain the owners manual by going to the Brother site and looking under support for downloads. It should be there after you've entered your model #. Thanks,Dana

Aug 16, 2009 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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Printing white letters with black background..

you need to select the right tape for your machine. You can't change how it prints except by changing the tape. Brother has many colors to choose from.

Jul 14, 2009 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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Printed Tape Cuts Off Letters

I was having the ame issue. Found the solution on the user manual (posted online). Press Function, scroll to "Margin", press "Function", use arrows to select "#" or "##", then press Function again. Now it should print with a margin, thus not cutting off your letters. Mine was set to "-", which is basically no margin.

Dec 29, 2008 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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I'm on my second machine since December. Neither P-Touch would feed the white tape, the other layers bunch up inside the machine. Called Brother, and they were no help (indeed not much interested in my problem), except to suggest I clean the rollers with alcohol/q-tip. This action did result in the tape feeding, but not properly as I now get an unusable label strip with all three layers, and printing on the clear layer backed by black layer. POS if you ask me; it is going back to the store.

Nov 17, 2008 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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ERROR appears and won't print

What size tape are you using in the machine?  Some of the fonts won't work if you are using 1/4" tape.  It will say ERROR if you're asking it to print a larger size. This won't be a problem for you if you switch to 1/2" tape, or just use the two smallest font sizes. 
Hope that helps!

Nov 17, 2008 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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Click the link above, select the model you have and download the manual (1180 is in the list).

Hope this helps.

Nov 11, 2008 | Brother P-Touch 1180 Label Printer

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