Ribbons breaking while printing ID cards can be a very annoying issue especially if you’re printing identity cards and badges in bulk in a limited amount of time. Although you can tape the broken ends for a quick fix there are many ways in which you can prevent the problem from happening altogether. Joining the broken ends together with tape is just a temporary solution and the ribbon can break again when you try to print. So to be on the safe side, follow the below-given instructions to resolve the ribbon breaking problem on your Fargo C50 ID card printer.
Fixing a Breaking Ribbon on Fargo C50
The first step to resolve any kind of problem with ID card printing is to keep the printer drivers and firmware updated to the latest versions. You can update the drivers and firmware on Fargo C50 by downloading the necessary components from the manufacturer’s website. Generally, the ID card printer need the Fargo Workbench, latest C50 drivers, and latest C50 firmware to work flawlessly.
To update the printer firmware, open Fargo Workbench and select your Fargo C50 ID card printer. Go to the Update Manager section and select your printer once again. Click on Select Firmware File, and choose the latest C50 firmware that you downloaded earlier. Click Begin Updating and wait for a couple of minutes to let the process complete.
You should also calibrate the ribbon sensor on your Fargo C50 ID card printer to ensure that it performs well. Sometimes the printer might not recognize the ribbon correctly or acknowledge that it has been replaced which could lead to problems with the ribbon breaking. Calibrating the ribbon sensor helps to deal with these issues easily.
To calibrate the printer ribbon open the Devices and Printers folder on your computer and right-click on your printer listed there. Select Printing Preferences and open Toolbox. Go to the Calibrate Ribbon section, follow the instructions there, and click Calibrate to complete the process.
It is very important to adjust the print head power on your Fargo C50 ID card printer as well to ensure that it does not run into ribbon breaking or other such issues. To adjust the print head power go to the Devices and Printers folder in Control Panel on your computer and right-click on your printer. Choose Printing Preferences, go to the Image Color section, and slide the bar for Dye-Sub Intensity (YMC) to adjust the settings. Click OK to save the changes made before you close the window.
If you are still facing ribbon breaking problems, make sure that the ribbon cartridge is installed properly or try a different ribbon altogether on the official list of supplies provided by the manufacturer. If the issue persists then you should get in touch with the Fargo ID card printer manufacturer for any technical assistance that you may need.
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