Troubleshooting “black pages” caused by a toner leak


More often than not, toner leaks aren’t a serious problem.  When you simply remove the toner cartridge that is leaking and carefully clean out the print cavity, the machine is back in business. In a worse case scenario, you may need to vacuum out the print cavity to clean up larger messes.

Sometimes, however, it’s not this simple.

Case in point
On a recent service call for a leaking toner, the leak actually led to paper jamming under the toner cartridge. Continue reading

HP LaserJet 10.00.00 Supply Error


This error happens most often when a customer installs a new toner cartridge (the error suddenly appears on the display), but can also occur after the cartridge has been in the machine for a while or when the wrong cartridge is installed in the printer.

This 10.00.00 supply error is more often than not related to the chip on the toner cartridge but can also be caused by the reader inside the machine. Personally, I’ve never seen this error occur when using an HP OEM cartridge, I have only seen it when a customer is using a rebuilt or third-party cartridge.

In the HP 4200 and 4250 series the 38 and 42 cartridges can go into either machine. While they are hard to get in and out if interchanged, it can be done. When customers have multiple units of each printer in their business, they occasionally install the wrong cartridge, Continue reading

Loss of power in an HP M4555 MFP


A few days ago I was called out to work on a HP M4555 MFP machine that didn’t have any power—no lights on the control panel or formatter board, no fans, no anything. The call was through a National Service Provider (NSP) so a customer service technician had diagnosed the machine over the phone and a low voltage power supply (LVPS) was sent to the customer’s office to be replaced.

When I arrived onsite I tried a few quick troubleshooting steps and decided to go ahead and take a look at the LVPS and noticed that one of the two fuses on it had blown. Since the NSP had sent out a replacement power supply, and I already had this one out, I decided to install the new LVPS.

Typically, when you have a blown fuse, simply replacing the fuse or the board fixes the problem. Unfortunately, once I replaced the LVPS, put the machine back together, and turned it on I heard a loud popping noise and the nice smell of electrical components burning.   Continue reading

Firmware Update Issues? Check the Formatter Port


A few months ago I went out to a customer site to update firmware on five HP P4015 machines. They had been having unexpected print problems after upgrading their computer systems to Windows 8. Unfortunately this seemingly simple job went south quickly. Let me explain.

I downloaded the firmware on the first machine and it crashed half-way through the update. I rebooted the machine and was confronted with a SEND RFU UPDATE message. I was able to get the machine to a ready state and print some test pages but the network port was no longer working so I had to go to the USB update. Again, the firmware update crashed half-way through. Continue reading

Toner Specks Running Down the Page Vertically


Toner-Speck-on-paperA common problem that I run into with HP Color LaserJet 3500, 3550, 3700 printers is toner specks running down the paper vertically. This problem is different than periodic dots that show up on the page at defined intervals, otherwise known as repetitive defects. With a repetitive defect, note the color of the dot and measure the distance between the dots. The service manual describes what internal roller is causing the problem and you can simply replace the appropriate part.

Random toner specks can be a little more difficult to diagnose. Continue reading

Is your HP 4200/4300 Series Printer “Clicking” as Paper Feeds Through?


I’ve been out on service calls and have seen, or heard, unusual things happening in the exit area of the HP 4200/4300 printers. What I’ve noticed is that sometimes the paper feeds through normally but with a little extra clicking or snapping noise. Other times the noise is accompanied by the paper not feeding through properly.

Problem
There are two exit flags that paper has to go through as it exits out of the machine to the face-down delivery area. One right-side flag is for the face-down bin-full sensor and the left side flag is just to provide equal pressure on the paper to the right side flag. On the bottom of the top cover HP has put two dampener pads like what you see on a solenoid. Over time these pads wear out. Continue reading

What to do for a Noisy HP Desktop Printer and Paper Curl Problems


Two questions I’ve been asked recently are how to make the machine quieter and how to reduce the amount of paper curl on the sides of the paper.

Paper speeds have gotten pretty impressive on all printer makes and models. Even small printers have awesome print speeds. However, most people have noticed that their personal machines, the ones that sit next to them in their office, are too noisy, especially when they are printing while talking on the phone.

Another issue they’ve noticed is that paper is curling in the exit tray and, after 15 to 20 sheets are in the tray, the paper coming out starts Continue reading