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No lights on but just stopped printing. Changed ink, checked paper all ok what next.

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This model printer doesn't use ink. It uses toner, because its a laser printer. Pull out the toner cartridge and replace with a new one. Also, press the power button to shut off and also unplug the printer. Wait a minute then plug back in and power back on.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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    Poppy Chulo Oct 13, 2010

    If you don't feel like replacing the cartridge toner so soon, get you a piece of black electrical tape and tape both sides of the toner cartridge where you see two circular looking plastic things. The bastards at Brother shoot a laser through this thing on the sides. When the toner gets too low that will trigger the lasers to make the printing quit or to make the lights say your out of toner. This little trick should let you squeeze another 250 pages out without replacement.

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