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Monday, June 15, 2020

How to clear the fax memory on a Ricoh Aficio MP series multifunction printer


If the fax memory on your Ricoh Aficio MP series copier/printer is full or almost full, you can delete some (or all) of the faxes stored in the reception file to can make room for new faxes.
  • On the fax screen, press the button toward the top labeled Change TX / Info, TX / RX Status, or something similar. (Wording varies by model.)
  • On the menu that appears, select the option for printing or deleting the reception file.
  • The list of stored faxes will be displayed. From here, you can either print out or delete (or both) old faxes, and make room for new faxes to come through. If you want to delete old faxes, you can select multiple files at once to delete.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

How to fix lines when copying or scanning from the document feeder

One of the most common problems on a copier, printer or scanner is lines on the output. There are various reasons for lines to appear, and by narrowing down the potential sources of the problem you can usually figure out a way to fix it. For example, if the lines don't go all the way to the edge of the page (stopping a fraction of an inch away) then the problem most likely lies with the machine's optics/scanning section, rather than any of the printing components.

If the lines appear when you are copying or scanning from the document feeder, but not when you place the original on the glass, then the problem is most likely dirt on the slit glass. The slit glass is the small strip of glass located next to the larger platen glass. Depending on your copier model, the slit glass may be located to the left or right of the platen glass.

For most copiers, you can clean the slit glass with alcohol and a lint-free rag, but check your device's manual first. If alcohol cannot be used, a dry lint-free rag will often remove the offending dirt. The slit glass gets dirty easily -- from paper dust, other dust in the air, or (not uncommonly) correction fluid (i.e. Wite-Out).

More often than not, cleaning the slit glass will remove the lines. (It may take a couple of passes with the rag.) If after cleaning the slit glass the lines remain, there are two likely sources of the problem:

  • The underside of the slit glass (the side you can't get to without removing the glass) is dirty.
  • There is dust on one of the mirrors, or somewhere else in the optics section.

For either of those problems, it's recommended to call a trained service technician. Exposing or adjusting the optics section can cause other issues.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

How to allow apps access to the camera and microphone on a Windows 10 computer


In this time of quarantine, telework and virtual proms, more and more people are turning to apps like Zoom or Teams to stay connected. Collaboration and videoconferencing apps like those two are generally fairly easy to use, but they will need access to your computer's camera and microphone to fully function.

Your computer may already be set up with the necessary permissions, in which case you only need to launch the app to get connected with friends, family or coworkers. However, if Zoom or another app is prompting you to enable access to your camera and/or microphone, the steps below will walk you through setting up that access on a Windows 10 computer.

Camera:

- In the search bar on the Windows taskbar, type "camera". (If you don't see the search bar, press the Windows key.)
- Click on "Camera privacy settings" in the search results.
- Under "Allow apps to access your camera" there will be a slide bar that is either set to Off or On. If it's set to On, you're already set up to allow apps like Zoom to use your webcam. If it's set to Off, click it so it changes to On.
- Scroll down to "Allow desktop apps to access your camera" and make sure that setting is also set to On.

Microphone:

- In the search bar on the Windows taskbar, type "microphone". (If you don't see the search bar, press the Windows key.)
- Click on "Microphone privacy settings" in the search results.
- Under "Allow apps to access your microphone" there will be a slide bar that is either set to Off or On. If it's set to On, you're already set up to allow apps like Zoom to use your microphone. If it's set to Off, click it so it changes to On.
- Scroll down to "Allow desktop apps to access your microphone" and make sure that setting is also set to On.


Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Monday, February 17, 2020

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Friday, August 30, 2019

How to take a screen shot on a Moto E5 Play smart phone

(commissions earned)The method for taking a screen shot on a Moto E5 Play is similar to that of many other Android phones. To capture a screen shot, simply press and hold the power and down volume buttons (both located on the right side of the phone) for about a second. The screen shot will be saved, and you'll see visual confirmation on the screen.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

How to find a device's IP address

The links below provide instructions for finding the IP address for various types of network-connected devices. The list will be updated as time permits.

Computers:
How to find the IP address for a Chromebook
- How to find the IP address for a computer running Mac OS X

Routers:
How to find the IP address for a router
          (Or, see the list of default IP addresses for routers)

Smart phones:
- How to find the IP address for a BlackBerry Bold 9650
- How to find the IP address for a BlackBerry Tour
- How to find the IP address for an iPhone
How to find the IP address for a Motorola Droid Maxx
- How to find the IP address for a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
- How to find the IP address for a Motorola Droid
- How to find the IP address for a ZTE Overture 2

Tablets:
- How to find the IP address for a Lenovo IdeaTab A10-70 tablet
How to find the IP address for a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet
- How to find the IP address for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet
- How to find the IP address for an iPad
How to find the IP address for an iPad Mini

Printers:
How to find the IP address for an HP LaserJet Pro 400 color MFP M475dn
How to find the IP address for a Konica Minolta bizhub 224e / 284e / 364e / 454e / 554e
How to find the IP address for a Ricoh copier or printer

If your device (or a similar device) isn't listed above, you can use the network map on a Windows computer (except Windows XP) to find a device's IP address.  See instructions for how to access the network map in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Friday, June 28, 2019

How to replace the door switch on a Kenmore 80 Series 110.62802101 dryer

If your Kenmore 110.62802101 80 Series dryer doesn't stop running when you open the door, the problem is most likely the door switch. Replacing a faulty door switch is something most homeowners can probably do themselves rather than pay a repairman. The switch itself costs less than $10, and it can be replaced in less than 15 minutes.

A replacement door switch (part number 3406107) can be purchased from a local appliance repair/parts shop or ordered online. Amazon, Sears, Appliance Parts Pros, Grainger and many other sites sell this switch.

Once you have the new switch, installing it is not difficult. You basically just need to remove the dryer door and then open the top panel to get to the switch. Doing both of those things is easier than it may look at first. The steps below will walk you through the process.

1. Unplug the dryer

It's a good safety precaution to unplug the dryer before any disassembly/repair.

2. Remove the dryer door

Open the dryer door fully, to the horizontal position. Four screws secure the door, two on each hinge. Remove each inner screw (closest to the dryer body) first. When removing the remaining screws, hold the hinge bracket down firmly or have someone else hold it down. The hinges are spring-loaded; once you loosen the remaining screw on each hinge, the spring pressure will push the bracket up quickly.


Once all four screws have been removed, close the dryer door most of the way -- so it's almost vertical but not locked into place -- then slide it out, away from the dryer, and set it aside.

3. Open the top panel

To access the door switch, you'll need the dryer's top panel (the flat horizontal panel) out of the way. Remove the lint trap, exposing two screws. Remove those screws.


The top panel is now only held in place by two plastic clips. Each clip is located on the front underside of the top panel, between that panel and the front panel.


Release each clip by sliding a slotted screwdriver between the panels and prying the top panel up gently. Once both clips are released, raise the top panel and lean it back against the wall. (You may need to slide the dryer forward first for clearance.)

4. Replace the door switch

Remove the two screws securing the switch in place. The screw heads are located on the underside of the switch (where the dryer door would be).


Disconnect the door switch by pulling the two white plugs apart. Squeeze the sides of the plugs together to pop the clips on the top and bottom free. Separating the plugs can be tricky, but with the screws removed you can pull the plugs up for a better look.


Remove the old switch and install the new switch. Secure it with the two screws, then plug it into the wire harness. (The plug is keyed and will only go in one way.)

5. Reassemble the dryer

Flip the dryer top panel back into place, setting it onto the two clips and pushing it down until it snaps into place. Secure the top panel with the two screws, then reinstall the lint trap.

Slide the dryer door back on, almost vertical, then flip it open (horizontal). Hold each hinge bracket down and secure it with the outer screw first, then the inner screw. Close the dryer door and plug the dryer back into the outlet.

6. Test the new switch

With the dryer put back together, start a dryer cycle and open the front door. The dryer should stop running when the door is open, and the light inside the drum should turn on. If the dryer continues to run when the door is opened, check your switch to be sure it's fully plugged in and screwed into place.