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Dirty prints Prints are getting a shading across the entire page. It looks a bit like when you use the same piece of paper 5 or 6 times.

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You have not stated if it is a laser or inkjet.
On laser machines this can usually be one/both of.
1 Faulty toner / poor quality refill (sometimes happens as toner runs low. (Replace toner)
2 Wear in the drum unit (Replace Drum unit)

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On card stock (especially coated card stock) you'll notice shading on the entire page. Again this happened out of the box on all three of my printers. I researched this and read that it was an effect of the LED technology.

Also if you look closely at your prints you'll notice that there are bars in your print. These bars look like there could be something wrong with the LED matrix...

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