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Replace Black PCU

Hi there! - I am needing instructions on how to replace the black PCU on my CL3000. Can anyone help!?

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Open rhs panel, lift flap, remove waste toner container and then slide out black pcu.

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Replace black PCU ricoh aficio cl3000


To replace the black PCU:

- Turn the printer off.
- Open the cover on the right side (as you're looking at the front of the printer).
- There are two green levers, one toward the front of the printer and one toward the back -- pull these out and lift the cover that they're holding all the way up (it should stay in place).
- Remove the black PCU by pinching the green lever and sliding the unit straight out.

- Take the new PCU out of the box, take off the tape around it and remove the cover on top of the unit.
- Align the new PCU along the rails the same way the old one was aligned (using the green arrow) and slowly slide it in. As you slide it in it will slide out of the bottom cover -- throw that cover away.
- Lower the PCU cover and slide the levers into place.
- Close the side door.
- Turn the printer on.

Mar 06, 2011 | Ricoh Aficio CL3500N Laser Printer

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I am geting a vertical line in my print job.


If the line is a colored it could be that color pcu or it could the fuser or black pcu if the line is gray. Black lines are a little harder to trouble shoot.

Apr 28, 2010 | Ricoh Aficio CL3000 Laser Printer

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I just replaced my black cartridge and my Aficio 41000 still says replace blank pcu - why?


The life counter of the black pcu has run out. It had nothing to do with replacing the toner. The replace pcu message comes on at around 50k on this model I think.

Apr 26, 2010 | Ricoh Aficio 1224C Black and White Copier

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I have a Lanier LP226cn printer. Under the alert status it is telling me to ''Prepare a New PCU'' and ''Replace CPU Black Soon'' I understand it means to replace my Black Toner soon as someone mentioned...


Sorry, You do not need Black toner, you need a Black PCU (Photo Conductor Unit).
I have this same printer with the same warning.
Unfortunately, This unit seems to be rather expensive.
Good Luck

Mar 01, 2010 | Lanier Printers & Copiers

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Aficio CL3500N Photo Conductor Unit


If your print outs are clear and the PCU is surely new.

Press Menu
Scroll to Maintenance <Press Enter>
Scroll to Replacmnt Alert <Press Enter>\
Scroll to PCU <Press Enter>
Select Notify Later <Press Enter>

Good luck.

May 20, 2008 | Printers & Copiers

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Gettin a Error: replace Black PCU.


Hi yes you can fix it yourself it is just a warning that says the black pcu is almost warn out , but if the quality is still good you can clear the message is the sp modes by holding down online and escape whilst switching on the machine , under the menu "engine " is a sub menu called data log enter it and execute pm counter reset
hope this helps

Oct 15, 2007 | Ricoh CL3000E Laser Printer

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Error Message: Replace Black PCU


I'm not sure how to obtain one, but "Black PCU" stands for Black Photoconductor Unit, and according to a manual for a different Ricoh printer model, it should be fairly simple to replace if you can find one.

Nov 10, 2006 | Ricoh Aficio CL2000 Laser Printer

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