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HP LJ 1160 printing grey

Just acquired an LJ 1160
(Starting to get a nice collection of HP printers)
Ran it to USB, from a Mac G5 10.4.11
Installed the requisite programs,
it is recognized by my print utility,
and will print.
My problem is it prints out in grey.
I'll be using this for mailing labels and such,
and I'm concerned that it will be too light for the USPS.

I there a setting I can use to darken it up?
Or should I replace the toner cartridge?

Toner cartridge is about 1/4 full, OEM reman
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Kenneth Chan_2
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Re: HP LJ 1160 printing grey

Try printing a configuration page off - see attached instructions (for a 1320 but should be the same for your model).

The settings to look for are

1. Economode should be off
2. Print Density should be 3 or greater.

If these look OK, then its likely the toner cartridge needs replacing. If the setting are set wrong report back here.

regards

Ken

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Re: HP LJ 1160 printing grey

Thanks.
Print density was it.
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Kenneth Chan_2
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Re: HP LJ 1160 printing grey

And you managed to change it?

Ken
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Re: HP LJ 1160 printing grey

Nope, that seems to be the province of HP Toolbox,
which I don't have.
(guess it comes on the install CD)
Driver version is 2.0
But I get an error message when I try to order the install CD
I do have the toolbox
for the HP IJ and OJp & scanner.

What I did was change the paper type,
and the quality to FastRes 1200

I'll be ordering a new OEM cart for it.

Printed out a few more docs with it,
and it's getting darker.
Perhaps the toner settled?
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Kenneth Chan_2
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Re: HP LJ 1160 printing grey

The reason I asked was that you mentioned that you had a Mac and I knew that you could change things via the ToolBox but this only runs on Windows.

You can change various settings but you need to use PJL commands. Attached is a support document outlining these commands for the 2014 model but should also work with your printer. You have to prepare a file in "binary" or "raw" mode and send it to the printer in that mode - not sure how to do that on a Mac.

Perhaps, another easier, try is to perform a cold reset which will reset the printer back to factory defaults - in particular it should set ECONOMODE to OFF and PRINT DENSITY to 3 - see the attachment on the next post.

Regards

Ken

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COLD RESET instructions attached here
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Re: HP LJ 1160 printing grey

Thanks Ken,
did the cold reset, and it's still a bit light.
The problem is probably in the cart itself,
as you surmised.
Not sure about binary/raw.
My experience is with encoded binary files on newsgroups,
and RAW image files from my cameras.
I'm sure that's not what it is.

I'll check textEdit (default Mac WP)
and see if there's something there about it.

Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions.
Using an OJp8000 till I get this straightened out.

I do have a Dell Dim 8100, but hate to hook up yet another computer to run a single peripheral.
(I have 5 Macs in the graphics/recording studio already, it's getting crowded.....)
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