I have tried everything to remove the darn thing but can't seem to have any results. Put my finger in the black ink hole all I get is a black finger. Just can't find anything to push or pull on this 5300 easyshare A/o;
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It means that the printer is unable to clean the print head number(s) 46. The print head is located under the ink cartridges. Remove the cartridges, and you should see a plastic piece with a hole in it to put your finger under and snap open. This allows you to see the print heads. The print heads look like a sponge type dabber on top of a plastic case. Grab a hold of the print head and pull it out. Look for ink that has spilled behind it or on any of the brass colored computer connections. use warm water and a lint free cloth to scrub it off. Press the print head sponge with your finger and make sure that ink primes and fills the head then put the printer back together and try a test page. If you stll get the error then you need to contact brother for a print head replacement.
Make sure you've removed the shipping tape from the cartridge's print head. More than likely the black cartridge is not disbursing ink - clean the print head carefully with "Q" tip and alcohol and see if black ink comes out slightly. Re-insert cartridge and try again. Perform "clean cartridge" in printer properties window.
After setting for a while it is possible the print head is completely clogged with dried ink so bad that even deep cleaning won't help. You can manually clean the print head by raising the lever and Remove all the cartridges. You can now remove the print head by leaning it forward and up. Some people use different solvents to clean the print head. I don't like to use solvents because they tend to dry out the rubber seals. I use distilled water. Set the print head in just enough water to cover the bottom of the print head. The more clogged it is the longer it needs to soak. Before reinstalling the print head make sure it is completely dry.
I have used the printer series that you have for years, and once in awhile, I get a new cartridge that won't immediately print. Often, there is just a bit of dried ink residue on the print head, and that won't allow the cartridge to work correctly.
Some simple things to try are :
1) Remove the black cartridge. and take a damp paper towel and gently swab the print head area. Next, apply some pressure to the sides of the black cartridge, until you see black ink oozing out of the print head. Repeat if needed. Once the ink starts flowing, blot off the excess, and install the cartridge.
If you can't get ink to flow, then the cartridge might be bad. Most of them have an expiration date on the packaging.
Call this number. I had the same problem, and Kodak is replacing my print head FREE of charge. As the printers in the 5000 series are still under warranty. 1 800 421 6699
(To remove your print head: first remove the color ink cartridge. there is a button of sorts under a small ledge just above the picture of the finger used for installation. Press FIRMLY here, up towards the ceiling. The print head will come out. To reinstall, just put back in and press again firmly on the pic of the finger till it snaps.)
If you get the same quality of print, you need a new head.