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'Speckled' Printing Hi, Just lately my brother laser printer has not been printing very well. It has a new toner cartridge and we have not done a great deal of printing through the new toner, though I would say we have broken it in. When printing, it is leaving 'speckled' ink and usually a few lines though the page. I have dusted the roller and both dry and wet wiped it over to no avail. Moreover, it just keeps printing the last letter I printed even though I am asking it to print something else. Can any one let me know whats going on?? The printer has been fab up until now. Kindest Regards, Mousie

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  • Shelly Browne Apr 01, 2007

    Thanks for your response. I will look into it right away... as for the cleaning, I guess you never know these things until someone tell you :)


  • Shelly Browne Apr 01, 2007

    Just another quick question... How often should a drum want to be replaced?? I believe we have had ours for about a year and a half. The toner took a year to empty as well.
    In regards to printing, we are a small business, so it is getting fair-high usage.

    Kindest Regards,




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Do you have the owners manual? Did you cancel the document from the computer and turn the printer off for at least 30 secs. The speckled print and lines are usually caused by a defective toner or worn drum. Usually a drum will last for 10 thousand or more cycles. But sometimes prematurely wear out. Make sure you are absolutely using a genuine Brother OEM supply. Generics have a high failure rate. This is not a heavy duty printer. When you need a drum and toner together, it will be just as cheap to buy another low end Brother printer.

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