I have a DeskJet 1600CM.
It was working flawlessly after I stripped it down
to clean it, then I wrapped it in plastic and put
it on a shelf about six months ago.
It was wrapped in plastic to simply keep dust out
of it while being stored, and did not have ink
cartridges in it.
Well, my mom's printer just bit the dust, so I
offered this 1600 to her. The problem is that
the unit is now nonfunctional, and I'm trying
to figure out which PCB assembly needs to be
I power it on and it goes through the normal self-test
motions, except that the motor driving the print-carriage
moves only a tiny bit or not at all.
In addition, all front-panel lights remain on.
But the motor driving the paper-handling is fully
operational, and even ejects any paper in the path
when turned on.
I believe the problem is with the control board that
drives the motors, but there seems to be an unusual
ticking/buzzing noise coming from the base. I'm still
not sure if it's coming from the power-supply area,
or if it's from the control board, so therein lies
my problem in figuring it out. The noise doesn't
occur if I've removed the mechanicals from the base
or disconnected the electrical connections.
While I've serviced these printers before, I'm not
qualified to do anything more than stick my multimeter's
probes into the circuits, and I wouldn't even know what
I'm looking for. I've found a source that will sell me
a refurbished controller board(C3540-60117) for US $39,
or a refurbished power supply(0950-2600) for US $44.16,
but I just don't know how to identify the actual problem.
With either price being below the average cost of a new,
high-quality inkjet printer, I'd rather go the route
of repair instead of replacement.
So the questions are this:
1) How can I determine which component needs replacement?
2) What's the most cost-effective source for replacement
parts of this nature?
I'm offering 200 points because I'm hoping to determine
if one or more components are indeed faulty, and because
I'm hoping to find the most cost-effective source of parts
for someone not affiliated with any sort of repair shop
or other service facility.
If I need to replace two or more parts on the printer,
I'll simply replace it and forego the repair. I'll just
use it as a parts source for my other(working) 1600CM.