hacker emblem
Search | Tags | Photos | Flights | Gas Mileage | Log in

You are mostly correct

Posted by cg4l on 2007-01-02 17:52:32


I have extensive experience in the technical service of Xerographic equipment (14 or so years) that also included laser printers (they are the same thing, besides the older analog scanner versus digital as in the older era of photocopiers).

You are spot on with the temperature hypothesis, but the the cold is only a factor in the real symptom. At lower ambient temperatures, more moisture tends to condense in the paper (which acts a big spongs so to speak) and this causes more paper curl and/or it becoming more "slippery". This also can cause print quality issues such as light areas and blank spots. The real culprit is this extra moisture in the paper, and usually putting in a new freshly sealed (and therefore drier) stack can temporarily make the problem disappear (you can also put the paper stack in the microwave to dry it out, yes, it really does work in most (not all) circumstances).

But your idea of moving the physical location of said printer to a warmer and therefore drier part of the house, should solve this problem on a more permanent basis, unless of course, you do indeed have other issues plaguing the printer as well (and with a printer of that genre' you very well could. e.g. worn out paper feed rollers, etc.).


Megafest 5.1 (2007-01-01 16:56:52)
lots of bagels. it's the only way to true enlightenment.
- Scott J. Galvin