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I have a CLP-315W that a friend gave me. It prints fine with no problems. However the red light blinks slowly all the time. The printer seems to think the color toner cartridges are empty. Since if I print the configuration page it says that all three color cartridges are empty. However if I swap the color cartridges with a CLP-315 that I also have, the 315W ones read 95% and now the CLP-315 ones read 0% so it's not the cartridges. The black cartridge reads fine, and, as I said, the printer prints in color and b/w just fine. Is there a sensor or something that might cause this, or do I just live with it. Thank, Greg

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  • gregw79 Nov 12, 2010

    I thought about it being a contact problem, except for the fact that it's doing it on all 3 color cartridges only.

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Just as you thought, your printer has a dirty or failed ink level sensor.

You should be able to clean it if it is dirty. First, UNPLUG THE PRINTER. Now look at the cartridge and find the metal contact points which allow it to communicate with the printer. Now find their counterparts in the printer and clean them. A Q-Tip lightly moistened with alcohol should remove any ink build up.
It is rare but I have seen printers with optical ink level detection. Look for an optical sensor. If you find one make sure it is clean and unobstructed.

If it has failed it is not worth fixing. Just ignore the light and just keep an extra cartridge on hand.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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"blinks red each LED lights red Each toner cartridge is almost empty. You can print, but the quality is not reliable."
Most likely it could be a dirty contact or something a long those lines. I would just keep printing until there is a quality issue then you would know the cartridge is empty. I would just live with it and use it until you have a real problem.
Thank you,
Lee

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    Lee A. Nov 12, 2010

    the toner uses a microchip that senses whether it is empty or not. So it's possible the printer isn't reading these properly. As long as you make sure not to run them totally empty you won't have a problem. Please reconsider and accept/rate my solution appropriately. If you need further assistance I would be glad to help you.
    Thanks,
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