Toner Tuesday

Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1000W
Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1000W.

You’ve heard of Ash Wednesday, well for me today has been Toner Tuesday.

Tomorrow morning, at 09:30, I have an Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes at St Ninian’s, Comely Bank. Because the Wednesday morning service follows the same liturgy as the previous Sunday tomorrow we’re using the 1970 Scottish Liturgy. I already have a copy on hard disk of an Ash Wednesday service that is incorporated into the 1970 Scottish Liturgy that I put together a couple of years ago for the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield.

The problem

All I needed to do was print it out. But would it print out alright? Would it expletive!! It would print a few copies okay, and then the next few were smudged, the next few okay, the next few smudged, and so on.

I have a Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1000 personal printer, which has been thoroughly reliable since I bought it in 2002. This was the first time that I’ve really had any bother with it.

The problem began a few days ago — while I was preparing for my job interview — and at the time I suspected that it was something to do with the paper I was using. A dodgy batch, I put it down to. It was fine with better quality paper, and a change of toner cartridge and a software-initiated clean didn’t seem to fix it. I ripped open a new packet of A4 and that seemed to do the trick. Until today.

The solution

Reading around on the HP support site I discovered this page about HP LaserJet 1000 Product Family – Print Quality Issues, which suggested that I give the insides of the printer a thoroughly good clean.

So about an hour ago I began to purge the sins of four years’ worth of printing, using a combination of penitential tools: vacuum cleaner for the dust, a clean lint-free cloth and multi-purpose PC wipes for the toner.

May the Almighty and merciful lint-free cloth
grant unto you pardon and remission
of all your staining, smudges, and gray shading,
time for true repentance, amendment of print,
and the grace and comfort of the Hewlett-Packard. Amen.

And it appears to have done the trick. For now. The moral of the story then is always clean your printer every few months.

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