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Why do my laser printer make noise as if they were printing something?

thatbb6 1,298 256 March 30, 2011 at 12:12 AM
I got a HP CP1518ni (color) and Samsung ML2570 (B&W) printers and they both make random printing noise. It sounds like a paper is coming out and the little rollers at the "mouth" start rolling. The HP printer does this once in awhile. And the Samsung does this like 20 times a day. It's noisy and annoying up to the point I have to turn it off when I'm not using it. All drivers are up to date. No weird lights flashing. Toner is good and paper is full. What is the reason? Thanks SDers.

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In the middle of the night while you're sleeping? EEK!
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they might be auto adjusting.
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our lexmark laser makes a short "wind-up" noise every now and then (notice it a couple times a day at most). i think it's just to keep the printer ready to print (it has a very short first-page time) while still allowing it to be in an energy save mode most of the time.

our 18 year old laserjet 4L is totally silent in between print jobs, it just happily goes to sleep when not in use and wakes up when it needs to print something.

otoh, a couple of our *inkjets* make racket every day (mine at home does it every night))as they keep their printheads clear (manufacturer's published explanation) and waste precious ink (real motive)
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Quote from MoveOutdaWay View Post :
In the middle of the night while you're sleeping? EEK!
Yes. This happens frequently.
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they might be auto adjusting.
That what I was thinking too. But what is there to be adjusted every 30 min for the Samsung?
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our lexmark laser makes a short "wind-up" noise every now and then (notice it a couple times a day at most). i think it's just to keep the printer ready to print (it has a very short first-page time) while still allowing it to be in an energy save mode most of the time.

our 18 year old laserjet 4L is totally silent in between print jobs, it just happily goes to sleep when not in use and wakes up when it needs to print something.

otoh, a couple of our *inkjets* make racket every day (mine at home does it every night))as they keep their printheads clear (manufacturer's published explanation) and waste precious ink (real motive)
You brought up an interesting point. My Samsung makes lots of noise and it has very short first-page time. I mean this thing is pretty quick. HP doesn't make as much noise and it's slower.

So is there anyway I can fix the printer beside running my hand in tight place and turn it on every time I use it?
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Quote from thatbb6 View Post :
Yes. This happens frequently.

That what I was thinking too. But what is there to be adjusted every 30 min for the Samsung?

You brought up an interesting point. My Samsung makes lots of noise and it has very short first-page time. I mean this thing is pretty quick. HP doesn't make as much noise and it's slower.

So is there anyway I can fix the printer beside running my hand in tight place and turn it on every time I use it?
Extension cord and a switch? Possibly enable energy save mode if it has that.
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That's odd. I have a Samsung ML2571n (had it for 2-3 years now, I think) and I don't get any weird print sounds. However, now that the printer is older, I get an obnoxious extended wind up when I turn the thing on.

However, with my HP printers in my office (Laserjet 3050 and 1012), after a job is finished, the printer will make a short rolling noise about 5-10 minutes after the last print job.

Otherwise, I don't know.
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my old color laser konica monilta printer with its huge foot print and 80+ pound weight sounds like it is going to jump off the table when it starts up with all the gears clanking and shit. back in early 2000s it was $650! I remember doing 2 $200 rebates and a $50 trade in rebate. the 3 color toner replacements were $80 each and the black toner was $100! O.O
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IF your printer is a network printer, meaning it has it's own network card and you have set a static IP for it for your network: go to the IP address in IE on your computer and change the sleep time from 30 minutes to whatever you want it to be in hours according to the schedule there.

If you don't have a static IP set, you can't get into the web functions, but should be able to use your manual and go through the printer panel itself to get into the menus and set the sleep time there.

The only problems with setting the sleep time -- the time it takes for the printer to go the sleep after you print the last time -- is that it "might" take up to a few minutes for it to "wake up" and actually print a page when you send a job to it.
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Did setting sleep time help you with this issue? If the machine is "waking up" after a set time, it will go through a scenario and possibly sound like it's printing something, although it is not, in reality. Setting the sleep time to the longest time allowed "could" help with this issue -- it will not stop you from printing when you want to print -- but could cause the printer to need to "wake up" and take up to a few minutes to actually print the job you send to it.
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