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Dark Background on HP Laserjet 4100

HP Laserjet is printing a medium grey background on all pages.

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Several Options:
- Increase the Toner Density Level to 5
- Use freshly opened media
- Use a new print cartridge, if near end of life
- Run a cleaning page to clean the fuser

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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