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The black ink will not print in my Brother 420CN

The ink is full and I've cleaned it about 10 times.

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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.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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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.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Brother MFC-420CN keeps showing Unable to Print w full ink

I often have the same problem - The inks being put into the printer are seated very sensitively. The lever holding them in may be also acting as a pressure sensitive switch because when I wiggle it a little, the printer usually starts working again! Make sure the cartridges are pressed STRAIGHT DOWN, wiggle them and wiggle the plastic pressure lever. (I do not know what else to call it!) and I hope yours works again. It is a great little printer, but this is really annoying! Good luck!
BTW, if your inks are RE-FILLED, that may be your problem. It seems they are made to NOT be refilled. To avoid this problem, do not wait till they are empty to refill them. Check them monthly (depends on usage) and when they get 1/2 way, refill then. Do NOT put the hypodermic refilling tube in deeper than necessary to refill. I use a heated nail to make my hole in the plastic, going ONLY in as far as necessary to make the hole, and then I cover it with scotch tape. Then I wash off my hands with Lava soap! (Haven't mastered the knack of not getting the ink on myself, yet!)

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

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The print head is clogged.Try powerful cleaning:
Press menu, then start black copy, then four times arrow-up quickly after another.Machine will be in maintenance mode
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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).

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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.

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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.)

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unplug maqchine from power. take all carts out. wait 5 minutes. connect machine to power. insert carts as demanded. give the right answer if machine asks if the carts are changed. machine will do some cleaning.

do you use generic ink? in that case you might have clogged the printhead with wrong ink. The ph cant be cleaned anymore.

nevertheless try this (carts should be nearly full!):
press menue then start mono (blue copy) then fourtimes arrow up. machine will be in maintenance mode. press 7 then 6 then 4. Machine will display init_all. press start mono. machine will refill tubes and
ph with fresh ink and do some cleaning. after that press 7 then 6 then 3 and start mono. machine will do a powerpurge.
press zero then 9 to do a quality test print. If it cant do the job leave maintenance by pressing 9 then 9. do the test print manually by pressing ink etc.

If you still do not see any colors the ph is clogged and cant be fixed anymore. It has to be replaced.

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Do use original brother ink to fix the problem: Do the cleaning twice (All colors and bk). You should see some blocks of the missing colors. If not printhead is damaged and cant be repaired (Dryed out or damaged valve or clogged with particles). If machine displays unable to clean, search googl for ERROR 46 (Reset and change of waist inktank)

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