Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear
Their is another problem I run across in laser printers was the cartage's if left in storage for a long time dried up and or leaked. I have no idea how that happens.
I've run into that with inkjets but never with laser cartridges. If laser cartridges are stored in a hot place, then the toner could partially fuse which would make it act like dried out ink.
A more likely problem with toner cartridges is having the chip expire from sitting in storage too long. That was the problem I had with my last laser printer (other than it wouldn't run on XP because the donkey excavations at HP wouldn't write Win 7 drivers
for it). I eventually wasn't able to find any cartridges with a chip that hadn't expired. The printer would still print but I couldn't get into the tool box to change the printer settings (mutter, mutter, mumble mumble).
Unless it's an older model and supplies are getting scarce, it's generally best to wait to buy replacement toner cartridges until a month or two before they are going to be needed.