Fargo C30e – How to Install a Printer Driver

This guide shows how to install a Fargo USB printer driver using a Fargo C30e printer. The steps are very similar for all Fargo USB printers.

1. Begin by unzipping the downloaded printer driver. Use the Windows Explorer to browse to the location you downloaded the printer driver.

2. Right click the file name and choose Extract All…

3. On the Extraction Wizard, click the “Next” button.

4. Browse to the folder where you want to store the unzipped printer driver file. If you choose the default, the driver will uninstall into a subfolder of the folder where the zipped file is located. A password is not required to unzip the file. Click the “Next” button.

5. When the unzip process is complete, click the “Finish” button.

6. Verify that the USB cable is not connected to the printer.

7. Verify the file has unzipped. The extracted file should be displayed similar to the example below. Double click the symbol to the left of the driver name.

8. Click the “Run” button to begin the installation of the printer driver.

9. The InstallAware Wizard window will appear as the installer prepares to install the necessary printer driver files.

10. In the language dialog box, choose the language you wish the printer driver to use.

11. When the Collecting Information is finished, click the “Next” button.

12. In the printer connection window select “Local Connection (USB:)” and then click the “Next” button.

13. When the Ready to install window appears, click the “Next” button.

14. When the Plug and Play window appears, connect the USB cable to the PC and the Printer. If the printer is not already on, turn it on. Connect the power at this point if it is not already connected.

NOTE: If at this point the Windows Printer Wizard appears, click here for helpful information.

15. Before you can use the printer you will need to restart your PC. If you do not want to restart at this time, uncheck the “Reboot computer now” check-box. Click the “Finish” button to complete the printer driver installation.

16. To verify that the driver is installed you can check for the driver name in the Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs list.

This completes the printer driver installation.

Fargo C30e – Downloading the Printer Driver

To download the current printer driver, firmware and Workbench utility for the Fargo and Persona printers, visit the HID tech support website to obtain the most current version of the files. They can be downloaded here.

1. Under “What type of product” select “printer” from the drop down list.

2. Find your printer model by scrolling down the model options. Choose your printer model from the “For what product” list and click the “Go” button. If you have an older printer that is not on the list, choose “Other” at the bottom of the list. Be sure to choose the correct printer model.

3.  Click on the Windows printer driver to download it.

4.  Click the Save button.

5.  Browse to the folder where you want to save the downloaded file and click the Save button.

6.  Repeat the above steps to download the “Persona C30e Firmware Windows/Linux” and if it is not already installed on your system, download the “Workbench”.

7.  Additional blog posts will be coming for installing the printer driver, firmware and workbench.

Current Fargo Printer Models:

Fargo Printer Systems

Fargo C30e

Fargo DTC 400e

Fargo DTC 550

Fargo DTC1000

Fargo DTC4000

Fargo DTC4500

Fargo HDP5000

All Fargo Printer Models

How To Uninstall a Fargo Print Driver

There are times when a print driver will need to be uninstalled from your photo ID card printer. An example of this may be when you are needing to update the printer driver and and software in your Fargo ID card printer.

Following are step by step instructions for how to uninstall the Fargo print driver.

1.To uninstall a printer driver, select Start, then menu and then control panel. Your path to the control panel may vary depending on your installation of Windows.

2. In the control panel, double click “Add or Remove Programs”.

3. Highlight the printer driver you wish to install and click the “Remove” button.

4. Verify that you are uninstalling the correct driver and click the “Yes” button.

5. When the uninstall has completed, click the “Finish” button.

The printer driver has now been removed from your PC.

ID Flow Software – Adding Bar Codes and Magnetic Stripes

Adding Bar Codes and Magnetic Stripes through the ID Flow Software

ID Flow Software provides the capabilities of adding bar codes and encoding magnetic stripes on custom printed identification cards. The following video demonstrates 1D and 2D bar coding as well as how to encode a magentic stripe through the card software.

The above video describes how to insert and format barcodes and magnetic stripes:

1D Barcodes
1. Click on the 1D barcode tool.
2. Draw the bar code area on the card surface displayed on the monitor with your mouse.
3. The properties interface will automatically open allowing you to add data, select your bar code type, select readable text and select specific reader specifications.

2D Barcodes
1. Click on the 2D barcode tool.
2. Place and size the bar code area on the card surface with your mouse.
3. The properties interface will open allowing you to add data, select the bar code type, select readable text and select specific reader specifications.

Encoding magnetic stripes
1. Click on the magnetic stripe.
2. Enable the tracks needed and add data to each.
3. View the backside of the card to see a rendering.
4. Use a printer with a magnetic stripe encoding module and cards with a mag stripe to encode the cards

Additional ID Flow Training Videos:
ID Flow Software- Text Formatting
ID Flow Software – Working with Records
ID Flow Software- Working with Images

For additional information about ID Flow or other ID card software products, contact our software experts at 888-485-4696.

ID Flow Software – Text Formatting

Learn how to format text when designing a custom ID card with ID Flow software.


1. Click on the T icon.
2. With your mouse, draw an approximate text box and type in text in the white area.
3. Highlight the text to format.
4. You may click on the color box to change the text color and then click ok.
5. If you click on the properties tab, you may select a desired style.
6. Use the adjustment tools to center the text.


1. Click on the T icon.
2. Draw a text box on the card layout.
3. In the text dialogue, click the plus field, select database field and then select the fields desired.
4. Alignment tools are provided in the text dialogue box.
5. On the properties tab, uncheck the word wrap and then click ok. The placeholders now appear in the template.
6. Adjust the size of the text box to clean up the template.
7. Click the live data checkbox to see your design using a record from the database (to edit, double click the text box & adjust as needed).

This video also demonstrates how to combine static and variable text. The orientation of the text can also be changed as demonstrated in the video.

For additional information about ID Flow or other ID card software products, contact our software experts at 888-485-4696.

ID Flow Software – Working with Records

Learn about Working with Records in ID Flow Software

The video above walks step by step through a number of different database, record and picture adjustments that can be made with ID Flow software. This five plus minute video is packed with some of the following information:

Change field order and field properties (.15)
Fields can be moved with a mouse (.29)
How to change placement of the caption (.36)
How to change filed width (.45)
How to format text (1.04)
How to create drop down lists (1.20)
Photo information (1.43)
Advanced searches and sorting (3.17)
Create and clear filters (3.30)
Spreadsheet viewing (3.56)
Import/Export information (4.14)

For additional information about ID Flow or other ID card software products, contact our software experts at 888-485-4696.

Benefits of Plastic Cards for Car Registrations

Correct identification of vehicles and vehicle owners is achieved by the vehicle registration process. Registration provides a method to tax vehicle owners efficiently and provides other additional benefits to the state. The vehicle owner is provided with a proof of registration by means of a printed paper. The motor vehicles authorized printing centers provide and distribute the paper registration to carry during vehicle operation.

The common paper version of the vehicle registration can be tampered with as there are few features of the cardstock that provide security and longevity. The current paper version of the registration can be easily torn or smudged.

ID card professionals from the manufacturer of Zebra printers have proposed that vehicle registration cards be printed on plastic cards similar to the current state driver’s license. Benefits to the plastic card over paper are many. Some of the benefits that Zebra has offered for upgrading to a plastic registration card are as follows:

Security. Paper registrations can be easily altered, torn and smudged. Plastic cards are more difficult to tamper with and can be enhanced with various security features, such as a hologram to reduce the amount of fraudulent activities.

Durability. The longevity of a plastic card registration is greater than a document printed on paper. For this reason, employee IDs and driver’s licenses are commonly printed on plastic cardstock rather than a laminated paper or teslin from just a few years back.

Efficient data transmission. Plastic cards can hold information embedded on the card that can easily be transmitted for efficient processing of information. Bar codes, magnetic stripes and embedded information can be used for quickly and accurately providing and transmitting data to record events such as vehicle inspections, vehicle transfers and ticketing. By quickly scanning cards into appropriate readers, the data can accurately be imported into summons papers, inspection reports and other records.

Benefits of the plastic card printing can be worthwhile as increased efficiencies and easy transfer of information can outweigh the costs of the system many times over. Online card printing retailers that provide Zebra card printers are happy to provide a custom printing package to meet your individual small or large card printing needs.

Visit our Zebra ID card printer models for specific printer information.
Zebra P110i
Zebra P120i
Zebra P330i
Zebra P430i

Magicard Printer – How to Fit the Holokote Watermark on a Magicard Rio or Tango

Magicard ID card printers provide additional card printing security levels with the HoloKote watermark. This Magicard video illustrates how to fit the HoloKote watermark on Magicard ID card printers.

1. Ensure the printer is switched off.
2. Insert the HoloKote key.
3. Switch the printer back on. A steady green light indicates you can start printing.

For more information about Magicard printer models, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Magicard Printer – Replacing the Printhead

Magicard printers can often be serviced by the user. Magicard has developed a number of videos to illustrate how to keep your printer in top running condition. The following video illustrates how to replace a printhead in a Magicard ID card printer.

1. Switch off the printer and unplug the power lead.
2. Open the printer and gently disconnect the cable connector from the printhead.
3. Using a screwdriver, unscrew the printhead fasterner.
4. Be carefuly not to touch the printing edge.
5. Unhook the printhead.
6. Hook the new printhead into position and secure it.
7. Gently push the connector into position.
8. Make sure a ribbon is in place. Clost the lid and switch the printer on.
9. A steady green light indicated you can start printing.

For more information about Magicard printer models, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

How To Network Jolly Products

Instructions to network Jolly software products are as follows:

Moving the Company Source (the central networking file) to a network server

1. Load the software on a workstation
2. In ID Flow Card Issue Center, click Global Settings

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3. Click on Company Source

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4. Click “Manage” then “Save As” and save the company file to a Server Location

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5. To network a second workstation, go through the same steps and at the final step, select “Browse” instead of “Save As” and browse to the Company.jlt file that you moved in the previous step. The software is now networked.

Moving Cardholder Databases to a Network Server

1. By default the sample company database is stored on:
C:/program files/jolly technologies/id flow/sample databases/sample database.mdb

In Windows 7 and Vista the shortcut to get there is to right click on the ID Flow or Lobby Track Icon and select “Open File Location” in Windows XP, right click on the Icon, go to properties, the click file location:

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2. Copy the “sample company.mdb” and paste it to the network server location

3. Click the “Properties” button to get to the Cardholder Group Properties dialog
(this is a shortcut, you can also get there by clicking edit on the highlighted cardholder group in Global Settings)

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4. Click on the “Card Database” button

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5. Change the database type to Microsoft Access and then browse to the .mdb file you placed on the server

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6. On the same dialog above, you will need to select the source table for the cardholder group and then select ID Number for the primary key.

7. If there are more than one cardholder groups the customer is using, repeat steps 1-6 in this section for each cardholder group.

For more Information about ID Flow and Lobby Track, contact our software experts at 888-485-4696.