Simple tips for maintaining your laser printer
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Simple ways to keep your laser printer works longer and performs better.
- Ventilation : All laser printers generate heat and it is therefore
important to keep ventilation panels clear from obstruction. Never locate
machines in direct sunlight.
- Paper: Always use media as recommended by the manufacturer. Failure to do
this may result in very expensive repairs. As a general rule paper of 80 g.s.m.
which is Laser Compatible should be acceptable. Avoid using labels or acetate
whenever possible. Many printer problems can relate to the paper. If you are
getting repeated paper jams the paper may be unsuitable or damp. Try a fresh
- Maintenance: Keep the machine clean and you will get far better
performance from it. A toner vacuum cleaner or a slightly damp cloth may be
used to remove dust from the machine. Care must always be taken to turn off
the machine and remove the power cord before cleaning. Pay particular
attention to pick rollers and look for spilt toner. Dust is abrasive and will
contaminate consumables, it will also cause wear on moving parts.
- Consumables: We have to advise that to get the best performance
manufacturers original consumables are always used. As a maintenance company
we are required to repair many printers which have been damaged due to cheap
remanufactured consumable items being used.
- Printer Drivers: Check periodically that you have the latest driver for
your printer, many printing problems can be resolved by simply downloading the
latest version from the manufacturers web site.
- Paper Jams: Always remove paper jams in the direction of normal paper
movement. Attempts to pull out paper in the reverse direction will often
result in damage to the machine. In the case of a severe jam, turn the machine
off and let it cool down first.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-09-13 13:19:11 in Computer Articles