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My copier is making pitch black copies - why?

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It could be the scanner lamp is blown or the primary charge unit is not in all the way or it could be a short in the scanner lamp cable.

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SC 329: Laser Beam Pitch Adjustment Error
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The LD unit home position sensor does not detect an on condition while changing the LD unit position for correcting the LD position or changing the DPI.


Instructions from the Service Manual below...

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5.4.3 LASER BEAM PITCH ADJUSTMENT
There are two laser beam pitch adjustment procedures: one for 400 dpi, and one
for 600 dpi. These adjustments use the following SP modes.
· SP2-109-1: Laser Beam Pitch Adjustment – 400 dpi
· SP2-109-2: Laser Beam Pitch Adjustment – 600 dpi
· SP2-109-3: Laser Beam Pitch Initial Setting – 400 dpi
· SP2-109-4: Laser Beam Pitch Initial Setting – 600 dpi
· SP2-902-2, no.12: IPU Test Pattern – Cross Stitch – 400 dpi
· SP2-902-2, no.13: IPU Test Pattern – Cross Stitch – 600 dpi

1. Perform SP2-109-8 (Beam Pitch Data Reset).

2. Input the value for 400 dpi that is printed on the LD unit into SP2-109-1.
Use the value printed after “P” on the new LD unit as shown below.
NOTE: Do not use values printed after a “V”.

(These value numbers are on a sticker inside the machine with a UPC code on it. The numbers are just under the UPC barcode. And example number looks like this: "15980300151P: 120, 172", so the example 400 dpi value here is "120".)

3. Press the “Enter” key.

4. Perform SP2-109-3.

5. Print the 400-dpi test pattern onto A3 (11”x17”) paper using SP2-902-2 no.12
(cross stitch). (See Service Tables - Test Pattern Printing - Section 4.2.3, pasted below.)

6. Write the value of SP2-109-1 on the test pattern which was input at step 2.

7. Change the value of SP2-109-1 and print another test pattern, repeating steps
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8. Check this test pattern. If the laser beam pitch is not correct, the image looks
like a black vertical stripe pattern.
NOTE: If the laser beam pitch is correct, the vertical stripe is not so noticeable.
If the value is not correct, the vertical stripe pattern is darker.

9. Adjust the laser beam pitch position until the thin lines are of uniform thickness
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10. After adjusting the laser beam pitch for 400 dpi, adjust the laser beam pitch for
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dpi).

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4.2.3 TEST PATTERN PRINTING (SP2-902)
NOTE: Do not operate the machine until the test pattern is printed out completely.
Otherwise, an SC may occur.

1. Access the SP mode which contains the test pattern you need.

2. Press exit, then touch the “Copy Mode” key on the operation panel to access
the copy mode display.

3. Select the paper size.

4. Press the “Start” key to print the test pattern.

5. After checking the test pattern, exit copy mode by touching the “SP Mode” key.
Reset the test pattern to 0.

6. Exit the SP mode.

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Test Pattern Table (SP2-902-2: Test Pattern Printing – IPU)
No. Test Pattern
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0 None
1 Grayscale 1
2 Grayscale 2
3 Grayscale 3
4 Grayscale 4
5 Grayscale 5
6 Vertical Lines (256-greyscale) 13 Cross Stitch (600 dpi)
7 Vertical Lines (1-dot)
8 Vertical Lines (2-dot)
9 Hatch Pattern
10 Cross Pattern
11 Slant Pattern
12 Cross Stitch (400 dpi)
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Test Pattern Table (SP2-902-3: Test Pattern Printing – Printing)
No. Test Pattern
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0 None
1 Vertical Line (1-dot)
2 Horizontal Line (1-dot)
3 Vertical Line (2 dot)
4 Horizontal Line (2-dot)
5 Grid Pattern (Single-dot)
6 Grid Pattern (Double-dot)
7 Alternating Dot Pattern
8 Full Dot Pattern
9 Black Band
10 Trimming Area
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12 16 Grayscales (Horizontal)
13 16 Grayscales (Vertical)
14 16 Grayscales (Vert./Hor.)
15 16 Grayscales (Vert./Hor Overlay)
16 Not used
17 Horizontal Line (1-dot)
18 Grid Pattern (Single-dot)
19 Grid Pattern (Double-dot)
20 Alternating Dot Pattern
21 Blank Page

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