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Snowflake pattern on print jobs

I have an HP Laserjet 4 plus and my print jobs have a snowfalke pattern on them. I looked at the toner cartridge and saw that the drum had the snowflake pattern marks. I replaced the cartridge and all was good. After a month of printing the snowflake patterns are on the drum cylinder again. Do you think that there is something on the fuser or rollers that is making the pattern on the drum? Any ideas on how to resolve this issue? Sam

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I would suggest taking a can of air and spraying the reflective glass that is under the scanner assembly front area. You will need to remove the top cover (three screws: one in front and two in back. Once screws out, open manual feed tray, then take a flat blade screwdriver to release two clips at top front of cover.). You must toggle the toner cartridge lever (metal piece that sits just to the left of the scanner assembly) and then spray up under the scanner front area). Also, I would replace the Transfer Roller. When you remove the toner, you will see a black roller that sits just under where the toner normally positions at the bottom.

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Half circle symbol means printer is in ready state. The printer control panel is comprised of six lights and two buttons. The lights produce patterns that identify the printer status.

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3 Paper out light: Indicates that the printer is out of paper.
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