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If print output is faint, uneven or smeared, follow the steps listed below.
CHECK1 Has the printer driver been specified to suit
both paper and the print job?
You can select "Draft", "Normal" or "Photo" for the
print quality in the "Advanced" tab of the printer
driver setup screen. When "Photo" is selected, you
can click the "Image Adjustment" button and adjust
the brightness and contrast in the dialog box that
appears. Adjust these settings appropriately for
your print data and try printing again.
Reference: Printer Driver Settings
CHECK2 Is the paper curled?
If the paper is curled, straighten it up and set it in
the unit again.
CHECK3 Is the paper too thick or too thin?
Only paper weighing from 15 lbs. To 21 lbs. can be
used in the paper tray. Only paper weighing from 14
lbs. To 34.5 lbs. can be used in the multi-bypass
CHECK4 Is the developer replacement required
When the developer replacement required ( )
indicator lights up, the developer should be
replaced. DEVELOPER REPLACEMENT SHOULD
ONLY BE DONE BY AN AUTHORIZED SHARP
SERVICE TECHNICIAN. Contact your service
center as soon as possible.
CHECK5 Is it near time to replace the toner cartridge?
When it is near time to replace the toner cartridge,
the toner cartridge replacement required ( )
indicator will light up on the unit operation panel.
When it is time to replace the cartridge, the
indicator will blink. Replace the cartridge and try
See "TONER CARTRIDGE REPLACEMENT"
in the Operation Manual.
CHECK6 Is the maintenance indicator lit?
When the maintenance ( ) indicator lights up,
service by an authorized SHARP service technician
is required. Contact your service center as soon as
CHECK7 Did you set sufficient margins in the paper
settings of your application?
If the margins are set outside of the quality
guaranteed area, smudges or smears may appear
at the upper and lower edges of the paper.
When selecting the paper settings in the
application, set the margins from the top, bottom,
left and right edges of the paper to 5/32".
Faint, Uneven or Smeared Print Output