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Dell 3100CN w/new black toner cart reads "Black toner LOW"

My dell3100 front window said BLACK TONER LOW...so I replaced it.  Hard to get out hard to get in, but we got there...Ithink.  closed it all up and it still reads as it did before.  Took cartridge out and put it in several times (45 minutes at least) and it still reads BLACK TONER LOW...AND WILL NOT PRINT!   Computer is sending it but its having none of it!  ANY IDEAS?

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Service your printer and change roller taplon tape and fuser aseembley.

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I have a black line going down the right side of my page on my Dell 3100cn Laser Printer. I read to clean the window with a soft cloth and mild window cleaner. Where is the window I'm supposed to clean?...


Usually lines going down pages is linked to the imaging drum having built up toner on it. I would open the front cover and pull out the drum and see if you have lines going down the drum. If so clean those off using the soft cloth. Reinsert. If it still happens check the toner carts for leaking. Also you may need a new imaging drum if problem still occurs.

Feb 16, 2010 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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Unable to remove black cartridge, it is really stuck. Help


I just changed my black toner this past week, and finally figured out why the cartridges get stuck like this.

First, you must eject the toner cartridge on the front-panel menu:
Menu->Replace Toner->Eject Toner->Black(K)

It will say "Rotating to Black Toner(K)" and then say "Black Toner(K) Ready to Eject"

Now, open the front panel and you'll see the black toner cartridge in front. You can also open the top panel if you want more light on your work area.

Lift the lock handle on the old toner cartridge to the "unlock" position, and here's the part that the Dell instructions don't have:

There are two channels for the toner cartridges -- one on each side. Run your finger down the channel on the right, and you'll feel a small, spring-loaded catch. This catch often gets sticky and won't release the cartridge without some help. Don't force it, but gently move it towards the back of the printer and it should release.

Now the old cartrdige should slide right out, and you can finish per the instructions that came with the new cartridge.

Jan 27, 2010 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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Dell 3100cn laser printer poor print quality


It sounds like you've got contamination on the drum cartridge or on one of the toner cartridges.

I'm actually going to be installing black toner in my 3100cn in about 8 hours, so I'll inspect and clean each of the carts, and write up the process for you tonight.


Jan 27, 2010 | Dell Printers & Copiers

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I AM CHANGING THE BLACK TONER CARTRIDGE ON A DELL 3100CN WITH THE ORIGINAL DELL TONER CARTRIDGE AND I GET AN "ID ERROR" MESSAGE


Either the "toner cartridge sensor" N4445 isn't reading the chip in the toner,

or an MCU board P5281 or EEPROM is defective

-Whit :)

Jul 30, 2009 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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Hi, My Dell 3100CN printer is displaying "Change Black Toner." I have replaced the toner cartridge. The printer begins to calibrate for a very long time. When it finally finished calibrating, it return to...


There is a chip in each toner cartridge which tells the main machine something about how full it is. It may be that it tells it how full it is, or it may be that it tells it how many pages it has done. It sounds as if the new black cartridge has a duff chip, and is telling the main machine that it is empty. To test this, you can overide the message. 1. press on the menu button;
2. select configure;
3. select maintenance;
4. select non-dell toner;
5. set the value to on.
If that does't work, get back to me.
Tony Ludlow

Feb 22, 2009 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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LDell 3100cn awer printer won't recognize new toner


Have you removed the plastic protection strip from the bottom of the toner?

Nov 14, 2008 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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How do you change the magenta, yellow and black toners on the dell 3100cn


The toner carousel must rotate, so that you get the slot for the other toners in front of you.

Follow detailed instructions on the user manual, click here to get the manual :
Owner’s Manual

Nov 07, 2008 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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Dell3100cn Replace black toner


I had the same problem. My solution was to replace the black developer unit. It works fine now!

Oct 26, 2008 | Dell 3100cn Laser Printer

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Dell 3100cn printer trouble


this sounds like you might have 2 problems on you fuser is not getting hot enough to fully fuse the toner to the paper and two your black toner cartridge has been comprimised and needs to be replaced

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