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Hello mine is really an FT3713

Got error message "used toner overflow" - A generous fellow going by the name of Black Cat told me what to do at another forum that I can't find now. I did it and the error disappeared.

However, the copies now are:

1 almost totally black
2 the left half of an 8+1/2'' page copied: the image copied is barely visible
under the darkness of too much toner, which at the far left is only a dark
gray which progressively turns to black as it goes to the right so that the
total (more of less) right half of the page is completely black.
3 vertically streaked varying width "bands" to "lines of black", gray and
white

This copier is about ten years old, but only has about 6000 copies on it. In fact I am only on the third toner cartridge since I bought it.

Any help or guidance that anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Best regards, Walter

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  • mraktrak Oct 26, 2008

    Thank you for your input. I bought it new in 1998 and only made 17,283 since then. To me, it is still,

    " my new photocopier. "

    All my other equipment serves a variety of purposes, like my scanner, laser printer, ink-jet printer, fax- copier-scanner-all-in-one, etc. I liked the idea of one machine doing only one thing, but doing it well and relatively fast at the time.

    Would the fact that I hadn't used it for about six years have anything to do with it?

  • mraktrak Oct 26, 2008

    Thank you for your input. I bought it new in 1998 and only made 17,283 since then. To me, it is still,

    " my new photocopier. "

    All
    my other equipment serves a variety of purposes, like my scanner, laser
    printer, ink-jet printer, fax- copier-scanner-all-in-one, etc. I liked
    the idea of one machine doing only one thing, but doing it well and
    relatively fast at the time.

    Would the fact that I hadn't used it for about six years have anything to do with it?

  • mraktrak Oct 27, 2008

    Thanks for the added assistance.

    What do you think about the cleaning blades maybe being the major culprit?

    Your number 1 fan, Walter

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This sounds very scary...
Your Machine is very old..
What did you do last to the Copier to get it in this condition?


All you should have done is empty the Waste Toner bottle, and do SP83.

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  • Rassad Oct 27, 2008

    Not being used for so long proberly has alot to do with it.

    Running 100-200 pages through it might clear it up a little.



    Sounds like your Developer and toner might be a bit stale from sitting for 6 years, a good workout could do it good. Otherwise you will have to replace the developer.

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