Tip & How-To about Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

Unable to clean Error 46

Here's the instruction for ALL brother inkjet printers (mfc/dcp is equal) when printer shows unable to clean (error 46)

You need a new ink absorber box which can be purchased from a brother service partner near your home.
Search the brother homepage of your country:
www.brother.com (choose your country)

If you have got the spare part (ink absorber box) you have to open the printer:

http://www.hstt.net/refill-faq/inside.html#Brother_mfc215c
(use google for translation german)

Do NOT clean the old one! It cant be cleaned: The felt wont take up ink anymore and will stain the machine from inside and the furniture beneath the printer.

After replacing the eeprom of the printer needs reset:

(dcp: use arrow-up and set key to choose the digits. e.g. arrow-up til 8 then set arrow up til 0 then set
mfc: use the fax-number keys.
Stop-button will always go back to maintenance, if you have done wrong)

press menu then start bk-copy then fourtimes arrow up quickly after another.

machine will switch to maintenance mode and light(s) will flash.

press 8 0

press start bk-copy until PURGE 64xx

press 2 7 8 3

Purgecount will be 0000

Press stop

press 9 9 to leave the maintenance mode.

After the mfc/dcp comes up again in normal state the error has disappeared

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46 says the ink absorber box and flushing box are full, you need a shop to replace these and reset the counters. It's possible to just reset the error but you risk printer damage if they overflow.

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Your Ink Absorber box is full. The machine cleans its print nozzles by blasting them out with ink; it collects that waste ink and pumps it into a plastic box filled with thick, felt pads. After a certain number of cleaning operations, it decides it's not safe to squirt more ink into the box and gives this Error 46. Replacing the ink absorber box and flushing box and resetting the purge counter is fairly complex. Maybe someone has instructions all typed out, but your best bet is probably to take it to a Brother tech.

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You need a new ink absorber box which can be purchased from a brother service partner near your home.

www.brother.com

If you have got the spare part (ink absorber box) you have to open the printer:

Do NOT clean the old one! It cant be cleaned: The felt wont take up ink anymore and will stain the machine from inside and the furniture beneath the printer.

After replacing the eeprom of the printer needs reset:

(dcp: use arrow-up and set key to choose the digits. e.g. arrow-up til 8 then set arrow up til 0 then set
mfc: use the fax-number keys.
Stop-button will always go back to maintenance, if you have done wrong)

press menu then start bk-copy then fourtimes arrow up quickly after another.

machine will switch to maintenance mode and light(s) will flash.

press 8 0

press start bk-copy until PURGE 64xx

press 2 7 8 3

Purgecount will be 0000

Press stop

press 9 9 to leave the maintenance mode.

After the mfc/dcp comes up again in normal state the error has disappeared

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you need a new waist ink absorber box.
Search this forum for error 46 or unable to clean. the procedure is explained many times (identical for all brother inkjets)

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if your printer is a BROTHER which shows error 46 (unable to clean) it can be fixed:
you need a new waistink absorber which can be purchased from a brother service partner near your home (see brother homepage). After replacing there must a eeprom rest be done.

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