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Printer Troubleshooting

LaserJet Pro M1132: Causes for Light Print and Copies

The LaserJet Pro M1132 as a multifunction printer is expected to be in its finest performance and condition at all times. A disadvantage to this printer is once its toner cartridges is defective; the quality of scan and copy is affected. This is because it only uses one toner cartridge (HP CE285A) for all functions. However, when a user encounters print problems such as light prints, there are probably more causes of it.

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Toner Refill

How To Properly Refill A Brother MFC-8950DW Cartridge?

The toner cartridge of a Brother MFC-8950DW can be very expensive. Throwing it away after depleting the toner load would be impractical. To be able to continue printing for less the cost, users can refill the super high yield toner cartridge with a toner refill kits.

Refilling a Brother MFC-8950DW toner cartridge is not that simple, it involves tweaking toner reset gears as well as other parts of the cartridge which can be confusing. But do not worry, the steps below will ensure a successful refill. Continue Reading

Laser Printers

Does The Photoconductor Kit For Lexmark E332 Replace the Toner Cartridge?

Photoconductor kits and toner cartridges are both important parts of a laser printer. These parts serve different purposes in laser printing. These parts are not interchangeable and in the absence of one, the printer will not function. This is pretty clear. However, plenty of people still do not know their differences. Some ask which lasts longer or which has better print quality. Does the photoconductor kit replace the toner cartridges?

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The lack of information included in most printer packages is the root of these misunderstandings. Since most OEMs focus on things like how to operate the printer, how to make use of features and basic troubleshooting, included information about printer parts are close to null. This is why people get confused as to which product to purchase in order to continue with their print jobs.

Lexmark E230 E330 E342 12A8305 Black Remanufactured Toner Cartridge

Lexmark E230 E330 E342 12A8305 Black Remanufactured Toner Cartridge

What is a toner cartridge?
A toner cartridge acts as the storage and the one that dispenses the toner in order to make copies for copiers and print pages for printers. Toner cartridges do vary for most printers. Some printers however, use the same model of toner cartridge.

Toner cartridges have shorter life span compared to the photoconductor unit. This is mainly because as pages are printed, durability of the toner cartridge is degraded. Although these can be cleaned then refilled, the quality of the printouts will eventually deteriorate. After surpassing the number of refills, current cartridge should be replaced.


What is a photoconductor kit?
A photo conductor kit also known as drum unit, serves as the photoconductive drum. It is the part of laser printers that takes the image from the laser. The drum picks up the toner particles from the cartridge and then transfers them onto the paper.

Some printers have the photoconductive drum and the toner storage in one cartridge. Some printers like the Lexmark E332 have a separate toner cartridge and a photoconductor kit. It depends on the OEM as to how the printer is designed. A separate photoconductive kit usually lasts a lot longer than the toner.



A Lexmark E332 photoconductor kit cannot be used as replacement for the toner cartridge. It is made to replace the drum unit of the printer. On the other hand, a toner cartridge is in charge of the toner supply. If the toner load is depleted, users may refill or replace it.

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The photoconductor kit and toner cartridge both have finite shelf life. If a Lexmark E332 drum unit breaks down, compatible or OEM photoconductor kit can be purchased as replacement.

Laser Printers

Kyocera FS2000 Toner Cartridge And The Benefits of EcoSys Technology

Laser printer users who have long saddled with unmanageable printing expenses can take a rest with the entry of the Kyocera FS2000 toner into the market. This development is a welcome break for users because the EcoSys technology infused into the cartridges obliges all users to rely on refilling – the use of toner refill kits instead of buying a cartridge replacement. This is a gesture that promotes user savings and environmental benefits as well.

Why is toner refilling encouraged in Kyocera FS2000 toner cartridges? Kyocera is not your average or regular toner cartridge since it can tolerate the frequent infusion from toner refill kits to sustain printing. In fact, it was designed to last long and survive several rounds of refilling just like its print drum that was crafted from Amorphous Silicon. This type of silicon is second to diamond in hardness so that the drum can survive from between 375,000 to 500,000 pages of print. Summing it up, a user may only need a few cartridge replacements up to the lifetime of the printer.

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Kyocera TK310 TK312 FS2000 1 Pack Toner Refill With Chip

Kyocera TK310 TK312 FS2000 1 Pack Toner Refill With Chip

What are toner refill kits? These are after market products developed by third party manufacturers precisely to refill empty Kyocera FS2000 toner cartridges. Toner particles in refill kits inhibit similar characteristics with the ecotone toner used on the OEM Kyocera toner cartridge. It is understood that the capability of the OEM toner to continuously polish and maintain the condition of the drum surface during each printing cycle is also inherent in the refill toner.

Why are toner refill kits necessary to the Kyocera FS2000 toner cartridge? The reason for this is that the cartridge is designed for longevity. Therefore, a single lifetime of 12,000 pages would not be enough to strip it of its capability. It will need several infusions of refill kits to reach its intended printing capability to match that of the other printer components – the print drum and fuser included. Thus, every time the cartridge is depleted of toner, the likely option the user has is to refill it with toner.

Will it benefit everybody? The concept behind EcoSys technology is to minimize the wanton disposal of empty cartridges that has escalated to an alarming rate of around 200 million each year across North America. This is apart from the cost benefits that are intrinsic in the use of refill kits.

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Kyocera TK-310 TK310 TK-312 TK312 FS-2000 Remanufactured Toner Cartridge

Kyocera TK-310 TK310 TK-312 TK312 FS-2000 Remanufactured Toner Cartridge

Remember, your Kyocera FS2000 toner cartridge is really designed for refilling. Each time it runs out of toner, do not hesitate to conduct refills using a Kyocera FS2000 toner refill kit and never even consider buying a replacement cartridge.

Printer Troubleshooting

How To Clean The Transfer Belt In A Color Laser Printer

Transfer Belt
Transfer Belt
Okidata C5200n 5400 Transfer Belt Unit OEM

Color laser printers have a more complex printing process which enables them to produce precise prints without color fringing or streaking on the edges of the colored regions. Some color laser-class printers use a rotating belt called a “ transfer belt ” to further color registration accuracy. Although cleaning it is not necessarily required, regular maintenance can help extend the printer component’s life expectancies as well as optimize the machine’s performance.

What Is A Transfer Belt?

It is a rotating belt that is typically large which carries the mixture of different colors of toner particles. Color laser printers use the CMYK color combination. This means a color laser-class printer will typically have 4 toner cartridges. The transfer belt will pass in front of all the four cartridges colored as cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black). The cartridges will then precisely apply each toner layer to the belt which will then apply the combined layers uniformly onto the paper. This process happens in less than a second but will have significant effects on the printouts. This printing technique widens the color tone range of the CMYK color combination. This will greatly improve quality of color outputs. Newer color laser-class printers usually use this technology to produce better color image printouts.

Transfer Belt

Why Does a Transfer Belt Need Cleaning?

Like most laser printer components, a transfer belt needs cleaning to prevent print quality deterioration. Although the belt does not need cleaning as often as the other parts like the drum unit, the excess toner from cartridges as well as dust will build up which will affect the machine’s performance. The belt will need cleaning, especially after suffering from a major toner leaky. The printer may suffer from issues known as registration errors which occurs when printing color images. Registration errors can cause blurring, unintended color fringing, and light or dark streaks on the edges of the printouts and may even occur all throughout the outputs. In order to avoid such work-halting issues, maintenance is highly recommended.

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How to Clean a Transfer Belt?

A transfer belt can be cleaned using a cleaning cycle with a software or through manual cleaning. The type of cleaning varies depending on the severity of the problem. Usually, minor streaking and blurring can be fixed using a cleaning cycle with a software. However for the major registration issues, manual cleaning is recommended as it may need replacing depending on the state of the transfer belt.

**Cleaning Cycle With Software

Step 1 – Install the color laser printer utilities that come along with the printer. For best results, users can download the latest drivers and utilities from the OEM’s website. For those using the included CD/DVD that came with the printer package, simply insert the disk into the disk drive and run the setup. Downloaded drivers and utilities usually come in compressed, installing a decompression software like WinRar should do the trick. Simply extract the files into the selected folder then run the setup.

Step 2 – Once the utilities are installed, look for the “Laser Printer Cleaning Cycle”. This is usually found on the tool bar under printer maintenance. Follow the steps indicated in the transfer belt maintenance window. There are some printers that require removal of some parts so be sure to do so to avoid issues. Do note that this will consume some toner in the process. Be sure to have enough before proceeding with the process.

Step 3 – After the process is done, restart the printer then test print. If problems persist consult a professional.

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**Manual Cleaning

Step 1 – Read the manual before doing anything else to prevent further damage. This will also simplify the cleaning process as manuals usually provide enough information regarding transfer belt maintenance.

Step 2 – Turn off the color laser printer and unplug it from the power source.

Step 3 – Open the access door of the printer and locate the transfer belt. Depending on the kind of printer,toner cartridges may have to be removed. It would be safer to refer to the steps indicated in the manual.

Step 4 – Remove the transfer belt and check how severe the problem is. Although it can be cleaned without removing it from the printer by wiping it with a piece of soft cloth, removing it is recommended to get the best results.

Step 5 – Use a blower to blow out the excess toner out of the printer. This is done to make sure that excess toner and dust particles are flushed out. After doing so, gently wipe the transfer belt with a soft cloth. Do not use alcohol as it may damage the belt. Also note that the belt is light sensitive, exposing it to light for an extended period of time may render it useless.

Step 6 – Once the transfer belt is clear of dust and toner residue, reinstall it into the laser printer. After reinstalling everything, turn on the printer and test print. If problems persist, it would be best to call a professional.

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Transfer belts may not be found in some color laser printers but it is a key component for those that have it. They may not be as talked about as toner cartridges but without keeping them at their best state, color registration precision could only be fair or even be outright poor. Avoid registration errors and keep top quality color prints by taking care of the parts inside the machine.