[rescue] Trying to figure out a rescued HP 4000T printer

Andrew Weiss ajwdsp at cloud9.net
Tue Jun 3 08:28:57 CDT 2003

I have access to most of these service manuals if you need them.  Is 
their a black plastic paper cassette paper detector that dips down into 
the paper tray present?... It would trip properly if the unit was 
tilted back approximately 45 degrees.... if not it needs to be 
replaced.  (Just looked at ours) 4000TN... Ours has a strange problem 
that nobody feels like fixing... a continuous 13.1 (I think) jam if 
Paper is present in paper tray 3 even though it defaults to 2 and uses 
2.  If you leave tray 3 empty it prints fine.


On Monday, June 2, 2003, at 11:44 PM, Eric Webb wrote:

> On Monday 02 June 2003 10:45 pm, Dan Sikorski wrote:
>> When it does the 13.1 bit, does it move the top sheet out of the tray 
>> at
>> all? just about an inch? or does the page actually get into the 
>> printer?
> Yeah, when diagnosing printer problems, you really gotta think like a 
> printer
> (and tell us what you're thinking)... what happens?  I'm guessing the
> scanning mirror drum spins up....  Does the paper path motor start up 
> (and
> the paper path rollers start turning)?  Next, the input feeder 
> assembly will
> dip the pickup roller onto the tray and pick up a sheet of paper.  
> Usually
> there's a click or clunk at this point.  Sometimes you can remove 
> panels to
> get a view of what's going on and usually see the problem.
> Sensory-wise, laser printers don't have but 2-4 rocker switches that 
> sense
> paper presence.  Yeah, they like to be tripped in order and at the 
> right time
> ;)
> The tilting bit makes me think it's one of the rocker switches, or 
> possibly a
> broken input feeder that's missing a spring or something?  If there's 
> no
> grinding or any obvious noise like that (ie bad gear or loose 
> framing), then
> it's gotta be something "soft" and presumably easy to fix/rig.
> I've become pretty familiar with diagnosing LaserJet 5si problems -- 
> we have
> several in the distribution center that I support that have probably 
> seen a
> billion pages each (well, let's just say that these have long seen 
> their
> expected lifespan come and go several times).
> -E.
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