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Black ink coming out of dell 3100cn from cartridge

Just changed cartridges and it seems that the black one is leaking. And when a page prints you can barely see the ink.. Is this fixable? What is the problem?

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  • Douglas Farquharson Feb 19, 2009

    I am also experiencing the same problem. I have put in a few new cartridges. The printer goes into Calibration mode for about 5 minutes and clunks a lot. During this time it spits toner everywhere. Dell told me I need a new toner sensor $198.00. I expect it just needs to be cleaned. But now need to find where it is and what it looks like.

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You were mostly right. I took it in to an expert and he said that the developer holder was cracked and I'd need a new one of those. I've ordered it and hopefully it will fix it.

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Reseat the black toner. It's most likely not in all the way. I'm willing to bet there is black toner everywhere inside the printer....

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