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Samsung CLP-500 output problems

Hi, I have a Samsung CLP-500 that is having some output problems. First is that the margins on landscape print jobs print inconsistently across mutlitple programs. I have seen it most in Excel, and some from a Crystal Reports document. In landscape in one document it is set to a .25" left margin, but is sometimes prints at the far left edge of the paper. I'm not sure if it has run off of the paper. In portrait the printer will cut off some text on the right margin, even though the margin is set to about 1". Reprinting will make it print correctly.

Another problem is that when printing a landscape document I have seen the last 1.5" of the data come out severely faded. Reprinting will come out correctly.

In trouble shooting the problem of the data fading I have replaced the black toner cartridge. When the problem repeated I put the old toner back in, as it was still only a couple months old with low page count. After swapping the old toner back in we noticed a faint line across the page lengthwise 2.25" from the top if you're looking at it landscape. The only thing that may acount for this line is an anomaly on the fuser roller (I don't know the right term for it off the top of my head).

I've tried removing the printer from the PC, re-downloading the driver, reinstalling and replacing the existing driver. I've also tried resetting the factory defaults thru the menu system on the printer at Menu > Printer > Default Set > Enter

I have also removed all of the toner cartridges, the transfer belt and the imaging unit, and used compressed air to dust them off. Using a flashlight I have visibly inspected those parts and the fuser and I have not seen anything that I would consider to be physically wrong with them.

Also, the waste toner tank is empty fwiw. The problems are inconsistent except for the small line down the page. All other problems are fixed with a reprint usually.

So to sum up, I have an occasional smear, a line down the length of the page, and most importantly inconsistent margins. Anyone have any thoughts?



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  • BM1977 Feb 05, 2009

    I wound up taking the printer to a repair shop. Initially the replaced the transfer unit, which didn't fix the problem, so now I'm arguing with them about the $200 non-solution they provided. They wanted to order a new mainboard per Samsung tech support, but if that didn't fix the problem they were going to stick me with that cost too, and then try ordering a new fuser. I purchased a new HP CP2025DN from newegg for $399.99. It's not the same print quality, but it's decent and overall if I can get them to take back the transfer unit it's a cheaper solution given the amount of time this user has been without her printer.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    I need to dismantle the printer to find a roller that may be stuck and creating a dirty mark and very slight indent right the way down the page about 3/4 of the way across from left edge.

    Any ideas where to start?



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I have found that removing the toners, and shaking them side to side, while keeping them horizontal, which seems to spread the toner for even distribution. This can sometimes fix the problems with fading prints. hope it helps.
Margins i think might be a problem with the wysiwyg of the program, some don't do it well, but also excel in particular has a shrink to fit page option, you may find the percentage not at 100%. you can also copy an excel table to word and print from that if it is driving you nuts.

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