Question about Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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Won't print because we had a huge hailstorm that cut off the computer and the printer and everything else for a day of two. The computer came back on fine, but the printer, if I turn it on, will not stop flashing all four lights at once, for ready, paper, drum and toner. If you punch ready, only toner will show, continuously, but take your finger off of ready, and all four flash again. What does this indicate? toner, or something else?

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  • philodemus May 21, 2008


    THIS worked: (from another complaint posted March 19)

    found this solution for a 2030 printer. haven't tried it yet but its a suggestion.

    had the same problem and Brother tech support walked me through this procedure which worked fine..

    1. Power Unit off

    2. Open front cover

    3. Press and hold GO and turn power on

    4. When all 3 lights lit release and press GO twice

    5. All lights turn solid

    6. With all solid, press GO 5 times

    7. Ready light GOes red

    8. Close door and you're all set



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This indicates that the fuser req' replacement but it can also be
a mpcb fault.
If the problem occured during a flash storm i would go for the
mpcb.

mongrelken.

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I have a Brother HL-5240. Same problem (all LEDs flashing) due to same cause (hail storm/power failure). The 8-step procedure above worked perfectly for me and printer now fixed!! Only difference was that step 7 doesn't apply (red LED did not light), but fixed all the same. Thanks!!

Posted on Apr 06, 2010

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