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Black printing, parts of page not printing clearly

When printing black certain parts of the page dont't print very clearly (white streak effect in certain parts) .We have recently changed the black drum unit, to clear a problem with black lines showing. That problem has gone leaving this other issue. Its almost the reverse of the issue solved.

I have looked at the black develpoment unit, and when you turn the mechanism you can see toner coming out evenly, so I don't think it is that part.

Other colours seem ok, so I assume all is well at the fuser end.

Please help?

Cheers,

Simon.

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  • SimonCC Jan 26, 2009

    Hi



    Not sure what you mean by 'tungsten wire unit'? There is nothing in the parts list described as this. There is a fusing unit, which has been replaced recently, but if that was the problem, then I would expect it to cause a problem for all colours, its only black. Problem is there for every page.



    The only replacement parts for black are either pcu or development unit



    Regards,



    Simon.

  • SimonCC Jan 27, 2009

    See other notes added, helper must knwo the part of the Ricoh 3800C

  • SimonCC Jan 27, 2009

    This is not a problem with the toner cartridge. There isn't one, but there is a BLACK PCU, and black development unit. I can confirm toner is been evenly distributed to the black pcu drum, across the full width of the drum.

    As mentioned, if anyone is able to help they need to know the machine.

  • SimonCC Jan 28, 2009

    I guess there is nobody out there who is familiar with this printer Ricoh 3800C. There is no point in offering advise if you are not familiar with the printer.

    General statements are no use.

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Have you tried Printer maintenance?

head cleaning or alignment.

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This is the problem of cartridge drum shange it or clean it

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Hi,
There is nothing wrong with your printer.. Only thing you need to do is clean the printer and make sure there is no dust inside the printing block.. For cleaning the printer, use the below link..

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-1043850.html

Thank you......

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Test a replacement black toner unit, after cleaning the inside of the printer (see
Clean your laser printer safely with these tips)

If you still get the problem, then test the high voltage unit that powers the fuse, color toners fix at different temperature than blacck ones.

If instead of faded , part of black print is missing completely, that can also be a defective laser controller.

Also a new drum that is slightly defective can cause same problem, but that is unlikely.

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Have you already took the following steps?

  • Solid lines are printed as broken lines.
    • PCL 5c/PostScript
    Change the [Dithering] setting in the Advanced dialog box
    under the printer driver's [Print Quality] tab.
    • RPCS
    Change the [Dithering] setting under the [Image Adjustments]
    tab in the [Change User Settings] dialog box, under
    the [Print Quality] tab in the printer driver's dialog box.

  • Some parts of the print image are not clear.
    Make the image density darker.
    To adjust the image density, press {Menu} on the control panel,
    and select Image Density from the Maintenance menu.

  • If the color of the printout is different from the color on the
    computer's display
    .
  • Check
    The toner based color settings with the printer driver (causes
    a drastic change in printout color.)
    Changing the color settings with the printer driver (causes a
    drastic change in printout color.)

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    Randy Hough Jan 27, 2009

    Also,Are you getting any error code?

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It seems like you just need to clean the heads....if you go into your printer settings you should find options for alignments, cleaning and the like....just click clean print heads and you should be fine...

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    Ryan Peterman Jan 29, 2009

    no im sorry i coulldnt help

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, it would appear to be limited to the black only. If so, then corrective action should be limited to the black toner cartridge. Remove cartridge, shake vigorously to evenly disperse the powder inside, break & crumbles gummed/solidified powder. Worst case scenario, a replacement may be required.

Pls post back results. Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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If these are consistent across all pages, I would call into question the state of the tungsten wire. As to whether it was clean. As it heats up the way it does each time it doesn't make sense that dirt would get on it but it can develop blemishes that cause this problem in laser printers and copiers.

Did you replace the heat unit (the tungsten wire unit) on schedule as described by your manufacturer? You may give it a visual inspection for color continuity, but these too are only good for so long, much like a drum unit. And as you have had to replace the drum unit the heating element would be logical to replace as well.

Sometimes, replacing one part reveals another failing part, like peeling an onion, they stack in layers.

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Hi there,

may i know what the exact unit you have there..?

for an intial help, DO a a printer head cleaning maintenance to your printer.


Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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    micromaster Jan 23, 2009

    Inkjet printers often having clogged print head cartridges. The problem might be because a layer of thick ink might have blocked the holes of the printer’s head.

    First thing TO DO;

    I would suggest you to do an automatic head cleaning each time before any printing task. Hence it will reduce the risk of having the print heads blocked by dried ink.

    TO DO;



    1. Remove the ink cartridge from the printer, you can use the Isopropyl Alcohol, and put at maximum of 10 drops in the ink cartridge.

    2. You will find a hole there, in which the ink usually runs from the ink cartridge to the head of the printer.

    3. When done, you can put the cartridge back in the printer and run the auto cleaning process from the printer’s option in order to clean the blocked holes of the cartridge.

    4. Run print tests first and once you are satisfied with the results, you can start using the printer normally.

    By using a syringe and some alcohol to unblock the holes can also be very effective.

    Follow this simple steps;



    • Step 1: Remove the cartridge from the computer



    • Step 2: With the syringe, take in some alcohol and put in some drops in the tiny hole where the ink runs from the ink cartridge to the head of the printer.



    • Step 3: When done, put the cartridge (only where the tiny holes are found) in some warm water. If some ink runs in the water, it means that the holes have been unblocked.



    • Step 4: Hence, let the alcohol act for 20 minutes on the ink before putting the cartridge back in the printer.



    • Step 5: Run some test prints before using the printer normally.




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