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BLACK no longer printing

My printer sat idle for a little while and now, it won't print black. I've tried multiple cleaning cycles and two new cartridges and nothing seems to work. Colors are fine. Any suggestions? Thanks

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  • Denis Rouleau Oct 11, 2007

    Thanks for the advice. I didn't solve it but close. Here is what I did to get it to work.

    I didn't have a genuine Brother cartridge so I had to do with my generic.

    I actually opened the printer and watched the power cleaning cycle you pointed me to and noticed that the black piping had air gaps that never went away. After trying several other things, all I needed to do was to put some tape on top of the cartridge were the clip goes to push it down much further. That solved it.

    I'm not sure if the problem was related to the cartridge or the printer or a combination of both but the thing that I got from this is that the cartridge must be held down as far as possible.

    Thanks again for the solution.

    a) 09 didn't work for printing the test sheet. I got a couple beeps when I did it.

    b) Where can I get all the maintenance code?



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Check if cartridge is in good position by reinserting. Do use a new original brother ink cartridge for that!!! Press menu then start mono (blue button). Then arrow-up button fourtimes. Machine will be in maintenance modus. press 7 then 6 : display will be cleaning_all. Press 3: power_p all. Press start mono. Machine starts power cleaning. After cleaning when maintanance is in display again press 0 (zero) then 9. machine prints test sheet. If its ok press 9 then 9 to leave the maintenance modus. If not do procedur mentioned above. If you dont see any bk the printhead has dryed out and cant be fixed anymore.

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    Mix-it-up Oct 12, 2007

    You have a mfc 210c built for the us market with a different firmware. Mfc built for other countries wont have the prob with the maintance printing order by pressing 0 and 9.


    You have to search the internet to collect the maintenance codes. This codes will actually only work for one series of printers (e.g. printers with one of the same ink cartridges) and it depends on country related issues and Mfc builts with different parts inside (for example: thats why you cant print a test sheet and other machines can do. Or  your machine wont work within Europe or Asia though there is a different fax module inside).



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