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Laserjet 1000 smudges on sides of output.

Smudges are about 1 1/2 inches apart and about 1 inch long. Left side marks are heavier than right side. Cleaned areas I could get to. It looks like a roller issue. Can I clean the soft black foam roller and how do I get it out?
Thanks from a fixed income old codger.
Jerry Hoff finder8@lycos.com

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  • finder8 Nov 24, 2008

    thanks in advance

  • finder8 Nov 25, 2008

    Charliej

    Thanks for the response. I don't have any baby wipes, but have alcohol prep pads, used prior to a insulin shot and some Fresh Nap moist towlettes. Don't know what is on those.

    Also do Ipry up the white shaft carrier or try to pry up just the metal shaft inside the foam roller.

    Thanks again

  • finder8 Nov 27, 2008

    Thanks. I couldn't pry the roller out prying lightly and was afraid of breaking sometthing. I wound up using a vaccuum with the narrow attachment, going back and forth while rotating the roller. It worked very well but I'd still like to clean it your way when I finish with the printing projecct I have to do. Then, I'll try again to pry it out.

    Again, thanks...

    Jerry

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The transfer roller (foam roller) should be easily accessible by putting a non-metallic object under the left end of the roller, down into the indentation, and lightly prying in an upward manner. I have used a baby wipe (non-aloe, non-perfumed, etc) to wrap around the transfer roller -- and then roll them both in your hand.

When you put the transfer roller back into the printer, the next few pages will look awful. Give it a minute to dry out -- and then print a real test page. Let me know how that looks and we'll go from there.

BTW, if this doesn't fix the problem, please don't rate the solution just yet. I have a couple other ideas.
Regards,
Char1ieJ

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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    Charlie Jarman Nov 26, 2008

    Jerry,
    I would pry only on the metal -- and with very little force. There is a plastic detent that hold the transfer roller in place, so removing the roller with a little pressure should work. Let me know how that turns out.

    Also, alcohol will dry out the roller and end up making it flake pieces over time. If you can't get any plain-jane baby wipes, the moist towelettes should work for a ONE-TIME shot at cleaning the roller.

    I'll await to hear your results.
    Regards,
    Char1ieJ



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