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BROTHER MFC 210C INK ABSORBENT BOX

HI, I AM GETTING ERROR 46 IN THIS MACHINE.I FOUND OUT THAT ITS TO DO WITH THE INK ABSORBENT BOX.NOW HOW DO I LOCATE THIS BOX IN MY MACHINE.I HAVE REMOVED THE TOP COVER OF IT.WHAT I SEE INSIDE IS IS FRONT OF PRINTER HAS ELECTRONICS BOARDS BACK OF PRINTER HAS PRINTER HEADS TEC. I ALSO NOTICED THAT THE BACK TOP PART ALSO HAS A SPONGEY WHITE AND BLACK SPONGE STUFF. WHERE IS THIS INK ABSORBANT BOX.COULD SM1 PLIZ HELP MUBIN

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  • maj90 Aug 24, 2008

    Will not clean appears in the window box. Will not print or do anything.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    need to clean purge box. how to do it? How to dissaasemble printer.

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You can order the part directly from Brother ( ph # 1-800-284-4329).  The part is called an "Ink Absorber Box Assy" .  The part number is LF7544001 for a MFC-210C printer.  It cost about  $11 and shipping is about $5.   There is a website that has different diagrams for various brother printers.  You will also see  part numbers.

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This should point you in the right direction: Many people have asked for instruction and pictures for opening up the MFC 210c, and I found them in this forum under this link. http://www.enderlin-direkt.com/news/faq_inside.html#Brother_mfc215c ..(yea, i know not inglish right? just translate with babblefish or similar ;) good luck !

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Hi, my brother printer keep showing Machine error 46 unable to clean. Thanks


Disconnect the machine from the power for several minutes, then reconnect it. (The machine can be turned off for approximately 24 hours without losing faxes stored in the memory. If the machine will be off longer than 24 hours, you can transfer faxes to another fax machine or you can save the faxes in your PC.
Found on page 101 of the manual at the link below.
Brother Printer
Hope this solves your issue.

Mar 28, 2011 | Brother MFC-820cw All-In-One InkJet...

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Unable to clean Error 46


Here's the instruction for ALL brother inkjet printers (mfc/dcp is equal) when printer shows unable to clean (error 46)

You need a new ink absorber box which can be purchased from a brother service partner near your home.
Search the brother homepage of your country:
www.brother.com (choose your country)

If you have got the spare part (ink absorber box) you have to open the printer:

http://www.hstt.net/refill-faq/inside.html#Brother_mfc215c
(use google for translation german)

Do NOT clean the old one! It cant be cleaned: The felt wont take up ink anymore and will stain the machine from inside and the furniture beneath the printer.

After replacing the eeprom of the printer needs reset:

(dcp: use arrow-up and set key to choose the digits. e.g. arrow-up til 8 then set arrow up til 0 then set
mfc: use the fax-number keys.
Stop-button will always go back to maintenance, if you have done wrong)

press menu then start bk-copy then fourtimes arrow up quickly after another.

machine will switch to maintenance mode and light(s) will flash.

press 8 0

press start bk-copy until PURGE 64xx

press 2 7 8 3

Purgecount will be 0000

Press stop

press 9 9 to leave the maintenance mode.

After the mfc/dcp comes up again in normal state the error has disappeared

on Apr 23, 2008 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Error 46 what is it


Here is the answer to your MFC code 46


Machine Error 46 - Purged Ink Box Full MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C

The machine counts all purge (cleaning) operations in order to prevent the internal ink absorber box from overflowing with purged ink. An "initial purge", for example, advances the purge counter by 187 + 420 = 607. When the purge counter approaches 6400, an internal "Machine Error 46" is generated. Further purge operations are prohibited, and therefore the printer becomes unuseable.

When an internal Machine Error 46 is generated, the user will see an "Unable to Clean" external message and will be unable to use the printer. The "Unable to Clean" external message can relate to many different internal error codes however.

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.

If there is a Machine Error 46, it is necessary to dismantle the printer, replace the ink absorber box (or possibly break the ink absorber box open and clean its absorbent sponges under a tap), re-assemble the printer and reset the purge counter to zero.


Resetting purge counter MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C

1) Enter machine maintenance mode (on MFC210C all four photo/copy/fax/scan lights flash in maintenance mode). Care is needed in maintenance mode, otherwise critical settings may be inadvertently corrupted.

FAX models with numerical keypads: Press the Menu/Set, *, 2, 8, 6 and 4 keys within two seconds. (if you fail to complete the correct key sequence within two seconds, press the Stop key to try again).

Other (non-FAX) models: Press the Menu/Set and Black Start keys. Next press the "up arrow" key four times to enter the maintenance mode).

2) Press the 8 then 0 keys in the initial stage of the maintenance mode to call up the machine's log information list (function code 80).

3) Press the Black Start key several times to scroll through the log information list to reach the purge counter. The purge counter is the 25th item in the list.

4) Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero.

5) Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode.

6) Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state.

Nov 24, 2010 | Brother MFC-5840CN All-In-One InkJet...

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My mfc-210c says unable to clean how do we fix this?


Hi you can try
This works with most Brother printers

Procedure how to reset the error 46 error (unable to clean). This can be done on every Brother inkjet machine with a numeric keypad.

- Machine off
- Switch on the machine while holding down the “menu” button until all the leds are flashing on/off. Now you are in “maintenance” mode.
- press 80
- press the “mono start” button several times until you see “purge: xxxx”
- press “2783” in order to reset the purge counter. You will see: “purge:0000”
- press “99” to exit the maintenance mode

Now you are able to print again, but actually your ink absorber box is now full with ink. Ink flooding can happen if you don’t replace this ink box


Also can try.

Reset code.
Press menu then*2864 within 2 seconds (maint should be on the display and all the lights should be flashing, if not try again) press 80
then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays ‘purge count’
press 2783 to reset purge count
press stop/exit key
press 99
machine should return to normal



All the best Pineworks

Apr 28, 2010 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Can I solve this Unalbe to clean 46, myself?


Not easy to do yourself, you need to order a new ink absorber box and install it, and then get into the maint. mode to reset the waste ink counter. The absorber is only about $10.00

Sep 30, 2009 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Machine error 46


Here is the answer to the Machine Error 46 (have just fixed my own MFC210C):


Machine Error 46 – Purged Ink Box Full MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C

The machine counts all purge (cleaning) operations in order to prevent the internal ink absorber box from overflowing with purged ink. An “initial purge”, for example, advances the purge counter by 187 + 420 = 607. When the purge counter approaches 6400, an internal "Machine Error 46" is generated. Further purge operations are prohibited, and therefore the printer becomes unuseable.

When an internal Machine Error 46 is generated, the user will see an “Unable to Clean” external message and will be unable to use the printer. The “Unable to Clean” external message can relate to many different internal error codes however.

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.

If there is a Machine Error 46, it is necessary to dismantle the printer, replace the ink absorber box (or possibly break the ink absorber box open and clean its absorbent sponges under a tap), re-assemble the printer and reset the purge counter to zero.


Resetting purge counter MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C

1) Enter machine maintenance mode (on MFC210C all four photo/copy/fax/scan lights flash in maintenance mode). Care is needed in maintenance mode, otherwise critical settings may be inadvertently corrupted.

FAX models with numerical keypads: Press the Menu/Set, *, 2, 8, 6 and 4 keys within two seconds. (if you fail to complete the correct key sequence within two seconds, press the Stop key to try again).

Other (non-FAX) models: Press the Menu/Set and Black Start keys. Next press the “up arrow” key four times to enter the maintenance mode).

2) Press the 8 then 0 keys in the initial stage of the maintenance mode to call up the machine's log information list (function code 80).

3) Press the Black Start key several times to scroll through the log information list to reach the purge counter. The purge counter is the 25th item in the list.

4) Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero.

5) Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode.

6) Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state.

Carry on printing !!

thanks.

Jul 08, 2009 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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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.

Jun 11, 2009 | Brother MFC-465CN InkJet Printer

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Brother MFC-210C keeps displaying unable to clean messasge


Hi I found this on your website for this problem, from Poster "Trickydicky": Rank: Apprentice
Rating: 96%, 81 votes

Here is the answer to the Machine Error 46 (have just fixed my own MFC210C): I havent tried it yet but there were many recommendations from users who did and they recommend this solution- Good Luck the service centers said it would be $70.00 just to check it before any work is done. But if it's just a matter of pressing series of buttons to reset the cleaning counter, it's worth trying. REE


Machine Error 46 – Purged Ink Box Full MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C

The machine counts all purge (cleaning) operations in order to prevent the internal ink absorber box from overflowing with purged ink. An “initial purge”, for example, advances the purge counter by 187 + 420 = 607. When the purge counter approaches 6400, an internal "Machine Error 46" is generated. Further purge operations are prohibited, and therefore the printer becomes unuseable.

When an internal Machine Error 46 is generated, the user will see an “Unable to Clean” external message and will be unable to use the printer. The “Unable to Clean” external message can relate to many different internal error codes however.

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.

If there is a Machine Error 46, it is necessary to dismantle the printer, replace the ink absorber box (or possibly break the ink absorber box open and clean its absorbent sponges under a tap), re-assemble the printer and reset the purge counter to zero.


Resetting purge counter MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C

1) Enter machine maintenance mode (on MFC210C all four photo/copy/fax/scan lights flash in maintenance mode). Care is needed in maintenance mode, otherwise critical settings may be inadvertently corrupted.

FAX models with numerical keypads: Press the Menu/Set, *, 2, 8, 6 and 4 keys within two seconds. (if you fail to complete the correct key sequence within two seconds, press the Stop key to try again).

Other (non-FAX) models: Press the Menu/Set and Black Start keys. Next press the “up arrow” key four times to enter the maintenance mode).

2) Press the 8 then 0 keys in the initial stage of the maintenance mode to call up the machine's log information list (function code 80).

3) Press the Black Start key several times to scroll through the log information list to reach the purge counter. The purge counter is the 25th item in the list.

4) Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero.

5) Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode.

6) Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state.

Carry on printing !!

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Dec 01, 2008 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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ERROR 46


you might be able to track down that manual through a link at this site. You'll need to click on Brother and then find the manual, after entering the model number

Mar 09, 2008 | Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Mfc machine error AF


You have to fix the scanner flatcable on the pcb. Its disconnected :-)

Sep 25, 2007 | Brother MFC-210C All-In-One Printer

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