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Scanner bar will not reset, error "unable to Init. AF"

Scanning bar won't reset to home. I get a grinding sound for about 30 seconds then the error message "Unable to Init. AF" still prints but won't scan. Brother model MFC-885CW all in one

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The problem might be the connection from the mother board of the printer to the scanner maybe due to lost contact and the ribbon was broken you might just have to reconnect it or it might be broken and need replacement

Posted on May 15, 2009

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