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Black smudges in printing (Brother HL1240 )

I have a Brother HL 1240. When I print every time, the first page comes out almost black, it gets better from second page on, but there are still black smudges. Is there any way to fix my drum.

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I had the same problem at work, what i did is clean the Drum unit corona wire with paper towel cause the moving the blue lever alone doesn't clean it properly.

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Change the drum

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Hello, response in French I am not good in English I will put a translation in English immediately following, therefore the solution is to install manuellement to drive it HL 1250 of Vista that will do to work the HL 1240 but with the 600 dpi (for information the 1250 is at 1200 dpi but bridled to 600 dpi under vista)

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