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Brother dcp 7020 says toner end life

Replaced toner,closed cover,still says toner end life,wont print

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  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2008

    says toner life end

  • nxtcom Apr 29, 2009

    Brother DCP 7030 is showing continoue"Toner Life end"

  • ravindra Apr 23, 2013

    why toner life end message keep on showing on sp 1200s prints. Company purposely not giving some rolling instrument with toner/drum, so that once toner over, message would be display like toner life over" and customer change the drup and toner fully. that is the profile of company, so don't buy SP 1200s printer since company making full to people.

  • Jim Groser
    Jim Groser Jan 22, 2014

    I know an easier way. OPen the door to the toners. Press the button called CLR/Back and a menu will open on the display. Choose the color and capacity eg Magenta=H meaning the magenta toner in HIGh capacity or L for low capaity. The press reset counter and then its reset.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    toner life end , how to solutions?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    I keep getting replace toner message for Brother DCP 7060D after replacing a new one

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    What does "End drum life soon" mean? Is the drum different than the toner cartridge? Can it be repaired, rebuilt or reprogrammed?



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Unplug plug it back in, did you remove the protective cover and clean coria wire?

Posted on Dec 20, 2007


My Brother DCP 7020 printer is used at home so I may print a few sheets on it once or twice a month. I've had the printer for two years now it says Toner Life End. I seriously doubt I've used up all the toner. There is pleanty of toner left inside the cartridge. I refuse to buy another toner cartridge at $70 a pop. Isn't there a way to bypas this message so I can print?

Posted on Oct 03, 2008

  • slmil2000 Aug 25, 2011

    I got the “toner end life” message on my Brother DCP 7020 printer-copier-scanner. I reset the white tab on the end of the cartridge and the message went away and the machine worked again! Here’s a little more detail on locating and resetting the tab. The white tab sits in a half-circle channel molded in one of the black plastic end caps on the cartridge. To reset it you have to unscrew three phillips head screws and pull the end cap away from the cartridge exposing a set of white plastic gears. The white tab is part of a larger plastic piece which has a short geared section. All of the other gears are attached to the body of the cartridge and do not come loose when the cap is taken off. The tab/gear piece, however, pivots on a post molded into the inside of the cap, and can be freely slid on and off this post. Once the cap is off it is easy to reposition the piece on the post, so the tab is at the opposite end of the circular channel. Holding the tab piece in this position put the end cap back on the end of the cartridge and its geared part meshes with the other gears. Screw the three screws back in, put the cartridge back in the machine, turn it on, and if your problem was my problem, it should be solved. None of the other solutions mentioned above worked for me. I can also confirm, as mentioned above, that the starter cartridge that came with the machine does not have the white tab piece, but does have the channel for it, apparently to make it impossible to add toner to the original cartridge.

  • Jim Groser
    Jim Groser Jan 22, 2014

    I know an easier way to reset the toner cartridge:



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  • Your drum counter is now reseted. Press "option" again.
  • This time, press *, 0, 0.
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To circumvent the detection mechanism, remove the cartridge and put a piece of masking tape over or jam a little bit of paper into the clear opening/circle on the right side of the toner cartridge, and then pop the cartridge back in. Eventually, you'll start seeing streaks, and then you'll know that the cartridge is truly empty.

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