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‘Drum End Soon’ message on printer after changing DR2100 Drum Unit

‘Drum End Soon’ message on printer after changing DR2100 Drum Unit

When replacing a DR2100 drum unit a prompt must be given in order for the the printer to realise a new drum has been installed. This procedure needs to be followed to reset an internal page counter in the printer that estimates the remaining life of the installed drum. If this reset has not been performed then your printer will continue to warn you of ‘Drum End Soon‘ on the printers built in LCD display. However the reset procedure is very simple and should only take a few seconds to perform.


Please Note: If your printer has been using the drum before the reset was entered this will throw out the accuracy of the drum by the equivalent amount of pages. As such you may find the quality of your prints may deteriorate prematurely.

What printers does this reset work for?

You can perform the DR2100 drum reset detailed below on many different printers including the Brother DCP-7030, DCP-7040, DCP-7045N, MFC-7320, MFC-7440N and MFC-7840W..

How do I reset the DR2100 drum unit for these printers?

  1. Ensure the machine is turned on and open the front cover of your printer. DCP-7030 Drum Install
  2. Remove the drum unit and toner cartridge assembly from the printer.
  3. Re-install the drum unit and toner cartridge assembly into your printer.
  4. Press the Clear/Back button on the printer.
  5. Press the  the “Up Arrow”  (or the 1 key if your printer has a fax) to confirm you are installing a new drum.
  6. Assuming the message on the display now reads Accepted, close the front cover of the printer.

The ‘Drum End Soon’ message will now have disappeared and you will be able to continue printing for an estimated 12,000 pages. If the message remains please run through this process again ensuring both prompts are given after reinstalling the toner and drum combo.

If you have ant further questions or have anything to add please feel free to leave a comment below.

About the author

Matthew Stevenson

I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have been an employee of Refresh Cartridges since early 2009. I am a dedicated family man, gamer, music fan and friend to all. I write the majority of the content here on Igloo and am responsible for its upkeep.


  1. Samir Sali

    dcp 7030 drum is not resseting, dcp 7030 total printed is over 100300, what can i do ? Thanks

    1. Nel

      1. Printer should be turned on
      2. Before installing cartridge (cover is open) press 1) Clear/back button; 2) Menu; (on the display) 3) select Machine info; 4) select drum life; 5) press OK button; (on the display) 6) select yes to install new drum. You will see message Accepted.
      3. Install cartridge
      4. Close cover.

  2. Rachel, Puerto Rico

    Thank you so much. The information is very useful but in two occasion I return cartridges to the store for this message. I never thought to search in Internet. In this ocassion I needed search. Thank you for avoid me go to the store.

  3. Noel


    try this:
    1) Pull out the cartridge and look on the right side of the it. You will see a small hole that has a glass like window in side (round window).

    2) Turn off MFC-7320

    3) Cover the hole on cartridge with a duct or a piece of paper. Basically block.

    4) Replace the cartride back in the printer and turn on the printer.

    5) The message should be gone and you should be able to use the copier functionality

    Works for me.

  4. Sergio Faermann

    Dear Matthew

    My long time and very loyal Brother printer MFC-7320 started to print only to the back side!
    I couldn't find any way to restore it to the normal front printing.
    Can you please suggest a solution?
    Thanks in advance

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