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The printer shows low on black yet prints solid black pages when we send normal documents to be printed. What do I do? Note: the black toner level is low and is due soon to be replaced - but it is not empty. Tks

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  • deeann600 Sep 08, 2009

    Why does my HP Laser jet 3600n print solid black
    pages????
    Tks

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Yes it start giving the warnings if it still have the ink just to make sure you get the new cartridges well before it gets completely dried

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The message is just a warning....
In order to "extend" the print life of the toner:

1. Remove the cartridge fromthe printer.
2. Hold the cartridge by the ends using both hands.
3. "Rock" the cartridge like you are moving a steering wheel clockwise/counterclockwise...
4. Now "Roll" the cartridge in a forward/backward roll..
5. The toner is now evenly distributed in the cartridge...
6. Put cartridge back in printer... The "low toner" warning may go away!
7. Wash hands...

Hope this helps!

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