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Installing a Flash DIMM in the Hewlett Packard Laserjet 8000/9000 series.


DIMM boards and your printer formatter board can be damaged by small amounts of static electricity. When handling a DIMM or other board, wear an antistatic wrist strap connected to the metal frame of the printer (or to your antistatic system). During installation, to prevent generation of static electricity, avoid moving about the work area.

To avoid damaging the parts, follow these steps:

  1. In this order, switch the printer power OFF, unplug the power cord, and disconnect any attached cables.
  2. Loosen (but do not remove) the two captive screws. If you are not wearing an antistatic wrist strap, touch the printer's bare metal plate to discharge any static charge on your body.
  3. Grasp the screws and pull the printer controller board out of the printer. Do not touch any component on the board. Place the board on a flat, nonconductive surface. (For ease of replacement, note how the board fits into slots in the printer.)
  4. Remove the DIMM board from the antistatic package. Do not touch any component on the DIMM board. Hold the board with your forefingers on the side edges and your thumbs against the back edge. Align the notches on the DIMM with the DIMM slot. (Check that the locks on each side of the DIMM slot are open, or outward.)
  5. Press the DIMM straight into the slot (press firmly). Make sure the locks on each side of the DIMM snap inward into place. (To remove a DIMM, the locks must be released.)
  6. Align the printer formatter board with the top slot, slide the board back into the printer (A), and tighten the two screws (B).
  7. Re-attach any cables and the power cord; then switch the printer power ON.

Checking Memory Installation

Follow this procedure to verify that DlMMs are installed correctly:

  1. Check that the printer's control panel displays READY when the printer is turned on. If an error message appears, a DIMM might have been incorrectly installed. Check the printer messages section of the printers users manual.
  2. Print a new configuration page.
  3. Check the memory section on the configuration page. and compare it to the configuration page. printed before the DIMM installation. If the amount of memory has not increased, the DIMM might not be installed correctly (repeat the installation procedure) or the DIMM might be defective (try a new DIMM).

Configuration Page

Use the configuration page to view current printer settings, to help troubleshoot printer problems, or to verify installation of optional accessories, such as memory (DlMMs), paper trays, and printer languages. If an HP JetDirect print server card is installed (HP LaserJet 8000 N/8000 TN printers), a JetDirect configuration page will print out as well.

To print a configuration page:

  1. Press [Menu] until INFORMATION MENU appears.
  2. Press [Item] until PRINTER CONFIGURATION appears.
  3. Press [Select] to print the configuration page.

On the HP Laserjet 9000, you can enter "22" on the number key pad while the display shows ready to print the configuration page.

File Directory

Use the file directory page to view current contents of the Flash DIMM

To print a configuration page:

  1. Press [Menu] until INFORMATION MENU appears.
  2. Press [Item] until PRINT FILE DIRECTORY appears.
  3. Press [Select] to print the configuration page.

Note which FSA device number the DIMM is listed under. If the DIMM is the only FSA device installed in the printer (no hard drive or second Flash DIMM), it should be device 0.


Note: Some models of this printer come with the IEEE-1284 C connector rather than the more standard B type for the parallel port. If you plan to use a parallel cable to connect the printer to a Workstation or Print Server, please be aware that you will need an IEEE-1284AC cable. These are hard to find and more costly.



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