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Re: dell 410 strip popped out of somewhere
Hi! This strip is nothing but a support for the scanning glass and the moving part of the scanner to prevent it from moving too far from the scan area. You need to open the screws provided at the bottom (if its out of warranty) else call the Dell Care at 1-800-624-9897(For USA) & 1-800-915-3355
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The long clear strip is the encoder strip that the cartridge carriage reads to know where it is in the printer. It should not have just fallen out. There should be a small hole at each end of the strip to attach it to points in the printer. If one of those holes is broken you might as well get a new printer. Paying someone to buy a new encoder strip and install it will most likely cost more than the machine itself.
If it's a clear plastic with black lines on it, it's the encoder strip. If the holes on the end are not torn out, it installs inside from the right side to the left side, one side has a spring to connect to and the other side has a solid hook on the frame. It has to thread thru a sensor slot at the rear of the carriage assembly in order to work.
This is what my printer did when it kicked of the 14" plastic strip inside the printer(see posts referring to strip). Look inside for a loose, quarter inch wide and 14" long plastic strip with slots on the end. Let me know if you solve this.
Does it look like a strip of clear plastic with very fine vertical lines?
Or, does it have teeth molded into it?
The former is used to determine the position of the carriage and is normally mounted through a narrow slot in the carriage and should have small holes at the ends.
One of these ends will be mounted on an immobile hook, the other will have some kind of spring to maintain a little tension on the band.
These will be located at opposite ends of the printer beyond the normal travel of the carriage.
Some printers want these oriented in a particular way; front/back left/right but most don't care much how they are mounted.
Look for markings that might indicate a specific orientation.
If it has teeth, it ain't a band :-( it's the drive belt and the printer will have to come apart to replace it with one that doesn't have any 'ends.'
Don't know the specifics of your printer and the difficulty in replacing these varies widely, depending on the stupidity of the designers.
on the left side inside the chassi there is a small hole with a little metalpart sticking up (about 0.5cm high). On the piece where the inc cartrigde is there is a vertical hole you can see the hole easiest from the left side (about 1cm high). On the right side there should be a 2cm metallic part sticking up from the bottom.
You will probably have to bend one of the parts to get the plastic strip on place, just make sure that once you get it on place to bend them back so that the strip doesn't fall off again.
in my case the metallic parts where bent like: \ (left) and | (right) I had to bend them | and | to get the strip on place and then bend them \ and /. Not sure if the right part should be / or | though.
It will work only on Basic WIA drivers..(windows image acquisition) untill lexmark will make software, Its possible that they might not.
SCAN from WINDOWS Photo Gallery is possible...
Open windows photo gallery>Click File>Click Import from scanner>Import & thats it...
The scanned image will be saved on pc >My document/scans automatically & then later if u want to change the formats thats possible using 3rd part softwares
this strip feeds through the back of the carriage and tells the printer where the cariage is so it can tell how far along the page it is.
it shuold be quite simple to hook it back on though many ayre spring loaded, if so this means a strip down of all exterior parts so that you can release the spring
Hope this helps