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  1. Thanks everybody for the input, the help is greatly appreciated! The ANM issue is resolved - it was a missed connection on the main control PCB. Now I'm trying to fix juddering width and advance motors on my paper mask.
  2. Thanks Dave. I'll add that to my list of potential problems - but since I'm seeing the same issue across multiple easel masks, I'll hold off for now. I'm not eager to disassemble a motor unnecessarily.
  3. Now that the ANM issue is resolved I'm able to print again, just nothing with a decent looking border. The The home sensors in input check out. The paper mask moves but is juddering. It's crunchy sounding and juddering all the way across the easel. It often Doesn't return itself all the way to the home sensor. This is all happening through the output menu. If I were to try and make a print i would get 509 & 510 errors. It really seems like a PMD issue to me. I had this issue early last week with just the width, swapped PMDs and it resolved the issue for a day. Then the issues resumed, with both width and advance. Maybe all the PMDs I have are bad?
  4. I resolved my ANM issues. It was a poor connection on the main control PCB - poor as in I failed to plug in one of the connections. So now I am back to just one issue - the width and advance motor errors.
  5. I've upgraded the system to A031 and I'm continuing to have issues recognizing any of the negative carriers. I thought it was software related, but i think that we can rule that out now? The connection for the paper mask is in good shape. The auto paper mask is mechanically sound, it moves smoothly off of the machine. I've also tried another paper mask with the same result. I've got an exposure deck PCB, a main control PCB, and several PMDs out for repair currently. Fingers crossed something good comes back from those. Any more help is appreciated- I'm open to try just about anything. I need to get this machine back up and running.
  6. I attempted to write this to the Noritsu CPU, but I again got the "appropriate file not find" message. I also went back and took a look at my D004 disks and noted that it is labeled as being for "QSS-2301/2302 with CRT" - does the "with CRT" come into play here? In other words, is it applicable for my machine without a CRT? Thanks again for all your help - I'm clearly in over my head here
  7. We don't have a CRT on this machine and we don't have an image transfer PCB in this machine. (if I'm understanding correctly CRT in this cases refers to a digital print accessory - not the monitor) Before the issue with the ANM we were chasing issues with Error #509 and 510 -auto paper mask width operation error & auto paper mask advance length operation error. Per the books recommendations: We replaced the relevant PMDs - no change to the paper mask errors We replaced the exposure deck PCB - no change to the paper mask errors We replaced the main control PCB - no change to the paper mask errors I imagine we introduced the ANM issues when we replaced the main control PCB and reinstalled D004. We are replacing these parts from a few different parts machines - one of which does have a CRT.
  8. Thanks for the quick response Dave! I tried your fix to no avail- I copied ANM.sys to a new disk, attempted to read from disk->cpu and the machine says "appropriate file not find". I'd love a copy of D018 - can you email or dropbox that to david@bluemooncamera.com - or can you share it here? Do you know the difference between D004 and D018? Thanks again, David
  9. I recently had to reinstall the OS (system program version D004) on my Noritsu QSS-2301. After reinstalling, the machine doesn't recognize my auto negative masks (ANM). Both the red and greeen lights on the 35mm A carrier are lit. The machine recognizes that there is a carrier ( it reacts when I pull the carrier on and off) but doesn't recognize that I have attached the carrier it's requesting. I noticed in my manual that some machines used an ANM PCB - but my machine does not have that PCB. Does anyone have any experience with this?
  10. Thanks for the feedback you guys. We inspected the CD rollers and they are indeed full at this time. On another forum's suggestion we drilled small holes in the ends of the rollers, and drained a lot of old developer out of all the rollers. Our thinking was that maybe being immersed in hot chemistry was causing the rollers to swell slightly and leak at a greater rate than when they were at room temperature and out of the chemistry. We shall see how this works and do a(nother) thorough cleaning of the tank and pod just for further peace of mind and remix another fresh batch of CD and see if that helps. We will keep the crossover suggestion in mind as well, have heard that from another source at this point too. Can the crossover being contributing to dirty/stained paper? Or just with paper jams? Anyway, once again, appreciate all the feedback. Thank you!
  11. Ah, that is good to know that the rollers are supposed to be hollow. Thanks for informing us of that Magenta. In terms of the output, it is staining immediately, or at least by the time it takes the chemistry to warm up enough to put paper through it. We did an interesting test where we started with unprocessed paper and fed it straight into the bleach and through the rest of the chemistry. It came out perfectly white and great looking. So we washed the paper well and decided to feed it through the entire chemistry like a control strip and this time it came out with the dingy stain. Which suggested heavily that the problem was developer, but just to make sure we took individual samples of white, processed paper and hand-dipped them in each tank just to see how all the samples compared, and once again none of the tanks affected the Dmin of the paper except for developer which again produced a dingy, yellowish stain on the paper. Sort of a separate, but related question. All the RA-4 chemistry I have worked with before, when contaminated, particularly by bleach, produces a robin's egg blue stain on the paper that gets stronger depending on the degree of contamination. Is this true of the Fuji FA2 chemistry as well? I mean, if contaminated by bleach will it also be indicative by a bright blue stain? Or is this yellowish stain the norm for contaminated CD? Thanks for the replies everyone.
  12. Don't mind the obvious questions at all, we have been double checking a number of them ourselves. Yes we are sure. We are seeing it on both our control strips, fresh paper and processed paper. We are running two machines (one an old Copal ML300) and using the same control strips and paper in both. But the Noritsu is staining where the copal is still white. Also we can take developed paper that is nice and white from the Copal and soak it in the Noritsu's developer and receive the stain. Bleaching (or even re-bleaching) the stained paper has little to no effect. So we are wondering if that questionable liquid we can hear in the rack rollers is recontaminating our working tank developer every time we remix, or if there is another area we should look into.
  13. Hi, We are running a Noritsu 2301 which is producing a dingy, yellowish stain instead of clean whites. We have tracked the offending chemical down to developer. At this point we have drained, flushed and remixed both the working tank and replenishing tank, as well as cleaned the racks. We used fresh chemistry that was not oxidized and recent. The tank has excellent circulation, so no clogs in any circulation lines. Yet the developer is still producing a yellowish stained white on paper. We have plotted with control strips, and they are fairly close to being in tolerance, with the D-Min reading only 2-3 points high. My questions are: We have noticed that there seems to be liquid sloshing around inside the rollers of the racks. We have broken the racks down, but the rollers seem sealed. Is this natural? Is the liquid meant to be there for ballast, or is this likely old chemistry that is slowly leaking and contaminating each batch of fresh developer we mix? All the racks seem to have some amount of liquid in the roller bars. Note: We pinpointed the developer as being the offending chemical by individually hand-dipping already processed white paper into each tank and comparing all the results. The developer clearly showed a stain. Any advice would be grand, but it would be particularly appreciated if any other 2301 users can confirm whether the racks for the machine naturally have liquid inside the roller bars. Thanks
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