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printer power failure

By aanderso ·
My NEC Superscript laser printer went dead one day. all of the power supply connections are fine, the machine just doesnt turn on. Is this the result of a power surge/failure or a question of old age?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to printer power failure

could be either. i would check to see if the power supply is dead. plug it into power and printer, turn on the printer and gently wiggle the power cord/transformer cables. especially near the 'wall wart' body where it might have been strained. if the power supply is dead, you might be able to replace it cheaply. if it is delivering power, then the printer is kaput and time to shop for a new one. and yes, i would get a quality surge suppressor strip to plug it into. one that has the word 'lightning' on it and a guarantee...
plug the printer power supply into a known good outlet and use a voltmeter to ohm out the measure the voltage coming out of it when it's plugged in. the voltage (could be AC or DC) and grounding (could be center ground or center positive) may be inscribed on the power supply transformer if you are lucky. then you will know how to set your range on the voltmeter and whether you are getting a correct reading. hopefully, it will be dead...

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