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On my Brother HL 2140 series printer, I changed the toner. I followed the directions that came with the toner, and it just won't work. When I put it in, the error light always comes on. I tried unlplugging the printer and taking the toner out a few times and putting it back in.

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    same problem as above

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    Put new toner cartridge in BR HL-2140 but toner light is still yellow and I can't print

  • socalnate1 Jan 24, 2009

    Same thing! The toner error keeps me from printing anything. Extremely frustrating.

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    Toner light never goes out, won't let me print anything.



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Open the front cover
Turn off the printer
Keep the go button pressed and switch on the printer
Once all light is lit release the go button
Press the go button twice again
Press the go button six times again
Close the front cover.

This should solve the problem

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  • zarni123 Jan 20, 2011

    This method work very well every time I had issue with toner. Thank you Jimmy Virdi

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    Terry Ashmore May 12, 2011

    Don't know what it was that I was doing but it worked great
    Thanks mate

  • HunterCobra Aug 01, 2011

    JimmyVirdi, my hero, worked a charm, thanks man.


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On the toner cartridge, just to the right of the refill hole ( you know... the one that has a label tape over it warning dire consequences... fines, prosecution, imprisonment, etc... if you remove it ) there is a small plastic window that allows the printer to see if there's toner in the cartridge. There's one on the other side too, so if you hold one up to a light you might see that light though the other. Sooo.... simple! Cover the window with a bit of black tape, and if you're lucky you can keep printing! Useful if you're right in the middle of a print job and want to finish!
Of course, if you are really running low on toner ( and this proves it... it's not a driver glitch... or maybe the printer's "toner-detect-light" is too bright ) you will likely run out soon. But I've had this problem when print quality was still just fine... and it gets me through a few more jobs.

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I have a brother hl2140 and need to change the cartridge but the drum is stuck. Is there something I am missing?

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