Old 31-05-2011   #1
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Brother HL-2140...D'oh...help me fix my stupidity!

Hello,

Let me start out by saying live and learn 'cause I just D'oh my B&W Brother HL-2140 printer.

My toner was running low. Instead of buying replacement toner, I decided to use my office's photocopier waste toner. Mistake 1.

During the refill, I accidentally touched the toner roll that has toner on. Mistake 2.

Had I spend time reading Brother's website, I would have known this: "To avoid print quality problems, DO NOT touch the shaded parts shown in the illustrations." Mistake 2a.

I then decided to clean the toner with air and sprayed the roll. Mistake 3.

Doing so, I might have exposed the the toner/drum to light and damaged the photosensitive parts. Mistake 4.

The result is that now the print quality is very bad: grey background, fuzzy image, very light letter, grainy, toner specs, and large white lines.

In your opinion, is there any possibility that I can fix my mistakes? If yes, how?

The toner came with the printer and this is the first time it needs refill.

Thank you for your time and suggestion.
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Old 31-05-2011   #2
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Re: Brother HL-2140...D'oh...help me fix my stupidity!

Seems as if a new printer would be cheaper.
Paid ~120 Euros for my HL-2150N (with built-in printserver). Brand New.

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I think you just need a new toner+drum kit. These things cost about $90.
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Re: Brother HL-2140...D'oh...help me fix my stupidity!

I don't know much about those type of printers, but is it the actual machine head you've damaged, and not just the toner cartridge itself? How about purchase a new toner cartridge and then reinstalling it into your printer? Or like Mr. Belvedere, buy a new toner and drum kit.

That said, if it has bit the dust, would it not justify itself more economically if you simply bought another printer? I know from experience with a Brother printer, though inkjet, they are a nightmare to set up, but their ink is so cheap as well as their printers
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