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Prints 'dirty' white page

My laser printer suddenly stopped printing data. the paper runs through the printer and comes out looking like a dirty white sheet.

there are no warning lights on the unit. on turning on the printer seems to go through standard startup procedure and indicates ready. When I send any data to the printer I get dirty white sheet. When I press the printer test all I get is a dirty white sheet. I have replaced the toner cart even though the light does not indicate toner is low. I have not tried to change the drum since it does not indicate drum is bad and drums cost too much. Seems to me that data is not getting to the system somehow. All systems for handling the paper seem to work properly.

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  • Anonymous May 09, 2008

    random pages will be perfect - the suddenly there's toner everywhere - smeared on pages . When i take the toner out it's amess inside too. Put a new toner, same problem. Help!

  • packice Jul 03, 2008

    I know it and a lot more.
    Take out the cartridge and drum pakkage.
    Take away the cartridge.
    What is left is the drum (grren roll) package.
    You see 2 screws and a little one in the hole. Unscrew them and unlatch the 4 latches
    Wouw you can see a dirty brush. Dirty wire mash. And a kind of chip.That is not a chip. Only a fuse which will blow by Brother software at ??? prints. In the future if the drum out signal comes shortcut it.
    Now I cleaned everything again. Do it outside the powder is not healthy.
    Show me your results

  • cantfinddrum Oct 23, 2008

    I hear clean the drum but for those of us who dont know where the drum is a little visual help might be worth a thousand words. I have been all over the internet and the brother site, clean the drum clean the drum clean the drum where in the world is the drum, do I have to completely disassymble the printer to get to it. Help


  • bjmorgan98 Feb 06, 2009

    Brother hl 1440 printer prints dirty white pages.

  • tech50 Feb 17, 2009

    I followed packice's directions to clean the drum, but I cannot find the 4 latches. I removed the 3 screws but can't get anything else apart. Where are the latches?

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    Dirty Printouts

  • Cary Micheau
    Cary Micheau May 11, 2010

    have you checked the corona wire oppisite the drum? take out the drum and toner and airdustthe inside?



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A white indicates that no information is being written on the drum. Another white page fault can be when the corona wire becomes broken, contamiinated, or corroded. That makes the attracted charge between the drum and paper is severely reduced.You might have to replace the module containingn the corona wires. Hope this helps a little.

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Where the heck is the drum?

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