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"Hammer" won't strike; printwheel won't turn; code key not workin

When I type, the "hammer" doesn't strike the letters and the letterwheel doesn't turn even though the carriage moves. So the page remains blank.
Also the code key doesn't work.

Please help. Thanks.

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It sounds like the print solenoid cap is broken except for the printwheel not spinning. the caps are available for 20.00 including shipping and instructoins. The code not working may be a keyboard for a keyboard rebuild contact Geo. Beyers Co. @800-392-8085.

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