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Saving the Printer... Cannon ImageClass MF4150

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I've got a story for you all... I got a phone call not too long ago to help a local gent here with a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 that he had just change the clutch but someone had mickey moused the crank sensor. My first thing was I was going to print a copy of the error codes and take with me. I fired up the web site and start to print the error codes and realized at the last second that the printer is set for single side. :doh: So not to waste paper I flip the power switch off and back on to kill the printer job but left a half printed page jammed in the printer (PAPER JAM!). So I open it up and pull the toner out and carefully pulled the page out. Closed it up still got the error for paper jam. So I hauled to the job without notes.... Returned... Now I took the printer apart looking for broken parts. Trust me this Cannon ImageClass MF4150 printer is not exactly user friendly for taking apart. But I noticed a small piece of white plastic on the top on the printer thae was broken from somewhere. OK just look for the white plastic that is missing something. After about 1 hour I couldn't find nothing white broken... So I put it all back together again thinking maybe I disturbed it and maybe it would work. NOPE...:doh: Still a paper jam... Figuring I was SOL (Crap out of Luck) I would get the old Ink jet out and fire it up and use it. Well that was a mess. The printer is so old there isn't any 64 bit drivers first off and second off Lexmark doesn't have a full driver for it any longer (obsolete). Then to top it off the ink dried up... :banghead: Mopar Mom makes the comment "Well we aren't buying a new printer unless there is a hell of sale on them..." :rolleyes: Great... I know that we both use the printer quite a bit. So knowing this I figured MF4150 is broke with a paper jam and I can't hurt it anymore that what it is... So I got more tools out and got busy tearing it down. Screw after screw I just keep removing everything and looking at every part for problems. I had a huge pile of parts on the floor and desk and just a gut printer frame with only the laser roller left. Careful I remove the paper guide on top and notice a spring was off its hook. :smart: Then notice the rod has a shutter flap that covers a eye that is totally mis-aligned. Could it be this easy? :shrug: Well back to reassembly... Screw after screw re-assembled the print to the last 2 screws for the face and realized I had use to longer screw inside. :doh: Damn! So I had to tear it down a bit to find 2 longer screws or swap with the short ones. Got it back together and plugged in... No red light screaming Paper Jam! :stuned: Right on... But I managed to save myself about $200 bucks on replacing a printer. Now why did it fail I realize now when I was pulling the paper out I was pull the up half of the page backward and the feeler arm was pulled backwards as well. When it bound up it popped the right side of the shaft up and released the spring for the shaft causing it to never return to a empty paper state but a paper jam state constantly. So I know better to try and pull from the top if I can or go very slowly... :smart:

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.....all to save a piece of paper :lmao:

Maybe you can work on this too, laptop's monitor finally gave out, waiting for a good price on a new monitor, until then....

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Laptops sux... :duh: This old dog will never die... I've rebuild this same case since 2001 when I bought it... 2400 AMD then 3000 AMD up to now with dual core 5200 AMD... Never spent more than $500 on a upgrade... :cookoo:post-2-138698178098_thumb.jpg

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I think everyone has one of those as a backup, I have several, but you can't beat a laptop for traveling. They just break so easily, the only way they won't is if you open it and put it on a desk and never shut it or open it again, so basically, use it as a desktop lol.

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I think everyone has one of those as a backup, I have several, but you can't beat a laptop for traveling. They just break so easily, the only way they won't is if you open it and put it on a desk and never shut it or open it again, so basically, use it as a desktop lol.

Like I found out a very expensive desktop... I got a laptop too but can't upgrade it. Too old! (Sony VAIO AMD 800 MHz)

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.....all to save a piece of paper :lmao:

Maybe you can work on this too, laptop's monitor finally gave out, waiting for a good price on a new monitor, until then....

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some assembly required. sounds like christmas

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