[SATLUG] Printer repair

Matt Graham matthewalan77 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 14 15:35:48 CDT 2008

The printer mostly likely needs to be serviced if you have changed the
cartridges and printer head and still have the issue.  Inkjet printers have
whats called a service station which clean the printheads after each page
and caps the printheads when not in use.  When the wiper blades on the
service station get built up with ink residue and sludge, they do more
damage that good.  They will actually destroy any new printhead installed in
some cases.  There are a couple of HP authorized service centers here in SA,
but I would NOT recommend one of them. For objectivity reasons I will list
the two I have extensive knowledge of.

Printer Solutions
BEWARE!!!!  While he will come off as a very community friendly man, the
Owner of the company, James Thomas, is a Tyrant and an all around not nice

Knight Office Solutions
THESE ARE GOOD GUYS.  The owner, Mitch, is a very respectable man who has
root in SA, and has dominated the industry for years.

I speak from personal knowledge of the industry and close personal
relationships with both the companies listed.  I spent 4 years in the
printer repair industry after separating from the military in 2001.

Hope this helps.  You call tell either one of these gentleman that Matt
Graham sent you, though the reception at Printer Solution may nor be a nice
one.  I will be testifying in court against him on employment issues as well
as shady business practices.

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 2:47 PM, Mike Nerone <mike at nerone.org> wrote:

> John Choate wrote:
> > On Monday 14 April 2008 11:44:41 Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> >
> >
> > > I'm looking for a recommendation for getting a printer repaired.
> > >
> > > It is an HP Business Inkjet 2250.  It is a few years old and was
> > > relatively
> > > expensive.  I have new ink cartridges in and have tried the print head
> > > cleaning, but I can only get black and a couple of streaks of blue and
> > > on
> > > the printer test page.  The is no magenta or yellow at all.  I figure
> > > something is blocking the lines that deliver the color because I don't
> > > print that much color.
> > >
> > > Does anyone have good results with a printer repair facility in town?
> > >
> > >   -- Bruce
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Sometimes the best way to fix them is to run the clean utility over and
> > over and over until they print properly. I seriously mean run the clean
> > twenty, thirty, forty times if necessary... keep using the same paper over
> > and over for the test prints so you don't waste paper. They will usually
> > eventually unclog and start printing in all colors.
> > Since these are new cartridges and you are having this trouble, the
> > print head must not be built into the cartridge (I'm not familiar with the
> > model), else the print head would be clean and new with each new cartridge.
> > So the agonizing task of running the clean utility many, many times might be
> > worth saving the cost of having a shop do it.
> > If forty cleanings do not clear the print head, then a repair shop is
> > the only other option.
> >
> >
> Actually, there are other possibilities, depending on how daring you want
> to be. They mostly involve the use of alcohol (isopropyl as a solvent - not
> ethyl to make you feel better about the situation). Techniques range from
> liberal manual cleaning with cotton swabs to actually filling ink cartridges
> with alcohol to run it through all the tubes and such. Rather than a
> specific link, here's a Google search that brings up some good
> possibilities:
> http://www.google.com/search?q=how-to+clean+ink-jet+print-head+alcohol
> Mike Nerone
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