asked Dec 22, 2008 at 10:58pm
Lexmark Lexmark Optra R

Lexmark Optra R+, grey vertical band on every page

A few years ago, I bought a second hand Lexmark Optra R+. Some time later, the toner cartridge got empty, and I bought a recycled one (new cartridges for this model are more expensive than many laser printers). The printer has been working nicely until a few days ago, when it has started printing a gray vertical band about 1/2" wide on the left side of every and each page. That band is more like a set of irregular black lines. Also, the printing is a bit lighter than it used to, with occasional clear spots.

I have tested the printer with the old cartridge, and with it, the band goes away, so it's clear that the problem is in the cartridge. I guess it's some kind of leakage from the toner deposit, but I'm no expert in laser printers. Of course, buying a new cartridge would solve the problem, but the current cartridge is still about 3/4 full (I have printed about 3500 of the 14000 pages it's rated for), so I would like to keep it if possible.

Can I repair it somehow? If not, is there a way of transferring the toner to the old (but working) cartridge? if you need them, I can provide scans that show the problem.
If the toner is less than a year old I would try to return it to where you purchased it. If you have no luck with this ask them Or a local recycler if they would repair it for a small fee. The problem with you trying to repair the problem would be lack of knowledge,tools required and replacment parts needed. I'm not saying that you could not repair it yourself but it probably would not be worth it in the long run. This model printer is not that popular anymore and the parts needed may be hard to find. The IBM 4049 engine has not been manufactured in over 12 years.
by aerolaser on Feb 9, 2009 at 3:27pm Add comment