Question about Dell 5100cn Laser Printer
You may need a new FUSER. The fuser is the hot thing in the back that bonds the toner to the paper. The fuser heat roller is coated with teflon so the toner won't stick to it while it's heating the paper. After a period of time/number of pages (usually 100,000+), the teflon wears out and the toner starts sticking to it and then gets transferred back to the paper after a revolution.
Is the whole image repeating? Chances are good that it's the fuser. If only one color is repeating, it's probably a faulty toner cartridge, as it may have worn out before the toner ran out. Have you changed cartridges yet? If you have not and don't want to buy another just to see if it will work, try a "half-page test. Start printing something. When yoou think the paper is about halfway through the printer, open the cartridge door to stop the printing. Don't worry about the error. Pull out the toner cartridge and see if the repeat defect occurs before the fuser. If it does, try a new cartridge. If it does not, you need a new fuser.
The Dell fuser is not as easy to change as an HP fuser, but if you are brave and have a screwdirver, you may be able to do it without calling a technician. Service manuals afor Dell printers are hard to track down. Fusers can be found online for about $200-300. Best bet, if you don't know what you're doing is to call a Dell authorized servicer.
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