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Did you use non-Brother brand ink refills? If so, the print head is probably clogged. If that is the case, it's almost cheaper and easier to replace the printer itself. Sorry. I loved my MFC-210C until it quit, and the internet is full of people complaining about the whole MFC series. Going on 2 trouble free years with my Canon, better print, better optics, wireless, but no fax, unfortunately.
1. You may have a clogged print head. 2. these print head are usually good 4 so many prints then will fail. 3. I heard on tech here swear by placing the head in hot water and unclogging it but I think in the long run that will be a print head replacement. I would contact the manufacturer and ask what cleaning method (manual) they recommend because each print head design is somewhat different whereas the operation is the same. 4. I manually clean with denatured alcohol and a Q tip. Some time works /sometime it doesn't .
You have a dirty ir clogged print head. You can sometimes get it to work again by running a lot of cleaning cycles. 10-30 cycles is sometimes how many it can take. Unfortunately sometimes that won;t work so you have to hit it with a bigger hammer in this case you can clean the print head using q-tips or lint free paper towel and vinegar. The vinegar dissolves dried ink. If this works (it usually does the trick) the printer can work as well as the first day you got it.
Remove the ink cartridges. Then to clean it you need to wet the swab or the towel and gently rub the print head where it touches the paper. You will see a little ink then a lot then it will fade out as you get the head clean. Generally after it starts fading out that means you have most of the dried ink cleaned off. Replace the ink carts and then run a cleaning cycle and you should have your printer working again.
If none of these work then it may be too badly clogged and you should just consider getting a new printer as the print head is worth about what a new printer will cost.
Press Ink. 2 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Cleaning. Press Menu/Set. 3 Press ▲ or ▼ to select Black, Color or All. Press Menu/Set. The MFC will clean the print head. When cleaning is finished, the MFC will go back to standby mode automatically. If you clean the print head at least five times and the print has not improved,
Sorry, no good news:
Infact you need a new printhead. The refill ink has clogged the filter inside the head which is in front of the nozzles.
Another reason could be: Did you unplug the printer from power in those weeks of none use? If yes, the head has dryed out.
In future: Do one simple test print once a week when you dont use the printer too often. That keeps the nozzles going :)
There is some hope, too:
See here how to fix it on your own
(Following the link given to hstt.net : choose mfc 215c inside)
Do the cleaning procedure twice. Use a original brother ink cart! If you are lucky, the printhead is not clogged. If you dont see any black blocks when printing the testsheet, the head is definitly clogged. You cant clean the printhead because of an internal filter!