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Brother 420cn won't print black

I can not print any of my schoolwork off on this printer. I haven't hardly used it and for some reason it won't print black. It will print anything color, and even grey, but will not print black.....

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Try the clean function for the print heads. Did you install the proper software for the printer? If not, install it before connecting the printer.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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How do i just print only black with brothers 420cn


Hi, you should be able to use the printer options before printing any document. Once in printer options go to the color tab and click on the drop down to black ink only, thats for windows. If using other OS respond and i will get you your answer. As far as for copies goes there is a button that says black and one that says color just put in the scanner and push the black button.

Sep 21, 2010 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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My brother MFC-420CN is printing way to slow. It there anything I can do to make it go faster?


There's no way, unless you sacrifice quality.

The printer prints at just the one speed, unless you select "draft" print-quality, or print "black-only", instead of "colour".

Apr 23, 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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My brother mfc 420cn printer quit printing...


I'd venture to say that if you haven't used it in a while the ink dried up and clogged the print head. It is probably a job for a service center. Good luck

Aug 05, 2009 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Will no print black color doc if any other color ink is empty


actually, its not. the reason is, there is a small resovoire (sp?) in the ink cartridges. if you continue to print, the nozzles will clog up, and can cause all the nozzles not to work. even when you do just black, the printer has to clean at times all the nozzles and if your nozzles are empty, air will go into the deep and dry up the excess ink.

if you are going to do primarily black prints, you should get a black and white laser for those uses only.

Jun 13, 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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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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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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