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HP LaserJet III Help

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Aaron S, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. Aaron S

    Aaron S

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    Is anybody here "old school" enough to be able to tell me what a 50 Service message means on my LaserJet III printer?

    I checked the HP site and it said unplug the printer for 30 minutes and try again or to check the fuser. I don't know what a fuser is and I haven't opened it up to look for anything yet.

    Thanks,
    Aaron
     
  2. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

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    The fuser is the device that provides heat and pressure and bonds the toner to the paper. If unplugging the printer does not reset it you need to replace the fuser.


    Depending on the printer the fuser can cost several hundred dollars ... considering the age of yours I’d buy a new printer.
     

  3. SeaFlight

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    actually it could be a bad AC power module, or even DC Power etc...
    check the following:

    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/nationaltonertech/errors.htm

    http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/laser/24948

    http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/reference/guides/fuser/sx

    http://webpages.charter.net/dperr/hp_error.htm

    These printers are workhorses when they work right. you can still get a rebuilt one for between $100 and $200 depends on how you print. If you want to print superfast, or in Color you'll need something else...

    If you want an inexpensive printer that can take a beating and still print multitudinous voluminous amounts of information, then the LJ III is still a good choice IMO.
     
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    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

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    Either way … it’s still going to cost about as much to repair the LaserJet III then it would to buy a new printer. You pay a minimum of $50 to get a tech to look at a printer. Yes I know it’s not too difficult to replace a fuser, power module etc ... if that’s all that wrong with it ... you still have put $50 – 100 into an old printer.
    New laser printers start at $125.00 for 15 to 22 PPM ... you can get a new HP for $169 that prints 15 PPM.
     
  5. potatoho

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    I had an error 50 on my lj4 recently. I was messing around with the rollers, and the last time I turned it on it wouldn't make the power up whistling sound, so I googled the error and got the same info as you. So I let it cool down for a while, and then it worked fine.
     
  6. Aaron S

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    Thanks guys. I won't be putting any money into this thing. I do however have some power supplies and stuff. If I get ambitious, I might open it up and try to hurt myself. ;)

    Aaron
     
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    Yeah, but they are "throw away" printers...

    So Buy two and when it goes bad throw it away and plug in the spare.