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Unable to print 36

I am having printing problems. I keep getting the message "unable to print 36." The printer is not that old to start having problems. Please help asap!

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  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    printer is not printing anything nor is it test printing and i dont have the booklet

  • CYCLEFIT Mar 08, 2009

    Yup - same problem - Unable to Print 36 error on a printer not a month old. Checked every single accessable door to paper or obstacles present... Most likely will return this product - too bad because the scan function (which is great) is why I bought it for primarily...

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Check out BROTHERS support website for your model:



    http://www.brother.com.au/customersuppor...


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Lift the lid to where the connections cable is
I have had this problem several times & this is the only fix

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

  • jmata12 Jan 18, 2011

    I have a Brother Printer/fax. My daughter jammed the printer and yanked the paper out

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