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I am having trouble with ink all smudged on the paper, front and back. I bought a new drum and ink cart. but, the copies are full of ink. thanks donna

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  • selbywoman Nov 06, 2007

    Hi, it is a brothermFC7420. i bought all new brother products. I am sorry I did get a toner instead of ink. I am still having problems. I will try half way through and see what it does. I have spent $75.00 to haveit cleaned. Thanks



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What model - Epson under heading. Brother as you speak, you speak of ink but also of a drum, machines that use a drum dont use ink. they use toner, so I guess you have a Brother MFC ???? ie 8820. Did you buy gen Brother Drum and Toner?

Is the insides of printer clean or full of powder?

Is there any image?

Stop a print halfway in machine and see if mark only occurs after paper has traveled threw the fuser (the hot bit at rear)

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