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Data usage dissapearing.

Euni
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Re: Data usage dissapearing.

I don't print that much, sometimes a crochet/craft pattern, I like the color, have the small cartridges now, they last me almost 6-9 month, that's ok for me.  If I could do more on my PC  I most likely  would use your suggestion. I just don't trust HN, not reliable in my area. 
Euni
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Re: Data usage dissapearing.

wohooooo !!! Got it. Gwalk, I now have a blank page when signing on, have HN email in my favorites or I use the link you provided. Not to bad for my little brain. Thank you !!!!!!! ♥
Euni
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Re: Data usage dissapearing.

I think my blood pressure just went down a bid...lol
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

I originally got my laser printer to print a lot as I was doing my mother's medical transcriptions for her.  Now, it's the complete opposite, as I print so little that the cartridges would dry out before I ended up printing more than just a few pages over time. 

I do sometimes wish I could print in color, as there is an occasional picture of family or something that I would like to print, but because of my lack of printing enough, it's not worth it for me. 

My folks are now running into the same problem I would, where they don't print often enough and the cartridges just dry up.  At the rate they are going they are probably paying about five dollars per page.  I think they printed out three pictures when they lasts got some new cartridges, which was about a year ago, and they are dried up again. 

It's too bad that the cartridge makers don't make some type of air tight container or receptacle to save cartridges from drying up from non use.  Of course, if they did that, they wouldn't sell nearly as many, so I suppose it's not to their advantage to do so.  Maybe we'll try a couple of Ziploc pint size freezer bags and see how that works in keeping them fresh next time.  Color laser printers are just too expensive for those who don't print every day.        


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Re: Data usage dissapearing.

GabeU, if you have a laser printer, the "ink" never "dries out"... It's actually already dry, more like a powder (toner)... But what does happen is moisture gets into it and causes it to cake up.  The best thing to do with laser printer toner if you don't print often (and I mean less than one page a month often) is to buy a large container to place each toner cartridge in, along with a large bag of silica gel.  This will help reduce moisture and keep toner dry enough for use later on.

https://www.amazon.com/Silica-Desiccant-Dry-Packs-Prevent-Corrosion/dp/B004N6JQFW/ref=pd_sim_201_3?_...


Just, make SURE it's a laser printer, and that it's using toner!  The easiest way to tell is by looking and seeing if there's black powdery residue everywhere... BTW, be careful if it's toner!  Makes one heck of a mess if you spill the stuff!
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

I think maybe there's a little confusion.  I have a laser printer for precisely that reason, because it doesn't dry out.  I'm very aware of what toner is, what it's made of, and how to "care" for it so it doesn't become cakey and no longer work.  I store the printer in one of those large, multi gallon size Ziploc bags to keep moisture from affecting it.  I don't use it often enough to keep it out and connected.  I use it maybe once very month or two.    

Drying out was regarding my folks' printer, which is an inkjet printer.  I am trying to figure out a way to keep their cartridges from drying out before they are actually used enough.  They print three or four things, then go later on to print something else and they are dried out. 


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Associate Professor

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Oh, sorry, been a long day, guess I misread your post. xD
"I originally got my laser printer to print a lot as I was doing my mother's medical transcriptions for her.  Now, it's the complete opposite, as I print so little that the cartridges would dry out before I ended up printing more than just a few pages over time."

Easiest way to deal with inkjet style cartridges is to take a towel and wipe excess ink off around the metal nozzles on the bottom, then put a low-tack clear plastic tape over the metal nozle on the bottom, then throw it into a ziploc baggie.  This will help keep ink in the nozzle from drying out, and the baggie is a second line of defense. 
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Ah.  I can see how that statement could be misread.  It's all good.  Smiley Happy

I thought about doing that with the cartridges, but I didn't know if it would damage the head.  That's the way they come when they are new, of course, but I didn't know if regular scotch tape would be too sticky.  Then again, what would we have had to lose if we tried doing it with that?  LOL. 

Will the tape say something on it to allude to it being low-tack?  Do you know where I can get tape like this?  It would certainly be cheaper than replacing the cartridges once or twice a year. 

All I have right now is regular scotch tape left over from Christmas wrapping and regular box sealing tape in a tape gun.  Both of those would probably be too sticky, right? 


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Associate Professor

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Honestly, I have always used the clear scotch tape that you use for Christmas gifts, just make sure it's wide enough to cover the entire nozzle Smiley Happy

They make lower-tack ones that specifically say "Ultra Low Tack" but it's hard to come by unless you are at something like an Office Depot, even then you may not find any as it's not something people usually need/want.
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Ah.  Okay.  I'll give the scotch tape a try.  I appreciate the help.  I'm sure they will, too.  

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