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Printer drum light on

Drum light is on it still prints but have light ink smudge marks on paper

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Have you already replaced the drum? If you have not replaced the drum that may be why you are getting smudges. If you have already replaced the drum, here is the reset procedure. The Drum LED blinks if the drum unit is near the end of its life. Use the drum unit until you have a print quality problem, then replace the drum unit with a new one. The Drum LED continues to blink if the drum counter was not reset when you replaced the drum. To reset the drum follow the instructions below: Open the front cover of the printer. Press and hold down Go button for about 4 seconds until al the LEDs light up. Once all 4 LEDs are lit, release the Go button. Close the front cover. CautionReset the drum counter only when you replaced the drum unit with a new one.Related Models HL-2030, HL-2030R, HL-2040, HL-2040R, HL-2070N, HL-2070NR http://www.tonerovernight.com

Posted on Mar 31, 2007

  • glrymaher Dec 15, 2010

    Thanks so much for such easy to follow advice.

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Thanks for your advice - I can't believe I wasn't able to find this advice on the Brother website!!

Posted on Oct 24, 2007

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I have the same problem at the moment i have been holding down the go button to reset the printer it seems to work for a dozen or so prints , However Iam after a more permanent solution my self

Posted on Aug 27, 2007

Totally worked you guys are amazing

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