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Even in this day of computers, tablets, and smart phones some people still like to use an electric typewriter. Repairing one can be a challenge, as you will probably need to do the work yourself. This is a guide about fixing a Smith Corona typewriter.
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I plugged in my Smith Corona electric typewriter (color gray and portable) into a 230 volt socket and it needs only 110-120 volts. It turned off suddenly and smells bad, but no smoke came out. It burned. It didn't burn like a burnt piece of wood. Can it still be fixed? If yes, what does it need to have replaced? There are a lot of electricians in my place.
By David from Philippines
Nope. You've fried the circuitry and modules. If you contact the company they may be able to send you new guts. Good luck!
My grandmother has a Silver-Reed 8650 portable electronic typewriter and I tried to use it. I've plugged it into 100V, 110V and 220V sockets and it won't turn on. I would like to know what would be the possible problems that the typewriter has. Just as additional information, when I plugged it in there was no smoke and no burnt smell, but I am still guessing that the problem lies on the circuit board itself. Thank you in advance.
I love old typewriters!!! This one has a neat history...silverreedresearch.blogspot.com/
If you are handy, there are a few sites that may give you some repair insights:
If you can figure out what exactly is wrong, before you decide to fix it, you may want to consider going out to eBay and checking out the SOLD parts to see how much they cost...you may decide it is too cost prohibitive to fix.
If you decide to go for it and buy parts to fix it, sort your current eBay listings using the feature lowest price and then make sure you read the person's feedback before purchasing. Sometimes the cheapest price is a rip off if the person has poor feedback.
If you aren't handy, consider calling a typewriter repair company and asking their feedback on the fix. There are still some out there.
I don't know this one personally, but they have a neat website. Even someone out of town may be able to point you to someone in your town who can help.
Let us know how it goes!!!
My typewriter allows me to type, but only half way through the first line of my paper. Any ideas as to why that is and/or how to fix it?
Your tab keys are probably set wrong. Reset the tab keys.
I recently got a Canon Typestar 10, but when I turn it on some shapes come up on the LCD for a few seconds then the shapes go away and it won't do anything.
My Brother Model 7300 electric typewriter powers on. The space bar, tabs, return, and shift all work fine. However, no letter or number key does anything.
Some of those keys may have dirt or crumbs in there. You have to take the key cap off to clean it. Here is an article that tells you how. https://www.jus letter-keys.html
I have a Smith Corona SL500 electric typewriter that I haven't used since got computer. When turned on the lock light blinks. The manual is missing. Would any one have an idea how to fix or where can get manual? Thanks for any ideas.
a-frugal-lady from Lewiston, ME
Hello Frugal Lady,
You may just have a genuine antique on your hands.
I had one until recently and decided I would sell it, but I remember that light going on and think it may be the shift lock light. Try hitting the shift key.
Meanwhile, I did a Google search and found the Smith-Corona website that has some operating manuals:
Check out the various manuals (you need Adobe to open the pdf's) and see if you find a solution. Play around with the keys. You probably can't break it! Before you do anything, first try shutting it off, unplugging it and doing a fresh start-up, just to see if it resets.
An old secretray who started out on manual typewriters in the 1960s.
I just acquired an old Smith and Corona Electra 220 typewriter and am hoping to get it in proper working order. The typewriter is in near perfect condition except for the fact that the "V" key does not work. If I press the key the arm does not move and the bit that holds the ribbon where the key strikes has a complete spaz. Interestingly enough, I can move the arm manually with my finger, but I can't move any of the other keys this way which leads me to believe that something has become disconnected. All of the other parts work well and if I can get this key to work then I'll have a great typewriter. Thanks for the help.
By David W.
There is a bar that connects the key face with the finger key. You will need to look inside the typewriter and carefully reconnect them. You should see the "V" bar dangling inside and the hook to connect it to will stand out as different than the rest of the bars.
My IBM Selectric just started acting odd. Once turned on, and when the carriage return button is pressed, the carriage moves all the way to the left and stays there, and the machine hums. Normal typing is impossible. Turning the machine off is the only "remedy".
What could cause this?
so the carriage return is sticking or freezing. I would look for a typewriter or electronic repairman who would fix it. This may be difficult or even impossible, but worth a try. Also try googling your machines name and you might get some advice especially if you add your town or city and country
Sometimes you can get very helpful advice from the original manufacturers if they are still about. I'd check to see if there are other extant makers of electrical typewriters. E-Bay might provide some leads.
Otherwise you could find an electrician who works with small appliances and ask him to have a go.
Sorry I can't help more.
Lots of good information at the following link, videos too:
Best of luck.
Parts were no longer available for mine but a local technician fiddled with it and made it work. He reached underneath and pushed something up. When I retired he bought it from me for parts.
IBM Wheelwriter Series II lost memory, an acting strange. Is it beyond repair?
won't turn on!
I have an old electric Olivetti. I was using my typewriter when suddenly the carriage got stuck and I was able to hear the motor spinning without it moving. I had to restart the machine, but this problem keeps happening, even 2 or 3 times a row. Sometimes the motor spins without moving after 2 seconds, but this also happens and the carriage starts to shake left and right.
What can I do?
I can't get the typewriter to come on or make any noise at all. Yes I've plugged it in and turned on the power button. Help! What could cause this?
My Brother, model GX 6500 electric typewriter powers on. When the machine is turned on it starts beeping, the car is locked, and no key works, but the whistle continues.
I have an AT&T electronic typewriter, model 6500. I turned on the typewriter with the carriage locked, now it will not type. There is a little window where you can see what you are typing and the letters appear there, but it will not type.
My son was writing a research paper on his Electra 220 when the light on the machine turned off. It acted like it was off even though it was in the on position, and now it won't turn back on. It was plugged into two different outlets, still no power.
I bought an AT&T model 5300 electric typewriter and when I started it up and began to type my name after the first letter the typewriter stopped typing. Then it started beeping and the only solution was to turn it off. Also, the right margin key and the tab set key would beep when pressed. The shift lock key lights up when a number/letter key is hit.
You could try oiling the key. Typewriters became obsolete. You may be able to find someone to repair. Even parts are hard to find. Good luck!
I'd try oiling it, too!
I have a Sears Electronic II electronic typewriter, it has the disc or wheel with type on it. It starts and everything seems to work when I hit any key the disc spins to the proper position, but the plunger that forces the letter to the paper does not move. It can be moved with forceps, but makes no movement when it is supposed to. Any ideas where to look? Thanks.
You might need a new print head. If you have the manual you can see the part numbers. You may be able to download a manual online if you turn over your typewriter so you can see the model number.
I have the model number but have been unable to find the proper manual. I will try to find a print head, thanks for the suggestion.
I've always been able to get help from Sears for any of their products so I would suggest you try them first and they also answer questions.
The lower case "a" on this old typewriter suddenly stopped printing. When I type "a" another character is printed. Is there any way to fix this?
I bought a Silver Reed EZ 20 electric typewriter from the 80s. I tested the machine and the only thing that does not work is advancing paper manually and with the auto key. When pressing the return key it does return, but the paper does not advance either. The platen works manually and with auto key, but paper does not advance. There are three smaller rollers (see arrows) behind the platen, they do not seem to roll. I am not sure if they should.
Thanks for your input.
I own a 5B-1 Sterling typewriter and a block of letters (iop and relocate) buttons are not working. Anyone have any ideas or have had same issue? Everything else works fine. Has to be something simple, but idk.
Maybe you need a new daisy wheel?
My Royal Aristocrat Cavalier electric typewriter turns on and hums, but the keys won't depress or work. Help please.
You may have a bad motor. It is going to be very hard to find someone to fix this, or even to get the parts.
I have a South Corona SC100 typewriter. It will turn on, but does not register that the keys are being pressed. There seems to be nothing else wrong with it. What could be the problem?
Take off the cover and keycaps. There may be dirt or crumbs in there.
I have a Canon CS10 electric typewriter. I starts OK, but when I type any of the buttons, the typewriter hangs it self up repeating that letter until another letter is depressed.
I'm quite technical. Does anyone know what the problem can be and can help me with tips on solving my problem?
Despite modern ages and having a lot of computers, laptops, etc. in use by me, I have a typewriter located at both my flat and at my office premises which often come in very handy indeed!
The Canon CS10 I have, which I thought would last for a long time, hence bought a lot of accessories for it.
I would be very grateful for any tips on how to solve this problem.