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Colors are uneven, too much green on the right side and too much red on the left

I have had a 2600n laser jet for 2+ years, orignal cartridges about 1/2 full. Recently when printing pciture, we noticed that green areas are way too green and red areas have too much red. A blue sky has a slight tinge of red too it. I printed the trouble shooting page and the upper yellow band and the lower magenta band show fading on the left and right sides which suggested a problem with the magenta cartridge. I purchased a new HP magenta cartridge which didn't fix the problem, cleaning, resetting to defaults, calibration, and updated firmware did not fix the problem. The config page looks normal, colors are correct and no sign of fading at the edges. Is it possible that driver for the printer (actually the rendering engine) has some how gotten confused? Can I just reload the driver on top of the current one? Help.

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Re: Colors are uneven, too much green on the right side...

Same problem with my HP Color (Colour) LaserJet 2605dn. I took apart the printer and found the mirrors inside the optic box all covered in dust. A clean with a cotton bud (Q-Tip) solved the problem.

I took lots of photos of my solution and put them on my website, if you're interested. Don Thompson's pdf file (see other posting here) is also a good source of info on the problem and solution.

My photos & cleaning steps:

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The internal optics are dirty. It's a known problem that HP's been ignoring.  More info is here:

Detailed instructions are on this page - look for Don Thompson's posting at Sep 15, 2007 23:38:51 GMT and click the papercliip to see the procedure. It's not for the faint of heart.

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Re: Colors are uneven, too much green on the right side...

I have a similar problem with a 2605dn which prints magenta faded on either side of the page but solid in the centre. The other colours are fine. I think it may be a fault with the laser (or its control circuitry) for the magenta colour. HP support couldn't tell me what the problem is but suggested I send it in for repair at a cost equivalent to buying a new one!

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Re: Colors are uneven, too much green on the right side...

Did you do a demo test page? how does it look?

yes you can re-install the driver on the current one it'll be a duplicate

Posted on Dec 12, 2007

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