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Changing Drum on Fax Machine

The drum life warning light is blinking on our fax mahcine at work, is it as easy to change at the toner cartridge?

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2008

    i have a warning appear on my fax machine which states 'check drum cart' where will i find this?

  • OPamy May 02, 2008

    My Brother IntelliFax 5750E is showing a "Change drum soon" message. What is the drum, and how important is it to change this item?

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    the drum life warning lite is blinking, i changed the drum still blinking. workcentre pro 555 by xerox. any ideas how to turn the light out.

    i have made several faxes and they are receiving the faxes.

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    shahzad fass May 11, 2010

    pls give model no



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Yes its as simple as changing toner cartridge

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you must have remove the white mylar sheet from the catridge when loading it...if yes! you got to find back the white mylar (plastic sheet) that slot in between the drum and charger roller placed it back ( the position must be accurate) then slot in back the catridge.The white mylar sheet is to reset the drum life counter

Jan 26, 2011 | Brother Office Equipment & Supplies

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Continue to get a message to change drum soon. Changed drum already. Print quality is still not good.


This message would continue to appear if the drum counter was not reset when you replaced the drum. To reset the drum counter, follow the instructions listed below.

  1. Open the front cover.
  2. Press the Options key on the control panel.
    The display will show "REPLACE DRUM - 1.YES 2.NO".
  3. Press 1 to reset the drum count.
  4. Close the front cover.

Oct 07, 2008 | Brother Office Equipment & Supplies

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I change the drum for my fax machine, but it still says Toner Life End... and it is a bran new cartridge?? I tried turning it off and on, and unplugging it... but it still says Toner Life End... how do i...

1. With unit powered On, open the front cover.

2. Press the "Options" key. Display will show "Replace Drum?"

3. Press "Start" key.

4. Press 1,0 .

5. Display will show "Accepted" for approximately 2 seconds. Then display will change to "Cover Open".

6. Close cover and see if Toner Life End error message has gone.

Good Luck and Thank You for using Fixya.

Jan 08, 2011 | Brother IntelliFax-2820 Laser Fax

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I have a samsuns SF515 fax machine after changing the toner cartridge the message still appears "toner Empty" I have tried several new cartridges with the same issue.

if you have changed the drum/toner unit then the machine should have a fuse on top of the drum unit.I have come across some cartridges that don't have them on the unit.The fuse resets the fax so that it knows there is a new unit installed.If that does work then clear the machines memory using the control panel

Jun 14, 2010 | Samsung SF-515 Plain Paper Laser Fax

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The scree reads change drum soon. what does it mean

The drum is the part of the unit that actually does the transfer of the toner onto the paper. Each toner cartridge does about 2,000 pages and the drum needs to be replaced with the ~6th toner cartridge change (varies with use). Order part DR-250 from Brother or any office supply place that would carry the part.

To replace (wait until print quality decreases or it reads change drum now and stops working). Turn off the unit and let it cool. Close the document tray and the extension and open the top cover. Remove the drum carefully and place it where the toner will not spill. Remove the toner cartridge (if it is still good) and set it aside to put in the new drum.
Wrap the old cartridge up and dispose of properly (not in the domestic trash). Keep the new drum out of the light (keep it sealed until needed) as much as possible. Insert the toner cartridge in the new drum. Then insert the unit into the Fax machine. (Hold by the handles) Close the top cover and the starter sheet should be ejected by the machine.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

May 03, 2010 | Brother IntelliFAX 2800 Laser Fax

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1.5 inch black line on incoming faxes

Sounds like a paper clip (or similar) has fallen into the machine and is next to the drum.
Remove the drum unit and see if anything is in the machine or on the drum unit.
Replace the drum if it is close to the end of its life.

Nov 12, 2009 | Pitney Bowes 9920 Plain Paper Fax

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Error Message Drum Life Over, Replace Drum

The "drum" referred to is the imaging drum which is replaced separately from the toner cartridge. The drum life is rated for a certain number of copies, and the printer is telling you it's time. Replacement drums are available at big-box office places and from many online sources. Just do a Google search for "kx-fl511 drum". The new drum just slides in much like the toner cartridge, so replacing it isn't difficult.

Apr 08, 2009 | Panasonic KX-FL511 Plain Paper Laser Fax

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Brother Intellifax 2920 / How to reset Drum Life ?

1.Open the front cover.

2.Press the options key on the control panel. The display will show

3.Press 1 to reset the drum count.

4.Close the front cover.

Aug 18, 2008 | Brother FAX-2920 Plain Paper Laser

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Fax machine 2820

Make sure that you are not using generic supplies. Using generic supplies or supplies that have been refilled will cause the unit to give false errors. There is white piece of plastic inside the semi circular opening, if you do not see a white semi circular opening it is either a generic toner or starter toner and you will need to replace the toner with a authentic toner. You may try this also: 1. Remove the drum and toner, separate the drum and toner and then rock the toner from side to side. 2 Put the drum and toner back together and clean the corona wire ten times. 3 Put the drum and toner back inside the machine and close the cover, if you still have toner life end try this: a Open the front cover b press the options key, the LCD will say "replace drum?" c press the start key. and then press 10 on your dial pad. the display should say accepted for about 2 seconds and then say cover open. d close the cover, if the display still has toner life end, you will need to replace the toner

Oct 03, 2007 | Brother IntelliFax-2820 Laser Fax

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Error message Sharp FO-4450 Fax machine

Press life "2" start for toner.

And life "3" start for drum.

These will reset the counters.

If you are having a "check drum error" then you have broken the sensor arm that is attached to your lid.

Call a technician in your area.


Sep 19, 2007 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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