HP Printers

From: Tony Duell <ard_at_p850ug1.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue Sep 21 19:31:05 2004

[HP Printer fuser]

> These parts are available, but expect to pay $30 to $50 each for a new lamp
> and tube. The job is not that difficult if you know what you are doing, but
> substantially more difficult if you don't (big surprise, right?).

I don;t know what I'm doing, but I've stripped and rebuilt the fusers for
the CX and SX engines. The most important thing to remember is that the
'heater' is a quartz-halogen lamp, and you must not touch the 'glass'
with your fingners. The CX one is difficult to handle (it's possible to
hld it -- just -- by the ceramic end cap), the SX one can be handled by
the wires.

There are quite a few parts in the fuser, but I've never had a problem
with something like that.

> I have an actual factory service manual for the Laserjet II, I may scan it
> and make it into a PDF for the classic computer documentation effort.
> However, unlike Imsai, Altair, etc., HP is very much still in business and
> may take legal action if their copyrighted manuals are put on the web or

HP have been friendly about allowing the manuals (user and service) for
their discontinued _calculator_ products to be distributed (I don't think
they've given blanket permission, but there are web sites that have got
official permision to do this). I don't know about printers, though.

Bear in mind that some of the copyright on that manual may actually be
owned by Canon.

> Just a note on economic viability, you can buy entire working HP 4 printers
> -- HP 4 Plus, the 12ppm version -- for well under $50, so putting in a $60
> repair on a vastly inferior Laserjet II is of questionable economic
> viability.

Hey, this is classiccimp :-). What's economic viability got to do with it?

More seriously, I don;t think there was ever an 4-series with the VDO
(direct 'video' interface). The CX-VDO exists, of course (the VDO
interface is the 'native' interface to the DC controller in that
printer), there's an SX-VDO (with an interface card in place of the
formatter) and there's a VDO interface card that fits in the expansion
slot of an LJ2.

If you have one of the many classic computers that uses a VDO interface
then yuu'll want to keep an SX-VDO running (the CX toner cartridges are
getting very hard to find now).

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