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Brother HL-5140 - New Toner, Print is very light/Poor quality. - Haven't used printer for several months. The only problem then was it needed a new toner cartridge. I had another printer, so I didn't rush out to buy a replacement. I have since started using it again and replaced toner cartridge with a Brother TN-570, the print was very light and seemed to fade out even more towards the left margin. Thinking the cartrige may have been bad, returned it for another, TN-540, and same thing is happening. There ar no lights flasing on the control panel, only light on is the green status light. Been messing with it for about a week! What's Up? I'm at a loss. PLEASE help!

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  • sscopa1470 Nov 15, 2009

    I kind of thought that may be the case even though the light wasn't on. Based on length of time I've had it and the amount of printing I've done off of it, sounds about right. Thanks! - Heading back to the store.

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Sounds like the Drum Unit needs to be replaced. Some HP printers replaces the drum and the toner at the same time to keep quality, but Brother printers doesn't replace the drum on each

You may need to buy the Brother Drum Unit. The original one costs about $95.00 USD, a compatible one is about $49.00 USD (MFR part # DR500, DR510)

The drum needs to be replaced each 10,000 to 20,000 pages or when the quality of printing is poor.

I hope this helps, good luck!

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It can be reset if the printing quality is good
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Press the cover release button and then open the front cover of the printer.

Press and hold down Go button until all 4 LEDs are lit. Once all 4 LEDs are lit, release the Go button.

Close the front cover.
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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??

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Are you using recycled toners, as these have a habit of spilling toner out? Take the toner unit out of the drum and look at the green roller in the drum to see if that has the toner marks on it.
Don't hold this unit in the light too long as it can damage it.

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