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My Brother HL5140 was parallel attached, new M/B - USB, every few minutes the printer does some sort of reset, powers up and whirls as if to start printing, never did it before...

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Change the power cord. and try again

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The pages print off and are fine on one side but on the other side it's a double copy - as if it's printing over itself.


Try this:
Please close all applications before running the Repair MFL-Pro Suite.
1. Turn off and unplug the machine from the AC outlet and disconnect it from your computer, if you already connected an interface cable.
2. Turn on your computer. (For Windows 2000 Professional/XP, you must be logged on with Administrator rights.)
*Note: On Windows 2000 and XP systems, you can check to see whether youhave administrator rights by right-clicking on the "Start" button. If you see the text "Explore All Users", you have administrator rights. If you do not see this text, you do not have administrator rights. Try to log on to the computer using a different user name, or computer manufacture for support; if your computer belong to a network You will need to contact your network administrator to give you permission to install the software
3. Insert the supplied CD-ROM for Windows into your CD-ROM drive. If thelanguage screen appears, select your language. If you are not promptedwith the language screen, go to My computer, then double click on the MFL_Pro icon.
4. The CD-ROM main menu will appear. Click on REPAIR MFL-PRO SUITE.
5. Click YES, when prompt the software to turn off machine and disconnect parallel/usb connection.
6. When the Brother MFL-Pro Suite Software License Agreement window appears, read the agreement, then click YES if you agree to its terms.
7. Select LOCAL CONNECTION, and then click NEXT. The installation will continue.
7a. For some models, you will be prompt to select USB or Parallel connection following step 7. Please select the cable connection you areusing, then click next.
8. When prompted to #Connect the Machine#, connect the USB or Parallel cable to your PC, and then connect it to the machine. (DO NOT connect the machine to a USB port on a keyboard or a non-powered USB hub. For Parallel connection, please use cable 6 feet or shorter. Brother recommends that you connect the machine directly to your computer.)
9. Plug in the power cord and turn on the machine. It will take a few seconds for the installation screen to appear. The installation of the Brother drivers will automatically start. The Found new hardware wizard windows will appear one after another. Please DO NOT try to cancel or click on any options for the Found New Hardware Wizard. Just wait and the installation program will make the necessary selection for you.
10. When the On-Line Registration screen is displayed, click Brother Registration to register your device with Brother. You can also click onScanSoft Registration to register the ScanSoft Paperport software. If you have previously registered with Brother or Scansoft, click Next.
11. Click FINISH to restart your computer.
The MFL-Pro Suite, Brother Printer driver and Scanner driver have been reinstalled and the installation is now complete.

Oct 31, 2010 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Can I print w/just the USB cable?


No, the USB cable is sufficient. Besides, you may not have a parallel port on the printer. You should install the drivers compatible with your Operating System.
Usually you receive a CD-ROM containing the software you need to install. When you run the application it will normally install the relevant drivers.

If you have lost the CD-ROM just go to Brother Solutions Center (Google it). On the Map click/Select your region and enter the regional site. From the instructions. Download the software and install it on the computer before connecting the printer to the computer.

If you have several printers installed on the computer, You must select the one physically attached to the computer as the Default printer. If not, you will have to select the printer each time you print something.

Jul 27, 2010 | Brother HL 5140 Laser Printer

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Brother hl5140 laser printer, drum light kept on blinking, i changed the drum (only drum) and now drum light still keeps on blinking. PLEASE HELP, what I am doing wrong?? thanks


you have to to reset your drum. first open the front cover then hold the go button and power on your printer . you will see that all the light will glow release the go button and close the front cover now your printer will work perfectly.

Nov 09, 2009 | Brother HL 5140 Laser Printer

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Brother HL5140 won't print


Sadly this happens all the time - we have about 12 of these printers and 2 have the same problem at this moment and the only fix we have found previously is to replace the drum unit with a brand new one which is hardly economical - indeed the machines are all NHS funded and often the solution has been to throw the printers with this problem away and we have a few defunct ones piled in a corner because of this - if anyone knows why and how this happens ( the tech dept locally has no ideas but just wupply an new printer as they are cheap) I would be very interested also - changing the drum and cartride to a partly used one from a different machine does nothing at all either so it has to be something to do with the chip in the new drum resetting the machine but how and why is beyond us. In every case the printer prints perfectly before the fault and after the change to a new drum so I can only assume it is a way of generating more drum sales??

May 28, 2009 | Brother HL 5140 Laser Printer

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Printer is not working with my new a6742p pc


Yes. It should work fine, but there are a few IFs:

IF the printer is still good...you said it's an older printer. Also, does the printer have a USB port, or is it so old, it only has a parallel port? Some newer computers do not have serial or parallel ports.

IF you don't have a parallel port on the PC, and you have no USB port on the printer, you can purchase a parallel to USB adapter.

You also may have to go the manufacturer's web site to download the drivers for the printer.

IF there are no printer drivers for your newer Operating System, you are up the proverbial ******* creek. I have a hunch you are concerned about how to hook it up because of the above mentioned parallel - USB port issue. The adapter will fix that.

Good Luck!

Apr 07, 2009 | HP PSC 1350v All-In-One InkJet Printer

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My HL5140 will not print even the test page


check out the connections between pc and printer.remove and refit that connection and check out.

Mar 23, 2009 | Brother HL 5140 Laser Printer

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RESETTING FUSER LIFE ON BROTHER HL5140 PRINTER


How to reset the pf-kit message on a brother hl-5140.

May 17, 2008 | Brother HL 5140 Laser Printer

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There is a serial port besides the parallel. how can i make it work with serial cable?


if the printer is built with a usb port, the it should work, is there another USB device in the PC that is working ?

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