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Dark background on Dell 1700 printing

I just replaced the toner cartridge on a Dell 1700 and now have a very dark background on the page that is printing. I've checked the PCR drum and the inside of the printer for loose toner but that's not solving the problem.

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Faulty (or wrongly) remanufactured cartridges can produce a 'background' to a print, which can be even across the page or have a mottled effect.

Do a printer self test page (press the arrow button).

put the old toner cartridge back in and do the same.

Does the background show with the old cartridge ?

If it does, its a drum unit problem, if not its a toner cartridge problem, and that should be under warranty if you've just replaced it.

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Dell says I low toner, replaced cartridge, same message


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See this link for an idea of what it looks like and a price.

http://www.fastprinters.com/ProductDetails.asp?product_id=DELL-H4919

I do not work or represent this company, so shop around.

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http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Printer_Accessories/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=310-8710#Overview

You might have reset the "counter" for the photoconducter. Ever  have a water  fillter with an electronic timer? You replace the filter, then you reset the timer? Perhaps you reset the timer without actually replacing the filter. So to speak. :)
The question you should ask yourself is: would I like to spend $30 - $60 [it's cheaper for refurbished parts- Google it] replacing the drum head on a 7 year old printer, or would I rather invest that in a new printer?

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