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Brother hl-2040 printing problem

I have a Brother hl-2040 and it is printing small black dots on the right side of the page 3 inches apart?

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  • bgmaine Apr 27, 2008

    That indeed was exactly the problem. Thanks!

  • Matthew Altman
    Matthew Altman Aug 29, 2013

    I have those spots, replaced the drum unit, and they are still there. Help!

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    printing marks on the right side of the page

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Could be that there are a mark on the drum itself or some dirt, remove the drum unit and inspect the surface , by rotating the drum , becareful not to touch the drum as it will leave marks on the surface

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