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Brothermfc5440cn how do i change the absorbtion pads on this machine please regards alan

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If you lift the lid to change the cartridge first. Disconnect the top cover "stand" and then undo all the screws holding the plastic cover. Once you've lifted the cover you should be able to access the absorption pads quite easily.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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How can I take the two black service station parts apart?

I assume you have taken the top screws out and removed the top cover and capping assembly and are asking how to separate the top part from the waste assembly. If so, there are 2 latches on the right side that need to be freed by a flat blade screwdriver and a 3rd latch you cannot reach. After the 2 right latches are released, pull fairly hard from the right side and the 3rd latch will let go and it comes apart.

Cleaning this thing up is a messy affair. The absorbtion pads need to be cleaned and dried before they go back in. We have a washing machine dedicated to this task. You can do it in your own washing machine if you don't care to stay married. My recommendation is to order a refurbished service station from These service stations also have had an engineering change installed that compensates for wear on the transfer lever that is a common cause of failure, making them more reliable than the original assembly. If you have more questions, I can be reached at 800-959-1575. Bob Wert

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343 printer error

The 343 printer error means that your waste ink absorbtion pad is full. Follow these steps below to reset it:

1. Go to menu by pressing the > button
2. Press [copy] and then #
3. Go to 'test mode' by pressing > several times
when "test mode" is on the screen press the "ok" button.
4. Now press 8 then 3 then 0
5. After that press the on/off button

Feb 13, 2011 | Canon MultiPASS C70 All-In-One InkJet...

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Replaced ink absorbtion pads pixma mp210. Need eeprom reset codes

Try to press for more then 5 seconds the reset button (the little one from the right; with the red triangle and an "!" sign.

Trust this helps. If not message me as therr are many methods for the various Canon printers.

Dec 15, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MP210 Photo All-In-One Printer

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Maintenance error 46 on DCP-115c

It is cheap printer, and if used with after market inks, it provides really cheap alternative to more expencive cousins. I provided this solution several times and still works, error 46 on brother printers/faxes usually indicate full buffer ro absorbtion pad.

Please follow instructions below:

First, try to establish if this really is full absorbent pad, remove power cable from the back, wait 20sec, press menu/set key, insert power mains - in most brother printer/faxes this will display machine error code. if this is code 46, you are on the money, your absorbent pad is full (not necessarily, only counter is showing it as such in most cases).

We will asssume that counter is showing full and therefore reset it again to zero:

1. after machine code is displayed, key in "80",
2. go down with arrow key till you find "purge counter"
3. type "2783" this should set counter to "0"
4. press "stop/exit"
5. press "9" twice
6. remove cartridges from craddle
7. remove power cord
8. insert power cord back
9. switch on printer
10. insert cartridges back

If that do not work, then maybe really you need to replace absorbent sponge... it is done under warranty and if not technician in service centre.

If you want to do it yourself, remove cartridges, remove front cover and on the right hand you will have "offending" sponge/felt . Either clean it (absorbent, lint free tissue is fine to remove excess first, then few drop of water and repeat draining process with tissue several times, at least till "cake" from the top is removed. Be aware that ink may leak and spoil your table underneath, I use several layers of newspaper and on top butchers paper to protect my bench if I do that. Best of course will be to replace the sponge with new one.

After that you still need to reset counter. in another way - follow steps...

Hope this will solve your problem and make your printer happy again :-)

Aug 14, 2010 | Brother DCP 115C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Colour printing

Hi Alan,
Please ensure that the printer driver is set correctly.
Go to your Printer & Faxes menu, right click the C250, click printing preferences, click the Quality tab and make sure Colour is selected. Apply the changes and bingo!
The above assumes you are using Windows and a PCL driver.
Hope it helps



Mar 05, 2010 | Konica Minolta bizhub C250 All-In-One...

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My printer is not working since we had a power outage.

Inkjet printers have a fibrous pad inside them that collects the waste ink from cleaning the print head. Over time, this pad fills up with ink and can no longer hold any more. When this occurs, the printer indicates a "waste ink tank full" error.

The flashing orange and green alternately light indicates that the error the printer is experiencing requires it to be sent into an authorized canon service facility.

Replacing the waste ink absorbtion pads is something the service facility can take care of for you. Once they are replaced, it'll be functional again.

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Error msg 6A00

Just fixed mine. :-) I highlighted in yellow a small absorbtion pad that sits under the "home" position for the ink heads. This pad was tilted on its side and prevented mechanisms from moving. Once I put it back in its place, everything appears to be working. You might be able to reach this without taking the cover off, but it is tricky. See for some info on care with cover removal.


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