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Brother MFC 420 CN

Error msg,"Near Empty Black?. Replaced the ink cartridge & performed reset and cleaning function, still the same message. Old cartridge was 80% full! Given print command, print process starts, attempts to print or I will say goes through the print motion but the output is blank white paper. It has printed before. In total I will say printed about 20/25 pages from this printer since I have purchased. Very light use. I am not able to fax anything from this machine either. Always finds the receiving fax machine as busy, never able to send fax. Only thing it can do now is scan any documents to the computer. I bought this multi function brother printer after reading review on the CNET website.Please help before I have to buy some other brands. I had high hopes about the performance of this printer but it had failed me so far.

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Re: Brother MFC 420 CN

The brother printer is not a good brand i also have a brother mfc 3220cn and it gives the same problem, what you have to is unplug the machine and let it stand for about 2 days take out the cartridges and clean the printing with air replace back them and plug in.that should remedy your problem.i urge on you never to buy brother printers.if you buy them get a bottle of phensic along with it.good luck my brother.

Posted on Apr 04, 2007

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What is the meaning of unable to initiate? where is the ink sensor located?

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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I just use tape on one end of the ink cartridge, fools the sensor

Posted on May 14, 2008

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Take out black cartridge. clean sensor with que tip slightly moist with water. while doing this readout will say replace black cartridge. do so and it should work. mfc 420cn

Posted on Apr 27, 2007

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Do you use your Brother printer regularly? There are pipes that conduct the ink from the cartridges to the head. Maybe ink cannot flow because they are obstructed with dry ink.
Word of advise: when the printar says that the ink cartridge is empty, there is still some amount of ink in it. Brother states this is by design, to avoid drying inside pipes. So, don´t use tape to fool the sensor.

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I have done a similar task to fix mine. I take out the cartridges,put them back in and let the machine think they are new cartridges and perform a cleaning. then that usually gets it working again

Posted on Apr 11, 2007

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