Printers

Cracking Open a Lexmark 2500 Printer

The Lexmark 2500 All-In-One

Explore the inner workings of an entry level all-in-one printer, as Erik Eckel deconstructs a Lexmark 2500 multifunction printer.

The Lexmark 2500 All-In-One printer includes fax, copying, scanning and printing capabilities. View Erik Eckel's Right Tool gallery review of the Lexmark 2500 All-In-One here.

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Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

12 comments
Marie Thorp
Marie Thorp

I have removed all the screws from my printer but cannot seem to pry it apart. Suggestions?

You can email me mbthor@shaw.ca

flstenner
flstenner

Lexmark,,, is a vary Cheep $50-$60 Brand Good for 1 year of service then dies off as junk printer. Mine has problems with the paper feed rollers, one turns faster then the other on creating a bad paper jam on one side. At first I thought it was in the way the paper was loaded but found that was not the case. There just for a short use the junk them as printers. Use the parts for robotics projects would be a better use

pchsiu
pchsiu

My daughter had a mulfunctioning Lexmark Printer that I thought not worthwhile taking to the dealer for repair. Now, I am about to try my hand to fix it myself. Ha! Ha! Wish me good luck.

bchant
bchant

Umm, capacitors? Wouldn't they be the switches that go beneath the "buttons" on the printer's panel?? I'd wager the person who wrote the captions did not take the photos.

joe.crowe
joe.crowe

Now hit yourself...hard. Don't ever do that again. Same goes for Dell Printers, which are just rebranded Lexmarks. They have flashy advertising on their website. THAT is the best thing about their products.

ssmall
ssmall

Very informative.

Manitobamike
Manitobamike

Although repairing printers today is not an option Lexmark is still offlimits for me. Years ago I had bought two dot matrix printers (years) from Lexmark. Days after the end of warranty the print head on one died. They would not cover it, which is not terrible 90 days is 90 days. What did it for me is I had paid $600.00 for each printer and they wanted $535.00 for the printhead. Have never touched a Lexmark product of any kind since.

danrulz98
danrulz98

That might make an interesting photo gallery. "We lost one of screws but we figured it would do fine without it." "In the end, we thought it a lost cause and just took a sledge hammer to it."

justchange
justchange

From the other responses to this comment, it's obvious that a brief history lesson is in order. Manitobamike said "Years ago"... he means 15+ years. And he paid $600 for a printer, and Lexmark wanted $535 for the printhead, which some find ludicrous considering today's market. More-experienced (read: older) folks remember that in the early years of the the home PC, the "sweet spot" in the retail market was $2,500 (USD), for a complete system with a 13" or 14" monitor, 9 or 13K baud dial-up modem, 8-bit sound card, 2M-4M RAM, 10-100M harddrive and Windows 3.0. (Yes, I know that before this, things were even higher, for less, but I'm addressing the advent of home PC's for the masses.) Today, I am discarding our first 15" monitor (KFC brand), as it has finally died. We paid $440 (USD) and thought it was a bargain. The "dot-matrix printer" referred to, has an electro-mechanical printhead with many tiny solenoid-operated pins which strike the page through a carbon paper-like film, producing the characters using rows and columns of dots. They are still in use in commercial applications today to print manifold forms (forms with multiple hardcopies.)

wh5916
wh5916

Don't know what it's like with this newest model, but with my Lexmark 3200, part of an IBM Aptiva system purchase in 1999, the printheads were part of the ink cartridges. The same is true with my current, very inexpensive HP model.

pchsiu
pchsiu

Er! You bought it for Canadian Dollars $600? It must be a luxurious high end printer. Mine, with flat bed scan only costed about US$55 including ink cartridges.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

for my canon printer. used cheap swapmeet cart and clogged it, had to pick up new one at Fry's