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Dell 1700 laser - loud noisy, grinding sounds

Hi! What can be causing a loud noisy grinding sound when my Dell 1700 laser powers on and also when I print the first page, or it has been sitting idle a while? What can I do about it? I've taken out the toner cartridge and drum and put them back in. They seem to be well seated. I'm afraid this grinding is wearing and ******* the printer.

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SOURCE: Dell 1700 laser printer has Low toner and error lights flashing

Leave the printer on. Open the front and hold down the cancel button until all the lights are flashing in sequence. Close the front while still holding the cancel with the lights flashing and then release the cancel button. This should reset it.

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Pages full of toner / toner streaking

First off, this is a comment from a random person who may or may not know ALOT about these printers and toner/printer design in general. All toners are not designed to the same specification. Toner is a combination of plastic "pigment" and iron like shavings to make it magentically attracted to the electrical charges within the unit. Different toners conform to different grades and mainly size of the particles within the blend. The manufacturer doesnt only recommend that you use their toner to make them money, yes of course it makes money, but its because when the unit is designed it is designed to use a certain grade of toner, trust me if you put the non-branded toner vs the branded toner under a microscope you would see quite a difference. Often the non-branded toner is much larger in particle size (obviousely because its cheaper to make at this spec). This causes a variety of issues from excess toner not being cleaned off of developer rollers, IDT rollers, or clogging of toner dispenser tubes in the unit and the micro filters contained at the toner dispenser assy and developer assys. Also as for the issue not changing when switching to dell branded toner - the dispenser tubes within this unit contain up to 500-1000 pages worth of toner, making no change in toner you make immediately visible. Also depending on the damage caused by the previous toner, it may not be able to be fixed until all the components in between the toner and final delivery (drum cart) are replaced. In this case more than likely the toner dispenser assy, all developer assy's, and drum cartridge need to be replaced, and than be sure to stick with factory branded toner :)

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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what about my 1700, I've tried several port cables, different computers, all lights are ready and the thing won't print. Paper and toner good.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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SOURCE: Won't print dark black; prints in gray

There are a few possible causes for the light print.

The first is the easiest to try and least expensive.

If you actually had a bad toner cartridge, and the toner was not making its way down the toner tube to the developer, then you may be able to fix the issue by simply doing a developer cleaning on the black developer. What this actually does is force aggitator to move toner down the tube into the developer. You can activate this from the maintenance menu.

If this does not fix the issue, then more then likely the black developer unit itself is defective and needs to be replaced.

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