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MAINTAINING THE CARTRIDGE
Toner cartridge storage
To get the most from the toner cartridge, keep the following guidelines in
• Do not remove the toner cartridge from its package until ready for use.
• Do not refill the toner cartridge. The machine warranty does not cover
damage caused by using a refilled cartridge.
• Store toner cartridges in the same environment as your machine.
• To prevent damage to the toner cartridge, do not expose it to light for
more than a few minutes.
Estimated Cartridge Life
Expected Cartridge Life (the life of the toner cartridge yield) depends on the
amount of toner that print jobs require. The actual print-out number may
vary depending on the print density of the pages you print on, operating
environment, printing interval, media type, and/or media size. For example,
if you print a lot of graphics, the consumption of the toner is high and you
may need to change the cartridge more often. In the Specifications, we
already mentioned estimated cartridge life indicates the average capacity of
print-outs. (See "Specifications" on page 51.)
It is possible that colored images may be printed with incorrect colors due to
flawed mixing of toner colors when one of the colored toner cartridges is low
on toner. You can temporarily improve print quality by redistributing the
• The SmartPanel program window appears on the computer telling you
which color cartridge is low on toner.
1. Press the release button, completely open the front cover.
2. Grasp the handles on the toner cartridge and pull to remove the
cartridge from the machine.
3. Holding both handles on the toner cartridge, thoroughly rock it from side
to side to evenly distribute the toner.
4. Slide the toner cartridge back into the machine.
5. Close the front cover. Make sure the cover is securely latched.
If toner gets on your clothing, wipe it off with a dry
cloth and wash it in cold water. Hot water sets toner into
If the front cover is not completely closed, the machine will not