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It means it is time to do some preventive maintenance on your unit, or keeping the print heads clean
It is important you keep the printer heads clean. This stops ink clogging the nozzles of the printer, and reduces ink smudge on the paper. This is important for HP , as they don’t always do the best automatic clean in my experience.
To clean the print heads, remove the cartridge, and gently clean the print heads with a soft cotton cloth dipped in a little water. I wouldn’t recommend using tissue or alcohol. Be warned!
Make sure the print heads are dry and then replace the cartridge. By doing this you will expand your printer life and the quality of the printouts.
Prevent the printer from drying up ink by using it
I remember taking support calls around a year ago. People would say I haven’t used the printer for over a year, and the quality isn’t what I expected.
If you use your printer regular this will prevent ink drying up and keep the printer and ink in good condition. Use both Colour and black and white prints weekly to stop the nozzles on your printer getting clogged up, or the ink to simply dry up. Be careful with printer jams Don’t ram the paper out if you have a paper jam. This can damage the printer, which I have seen done many times. Look at guides on the manufactures site, if you don’t have time to do that, remember that you want to get the paper out smoothly. Most HP Printers have a hatch attached at the back that can be removed. You will then have access to the paper wheels, and you should be able to see the paper that is jammed in there. Remove the paper this way, and it is unlikely that you will damage the printer. Power down correctly Turn your printer off when not in use. This can prevent drying of ink and also help keep the printer functioning at high quality. Remember to use the printers power button, and them remove at the plug if need be. Don’t power off if you are in the middle of something. These will just cause problems for you. Clean your printer but don’t over do it IF you perform print ink clean by software or your printer’s hardware, do it once and not over and over. Doing this over and over can cause more damage than good. Clean your printer’s encoder strip monthly to stop quality issues at a later date. Remember if you have low ink to replace immediately. This prevents ink being left in the printer heads and nozzles, and will generally give your printer more life.
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Posted on Aug 08, 2008
Wait a minute...you said HP 4050, right? A 4050 is a laser jet and does not use any kind of ink. It only uses toner. There are no print heads. There is no "ink clean" process, etc.
Your solution is simple. Purchase a maintenance kit which has all rollers and a fusing assembly. This is VERY easy to do. If you go that route, chime in and I will tell you how to do it.
In the event you do not want to spend money, you can kill the message, but the PERFORM USER MAINTENANCE message is only a counter. You now have 200,000 copies on your printer. Conservative move is to replace the fusing assembly cause if you dont your print will start to go downhill either now or later.
I have seen fusers die before the message, and I have seen them last long after the message.
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
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