Dell 3110 toner cartridges spray toner all over the page
I thought it was an isolated, or one time incident, but now another person in the office is having the same problem with their machine and I am having a THIRD episode of this problem. It seems to be either the black or Cyan cartidges primarily. Changing the toner TEMPORARILY stops the problem, but after while, either the same color or a different color begins to taint the whole page. Sometimes toner powder contaminates the whole interior of the printer and I have to blow / vacuum it out.
I do not buy remanufactured cartridges (as far as I know) and they come from a major office supply dealer.
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The toner cartridges are not being completely locked in the printer and/or are misseated. When locking the cartridges, ensure the arrow is completely moved to the closed lock icon on the right side of the cartridge.
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Sometimes cartridges can be defective and cause a clicking noise especially compatible or after-market toners.I would first try re-seating all the cartridges. If you still have the old cartridges re-install and test them one at a time to isolate where the noise is coming from. It is vert unlikely but possible that the toner cartridge could be causing the printer to only print 2 pages at a time. That sounds more like a resource issue than a printer related issue.
You don't say if this is just 1 of the cartridges or all of them, but it's probably just 1, and it is probably a fault inside a cartridge you have replaced recently.
The Dell 3110 cartridge is more complex than many others, and has a Developer Powder (which is magnetic) and the Toner (which is not magnetic). There are paddles and augers inside the catridge that mix the toner and developer, and then move it along the section of the cartridge which feeds the mgnetic roller (which in turn makes the toner available to the drum. If one of these augers becomes dislodged from either it's drive gear, or the locating bush at the opposite end to the gear, the auger either does not turn at all, or moves eccentrically. This results in the mixed developer and toner not beng cycled properly, and wil result in toner 'starvation' or alternately developer/toner overload. Both of these will start at one end of the cartridge and 'progress' along it.
Developer/Toner starvation results in light print.
Overload creates very dense print, and eventually the developer/toner is spewed out of the cartridge, as it just can't cope with the volume that isn't being moved around properly.
Bit of a long winded explanation, but basically its a faulty cartridge, replace it and all should be well.
You can use refilled toner cartridges or off-brand compatible toner. The plus side to this is they are far cheaper and they do work. The down side is that they may increase wear on your printer and if they are the cause of a printer malfunction your Dell warranty is not required to fix the problem. It's a calculated risk--one which I personally take (three or four replacements of toner save enough to buy a new printer).
Pull the drum and toner cartridge out and spray inside of printer with canned air. Make sure you keep the can upright when spraying. Uncllip toner from drum and spray the area on the drum where the toner clips on. Move the corona cleaner from one side of the drum to the other a couple times, reseat toner in drum, put cartridge back in printer and print a few pages to remove toner that may have settled after spraying.
First off, this is a comment from a random person who may or may not know ALOT about these printers and toner/printer design in general. All toners are not designed to the same specification. Toner is a combination of plastic "pigment" and iron like shavings to make it magentically attracted to the electrical charges within the unit. Different toners conform to different grades and mainly size of the particles within the blend. The manufacturer doesnt only recommend that you use their toner to make them money, yes of course it makes money, but its because when the unit is designed it is designed to use a certain grade of toner, trust me if you put the non-branded toner vs the branded toner under a microscope you would see quite a difference. Often the non-branded toner is much larger in particle size (obviousely because its cheaper to make at this spec). This causes a variety of issues from excess toner not being cleaned off of developer rollers, IDT rollers, or clogging of toner dispenser tubes in the unit and the micro filters contained at the toner dispenser assy and developer assys. Also as for the issue not changing when switching to dell branded toner - the dispenser tubes within this unit contain up to 500-1000 pages worth of toner, making no change in toner you make immediately visible. Also depending on the damage caused by the previous toner, it may not be able to be fixed until all the components in between the toner and final delivery (drum cart) are replaced. In this case more than likely the toner dispenser assy, all developer assy's, and drum cartridge need to be replaced, and than be sure to stick with factory branded toner :)