Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

I had this problem today with my wireless Brother MFC-990CW using Windows 7, and when I went to see what s printing, then printer, it wasn t showing that I had checked the use printer off-line
So, on my pc I went to the start button then chose:
- Computer
- Network
- Double click your printer
- New print drivers will start to install
- Right click the icon that is a copy made of your printer setup
- Set this as your default printer
I was then able to print and my printer didn t show as being off-line anymore. This is a lot easier than having to uninstall and install the printer again using the disc.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Oct 25, 2019 | 23,473 views

I have a brother MFC 3240C. My Black ink stopped printing(initially printed horizontal faded lines and gradually got worse), the other colors were printing fine. I tried cleaning numerous time( 50 -100 times over 1-2 weeks ). Still no improvement. The way I print now is:
1. I go to Printer Properties
2. Change Media type from "Plain Paper" to "Inkjet Paper".
3. Change Quality to "Photo".

This takes a long time to print 1-2 minutes per page. However, this works for me since this is my Home printer and use it for printing only few pages here are there.

Good Luck

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Oct 16, 2019 | 1,270 views

Where Can I download installation software for Brother HL-2040 printer

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jul 17, 2019 | 3,140 views

Open cartridge and then reset side white gear

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Apr 13, 2019 | 902 views

Right click with mouse on the print icon in bottom right of pc ,select cancel print in list, then go to printers in control panel and clear all print jobs in your printer list.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jan 13, 2018 | 76 views

Replace the toner cartridge.
There is probably a flaw in the image drum. Replacing the toner will replace the image drum (they are one piece)

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jan 13, 2018 | 283 views

better go buy an OEM one generics do not work on code detected machines

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jan 04, 2018 | 53 views


Try to search on ebay or amazon for that part.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Dec 26, 2017 | 273 views

hi Markaz.
you can try is to open Device Manager, expand USB Serial Bus Controllers, right-click on USB Root Hub and then click on Properties. Click on the Power Management tab and uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power box.
or read up more at this link.
How to Fix USB Device Not Recognized in Windows

What do I do if my USB device is not recognized? Method 4: Reinstall USB controllers.
  1. Select Start, then type device manager in the Search box, and then select Device Manager.
  2. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers. Press and hold (or right-click) a device and select Uninstall. ...
  3. Once complete, restart your computer. Your USB controllers will automatically install.

Error: "USB Device not recognized" when you try to access a USB ... Search for: What do I do if my USB device is not recognized?

or this link.
Windows does not recognize the USB device Google Search

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Sep 18, 2019 | 231 views

Try cleaning the drum cylinder with alcohol and a cotton ball. Then swipe the corona wire cleaner back and forward making sure to return it to the correct place. Try a print. If it is improved - replace the drum at earliest convenience. If not improved - could be dirty laser lenses or problem with the fuser.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Nov 04, 2017 | 228 views


try to easily pull the paper out even if is a "tight stuck"
you have to firm grab the piece of paper and gently pull it out millimeter by millimeter

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Sep 08, 2017 | 62 views

Remove the drum and toner from printer, turn printer off and find the glass scanner bar on the top of the inside of printer. Clean that with a paper towel and window cleaner. Wipe dry. DO NOT SPRAY INSIDE THE PRINTER. Only spray window cleaner on towel.

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Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jun 05, 2017 | 127 views

If you removed a piece. But more remains it must also be removed. Look closely along the paper path for something that will release to provide access to the path.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on May 03, 2017 | 168 views

I had inadvertently turned the power switch off, and didn't realize I had.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Mar 27, 2017 | 373 views

Wot is d name of the copier??????

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jul 15, 2016 | 77 views

Unplug your printer. Wait 5 minutes. That should clear any memory in the printer.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jun 03, 2016 | 588 views

the printer is trying to initialize. it sounds like the toner cartridge is bad or empty

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Apr 04, 2016 | 69 views

If you wish to get some details; check the site linked here. Pull up older posts. Surf the site with patience.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Feb 26, 2016 | 62 views

The usual 2 culprits are this:

1. Not enough memory in printer for the complex document that you are printing.
2. Newer version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed but old printer driver installed. Updating your printer driver from the Brother Website will often improve printing performance dramatically.

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Aug 04, 2015 | 97 views

Set this printer as the default printer or if there are multiple printers connected or installed specify the printer issue print command

Brother HL-2040... | Answered on Jun 24, 2015 | 117 views

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