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Brother HL-1850 Prints Too Light

Anyone else experience text darkness problems with this printer? It's otherwise a great printer with duplexing at a fantastic price, but: First one printed too light at other than the highest density settings. Brother support said they weren't getting other complaints like mine. Sent out a replacement toner/drum, but no change. I returned the printer and received a replacement. The replacement prints exactly the same way. I have to set HRC all the way to "dark" (does this actually DO anything???) and density all the way from the default "0" to "+6" in order to print text as dark as you'd expect from other laser printers. Of course, the problem with this is I'm using up toner much faster than I would ordinarily. prints too light

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  • fuzz ball May 11, 2010

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  • fire77 Sep 19, 2016

    Go to the default printer settings:
    Click START, click DEVICES AND PRINTERS, Right click on BROTHER HL-1850,
    One the LAYOUT Tab Click ADVANCED
    Under PRINTER FEATURES make sure these three settings are: TONER SAVE MODE: "OFF," HRC: "DARK," DENSITY ADJUSTMENT: "6"
    Click OK all the way out of the settings.
    Now go to print something and double check the default settings match what you changed them to. (might require a restart)

    I hope this helps you, if not, then you might require a new toner or, God forbid, a new drum. before replacing the toner though, try removing it, shaking it side to side, and replacing it to see if that helps.



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