unknownasked Aug 19, 2011 at 4:40pm
HP 2600n LaserJet leaking toner?
I am thinking they are leaking toner, since the magenta levels are significantly lower than the others, and all of the toners were replaced at the same time. The toner was replaced 896 pages ago, but the magenta is already down to 12\% (with only 122 pages estimated remaining). The cyan and yellow are both at 61\% with 1401 pages estimated remaining.
The cleaning cycle doesn't seem to do much good. When I open the front panel, the "ribbon roller" (sorry, I have no idea what that part is called!) is covered in dusty colored toner. There is also powdery magenta toner directly under the magenta toner cartridge.
When we last replaced these, we did purchase refurbished OEM HP toner from a seller on ebay (with a large 100\% positive rating) They are listed as "Manufacturer refurbished" in the ebay description, but then on the store description, it is listed as "professionally refurbished."
Do you think that the problem is because of using refurbished toner? Is there anything further that we can do to fix the problem, besides replacing all of the toner (or will that even fix it?)
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Btw, too late for the negative review. Reviews were made a year ago when I bought them.
Thanks for your help!
We primarily set things to print b&w, and rarely in color. A few weeks ago I printed a .pdf that had some blue on the page. For some reason, adobe reader no longer lets you print in b&w or grayscale when it can tell it's printing to a color printer, and the blue printed.
After that we started having some blue lines printing on the pages. Then yellow started, too.
I did a search on hp2600n leaking toner and so far found this thread and one other one on a different site. The other one mentioned that it was a problem with the image transfer belt rather than the toner leaking, and that it wasn't a cheap or easy fix.
I will keep looking and probably contact HP about this, but did you ever find out what the problem was and were able to fix it?
I'm a little concerned about the other thread and the image transfer belt. I hate the thought that the printer itself is dying-- even more so since I have a back-up black (and pricey) toner cartridge on hand...
Thanks for any help/information about this.
I will take a closer look at the cartridges tonight. Is there a "best way" to clean them? If it is a wiper blade issue, is there any way to fix them or some type of work around?
I suspect that a cartridge has to be in each slot for the printer to work. Otherwise, I would just remove the leaking cartridges.
Another thought, is there any way to just empty the cartridges that are leaking, so that there isn't any toner left to leak?
It sounds like it is most likely a cartridge issue, but if there's the potential for a more expensive and complicated issue to be happening, I'm the type for whom it will most likely occur... and I did come across other threads where the fuser was mentioned, and as well as some other costlier types of things.
Thanks again-- and any additional info/help is also appreciated.
Ordered new cartridges-- went to take out the old and was about to start putting in the new ones when I decided to wipe the image transfer belt. I noticed a little dimple that I hadn't see before, and then after I rolled it a little further, there was a split or gash in it that had not been there before.
Even if I solved the cartridge leaking toner problem, now that there is a gash in the image transfer belt I'm guessing that will pretty much render the printer inoperable.
Just looking for confirmation before lugging the thing to the garage to await recycling...
The ITB is pretty difficult to replace in that printer.
From looking at it, I figured that whenever that area "tracked" over the paper the ink wouldn't transfer to the page and there would be a repeating area of missing ink as pages are printing. And I suspect that the gash would grow worse with time.
The tape idea is appealing, and might stop the gash from getting bigger, but I'd have to use $200+ of toner to see if it did work. Just not sure it's worth it-- and I seem to keep making things worse than better.
The transfer belt is covered in tons of magenta, like if the cartridge was busted. Wiped the belt off with a toner cloth and the same thing happened. Since the cartridges are brand new is there anything else that can cause this? Or is it time for printer heaven? I love this printer.
I cleaned the system and it printed one good page and all the rest are all blue or half blue etc;.
What i did was using a sharp knife and a candle light and made a rectangular hole where the waste bin is, about 1 by 2 centimeters and just shook the cartridge and made the most of the waste to come out.
Then just used user silver tape to shut the hole.
The location of the waste bin is on the top right in the middle.
yes, the refill toners are about 3 times more lonely to cause quality issues.
Recently, my 2605dn outputs very horrible dirty printouts after it has been left unused for a year. I also found a thick layer of different color of toner deposited on the ETB as well as on the 4 drums' surface. As I cannot afford to purchase 4 new original HP cartridges, therefore I tried to fix it by myself. After turning the drum with my hand in the normal operating direction, I see different color of toner running out on the surface of the drum. In a healthy cartridges, there should not be any toner running run out in this case. So the wiper blades were likely defective. I also found on the printouts repeated vertical pattern which was separated at a distance of drum perimeter. That mean the drum or the discharge roller was also defective too. As a result, I purchased drums, wiper blades and discharge rollers and did the disassembly and assembly job. After replacing them in the 4 original cartridges, the printouts looked normal again and no more tone deposited on on the ETB. However, the common dirty grey printout background problem still cannot be solved. Hope my experience is useful to someone who encounters similar problem.
Gee this is as nutting as the Diesel Engine guys... change this change that, chinese this chinese that.
The problem of lines in these printers IS COMMON. It has NOTHING to do with after market toner. It has nothing to do with being overfilled with old toner. The problem is do to sitting and toner clumping. Take out the cartridges, take outside and tap them about aggressively. If you see any toner out the top blow it out. Then go clean the roller. You can use alcohol to clean the roller, I prefer mineral spirits. Yeah... I don't want to hear it. Clean the rollers thoroughly rolling both directions until clean. Install. Then clean the ETB. I use mineral spirits. Close... then run factory default. After that print the Demo page. Open the printer and clean the ETB again. It will have junk on it. Close it and print the demo again. Repeat cleaning the ETB. Less residue will be present. Print Demo again. About the third time the Demo will be perfect. Good as new. Small imperfections on the ETB will not be an issue so don't panic if you see something.
Why does this happen? Because there is moisture in the air and most powders even laundry detergent clump. By roughing up the rollers you unclump the mess. The cleaning takes off the junk that clumped on the rollers.I suppose you could also stick these in a vacuum container and pull off the moisture. Might be able to use an oven set at 175, Preheat turn the oven off and put the cartridges in to take down the moisture. I have done that with electronics that have gotten wet or cell phones that got wet. I have not tried that yet with the cartridges yet but moisture is moisture. Why do I use mineral spirits? It doesn't make the ETB sicky like alcohol. Plus alcohol attracts water. But you can listen to all the experts out here that want you to rebuild your cartridges LOL. I just do what works.
Oh and if you want to rebuild your cartridges, you can buy bulk toner. Drill a hole in the loader side and one in the empty side and fit it with a small rubber stopper. Wear gloves LOL. Quit ragging on the Chinese when talking on your IPHONE. Rocket science this is NOT.
I am amazed that my similar problem (massive streaking, ranging from cyan to green) was fixed by ordering a generic cyan cartridge on eBay. I was sure I was going to at least have to tinker with the yellow cartridge to empty its waste toner reservoir. Or that I would at least have to run a few pages through it. It was instantly fixed