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Waste Tank Full - Solid Red Light

On my Samsung CLP-300 (which is only a couple months old), every few pages I print I get a solid red light. When I run the "Dr. Printer" utility, it tells me that the waste tank is full. I pull the waste tank out and empty it. Do I need to get a new waste tank already? Why is the printer wasting so much toner?

Any help is appreciated..thanx.

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  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    it says the waste tank is full?

    do i have to buy a new one?

  • Jack Sanderson
    Jack Sanderson May 09, 2008

    I ended up buying a new waste tank and it seems to be ok now. Hopefully this one will last longer than a couple of months.

  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2008

    CLP300 WASTE TANK

  • smtdad Aug 31, 2008

    I have the same problem. Do I just change the ink toner cartridge to take care of the problem and if so, do I change all of the toner cartridges?

  • cratetivity Dec 28, 2008

    WOW, I guess it pays to research before buying a product. Had I known there were so many "same" waste container problems I might have been dissuaded from purchasing. Now I'm stuck. I have emptied our the waste container, several times, like everybody else. But the error message continues to plague me everyday. What a colossol waste of my time. I will never buy Samsung products again.

  • UncleRemus Apr 27, 2009

    But how does one access the waste tank ? Where is it ?

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Had the the "tank full" problem for a while. I was taking the unit apart and using my air compressor to get it working...not knowing exactly what was being cleaned to fix it. Saw the sensor issue in this thread and clean the clear part of the tank and the sensor on the left wall...but could not find the 2nd receiving sensor. Finally found it and it was filthy. This sensor is located in the housing that holds all the toners. You have to the pull this housing out by the green handle. Once out the sensor is not visible b/c a piece of plastic drops over it when the housing is removed. basically this hidden sensor will line up with the other sensor and the clear plastic in the waste toner cartridge. hope this helps

Posted on Apr 01, 2010

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Technically you do have to buy a new toner tank (they come in packs of 3, Harvey Norman normally stock them), however the carefull application of a vacume cleaner (use disposable vacume bags to do this, cloth bags don't filter well enough) to the full waste tank can at least double its life if not more. You will only be able to do this 2 or 3 times but in a pinch it will let you resume printing for a while. It allso helps to clean the optical sensor windows (their the only optically clear plastic bits on the cartridge so hard to miss) with a cotton bud (a DRY cotton bud). You will need to clean both sides of the window portal from the inside of the wate tank as well. Bending one end of the cotton bud at a 90deg angle will help when doing this. It's fiddly and potentially very messy work if your not carefull so be prepared to make a mess and most importantly keep the vacume nozle near the opening of the waste tank to **** up the super fine waste toner powder.

As for if this is just your printer wasting toner, no its not. If the printer did not clean its roller after every colour print you would end up with colour contamination on the following pages. Hence why colour prints take longer than black.

Posted on May 09, 2008

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I have found that if I pull out the waste tank and rap it forcefully on a sturdy, flat surface several times, put it back in and wait 5 minutes or so, the red light will go out and I can print again. Also, the tip above ("Best Solution" post) about cleaning the optical sensor "windows" helps as well. You may have to repeat the rapping business a time or two, but the waiting a few minutes is important, I believe, to let the toner dust settle back down. Best thing is to have a spare on hand--especially if you have a long or two-sided job to print. (It get can confusing printing on both sides even though the printer is pretty good about picking up where it left off.) I'm intrigued by the idea of trying to clean the tank out, but beware the delicate foam baffles--they can be knocked loose easily. One quick idea I intend to try: Drill a hole in the bottom of the tank to permit shaking the toner out and then perhaps covering the hole with tape until the next time. I'm not real fond of the idea of vacuuming out the waste toner. Great little inexpensive printer, otherwise. Ted

Posted on Dec 02, 2009

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If you disable the sensor won't that be a problem in the long run?? The tank will over fill, unless you keep an eye on it and this will no doubt create even more problems???
I think it just needs a thorough tank clean/change and then switch it off, wait a while and restart it.

Hope this works for you....

BKC

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

That would be a nice solution...just to disable it. Fortunately, mine has been working since I got the new waste tank.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

This has become a daily routine for me. Got the Samsung CLP-300 for my school around April 2008 on sale at Office Depot. It worked great until at the end of the year when one of the teachers decided to print a bazillion full color documents. So cartridges ran out of course. I don't remember exactly but I think the "waste tank full" issue came up once but all I did was empty the tank. Then we went home for the summer, came back in August, ordered new cartridges, got "waste tank full". Followed everyone's suggestions. Solved the waste tank full problem after several attempts to clean it , then it says paper jam. Opened everything up, etc. FINALLY, it started printed. I was elated! About five copies later, "waste tank full". Took out the tank several times, green light stays on - yeah! Print a test page - "paper jam" but I don't even think it tried to pick up a sheet of paper. What was Samsung thinking?!?!? O.K. so IF I buy new waste tanks which I think is ridiculous, everytime it prints, toner passes right by the optic windows and being the super fine powder that it is, it sticks to the windows. Of course, this is the one time I didn't save the box and I don't know if I can find the receipt. Is there a way to disable the waste tank sensor for this model? TIA

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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