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Re: Brother MFC-5440CN Printer Problem
If this only happens when you are copying.
1. Your scanner glass is dirty. Open the lid, use windex to clean the
flatbed. Look on the left side. You should see a strip of glass, with
the scanner sitting under it. This strip is used when the document feed
is being used. Make sure it is clean. Most common problem is getting a
little whiteout or the sticky residue from scotch tape on this glass,
which causes lines down your copies.
Clean it with alcohol which will dissolve the sticky stuff and the whiteout.
If this does not solve the problem, the CCD scanner in your machine might be going bad.
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I have a brother MFC 3240C. My Black ink stopped printing(initially printed horizontal faded lines and gradually got worse), the other colors were printing fine. I tried cleaning numerous time( 50 -100 times over 1-2 weeks ). Still no improvement. The way I print now is:
1. I go to Printer Properties
2. Change Media type from "Plain Paper" to "Inkjet Paper".
3. Change Quality to "Photo".
This takes a long time to print 1-2 minutes per page. However, this works for me since this is my Home printer and use it for printing only few pages here are there.
Light/faint prints usually are a result from clogged ink or air bubbles between the cartridge and print head (thus changing cartridge wont fix problem). Try printing the test page print from the machine (Ink Management -> set/ok twice). Answer the question(s) in the display and repeat this up to five times. The colors should be improved after 1-3 test prints usually.
There is a design reason why the print heads are changed when you change an ink cartridge is changed. The print head isn't made to be reused and the quality of your print will suffer at some point if you reuse the same print head 6 or 7 times. I would get new cartridges and be happy with the print quality that a new cartridges will bring.
The cartridge has no chip to reset. I'm guessing that the problem might be the printer. Have you tried turning off the printer for about 30 seconds? If this didn't work try turning it off and unplugging the usb and power for 30 seconds. This is to reset the printer to recognize a full cartridge. If this doesn't work, did you put the cartridge in the correct position? Is it aligned correctly? Hope this helps.
Fix ink cartridge I had same problem. I must have ran the clean cycle more than 30-50 times over a period of days. That never made any difference. I was about to toss the whole thing but figured I would try one more thing. If it didn't work I would be in no worse shape. Here is what I did. Took an almost empty black cartridge and inject a lot of 100% Acetone to dilute ink. Left some black in it since I didn't want to think it was empty. Inserted this cartridge and ran the cleaning a few time. IT WORKED. I used my word processor program and filled a page with large bold font characters and printed a page or two. Each page cleared more nozzles. After doing this cleaning/printing a number of time, I put in the full good cartridge. Ran the cleaning a few time to eject any of the Acetone diluted ink. Ran the printed page a few time to remove more of the diluted ink. Everything seems to work now.
Did you do a test print by pressing ink testprint etc.? Do you have all colors incl. BK?
If yes, check the printersetting WITHIN Word. Is the mfc the printer to be recognized by Word or is it another one?
If you miss the bk upon the test sheet try to clean the ink cart by help of pressing ink arrow-down-button (cleaning) and (blue) start mono.
If there is no or not enough ink check the cart. In case you use third party ones, use an original brother cart and do the cleaning twice.
Third party carts do make a lot of trouble due to malconstruction!