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My Canon PC 980 photocopier (black & white) is making a 1/4" dark line about 1" in from the entire left edge of each copy. Why and what do I do? Lars

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  • larspi Sep 16, 2008

    Thanks, leroyal. I still have to call a repair tech, but at least I can sound somewhat knowledgeable and probably not get completely taken!

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It sounds like a bad drum cleaning blade.

Also lift open document feeder and check for wite-out in the glass.

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