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Black line down center of paper while using manual feed

When I use the manual feed to make multiple copies, there is a black line created down the center of my copies. I have cleaned both the glass and the magnifier window. This does not happen when I copy from the glass to make single copies.

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  • reedm79 May 11, 2010

    I want to say that there is possibly something going on with the rollers on the manual feeder. Can you check and make sure they are clean??

    Also, is the line dark or light?

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I had this issue once before on a Canon Multifunction printer and when I talked with Canon they said it was a malfunctioning scanning bed. They sent out a new one and I replaced it and had no further problems.

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