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If it is a brother inkjet machine, you should go through the ink management system on the printer. Find the print test option, drop down to alignment, and then follow the instructions printed and given by the printer. If the alignment is way off, you may need to repeat the process 2 or 3 times.
Pull out the ink cartridges and wipe the print heads with a clean rag and alchohol. Then replace the cartridges. Then go into the printer "Properties" by clicking on the "Printer listing" in the "Control Panel" listing if you are using Windows XP then select "Printers and Faxes" that will open a window with your printer name listed on it. At this point "Right Click" the printer in question and Select "Properties" from the short menu. Depending on your printer model you may need to then select "Printing Preferences" that will display various tabs , at this point Select the Maintenance tab and under services Select "Nozzle Head" or Head Cleaning or once for each if both are listed. That should clear the problem. If not, you may need to replace the cartridges using the OEM specified replacements. Good Luck and Happy New Year. My name is Ed Pinero and I am a 10 year IT veteran and Field technician
My red light flashing problem on myHL-2040 was caused bythe plastic horizontal rod out of alignment in the back ofthe printer. Steps:
1. Open the back cover.
2. Gently pull the tab toward toopen the Rear Chute Cover (plasticflap) inside (page 78 of User's Manual).
3. Look closely at the bottom rod ofthe Rear Chute Cover tomake sure everything is aligned. The two"tabs"(one long and one very short) on this rod should fit right into theallocatedslots.
4. If not, adjust the rod so theright end extension of therod will block the paper sensor when the chute coveris pushed in by the backcover.
Hope this helps - I wasted hourstrying to fix this problem.
From Brother's website, I found the following regarding alignment: Setting the Alignment:
Press the Ink or Ink Management key on the control panel.
Press the up or down navigation key to select TEST PRINT and press Menu/Set or Set.
Press the up or down navigation key to select ALIGNMENT and press Menu/Set or Set.
Press Black (Mono) Start or Color (Colour) Start. The MFC/DCP begins printing the Alignment Check Sheet.
By reviewing this Test Sheet, you can determine if the alignment needs adjustment.
Examine the 600 DPI and 1200 DPI test prints on the Alignment Check Sheet. If the number 5 sample of both the 600 DPI and 1200 DPI most closely matches the 0 sample, press 1 (YES). If one of the other samples is a better match for the 0 sample, press 2 (NO). The display will then prompt you to select the sample that most closely matches the 0 sample for 600 DPI and then 1200 DPI.