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My Brother 5040 laser printer is printing a bit faint in parts of the page. I have cleaned the rollers, shaken the toner cartridge and replaced the drum unit. The quality is better, but I am still missing areas. The toner unit has still got toner, but it may have been a bit damp due to where it was stored. I have tried to increase the darkness settings and tried the grey tick box in the advanced settings. Nothing else seems to help. Just ordered a new cartridge of toner, and it should be here in a few days but was this the original problem? Any advice would help

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Number one are you using brother oem drum and toner? generic toner will give you all kinds of problems,.. if the the paper is damp or has moisture in it it will give you weird printing , ghosting parts missing etc. good luck brother sr tech

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