My friend is willing to give me his B&W laser printer:
HP LaserJet 2100TN
It still works but he says it does not print as dark as it used to.
Here is what he says.
Do you think, based on this, that the fuser is bad?
Here is what my friend wrote me just now:
Do you want my HP LaserJet 2100TN? It works ok but prints light.
I’m guessing the fuser would need to be replaced if you want it to print
dark although a new toner cartridge might also work. The printer says it
has printed 37k pages and the fuser has a life expectancy of 150k pages
so there is definitely life left in it. I was considering replacing the
fuser myself – you can buy fusers for about $30 and they are very easy to
replace on this model. But it just doesn’t make sense for me to invest
in this printer any longer
It has had the occasional paper jam but otherwise it has been great. It
has two trays that hold about 500 pages each, 24MB of memory, and a
Ethernet port. I still have some toner cartridges left but I don’t know
how much toner is in them.
Fusers almost never cause light printing and on the very rare occasions that
they do they cause ghosting down the page.
Far more likely that it needs a new cartridge, bear in mind that cartridges
that have been in storage for a very long time can print light.
If the light printing is not across the entire page, cleaning the scanner glass
may improve matters. Failing that you may have a failing transfer roller (or it
may not be making good contact in its housing) but this is not common.
A new cartridge nearly always fixes light printing.
I think you can probably get the printer to work, and it should be a
It is my understanding that the fuser heats the printed page as it
passes through the printer, melting the toner into the surface of the
paper. If the ink does not rub off after it leaves the printer, the
fuser may be working correctly.
If printout is light, it could be caused by lack of toner, or the
photosensitive "drum" could be worn out. Some laser printers have the
drum in the cartridge, so a new cartridge would have a new drum. I do
not know about that model, but it would only cost you the price of a new
HP cartridge to find out.
I found a service manual at
<http://www.lbrty.com/tech/Manuals_HP/2100sm.pdf . Its troubleshooting
section may be helpful.
On Sat, 07 Sep 2013 18:28:47 -0400, Fred McKenzie wrote:
Nice find! Wow. Very gracious of you. I love it!
For starters, page 45 showed me how to print the test page
from the "Go" button, and, guess what?
The results sure look dark enough to me!
So, now all I need to do is figure out how to network it,
by reading chapter 3 "Networking", page 54. I'll open a
separate thread on networking, if I have problems, after
reading the document.
I googled and found a user's manual at
<http://dmg.ap.buffalo.edu/faculty/phones/3200manual.pdf . I think you
can get that at HP's website as well.
I found a service manual at
On Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:01:26 -0400, Fred McKenzie wrote:
Kewl! Thanks. My 3200m has two problems that I need to fix.
One is that it grabs too many sheets of paper in the fax feeder, making
multi-page faxes or copying impossible without hand intervention.
The other is that it streaks the paper with toner (so something must
I'll check out the service manual to see if it handles those two problems.
It's not the fuser. The fuser is a quartz tube "lamp" that heats the
fusing roller - which melts the electrostatically deposited
polymer/carbon toner into the paper. Either it works or it doesn't -
(or just doesn't get hot enough) the toner smudges off the paper. If
it fails totally the printer shuts down and gives an error code.
I have no idea *what* a density board is.
My friend had appletalk; is that the same thing?
Here is a picture of the HP LaserJet 2100TN hooked up at my house:
I plugged it into the router by the ethernet cable, but, nothing
happened on the WinXP PC connected to the same router by ethernet
Probably I need drivers, but, when I went to the HP support page,
they had tons of drivers. But which one is the one needed to enable
the WinXP PC (and the other PCs connected wirelessly to the router)
to see the printer?
Which of these drivers will make the ethernet work?
1. hp LaserJet 2100 PCL 5e Printer Driver
2. hp LaserJet 2100 PCL 6 Printer Driver
3. hp LaserJet 2100 PCL 5e point and print bundles
4. hp LaserJet 2100 PCL 6 point and print bundles
5. 3 - HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL5
6. HP Printer Administrator Resource Kit
And, which of those makes the scanner part work?
I may have inadvertently misled you. The scanner I referred to is the one that
is part of the print engine, the LJ2100 does not scan documents.
I assume there is a JetDirect card in the printer, if not you will need to
either add one or use a print server if you want to network the printer over
I had never heard of a "JetDirect", but, clearly the printer has
an ethernet port as shown in this picture below:
Also, the test pages that printed show under "General Information"
1. HP JETDIRECT = J3110A
2. PORT SELECT = 10BASET
3. I/O CARD = READY
4. SNMP SET CMTY NAME = NONE
5. TCP/IP STATUS = READY
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