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The letters seem to smear if touched straight after a document has been printed from a laser printer. Why is this?

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Wrong paper, special paper, or leave a little longer to dry?

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When you say smudges, can you wipe the toner from the page with your fingers; or is it just smearing when it prints; but, the toner is affixed to the paper?

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It might be the fuser that is defect. perform a half paper path test. Let the paper get pulled in for half of it's length and open the cartridge door so printer stops, check the paper and see if issue is on the out print before passing the fuser. Also check that you have the power cord directly to wall socket and not using an extension cable that may reduce the current to the printer. Another tip can be to change paper type in the printing preferences to a heavier type ex. card stock wich have the printer to work slower.

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