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That isnt unusual. The 8000 pages is for a page with 5 percent coverage area, or a rather short letter.
the 3600 to 4000 pages is not out of the ordinary for that machine, Although the xerox brand may work better, although not more copies, if you run pages with more than 5 percent of the page printed, that is about right.
Also there is no chip on a 4118 cartridge. The toner is monitored by a sensor and window in the middle of the cartridge. It shines light through the cartridge, and when the cartridge is empty the light actuates a light activated sensor.
it is not an efficient machine.
i have the same problem too with my pe220. fortunately, i just purchased a new one which i planned to give to it to a relative, and I was able to figure out that the cause of the "function impossible" displayed. the problem just occured this morning and I have tried downloading and updating the firmware too, clearing the memories, etc but cannot get the copier to work (can't print thru the pc also).
i then borrowed the new toner cartridge of the new pe220 and installed on my old one and i was able to print and copy again. the problem then is due to the chip memory.
the problem now is how to reset the serial eeprom chip in order to reuse the toner cartridge again. hope this helps.
trohanna... Yes. You most likely need a new toner. The toner sensor on all small Xerox copiers is internal of the cartridge itself. The machine is running and running trying to add toner, but not realizing that there's none to add. replace your toner unit, and I'm 98% confident that it will solve your problem. Please let me know how this works out for you as I am trying to keep a gauge of how well my solutions work for people. Thanks.