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I have a Brother MFC-665CW printer/fax machine. It jammed with paper and once I had cleaned it up the screen now reads, Unable to print 30. I can't do anything. Does anyone know how I can fix it please? Thanks.

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Normal 0 In most cases it works. Worth a try.

Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off. I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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Normal 0 I suggest you get a sheet of Card Stock (Heavy paper) and place it in the feed way. Then press the print button applying a slight amount of pressure on the Card Stock so it will feed through the printer. The reason for this is in some cases I have been able to clear the paper track of debris that was deposited there over time.
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