How to redistribute toner (faded or light areas may appear)

Last Update date : 2015.09.17



When the toner cartridge is near the end of its life span:

    • White streaks and light printing occur.

    • The Smart Panel program window appears on the computer.

    • The Error LED blinks red.

If this happens, you can temporarily reestablish print quality by redistributing the remaining toner in the cartridge. In some cases, white streaks or light printing will still occur even after you have redistributed the toner.


1. Open the front cover.

2. Pull the toner cartridge out.


     Avoid reaching too far into the printer. The fuser area may be hot.

     To prevent damage to the toner cartridge, do not expose it to light for more than a few minutes. Cover it with a piece of paper, if necessary.

     Do not touch the green surface underside of the toner cartridge. Use the handle on the cartridge to avoid touching this area.

3. Thoroughly shake the cartridge 5 or 6 times to distribute the toner evenly inside the cartridge.


    If toner gets on your clothing, wipe it off with a dry cloth and wash clothing in cold water. Hot water sets toner into fabric.

4. Hold the toner cartridge by the handle and slowly insert the cartridge into the opening in the printer. Tabs on the sides of the cartridge and corresponding grooves within the printer will guide the cartridge into the correct position until it locks into place completely.

5. Close the front cover. Make sure that the cover is securely closed.

    ※ Note

    At this stage, if you need to replace the toner cartridge.


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