Question about Brother MFC-290C Printer
Use compressed air to clean the inside and see if it will pick it up then. Also try the old cartridge to see if it can detect it, if so you will know that you have a cartridge problem.
Posted on Oct 17, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You can use ducttape to stick around the black flag which can be seen from outside. This signals the printer that the cartridge is full. But you should not print until the cart is absolutley empty! This will seriously damage the printhead! (search internet >>
Posted on Sep 19, 2007
SOURCE: MFC-420CN does not print black
My yellow cartridge was doing the same thing as your black. So I took the cartridge out, and took a flashlight to see how it works. There is like a little straw on the right hand side which goes up into the printer cartridge, this I assume is to measure the ink. I took a needle and cleaned that 'straw' thoroughly. Reseated the ink, ran cleaning and test print, and then the printer found the yellow ink! You could give that a try. It might work for you too. (I have never used any ink but Brother ink in the printer, btw.)
Posted on Apr 23, 2008
SOURCE: Cartridge not detected
This problem seems to be caused by the gray horseshoe-shaped sensor behind the cartridges. I tried cleaning them with a cotton swab, and found that the "No Cartridge" message turned off when the swab was in the sensor.
So if you put something (like a tiny piece of cotton) in the cavity about halfway up the cartridge (so that it takes up space in the sensor when you replace the cartridge), you can trick the sensor into thinking the cartridge is there.
If it doesnt work the first time, try rearranging the cotton (or whatever you put) or putting more in.
Posted on Sep 02, 2008
SOURCE: black ink not printing
Fix ink cartridge
I had same problem. I must have ran the clean cycle more than 30-50 times over a period of days. That never made any difference. I was about to toss the whole thing but figured I would try one more thing. If it didn't work I would be in no worse shape. Here is what I did.
Took an almost empty black cartridge and inject a lot of 100% Acetone to dilute ink. Left some black in it since I didn't want to think it was empty. Inserted this cartridge and ran the cleaning a few time. IT WORKED. I used my word processor program and filled a page with large bold font characters and printed a page or two. Each page cleared more nozzles. After doing this cleaning/printing a number of time, I put in the full good cartridge. Ran the cleaning a few time to eject any of the Acetone diluted ink. Ran the printed page a few time to remove more of the diluted ink.
Everything seems to work now.
Posted on Dec 20, 2008
Get a syringe, remove the needle, remove the ink cartridge and use the syringe to blow air GENTLY through the hole the cartridge connects to. Make sure you have a cleaning cloth to remove ink dislodged from pipe connected at the print head, do this gently to remove any obstruction and there should not be too much mess and can easily be cleaned up.
Posted on Feb 04, 2010
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