Printer and Photocopier Troubleshooting and Repair Collection : DISCLAIMER                              
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Some of the procedures described in this document require access to dangerous voltages, hazardous laser radiation, moving mechanical parts, and other potential risks to personal safety and damage to equipment and property. The authors and contributors to this document will not be held responsible for any direct or collateral damage which might result from following the suggestions or recommendations contained herein including but not limited to: shock, burns, electrocution, vaporization, meltdowns, torn flesh, destruction of the equipment, and local or planetary wide power disruptions or implosions.


Most of the articles in this document have been compiled over the last few years from postings on the USENET newsgroup sci.electronics.repair. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of all of the recommendations they contain but have edited out anything I felt was totally bogus. I apologize if your response is not here - it could have been that I missed the posting and will welcome contributions.

Note that many of the problems and solutions are listed with respect to specific models. Even though your model and problem may not be included, there is a good chance your problem is covered but with respect to some other model printer or copier. Therefore, search for a generic description of the symptoms and you may get lucky.

Since the operation of laser printers and photocopiers is very similar, check both chapters to see if your problem is covered when dealing with either type equipment.

There is also a chapter on fax machine problems though it is pretty sparse at the moment.

Eventually, this document may be expanded into a full "Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of Printers and Photocopiers". For now, be happy that it exists at all! :-)

As always, comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcome.

Portions of this document also appear at PrinterCartridgesInk.com under "Printer Advice". As far as I know, this was done without my permission but since he included the appropriate attribution and copyright notices, I'm not complaining. The formatting may even be a bit better. :)

See the document: Troubleshooting and Repair of Consumer Electronics Equipment for general information on tools, test equipment, tips, techniques, and much more.

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