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I'm a Little Cyan Today

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

The color laser printer in the Art lab has been proclaiming its lack of blue toner for a while now. It usually just flashes a warning that says "Order C Toner" when you're running low but not out, so you have a chance to get more before. An old trick to get more out of your toner cartridges is to take them out, shake them up and put them back in the printer. I guess one of the art teachers tried doing this, but in the process of taking the cartridge and drum out she flipped the lever to release the cartridge from the drum. Yeah that equals toner all over the place. She failed to mention this to me until later. So since all the remaining toner spilled on the floor, the cartridge was completely empty when I checked the printer this morning. I put a new cartridge on, and noticed a little loose toner on the outside of the drum. Thinking it was only a little bit, I tried blowing it off over the garbage can. It was significantly more than a little (because of the spillage) and my little blow produced a cyan colored cloud of death. I looked like the newest member of the blue man group when the dust settled. I'm exaggerating a little, but it was a good thing I had on jeans and a blue shirt today. Later in the day I blew my nose and found some cyan boogs in the tissue.

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#1 - Nov 9, 2006 at 6:56 PM
Ha, ha, ha! Feeling a little blue today are we?! We do that at work with our black laser printer. Take it out and shake it. But we have never done an OOPS where we get all black. It really doesn't buy and more time with the thing for us because the thing is constantly printing all day long. It is the state NCIC teletype printer that prints everything from missing persons to god knows what all day. So it takes a beating.
#2 - Nov 14, 2006 at 7:21 PM
This was the first oops I've had too. This printer (well this model, we now have 3) is the first I've dealt with where you have to take the drum apart. Live and learn...

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