How to Resolve “Replace Drum” After Changing Brother Printer Drum Cartridge

What happens when you install a brand-new original or compatible Brother printer drum cartridge properly according to instructions but still prompted with this annoying error message “replace drum”? Rest assure you are not alone in this journey. This question has been repeatedly thrown to our team many times.

What Exactly is a Printer Drum Cartridge?

A drum unit is a maintenance item for your Brother printer (or other manufacturer Laser printer) that will occasionally required to be replaced but not as frequent as a toner cartridge.

A drum unit is a green metal cylinder or tube that carries a static electrical charge that attracts the toner powder from the printer toner cartridge and applies or “draws” it to the paper as it passes through the laser printer. Therefore, you will always find that drum unit is attached to the printer toner cartridge. They work hand in hand to produce excellent quality print out.

Why Are You Seeing this “Replace Drum” Error Message?

It is because the laser printer is unable to detect the new drum cartridge. The drum cartridge page count is recorded with a manual tracker within the drum unit, hence if it fails to be detected, the drum counter is not automatically reset and will require simple manual intervention.

Steps to Reset the Drum Counter

Only a few simple steps to reset the drum unit via the laser printer settings is sufficient. Follow the instructions below.

Make sure the printer machine is turned on

Printer with LCD Screen

  • Press “OK” AND “↑” at the same time
  • Press “OK” to select the Drum
  • Press “OK” to select the toner colour for the drum unit you have just replaced
  • Press “↑” to reset the Drum counter

Printer with Touchscreen

  • Press “X”
  • Press and hold “four color bar” for 5 seconds
  • Press “Drum”
  • Select the toner color for the drum unit you have just replaced, then press “YES”

Upon ONLY replacing the drum cartridge, you may need to do printer calibration once or twice to get great quality printing results.

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