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Printing The printer does not print. period. It has a very light color print, no black. I replaced ink that really weren't empty, and still nothing. Also ran cleaning program, nothing. Unplugged, replugged...can't think of anything else to do. Apprieciate any help....Karla

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  • drjackm May 27, 2008

    Black print is inconsistent, using new toner cartridge.

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    Have same problem, started a few weeks ago black was very faint quarter of the way across page from left hand side of page, it's now spread to three quarters of the way across the page. Bought from OYYY they say it's two weeks out of guarantee and gave me Samsung number to ring. Samsung suggested I gave it a good clean which I duly did (nothing much to clean as it was as clean as a whistle) would not entertain any goodwill parts as it's only just out of guarantee. Still as bad after the clean. Only thing to do would be to buy a new imaging unit which is not far off the price of a new printer! I have no confidence that the same problem would not happen again so the only conclusion - it's cheap and as such be prepared to throw it away when it goes wrong!!! Buy something more expensive that will last.

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I've found Cartridge World useful for either curing or ditching! If your local branch can't sort out it's probably had it. If you talk nicely the only cost should be a new cartridge set!

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