Re: Our Dell 3100CN pcl6 still prints, but it makes a...
I had the same problem, tried to use the MFP tray, got jam, couldnt't close the rear door and used appropriate force... terrible noise with every print thereafter.
I fiddled with the roller at the back of the MFP tray. It didn't want to move much but after rotating it ~ 45 degrees back and forth it was in a more loose position. That seems to have solved it, no more noise!
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Can you provide the model of the Dell Printer you have that is making a loud grinding noise. I can the search for resolutions to this issue.
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Go to Control panel
Click on: Hardware and Sound
Click on: Devices and Printer
Click on your printer
Click on Adjust printing preferences
Then go to the Maintenance Tab at the top (should be last tab)
Then click Print a test page
You can also Align Ink cartridges from here and clean the Ink Cartridges
If that does not work then update the drivers:
Go to Start Type in box Device Manager Click on Device Manager in list Wait till list populates. Click on Imaging devices Right click on the printer Update the drivers by searching online
take the toner out and shake it. even distribution is require for the print to come out even. if that doesn't work then it is time to get a new toner.
clen the roller and the heating element. make sure the heater element is cool.
You can get the manuals for the 3100cn printer from the Dell support website (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/3100cn/en/index.htm). They include some troubleshooting steps for determining what is causing a number of different problems with the printer.
Did you make sure there was nothing blocking the toner on that side of the toner cartridges you replaced?
If you haven't already tried it, I would also suggest cleaning the printer to see if that fixes the print problems you are seeing. The User's Guide (in the link above) has a section describing how to do this.
If that doesn't fix things, run the tests for print quality and contact Dell support (contact information is in the manual, or on the Dell.com website).
Hopefully this will help you get the problem fixed if you haven't already done so.
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