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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Alex Ethridge, May 13, 2003.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    I have an HP5 laser printer.

    I have been recharging my own cartridges with great success until recently. After refilling the cartridge, I get good results for a while. Then a gradually an ever-increasing streak-smudge starts on the right hand side of the paper. Over the life of the cartridge, this gets continually wider and darker until the pages are about unusable. At this point, the toner is still about half full.

    Anyone have any idea what causes this and if there is anything I can to to prevent it?
     
  2. cybertech

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    Could be a bad fuser or the cartridge is bad.
     
  3. Lurker1

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    Yes its probably time for a new toner cartriage.. The parts inside the cartriage wear out in time. I see lots of recycled (Refilled) toner cartriages here at work. About one in 6 has some kind of problem.
     
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    Kinda seems like the corona wire is not doing its job. How many refills before this happens and are they HP cartridges? If the toner cartridge and drum are one unit it could be a powersupply problem, if seperate buy a new drum and toner. make sure the contacts between the drum/printer are clean too.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Since it progresses as the cartridge is used, I'd suspect the cartridge. An easy way to find out is to invest in one new HP cartridge and see if the problem remains.
     
  6. gws226

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    I think johnwill is right. If the fuser has gone bad (which is common on 5 and 3100 laser models) then it would always occur.

    Buy a new cartridge. Before you install the new cartridge ensure there is no ink resin on any rollers (on the right hand side as well)
     
  7. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    I do know it is related directly to the toner cartridge as opposed to any other part of the printer as replacing the cartridge does solve the problem for a while; however, the problem reappears with the new cartridge after some time.

    When I write "new cartridge", let me clarify that. I used to buy new HP cartridges; but, lately I have been getting recharged cartridges from my father-in-law after he emptied them. I will fill them and they work fine for a while. Then the problem starts.

    I think I will go back to a new HP cartridge and see if the problem reoccurrs.

    I still would like to know more about the intricate workings of this thing so I could fully understand exactly what is happening here. Personally, I'm beginning to think the refilled cartridges that come from the recharge company are of lower quality or they just have a lot of mileage on them.
     
  8. Lurker1

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    Many refilled cartriages are just that. Refilled. All the rest of the parts like the gears, wiperblade, etc may be worn out and you really have no idea how many times the cartriage has been recycled. Its pretty much a cost vs quality issue. New is always best.
     
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