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Will not print

And have a lot of black ink showing up on the paper

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Cleaning the Interior of the Machine If the interior of the machine becomes dirty, paper printed onto by the machine may get dirty, so we recommend performing
cleaning regularly.
Note: Ensure that the Inner Cover is closed.
1. Press <ON/OFF> to turn on the machine, then remove any paper from the Auto Sheet Feeder.
2.Press the Open button to open the Paper Output Tray, and open up andset the extension by pressing down the hollow on the front side.
3.Prepare a single sheet of A4- or Letter-sized plain paper. Fold it inhalf along the long edge. Unfold the paper, then load it in the AutoSheet Feeder with the open side to the front.
Will not print - insertfoldedpaper.gif 4. Start bottom plate cleaning.

  1. Press <COPY>.
  2. Press <Menu> repeatedly to select [4.MAINTENANCE].
  3. Use [left.gif ] or [right.gif ] to select [BOTTOM CLEANING], then press <OK>. The sheet of paper is automatically fed in and then out of the machine.
Ifthe printed paper is smudged, clean the inside of the machine again. Ifthe problem remains after performing cleaning again, the protrusionsinside the machine may be stained. Clean them up.
Note:Even if the Cassette is selected as the paper source, paper will be fedfrom the Auto Sheet Feeder. Do not perform any other operation whilethe bottom plate is being cleaned.
Cleaning the Protrusions inside the Machine

If protrusions inside the machine are stained, wipe ink off the protrusions using a swab or the like.
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I hope it helps!!!

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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