How to print from your Amazon Kindle

10. February 2010 19:40 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Amazon Kindle 4More books are purchased for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader than are purchased in print format, making Kindle one of the most successful product inventions ever. With the ability to take hundreds of books anywhere on a single device, it is easy to see why Kindle is so popular. There are times, however, when having a paper copy of something on the Kindle makes more sense, creating the need to print from your Amazon Kindle.

Why Print?
When you need something you read on Kindle for quick reference, you might want to print it to your laser toner printer. Say you have purchased a cookbook and are ready to use a recipe. Having the printed recipe in front of you will be much easier to use than reading it on Kindle, and you do not have to worry about stains or splatters. With so many reference and how-to books available, you may often find yourself referring to shopping lists, step-by-step instructions, or photos. A book of poetry may have just the inspirational piece you need to see tacked up on the refrigerator every day. Knowing how to print from your Amazon Kindle can help expand its usefulness.

How Do I Print?
Amazon Kindle 4 connectorsYou can print anything you see on your Kindle screen, from small bits of text to entire pages and photos, by taking a screenshot. Screenshots are automatically saved to the Documents folder of your Kindle and can then be transferred to your computer to be printed. Personal notes and clippings are saved to Documents as well. Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to print from your Amazon Kindle.

To Print From Screenshots

  1. Take a screenshot of the page by pressing Alt+Shift+G. This creates a .gif file that is saved to your Documents folder on the Kindle.
  2. Connect your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable that came with your Kindle. Your computer should recognize it as a mass storage device and allow you to browse the contents by selecting “Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer.”
  3. Navigate to the Documents folder on your Kindle, open the file you wish to print and choose Print from the File menu. Your computer may automatically import the photos, which will then be saved in the My Pictures folder of your hard drive.

To Print Clippings and Notes

  1. Connect your Kindle to your PC using the USB cable and select “Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer.”
  2. Navigate to Documents folder on your Kindle and open the file “My Clippings.txt”, then select Print from the File menu. If you want to print specific clippings, highlight them with your mouse and choose “Selection” from the Print dialog box.

The ability to print from your Kindle increases the utility of a device that is already so useful. Recipes, notes, newspaper articles, clippings and more can be archived on paper for later reference so you will always have important information within easy reach.

How to replace the drums in your Okidata printer

25. January 2010 12:31 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Laser printers use a combination of a drum and a toner cartridge. The cartridge contains the toner, the powdery substance and the drum transfers the toner onto the paper.  In many models, like the Oki C3200 toner printer, these are sold and installed as a single unit. However, this often causes both to be replaced when only one is empty. Okidata printers are designed so that the toner and drum are separate units, allowing them to be individually changed when needed.

In Okidata printers the drum and toner cartridge snap together to form a single unit. When one is empty, the printer will be unable to print. However, only one needs to be replaced. This involves unsnapping the drum from the toner cartridge. Snap together the new one and replace it in the printer. The following is a step-by-step guide on how to replace the drums in Okidata printers.

  1. Power off the printer.
  2. Place a piece of paper near the printer. This is to protect any surface that excess toner might leak on to.
  3. Unlock and remove the drum from the printer. Be careful to watch for excess toner that could spill onto something.
  4. Unlock the toner cartridge from the drum.
  5. Set the toner cartridge on the paper.
  6. Snap a new drum onto the toner, as toner may still be left in the cartridge.
  7. Lock the drum and toner into the printer.
  8. Turn on the printer.

After this, the printer should be ready to print. It should recognize the new drum and remaining Oki toner.  Replacing the drum on an Okidata printer may appear to be a hassle and difficult. However, it is worth learning how to do.  By continuing to use the toner cartridge and only replacing the drum, significant savings can be realized.

List of common Dell printer error codes

9. November 2009 20:02 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (2)

Dell printers are made to share several common features. Most current printers contain a flat panel display to show printer status as well as indicating possible problems. All Dell printers share a feature that helps to decipher what is causing various problems, to better assist in fixing them.

All Dell printers, like the Dell 1110 toner printer, are created to display error codes, either on the display or on a computer screen. However, the error codes are usually issues which can be quickly resolved with a little knowledge of the causes. Most current printers have software installed that allows maintenance and checking error codes, simply by clicking an icon. Below are several common errors as well as tips on how to remedy each error.

Replace Toner - Dell printers will display an error stating to “replace toner,” in addition to various numbers that signify the color of the ink or Dell toner needing replacing and the general error state of the printer. This error can be cleared by replacing the cartridge that the printer is referring to in the error code.

Paper Jam Tray 1 and Tray 2 error codes - The paper jam error is caused by paper that is physically jammed within the printers various parts. Clearing this code is accomplished by physically opening the printer’s doors and gently removing any paper that is stuck.

Print Head Error - Dell printers will usually trigger a print head error when there is a problem with blockage. This error is not applicable to laser toner printer. Ink is the biggest cause of blockage on the printer’s head, which will trigger this error. A printer’s head needs to stay clean in order for the ink to pass through efficiently, and for more accurate text and images when printing. By going into the printing utilities software on your computer, you can check to see what is causing the print error. Most printers allow head-cleaning by clicking an option within the utility. If the print head isn’t blocked, there is a possibility it will need replacing.

Printing Text in Red - Print heads that aren’t thoroughly cleaned may cause red text to be printed. Removing the cartridge and cleaning the heads may help solve this problem and return the normal colors when printing.

Error code 016-370 - This error message shows on the Dell LCD panel and requires the powering down the printer in order to clear it. After waiting for ten seconds with the printer off, turn it back on and the code should be cleared. If that method isn’t effective the NVRAM may need to be reset on the printer.

Error code 004-332 - This code usually indicates an error condition that requires restarting the printer. Additionally, this code could be cause by toner cartridges that haven’t been positioned correctly in the printer. Removing the toner cartridges and reinserting them will often clear this error code automatically.

Error code: 009-360 - The 009-360 error is an indication that a toner cartridge CRUM communication failure has been detected by the printer. This can be remedied by first powering down the printer and waiting ten seconds before powering it on. Next, power on the printer and see if the message has been cleared.  If the error is still present, replace the toner cartridge.

If your error is not listed above, an excellent resource to find any error code for all Dell printers is the Dell printer support site.  The Dell printer support site provides drivers, manuals and detailed instructions on how to resolve a variety of issues.

"Install black cartridges" error on HP LaserJet M1522nf

20. October 2009 20:53 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

It can be very frustrating to receive an error message from a machine that seems to contradict reality. Being confronted with the "Install Black Cartridge" error message on the HP LaserJet M1522nf has created lots of frustration for many operators.  Fortunately, other HP models like the HP 1320 toner printer don’t experience this issue due to a better design.  Here are some easy tips to address this problem and prevent one's stress levels from reaching the boiling point.

HP LaserJet M1522nfError messages are meant to signal an operator as to the current status of a printer. However, there are some possible problems with every machine that are too rare to warrant the accumulation of an additional error message. When this happens, the manufacturer has usually associated that particular error with an existing error message. Unfortunately, this association of rarer disrupted operational statuses can be confusing to an operator. This is the kind of situation an operator can find themselves in when confronted with the "Install Black Cartridge" error message on the HP LaserJet M1522nf. Avoid frustration and remain calm by simply following these steps.

First, check to see that a toner cartridge is in fact installed. If the black toner cartridge has been removed and the access panel closed then the machine will appear to be in working order despite it being nonoperational. Open the access panel to check that the HP toner cartridge is actually there. If so, close the access panel and turn off the machine for 10 seconds and turn it back on. The machine will cycle through its start up procedures, but if the error message returns continue to the next tip.

Open the toner access panel and remove the cartridge. Check to see if it is indicating that it is empty. If so, replace the toner cartridge and wait for the error message to clear as the machine prepares the new cartridge for printing. If the cartridge was recently replaced and the error message persists, then remove the toner cartridge and verify that it is properly installed by reinstalling it to its fully seated position.

Finally, if the error persists, the HP LaserJet M1522nf has a 250 sheet maximum capacity for its supply tray. While the calculation of this page count has been fully counted by the manufacturer, few operators take the time to count the specific number of pages that are loaded into the supply tray. If one has exceeded the 250 sheet capacity of 16lb paper, or a lesser capacity of thicker paper, then the supply paper can actually be the cause of this error because it is lifting up the laser toner cartridge. Remove the paper and any paper jams, re-seat the toner cartridge, reload less paper and the error should clear.

The proper way to store your toner cartridges

1. October 2009 15:28 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

New technology has allowed printing companies to sell printers with an abundance of features at a price that anyone can easily afford; however, the toner cartridges have seemingly increased in price. The good news is that affordable compatible and genuine cartridges are available online offering significant savings over retail stores.  The key to saving money on toner when buying online is to purchase more than one so the shipping cost is distributed over multiple cartridges.  Purchasing online is an excellent opportunity for people to stock up, but the problem is, how should toner cartridges be stored to maximize their shelf life?  Continue reading for detailed information on storing your toner cartridges.

HP 1320 toner
When it comes to storing toner cartridges, like HP toner or any other brand, there are several things that people need to keep in mind. If there are no plans to use the cartridge for awhile, leave the cartridge in the packaging (sealed bag and box) and store it horizontally, not vertically.  The next thing to pay special attention to is the label on the cartridge's box, which will specify how the device should be stored. Most manufacturers recommend that the cartridge be stored in the temperature range between about 50°F and 95°F. In addition, the room's relative humidity should stay between about 45 to 80 percent. As far as lighting is concerned, the toner cartridge should not be exposed to extremely bright light. In addition, if the drum of the cartridge is exposed to overly bright light, it can be instantly ruined. Now, when most people read the numbers in this article, the first thing that will probably come to mind is that there are huge gaps in the suggested range. They should simply use these numbers as an estimate, because manufacturers will include specific instructions with the cartridge. However, most of these factors should not be a problem, since most people would not be very comfortable in a house under 50°F or over 90°F. If people are not going to use the cartridge that is currently in their printer, they can take a few steps to extend the life of that unit by putting the cartridge in a dark, dry place like a desk drawer.  For more information, read our post about how long you can store toner cartridges.

By learning how to properly store laser toner cartridges, people will be able to take advantage of the huge discounts available online. According to most manufacturers, a cartridge that is properly stored will have a shelf life of at least two years. When people can extend the life of their current cartridge and stock up on new ones, they will find that the cartridges will become a lot more affordable. One other thing that people need to keep in mind is to always store the cartridges in a place where they cannot fall or become damaged by any means.

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