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Printer smudging i am printing out plain black writing and when it comes out of the printer the writing looks smudged almost like it has been printed twice. i have go onto the menu and selected clean pin head and then did a test page but that didnt do anything. what could i do to sort it out?

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Sounds like the rollers are contaminated/ and or the print heads have stuck on them. you can use alcohol on a cotton swab to clean them.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013

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SOURCE: Printed pages look dirty

That black dust that fell out is the toner. When you shake a toner cartridge that shouldn't happen. It looks like you have a faulty toner cartidge and that need to be replaced! Now to make your printer prints cleanly and clearly after you replace the cartridge, you'll need to get someone to service the printer(the faulty toner cartridge more than likely spilled toner on your internal printer parts, cause the smudges). Sevicing would mainly entail, taking down the printer and removing any spilt toner! If you feel you are up to this, be cautious, because toner can be hazardous to your health if you accidentally breathe it in! hope this was helpful! regards babb

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SOURCE: black ink smudges for color print mode only, not for grayscale

- Try to reallign the cartridge, run a print test, after that if the issue still persist - uninstall and reinstall software - run test and re-allign again the cardtridge using software. run print test again.

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Hi Friend,
You have mentioned this is a 2nd hand printer,
you have to service the printer,(fuser unit)
if the problem exists after fuser service check Laser Scanner also,
Thanks
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Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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SOURCE: smudges on items printed

Take the cartridge out and shake it, when you do this thought make sure you cover where the toner goes out of or you'll make a mess! I had this same issue with my laser printer and this resolved it.

If that doesn't fixya then you may want to clean the rollers you can buy sheets to run in them.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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SOURCE: 4 - black ink smudges (1/32" wide x 1/16" high) in right margin

Very nice trouble shooting. The image defect you describe point to the OPC or drum unit this is essentially the toner cart. In your case black. Measureing the distance between repetitive defects is a sure way of diagnosing problems such as yours. Again nice work.

Google repetitive defect ruler for your model to help in the future.

Hope this helps

Posted on Apr 07, 2009

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