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Common Printer Problems

Laser printers, like any other mechanical device, will sometimes present you with a problem. While you can troubleshoot some of the problems, others will require the input of a printer repair Richmond, BC professional. Whenever you decide to troubleshoot or check your laser printer yourself, always switch off the printer, do not expose the photoreceptor to light for a long time and beware the fuser is always very hot. Below is a list of common laser printers problems companies run into:

Poor Print Quality

Fuzzy Print

When the laser printer produces a fuzzy print (numbers are not as sharp as they should be), the problem is caused by use of a damp paper. The paper absorbs moisture from the surrounding and gets damp. You can correct this by using a fresh paper.

Indistinct White Lines

If the print produces faint white lines down the page, the corotron is dirty. A printer repair Richmond, BC expert will open the printer and examine the corotron for paper or toner dust. A dirty corotron affects the electrostatic field surrounding the corotron thus preventing attraction of the toner to the paper. You can follow the user manual and clean the corotron in the office. Gently handle the corotron as it is delicate.

Clear White Lines

When clear white lines are produced without a print, there is a developer unit blockage that is preventing the toner from reaching the developer roller. Laser printers using cartridges do not experience this problem. To correct the problem, you can slide a sheet of paper between the developer roller and the developer roller blades. This removes the toner that clogs the unit.

Different Print Density Down or Across the Page

When there is a varying print density across, the toner may not be flowing freely and some page get more toner than others. Shaking the toner can correct this. This may also be caused by the photoreceptor receiving more light from one side. Remedy this by placing the printer in an area where light is equally distributed. When the print density varies down the page, the developer unit or the photoreceptor is dirty. Clean these connections as in the manual. Other print quality problems include grey print, grey background, black pages, white pages, spots that are regularly spaced, random spots, toner rubbing off and residual images. Each of the problems has its causes and remedy. You can get a printer repair Richmond professional to rectify or advise.

Mechanical Problems

Misfeeds

These is a common printer problem when the paper feeder does not feed the printer. It may occur when you use unsuitable papers, either light or heavy, or when the feeder springs are weak. The rubber surface of the roller may also wear out and cause the problem. Get the problem checked and devise the correct measure.

Paper Jams

This is when papers get trapped in the printer or refuses to simply through the printer. It is commonly caused by use of light or heavy papers. Follow instructions on the manual to remove the prepared and get the printer examined for obstruction in the path.

Why Use An Expert?

There are many more problems experienced by companies including skewed prints, creased pages, garbled data, lost characters, wrong fonts and split text among others. Above are just the common ones. Print repair Richmond BC examines the whole printer to identify the root of the problem before correcting it. You will also get basic troubleshooting advice to correct minor laser printer problems.

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Scrapbooking Advances To The Internet

Technology seems to have taken over many of the initially manual day-to-day activities. One of such activities is scrapbooking. The fine art of hand-made scrapbooking is a leisure activity that brings so much creativity and joy to many collectors. However, a man-made scrapbook can be quite bulky, with many photos, pop-outs, stickers or ribbons. This problem has been solved by the advent of scrapbooking online. Below is a look at a new technology for online scrapbooking.

 

Digital scrapbooking is the latest and fastest-growing trend in the world of scrapbooks. It offers the perfect blend of photo memories and computer technology that takes the process of scrapbooking to a whole new level. Rather than making entries on a hardcopy scrapbook through cutting and pasting photos, the process utilizes the latest technology to easily build excellent and colorful photo entries. A user can easily upload photographs from a camera and edit them, creating exciting layouts that combine fun embellishments and unique graphics. This results in a personalized memory that the user can easily share with others through the internet.

 

As the world becomes even more mobile-oriented, the hobby of scrapbooking becomes available virtually. With the help of devices such as laptops, PCs, Smartphones and tablets, creativity is much easier. Nowadays, mobile devices come with high-megapixel cameras as well as apps for editing photos such as Instagram. This makes making an online scrapbook much easier, even when a user is far away from home.

 

As much as instagram offers various basic frames and filters to include in a photo, it is not the actual scrapbook look that users are looking for. Anyone trying some online scrapbooking still needs to upload an app alike Coolibah. This free app is quite easy to use, offering more than 17 kits as well as hundreds of assorted themes from which to choose. It enables the user to create their own layout with the use of texts and frames, and add drop shadows to images. Users can also create unlimited pages and albums, and view images through a slideshow mode. Scrapbooker for the iPhone is another useful app for scrapbooking. This app allows the user to create a list of equipment inventory and supplies, thus avoiding buying any equipment in duplicates.

digital scrapbooking app

Perhaps the biggest advantage of this digital scrapbooking technology is that it is much more affordable when compared to the man-made process. If the user downloads free apps from their Tablet or Smartphone, they can enjoy even better scrapbooking right at their finger tips.

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The Most Clever Smartphone Protection Accessories

Smartphones have so many capabilities, and users are dependent on them for so many things that they have become an invaluable part of our daily lives. It is therefore important for consumers to protect their device from all types of damage. There are a number of mobile phone accessories that will help to protect the exterior casing as well as the mobile phone screen from various types of damage. The following are the most clever smartphone protection accessories in the market today.

Tempered glass protection
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The touchscreen is one of the most vulnerable parts of any smartphone. Touchscreens can easily scratch or break, and this makes them unsightly and difficult to use. In the past, a lot of people relied on plastic screen protectors to solve this problem. However, plastic protection makes the touch screen harder to use. They are also more difficult to install, and they lose their clarity easily after a short period of time. However, tempered glass is stronger and very clear, and it is also very easy to use. Tempered glass protection feels more natural on the fingers as the fingers will glide very smoothly over it. They feel more like the original smartphone screen, making them one of the most clever smartphone protection accessories available in the market.

These protection accessories absorb all the scratches and dents, thus ensuring that the smartphone is protected. The logic behind their use is quite simple – it is easier, cheaper and more convenient to strip out the damaged protection accessory and to replace it with a new one, than to repair a damaged smartphone or to buy a new one. They are therefore a worthwhile investment as they offer great value for money.

Water, snow and ice protection
Who needs a waterproof casing for a waterproof phone? There are a lot of waterproof smartphones these days that have made it possible for owners to use their phone at the beach and even in the shower. However, accessory manufacturers have gone a step further and created accessories that will protect the phone so that it can be ice and snow resistant as well. Furthermore, these accessories can increase the water resistance capabilities of the phone so that it can stay for a longer time in water without getting damaged. An example of a water, snow and ice protection accessory that is trending in the market today is the Lifeproof Fre, which is available for Galaxy S5.

Shock-absorbing protection accessories
A lot of smartphone users have damaged these precious devices by dropping them and breaking them. Fortunately, there are a number of shock-absorbing accessories in the market that can help to prevent this. These accessories are made from materials that helps to absorb the shock and to dissipate all the energy away from the device so that it does not break. One of the trending shock-absorbing cases in the market is the Otterbox, which is available for HTC, Samsung and Apple smartphones.

At the bare minimum, you should have 5 accessories to protect and personalize your smartphone. Check out the video below to get the scoop.

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Amazing Software That Can Replace iTunes

If you think ITunes has become monotonous and you need a change, below is a small description of some of the best ITunes alternatives.

Five Of the  Best iTunes Replacements

ecouteEcoute

This is probably the best alternative for ITunes. The interface of Ecoute looks like an improved version of older versions of iTunes.

Ecoute has some amazing features with the best being its ability to detect and synchronize with your iTunes library. To add onto its list of features, is its sort function. Ecoute allows you to sort your songs according to album, artist, genre and playlist. You will also be glad to know that when a song is playing, there is a small widget that appears on the screen that allows you to access play controls. Those that love to know when a new song is playing are also in luck because Ecoute has the ability to serve it users with notifications each time a new song plays. Its interface is also resizable thus you need not worry about having several windows open at the same time.

This app comes for free.

tomahawkTomahawk

This is another free app that gives iTunes a run for its money. Just like Ecoute, the app is totally free. The app runs best on Mac and windows operating systems. Tomahawk has the amazing ability to integrate music from all sorts of online sources. Good examples include last fm, sound cloud and spotify. Due to the huge variety of sources, the app always gives you the best quality of a song once you search through it. The app also allows you to connect to twitter and Google enabling you to view your friends’ collections.

swinsianSwinsian

This application has a very similar layout to that of iTunes. Thus if you are a frequent user of iTunes, this app will pose no challenge to you at all. It also has the ability to synchronize with your iTunes library. Upon synchronization, the layout of Swinsian will include sidebars to both the left and the right. The left sidebar displays playlists while on the right it allows editing of tags and metadata of particular songs.

This app has a free trial period of thirty days and a cost of 19.99 dollars thereafter.

fidelia iphoneFidelia

For those that love good quality sound, then this is definitely the app to go for. Fidelia has put high quality sound as its top priority. Its interface if quite astonishing as it borrows a lot from a state of the art radio. The player displays the waveform of the current track and three channels for special effects.

The software unfortunately comes at a cost of 19.99. Those willing to try it out will be happy know that it has a fifteen day trial.

voxplayerVox

This app boasts of having a very clean design and being quite easy to use. It has a very streamlined user interface that is no bigger than a side bar. You will be surprised to know that even that small side bar can be minimized further. The app allows the user to play music from his or her iTunes library or even better yet from their radio. Lastly, vox supports FLAC and OGG formats.

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Android Phones Can Be Updated More Simply

ANDROIDSo you want to manage your Android phone right?

For Mac users updating, syncing and grabbing files from your phone can be somewhat easy.  You just need to goto android.com/filetransfer and grab the free Mac based software that will help you do what you need to do.

But it’s a simple software, and in our honest opinion it’s not the most flexible and feature robust option either.  There are far superior software products to help you transfer files from your android device.

A simple Google search for android file transfer or file manger software will give you a host of other better options when it comes to managing your phone on both Windows and Mac operating systems.  Some are free and some are paid, and some are worth your time checking out and obviously some are not.  So how do you wade through the tech waters and avoid wasting you time when all you really want to do is grab some pictures and videos off of your phone and put them on your laptop?

We suggest a nifty piece of softare by a company called Wondershare.  They are amazing and offer many little programs that do all sorts of great things with your iOS, Android and Symbian phones.  They can act as file mangers, data recovery specialists and even phone to phone transfer moderators.

Quite amazing and a lot of positive reviews for Wondershare can be found online.  If you need to read something right now, check out this blog: http://www.androidfiletransfer.net

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