I know this is not the first time someone has posted with the problem of one of the colors not printing after replacing the cartridge.Mine happaens to be black and I have gone through the power flush mode at least eight times and still no luck getting black to print.Question is,can the individual jets be removed and cleaned/replaced individually?If so,anyone have instructions on how to do so?
I have been using the mehtod of loading an empty black cartridge with amonia that was mentioned in a previous post and have recovered some use of my black cartridge. I loaded and empy one with amonina water (half and half), ran several cleaning cycles, and then just left it in there for days. Every time I thought about it or passed by it I would run another cycle. Finally I put my black cartride back in and again ran several cycles and left it in. Again every time I thought about it or passed by it I would run another cycle. I finally started doing test prints and I'm now up to 3 1/2 lines back on my black and some blurred words, but its printing. Maybe after a few more I might get full use back. Give this method a try, especially if you've got nothing to loose. Good luck.
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Greyscale is color not black only.
You can print in black and it will look grayscale only darker, printers are a pain to work with after a year has gone by, I can expect almost a half hour to print something with my $400 epson because one of the colors is out even though I never printed in the last year a colored page. I take the color cartirges out and they are empty, but I only print a page 2-3 times a year. I use the scanner all the time. Brother and epson have their print heads in the printer not the cartridge so make sure your inks are always have something in it or it will be miricle for the printer to last more than a year. Check colors every other week. One Epson printer only lasted 3 months because I never used it(print head dried up). Never use the set up with tubes running outside printer to small tanks of ink if you only use it occationally.
I am afraid you cannot print if (any) one of the cartridges is empty. Here is a screen capture from the properties of my MFC. At the bottom of the picture it says in French : Le MFC arrêtera l'impression Couleur/échelle de gris lorsqu'une ou plus des cartouches d'encre sera vide.
What it say in English is as follows: The MFC will stop printing in Color/Gray scale when one or more of the ink cartidges is empty.
Open the properties of the MFC. Under "Advanced" Tab Click the Printing Defaults at the bottom left. At the bottom of the window that pops up you will see the information that I translated for You.
Cleaning the print head To ensure good print quality, the MFC will regularly clean the print head. You can start the cleaning process manually if needed. Clean the print head and ink cartridges if you get a horizontal line in the text or graphics on your printed pages. You can clean Black only or three colors at a time (Cyan/Yellow/Magenta), or all four colors at once. Cleaning the print head consumes ink. Cleaning too often uses ink unnecessarily. Caution Do NOT touch the print head. Touching the print head may cause permanent damage and may void the print head’s warranty. 1 Press Ink. 2 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Cleaning. Press Menu/Set. 3 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Black, Color or All. Press Menu/Set. The MFC will clean the print head. When cleaning is finished, the MFC will go back to standby mode automatically. If you clean the print head at least five times and the print has not improved, call Brother Customer Service
I have no idea whats happening here.. But it sounds a bit like when he prints from the pc, it uses a different paper stock? Could it be the paper from a direct copy is being used from a different source or tray? Or maybe it's like a 'draft' copy?
I know thats not much help, but if you want, I can spend some time investigatiing this.. But as over a hundred people have never bothered to reply to my posts, I'm a bit reluctant to waste time, unless it's appreciated.. Let me know if you really want to get involved at a deeper level..
Use another new genuine (original brother) BK cart. Do the cleaning twice only for BK. Wait some time (4 hours). If the ink has dryed up, the cleaning ink will break up the dryed one. Do the cleaning again. If it doesnt work, please write again.