Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without.
There are some things that we canâ€™t really do without. But good old Yankee thrift pains me every time I have to replace printer consumables.
I have a Brother HL-3070CW color laser printer at home, which I really like. I selected it specifically because it has an optional straight-through printing path, to reduce curl on heavier stock.
Iâ€™ve also discovered that it reports being out of toner based on page count or something, rather than a measure of actual toner remaining. I found two ways to make sure I get the most from my toner cartridges.
First, I found that thereâ€™s a menu for resetting the state of toner in the printer.
- Open the top cover
- Press the Cancel and Secure Print buttons together to bring up the toner menu
- Use the + and â€“ buttons to select the toner cartridge to reset, and press OK (twice). Each color (CMYK) has two options, one each for standard and high capacity cartridges.
- When finished, closed the top cover.
In addition, itâ€™s very easy to reset the physical switch on the toner cartridge, as shown in this short video:
(Both procedures from http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/laser/39806 )
Iâ€™ve used the menu reset option several times, and I havenâ€™t seen any problems with toner coverage on my printed pages.