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Smuding typically occurs when you print on a heavier paper without changing the settings. By changing the settings to a thick paper type, the page will be send through the printer more slowly. this will likely eliminate the smudging.

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Posted on Mar 01, 2010

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The print toner cartridge has a small trap door that opens to let the toner adhere to the paper. Remove the toner cartridge and locate this moveable panel on it. This roller is VERY sensitive, and can scratch VERY easy. Use a soft LINT FREE cloth to GENTLY wipe the colored roller if you see any toner build up. If that does not clear up the problem you will need to replace your Fuser Unit which will need to be ordered from Dell or a 3rd party supplier. Its a pretty easy process, and instructions usually come with the fusers. If you have a printer warranty they will fix it for you. Thanks! //CowboysfanZ

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Dell 3100cn Smudges on all color except black

This is actually a drum issue, although changing drums doesn't always fix it. The problem is the at the tolerances between the transfer belt and the top cover of the drum is too close so the belt can scrape on the ribs inside the cover, getting a toner buildup and causing streaks in the color. Notice it is not streaking the black; this is because the black is laid on the belt last and the belt does not go around again.

This is such a flaky problem because a perfectly happy unit can suddenly start streaking because of temperature changes or, I suspect, even something as simple as moving the printer can cause things to move enough to cause the issue. A good article I have found for fixing it is at http://www.ahfx.net/weblog.php?article=133. Dell forums also discuss this issue -- it's a known issue and I think Dell should fix it.

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SOURCE: Dell 3100cn laser printer poor print quality

It sounds like you've got contamination on the drum cartridge or on one of the toner cartridges.

I'm actually going to be installing black toner in my 3100cn in about 8 hours, so I'll inspect and clean each of the carts, and write up the process for you tonight.


Posted on Jan 27, 2010

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SOURCE: 3100cn Laser Printer: dell 3100cn service manual...

Hello,

This link will take you to a site where you can download the manual for your machine. You will the link on the right side of the page.

http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instructions-owner-manual/DELL/3100CN-_E

Hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 04, 2010

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