Get More Pages Out Of Your Printer When The Toner Is Low

Get More Pages Out Of Your Printer When The Toner Is Low
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It seems as though printers are made to run out of toner at the exact moment you need to print five important pages, but Reddit user i_exaggerated unearthed an old tip to force your printer into going a little longer by covering up a sensor bar.Some printers will lock up and refuse to print once the toner light comes on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a few more good prints out of it. Most toner cartridges have a small sensor hole on the non-gear side of the cartridge, and covering this up with a small piece of electrical tape might bring your printer back to life. If the initial forum posts are any indication, you might even get a solid 400-500 extra pages. We tried this on a Brother HL-2040 and it worked right away. It’s not going to work for every printer, but it might save you in a pinch.

Brother toner cartrdige low toner override [fixyourprinter via Reddit]


  • That looks like a Lexmark. I hate Lexmark. They print just fine but have engaged in some pretty dodgy practices in the past.

    Several years ago they sent out discs with firmware updates to a bunch of their business customers.
    The only update this software offered? To prevent the printers from recongising third party and remanufactured cartriges. Anyone who ran the update disc had no choice but to use Lexmark carts from then on.

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