Being a jack of all trades in IT means that everyday there is a new challenge. A few weeks ago our printer in the Technical Services department began making a terrible racket. It sounded terrible. It made an extremely loud popping noise.
It was near the end of our budget year and our budget was gone. I knew that a service call to Les Olsen or similar repair company costs a bare minimum $200 just for them to come out and diagnose the printer. I thought I might google and see if we could figure out the problem. A quick search for HP LaserJet 4100n grinding noise and I find out its a common problem. I watched a youtube video on how to repair it.
Brokenprinter.com has lots of how to videos.
I begin disassemble and find we have another part that needs replacing. I order both needed parts for around $60 total and with in days the printer is back up and operational. This printer project took about 2 hours in research and repair. The parts were found online from several parts vendors. I saved the company a couple hundred bucks and picked up some skills in the process.