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How to reset Brother HL-L3210CW Toner Cartridges by Josh Sherman

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It took almost two years, but we finally “ran out” of black toner for our all-time favorite printer, Brother HL-L3210CW laser printer.

More on why “finished” is quoted in a moment;)

Personally, I hate owning a printer. I print things out at most twice a year, and I’m fine with traveling to FedEx Kinko’s to do the job. But, I’m not the only one in my house, because the wife and child use the damn printer.

Recently the printer “stopped working” because of the black toner cartridge that was empty, or empty, or something like that. We had new cartridges I purchased next to the printer, but it turns out they were not designed for our printer model.

Sucks to suck because Amazon said the cartridges were often bought with the printer. Wonder how many other people bought the wrong cartridges.

Not a big deal, I ended up ordering a new cartridge. But the thing is, we had to print a few things that day, and the new cartridge would not be here until the next day.

When I knew how much printers are a scam, I immediately started searching the internet to see if there was a way to tell the printer to go back with the toner warning and just let me print.

In the worst case, printing was easier and / or streaked. At best, we will get a few more prints before the cartridge officially kicks in.

What I found when I was looking for was a bunch of different sets of directions, none of which worked for me. There may be different versions of this specific printer because I find it hard to believe that the entire internet is wrong about how to reset toner cartridges.

Here are the steps I eventually used, and I would say that even these work in maybe 80% of cases:

  1. First, open the printer as if you are going to replace the cartridges.
  2. Press and hold Back and Cancel Buttons simultaneously.
  3. Count to 3 or 5, but never 4.
  4. Release the Back and Cancel buttons.
  5. Take a breath and hold it through steps 6, 7, and 8.
  6. Click and release Back Then click and release Cancel.
  7. Click and release Back Then click and release Cancel.
  8. Click and release Back Then click and release Cancel.

At this point, the screen may say K.TNR-STD, Which is the super secret menu that allows you to reset tone cartridges.

Use the up and down arrows to navigate to find the tone cartridge you want to reset. Click OK Will give you the option Reset or Exit.

I really hope this helps someone because it took me about half an hour to finally pick up the Konami code just like Ponzi stuff in my favor.

Worth noting, in the end we brought in half a dozen pages and they all looked perfect. The plan is to see how long we can go through until our prints are of poor quality before we put in the new cartridge.

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