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HL-2040 Almost black Pages

Have a refurb 2040 that had been working fine, print quality was getting very light, assumed it was time for new toner.
Replaced with OD brand for this model.

Now all pages are VERY dark-both sides, tried blue slider for cleaner(for corona wire?) has not helped, tried blowing roller(drum) off has not helped. Tried switching back to original toner cartridge has not helped.

Any ideas?????


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Re: HL-2040 Almost black Pages

Drum needs replacing, normal consumable, possible faulty toner hard to know when you use non gen items.

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It ran out of paper and i put paper in but the "toner" light is on. i tried turning it off a few times and it didn't work

AYou're out of Toner! Well, you're actually probably not ALL the way about a little trick that'll make sure you get the most out of that toner? It's as easy as taping a picture to the wall. Almost. Remove the toner cartridge from the printer. You may have to also remove it from the drum to see and access both sides of the toner. You will see on each side a round clear little "window". Cover this (both sides) with tape, masking tape works well, just not anything clear like scotch tape, that won't work. We are tricking the printer into thinkiing the cartridge is full, so it will print you at least a couple hundred more pages this way. When your print quality goes down, then you know it is time to change your toner for real. Enjoy! I also recommend a refurb toner, Brother brand is too much... a waste of money. You can find refurb for about $25.

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Brother HL 2040 prints extremely light and seems to smudge? Just changed out the tone cartridge and no change.

I'm not sure if the drum is going out or not. How many toners have you used? The drum is rated at 12,000 pages and the toner is supposed to yeild 2500 pages, so 4 or 5 toners ought to finish the drum. Did you clean the area around the drum? I don't think you're supposed to touch it, but I've never had to touch my 7240 in 4 years, except to change the toner.

The good news is the toner will fit in more than one Brother machine and the printers are inexpensive. It almost makes buying a new machine more economical than a drum :-}

The HL printer is Manufacturer Discontinued, the new ones use a 360 series drum and toner, and the MFC's (7220 etc.) are about $200 vs. $116 for the drum. Hmmm.

Might be time to upgrade.


Jan 08, 2010 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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Prints only blank pages

I have a brother MFC 3240C. My Black ink stopped printing(initially printed horizontal faded lines and gradually got worse), the other colors were printing fine. I tried cleaning numerous time( 50 -100 times over 1-2 weeks ). Still no improvement. The way I print now is:
1. I go to Printer Properties
2. Change Media type from "Plain Paper" to "Inkjet Paper".
3. Change Quality to "Photo".

This takes a long time to print 1-2 minutes per page. However, this works for me since this is my Home printer and use it for printing only few pages here are there.

Good Luck

Jan 06, 2010 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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Brother HL-2040 toner led stays on, won't print

There is a window on each end of the toner cartridge that you can cover with electrical tape and keep printing, it shines a light thru and when the toner is too low it says it's empty. The weight can be misleading.

Sep 02, 2009 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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Please describe your Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer problem

Yep this will always happen if your just using a replacement toner. They will be depleted faster compared to the original Brother toner.

Make sure you replace your toner with the original Brother toner.

Aug 24, 2009 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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Pages comes out black when printing

the toner cartridge waste collecting box is got full.either get it reffiled or get the new toner installed.refilling is possible.get it refilled from local stationary shop.its a common procedure not any problem. thanks

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I have a Brother HL-2040. One whole side of the printed document is faded and blank. How can I fix this problem? I am making the assumption that the toner is not empty since the light is not on. Is...

I wouldn't assume that you aren't out of/low on toner.
Try taking out the toner cartridge and tap/shake it to disperse the toner that is left in it. If that changes the way it is printing, it is about time to replace that cartridge.

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Brother HL 2040 won't print

Sounds like the toner cartridge is faulty. I would change the cartridge.

Nov 19, 2008 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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HL-2040 prints fading images

this is the problem of scanner assebbly (lense section), So open this section & clean the scanner after that your printer will work properly.

Feb 13, 2008 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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Printer only printed 30 pages after refilling toner

Open the front cover and leave open while completing the following steps:
Turn the printer off.
Hold the 'go' button while turning the printer on. All panel lights should be on.
Release the 'go' button.
Press the 'go' button 2 times.
Press the 'go' button 5 times.
The toner light should be off.
The paper light should be on.
Close cover. The ready light should be the only light on.

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