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Drum light on after installing new drum - Brother HL 1440 Laser Printer

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  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    Drum light is still on even though I have already installed a new one. I have taken out the drum and re installed.

  • Anonymous May 28, 2008

    I have a brother HL 5250 and I just had the same problem.

    How do I stop this???

  • Terri07 Jun 02, 2008

    My drum light is still blinking after new installation. I thought it was a faulty drum, replaced it and light is still blinking. I've seen this problem posted quite a few times on this site, but I haven't seen an answer yet.

  • songdancer Jul 17, 2008

    Brother's webpage says to reset the drum counter. On some models this is done by opening up the front door, pressing the GO button until all 4 lights are lit, then releasing the GO button. To find the way to reset your particular model, go to and search for your printer number. Then search for the term "drum."

    Printer drums typically cost almost as much as a new laser might as well buy a new one.

    Unfortunately, I did all of the above, and my printer still won't work. So I still don't know what is going on. (Brother HL 5240)

  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same proble

  • dee6 May 11, 2010

    I have the same exact problem, but the fix by JDtiv did not work for me. Any other ideas?



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As posted by Songdancer - this solution worked for my HL-1440 to reset the drum light

"Brother's webpage says to reset the drum counter. On some models this is done by opening up the front door, pressing the GO button until all 4 lights are lit, then releasing the GO button"

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I have a brother HL-1440 . I opened the front of the printer got my pen and pressed the go button held it for 5 seconds till all the light were lit released it and BINGO DRUM light off. Closed the printer all watched all my previous [email protected] come pouring out.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    I didnt have to change the drum "YET"




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Following this approach worked for me:

1. Turn the printer off.

2. Hold in the circular button on the front panel of the printer.

3. Turn the printer back on.

4. When the DRUM light is lit by itself let go of the button.

5.Press and hold in the circular button on the front panel again. Once the Alarm light comes on, let go of the button.

After step 5, the printer should print a test page, and the drum indicator should turn off.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008


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I did get the drum light to go off, and without replacing the drum.

Here is what I did:

  1. Opened up the front door to the printer.
  2. Pulled out the drum unit.
  3. Blow off drum unit with canned air (might as well clean it up while it is out.)
  4. Press the green GO button and held it for 5 seconds or until all the lights came on.
  5. Closed front door.
It took a couple of tries, but it did work, and I am still printing with the same drum. When the print quality gets too bad, then I'll get a new printer, since drums cost as much as printers.

The printers are pre-set to have the drum light come on after so many prints. Therefore, toner cartridges and drums may quit working, even when they have life left in them.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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What is the make and model. They all reset differently.
Thank you

Posted on Apr 30, 2008


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I went onto the brother website. For the MFC 8460N you can do the following:

1) Open the front cover.
2) Press the clear/back key.
3) Press 1 to reset.
4) Close the front cover, pressing firmly on each side until they click into place.

This worked for our office machine.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Brother HL-5240 drum light flashing

Normally clearing the drum count the machine has to be on open front cover as if to change the drum press and hold the button in for about 10 second then release and shut the door. This should reset the count if not please get back to me and I'll check the service manual to see if anything in that.

Thanks J

Posted on Feb 04, 2008


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SOURCE: drum and toner led blinking

I have the same problems with you guys, and none of the solutions above work.
I solved Brother HL-2040 with the following tricks

1. Use the link below to process steps 1-4 and stop.

2. Use screw driver to remove 3 screws on one side of the toner

3. From the small separate part after removed it from the toner, there is a small white adjustment (plastic), use your finger adjust to the opposite side. Put it back to the toner, and screw them back as original.

4. Follow the remain steps from the link above,

Your toner indicator should be turn OFF


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SOURCE: Error light and Drum light are blinking. Do I

Blinking says to replace drum soon, when it's on solid, it's time for a new drum...

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Now take the unit out of the printer ...
By pulling down the blue lever take the toner unit out of the drum unit...
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reinstall the unit in the printer close front door and check that the drum led is "OFF "

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