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I have a brother MFC-685CW sitting in my bench, it has an error that states "Unable to init. 52" the machine decides to cancel any sim that I run in the maintenance program such as, 01, 76, 04 etc.

Brother MFC-685CW, Error: "Unable to init. 52" I have tried running initialisation tests, cleaning tests etc, but it's all the same result as the copy or print functions, "bleep bleep", everything cancels itself and pops up with the before mentioned error. I have tried to use, Menu -> Black Start -> Menu -> Black Start -> 01, 04, 76 and others, they all come up with the same result. Cn you guys help me out at all?

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Dear Guru,
I have a same problem" UNABLE TO INIT " but my printer DCP 110.
Please can help me.Thanks

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here is the solution according to brothers website
http://www.brother-usa.com/FAQs/Solution.aspx?FAQID=100000012648&Sympt=How+do+I+clear+error+message+Print+Unable+36%3f&Model=1208&ProductGroup=1&ProductID=HL4070CDW

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Unable to Init. 46

Your Ink Absorber box is full. The machine cleans its print nozzles by blasting them out with ink; it collects that waste ink and pumps it into a plastic box filled with thick, felt pads. After a certain number of cleaning operations, it decides it's not safe to squirt more ink into the box and gives this Error 46. Replacing the ink absorber box and flushing box and resetting the purge counter is fairly complex. Maybe someone has instructions all typed out, but your best bet is probably to take it to a Brother tech.

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SOURCE: How to clean the print head - Brother MFC-685CW Inkjet Printer?

Replace the printhead !

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SOURCE: brother mfc 685cw jammed then get error message

Hi can try this
Hi there
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Access the internal maintenance mode by pressing the Menu/Set button, then press * 2 8 6 4 within 2 seconds. This should put you in the maintenance mode menu. Enter 80, then scroll down with the arrow down (round) key. You'll find an entry listed as purge count. If number is over 6000, enter 2 7 8 3.

This will reset the purge count value. Then the printer will restart, hopefully without the annoying cannot clean message.


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SkipperOz solution pasted below

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"Unable to Clean" message - found TrickyDicky's sltn 4 for various printers.
Went into maint mode as per sltn 4 - verified error 46.
"The user can establish the internal Machine Error Code as follows: pull the mains cable out of the machine (power off), hold down the Menu/Set key, re-insert the mains cable into the machine (power on). The internal Machine Error Code will be displayed."

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