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Drum light stay on but it will not let me print?

How do I replace the drum? First time user.

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In most cases, if you are going to replace it yourself, when you order the new drum it should come with instructions on how to replace the old drum with the new one you ordered.
Usually this is done by a professional printer repair person, due to the possibility of there being complex changes to make while changing the drum.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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    Alex Howard Jun 20, 2009

    In most cases, if you are going to replace it yourself, when you order the new drum it should come with instructions on how to replace the old drum with the new one you ordered.

    Usually this is done by a professional printer repair person, due to the possibility of there being complex changes to make while changing the drum.



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