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HL-1440 Prints blank

All my printouts from my HL-1440 are blank. THey have some small amount of toner on them. When I check the drum, there is a line of toner in one spot. I have relpaced the toner cleaned the drum with the wirethingy on the carterage (it has a triangle on it). Don't know what to do.

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  • Maxine Appleby Mar 26, 2008

    I have the same problem - all of a sudden I can't print pdfs any longer. I also changed my toner!




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Actually, I found the solution and fixed my problem. It was an incompatible version of Adobe PDF with my OS. I have windows 2000 and had upgraded to Adobe 8. It turns out on a WIN2000 Adobe 5.5 is the recommended version. Until I upgrade to XP - or buy a Mac ;-), this is what is required so I can print a pdf.

It had nothing to do with the printer.


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Since you've already done the initial steps in troubleshooting the unit, another user serviceable solution it to replace the drum unit. Please note however that the drum unit is a expensive consumable part. It is best if you can test your unit using a known working drum unit. Beyond replacing the drum unit, the only option remaining is to have it professionally serviced. Blank print outs are classic symptoms of a main PCB failure, Laser unit failure and/or a loose wire harness. Please note that high voltage and current reside inside the printer. Please leave this tinkering to the professionals.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008


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