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HP Color Laserjet 2600n. Magenta color fades on both left and right side of printed page. Cartridge is factory and has 55% remaining.

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  • effander Jan 13, 2009

    I happened to find this web page describing exact the same problem as I have. The magenta is weak and is fading on both left and right hand sides.

    I changed to a new cartridge and also tried to find some way to reset the printer to factory defaults. But the problem remains. Anyone with some hint how to fix it???

    Effe Andersson

    Partille, Sweden

    email: effe.andersson@partille.se

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This has become a common issue on these machines - due to design two laser-to-drum mirrors in the laser/scanner assembly face upwards. Because the unit is not sealed, the upward facing mirrors are a nice place for toner dust to settle.

The repair is rather easy for a trained professional - in theory anyone with the right set of instructions could perform the procedure, but I'd highly recommend a novice not try.

Instead call a trusted computer repair shop and explain the situation and that you need to have the mirrors in your laser/scanner assembly cleaned to resolve issues with faded color output. A reputable service agency with experience in HP printer repair should have no problem doing this procedure in less than an hour – so they shouldn’t charge you for more than an hour or two of bench labor. If the repair facility you contact doesn’t understand your request or tries to blame your toner cartridge; hang up and call another company.

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Have you tried a different magenta toner cartridge?
This would be the first thing to try.
Also the magenta laser might be dirty or fogged. The laser is located in behind the slot you see once you remove the toner cartridge.
The laser is protected by a plastic shutter. The shutter release is located on the right side. When you slide the cartridge in the cartridge triggers this release and the shutters opens exposing the laser.
You can take a q-tip, slide it inside the slot and run it left to right. Be careful not to leave any residue or lint in the slot.

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Hello
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.
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