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Replace photoconductor message keeps appearing

Our ricoh started showing this message about a week ago. It gives us great copies, scans & faxes. What is this code & do we have to replace this part?

Steve in Montreal

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Reset it .
If you are enter service mode 5-912 default 60K just input Zero "0" this will deactivate the PCU counter.

If it is bad you will have to replace it. It is the Photoconductor(Drum / Developer) Cartridge

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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