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Hl 2140 error light is flashing

Error light is flashing

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  • emilyelle Oct 29, 2008

    I have the same problem, and nothing will make the light go off. There is no paper jam. Both covers are closed. I have held the Go button down and that doesn't help. The printer will not print anything.

  • postal dude Dec 22, 2008

    Same exact thing here. Flashing red "error" light, nothing in memory, doors all closed, even uninstalled and reinstalled

  • jimbomojo Apr 02, 2009

    same exact problem. no paper jam. memory is not full. cover is closed, etc. I have checked everything but can't get the error light to stop flashing. very frustrating.

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    LaDancerly Jul 05, 2014

    Exact problem. And I thought I had checked everything, but it was indeed a paper jam caused by a tiny rip of paper 1cm x 50mm must have torn of a sheet at some stage. I finally found it took it out and put the toner/drum back in and and presto the printer error light went out.

  • Junkrepair Apr 24, 2015

    I suspected a paper jam, so I pulled out the tray, and the next sheet was sort of being grabbed by the feed mechanism, so I thought that that was the problem, so I pulled that sheet out and thought I was done. But I wasn't. The error light kept flashing. You have to open the front and pull out the cartridge. Then maybe you'll see there is another sheet inside. Just follow the directions in the manual for clearing a paper jam.

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Got the same problem, but in fact it WAS a paper jam. Open both the back panel (can you see the orange roller clearly? If so, no jam) and the front panel. Grab the handle and take out the toner and drum and check there is no paper. Chances are there will be.

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    alexanderb99 Aug 31, 2012

    Much to my surprise, I did indeed have a paper jam. Thanks so much for this post. I was getting really ****** off about the red light until I found your solution.

  • LaDancerly
    LaDancerly Jul 05, 2014

    Thank you. I thought I had checked everything including paper jam, but it was indeed a paper jam caused by a tiny rip of paper 1cm x 50mm must have torn of a sheet at some stage. I finally found it took it out and put the toner/drum back in and and presto the printer error light went out. Everything is fine. Did not see that tiny bit of paper the first 4 times I seached - so if anyone else is having the same error problem keep checking cause it is most likely to be a paper jam or a tiny bit of paper or plastic hiding somewhere in there! Not too much can go wrong with this basic laser printer.

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    Jaipal Bhandari Sep 07, 2015

    Thanks My problem solved It was paper jam.

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Hold the GO or the flashing blue button down for about three seconds, and while continuing to depress the GO button, turn the power off to the printer. Wait about five seconds, then turn the printer back on, wait three seconds, then release the GO button. Everything will be reset. This works assuming you don't have a paper jam, low toner, etc.

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Could be several problems

front cover not closed

fuse cover -behind back cover - not closed

memory full

  • Press the Go button to print the remaining data in the printer memory.
    Cancel the print job if you want to delete the remaining data in the printer memory. To cancel printing, press the Go button while printing for about 4 seconds until all the LEDs light up. The Ready and Error LEDs will flash as the job is being canceled.

  • Reduce the complexity of your document or cut the print resolution.

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  • saraswatir Mar 25, 2011

    It worked for me! Thank you.

  • Anonymous Sep 15, 2011

    The Toner LED is on.

  • Anonymous Sep 15, 2011

    The Toner LED is on. what can i do for this Toner Led Idication pls help me it is urgent for me? pls............

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I tried everything said above no paper jam. Then I turned of the printer, then back on and it worked!

Also don't go sticking your fingers in the back by the back roller. I burnt my finger on something that was super hot.

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I took some of the paper out of the tray. i guess it was too full. maybe they shouldn't allow you to put that amount in if it's going to stop it from printing? smart thinking, brother.

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Well I'll be! Of all the simple solutions, often the most difficult are the most overlooked. Mine was the old paper jam. I looked for paper jam, but didn't go deep enough into the printr. Thanks for the tip!

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I have four light( tonner,drum,error,go) blinking problem in my HL 2140. I have tried all the process i know but it doesn't work.I have still same problem.I had reset my printer but the problem is same. Can I get solution of it? Which part of my printer is in problem?

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After refilling drum, my printer(HL- 2040) does not work! There is always paper problem when paper get into catridge. I tried everthing I have known but I could not resolve that problem! Please help..

  • s_eden185 Nov 10, 2010

    Had the same problem with Paper Jam. Checked everything, no jammed paper. Removed toner and lo and behold, undet the toner assy, a small piece of loose clear plastic in the middle, removed and away it went.

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If the Error LED is flashing, use the steps below to check the following: paper jam in the drum area, fuser cover may be open, paper jam in rear, or memory full or print overrun.

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I suspected a paper jam, so I pulled out the tray, and the next sheet was sort of being grabbed by the feed mechanism, so I thought that that was the problem, so I pulled that sheet out and thought I was done. But I wasn't. The error light kept flashing. You have to open the front and pull out the cartridge. Then maybe you'll see there is another sheet inside. Just follow the directions in the manual for clearing a paper jam.

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SOURCE: Paper jam in Brother HL-2140 printer

I have the same problem - try what it says at this link. http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us/en/faq/faq/000000/000000/000026/faq000026_015.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=hl2140_all

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  • Posted on Sep 26, 2009

SOURCE: Brother HL-2140 Error light is flashing

Try to unplug the power from the print, wait 1 minute then plug back in.

This may remove the error.

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  • Posted on Sep 30, 2009

SOURCE: HL 2140 does not print

Hi,

This is a common problem to your brother printer model 2140. You need to turn off your printer and take out the toner. Look for the side and you will see a small hole on both sides. This is the sensor. You need to cover it with electrical tape.

Here is a detailed video on how to do it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPCGZZIdXyM

Good luck and hope this helps you.

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  • Posted on Apr 16, 2010

SOURCE: how to fix hl 2140 drum ERRORS

You need to open the front cover of the machine and remove the cartridge (drum and toner) On the top right there is a tab that you need to slide from left to right about 20 times, then bring back to home position

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SOURCE: HL-2140 error light on.

HI check the manual about this error

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