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Black dusty line on my copies

When I make a copy of something, the copy has a black dusty streak going through it on the left side of the paper.

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    machine shakes when copying copies are streaked with black

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You mentioned when you copy.
If you just have it print with out doig a copy (like have it print an internal report or what ever) does it do the same thing?
If it does (and I'm assuming that this is a laser printer) change the toner cartridge.
If it doesn't, then there is something on the glass area that is causing the streak. Clean the glass with vinegar and water solution (not sopping wet, just damp on the rag) and dry. Test again.

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