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Brothe HL 1440 leaves part of letters off intermitenetl

I have replaced the toner cartridge and the drum unit but I still have a persistent problem of some text having while lines at the bottom of the text. Is the problem in the laser lens or could it be a driver problem? I do not know how to clean the lens if that is the problem.

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Recently had this happen. The following solution from Brother seemed to fix it.

  1. Gently wipe the scanner window with a soft dry cloth. The scanner window is located on the roof of the inside of the printer.
  2. On the top of the drum unit (DR400), locate the blue tab on the left side. Slide it back and forth across the drum about 30 times.
  3. Remove the toner cartridge (TN430 or TN460) from the drum unit. To remove the toner from the drum: hold down the blue lever on the right side of the drum and lift the toner off of the drum unit.
  4. Inside the drum unit there is a green roller. Wipe the green drum roller with a dry tissue (i.e. Kleenex). You may turn this roller by moving the gears on the far left side.

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Have you tried to repalce the drum as well?

I've seen this before on some printers, and neither replacing the drum or toner will help. the problem is with another piece inside the printer, that simply has had its lifetime.

replacing the printer its usually cheaper than repairing.

Posted on Mar 08, 2008


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Likely thing is that you have a faulty toner cartridge return it to the store and ask for a replacement in exchange as yours is faulty. IF this does not cure the fault then maybe the drum unit causing the fault and this may need replacing.

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(3) Gently roll the green surface's roller with its outside end pegs (without touching the green surface) if and until such a matching dot (or dots) can be found. (Multiple dots might appear along other imaginary verticals on the page, which is to say, additional vertical striping is occurring because there are more instances of "items/dots/garbage" arrayed across the roller on the horizontal, to produce repeat images down the page as the page feeds through the printer.)
(4) Take a Q-tip and very, very, very gently "polish" away the dot(s) you found on the green roller. (I ended up just dabbing the dot I found--which had consistently left a trail of three dots down my pages, in different locations because of the distance the roller traveled relative to the page size--using the absolute least amount moisture to remove it.)
(5) Clean the drum's corona wire by moving the blue plastic slider back and forth, and leave the slider at the far left point.
(6) Reassemble the toner cartridge and the drum and place the assembly back in the printer.

(7) Test.
Worked great for me. Done in around five minutes. No cost, except for the negligible cost of a Q-tip. No time waiting for a new drum to show up, etc.

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