Question about Brother IntelliFax-1860C All-In-One InkJet Printer
I have a Brother 1860C fax machine. I was overseas for 16 months, so it was not used all that time, and was 1 week old before I left. I came back and I was getting low ink messages. I suspect the ink dried up. I pulled out the cartridges to inspect and reinstalled them. Now I get a message that the yellow cartridge is missing! It is not missing.
This machine has black, yelloy, cyan and magenta cartridges.
I switched the yellow and cyan cartridges just to see if the error changes, and I still get the 'no yellow cartridge' error.
Here is a link to the product: http://www.brother-usa.com/Fax/ModelDetail.aspx?ProductID=FAX1860C
The machine detects the ink by shining a light through the rib in one edge of the ink cartridge. Apparently yellow is close enough to nothing at all, that the sensors get a little out of whack. Here's how to reset the sensors:
There may be another problem causing this. The ink may really be low, or the sensor board may be off its mounts in the machine. But the routine above is quick & easy, and it fixes the problem more than half the time. You can't run without any of the colors, because that means air bubbles are getting into the ink tubes, and that can lead to dried ink blocking the nozzles.
This is unrelated, but when you peel the sealing tape from the bottom of the ink ctg., do it slowly. Brother has found that sometimes, when you strip the tape off too fast, a little glue remains stuck in the nozzle, blocking it. If that happens, dig the glue out carefully with a pin & it will be fine.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
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