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Printing faint I have a Brother MFC 5100c copier/printer. We have changed the cartridges and cleaned it 3 times and the printing is very light or faint and hard to see. What are your suggestions?

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My printer has stop printing on my brother mfc 5100c


Hi there

Error 41 means there is a major problem with the printhead, usually
requires a print head replacement.

My advice is to take it to a
Brother service centre while if it is under warranty.

If it's out of warranty they are usually a throw away job, the heads cost as much as the printer.

Sorry I know what it feels like, just have a go and see what you can do, clean the heads and so on.

All the Best and good luck: Pineworks

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I have a Brother MFC 240C printer that will not print black ink. I just changed all the cartridges. All the other cartridges print. I ran the clean cycle many times. No error messages just blank paper.


I have a brother MFC 3240C. My Black ink stopped printing(initially printed horizontal faded lines and gradually got worse), the other colors were printing fine. I tried cleaning numerous time( 50 -100 times over 1-2 weeks ). Still no improvement. The way I print now is:
1. I go to Printer Properties
2. Change Media type from "Plain Paper" to "Inkjet Paper".
3. Change Quality to "Photo".

This takes a long time to print 1-2 minutes per page. However, this works for me since this is my Home printer and use it for printing only few pages here are there.

Good Luck
RK

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It says machine error 41 on my brother MFC 5100C machine


Error 41 means there is a major problem with the printhead, usually
requires a print head replacement. My advice is to take it to a
Brother service centre while it is under warranty. If it's out of
warranty then it is cheaper to purchase a new, non Brother model. If you have been using non-Brother cartridges or refills, they can have too much water in them and it erodes the print head after a while. Usuall y just after warranty has expired!

Jan 10, 2010 | Brother MFC 5100c InkJet Printer

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I just changed all 4 ink cartridges and the printing is so faint I can hardly see it, am I missing a step?


The print head is clogged.
Try powerful cleaning:
Press menu, then start black copy, then four times arrow-up quickly after another.Machine will be in maintenance mode
(all lights will flash).
Press 7-6-4 and OK (or start-black-copy).
When finished press 7-6-3 then start black copy,
printer will do a power purge.
Leave maintenance mode by pressing 9-9.
If this not help better think about new printer, because cost of repairing this one is profitable.

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I have changed all the ink cartridges on my Brother MFC5440CN it


Light/faint prints usually are a result from clogged ink or air bubbles between the cartridge and print head (thus changing cartridge wont fix problem). Try printing the test page print from the machine (Ink Management -> set/ok twice). Answer the question(s) in the display and repeat this up to five times. The colors should be improved after 1-3 test prints usually.

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I change replace all ink in my brother mfc-5100c after that I receive this message: "Machine error 41, unplug the machine call brother". Please,What can I do to fix it? I rely on you for any assitance.


Machine Error 41means the printhead is bad. It's a fairly easy repair on that model, but an expensive part and requires replacing all four ink cartridges at the same time. New machines are so much smaller and cheaper that it may not be worth it. There are also some setting that must be changed in Service Mode to match the machine to the characteristics of the new head.
If you're still interested, look for Brother part number LK0935001.

Jun 01, 2009 | Brother MFC 5100c InkJet Printer

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I have a brother mfc 3240C. I have changed the


Light/faint prints usually are a result from clogged ink or air bubbles between the cartridge and print head (thus changing cartridge wont fix problem). Try printing the test page print from the machine (Ink Management -> set/ok twice). Answer the question(s) in the display and repeat this up to five times. The colors should be improved after 1-3 test prints usually.

Apr 23, 2009 | Brother Office Equipment & Supplies

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MFC-5100C won't print all colors...


Hello 4wards,
Try getting one of the expensive cartridges, some printers don't use all of the cheap inks, because it prints out only the acceptable colors. Get a better Ink Cartridge and it should be fine.

Hope this Helped - NeWeVoLuTioN

Sep 04, 2008 | Brother MFC 5100c InkJet Printer

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Brother MFC 5100C making white line in printing


Hi,

The printhead is probably clogged. You may be able to clean it, by removing the mechanism and soaking the actaul printhead in a solution of white vinegard or you may have to replace the printhead. A web search may result in instructions on how to remove the head. Prinheads appear to still be available via Ebay and others. They run about $60-70 and if you have a bit of tech abilities, replacment should be relatively easy to do yourself. Not sure about finding a repair center that will do it for you or what the associated cost would be..

Feb 12, 2008 | Brother MFC 5100c InkJet Printer

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