Samsung C1860 Laser Printer Error A1-4111 Repair

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Introduction: Samsung C1860 Laser Printer Error A1-4111 Repair

Uh Oh!

Your Samsung Laser Printer is beeping and spitting out Error #A1-4111 on the display screen.

I had to do quite a bit of searching to find the simple fix here: http://jimlund.org/blog/?p=747 for a different printer model. The fix worked but I thought an Instructable with pictures would be helpful.

Supplies:

Phillips screwdriver

Step 1: Remove the Right Side Panel

1. Before starting, turn off the power with the power switch next to the power cord then disconnect the power cord.

2. Remove any data cables since you will be spinning it all around.

3. On my printer (other models may vary) there are 5 screws that need to be removed first:

Facing the front, open the large lower front cover and remove the three screws on the front right

Turn to the back and open the back cover. Remove the two screws on the left. Notice any screws that are different and remember their position.

4. Slide the right side cover towards the back. It should come away easily. Set it aside.

Step 2: Solenoid Fix

This problem is with the small blue solenoid in the upper left corner. A pad slips or falls off and the printer gets unhappy.

Remove the retaining screw and pull it out a bit to work on.

If yours is missing, look around for it. If it or the stickiness is gone, a few layers of masking tape cut in a small square can fix it.

In my case the small foam pad had just slipped. So I could just lift it with an X-acto knife carefully and reposition it then make sure it was stuck well right under the tab.

Step 3: Test and Reassemble

Reinstall the solenoid.

If you promise not to touch any open electronics, plug in the power cord and see if the error now goes away. Watch the motors and solenoid to see that they spin and click on power up sequencing.

Take out the powercord so you can put the side panel back on. A stack of post-its underneath to tilt it up makes it easier to engage all of the tabs on the side panel.

Reverse the steps of disassembly. Be sure to put the different screw in the correct hole. The tiny screw goes in the lower position in the back on my model printer.

Plug in and enjoy.

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    19 Discussions

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    OrlandoP17
    OrlandoP17

    4 weeks ago on Step 1

    Thank you. My C1860FW was free on Facebook. Got new cartridges and it works like a charm. Until today when it started throwing an error. Now... do you have a tutorial on changing the pressure belt?

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    blipvert
    blipvert

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I have not had that problem yet, sorry. I would try cleaning rollers and make sure all springs are doing their jobs. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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    Keliyra
    Keliyra

    4 weeks ago

    Bless you! Saved my day and sanity! Worked perfectly!

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    cnielsen20061
    cnielsen20061

    7 weeks ago

    Simply put, you ROCK! Thank you so much for posting this and with such great details. Saved our little printer from the scrap heap

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    DEvanRoberts
    DEvanRoberts

    3 months ago

    Outstanding help. Saved a printer from being trash.

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    druchel
    druchel

    3 months ago

    Dear ‘blipvert’,
    Thank you soooooo much for the fix!! You are AWESOME!!! I have no clue how you ever found that one little piece in the '4,000 components' of that printer, to go awry!!!
    We just bought 4 new Toner Cartridges too! Your step by step instructions and pictures were a lifesaver, very precise and clear.
    My pad had slipped into almost the exact same position. I managed to cut it loose with a knife and put it back in the correct place according to the picture. Put a couple pieces of masking tape over it.
    Thanks again!!

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    robibby1
    robibby1

    4 months ago

    adding my thanks for the extremely clear instructions. Had problem after fitting the solenoid, it made loud clicking noises and came back with the error. I think I hadn't seated it properly, worked second time. suspect it might happen again, so I know what to do! thank you again

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    almor023
    almor023

    Question 4 months ago on Step 2

    How to remove the small white gear becauase I found the teeth of the gear broken

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    blipvert
    blipvert

    Answer 4 months ago

    I am not sure which gear, but usually replacements cannot be bought from the manufacturer and finding exact replacements is difficult too. Here is an Instructable by another maker on casting your own gear replacements, quite a bit of work but it is an option:
    https://www.instructables.com/id/resin-casting-gea...
    Good luck!

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    Rikolus
    Rikolus

    5 months ago

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Like others, I thought the 5-yr old unit might be cooked. And I had JUST bought 4 new Toner Cartridges! I worried it was a waste. Your step by step was precise and clear. Appreciate you taking the time to create this solution.

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    Matt_1100
    Matt_1100

    7 months ago

    Oh my you saved me man, it works like a charm!!!

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    megs474
    megs474

    8 months ago

    You seriously saved me! Exact same issue with my printer and I was able to fix it in no time. I would have had no idea what to do, thank you SO MUCH!! I agree with the person that said "God bless you" =)

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    Oldsmobile-paul
    Oldsmobile-paul

    8 months ago on Step 3

    The instructions and pictures were great. I had the exact same problem with my Samsung printer and I don't think I would have noticed the little dark pad without the pictures. My pad had slipped into almost the exact same position. I managed to cut it loose with a knife and put it back in the correct place according to the picture. I then cut a small piece of Duct Tape slightly larger than the pad and placed it over the pad. The printer is now working as good as new. Thanks again for the great instructions.

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    philalvarez
    philalvarez

    8 months ago

    Worked for me. Twice now, originally moved the pad back, and when it happened again, I was able to fix it in 10 minutes, with a small pad of Gorilla patch tape. Many thanks for saving me a lot of money.

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    KimW196
    KimW196

    10 months ago

    I want to thank you a million. When receiving the dreaded error message, I was already thinking about buying a new printer. What a waste of money and parts that would have been. This fix helped me 100 % and I'm happy to notice to be able to do tech stuff I haven't dreamed of doing myself ever. I will raise my glass for the New Years Eve for you, sir!

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    olivier.boulat
    olivier.boulat

    10 months ago

    Thank you so much, you save my printer, I was near to throw it in the trash !

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    1Masseuse
    1Masseuse

    1 year ago on Step 3

    I am a 44 year old lady and naturally, I am not very techy... I just want to tell you, that I soooo appreciate your instructions here... You saved and delivered me from all my frustrations of my printer not working! lol... Thank you very much for the pictures and very detailed instructions. You are awesome! :) Everything works purrrfectly now! :) Kind, regards. Larisa

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    LazarosS2
    LazarosS2

    1 year ago on Step 3

    God bless you for your detailed instructions that helped me solve the Samsung printer CLP-415N problem that I had.