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Words Copied Multiple Times


When I print a sheet all words will appear as they should. However multiple words are being copied lightly through-out the whole page, over top of each line. It's like the roller is retaining wet ink?

Thanks in Advance!


I have an HP Laser Jet 4L. It prints fine with the exception of large black splotched on the left hand side of every page. The splotches are toner of course. They are darkest at the begining of the page and become lighter toward the end of the page. I took the unit apart and cleaned it completely but the problem persists.
Could it be as simple as a cartridge problem?


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  • ks73 Jan 04, 2008

    When I print on thicker paper (lables, cardstock, etc) I get a double image half-way down the page. It just started after I changed the toner. Changing the paper thickness in the menu doesn't help at all. It doesn't seem to be a problem with normal print jobs. A second printer in our office has the same issue.

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    When I first try and print during the day I get double images on my pages

    with some text from above appearing in light print, after I print out several pages this problem goes away and the sheets print out correctly.

    Any ideas?

  • thedun
    thedun May 29, 2008

    In addition to occasionally getting words copied multiple times, I am also finding that the words/image down the right hand side of the page are not 'fixed' to the paper and can be smeared off like old news-papers used to do. Is this a fuser problem? What can I do?



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Sounds like a bad heat roll in the fuser.
If it is more like a ghost image repeating perfectly at a certain distance. Say like evry 3 inches, suspect the fuser, which is the heat roller.

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Yes Cartridge problem is what causes double imaging 95 % of the time, there is a rubber blade in the drum unit that wears and doesn't clean off old image from drum. Have known this fault to be fuser at times, the way to tell is to get a print to stop half way threw machine by openning door during print, remove cartridge and look at print, you want it to be stop before the fuser(hot bit) but after the drum, image still rubs off if pre fuser and then you can see if defect is present before paper travels threw the fuser, but in your case I think you will find it is not the fuser it is toner cartridge.

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    Soulvisitor Dec 02, 2007

    Thanks for rating!



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