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Printing Black Smudges

My printer had a paper jam. I removed the paper and tried reprinting but the page came out covered in large black smudges. I tried printing again but the same issue occurred.

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You could print a few more out and see if it goes away.

Check the drum and see if there are any black marks on it. If there is, it could be a scratched drum or the cleaning blade isn't working in it anymore.

Is this a new toner cartridge?

Be careful when you look at the drum at it to keep the light out of it as much as possible.

Where did it jam at?

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