We just baught and set up our printer. When I tried to print a colorful page, the colors where seriously faded. No streaks, or missing colors, just very faded looking. We tried to change the intensity to darker, with no results at all. When we did a straight copy the colors where better, normal looking, but the scanner didn't seem to pick up on backgroud colors very well. I changed the intensity again to all the way dark and it was better but still not very good.
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The color of HP LJ 2600n fades due to following reasons
1. the color cartridge near to empty
2. due to dust on reflection mirrors inside the printer
if the color cartridges are OK, then you need help of HP technician support, because cleaning of mirrors is very technical in nature for 2600n.
Dusty Environments can lead to Laser Scanner Contamination. The dust layer on the mirrors prevents proper transmission of the laser output in the imaging system leading to faded colors on the printed page. The initial stages of this failure typically occur in the magenta or yellow color planes as faded or light color. Often the left side is more faded than the middle.
You may need to contact the nearest Authorized Service Tech and get teh Laser Scanner replaced with the new released service part that has a mirror in a location where the dust ideally cannot reach easily.
Also, please ensure that the printer is relocated from the current location to a more dust free zone.
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Are you using third party toner? That is one thing that causes that problem. Use only xerox toner.
The other thing is that your image unit could have come defected, if it was brand new. Try changing the image unit and that should fix that problem. Good luck. 016-1993-00 image unit & toner 016-1977-00
What you are describing is a bad print head. You can try running the eliminate light stripes several times, and jet substitution, but most likely the print head will have to be replaced to remedy your problem. You can try googling. Phaser printer print heads or phaser printheads. There seems to be a secondary market appearing for those print heads. I can tell you from Xerox, if you have no maintenance agreement, they cost $750 per print head. Honestly, having worked on about every type of color printer known to man, the new solid ink phaser printers, produce a dry ink image of 2400 x 2400 dpi with ink particles that align end to end. The resolution of those printers are remarkable and can be purchased for less than the price of one of those new print heads. Now for reliable, albeit somewhat not as sharp a color image, but still exceptional, you really can not beat an HP. The ink stick technology really no longer has the color vividness advantage it initially had. The inks that align end to end, have ended that advantage and are sure a lot cheaper to operate per page.
When you go to print. In the box that say's print with printer/presets there's another that say's copies and pages, scroll down to Color Management. Then you will see a Off (No Color Adjustment). Try that and also in the same dialog box is Print Settings that's where you put your paper type selection. Hope this helps