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Drum life ???

The printer says ''Drum Life Low''. How does a drum have a life? Is it different than toner replacement?

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The drum or photoconductor is the part of a laser printer that is lit by the laser, during which it is magnetically charged to attract the toner (ink powder), which it rolls of onto the paper before it's fixed by the fuser.
the drum's time of use is defined by a digital counter either inside the printer's system board, either through a chip in the drum's casing, to ensure the ability to be magnetised and to provide the best possible print quality.
there are tools to reset these counters, although it's advised to replace the drum to avoid loss of print quality, since the drum is very sensitive to overexposure to concentrated light.

Posted on May 25, 2009

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HL-5250 report shows fuser and laser life at 0% and PF kit 1 at 12%


The fuser is a separate component to the drum and toner in this printer. It has a much longer life than them but will run out eventually. Sadly a fuser unit is not a commercially available consumable for this printer either. I would recommend contatcing a printer technicain or Brother directly for a quote on replacing this part.

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How to extend the life of a TN-330 drum kit for MFC-7840W Wireless Printer


If you have received any of the following messages on your Brother MFC-7840W wireless multifunction printer while utilizing the TN-330 drum kit then you may not have to replace your drum, at least not yet.

Drum End Soon
Drum Error
Toner Life End
Toner Low

I had this issue happen to me about 150 pages ago (some text, some pictures) and I still haven't replaced my drum after I executed this little trick.

Take your drum kit out of your printer (make sure you turn off and unplug any cables first)

Take some black electrical tape and cut a inch by inch square off.

Place the black tape over the optical port as shown in the picture below.


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Then put the drum back into the printer, cable everything back up and turn the power on.

Your drum should last a long time beyond what was supposed to be a low toner.

Hopes this saves you some money.

on May 19, 2010 | Brother MFC 7840W Printer

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What does a "K Drum Life" warning mean?


Meaning the life of the k drum is near and you need to replaced it soon or later
other message like below need attention



ecblank.gif C DRUM LIFE REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif M DRUM LIFE REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif Y DRUM LIFE REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif BELT LIFE REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif FUSER LIFE REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif K TONER REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif C TONER REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif M TONER REMAINING nn% ecblank.gif Y TONER REMAINING nn%

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I just installed a new drum and toner cartrideg last week and the error message says drum is near end. Should the toner cartride be replaced?


Hi there,

After replacing the drum and toner you may need to reset the drum life of the machine. This is how to reset the drum life:
Open the front cover where the drum and toner are located. Press the clear/back key. Lcd should show Replace Drum? Then press 1 for yes. Lcd should show accepted. Close the front cover the press stop/exit. Lcd now should show the date and time.
Hope this helps. Rate if it works. Thanks

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Brother mfc 8860dn, what is the difference between drum and toner.


On this machine the toner cartridge is installed into the drum unit so they are separate units. After opening the front door you can lift and then pull out the toner cartridge/drum unit assembly. There is a blue release lever thet is used to release the toner cartridge from the drum unit. As far as the difference? Well the toner cartridge contains the toner, and the drum unit contains the drum as well as other parts that make up the print "process". The toner is good for about 5,000 pages while the drum unit is good for about 18,000 pages. The drum unit life indicator can be reset to get additional life from the drum unit. To do this, open the front door and leave it open. The press the clear/stop key, then press 1
Good Luck and Thank You for using Fixya.

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Drum life near end


Depends on the usage of the machine. If hardly used, you should get a years worth. But here's what you can do:

Open front cover

Remove drum unit and toner cartridge assembly

Put drum unit and toner cartridge assembly back in machine, but do no close front cover.

Press Clear/Back
You will get a message "Replace Drum?"
Select Yes to confirm

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What is the Drum?


The drum is a selenium coated sort of roller that has the image of your copy document tranfered onto it. As it rotates this image is tranfered to your new copy paper. It then is demagnetised and the toner returns to the toner catcher. The drum coating has a finite life and the mesaage is telling you that its life is near its end and a new drum or new machine will be required soon.

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My HL-2140 brother laser printer is flashing a red error


1>If the toner lite is blinking , it's mean the toner life near to end. In these case please replace the toner cartridge.
2>f the drum lite is blinking , it's mean the drum life near to end. In these case please replace the drum.
I hope it will help to solve your printer problem.

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Oki 5150 color are not print right


You need to replace the magenta drum. Just because there is life left; it's possible it is scratched. Also, take a cotton ball dip in alcohol and wipe the LED's off when the cover is open; those black things that are hanging down from the cover. Also, make sure your drums are installed in the proper spots (magenta in magenta slot). If the toner "rubs off" after it prints... then the fuser is defective.

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