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Getting rid of “Low Toner” error message on the Brother HL-2280DW printer

Brother HL2280-DW Printer

I absolutely love my Brother HL-2280DW printer since it provides great quality print outs, relatively cheap, full duplex and wifi-enabled.

The thing I don’t like is the expensive toner cartridges.  Instead of spending $35+ on the genuine Brother-branded cartridges, I buy much cheaper knockoffs for sub-$20.  The ones I’ve had the best luck with compatibility are the V4INK TN450 “high yield” ones for $16 on Amazon.

When you use third-party cartridges, you can get a perpetual “low toner” message.  After struggling with this for days on my last cartridge replacement, I finally figured out the magical menu sequence to fix it by piecing together several different resources online.

Here’s the consolidated list of steps:

  1. Put your new toner cartridge in the printer
  2. Leave the front cover open
  3. Press and release the “clear” button once
  4. Press and release “start” button, then press the up arrow (the one above the “OK” button) until you see “12” on the display.
  5. Close Toner/Cartridge front cover.  Now press the “OK” button and you should see “Accepted” on the display.
  6. Close the front cover.

You should be good to go now with the “Low Toner” message now gone.  If it doesn’t work the first time, try it again.  If it still doesn’t work, your toner cartridge might be defective and you will need to swap it for a different one.  Again, I recommend the V4INK branded ones since I’ve never had an issue.