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Topic # 83091 10-May-2011 13:35
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I just bought a Brother HL-2140 laser printer. Already printed over 100 pages.

Any idea how long the starter toner lasts?

When I print the configuration page, the toner is "full", there is no pages to go or percentage of toner used. I believe starter toners have no flag gear (?). Perhaps the starter cartridge lacks that feature??

So do Brother lasers normally indicate an estimate of toner remaining on configuration pages?

If a normal toner has flag gear, and that flag gear activates the toner end of life (?), does it move at the same rate every page printed or does it move related to toner use?

What I'm getting at is my printer has a "toner save" feature, which sounds like a good idea and I use it every time, but is it a waste of time if the flag gear is ticking away at the same rate?

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  Reply # 467573 10-May-2011 14:19
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It's usually about 1000 pages, possibly 1200 if you use the brother toner saving feature.

No toner warning on teh cheaper model brothers, just a toner light will spring up on the front(lasts about 100+ pages from memory after the light goes on.

You can get high compacity toners too, for about $50 more which produce 2500 pages on toner saving mode :)

In comparison, most of the cheaper HP lasers, have a software warning and show you how much is left.  Which is semi accurate.  Most of the time when it says it's empty, I remove the toner and shake it.  Then get quite a few more pages out of it 




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  Reply # 467576 10-May-2011 14:26
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Thanks for your helpful reply!

vinnieg: Most of the time when it says it's empty, I remove the toner and shake it. ?Then get quite a few more pages out of it?


I noticed the configuration page counts toner replacements. I wonder if removing a cartridge to shake it then reinserting adds +1 to toner replacement count? Or does it have a smarter way to work that out?

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  Reply # 467577 10-May-2011 14:29
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vinnieg: Most of the time when it says it's empty, I remove the toner and shake it.  Then get quite a few more pages out of it 


+1 .. I do this on our big colour Ricoh's at work and normally get an extra couple of hundred pages... Normally 100 - 200 more pages.

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  Reply # 467583 10-May-2011 14:45
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IlDuce: Thanks for your helpful reply!

vinnieg: Most of the time when it says it's empty, I remove the toner and shake it. ?Then get quite a few more pages out of it?


I noticed the configuration page counts toner replacements. I wonder if removing a cartridge to shake it then reinserting adds +1 to toner replacement count? Or does it have a smarter way to work that out?


I think it might do that on our ones here :) another option is if you know where the sensor is that shows the toner level...cover it with tape.  Another dirty trick of the trade when you want a printer to last a few more months before replacing it here.  Luckily most of our printers are managed externally here  




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  Reply # 467648 10-May-2011 17:04
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For the same printer I normally buy the non-official toner and drum and I have never had a problem with them. Much cheaper too.



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  Reply # 467666 10-May-2011 17:34
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mattRSK: For the same printer I normally buy the non-official toner and drum and I have never had a problem with them. Much cheaper too.


They are much cheaper than genuine, but their price for a drum unit is more than a new printer, so I guess when the drum is toast, the printer is landfill.

I see the drum is good for 12,000 pages, ands it counting them down. I presume there is a way to reset the counter, and continue to use the same drum, but what is the consequence of doing so?

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  Reply # 468318 12-May-2011 14:35
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After 12000 pages, you will notice that your output is looking pretty crappy (black dots/grey shaded areas). I have a 2140 that is creeping near the 12000 (just got a new drum for it - haven't put it in yet) and the output is pants.



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  Reply # 468664 13-May-2011 11:05
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So what happens in a Brother colour laser, if say the yellow toner runs out?

Does it refuse to print, like an Epson inkjet does, or does it allow mono?

If yellow run out, would it print a page of red text?

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  Reply # 470830 18-May-2011 22:24
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The sensor window should be on the right side whenlooking top down.  It should be by the "Warranty Void if sticker"  It's a clear plastic window.  Cover it and it will override the sensor allowing you to print until the toner is completely out.  Usually in the hundreds of pages.

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