Zebra LP2844 Label Printer Issues

I was having an issue with the Zebra LP 2844 thermal label printer.

It would print labels correctly (aligned) but the next label would be sticking out a little too far (maybe 3/8″) so if you used the tear off you would tear off the next label.

A weird thing is that as long as you did not rip the label the next label would print out fine – it would suck it back in and print from the beginning.

I tried the usual calibration procedure (As you turn on printer hold down the feed button then release as soon as the light is blinking – then press again after dump mode begins to end dump mode.).

I realized it was probably not a calibration issue since everything would print fine; perhaps a special feature was enabled that the printer wasn’t supposed to have enabled.

The thing that worked was resetting the printer to factory defaults. To do this you can use the Zebra printer configuration utility. Open up communication with the printer and send the command


for some reason it did not start calibrating until I restarted the computer but as soon as it was done printing out all of those blank labels it stopped at the right point. I fed it all back in and pressed feed and it stopped at the right point again.

I wasted a whole lot of labels figuring this out so I hope this saves someone time and label stock.

2 thoughts on “Zebra LP2844 Label Printer Issues

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for this!

    I have been battling this for a few days now. The labels would all print correctly, however when I went to tear it, I would usually end up tearing the top part of the next label. I tried many other methods without success.

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