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The black ink will not print on my Brother 420CN.

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Normal 0 Driver could be corrupt.
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 28, 2009

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If I am out of one of the color inks, can I just


Yikes! No. That's how they designed it. You always to have all 4 ink because the printer does self-cleaning every so often. Otherwise, the jets dry & clog.
Also, my understanding is that even for black prints, color inks are used in small qty. If ink cost is an issue (it is for a lot of people), you might consider bulk systems.

Jun 02, 2010 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Black ink on my Brother MFC-420CN is faint and streaky


You said you replaced the cartridges. Were they Genuine Brothers' Cartridges?

My Brother MFC-240C, does not like Generic Printer Cartridges. That sounds like your problem. Also I had with Brother's was problem with Color. Color that should be Yellow, will turn out Green, or Blue Green, etc. The Generic Cartridges, also printed lines thru the words. That's what the Companies do., so they can keep selling the ink cartridges.

Some Printers, are able to use Generic, but you have to fill them up yourself and I heard, quite MESSY, or Take them to have them filled.

So I learned, thru trial and error, that you must use the ORIGINAL Genuine Cartridges for the PRINTERS.

This is the only advice I can give you. If you find this helpful, pls rate me.

Thanks and Good Luck :0)

Jan 03, 2010 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Brother 420CN printer will not print black ink. Have replaced the cartridge and after several cleaning cycles, it still will not print properly. Test Print shows colors are fine but black ink is hit and...


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.

Good Luck
RK

Dec 20, 2009 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Black ink not printing


You need to clean the black printhead.

Try: Press the "ink" button the the lower left. Follow the direction to the cleaning page (by pressing up/down button).

If not resolved, your printer would probably need to be serviced. Hope this helps.

Aug 04, 2009 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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The black ink will not print on my Brother 420CN


Get a new printer. What probably happened, is that your printer went dry, meaning there was no ink left, and that wrecked the printing heads.

Jan 12, 2009 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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The black ink will not print in my Brother 420CN


Seems like this is a problem for everyone. Try a test page (in printer function) It could be that the heads were destroyed if your previous cartridge ran dry.

Jan 12, 2009 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Want to print with black ink only using Brother MFC-420CN


I see it's been a while since you posted your question but in case anyone else is wondering about this, I'll answer.  The information is not in the User's Guide booklet but in the Software User's Guide which should be available on your software disk, or you can view it here http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/Public/files/dlf/doc000240/BH3_UsaEngSoft_C.pdf 

Basically, you go to the advanced tab under the printing preferences and select grayscale.  

Dec 17, 2008 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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MFC-420CN does not print black


My yellow cartridge was doing the same thing as your black. So I took the cartridge out, and took a flashlight to see how it works. There is like a little straw on the right hand side which goes up into the printer cartridge, this I assume is to measure the ink. I took a needle and cleaned that 'straw' thoroughly. Reseated the ink, ran cleaning and test print, and then the printer found the yellow ink! You could give that a try. It might work for you too. (I have never used any ink but Brother ink in the printer, btw.)

Apr 20, 2008 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Can the 420CN print double sided pages


There is only a manual double sided printing avaiable:
After the first side was printed you have to turn the page into the papertray again.

Canon bubble jet printers can do double side printing but the back side black print will be mingled through C/Y/M ink!

Jan 07, 2008 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Will not print


naturally will the printer refuse to print if one color is empty to be in safe mode.
This is because of the print head technique which demands a permanent ink supply to prevent drying out:

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us/en/faq/faq/000000/000000/000040/faq000040_004.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=mfc420cn_us

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