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Printer Toner Cartridges

Is there a way to find out how much toner is left in a cartridge. I know some carts have a chip that tells how many pages have been printed - but what about remaining capacity?

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  • Gopal Ramraj May 11, 2010

    Yes there is a way to find this out. Usually this is located in the Configuration page which can be printed out from the printer. Pls lemme know the make and model of the printer, we can provide you with the instructions for it.

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If you print a status page or a configuration page, i believe it will give you some idea of the % that of toner is used or left.
go to the information menu, select it, and scroll until you get to configuration page, select it and it will print out.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

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