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Dell 1600n: Toner marks down the center of the page.

When printing, the words (or logo) at the top of the paper appear continuously (faintly) down the center of the paper.Toner splotches also.

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Re: Dell 1600n: Toner marks down the center of the page.

There are 2 seperate glass areas on the top, the large one is for when you lift the cover to scan or copy, the little narrow one is when you use the ADF. If there is a dot or a spec on the narrow part, it will leave the streak on the page, Clean the narrow part really well. I use a foaming window cleaner, and a razor blade.
You may also want to check to see if there are any small scratches on that glass. That will cause the same thing to happen.

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