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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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  • rebshaw Jan 11, 2008

    Every page has a smudge and it's right down the middle. Replacing the toner cartridge didnt help. I havent tried to replace the fuser yet.

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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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