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Cl3500n ricoh Joe, I noticed you seem to know a lot about this printer. I just posted to a post that I am having the same problem as Gayle, with the rainbow printing. Do you know anything else that is causing this. I have a new Black PCU, new Color PCU, a replacement color PCU, and still blotchy colors. If I reseat the PCU's I can get about 6 good copies out and then the blotchness returns. The printer only has 22,000 copies on it.

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  • bpmansfield Nov 12, 2008

    I really did not feel that this problem was a driver issue. The first copy comes out somewhat nice most of the time followed by fading of the color pictures.

    But I thought I would give it a try at least. I deleted the printer and reinstalled the RPCS driver. Still no change. I then went onto the RICOH website and looked through their troubleshooting, trying different print settings, quality, etc. I checked the paper, and its settings, still nothing.

    The color fading looks like a small burn of missed color on the picture and then slowly grows with each print. I even tried sending only 1 copy at a time, still blotchy coloring.

    The printer I have is the RICOH CL3500N printer.

  • bpmansfield Nov 12, 2008

    thanks, joe, the fuser roller is encased in plastic with only a small **** to see in, very hard to determine if there is a bad spot or not. The cost of replacing the fuser unit is $2 more then buying a completely new printer. Thanks for looking at my problem.


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I would re-install the RPCS driver.

Also, check the the paper thickness are correct.
On the [Setup] tab, select [Bypass Tray] in the [Paper source tray:] list, and then select [Thick] in the [Paper type:] list
PCL 5e/6
On the [Paper] tab, select [Bypass Tray] in the [Input Tray:] list, and then select [Thick] in the [Type:] list.

copy and paste the link into your browser.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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    JDTec Nov 12, 2008

    If you have replaced the PCU's and cleaned the unit. I would suspect that the fuser may have a bad spot on the roller. You may have to pull it out to inspect and /or replace it.

  • JDTec
    JDTec Nov 12, 2008

    You are welcome, let me know if I can be of help in the future.


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