Xerox Phaser 8550DP Printer does not recognize the ink it has
My Xerox Phaser 8550DP printer need to have the waste tray emptied which I did. Then the printer said it needed all colors of ink, which I added. Now the printer wants yellow again. I could see the yellow. I turned the print off for a few days, when I turned it back on it had a slight over heating smell. The printer still wanted yellow ink. I looked at the tray again and it was full of ink, but I have not used the printer at all. The printer is no under warrenty, can you please help.
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The waste bin full error can occur if the waste bin was not removed
from the machine for over 10 seconds when it was emptied. Please remove
the waste bin and wait for a full 10 to 20 seconds before replacing the
If the message still displays turn off the machine and leave it off
for 1 minute then turn the machine back on.
Then run software update to make sure you have the latest OS updates.
You will most likely have to remove ( looking at the machine from the front) left cover and clean out some spilled ink from the waste tray sensor. You have to remove one screw from the back top of the cover, then the top front of the cover. Lift up and out on the cover to release the tabs and pop the cover off. Then have someone slide the waste tray in and out so you can locate where that tray seats into the sensor.
Most of the time, some ink spills into that area in the back of the waste tray, and blocks it from sliding all the way in.
My 8560dn showed that message - it was not a heater or anything weird. I removed the waste tray; emptied it and re inserted - and rebooted the printer. it spent quite a while cleaning - but it prints fine now.
the waste tray was 'stuck'. To remove, I first removed the maint kit and then with a flashlight shined inside, saw there was a lever on the right side which, when I moved it, released the waste tray. Voila - road to success (and no service call). Have a spare set of ink on hand as it uses a bunch going through the cleaning process.
This turned a useless paperweight back into a productive member of my office society.
Yeah. That code means the black ink stick did not advance downward in the ink loader. Look in that area,either the block twisted or one cracked causing the block not to advance downward into the proper position. If you need to remove them and reload them, take a screw, like a drywall screw and twist it into the ink stick and remove it. If you somehow installed an ink stick from a different model phaser printer it would have a different shape and not actuate the switch at the bottom of the loader. Also, if your having a light stripe problem, call Xerox Phaser support at 1-800-835-6100. Have your serial number handy. You have a 1 YEAR on site repair warranty on that product. So call them if need and they will send someone to service it free of charge.
Although I agree totally, the anwer is no. Althought it appears black, take a piece of it an use it like a crayon. It is a combination of all the color inks combined. So if you take and rub it on a piece of paper it will be a purple color. So threfore would not create proper colors.
Now to save ink, Do not turn the printer off at all. Just let it use its own sleep mode. The power consumption is intermittent to keep the print head warm and uses about the same ammount of electricity as your refridgerator light bulb. The reason being, when you turn off a solid ink printer, it purges the print head of ALL old ink and dumps it into the waste tray. That is part of those weird noises you hear when you cycle up the machine, one is a compressor emptying the print head.
Also, honestly, althogh I am not sure what you are using the machine for. But you would be wise to put that product on a pay per page maintenance agreement. That includes all ink and all service. Some of the parts for those printers are super expensive.
I will say one thing you can do with that waste ink, if you know anyone who has children, they can use them as purple crayons..