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For the HL-2140 Brother printer, the red error

The red error light remains on when trying to print to our HL-2140 Brother printer, and will not print documents in que. We have turned both computer and printer on/off, checked all connections & checked for paper jams, opening and closing firmly all trays, etc. We still have same problem. Can you help? Andrea

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  • kustay Feb 02, 2010

    RE red error light staying on when using the Brother HL-2140:
    After a couple of hours reviewing the on-line manual, we realized that what we were printing, a full sheet of labels on plain paper only (prior to printing on a sheet of Avery labels) had automatically triggered the "manual feed" on the printer, thus the red light. The red light would not go off no matter what other adjustments were made. We had to utilize the manual feed option before we could get the red light to turn off. The steps for using the manual feed require one to adjust 3 different things on the printer first before feeding anything into the manual feed slot, but once the routine is carried through the first time it is much easier the next. The on-line manual also listed the other reasons offered by komguy in his post above, for which we are very appreciative! We started with the least expensive/time consuming first with plans to "work our way up" the list of suggestions. Thanks to komguy for sharing the tips! We think this is a good printer, especially for the price, just a tad bit fussy at times due to various adjustments required for different scenarios! Thanks from 'Printing again'

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    idling Oct 25, 2012

    kustay is totally correct! did the manual feed and it got fixed immediately!



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Too many things can cause that, you remove the drum and run the blue tab back and forth to clean the corona about 20 times, the fuser may not be heating and you need a new fuser, Feel for heat in the back door or at the exit, If the drum is used up you open the front door and press go until the lights flash to reset. Make sure the paper tray is fully inserted, this one is picky. You may need a shop to diagnose.

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