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Brown "film-type" pieces

It's been a while since I tried my old favorite workhorse -- HP LaserJet 5L. I finally stopped using it because I kept getting a brown colored, film-type substance that comes out with sheets of paper ... sometimes jamming the paper in the last rollers. I've looked and looked and can't figure out where this could be coming from, unless it somehow "ate" the film-stuff off the printer cartridge. And, yes, I pulled back the "door" thing on it, and didn't see any loose pieces of brown filmy stuff. Don't know if this helps, but using the theory of "if it's already broke, I can't break it" I've taken this machine apart several times in the last 5 years ... to finally get to those little bitty pieces of paper that just won't come out, to clean it with compressed air and/or damp alcohol q-tip, etc. Fortunately, I never came out with an "extra" pieces after doing this! and it worked better afterward. The last time I did this, though, a spring came off the "which place to output paper" (don't know the real name of part, have no book) -- the part that tells printer to put paper out the top or out the bottom. Can't seem to get that piece so it'll put paper out the top again, so I've adapted to having it come out the bottom. Then, I started getting these pieces of film coming out. Any ideas of where it's coming from? This thing is so old, that I wouldn't even consider taking it in for repair ... could more than likely buy a newer model for less (and it probably wouldn't hold up to this old workhorse's past ... I love this printer!). jaws

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  • Anonymous Sep 14, 2007

    Hi ptkent!
    Well, I've tried posting to thank you yesterday and today, don't know if this will go through.

    Thanks so much for the info and the website ... now all I have to do is put it into practice and do the repair, so I can have my old reliable workhorse again!


  • Anonymous Sep 14, 2007

    HI ptkent!
    Have tried to post a thank yesterday and today, but system says it's too busy.

    In case this goes through, thanks for the valuable information and website! Now all I have to do is put it to use and get "old reliable" back to work!!! (Love the service manual on FRG site!)




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Hi Jaws, I'm a repairman, actually i also love this model of printer. Actually the brown film you print out is a fuser teflon cover or some people call it fuser film. This film functions is to transfer the heat to toner powder on paper. If this fil are broken or damage, there will effect your printer easily paper jam when print and also will effect your print our quality. For example, when you print out something (full of the page), you will find some of the section, their character or graphic(toner powder)will missing or not stick on paper, when you use the finger to touch it. If you need to change the fuser film, you can buy it any where and if you need the service manual to disassembly it, please go here to download it.

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