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Poor Print Quality on Epson Aculaser C1100N

Any black printing that my C1100N deals with now is of a really bad grainy quality. If I send the same text document but for instance as blue or red, it prints perfectly. I thought this might be a K Toner issue but I have now tried three toners all new and stored perfectly but the problem still happens. I've changed the Photoconductor Unit but to no avail. Black printing is terrible it looks grainy and more grey than black. Is there a fuser or a part that controls the black fusing only that may be at fault? It seems a mystery. I'm stuck without the printer so could really use some good clear advice on how I can fix this.

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  • reddoten Feb 19, 2008

    Inky,



    Thanks for getting back with a solution. I didn't realise each colour had its own dev unit. I thought it was all handled through the photocunductor. Would this also account for a lot of black toner being used and spilled within the printer. The toner count shows a dramatic drop in Black Toner after realistically only about 20 pages have gone through the printer to test it.



    Thanks for any help you can give with this. It is a real headache!



    Kind regards,



    Justin

  • reddoten Feb 20, 2008

    Inky,



    You're a star.



    Cheers,



    Justin

  • maxamine Feb 20, 2008

    I have a white vertical line 1.5" left of center. I have cleaned the print head per instructions several times, changed the k toner. Will a photoconductor fix this? Please help.

  • CoolTanTom Aug 22, 2008

    I've got trouble with blurry printing down the left hand side of the page. It's as if the text or whatever has slipped down and repeated itself in grey. We recently installed recycyled print cartridges and a new photoconductor - is it that that has caused the problem. It's particulary bad on glossy labels which is a real shame because i'm trying to do a mail out today too...
    Tom


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Sounds like the black dev unit is worn out. Easy enough to change yourself if it is out of warranty. If it is in warranty get Epson to do it for you.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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    Inky Fingers Feb 19, 2008

    Each colour has its own dev. Open the top cover, take out the PCU and look at the coloured part of the carousel where you see the toner on the roller - that is the dev unit.

    The spill inside the machine is fairly normal as most users have trouble seating the carts properly due to Epson's (somewhat half arsed) design. It is too easy to leave the cart with the right side not fully seated but still be able to open the toner cart. Obviously once the carousel turns it scatters toner everywhere.

    This often accounts for blank strips on the print as the toner falls onto the laser lens.

    Toner usage is like, how long is a piece of string. The original carts shipped with the printer are (very) low capacity ones. The manufacturer makes money from consumables not printers, so they give you just enough to get you going then they run out.

    I'm not picking on Epson - they all do it. A faulty dev could certainly account for increased toner usage.

    Bear in mind if the K dev is going now, the others will not be that far behind. If you do approx half as much colour as mono then the CMY will be about half worn out now.

    If the machine is in warranty - get Epson out to it. If it is out of warranty, get a quote to buy all 4 devs then a quote for a new C1100 ( you do not need to buy the N version as two screws will allow you to change a C1100 to a C1100N) and see wether it is worth fixing or buying a new one and keeping the old for spares. Then if you decide it's worth fixing, buy a service manual to fit the devs yourself. If you have a No2 philips screwdriver and know how it works, you should be able to change a dev in about 20 minutes. I do them in about 4 minutes each.

    Hope this is helpful to you.

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