Brother Printer Tip

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I recently purchased a Brother HL2270DW laser printer to replace my HL1440 that I had for about 11 years. So far the HL2270DW has been a great printer. Its two standout features are duplex printing (I hate wasting paper/killing trees) and its wireless printing.

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The latter feature has become extremely popular in my home especially with my daughter who as been printing 8 1/2“ x 11” photos of Benedict Cumberbatch. This wouldn’t be so bad except that it appears the these photos use vast amounts of toner.

Although I know a starter toner cartridge has a limited capacity, I couldn’t believe that it was completely out. As it turns out I was right. After accessing my Google brain, I found a way of resetting the printer so that the toner light would go off and the printer would continue printing.[1] When I did it turned out that there was plenty of toner remaining. So, if you happen to have a HL2270DW that tells you the toner is out, you may want to try this trick before you rush out an buy a new cartridge:

Open the front cover and leave open while completing the following steps.
1. Turn the printer off.
2. Hold the ‘go’ button while turning the printer on. All lights should be on.
3. Release the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button).
4. Press the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) 2 times.
5. Pause. All panel lights should be on.
6. Press the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) 5 times.
– The toner light should be off. (error may be flashing)
– The paper light should be on or flashing.
7. Close cover. The ready light should be the only light on.


  1. [http://www.danreetz.com/blog/2013/01/27/brother-hl2270dw-toner-cartridge-reset-procedure/]

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