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There are usually picture instructions on the Canon toner box. But here it goes - Gently shake the toner cartridge to break up the fine toner powder. Then open up the front door, the you should see a blue handle on the right side, rotate this in the counter clockwise direction. The Developer should move to the right and gently pull this out as far as it will go. Put the toner cartridge on top of the developer assembly and gently push down until it locks in. You will have to angle the rear facing end of the cartridge so that it slips into a slot. When the cartridge is lock the tab should break away. Before pulling this tab away from the copier lift up on the cartridge to guarantee that the cartridge is locked into place. You don't want to pull the tab until locked because you will have abig mess to clean up. The tab will open up the developer unit and the toner will drop inside. The you close up the slide and at the end of this procedure you may have to place a thumb on each side of the slide and fingers on the blue finger catches to fully close the developer unit. The cartridge should release and then remove the empty toner cartridge. Throw it away, return the developer to its normal position, close the front cover.
What worked for me was to follow the instructions in this video: Resetting lever on cartridge There is a lever on the left hand side of the toner cartridge (left hand side - with you holding the cartridge as if you were going to insert it into the printer). It seems that lever has to be at the '12 o'clock' position to tell the printer that you have a new cartridge. The video showed the person removing 3 screws and then ensuring the lever was at the '12 o'clock' position. On my cartridge I had to do some wiggling to get the lever to move as it's gear assembly seemed to want it to only move down to the '4 o'clock position' and then stay there. Eventually I got it moved to 12 o'clock - and when I stuck the toner back into the printer - the 'toner end of life' message went away. I then removed the toner cartridge - as I wanted to try another cartridge that I had also reset the lever on. I found that lever had again moved to the 3 or 4 o'clock position - after printing just one test page so I am guessing it being at the 12 o'clock position tells the printer you have a new cartridge - and then it moves over to the regular position at 3 or 4 o'clock..
The instructions always come with the new cartridges and also are printed on the new cartridges. You move the right hand (colored) side up to unlock. Carefully pull the cartridge up and out (you can screw up the gears if you don't put the cartridges in and out straight. Make sure you've followed the instructions that come with the new toner cartridge (removing tape, shaking), put it in the same way and move the right hand side down to lock.
You might try changing the toner cartridge. While you have the toner drum cartridge out, clean the carona wire by moving the blue tab on the drum to the left and right several times. Be sure to store the tab all the way to the left before you reinsert the drum/toner cartridge assembly.
Sometimes on this machine as there is a lot of loose toner around it can cover over the sensors in the machine, what I would advise is to remove all the toner cartridges and check for the copper contacts on both the machine and under the imagining unit (which the toner is placed in). Once you have cleaned that away slowly close the lid and reboot the machine and it should return to normal. Its just toner getting caught up in the sensors. Follow the instructions below, when you remove the unit, lift it over your head to find the copper contacts and clean them, be careful not to spill toner everywhere. Good luck!
Reseating the imaging unit
Remove the toner cartridge:
Open the top cover.
The imaging units are sensitive to light. Do not expose the imaging units to light any longer than necessary to remove it and cover it. Failure to follow these instructions may damage the imaging units.
Identify the color of the toner cartridge to be replaced (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow or Black).
Move the orange lever on the toner cartridge to the right so that it unlocks.
Lift on the back side of the toner cartridge first, then guide the cartridge out of the printer.
Set the toner cartridge on paper to avoid any toner spilling.
Reseat the imaging unit:
Lift the imaging unit straight up out of the printer.
Line up the guide pins with the printer's frame and lower the imaging unit back into the printer.
Reinstall the toner cartridge:
Install the toner cartridge by guiding the front onto the new imaging unit first then lowering the back.
Move the orange lever on the toner cartridge to the left so it locks.