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All LEDs are flashing

The Toner, Drum & Paper and Ready lights are flashing. I have turn the power swith off and then on, waited the 10 minutes and it still wont work
Please resolve.

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  • inpobon Sep 06, 2008

    Brother hl-2070

    I have the same problem with my copier, all led's are flashing after swichting on!

    Switching on and off no result.



    inpobon@telbonet.com

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If you hold the two buttons down, this will give you a secondary error code which will tell you the exact error. All lights flashing is a service error.

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