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HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn won't print magenta at all.

All the other colors print just fine, but magenta won't work at all. replaced the cartridge and nothing happened.

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  • somadude Feb 04, 2009

    I have the same exact problem. It seems like this is a design flaw in the 2600 series where the magenta part of the laser assembly gets dirty easily, and doesn't let enough light get through.


    There are instructions on how to fix this, but it's pretty complex for the typical user.

    Here's some info I got off the interwebs...


    Fading Red Tones on Color LaserJet 2600s




    HP Color LaserJets 2600n, 1600, and 2605 share the same basic Canon engine design. One aspect of the design brings the common problem of scanner optic degeneration due to dust buildup on mirrors and lenses. Since the most vulnerable mirror reflects its laser beam to the magenta toner cartridge, red tones are the first to show fading. Colors shift: purples turn blue and oranges turn yellow.


    Fading reds, like death and taxes, are to be expected sooner or later—sooner in dirty environments. HP has not documented a cure. Its service literature does not cover removing, let alone cleaning, the laser/scanner assembly. Nor does HP sell replacement units.


    The best test for faded colors comes from the "config report," printed from the control panel menus: Press Select (check mark key) twice, then the right arrow key twice, then Select. Blocks of color along right and left sides of the config report show fading if present.


    The following procedure leads you through removing and cleaning the laser/scanner assembly, along with an explanation of why reds suffer first, followed by yellow, cyan, and finally black.

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I just encountered this problem with my 2600n purchased in June2008. I'm not very mechanical and had no difficulty following the instructions providing in the link above (Feb 04, 2009) and solving the problem on my own. I have printed well over 10,000 pages on this printer and it ran like a dream until the dusty mirrors interfered with color quality. Now its back to usual top-notch quality and I'm thrilled. Thanks for the posting of service instructions for a quick DIY and saving me the expense of servicing, recycling and/or purchasing a new unit.

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Common Problem!  You can fix this by taking machine apart and cleaning the mirrors and lasers.  Remove the toner cartridges and look inside--notice that the magenta cartridge sits right next to the fan.  Its a problem just waiting to happen.

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