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I have a HP LaserJet4L. It has suddenly started to print smudgy lines and stripes. The toner is two years old and is not an HP toner. Could the printer be nearing the end, I've had it 15 years and i'ts never had any problems before. I hope I just need a new toner. Thanks Urchin

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It is probably the fuser unit that is causing the problem. Yes it would be better to purchase a new laserjet. They are very inexpensive, from $90. to $180.

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Posted on Nov 12, 2008

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