Fargo Printer – Cleaning the ID Card Printer

Fargo HDP5000

It is important to keep the Fargo card printer clean to provide professional quality ID card printing for years to come. When cleaning the printer, follow the steps below to ensure the printer is cleaned correctly.


1. Open the printer front cover.
2. Remove the print ribbon.
3. Squeeze the printhead cleaning swab to saturate the tip of the swab with alcohol.
4. Rub the swab gently back and forth over the length of the printhead.
5. When the printhead is completely dry, replace the ribbon and close the front cover.


1. Open the printer front cover and remove the print ribbon.
2. Remove the cards from the printer’s input hopper.
3. Use the cleaning card from the cleaning kit and remove the adhesive backing from both sides of the card.
4. Insert the cleaning card into the single feed card slot until the card stops.
5. From your computer, open the printer driver and select “printing preferences.”
6. Click on the “clean printer” button.
7. Click on the “clean” button.

At this point, the printer will pull in the cleaning card. The printer will perform an automated cleaning.

Cleaning the Printer’s Interior

Occasionally, use a cleaning pad from your cleaning kit to remove dust and dirt from inside the printer.

Cleaning the Printer’s Exterior

Use a cleaning pad from the cleaning kit to remove dirt from the outside of the printer.

For information about the Fargo HDP5000 printers or other Fargo printers, contact us for a free consultation at 888-485-4696.

Evolis Pebble – Setting the Correct Ribbon Settings

Evolis Pebble 4

The majority of people who print ID badges set the system up for the single badge design and are good to go. Other groups have various cards designs for various applications. Some of these cards may be full color and other cards may be single color. To save on costs, the single color cards can be printed using a single color ribbon and a ribbon change is made when switching from the single color to a multi color card.

If your cards are not printing correctly after switching out the ribbon, follow the following steps on your PC to adjust the printer and software to the new ribbon selection.

    • 1. Go to your computer start button.
      2. Select printers and faxes
      3. Select the Evolis Pebble and right click.
      4. Select printing preferences.
      5. On the graphic tab, the first selecton is “ribbon”. Select the correct ribbon for your new printing job. Click “Set Ribbon.” Click “Ok.”

When you open your ID card software, check the printer settings. Make sure that your ribbon selection is the same as the one you set in the printer driver.

For information about ID card printers or specific Evolis printers, contact us for a free consultation at 888-485-4696.

Evolis Dualys Printer – The Card Prints Black

Evolis Dualys

If you are using a Dualys ID card printer and the printed card is all black, adjustments need to be made in the printer for correct printing. Follow the directions below to change the printer driver settings.

Prior to beginning the instructions below, please verify that you have administrator rights or have capabilities to change the driver functions on your computer. Some users have not been given rights to update the following from their IT department.

  1. Go to your Start button.
  2. Select Printers and Faxes
  3. In the list of printers, select the Dualys printer and right click.
  4. In the Printing Preferences, left click.
  5. Change the YMCKO R3011 ribbon type to the YCMKOK R3314 ribbon type.
  6. Select apply and then click ok.

For a free consultation regarding Evolis printers, give our ID card experts a call at 888-485-4696.

Visitor Management Software

Visitor Management Software – Lobby Track

For excellent visitor and member management software, look no further than Lobby Track 4. The software registers visitors and members. The software will issue permanent and temporary badges as well as track time and attendance. Various activities can be monitored through this software.


For detailed information about Lobby Track Software, you can view screen shots from the software on our site.


View Demos of the Lobby Track Software


Download a free trial version of the Lobby Track Software

For additional information about visitor id management systems or photo id card printer systems, contact our id card experts at 888-485-4696.

Installing and Setting up the Persona C30e

Guide to Persona C30e Printer Setup and Installation

While unpacking the printer, inspect the packaging to make sure that no damage has occurred during transit. The following items are included with the printer:

1. Power Supply
2. Power Cable
3. Software Installation CD/User Guide
4. User Guide
5. Warranty Statement and Registration Card

Connecting the Printer Power

1. Plug the AC adapter power cable into the back of the printer.
2. Plug the wall power cable into the AC power adapter.
3. Plug the wall power cable into a standard 110VAC power outlet.

Install the Ribbon Cartridge

1. Open the front Cover by pressing the black rubber pad and lowering the cover down.
2. Remove the liner on the card cleaning roller (there is a blue arrow on it) and remove the ribbon securing (this is a blue piece on the back of the cartridge).
3. Slide the ribbon cartridge into the printer.
4. Close the front cover and press the front cover’s black rubber pad until the front cover is securely closed.

Installing Blank Cards into the Card Hopper for Batch Mode Printing

1. Open the card hopper cover.
2. Press the card hopper load lever down until the card tray locks in place.
3. Load up to 100 cards into the hopper. Print side goes down.
4. Close the card hopper cover to release the card tray.

Lower the Card Output Hopper

Pull the output hopper down until it snaps into place.

Install the Print Driver

Close all programs and insert the software installation CD into your computer’s CD drive. The CD’s installer program will automatically open. Follow the CD’s on-screen procedures to complete the installation. During this installation, you will be directed to connect the USB cable and specify the ribbon that will be used.

Printing a Test Print Image

1. Go to your computer’s startup menu. Select Settings>Printers and Faxes or Printers.
2. Double click on the card printer under the printer’s window.
3. Select the printing preferences under the printer drop-down menu which will bring up the printing preferences window.
4. Select the card tab and click on the Test Print button. The image is copied to the printer.

For additional information about Persona C30e printers or photo ID card systems, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

ID Template Ideas

Many purchasers of ID card printer systems do well when setting up their system components. The problem they sometimes have is in developing the card layout in the design phase.

Prior to beginning the badge design in the ID card software, it is a good idea to determine the requirements of the badge.

Will the card need to be printed on the front and back?
Do you have good quality logos and other images needed for the badge?
What is required on the badge in terms of text, logos, bar codes, and pictures?

Following are a number of badge designs that may assist you in the design layout (Click on the image for an enlarged picture):

Sample ID Badge Sample ID Badge
Sample ID Badge ID Badge Sample
Sample ID Badge ID Badge Sample
Sample ID Badge sample id badge

For additional information about photo id card printer systems or custom photo id cards, contact our id card experts at 888-485-4696.

Zebra P330i – Installing a Print Ribbon


Following are the directions to install a printer ribbon in the Zebra P330i printer:

1. Make sure that you will be installing a True Colors i series ribbon and it is recommended to leave the printer on during the printer ribbon installation.

2. Open the printer lid and push the blue release arrow forward.

3. Lift up the printhead carriage and remove the used ribbon.

4. Hold the ribbon spool in your right hand with the white end facing the printer. In your left hand, hold the empty spool. The tape should still be attached.

5. Make sure the ribbon feeds across the top of the spools.

6. Place the ribbon on the spindle located under the printhead carriage. Place the empty spool on the take up spindle to the left of the carriage.

7. Press the spools firmly onto the spindles.

8. Press down on the printhead carriage until it clicks into position.

9. The printer will automatically adjust the ribbon. If the ribbon was installed correctly the LCD display will display the word “ready”.

Find out specific information about Zebra Printer models:

Zebra P110i
Zebra P330i
Zebra P430i
Zebra P520i

For other Zebra printing tips see the following videos:

Zebra P330i – ID Card Printing Tips

Zebra P330i – Using the Single Card Feeder

Zebra P330i – Loading PVC Cards

Zebra P330i – Installing Printer Drivers

Zebra P330i – Installation Tips

Magicard HoloKote Video

This video from Magicard demonstrates the Magicard HoloKote tool available on Magicard ID card printers. The HoloKote tool provides a custom key for your HoloKote enabled card printer model.

The custom key is a memory card device. The key holds your custom HoloKote watermark logo and is also able to lock some models of the id card printers. The logos are in black and white. To create the HoloKote, you can upload your logo in any format and it will be converted into the correct image.


Zebra P120i Training Videos

The Zebra P120i is a quality dual sided printer that is easy to use. To make your installation, maintenance and production hassle free, the following videos are provided to provide details about the printer’s maintenance and care.

Adding Card Sense to the Zebra P120i printer
Steps to install the Zebra P120i printer

How to Install a Zebra P120i print driver
Loading ID cards into the Zebra P120i printer

Steps to Clean the Zebra P120i printer

Clearing a Card Jam in a Zebra P120i printer

Zebra P330i – Installing ID Card Printer Drivers


The printer driver for the Zebra P330i can be installing using the following steps:

1. Insert the Windows CD into the computer CD-Rom Drive. The Install Wizard will guide our installation on the computer.
2. After selecting “install print driver” from the main menu, the install shield wizard will install on the computer.
3. Click next to continue.
4. The select the features window will display. Select the install USB printers drivers button.
5. The license agreement will display. Click yes to continue installation.
6. The setup type window will display. Select the appropriate installation and click next.
7. The select program screen will display. Choose the default or folder of your choice.
8. The setup status window will display the progress of the installation.
9. The congratulations window will display. Click next.
10. You will have an option to read the read me files.
11. The install wizard complete screen will display. Click finish to restart the computer.

Find out specific information about Zebra Printer models:

Zebra P110i
Zebra P330i
Zebra P430i

For other Zebra printing tips see the following videos:

Zebra P330i – ID Card Printing Tips

Zebra P330i – Using the Single Card Feeder

Zebra P330i – Installing A Print Ribbon

Zebra P330i – Loading PVC Cards

Zebra P330i – Installation Tips