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Printer will not work

I changed all ink cartridges, but am still getting messages near empty for all. Now the printer will not work at all with a message Unable to init.

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  • JBAMFC Sep 03, 2008

    My problem is similar. When the black ink ran out, I replaced the black Office Depot brand cartridge with a new Brother LC41BK cartridge. At the same time I also replaced the yellow Office Depot ink cartridge with a new Brother LC41YL cartridge. I then started the cleaning process, and the printer displayed "low ink black." I then started the ink bars test process, and found that the black display showed two bars missing, and the other colors had no missing bars. I started the test again, and all color bars were fine. However, I was still seeing "low ink black." I gave up for the day, and returned the next morning to find that the black cartridge was completely empty. So, how do I troubleshoot this, and where did the black ink go?

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There is some kind of plastic strip on the new cartridges did u remove that strip?

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I get a message stating unable to init. 4F


Hi there
With some Brother printers you can try this.

Access the internal maintenance mode by pressing the Menu/Set button, then press * 2 8 6 4 within 2 seconds. This should put you in the maintenance mode menu. Enter 80, and then scroll down with the arrow down (round) key. You'll find an entry listed as purge count. If number is over 6000, enter 2 7 8 3.

This will reset the purge count value. Then the printer will restart, hopefully without the annoying cannot clean message.


Some times this happens because of using cheap compatible ink cartridges if this is the case change the ink cartridges.

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Mar 06, 2010 | Brother MFC-440CN InkJet Printer

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I have replaced all the ink cartridges and my printer says "no cartridge, open scanner cover"


It is probably best to replace cartridges individually as necessary. Let me explain. The printer display will tell you when a cartridge is "xx near empty" and when "xx empty" (where xx is the cartridge color).

1) Near Empty - you can continue to print. This message is to remind you to get a new "xx" cartridge and have it on hand.

Replacing the cartridge when "Near empty" will cause the machine to report "xx Empty" when it is not. It will not register that you have replaced it at "Near empty." Wait to replace the cartridge when you get the "xx empty" message.

2) XX Empty - you may not be able to continue printing. Replace cartridge "xx" now per your manual.

If you have replaced or reseated more than one cartridge, and you get the "no cartridge" error, you need to find out which one the machine "thinks" is problematic:

1) With the scanner cover open and locked in the "Up" position, the message may change to "Change cartridge, install xx" (xx refers to the color )

2) After changing the suspected cartridge and closing the scanner cover, be sure to notice the display. It will say, "Changed XX? 1. Yes 2. No" Press 1.

If all this explanation does not work, keep it in mind for next time. Brother says to unplug the machine for at least 10 seconds, then plug it in again. If the display shows the date and time, problem solved. If not, you may need to contact brother support.

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Brother MC420CN- Black ink cartidge 'near empty' message persists


At 1 of the end sides of the cartage you will see a little window, a beam of light hits that window to determine if you need Ink..Place a small piece of Electric tape over that window and.wallah print,fax and copy away. Brother is a ripoff-A cheap printer that auto-cleans(wastes ink) and locks the whole system claiming your out of Ink or low>>>But this is sure to work! ;)

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Changed yellow ink to new cartridge. Printer won't recognize.


I contacted the Brother site, the support function there. Pursuant to what I found there, I unplugged the printer for ten seconds and replugged. The message display then told me that cyan was empty, and that magenta was near empty.

I installed a new cartridge in place of the empty cyan, and that fixed it.


Jun 04, 2009 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Wont print with all new ink cartridges


If the error message is only "magenta/cyan low", it doesn't cause any error. The low message stays after replacing ink cartridges if they're replaced too early (before they're indicated as actually empty), it doesn't cause the printer to not work.
However, some other problem might be faulty, or there might be another error message. Try emptying printer queue and print from Ink Management -> Menu/set (twice) to check wether the problem is with communication from pc or if the printer actually is unable to print.

May 29, 2009 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Black ink cartridge doesn't work.


Have you tried
  1. Taking out all the cartridges
  2. Power down the power
  3. Power up the printer
  4. Open the scanner Cover
  5. Close the scanner cover
  6. Message will ask you to put the ink.
  7. Put in Black
  8. Close scanner cover
  9. It may ask you whether the Black is being changed.
  10. Open the cover.
  11. Install Cyan.
  12. Repeat step 8-10 for the rest of the 2 colours.
  13. It should resolve the Black ink empty message.
Let us know if this works.

Thank you.

Dec 11, 2008 | Brother DCP-110C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Unknown error message UNABLE TO INIT. printer just stopped working


press menu then start bk-copy then fourtimes arrow up. machine switches to maintenance mode. press start bk copy. what two digit error code does the display show off? Post here again

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Brother MFC 210C All-in-One Ink Cartridges


near empty message is a reminder: plz buy a new cart (but do NOT change until EMPTY). You still can print.

the ink left in an empty cart keeps the system alive when some ink is neede for the automatic cleaning cycle.
If you print until this cart is really empty air will get into the tubes and ph. That leads to faulty printings.
brother had made sure that the amount of printable ink can be consumed. The rest is for service.

Jan 31, 2008 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Ink cartridge error message.



http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00249477&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=421991&dlc=en&lang=en

If these steps dont work:

When you get them refilled The printer will still see them as empty.Hp doesnt like refilled cartridges. ignore the indicator.

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