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Installing developer How do I install the developer pack? Ricoh only provides instructions for changing the toner but not for the developer. Thank You, Joe G.

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    brian c May 11, 2010

    You will need a specialized vacuum to do this! Don't use a standard household vacuum!

    You need to get the developing unit out, and there should be a cover / lid on the unit.

    You will see the developer powder on a magnetic sleeve roller.

    You will need to get the cover off, and dump / empty the old developer powder into a suitable bag / container, and carefully vacuum the sleeve roller while rotating the roller with the gears on the back of the unit. Do NOT rotate it in the wrong direction! You will be able to tell if you are turning it in the wrong direction, as you will feel a drag on the unit, and the developer powder will start to "bunch up" on the magnetic roller.

    You will want to get as much of the old developer powder out as possible.

    Refill the unit, and rotate the assembly by hand in the correct direction until the magnetic roller has coverage.

    If you DO decide to tackle this on your own, be advised that there may be TDS (toner density sensors) in the unit that can be damaged from the static created by the vacuum.

    There will also most likely be a reset / adjustment process once you have replaced the powder.

    If you have never done this, I strongly advise you to obtain a service manual!

    Good luck.

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If you give me more details regarding the exact model, I may be able to link you to a service manual.

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  • lc1955 Oct 17, 2010

    I ee your note above was posted 3 years ago but I am hoping you can still help. It is a Ricoh FT4022/4522. I have been unable to locate a service manual.

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