Common Oki printer error codes

20. February 2012 05:39 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

OkiWith any Okidata printer, there are certain errors that may occur over time. Some of these issues have quick fixes that the user can perform, but others may require replacing the components or contacting a technical support professional. Below is a list of the most common errors and possible solutions.

Error Code Error Description
001 This is a machine check exception error. It indicates a problem with the printer's hardware or CU board. Restarting the printer should resolve this issue.
051 This means the printer's fan has stopped or is not working properly. Restarting the printer may reset the fan's operation, but it may need replacing.
073 This is a H/W overrun detect error, which means there is a problem with the toner's input area. First, try printing a different job before attempting to print the original job again. The next solution is to switch to a different driver.
080 There is a parameter I/O error. The main controller board and operator panel experienced an interface time-out. There is a problem with either the printer's input or output area. The best solution is to call a professional for assistance.
102 This is a common RAM error that indicates a problem with reading or writing the RAM during start-up. The user may restart the printer while keeping in mind that some data may be lost.
103 There is a problem with the SRAM in the printer's engine. The printer detected an error while reading or writing the static RAM during start-up. Restarting the printer can solve the problem.
123 The humidity sensor either detected abnormal humidity or was not properly connected. Reconnect the humidity sensor and restart the printer. The sensor may also need to be replaced.
124 There is a problem with the temperature sensor. A possible solution is to reconnect the sensor and restart the printer. If the temperature is abnormal, there may be a problem somewhere else in the unit.
131-134 These errors are related to the LED head connectors. They are either not connected properly or are not being detected. Each code corresponds to a different color in the printer. Restarting the printer or reconnecting the components may solve these errors.
140-142 These codes indicate problems with the printer's color drums. The user must reseat the drums and toner by Oki. If the error still occurs, it may be necessary to reseat the sensor spring.
150-153 These errors are associated with the different inks of the printer. They indicate problems with the drum fuses. The user can reconnect the associated part or contact technical support for troubleshooting ideas.
154 There is a problem with the printer's belt. The component may need to be reconnected, repositioned or completely replaced. It is best to restart the printer first to fix the problem.
160-163 There are errors with the various toner sensors. A quick fix is to check the toner lock lever and ensure it is in the correct position before restarting the printer.
181 The printer's duplexer is having problems. This message typically occurs during a paper jam when the user is trying to print on both sides of the page. The best solution is to remove and replace the printer paper before printing the job again.
132 There is a problem with the printer's tray. It may be related to a paper jam, or the printer may be out of paper. Remove the tray to check for paper jams and replenish its supply if necessary.
1870 This message indicates a general problem with the printer's control panel. Restarting the unit may resolve the issue, but the user can contact a professional for troubleshooting steps and walkthroughs.

Top 3 reasons to get a wireless printer

18. February 2012 07:33 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

HP 8500 ink printerThe age of wireless is upon us, with wireless Internet, wireless telephony, and wireless networking transforming the way we communicate, learn, and work. The advantages of wireless also carry over to using wireless printers, the new revolution of devices that print seamlessly, quickly, and without the use of wires.

Here are the top three reasons to get a wireless printer:

  1. You will save time and money
    Printing with a wireless device is cheaper than using a traditional printer.  Imagine the amount of wires you can cut from your budget by switching to a wireless printer, like the HP 8500 ink printer with the wireless option. You can easily save up to hundreds of dollars on wires, especially in an office or home where you need to connect the printer to multiple computers.  On top of that, you will only need one wireless printer for all your printing needs instead of buying more printers when printing jobs are coming from more than one location.  Suppose that your family members use computers in the living room and your children use computers in their bedrooms. Connecting them all to one wired printer could require yards and yards of cords strewn along the ground and through walls. Your family members may be forced to carry their computers to the printer in order to print something, or you may have to buy a printer for each room or each computer.  With a wireless printer, you don’t need to do either, saving you money and hours of setup time.
  2. They are easier to work with
    Connecting a wired printer to networks and desktops is a complex process that can easily give you headaches and frustrate you.
    To set up a wired network, you will need to connect the printer via wire to a host computer and connect the network and its other computers together.  Making sure that all computers are connected to the appropriate workgroup and network is a hassle that can irritate even the most experienced network administrators.  In a wired printer setup, the host computer that is directly connected to the printer must be turned on whenever someone wants to print. If it is turned off, the printer will not accept jobs and will not work.  A wireless printer is always on. It does not require a host computer to be turned on in order to process printing jobs.
    Additionally, wireless printing erases some annoyances of wired printing. Printing from a smartphone, tablet computer, or other mobile device that does not have an Ethernet port is nearly impossible with a wired printer. With a wireless printer, it’s a cinch since any electronic device that is capable of picking up a wireless signal can send printing jobs.
  3. Wireless Printing Technology Has Caught Up
    It would be one thing if wireless printers were costlier and slower or if the selection of wireless printers were poor.
    But that’s not the case anymore. All major printer brands make wireless printers of all varieties: inkjet, laser, and the like.  Prices for wireless printers are comparable to traditional wired printers. With today’s wireless network technology, the speed of printing from a wireless printer is on par with or quicker than doing the same with a wired printer.

3 reasons you should keep your printer manual

12. February 2012 05:28 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Samsung CLP-310 Toner Printer ManualUsually, when you purchase something new, it comes with directions for use. When it comes to electronics, however, you get a whole manual. The manufacturer took the time to put together a booklet of instructions and other important information for the consumer so they would know how to use the product and where to go if they need something for the product. This is especially true for printers.
After the initial set-up, consumers tend to think the printer manual can be thrown out since it has served their purpose of assisting them in connecting the printer to the computer. However, it is important to keep your printer manual and have it easily accessible, and below are three good reasons why.

Replacement Parts
Most manuals have a list of parts and part numbers, like the Samsung CLP-310 toner printer manual. This is especially handy for those parts that need replacing routinely, such as ink or toner. The manual will tell the owner exactly which model of ink or toner cartridge to purchase and how to replace the cartridge. For color printers, this is especially important as there are many different types of color cartridges. Some printers are designed for the consumer to replace the imaging drum, which is quite specific to the printer and will require the exact part number from the manual.

Printers these days are more computer programming-intensive than the old Daisy Wheel and Dot Matrix printers of old. They have many features that can be programmed on the computer as the default format for printing. However, sometimes these defaults are accidentally changed, to the frustration of the owner. Having the printer manual at-hand can help the owner troubleshoot why the printer is not printing the way the owner wants it to print. A standard printer manual will have a section devoted to troubleshooting such problems. It will also have a list of error codes and their meaning, which can tell the owner exactly what is happening with the printer and what steps the owner should take to correct it.

Manufacturer’s Warranty Information
While nobody wants to think of their new printer breaking down or having problems, it does happen upon occasion. Sometimes a part is faulty or a screw dislodges and damages other parts. This is not the fault of the consumer, so manufacturers typically supply a limited time warranty on parts for the machine. The information on how to place a warranty claim and where to send the claim are included in the owner’s manual. Owners should be aware that many companies require the product to be registered immediately after purchase in order to activate the warranty. Registering the product can also be helpful to the owner because the registration list can be used to notify the customer if there is a recall on the printer.

Of course, there are other reasons why you should keep your printer manual for the entire time you own your printer, but these are the most obvious. Keeping the manual will help you in more ways than they realize.

What are printer maintenance kits?

8. February 2012 05:18 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Printer Maintenance KitPrinter maintenance kits are collections of printer parts that you can order to help keep your printer in tip-top shape. These kits provide all the parts necessary for you to perform do-it-yourself maintenance on your printer and to help extend your printer's life.

Printers that have maintenance kits for them will usually have maintenance cycles built into them, like the HP CM1415 toner printer. These printers will inform you whenever it is time to perform maintenance on them after every interval, which is a set number of pages that the printer has printed. Whenever it passes this cycle or interval, the printer will let the user know that it is time to buy and install a maintenance kit, usually with a display message similar to "Perform Printer Maintenance."

When you see this message, there is no need to fret. It does not mean that something is broken or that your printer is about to die. It just means that the manufacturer has decided this is the best time to perform maintenance on your printer in order to ensure optimal performance and minimal wear and tear on your machine.

Most printer maintenance kits will include a fuser assembly, pickup and transfer rollers, and separation pads. Some will even come with fan and corona assemblies or cleaning gloves and fabrics that you can use to help install your printer parts.

These parts come standard in most manufacturers' printer maintenance kits:

  • Transfer rollers: After a piece of paper passes through the printing drum, the transfer roller is responsible for placing toner on the page. This roller is gray or black and has the texture of a sponge. The transfer roller is electrically charged and is subject to wear and tear and can lose its electrical charge.
  • Fusing assembly: This printer component is the most crucial part to a laser printer's functionality and is the reason why some call printer maintenance kits "fuser kits". The fusing assembly is the device in the printer that uses pressure and heat to melt toner onto the paper. This assembly wears out after many pages are printed and the fusing action is repeated thousands of times.
  • Pickup rollers (also known as feed or separation rollers): These rubber cylinders are used to pick up and feed paper into the printing compartment of the printer. They grab onto the paper and spin the paper into and out of the printer. Rollers can face wear and tear as well as the threat of oxidation. A maintenance kit may include new rollers that the user can use to replace the old worn-out ones.
  • Separation pads: These pads help to tug on paper so that they are properly pushed into the printer. A worn down separation pad can cause paper jams in the printer.

These parts are not found as often in printer maintenance kits:

  • Corona assembly: The printer part responsible for electrical charges in the printer's drum and toner.
  • Fan assembly: A printer mechanism that blows air to ensure that paper is flat just before it is printed.

What is SoyPrint?

2. February 2012 05:06 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

SoyPrintThe SoyPrint brand was developed by Print Recovery Concepts, Inc. as a green alternative to oil-based printer cartridges. Traditional cartridges use oil to produce the toner, like the HP CM1415 toner, but SoyPrint uses environmentally friendly soy beans as the base for the toner. To make the one pound of powder required for a single cartridge, it takes two liters of oil. Soy-based cartridges eliminate this dependence on oil as a material for the toner. While soy-based ink has been around for awhile, Print Recovery Concepts, Inc. has utilized this eco-friendly material to produce cartridges compatible with laser printers.

Users of the SoyPrint technology do not lose any quality or efficiency when making the switch from oil-based cartridges. Research has proven that the soy-based cartridges print the same quality and same number of pages as their oil-based counterparts. The main difference lies in the ability to renew the materials used. SoyPrint brand cartridges also use recycled plastic and are compatible with several different laser printer models.

In an effort to make printing even greener, Print Recovery Concepts, Inc. also provides buyers with return UPS labels for the empty cartridges, like toner cartridges by HP. Users can send their used cartridges back to the company in order to be recycled into other plastic products. SoyPrint encourages businesses, schools and other industries to make the switch to soy-based ink. By shopping online, buyers can input their printer models to find compatible cartridges for green printing solutions.

In conjunction with using SoyPrint cartridges, businesses can also join programs that reduce their environmental impact. These companies and schools have a choice to switch from oil-based toner to the new SoyPrint cartridges, but they can also rely on recycled paper for all of their printing needs. When replacing old printers, businesses no longer have to throw them out. SoyPrint will offer a list of school districts that accept donated printers in order to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. This effort not only helps the environment, but it assists schools by providing them with printers for office and student use.

SoyPrint is also keeping track of its efforts to improve the environment. When customers sign up with one of the sustainability programs, SoyPrint tracks the pounds of soy-based toner used, pounds of plastic recycled and reams of recycled paper used. These reports are then sent directly to the customers for their own records. SoyPrint is making it easy for industries to reduce their environmental impact simply by switching to compatible, recycled, soy-based printer cartridges. is actively working on sourcing eco-friendly products and is evaluating SoyPrint products for resale on our website.

What does the cleaning cycle do on an inkjet printer

31. January 2012 11:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Nearly every inkjet printer has a cleaning cycle, but most printer owners don't know how the cleaning cycle works to keep a printer working properly. Some people find cleaning cycles to be loud and annoying, but regular cleanings serve an important purpose in keeping a printer working properly.  However, if you have used a refill kit (learn about why you should not use a inkjet refill kit) instead of a new or compatible cartridge, cleaning may not fix your issue.

The main function of the cleaning cycle is simply to keep the printer heads from clogging or drying out. Ink must pass through incredibly small passageways to make its way to the printing heads, and in order to keep a printer in good operating condition, these passageways need to be free of obstructions. Small clogs occur fairly often on most printers as the printing heads are exposed to air and left to dry and severe clogs can occur due to mechanical issues or when a printer isn't used for an extended period of time.

Clogged printing heads can have a serious effect on the quality of printed pages. A printer with a severe clog might stop printing entirely, but in most cases clogs will simply cause certain colors to print incorrectly. Pages might have visible lines or colors might look excessively bright or dark. A clogged printing head might make lead some printer owners to believe that their cartridges are out of ink, and while replacing the ink cartridge might solve the problem on some printers, it's far less expensive to regularly maintain the printing heads via the printer's built-in cleaning cycle.

The cleaning cycle varies from printer to printer, but most devices use the same basic technology to prevent and remove clogs. During the cleaning cycle, printers shoot a small amount of ink through the tiny passageways that lead to the printing heads, breaking up dried ink along the way.

Ink is also applied to the heads themselves with a wiper blade. Modern printer inks have a solvent quality, so by keeping the printing heads coated with ink, the printer can avoid clogs and loosen any dried ink clumps that might be preventing standard operation.

Some printers have also have suction pumps that play an important role in the cleaning cycle. The pumps sucks air through the printer's ink passageways after the printing heads have been moistened. However, suction pumps are usually only used when a severe ink clog has been detected.

Printers often perform their cleaning cycles automatically once or twice per day. It's important to check whether a printer needs to be cleaned manually, however, and to configure automatic cleaning cycles to keep it running smoothly. Printer owners can also prevent ink clogs by regularly using their printers, as the most severe clogs occur when a printer is ignored for a week or longer. By regularly cleaning and using a printer, it's easy to avoid most printing head clogs and to get the most out of every ink cartridge.  This article applies to cleaning your inkjet printer, for laser printers read How to clean your laser printer.

How To Choose Between A Two-, Four-, Six- And Eight-Cartridge Ink Printer

26. January 2012 09:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

For household use, an inkjet printer is the most popular choice, but consumers must make a decision regarding the number of cartridges within the device. Inexperienced users often choose the least expensive model without considering their needs. With cartridge ink printers, there are variable costs in regards to replacing the ink. When choosing the right printer, it is important to consider how the device will be used on a regular basis. Some ink cartridge printers are great for printing text documents while others perform better when printing photographs and other graphics.

Many computer users choose the two-cartridge systems because they only have to worry about replacing two components; however, this is not always the cheapest option. Two-cartridge printers contain one cartridge for black ink and another that is tricolor. The latter cartridge holds three separate reservoirs for magenta, cyan and yellow ink. While it may seem economical to purchase a three-in-one cartridge, these multi-color systems often waste more ink than single cartridges. Two-cartridge printers work best for printing text documents. These devices have the ability to print color images and photographs, but they do not produce the highest quality results. The color cartridge is designed to make the black ink last longer. When the black cartridge becomes low, the colors combine to produce that same dark shade. Casual users who do not need to print graphics will do fine with two-cartridge printers. One disadvantage of the multi-color cartridge is the amount of wasted ink. Typically, when one color runs out, the printer will not function properly until the entire cartridge is replaced. This is not a significant issue when only printing in black and white.

Canon i9900 ink cartridgesCurrently, four-cartridge printers are the most common type for households. These printers have separate cartridges for black, magenta, cyan and yellow inks. The separate cartridges increase the efficiency of the printer while reducing the amount of ink wasted. Four-cartridge printers are better at printing graphics and photographs than those that use tricolor systems. When one color runs out, only that cartridge needs replacing without affecting the other colors. Printers with a four-cartridge system are ideal for everyday use and standard quality graphics.

Six-cartridge printers contain the same colors as the four-ink systems but add light magenta and light cyan. Users will receive higher quality graphics with these printers. This type of printer also offers greater accuracy and precision. Consumers who wish to print photographs and graphic illustrations on a regular basis will benefit most from a six-cartridge system.

Generally, only professionals will require eight-cartridge printers, like the Canon i9900 ink printer, that offer additional colors like red, green or light gray depending on the model. These printers produce the highest quality graphics that are life-like. Many professional photographers and illustrators use these eight-ink systems. Printers with more cartridges are typically more expensive, but businesses will benefit from the high quality results.

Serial vs. Parallel vs. USB vs. Ethernet vs. Wireless Printer Connections

22. January 2012 09:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Early computers connected with most peripheral devices, including printers, through the use of a serial port. This limited the speed of the connection because the data could only be sent one bit at a time. Finding a new printer that allows an old style serial connection is very unlikely. Although there are old printers still in use that connect through the RS-232 standard, the connector is no longer a feature on new devices. To hook up this type of printer to a modern computer requires a special adapter. There may still be times when a standard serial connection is preferred because it is possible for the printer to be up to 1000 feet from the computer and still function reliably at a speed of 115 kilobits per second.

Canon PIXMA MP560 ink printerIn 1970, Centronics introduced the parallel printer interface. It replaced the single wire of the serial port with eight wires which allowed it to operate at a much higher speed because it could send eight bits of data at one time. While serial interfaces were used for connecting many kinds of devices, the parallel port soon became known as “the printer port.” It was for decades the standard of the computer industry because the multi-wire configuration allowed it to transfer eight times the 115 kilobits per second at once. While most printers today have moved on to other methods of connection, there are new printers available with parallel connector capability.

Since the introduction of the much faster Universal Serial Bus (USB) in 2000, both the standard RS-232 serial connector and the parallel “printer” port have become almost extinct. Although standard USB cables are only 15 feet long, it is possible to connect several together with hubs for a total distance of up to about 80 feet. USB also has the advantage of being much simpler to install. However, USB printers are not always easy to share with other computers across a network. For networking purposes a better solution is an Ethernet or Wireless interface.

An Ethernet cable with an RJ45 connector will allow a printer to connect directly to a Local Area Network (LAN). While there are many types of USB to Ethernet adapters available, most of the better printers come with both USB and Ethernet ports. At 54 Mbps, Ethernet is about four times as fast as USB and an Ethernet cable can be as much as 300 feet long without the use of hubs.

The latest printer connection option is wireless which is available on many models like the Canon MP560 ink printer . This can be accomplished with either a Wi-Fi Router or through a Bluetooth adapter. While wireless printers are fairly new and the less expensive models will not offer built-in Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into the printer’s USB port can present a viable alternative in many cases. With the growing trend toward the use of portable devices instead of desktop computers, a wireless printer setup will become more common.

Explanation of Inkjet Printer Modes

17. January 2012 09:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Epson Artisan 700 print quality modesPrinter users can save money while getting printing results appropriate for the occasion when they fully understand inkjet printer modes and how they are designed to increase the versatility and usefulness of a printer.

While the mode names vary (Epson ink printer modes shown in the image to right) somewhat by printer and operating system, inkjet printers generally print in at least two or three different print qualities. Here is some information about deciding when and how to use each print quality mode.

By default, printers often print in standard or normal mode. In many cases, this could be the only print mode users ever need. Normal mode uses ink as sparingly as possible while still creating documents that rival laser-printer quality. For most printing situations, this mode is the perfect choice.

Users who create several printed drafts of documents so they can review and edit them by hand can save a substantial amount of ink by changing the print mode to draft quality for their early printouts that no one will ever see.

With most operating systems and printer, changing the mode is as simple as opening the print dialogue box, looking for a quality tab or button and choosing the desired mode, then clicking “apply” or a similar confirmation box. The selected print quality can also be made the default mode by making a similar change in the printers section of the control panel, in many cases. For some older printers, it is even possible to select the print quality using buttons on the printer itself.

Draft quality is perfect for printing documents that do not have a great deal of detail and are for personal use only. When users share documents with others, choosing normal mode assures maximum readability, but draft mode uses so much less ink that it is a better choice for almost any document that will not be seen by others.

Some printers also offer a “best quality” option. Because this option is much slower and places much more ink on the page than normal-mode printing, it is best used for only the most important documents like certificates and name badges, for example. It is important to test this mode before using it extensively because it may place so much ink on the page that it can take a long time to dry, making it susceptible to smearing before it is fully dry. Best-quality printing also uses a lot of ink, so it is far from an economical choice.

Choosing the right print quality mode for the project is an important part of smart inkjet printer ownership that can dramatically reduce ink costs over time. While draft mode is great for personal use and normal mode is good for sharing, best-quality printing is best reserved only for special print jobs where perfect print quality is required.

How to Choose a Fax Machine

14. January 2012 09:00 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Fax MachineFax machines are still a staple of the traditional office setting, filling a role not yet replaced entirely by advances in telecommunications technology. Fax machines should be chosen in line with the machine's predicted volume and necessary quality requirements. The wide range of models and capabilities means fax machines can be found to cater to nearly any atmosphere. Many machines on the market today perform several key functions to complement their fax capabilities, further enhancing the buying experience for shoppers who could use new printing or copying tools. Ultimately, there are some key questions and considerations that will benefit anyone in the market for a new fax machine.

Fax machines are the fastest way to handle and share documents when the written form or a signature is preferred. Passing these back and forth electronically saves time and money, eliminating the need for overnight shipping. When shopping for fax machines, one way to eliminate some of the field is to determine exactly what role the machine will play in an office environment. For those looking to spend less upfront and who are in need of nothing more than a basic fax set-up lacking the bells and whistles of an all-in-one or 3-in-1 system, like the Brother MFC-490CW ink printer. In addition to the lower cost of a fax machine that does nothing more than fax, training employees on such a machine will also be simpler than the extensive walkthroughs and tutorials an office manager may need to complete on a more sophisticated piece of technology.

Breaking down the necessary technologies, one must then consider whether ink or laser would be beneficial for their operation. Between the two, inkjet fax machines offer good quality at a lower cost. Inkjet fax machines are typically targeted when the expected volume of faxes is going to be less than 40 in a business day. Laser fax machines use toner to create higher quality images than an inkjet fax. Additionally, laser fax machines can handle a higher volume at faster speeds. Although laser fax machine cartridges cost more up front, the number of copies they produce is far greater than a replacement inkjet cartridge.

The majority of the printed documents handled in an office setting will be 8.5" x 11". As the most common size required for faxing and printing, most fax machines on the market with one tray will boast a tray to support 8.5" x 11". Law firms commonly use fax machines to get signatures on legal documents and present information to necessary personnel. It is possible that a legal team will want a fax machine that offers capability to handle 11" x 17" documents. Fax machines equipped to handle legal documents will sport two paper drawers: one for standard sheets and one for legal-sized documents.

When choosing a fax machine, budget will almost always be a concern. Buyers who hope to incorporate printing and copying functions into their fax machine are going to be faced with a higher price tag than those purchasing a fax machine to do nothing but fax.

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