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Press the Go and 'Up' buttons at the same time in the ready status.

The "Reset Parts Life" will appear on the LCD. Select the applicable periodical replacement part by pressing the 'Up' or 'Down' button and press the 'OK' button.

Posted on Apr 08, 2011

  • fordvette May 12, 2011

    Hi Jimmy

    Seems you know a lot about these Brother HL-4040 printers, I have one that I cannot get back to the English language, any ideas.? I have tried the open the tray and everything else between, still no English language.

    Thanx...Gunny

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http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/ca/en/faq/faq/000000/000100/000054/faq000154_035.html?reg=us&prod=hl4040cn_all&c=ca&lang=en

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