asked Feb 26, 2006 at 6:06am
Hp HP Color Copier 150

HP Laserjet 2500N Print Quality problem?

I realized that I should have put this in this forum, sorry! Anyway
I have a 2500N printer that has barely over a 150 pages ever printed on it. I recently moved it from work to home. The printer had been sitting for 4 months without any use. I had to get a stepdwon transformer to use it at home since it is a 220 AC printer. Prior to moving it the printer worked fine with no issues of course it is brand new and barely used. However now that I have it at home I am getting a faint rainbow line (Magenta, Cyan, Yellow) every 1.5 inches on the page and some blue smudges in the center of the pages whenever I print any color images. I do not get any lines whenever it is an all black and white such as a config page or font page, etc and blue smudges only once in awhile in the black and white scenario. I have the service manual and was hoping an experienced tech may know the solution to this issue? I am guessing that it may require some kind of cleaning and am not sure how to go about it? I am PC tech so I can fix a PC or network with my eyes closed but printers I have no clue! If anyone can help please reply and let me know
by djjase on Feb 27, 2006 at 11:06am Add comment
2500s leak toner, it usually drops down to the bottom of the printer and doesn't affect the prints, but if you move it the toner could spread through the whole printer, I would give it a good clean.
by Briank on Feb 28, 2006 at 2:58am Add comment
Cleaning should be done with an Electronics Vacuum, or just wipe with a slightly damp paper towel.

PC Guys must avoid the temptation to grab the spay duster, toner will end up in places you do NOT want it to be.

by Stephen on Feb 28, 2006 at 4:30am Add comment
Thanks alot guys I was going to get my spray duster as well! I have the servicer manual so I will just take the time to take it apart and give it a good clean any hints on cleaners/solvents I should use? Alcohol?
by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2006 at 10:21am Add comment
Never use alcohol. Hardens rubber and can effect items which conduct electric. Best method is what Stephen suggests and lint free cloth dampened with water. That is all you need.
by dmzcompute on Mar 4, 2006 at 10:32am Add comment
Alcohol should only be consumed not wasted cleaning things

Ideally a printer vac would be the best option
When you are cleaning make sure you check near your ICL and charging roller since they are about 1.5 in circumfrence
You can also try running a few cleannig pages through after you have finished cleaning to get the last few bits that are still there
by DaDrunkenTech on Mar 4, 2006 at 3:01pm Add comment
Thanks guys on the printer VAC and lint free cloth which I have. Love the alcohol feedback, LOL! One thing that has been mentioned here and on HP web sites is doing cleaning pages in some toolbox software but the driver I have from hp and any related software does not have this option anywhere? I have checked through webadmin and everything. However obviously cleaning pages will not be enough. Thanks dadrunkentech I will definitely clean that area since that most likely is the source of the problem. You guys all rock if you ever need any PC support just let me know I would be more than happy to help! I build an average of 6 custom machines a month for my own private business not to mention all the dinosaur repairs as well. I have a great knack at fixing PC's so don't be shy!
by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2006 at 8:13am Add comment
Where is your business? (City and State just so we know if you are near any of us)
by Stephen on Mar 5, 2006 at 12:00pm Add comment
Not trying to change the subject buy I would like to now from someone how would now first hand. My question is how long did the starter cartridges last in your printer? I'm considering a 2600N and this will probable determine if I buy one.

by Rod M1 on Mar 5, 2006 at 3:58pm Add comment
2600Ns come with full cartridges. When they're empty, it's cheaper to buy a new printer. Then you sell the slightly used one on eBay. They're getting $200 for new ones without cartridges, so you might get as much as $100 for a slightly used one with 2,000 copies on it.
by moe on Mar 5, 2006 at 4:19pm Add comment
I'm in Las Vegas I custom build PC's and repair them as well. I also do small business networks.
by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2006 at 1:04pm Add comment
hp 2600n, yellow cartridge is out, how can i print in just black and white? cannot get around blinking light saying replace yellow cartridge - Anonymous