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Fixing Faded Prints with HP Colour LaserJet

Fixing Faded Prints with HP Colour LaserJet

The HP Colour LaserJet 1600, 2600 and 2605 series of printers have the same basic internal design and also sadly share a common fault. They are prone to a build-up of toner, dust and dirt on mirrors and lenses inside the printer.

The most vulnerable of these mirrors works closely with the magenta toner cartridge so after these machines have had a fair amount of use this is normally the first colour to be affected. However as laser printers combine black, cyan, magenta and yellow to make colours when you first notice the problem it will probably be because purples are coming out blue or reds and oranges look yellow.

Understandably HP do not supply replacement units due to the construction of the machine but an excellent and detailed guide to analysing and solving the issue can be found online. Despite the fact that this is an incredibly common fault there is very little quality help for it available online so this guide really is a must read for an owner of one of these machines. You can view the guide in full here and be sure to show your appreciation to its creator too.

If you have experience with this problem or have anything else to add please let us know in the comments below.

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I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.

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  1. Chris

    Is there any danger of damaging the printer doing this?

    1. Matthew Stevenson

      If you follow the instructions to the letter you should be fine. However as this guide pretty much involves taking your printer apart there is quite a high possibility of something going wrong if a mistake is made. It is still worth doing despite the risk as this issue will continue to get worse and worse if left unattended.

      My general advice is to carry on using the printer until the printouts get to the point where they are no longer fit for purpose and the only alternative is scrapping the printer all together. Then when you have a decent amount of time lock yourself away with the machine in a controlled environment and focus on running through the guide.

      I hope this helps.

  2. gcsspullinyahoocom

    I have looked at and printed your item on fading red tones which I need to rectify myb Leserjet 1600. But the Figures do not have any sketches of pictures – only a circle or an arrow. ANy chane of a fully illustrated copy please?

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