Question about Brother Multi-Function Center MFC-240C All-In-One InkJet Printer
I was printing several pages when my printer stopped, showing no black ink, even though the cartridge is more than half full. I took out the cartridge and reinstalled it but it still says no cartridge. I have tried 2 new cartridges, both OEM and non manufacturer product, but I still get the message to reinstall cartridge. How do I make the printer recognize that a cartridge is installed.
Same problem here... Figured out something that works fine for me anyway.
I took some black electrical tape and covered the clear plastic area in the front of the cartridge. It's a bit of a delicate procedure. Need a piece of tape about 3/16 of an inch wide and 1/2 inch long to match the contour of the clear plastic so it still fits inside the printer and can be surrounded by the light sensors.
Unfortunately, I think Brother is making too much on the ink cartridges and therefore is trying to make them tamper proof. I t's backfiring on them. Will never buy another Brother.
Posted on Mar 23, 2008
I had similar problem, i.e. MFC-240 printing was "forbidden" even if one cartridge was out of ink. This did not make sense if I wanted to print black and white but only cyan is out.
I read about taping the sensor bit of the cartridge to (fool the printer). My solution is instead of using tape (which could require some delicate work), I used liquid paper! Just paint over the transparent spot of the cartridge using the small little brush from the liquid paper bottle cap. Wait til it dried and plug the cartridge back in. It worked!
P.S.: I pulled the power after I finished printing to prevent its auto-wake (every two days or so) head cleaning job which used up internal ink (=expensive). The surprising rattling really annoyed me.
Posted on Dec 03, 2008
I have a MFC-240c - I put little pieces of toilet paper in the front part of the empty color cartridges, and black works now without them. I will never buy color again, as I only print in black and the cleaning process was the only thing using color. Unplug it at night to save black!
Posted on Mar 19, 2009
With your MFC powered up, open it up and remove the cartridge you are
having a problem with, then close the MFC, leaving it powered up. It
should report that there is no cartridge in the machine.
Still with the MFC powered up, open it up and reinsert the ink cartridge, then close the MFC. It should either ask if you have replaced a cartridge or go into its cleaning mode.
Answer "yes" to "have you replaced cartridge?" and it should either "print" or "clean" and then "print".
Posted on Nov 05, 2008
I received the same "no cartridge" message and after reading some posts I thought I'd try the electrical tape option. First I didn't have electrical tape so I use the tape portion of a band-aid. It's even thinner than electrical tape and the little pin ***** holes on the band aid didn't seem to matter. When I first covered the entire rectangular ink area, my cartridge would no longer go in so I had to carefully wrap the ink portion with the band-aid. Worked!
Posted on Feb 15, 2010
I agree with others I will never buy brother it is a piece of junk we have a canon & HP at work and never have problems ..
Posted on Nov 05, 2008
Blocking the transparent bit in front of the cartridge with opaque tape helps. Since I lacked opague tape, I cut paper out to fit in and used glue to hold it firm.
Works like a charm.
Posted on Oct 24, 2008
Simple....never buy anything made by Brothers.
Posted on Jul 09, 2008
I read that it uses light sensors to read the ink levels and a solution was posted to tape with dark tape where ink cartridge where the light sensor reads it and then you can use your ink till empty. I am disappointed in these Brother machines and expected better from them. Not being able to use black ink or print or fax or scan when a color ink goes empty is insane and Brother should have provided a firmware fix long ago for this problem. I will not be getting another Brother machine unless they do away with these problems in the future!
Posted on Mar 22, 2008
I do have the same prob. On my way to see the error clear, I first changed the carts to original ones, but no effect. Secondly I opened the printer and noticed, that ink had stained the inkcartridgebox (which must have been quite normal since the original cartridges stain the box, too). I have cleaned the hole box (and the inside of the printer, but had no success. So, at the moment, I am trying to change the inkcartridgebox to another (new) one. If this will be without success, it must be anothernew(!) - see error 30 and 50 which happens because of paperjam- prob of brother printers due to malfunction of firmware, since the machine displays this error (no ink) during print out of a 50 pages job.... (will post the result the next days)
Posted on Oct 04, 2007
The MFC keeps reading ink low and black ink empty. I install ink to no service. I restart the computer, and warped the phone line-just short of throwing it out the window, I think I have tried everything. Any new solutions?
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Posted on Jul 22, 2008
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