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Copying Produces Lighter Than Expected Output on the MX72x and MX82x Series MFPs

Document ID:SO8653

Usergroup :External
07/17/18 Properties  


Affected products

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Issue description

The issue is seen on new MFPs where the copy function results in Light Copies using the printers default copy settings. This occurs regardless of feed method, e.g., automatic document feeder (ADF) or flatbed.

However, the copy darkness is okay when scanning to network folder or sending a normal print job.

Expected Actual



Step Action
1 Check the printer’s current firmware (FW) and make sure that it does not have or lower. Click here for steps on how to check the printer's current FW.

Note: If the firmware is already updated, skip Step 2 and go directly to the "Still need help?" section of the article.

2 Update the printer firmware (FW) to MXTGW.052.023 and higher.

Note: Click here for steps on downloading and here for steps on updating the FW.


After performing an update on the Firmware, check the printers settings and make sure everything is set to default. 

4 Print a test page and make a copy of it.
5 If the copy darkness is still light, adjust the Toner darkness settings and performing another copy.
6 Should the issue persist, change the "Text/Photo" under copy settings to "Text".


Still need help?

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  • Affected printer model/'s
  • Printer serial number

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