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I just installed a new ink cartridge and printed the test page. There are blots of ink on the right edge of the page, (and back) otherwise o.k. Does the printer need cleaning somewhere? Thanks for any advice, Wendy.

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Print another test page or two. Often the toner has gotten onto a roller or something inside and it will clear itself off by running a few more sheets of paper through it. If that doesn't help, remove the toner cartridge and GENTLY use some canned air to remove any lose toner. IF you see alot of toner in the computer, don't blow it out but take a soft dry cloth and wipe it out. If it still continues, the fuser may have defects so it could be coming from that. Good luck, Wendy.

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