asked Aug 12, 2004 at 9:09am
Apple Apple LaserWriter 360

large toner streaks on pages

I have a apple laserwriter 360 going on 10 years old. Up until recently has worked like a champ. Started getting large streaks vertically down page. More pages you printed, the darker the streaks. Thinking it was the toner cartridge, I bought a new one. The new cartridge made one big dark streak down the left side of the page. I also cleaned the rollers. Has my fuser gone bad? Or could it be a laser problem?
First thing we question is the source of the "new" toner cartridge. Problem is almost 100\% likely to be the toner cartridge. Pull the toner cartridge out and look at the drum. If you see the streak, pack it back up and return it from whence it came for exchange.
by moe on Aug 12, 2004 at 10:23am Add comment
I can clean the streaks off the drums of the toner cartridges. Why would both toner cartridges (both old and new) be leaving the streaks albeit in different locations, size and density? Could both toner cartridges be bad? They are remanufactured but I have used them in the past with no problems.
by Sledgehammer on Aug 12, 2004 at 10:41am Add comment
Remanufactured cartridges are notorious for causing problems. Don't get me wrong, but the number of people who assume that because the cartridge comes in a box and is "new", it will work. Not withstanding what the refiller industry say, I reckon 5 in 10 give problems, and I see at least 1 printer a day that the problem is caused by the "refilled" cartridge.

Oh, and I've seen the odd Genuine cartridge give faults too.

If it comes in a box it means it's clean, it doesn't mean it works.

by Trev Pearson on Aug 12, 2004 at 11:58am Add comment
what would I be seeing if it was a fuser problem? What about a problem with the laser? It's been a workhorse but it is 10 years old.
by unknown on Aug 12, 2004 at 12:08pm Add comment
If the streaks are on the toner cartridge drum, it's because the cheap recharger didn't replace the wiper blade. Where does the fuser come into the equation?
by moe on Aug 12, 2004 at 4:05pm Add comment
I agree with Moe. Try a genuine non-refilled
cartridge or try another supplier.
by unknown on Aug 12, 2004 at 5:05pm Add comment
Thanks guys. I'll try a brand new cartridge and see if I get the same problem.
by Sledgehammer on Aug 13, 2004 at 6:51am Add comment