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HP Laserjet 5100 - International power setting to American power setting

Okay, I just recieved two (2) Laserjet 5100 from an office we closed in Cape Town, South Africa.  Both printers are in good shape and worked just fine over there.  Now I have them sitting in my office in Colorado and neither will power on.  Does anyone know the secret of changing the voltage on these HP printers to 120volts.  

I believe the common voltage used in South Africa is 240.  

Thanks!!
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mzamarripa
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David523Commented:
When a laserjet printer is made, parts are all created for the voltage it will be used for (120 or 220) and no switch exist to swap between the two.  Obtaining the model number (i.e. Q1860A - HP Laserjet 5100 120v) and searching online and/or HP should reveal the specific information related to your printer.  If it is a 120 volt and a transformer was used to allow its use at 220/240 volts, that may be the source of you problem.  I have been in Europe and used a transformer which over time destroyed the computer equipment - Power Supply and more.  

Hope this Helps!!!
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SteveG00000Commented:
I have not tried this personally but I would think it should be ok, you may be able to change the Power Supply Assembly from a 110v to a 220v one, they should both have the same output.

http://www.printerworks.com/Catalogs/5100-Catalog/915_5100PowerSupply.html
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David523Commented:
If you are working with the difference in Power 120v - 220v and say that would work when Power Supplies were changed.  Additionally an issue of the power running at a different Hz rate will be very destructive and in my experience the likely source of the equipment I had damaged as indicated above.  Additionally the power requuirments are probably not the same with the fusers as HP list different fusers for 120v and 220v printers.  Suspect other issues exist but these I consider rather apparent issues with a change of power supplies.

Hope this Helps!!!
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nobusCommented:
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hdhondtCommented:
I agree with David523. The only way to use this printer is with a transformer. The fuser runs at mains voltage, and a 220V fuser will not work at 120V. Other differences, like the power supply, may also exist.

Of course, even using a transformer you will probably have problems obtaining a 220V fuser in the US. But at least you may not need one for a while.
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