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What to Do When your Printouts are Blotchy

Printer Problems In Windows

Common Printer Issues

It is not unheard of for high-performing machines to play up every once in a while. One example of this is laser printers. If a single component fails to perform the way it is supposed to, everything that follows can be a failure as well. While major problems are rare with laser printers, there are times when this can happen, mostly due to the lack of a toner.

One of the common printer problems in Windows is a blotchy printout. This means the page will have smudges of toner on it, which makes words hard to read. Following is how to troubleshoot the printer issue.

If it is a Leaking Cartridge

  • Switch off the printer and pull out the power cord.
  • Remove the toner cartridge.
  • Take a look at the printheads. If they are clogged, that may be causing the problem. Clean it with toner wipes, cloth, or alcohol-soaked tissue.
  • Check how the toner cartridge is holding up. See if you can reuse it, or if you need to get a replacement.
  • Put a toner cartridge, old or new, into the printer.
  • Plug the printer in and power it on.
  • Do a test print.

If the Toner has Built Up on the Drum Unit

  • Laser Printers

    Corona Wire Has Failed

    Switch off the printer and pull out the power cord.

  • Take out the drum unit from the printer, and put this over a clean cloth to prevent a stain or spill.
  • When using a color laser printer, remove the blotchy printout so that you know which drum unit needs cleaning. This will be evident from the color of the blotches.
  • Turn the drum unit around to figure out the spot where the toner has built up.
  • After you find this, clean the surface with a swab until you have removed the buildup.
  • Move the drum unit back into position, and put it back in the printer.
  • Plug the printer in and power it on.
  • Do a test print.

If the Corona Wire has Failed

  • Switch off the printer and pull out the power cord.
  • Let the printer be for some time, so that the corona wire cools.
  • Take out the drum unit, and put it on a clean dry cloth.
  • Wipe clean the corona wire. For this, you just have to slide the blue tab to either side. Do not touch the wires while you are doing this.
  • Push the blue tab into position.
  • Move the drum unit back into position, and put it back in the printer.
  • Plug the printer in and power it on.
  • Do a test print to confirm that the printer issues is fixed.

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