asked Feb 2, 2008 at 5:03am
Lexmark Lexmark Optra R

Lexmark Optra R + POST

I recently was given a Lexmark Optra R+ 4049-RA1 laser printer . It gave a fuser error message after recycling power it will not pass the POST. It just sits with the message "Perfoming Self Test." Do I have more problems than just a failed fusor? I don't want to buy a fusor assembly if I have more problems than just a fusor. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Disconnect it from the computer and power it up again. See if it goes to ready.
by moe on Feb 2, 2008 at 2:15pm Add comment
Also open the cover, fuser is in the front, remove the 2 screws that hold the fuser cover on & remove the cover, theres a ribbon cable in the front right side of the fuser. Theres a small board that the cable plugs into & the plastic clip that helps hold the cable in can snap off causing the cable to come loose, if that happens it often hangs on power up or can give a fuser error.

You might want to wait for fuser to cool down, as sometimes it's easier to get to this cable by removing the 4 screws that hold the fuser to the frame (1 screw per corner). You might be able to see the cable also by opening the front optional output tray & looking in (its right under the metal screen shield.

If you don't want to replace the fuser then you might want to use a plastic cable tie to hold the cable in place.
by unknown on Feb 4, 2008 at 5:37am Add comment
Hey Sharpie,
You were right on about that ribbon cable. I removed the whole fusor asssembly. The cable looked like it was in place but it must of been just short of making good electrical contact where it plugs into the fusor. I reinstalled the fusor assembly and everything worked just great. It passes the POST and went to ready status, printed just fine. I want to extend my great appreciation for your help and suggestions. It made my day when everything worked out just great on this printer.
by kayessbee on Feb 6, 2008 at 5:40am Add comment
Oh! I never thought of the fuser cable screwing with the post, but after a few fuser jams on my machine, that makes perfect sense.

It lives! Go Sharpie!

- TC

"Always speak kindly, for you may have to eat those words."
by tcholmes on Apr 6, 2009 at 2:05pm Add comment