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Masking Tape Gives TN-350 Toner a Second Life,
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This review is from: Brother Black Toner Cartridge (TN-350) (Office Product)
I get 800 to 1100 extra copies from each cartridge.
After the "Toner Life End" message appears, it refuses to print even one more copy. Offensive...until you show it who's in charge.
Remove the cartridge and find 2 clear plastic port holes, one on each side. The printer shines a light through these to decide when to shut you off. But it's too sudden and too early.
Cover one or both windows with a small piece of masking tape. You can put the tape on the outer drum unit holes if you prefer. I get about 3400 copies per cartridge instead of 2400.
I really like Brother printers now that I have taught them some manners.
To save even more money try SOL Corp (Non-OEM) 2-Pack Toner REFILL KIT for Use in Brother Tn-350 Toner Cartridge.
~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2008 2:32:02 PM PDT
T. Neal says:
C.... You are my hero! Wonderful tip! Thanks!
Posted on Sep 17, 2008 7:43:49 PM PDT
Thank You Dr. MacPhail! You are THE sensei of office tech!
Posted on Sep 18, 2008 3:43:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2008 3:43:55 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 7:39:33 AM PDT
The Doctor says:
There is also another fix for the toner end of life error message that supposedly works -
Open the front cover, not touching the drum, and press options. Press option 2 - to not replace drum
Posted on Oct 4, 2008 8:32:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2009 6:14:43 PM PDT
My Brother printer showed the "replace drum soon" message on the screen, so I rushed to buy a new drum unit. I never replaced it, though. It's been sitting on my shelf for... I don't know, two years? three? A very long time. I've printed thousands and thousands of pages with that message on the screen, with no problem at all.
Well, here's my follow up on that post. I finally replaced the drum unit today. It's rated to produce "up to" 12,000 copies, with a warning that various factors may cause you to produce less. I checked the page counter - over 26,000 copies on one drum unit! Print quality was excellent until the end. If your LCD says "replace drum unit soon", don't do it! Wait until print quality deteriorates.
Posted on Oct 7, 2008 9:16:08 AM PDT
Awesome advice! LOL I bet Brother is feeling the pain.
Posted on Oct 20, 2008 8:17:23 AM PDT
Gray Locks says:
Thanks for the tip! It will give me enough time to get a toner cart order in.
Posted on Oct 20, 2008 8:17:59 AM PDT
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Posted on Nov 1, 2008 3:21:31 PM PDT
Luis Andrade Tavares says:
Thank you very much... God bless... Awesome for passing this on...
Posted on Nov 7, 2008 7:03:22 AM PST
thanks for the great tip! Can't wait to try that out. I just had to LOL at your "I really like Brother printers now that I have taught htem some manners". ;)