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Laser Printer All of a sudden it started printing smudges on the page. Does that mean the toner is running low or something else? The printed part looks fine, not faded or anything.

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When the paper is fresh out of the printer, does the ink that looks okay smudge if you rub it with your finger? If so, it means the fuser is going bad. Otherwise, it's probably a bad toner cartridge that's leaking toner onto the paper.

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