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Do you need to upgrade or repair your printer? Here is a collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures, cleaning advice, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for EasyShare printers and for ink or toner cartridges. If you have written a hacking guide yourself (or if you know of a maintenance tutorial not linked here), please submit a new entry.

Kodak EasyShare 500 Photo Printer [external link]Although the people at the Kodak help line told the problem was due to "half of a heater" burning out, it turned out to be something else. Photos with this printer are made by film transfer to the photo paper, which requires firm contact between the dye films and the photo paper. This is achieved by a rod with two small levers/cams on the end that at the right time, is rotated so the cams push the dye film down onto the paper. The plastic cams/levers are small and thin, and the combination of time and probably exposure to heat makes them brittle and they split. The split in the cam/lever makes it so the lever cannot exert the force necessary to press the one side of the film down onto the paper, causing the "half-a-picture" fault.

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