How Do I Run a Self Test on a Brother HL-5240 Printer?

Written by matthew burley
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Some Brother printers, such as the HL-5240, are designed for home or small-office use. During normal operation of the printer, it is common for situations to arise where print quality declines. You can perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine where the problem is originating. The first step in troubleshooting the HL-5240 is to run a self-test.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Turn off the printer by using the power switch at the back-right on the device.

  2. 2

    Verify that the front cover of the printer is completely closed. Additionally, check that the power cord is connected to the back of the printer and plugged into a wall outlet.

  3. 3

    Hold down the blue "Go" button on the front of the printer while simultaneously using the power switch to turn on the printer.

  4. 4

    Release the "Go" button after all of the lights on the front of the printer have illuminated and the light next to "Status" has turned off.

  5. 5

    Press the "Go" button one time to print the test page. The results of the test page will provide directions for continuing to troubleshoot your printer.

Tips and warnings

  • You can print a "Printer Settings" page by pressing the "Go" button on the front of the printer three times within 2 seconds. This page will provide information about the printer, such as its' media access control (MAC) address.

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