Sunday 24 April 2016

TurboCAD 20 online activation

You can pick up a copy of TurboCAD 20 for a good price online and it offers some good features if you are after a simple CAD program.

After 30 days it will ask for activation, and you can do either online or via the telephone.
If you can't wait or afford to call US Office Hours, you can try and do an online activation.

Unfortunately the button on the GUI doesn't work.

However, you can do it yourself via the browser.
Navigate to Link: and this will allow you to enter your serial number and an email address. It will display an activation code and email it to you also.

Sunday 10 April 2016

Brother 9450CDN Toner Life End message

Sometimes the Brother 9450CDN reports a Toner Life End message when there is still toner left in the cartridge.

It appears there are two solutions: #1 is to tape a bit of black tape over the window of the toner cartridge, or over the hole for the sensor in the toner tray. I left the tape on just in case it would do good in the future.

The other method is:

  1. With power on, open the toner access main door. You will get a “Cover is Open” message on the LCD.
  2. Press the “Clear/Back” button and you will be taken to the toner “Reset Menu”
  3. You can then scroll through the reset options for the printer’s toner cartridges:
    1. B.TNR-S – Black toner small cartridge (TN-110)
    2. B.TNR-H – Black toner high-capacity cartridge (TN-115)
    3. C.TNR-S – Cyan toner small cartridge (TN-110)
    4. C.TNR-H – Cyan toner high-capacity cartridge (TN-115)
    5. M.TNR-S – Magenta toner small cartridge (TN-110)
    6. M.TNR-H – Magenta toner high-capacity cartridge (TN-115)
    7. Y.TNR-S – Yellow toner small cartridge (TN-110)
    8. Y.TNR-H – Yellow toner high-capacity cartridge (TN-115)
  4. Select the cartridge size you have and the colour you want to reset, and press OK. Since I had small cartridges, I used the S options for all three colours.
  5. Each cartridge must be reset individually. Press “1” to reset.
  6. Press “Clear/Back” to get out of the menu, then close the door.