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Printer is dark

My hp laserjet 4 is printing too light, and I've heard that it may be something with the software???

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  • Justin Goldberg Dec 02, 2008

    Thank you for the response. Actually, now that I've checked the printer myself, as it turns out, the text is printing kind of light, but there are grayish band in the background, independent of the text itself.


  • Justin Goldberg Dec 02, 2008

    To clarify, the bands are not totally straight lines, but generally vertical smudges, that up close look like carbon copy paper smudges, or a charcoal relief, if that helps.

  • Justin Goldberg Jan 09, 2009

    It needed new toner.

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Go to Start > printers and faxes> right click on the laserjet4 icon>
properties > click on printing preferences on the first page > click advance on the next page > under Graphics, you will see print quality. Change it to either 600x600 or 1200x1200. The higher the number, the darker the print.
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 26, 2008

  • JDTec
    JDTec Dec 02, 2008

    Do this:

    start a print job. then as it picks up the paper , power off the printer when you feel that the paper has reached the toner cartridge but has not started to go into the fuser section. Open the printer and take out the toner cartridge. Look at the paper, is the smudges or faded background is there then the problem is the toner cartridge. It it looks ok up to that point, then it is the fuser, which would need to be replaced.

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