I said, "Dude, it's 2021, you can use any printer you want."
apparently the paper was jamming.
I fucking hate printers.
I said in a job interview yesterday that I would not take the job if I had to deal with printers.
And why the fuck do people print that much? I mean, you have 3 screens for reason Lucy, you should not have to print any fucking pdf file you receive.
Started a new job at an elementary school. I'm a speech therapist who's integrated into the classroom, so my desk, filing cabinets, computer, printer, etc. are all in the room I work in (NOTE: they were NOT in this teacher's room before this year). The last SLP got a color printer by accident (they didn't have only black toner printers so she got the color) YEARS ago. Like, so long ago that the ink it requires isn't available via the sources the district buys their supplies from. So I was warned that when the ink runs out, I'm basically shit out of luck unless I buy my own.
Which I did, because the color toner was out and I couldn't even use the printer in black/white mode because you cant bypass the low toner error. While it's my printer, I don't mind the teachers and paras printing to it if necessary. Lately, they have been careless with what they print.
The teacher printed over 100 copies of a colored document because she kept noticing something wrong with what she typed up every time she'd print. I suggested she only print one and proof it before printing out all 25. But she didn't take my suggestion. One of the paras was printing out coloring pages and I suggested she prints out one copy of each and run the single copies down to the copy machine and make duplicates that way. Nope. Instead she printed 5 pages for each kid.
Monday, the printer jammed when one of them was trying to print out a bunch of pages of colored documents. Basically, it was a website page to send home to each kid that could've been printed in black and white. The printer jams easily if it's printing more than 10 pages at once. Despite how annoyed I was, I brushed it off because I'm new and I'm not trying to cause issues over a printer. But I did ask that when the tech guy fixes it, to please be cognizant of what they're printing out. I explained ink isn't cheap and many if the things they print can be photocopied in the main office. I use the printer to print all my evaluation reports (I cant print to the communal printer due to confidentiality) and visuals/picture symbols for my children who are nonverbal.
The classroom staff have been pissy since then and making sarcastic comments about how I "gatekeep" the printer. AITA?
Big deal. I have had a Canon printer for years.
I do laser printer and photocopier repair. Yes, I'm the "copier guy" that you call when the machine is printing awful black marks down the sides of every page, making that horrible grinding noise and jamming all the time. I genuinely do enjoy my job - I love printers. I like how they work, I enjoy fixing them, and I know them very well. I realize this is strange... I even had one tech say "Damn. Really? Now I can no longer say that I've never met a tech that likes printers"
Eek. Has it really been this long? Seriously? Five years since my last post here? I used to have a lot of fun typing up stories here. Ooh, my name still has a little printer next to it! pets the little printer I guess I let life get in the way of what is important: Reddit.
But, in all seriousness, yes, I still work on printers - although last year has answered the eternal question: "If a printer breaks and nobody is around to use it, does it generate a service ticket?" No. No it doesn't. Also, printers do seem to need users around to wear them out, those maintenance counters don't increment themselves!
In any event, here's a recent story, and a cautionary tale about being incredibly confident in your abilities...
I get a service ticket about an HP CP5225 that's making streaks along all the printouts. I go out to look at it, and the streaks vary in severity on subsequent prints, but are overall in specific spots. They're composed of a muddy, mixed color smear - so not limited to a single color. Not a simple scratched drum. And the problem is clearly in the imaging side of things - the fuser isn't causing this.
The machine is in great condition, not particularly high page count. I pull the transfer belt out and have a look at it, and I can see some lines on it - but blowing the toner off clears it away, the belt's surface is not scratched or worn. In fact, the belt looks perfect. OK, so it has to be something up with the cleaning assembly.
In a color printer like this, the image formation relies on something called an intermediate transfer belt, or ITB. Sometimes simply a "transfer belt". This is a wide, shiny black plastic belt, a bit wider than the widest paper the machine can print - and longer too, wrapped into an assembly that looks a bit like a treadmill. The belt goes past all four imaging drums, and receives the toner from each individual drum from the four colors, building up a complete color image that is then transferred to th... keep reading on reddit ➡