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Brother PT-1010 Troubleshooting
Brother P-touch Electronic Labeling System, identified by model number PT-1010.
- The Label Maker Will Not Turn On
- Machine Does Not Print
- Tape Will Not Cut
- Label Gets Stuck When Attempting to Print
- Buttons Do Not Work
Your label maker won’t turn on even if you press the power key.
If your label maker won’t turn on, you should make sure the batteries are not dead or about to run out. Replace the old batteries with six new AAA batteries. Make sure you replace them properly using this Battery Replacement Guide.
Check the upper battery terminals. Ensure that the terminals have not become compressed. If possible, pull the terminals away so that the batteries on the upper level are held firmly. I did this and with new batteries, the unit powered on.
If the screen stays blank after you have tried to turn on the machine, and the AC adapter is connected, there might be a problem with AD-24 AC adapter. Replace adapter with a new one.
When trying to print no label will come out.
If you try printing your label but no label will come out or it did not print everything you typed out the tape cassette may be empty. Replace tape cartridge using Cassette Replacement Guide.
If screen reads "no cassette" first check that the tape cassette is inserted correctly. If there is no tape cassette, insert a new one, see our Cassette Replacement Guide. Make sure tape compartment cover is closed properly.
Cutter blade will not properly cut the tape or will not cut at all.
If the tape won't cut properly or it is difficult to cut the label then they cutter blade may be dull, replace cutter blade.
The Paper is Jammed Within the Unit
If the cassette tape is not inserted properly in the unit it will jam. If the cutter seems stiff while not printing it is probably jammed. See our guide for replacing the cassette properly.
If the label is not printing properly or comes out wrinkled check to make sure the tape is fed through tape guides on the cassette. If the tape is not correctly fed correctly it will not print properly. Make sure the ends of the tape feed under the tape guides.
With repeated use tape can build up on the blade causing it to dull and jam. To clean the tape cutter wipe the blade with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. If necessary, see Cutter blade Replacement Guide.
The Keyboard Buttons are Sticky or do not Respond.
If you are pushing the buttons on the keyboard but no text shows up on the screen, the keyboard may be damaged and need to be replaced. See Keyboard Replacement Guide.