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Vertical Stripes on printed Page, Shaken Toner, Relatively new Belt (Green thing), cleaned the fuzer wire, cleaned the cleaner roller, has oil.

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  • indigomage Nov 17, 2008

    When I originally Selected the details, I specified that it was a Brother HL-2600N Laser Printer. Sorry

  • indigomage Nov 18, 2008

    Sorry there isn't a consumable or accessory called a drum, there is an OCL Belt (which is the green thing mentioned in my initial post) but there's no drum

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Depending on the type and model of your printer this could be several things mostly related to the cartridge or drum if you have a separate toner/drum system.. Since you have stated you have shaken the toner, I am assuming you have a laser printer. New belt, has me confused. Green thing leads me to think you are talking about the drum. If so, did you purchase a new toner cartridge or new drum cartridge?

Several components inside the toner or drum cartridge will cause vertical streaks. It depends on where these streaks are occurring and how wide the streaks are. We call these repetitive defects and they can be measured to determine which part is at fault.

Also, if this is a multi-unit machine (print/copy/fax/scan) Check the platen glass or ADf feed unit for white out. That has been a major culprit of vertical streaks on the page.

More specifics about the model of machine and cartridges being used would be helpful in trying to solve this problem for you.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

  • CWChar
    CWChar Nov 17, 2008

    Yep! I am going to have to say the most likely culprit is the drum unit.
    Many people do not realize that there are 2 consumable components to these machines. Toner and Drum.
    If you haven't changed the drum unit, I would suggest that is the most likely problem.


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