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Re: HP Laser Jet 2200 dtn - Print Quality
For troubleshooting "ghost printing" use "LaserJet 2200 repetitive defect ruler". Measure the distance of 'ghost' figure from the 'original' Try this link: http://www.printertechs.com/tech/repdef/ruler2200.php
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Poor copy quality can be isolated tot he following three components.
1. toner cartridge, you can quickly change the toner and find out if the printing improves.
2. Transfer roller which is located in the printer below the toner cartridge, these rarely fail so I doubt this is the issue.
3. Fusing assembly, the fusing assembly has a mylar sleeve around the heating element and over time this sleeve degrades and as a result print quality is compromised.
First thing you need to do is establish whether the print engine itself is at fault, or not.
From the relevant printer front panel menu, invoke printing of one or more of the available reports (configuration, font list, etc.); do these print?
If the reports print OK, try to send some plain text to the device.
On a Windows system, you could do this by using the DOS copy command in conjunction with an appropruate net use command to redirect LPT1: to the (USB) port associated with the relevant Windows printer instance.
The laser mirror could be dirty, the transfer roller could need changing.
Looking at the "print quality" sub menu, the toner density default setting is 3.
Up it to 4 or 5. See if that makes a difference.
Remove the cartridge and open the covers. Use canned air or an air compressor and blow out the printer.
Use the built-in print-quality-troubleshooting pages to help diagnose and solve print-quality problems.
1. Press the Home button.
2. Press the down arrow to highlight DIAGNOSTICS, and then press the OK button.
3. Press the down arrow to highlight PQ TROUBLESHOOTING, and then press the OK button to
print the pages.
The product returns to the Ready state after printing the print-quality-troubleshooting pages. Follow the
instructions on the pages that print out.
This should get you started
Isn't this printer still under warranty?
nope...... the problem as you rightly poit out is the cartridges, most refills are poor quality and dont last, but the real ones are expensive but very rarely cause issues. If one colour is dodgy the entire colour process fails, print a square of each colour to determine which colour cart is the issue and complain to seller, 99.9% of print quality issues with these HP's is due to non gen toner....not much you can do, expensive is colour printer fullstop.
Generally with all laser printers the print quality is low when compared to that of a inkjet printer. Try cleaning the Printer Cartridge and u can make good quality print outs by changing the settings at the time of printing. Use your Laser Jet printer software from HP and clean the device.
Hi jbasset285: Your printhead may be bad do to third party ink.
Try these steps first.
Diagnosing Print-Quality Problems
The Troubleshooting Print-Quality Page provides a good overview of the most
common print quality problems. To print the Troubleshooting Print-Quality Page,
follow these steps:
1. From the Control Panel, scroll to Troubleshooting, then press OK.
2. Scroll to Print Quality Problems, then press OK.
3. Scroll to Troubleshooting Print Quality Page, then press OK.
The Troubleshooting Print Quality Page includes instructions for printing the
Eliminate Light Stripes test print. These instructions are also provided on the next
page of this manual. The Eliminate Light Stripes test print indicates individual weak
or missing jets or an obstruction in the imaging path that affects a vertical band down
the entire page. Also, you may see color variation from jet to jet on the Eliminate
Light Stripes test print. Some variation is normal, occasionally occurs, and usually
self-corrects within a few printed pages. If a print-quality problem is not resolved
with the information provided in the Diagnosing Print-Quality