How to Troubleshoot a Brother GX 8250 Electric Typewriter

by Patrick Nelson; Updated September 26, 2017
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The Brother GX8250 typewriter “Display Mode” shows the line you just typed before printing it, so making corrections as you work is easy. The computer-based word processor and printer has generally replaced typewriters like the Brother. However, portable typewrites like the GX 8250 are perfect for whipping out and creating a quick, professional looking label or envelope. Poor print and performance correction are some of the problems with the GX8250.

Step 1

Replace the ribbon if print quality deteriorates by moving the carrier to the center of the platen with the space bar and opening the top cover. Hold the cassette with both hands and lift the front of the cassette up and out. Remove the entire cassette by moving it towards the platen.

Step 2

Tighten the ribbon in the new cassette by rotating the feed knob on the cassette counterclockwise. Then align the arrow on the cassette with the arrow on the cassette holder. Slide the cassette into the holder and press down on it. It should click into place. Take up any further slack with the wheel, close the cover and press “Code” and “Reset” “Q” to move the carrier into position. Try the job again.

Step 3

Replace the correction tape if it doesn't obliterate text properly. Move the carrier to the center and raise the cover. Remove the cassette ribbon by following the first step and then pull off both correction tape spools.

Step 4

Feed the new tape through the left guide behind the ribbon guide and out through the right guide. The sticky side of the tape should face the platen. Attach the feeder spool to the pin on the left and attach the take up spool to the pin on the right. Then turn the take-up spool counterclockwise until a little tape winds on. Then replace the cassette ribbon and close the cover. Press “Code” and “Reset” “Q” to move the carrier into position. Try the job again.

About the Author

Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication "Producer Report" and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School.

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