Over the last 2 months or so, I’ve noticed my color print outs did look as good as they use to. For example, I was working on a new idea for Cub Scouts, designing a new pit pass for the scouts to wear for Pinewood Derby in Spring 2014. The pass included a red, blue and yellow car, but the colors were off. The red car car looked yellow-orange with yellow flames.
So I ran the color calibration from the printer, and afterwards, the pit pass looked the same. I prided the supplies status page to verified there is toner, but it looks faded. So I stared searching for a reason why this was happening, and I came across the following page.
HP Colour LaserJet Fading Fix
The problem is the mirrors in the optical box on the HP Color LaserJet 2605, the box is not sealed. The mirror for the magenta cartridge collects a lot of dust. This dust keeps the laser from reflecting off the mirror correctly, and preventing toner from being picked up and placed on the paper.
The process took me about 2 hours 45 minutes to complete, but it was well worth it. My printer works great. Except for this one issue, the output is fantastic. Also, I didn’t have to spend $300 plus on a new printer. Below are pictures of the status supply pages.
Supply Status Page before cleaning mirrors.
Supply Status Page after cleaning mirrors.