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I have an end of toner life situation on my brother 2040. Can I cheat a few more prints out of it until the new refill arrives?

I have an end of toner life situation on my brother 2040. Can I cheat a few more prints out of it until the new refill arrives? Can I escape buying the reset gear/key? I've been told that I do not need it but noone will tell me how to get around it without buying toner from them first.

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  • William Wittekind
    William Wittekind Dec 23, 2007

    I guess its because I'm using a starter cart and have no reset gear. But the picture is cut off and I'm still confused.

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I dont recomment you use non gen toner, it will cause problems, but cause it is xmas ..... left side of toner cart is reset assy, examine it, there is a lever that falls back once new cart is inserted, this lever need to be placed in 10 oclock position now it at 3 oclock, 3 screws carefull removal and reset into position.

Warning useing a toner longer than it was ever designed for can and probally will damage the drum, powder will run out, developer roller will make direct contact with drum surface and scratch it.

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Posted on Dec 22, 2007

  • Soulvisitor
    Soulvisitor Dec 23, 2007

    You need at least a cartridge with the reset gear, 10 oclock position is new, 3 oclock is used,



    I dont recommend even using non gen products, I know the results, you will wear your drum,paper feed rollers and fuser prematurely, One never saves in the end using recycled toner all you do is defer costs to another place and time (ie they all end up in my work shop cause toner wont reset or wont feed (covered in spillage) or marks, grey prints, drum not lasting, blown boards and fuser roller worn.



    but like I said cause it xmas

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