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    Printer Intensity

    I am trying to adjust the toner density on an HP LJ 4L using WIN 98 (4.10.1998). I get the impression that Start>Settings>Printers>HPLJ4L> RightClick Properties>Graphics>Intensity should adjust the amount of toner used for both graphics and text. I have set mine to a value of 196, which is almost all the way towards 'lightest' and I still get specks of toner on the page where they should not be. When I run the HPClean utility (which deposits a diagonal strip of black on three sheets of paper, which are then flipped over and rerun through the printer to pick up stray toner) the black strips are still very dense and dark. Am I missing something?

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    Re: Printer Intensity

    Your HPLJ4L should also have a setting for density in the on-board menu at the printer itself. But, FYI, splotches of toner generally indicate a bad drum.. you may want to have someone take a look at it if checking the on-board settings doesn't resolve your problem.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Printer Intensity

    I thought I would document this experience in the hope it might help someone else.

    My HPLJ4L came with setup software designed for WIN 3.1. I went to the HP web site and downloaded an updated driver for my printer and unzipped the *.exe file. I ran the "Add Printer Wizard" but failed to catch that I was just creating a clone of the existing icon because MS blithely insisted on putting before me it's default driver directory.

    I called today and squeaked out some 'out of warranty' support. I was told that trying to use the original WIN 3.1 floppies would create a mess. The answer was to download the driver file I already had downloaded. This time I was more observant. I made notes as to where the files went when they were unzipped. I discovered that I needed to go to Start>Settings>Printers>'Icon' and then RightClick>Properties>Details>NewDriver. At that point I needed to 'browse' to the right path to find the driver in the directory that matched my printer. It is now installed and the old printer icon deleted. Now when I select RightClick>Properties one of the option tabs is "Print Quality."

    The printer splotches may well be from a bad drum. I have been trying to use 'non-HP' remanufactured cartridges. At least this one is from a local store. If I can't get it to work well I can take it back. Returning bad cartridges from across the country or across a NAFTA border was far more complex. It still burns me to have to pay $70 for a cartridge in an HP box.

    Thanks for the support.

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    Re: Printer Intensity

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    The printer splotches may well be from a bad drum. I have been trying to use 'non-HP' remanufactured cartridges. At least this one is from a local store. If I can't get it to work well I can take it back. Returning bad cartridges from across the country or across a NAFTA border was far more complex. It still burns me to have to pay $70 for a cartridge in an HP box.
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    Ah... I long for those old days of pen and paper when you wanted something done in ink. $0.35 if I remember correctly for the pen, and about $1.00 for a pad of lined paper.. Ah... the good ol' days!
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    Re: Printer Intensity

    It may very well be your cartridge as well.. the moral: "You get what you pay for!"

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