There is a black smudge on the edge of the paper. When I looked inside the toner has sprinkled out on the inside of the copier around the toner cartridge. I don't know if it is a defective toner cartridge or if it wasn't installed correctly. I replaced it a few weeks ago.
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Re: Ink on copy
The best way, if you wan't to do it yourself, is to unplug the copier. Open it with the green lever on the left middle side and gently pull it up. Suspension chuck will hold'im up. Gently vaccum the toner in the copier and when the most of it as been gone, take a air compression can and blow in to it...Watch out because it very dirty job !
P.S With the vaccum, be very carefull to not scratch the drum...
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If that doesn't do it, your fuser has gone bad. The fuser is the part that superheats the toner/ink so that it attaches to the paper. One clear sign of a serious problem is toner that refuses to adhere to the paper, resulting in smeared text and graphics (and sometimes, toner on your hands and clothes). In this case, the fuser, which makes toner stick to paper, may be broken. On some printers, you can peek at the fuser to see if there is any visible damage. Use your printer manual to help locate the fuser. Some printers have a felt-covered area covering the hot parts so that you can open part of the fuser and peek inside.
It sounds like your drum unit needs to be replaced. Do the smudges look characteristically like a finger print? Technicians have a rule of thumb. Replace your drum, developer compound and general service the machine as often as you service your car. Assuming you do service your car as often as I do, it should be after every 25,000 copies. If the machine has never been serviced then its time you did.
Very nice trouble shooting. The image defect you describe point to the OPC or drum unit this is essentially the toner cart. In your case black. Measureing the distance between repetitive defects is a sure way of diagnosing problems such as yours. Again nice work.
Google repetitive defect ruler for your model to help in the future.
Can only be two things the drum or the fuser. More than likely drum they last about 4 toners i think.
Learn the art of getting a page to stop halfway threw printing, you want to stop the page after the drum has put a image on the paper but before paper has gone threw the fuser (hotbit).
Once you have mastered the position correctly by stopping the printing by opening the door and removing drum/toner cartridge, to reveal the paper that is printed but can be rubbed off, we will know if marks are coming from the drum (you will see them) or from the fuser, if print is fine.