Hello, I would apologize if this is posted in the wrong section.
I have been scrapping old printers recently, managed to found couple of DC, stepper motors until I bump myself on this thing, an optical encoder.http://imageshack.us/a/img194/9351/dsc0230pax.jpghttp://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/dsc0233wi.jpg/
Now the fun part of my previous week, was to find out more information about this product. Since it came from HP printers series, I have been trying to find the exact model. All I could find, was not I want. They were teaching you how to clean the encoder strip, doing maintenance,etc...
I basically want to know the pinout on that thing and its spec. information. That is all I wish.
On the PCB plate, I noticed there are 6 solder pin and those 6 are connected to 4 "wire". I am tempted to test it, but also, I don't want to short circuit/burn that encoder, since I lack of knowledge when it comes to electronics and component.
What method should I use to safely know the pinout? How do I know what voltage I should be putting?