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Dell 2135 won't print black and white when color toner is empty

Toner Cartridges have a chipset. When I change the empty yellow chipset to my full cyan cartridge the printer says the Cyan is empty.

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    7mtvessel Feb 24, 2012

    Is there any way to fool this printer or overide it so it will print black and white. Not being able to print text documents when you're out of color toner is insane!
    The chipset statement was about one thing I'd already tried. Testing to see if the chipset actually measured the amount of toner present. The chipset does not actually measure the toner or my full cyan cartridge would not have shown as empty and my yellow cartridge as full.

    Also as a follow up about the chipset. when I opened the yellow cartridge there was about 2 tablespoons of yellow toner inside. Is Dell ripping us off?

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SOURCE: diagonal lines on print

Hi,
Follow these steps.

Print Quality Problems on 3010cn.
Reset the NVRAM On the 3010cn

To reset the NVRAM, perform the following steps:

  1. Press the Menu button.

  2. Press the down%20arrow%203100cn.jpg (down arrow) button on the printer until Configure appears, and then press the right%20arrow%203100cn.jpg (right arrow) button on the printer or return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg (Set) button.

  3. Press down%20arrow%203100cn.jpg on the printer until Maintenance appears, and then press right%20arrow%203100cn.jpg on the printer or return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg.

  4. Press the down%20arrow%203100cn.jpg until Init NVRAM appears, and then press right%20arrow%203100cn.jpg or return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg.

  5. Press return%20arrow%203100cn.jpgInitializing and Restart Printer will appear.

  6. Power off the printer and power back on.

To print the Gradation [ESS] test print, perform the following steps:
  1. Power off the printer.

  2. Hold down the up and down arrow buttons on the printer and power the printer on. This will bring up a Customer Mode menu.

  3. Press the down arrow button until Test Print appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  4. Press the down arrow button until Gradation [ESS] appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  5. Press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button. On the LCD, Processing appears and the test page is printed.

  6. Power off the printer and power back on.



To print all four 20% toner test prints, perform the following step:
  1. Power off the printer.

  2. Hold down the up and down arrow buttons on the printer and power the printer on.

  3. Press the down arrow button until Test Print appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  4. Press the down arrow until Cyan20% [ESS] appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  5. Press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button. The test print will print.

  6. Press the Cancel button.

  7. Press the down arrow until Magenta20% [ESS] appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  8. Press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button. The test print will print.

  9. Press the Cancel button.

  10. Press the down arrow until Yellow20% [ESS] appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  11. Press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button. The test print will print.

  12. Press the Cancel button.

  13. Press the down arrow until Black20% [ESS] appears and press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button.

  14. Press the return%20arrow%203100cn.jpg button. The test print will print.

  15. Press the Cancel button.

  16. Power off the printer and power back on.

Reseat the drum cartridge, perform the following steps:
  1. Power off the printer.
  2. Unplug the power cable.
  3. Pull to open the front cover and then lift to open the top cover. (Figure 1)

    open%20front%20and%20top%20cover%203100cn.jpg

    Figure 1 - Open Front and Top Covers

  4. Raise the lever on the top right side of the drum cartridge. (Figure 2)

    lift%20drum%20cartridge%20lever%203100cn.jpg

    Figure 2 - Raise Lever to Release Drum Cartridge

  5. Grasp the drum cartridge by the handle and lift up and out. (Figure 3)

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    Figure 3 - Remove Drum Cartridge

  6. Insert the drum cartridge.
  7. Close the top and front covers.
  8. Plug in the power cable.
  9. Power on the printer.


Posted on Dec 20, 2007

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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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SOURCE: Dell 3010CN Color Laser Printer is leaving vertical smudge/bleed

Try a new Cyan toner cartridge. If nogo, will need a new transfer roller or transfer belt (I used to work on these printers but forgot if they use a belt or not... I will check on the DCSE site and post back)

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: wrong cartridge 093-982 cyan toner unsupported

are you using a dell-branded toner cartridge? if yes, then you should replace the toner cartridge sensor and machine control unit (MCU). if no, you can enable the non-dell toner mode on your printer's operator panel. how? press menu, down until "configure" & press select; down until "maintenance" & press select; down until "non-dell toner" & press select; down until "on" & press select.

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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SOURCE: My 3000cn ran out of black and cyan toner, so I

I have fixed this now using advice that I found from other users on this site who had posted similar questions. In case it's useful to any of you, pull open the front cover and operate the small blue lever that you'll find behind it on the right. This opens a secret compartment on the outside of the printer and there you will find the cleaning rod. Pull and push this in and out about 15 times and it should fix any problems like the one I had.

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