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Dell 3110 making clicking noise while it prints and is now printing light on the right side?

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You don't say if this is just 1 of the cartridges or all of them, but it's probably just 1, and it is probably a fault inside a cartridge you have replaced recently.

The Dell 3110 cartridge is more complex than many others, and has a Developer Powder (which is magnetic) and the Toner (which is not magnetic). There are paddles and augers inside the catridge that mix the toner and developer, and then move it along the section of the cartridge which feeds the mgnetic roller (which in turn makes the toner available to the drum. If one of these augers becomes dislodged from either it's drive gear, or the locating bush at the opposite end to the gear, the auger either does not turn at all, or moves eccentrically. This results in the mixed developer and toner not beng cycled properly, and wil result in toner 'starvation' or alternately developer/toner overload. Both of these will start at one end of the cartridge and 'progress' along it.

Developer/Toner starvation results in light print.

Overload creates very dense print, and eventually the developer/toner is spewed out of the cartridge, as it just can't cope with the volume that isn't being moved around properly.

Bit of a long winded explanation, but basically its a faulty cartridge, replace it and all should be well.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010

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