The Best Printers for Large Offices

10. June 2013 08:00 by Calvin Yu in Printer Reviews  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Printing machines can range in all different sizes, price ranges, and offered features. While at one time printing machines used to only be used by newspapers and publishing companies, printers are now accessible for anyone whether they are used for business or personal. If you’re looking for an inexpensive printer with just basic printing capabilities, you can find a deal as low as $30.

However, for any individual or company who uses their printer frequently, additional capabilities will become more and more important. For large offices that print hundreds of documents daily, it would be inefficient to have a printer that runs at slow speeds or requires significant upkeep.

For large offices that need to get the most out of their printers, you should expect to spend a minimum of $500. With that said, some of the highest quality printers will run into 5 digit numbers. If your business has the financials to spend thousands of dollars on a printer, you’ll need to ensure the printer will fit the needs of your business. Frequently, the largest producers of large office printers will be made by well-known brands such as Canon, Lexmark, and HP. The familiarity of these brands will make it easier to purchase replacement Canon, Lexmark, or HP toner cartridges.

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How to fix Lexmark printer error codes

11. December 2012 06:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Lexmark As aggravating as Lexmark error codes can be, they are actually quite useful. Without them, you'd have to troubleshoot problems with your printer on your own. In many cases, zeroing in on the specific problem would be just about impossible. By knowing the basics about Lexmark printer error codes, you'll be able to respond quickly and effectively to them. Although there are dozens of codes, most people only encounter a handful of them. Some of the most common Lexmark error codes are highlighted below, and a few possible fixes are included as well.

  • Error Code 20 - This code reflects a paper jam, but it's probably not a typical jam. It's usually a jam at the sensor, which often means that the rollers in your printer aren't working properly. Check to make sure the rollers aren't dirty or jammed. If they are, clean them. They may simply be worn out or broken too. If that's the case, you will have to replace them.
  • Error Code 22 - Here's another error code that involves a paper jam. In this instance, the rollers are probably just dirty. The printer may be out of paper too. In rare instances, this code can mean that the sensor board or system board is defective. If so, a technician will be in order.
  • Error Code 30 - When this code appears, make sure that there's a toner cartridge installed. If your Lexmark printer doesn't have a toner cartridge installed, it's not going to work. Stock up on inexpensive compatible toner cartridges to ensure that you always have plenty on hand. Install a toner cartridge to make this error go away. This error can also occur due to an open top cover. Make sure that the top cover is securely closed.
  • Error Code 31 - To function properly, your Lexmark printer needs to know the size of the paper or envelope on which it is printing. This error code typically appears when the paper or envelope that's being used is incompatible with the printer's software. You might have to switch to a different kind of paper or a new envelope to continue printing. If you're using standard paper or have otherwise ruled out size issues, you might have a defective system board on your hands. It will have to be replaced, and the work will have to be done by an experienced technician.
  • Error Code 32 - It's critical to use OEM or compatible cartridges in your Lexmark printer. If you inadvertently use a cartridge that isn't designed for your printer, you're probably going to get this error. Check the cartridge in your printer and make sure that it's compatible. If you were told it was compatible and it actually isn't, you should request a refund or a replacement.
  • Error Code 47 - This is a relatively rare error code. It means that there is a language error. In most instances, an unsupported or defective card has been installed. If you recently had a new card installed, that's probably the case. Another potential cause is that the printer and the computer aren't set to the same postscript. This is one error that can't usually be handled by everyday users. It might even mean that your system board or font card is defective. You will need a technician to check these things out for you.

If you receive an error code that's not highlighted above, refer to your owner's manual or perform an online search or go to the Lexmark support website. Unusual error codes usually reflect issues that need to be handled by professional technicians, so be prepared to make that call.






Common Lexmark Optra printer error codes

5. December 2011 09:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Lexmark printers are considered to be very reliable printers and can withstand the rigors of daily print jobs. However, every printer will experience an error at some point during their service lives, so knowing what each message means can save money by helping to avoid unneeded repairs. Here are several common Lexmark Optra printer error codes, including instructions on how to clear these errors.

Error 200 & 201 – Paper Jam
An error 200 message appears if there is paper blocking the pathways of the printer. If there are no blockages in the printer, the sensors(s) could be blocked. Removing any jammed paper from the printer often clears this error.

An error 201 is an indication that paper is jammed between input sensors: between the front and back input sensors. This error can often be cleared by removing any paper that has jammed inside of the printer.

More information can be found by reading our blog post how to remove paper jams.

Error 80 – Scheduled Maintenance
Modern Lexmark printers contain a counter that alerts a user when the printer should have maintenance performed. The counter records the amount of pages printed, and the error message signifies that the maximum number of pages have been printed. Several parts may need to be replaced periodically to ensure reliable printing.

Error 900 – Service Error
An error 900 can occur due to a problem with the hardware in the printer, or due to a connection problem between the printer and a device. If the error occurs while the printer is communicating with a computer or network, the problem is network or connection related. If the error occurs while the printer is not in use or not connected to a network or a computer, the hardware could be the culprit if not the connection itself. Checking the printer and the connection to the printer often remedies this problem.

Error 901 – Engine Flash Error
This error often occurs due to a temporary engine glitch. To clear a 901 error, simply turn off the printer for at least five minutes. If the error doesn’t return after powering on the printer, a temporary glitch was the issue and shouldn’t require any further troubleshooting.

Error 902 – Service Engine Software
An error 902 is an indication that the software in the engine board has failed. If turning off the printer for ten minutes or longer doesn’t clear the error once the printer has been turned back on, performing a NVRAM reset on the printer may clear the message.

Error 903-906
Errors 903, 904, 905 and 906 are all indications of a failure or fault of the printer’s system board. Turning off the printer for ten minutes or longer should clear the error. If the error returns after powering on the printer, resetting the NVRAM could clear the error message.

Error 929 – Toner Sensor
An error 929 occurs when there is a problem with the Lexmark toner sensor, as well as several other components. Checking the toner cartridge first can help rule-out the possibility of other culprits causing the error since defective toner cartridges often cause this alert.

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