"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.

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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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