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HP 5l laserjet printing problem

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Thank-you for your assistance
My problem is that teh HP 5L laserjet printer I have prints the first half of the document blurred text and then the 2nd half is good quality. Please could you help with suggestions as to where the problem could be.

Ralph Tudhope

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    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    Hi Ralph,

    This is just to explain your problem and why you would want to have it serviced at a repair center or buy new.

    A laser printer works with toner. A document's text is sent to the printer from the PC in radio packets (sounds like a fax machine) over the printer cable. It is decoded into ASCII symbols and a static charger impresses the paper with a static charge, each representing a letter of the textual content. Toner is the then passed close to the paper where the charged paper picks up the toner on the character impressions. Lastly the paper passes under a tungsten wire that super heats the toner so it melts into the paper. The printed document is a result of this sequence.

    Now for the hard part. Since half of your document is clear and the other half blurred, the paper that gets charged before passing by the toner is passing too far from the charging element at exactly half way through the print job. This has to be a mechanical malfunction in the paper path and there is nothing you can do about it without special training. From my training, this is only the beginning of your troubles. Besides the obvious problem you probably have a series of worn parts from bushings to the tungsten wire itself, which can sag from use. I'd say you'd be looking at three to four billable hours plus parts.

    Now you understand what is wrong and why, for the most part. So, pay for service or better yet get a whole new printer... my best suggestion. The current generation of laser printers can print in color and cost less than you paid for your current printer. Look carefully at the Minolta brand.

    If you understand this, you can acknowledge my clarification post.

    If you'd care to rate this advice as a "Fix", that's fine, but you can't, you'd have to reply and I would then respond to you so you can rate it.

    You see, rating advice as helpful hurts my ranking (yes, its true.) and saying Thanks for Trying hurts even more. Only a fixed helps my ranking. And frankly, I'm happy just to help you anyway and you'd want to thank me and this wont be a win win for both of us.

    So, I'd just start shopping for a new printer and thanks for using FixYa.




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