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Print head path

We are trying to plot and get a message to turn power off and check print head path(2)

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  • whirsch Jul 21, 2008

    hope to get help from you guys



  • kevinrs Sep 18, 2008

    We have the same error message, cleaned belt and rods last year. Recent service call inidcated a carriage motor, sensor in carriage, or sensor in service station, all with increasing costs...Not really confident in diagnosis, as technician suggests all out replacement...any input is helpful.

  • KIERAN2006CF Nov 11, 2008

    WHEN TRYING TO LOAD PAPER THE PLOTTER COMES UP SAYING SWITCH POWER OFF PRINTER HEAD TYPE 2 HELP NEEDED ANY IDES ON HOW TOP FIX

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Did You Try cleaning the Encoder. If so could be a bad belt , Pully, Or service station.

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This is 90% of the time a worn belt caused by lack of oil on the slider rods.

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Sounds like a belt tensioner bearing going bad. That is if you haven't found any paper lodged in the way, the carriage bar is lubricated well and the belt is in decent shape. The belt tensioner is at the left end where the belt turn around. inside the wheel at the end is a bearing the starts to seize as it gets old and causes the error. You'll probably have to order a tensioner assembly. The part can be found on http://partsurfer.hp.com.

Here's a link to the complete service manual for the plotter.

http://www.feedroller.com/Store/Service%20Manual/DESIGNJET%201050C,%201055CM%20Large%20Format%20Service%20Manual.pdf

Hope that helps you.

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