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Experience:  10 yrs fixing office equipment. Decades of typewriter fixes.
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All pages are now yellow, Ricoh Aficio SP C320DN -- about 5

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All pages are now yellow
JA: What's the make/model number of your printer? How old is it?
Customer: Ricoh Aficio SP C320DN -- about 5 years old
JA: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Operating System (OS) are you running?
Customer: Mac
JA: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: Just started -- I was printing a document -- 1st 2 pages were fine, last 2 covered in yellow toner; now all pages are covered in yellow
JA: Anything else you want the printer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: nope
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Office Equipment
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

That sort of problem can only be caused by one thing:

- a defect in the yellow toner cartridge.

Whether it is the 'bottle' kind (in which case it is leaking badly in all likelihood), or the toner-and-drum type (in which case several things may be wrong with it), it needs to be re-seated at least (and toner leakage checked for!) and probably replaced. (I'd say replace it, unless it simply slipped loose of its mountings and is the bottle type and just re-securing it in place will cure the problem ... provided that it does not slip loose again.)

With symptoms like this, I really have little doubt that this is the problem, and the solution, essentially. In case there might be more to it, be assured, I stand ready to help and advise you further if there are other details I might not have guessed at.

Let me know how it goes, please.