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Missing dot in all colors

I have a mfc 215c printer. i made a test print for quality and noticed that there were missing dots in all colors. I have do cleaning several times. the problem still exists.

 

Is my print head partially clogged? I was able to remove the print head with the ribbon and tubes still attached. Can i soak the bottom of the print head in hot water to remove the clog as i usually did with my HP print catridge whenever it get clogged.

 

Is it correct that if ever i use generic ink it should be dye ink and not pigmented ink. Will any dye ink cause the printer head to clog.

 

Is there maximum no of cleaning that can be done?

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Yes your print head is clogged,

 

Ive tried a few times to refurb these particular heads with very poor results, we change them under warranty but not worth while otherwise,(150aus$) 90% of print quality faults I see I can put down to inferior ink being used threw mechanisms. There is also a power purge in service mode that pumps 1/3 of each ink cartridge threw machine and dumps it but it fails to repair missing dots most times too.

 

 Ive also seen people with nothing but the best ink used get long life out of machine, In my eyes it is cut and dry with recycle products there is a cost in the savings,

 

Inks have many different thickness, stability's and flow charactistics more than just pigment or dye being the issues causing problems blocking microscopic little holes.

 

Yes there is a limit to cleaning cycles it is called the waste ink counter, it stops machines function eventully before overfilling of the waste ink pads occur, I usally see the print head dead before this occurs otherwise it is a  very cheap new waste box replacement and waste counter reset im not sure of life in pages they count it in dots produced

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

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Jay,

 

close to the facts:

 

never(!!!!) clean a brother printhead by soaking it into a solution what so ever it contains!

The printhead is a piezo one and totally diffrent from hp or canon bubblejet which heats the ink to print while the brother (and epson) ones have a bi-metal insides which "fires" ink onto paper when needed. The outward cleaning solution will destroy the bimetal and the electric inside the built-in-one printhead.

 

Do use only dye ink for brother printers. In fact there is a filter inside the printhead in front of the nozzels. pigmented ink has particles (which give the color to the "water" where dye ink is already "colored water" without partikles!) which definitley cloggs the filter and therefor the nozzels! The filter cant be cleaned because its part of the printhead.

 

The machine has a counter built in which counts the cleaning cycles of the machine. There are small clying cycles which the machine does by start printing (some 0.5 ml will be waisted) and the manual cleaning cycle started by user which needs a 3ml amount of ink.

The machine has a built in waistinktank like all inkjet printers have. The engineers of brother have set the counter to an amount of taking up cleaning ink that will last for 2.5 - 3 years in normal use (and using original ink!). When the waistinktank has taken up the max of ink the machine will display error:cleaning and refuses to print anymore. The tank has to be replaced and the error (error 46/error:cleaning) has to be deleted within the eeprom.

 

Some solutions:

 

Run the cleaning cycle twice with original brother ink carts placed in the printer. 

 

If you are lucky the nozzels (or filter) will be trouble free again.

 

If you dont see any success the printhead (or partially the filter) is clogged and has to be replaced by a new one. 

 

Do use only (empty) original ink carts with a refill dye ink. Mix it up (:-)) with a trace of printhead cleaning solution by 1:10 for the C/Y/M colors only. You can refill an amount of 11 ml (1 ml cleaning solution + 10 ml ink) into the C/Y/M ones and an ink-only of 20 ml into the bk one.

 

In case the waistinktank is filled up and error sign appears search the forum here for error 46 and buy a new waistinktank as a spare part from a service dealer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

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What should i do when the black ink wont work while other dyes work??? Whenever i used to print the black seems to be dotted or incomplete in process... If there is any dealer here in Manila where i can go to ask more information about the troubleshoot I'm undergoing please do tell me the address... Thank you very much...

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