Recently I am seeing echos or ghosting on my printouts from my B & W HP2100M LaserJet printer. I have just completed the built in engine and cartridge cleaning process, which didn't help. Any ideas? Tnx. DWS
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We have several customers that still use the Laserjet 4+ printers and we keep them going. The ghosting you are getting is either caused by a bad toner cartridge or a fuser that needs to be replaced. If you have a spare toner try it first. The fuser assembly is inside the fold down door in the back of the printer. This assembly is what fuses(melts) the toner onto the paper. There is a heat roller that has a Teflon coating that wears off and can cause the ghosting too. You can get fusers from Ebay for $25-40 plus shipping. The fuser part number is RG5-0879 for the Laserjet 4+
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Ghosting and shading on this series printers is usually caused by either a bad fuser or out of date firmware. There were fixes in firmware that stopped ghosting from happening. As for the cleaning the lens. These models have a bad habit of collecting dust on the inside of the scanner unit and the only way to resolve that is disasemble the laser unit and clean the inside of the lenses.
Using the left and right arrow buttons on the printer select the main menu 'service' press the green tick button in the middle of the arrows and now you are in the service menu press the right arrow once and you should see 'cleaning mode', press the green tick once and your printer should clean itself. If you are still getting ghosting you might need a new toner or maybe a service.
This type of print problem associated with laser printers is due to the corono wire needing to be changed. The wire is not fully pulling the toner off of the drum completely. If you can access it, cleaning it may help (usually a lever that you are supposed to run back and forth a few times that wipes the corona wire). If the cleaning doesn't help, then it probably needs replacing.
Might be your transfer roller. I would try some laser cleaning paper and run that through a few times. If that doesn't work, I would purchase a fuser maintenance kit which will have the rollers as well as a new fuser.