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My printouts have a very dark haze over them.......the printed letter are fine but it looks like the print cartrige is dumping ink on my paper as it prints. It look like a bad fax copy. What is the problem?

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Either you purchased a a bad quality remanufactured toner cartridge or your fuser film is damaged.

If there is some kind of debris in black color that is on printouts, your fuser film might be damaged. Have a printer technician replace it.

If there is no debris, only bad quality printouts, it's the toner cartridge that needs replacement.

Posted on May 31, 2010

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