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Unable to init. 50, Unable to Init 30,

The problem started after changing paper in the tray from legal back to letter. (I really don't believe that had anything to do with it.) Some days later, when I turned it on, the print head kept sliding back and forth several times, stops, and the LCD showed "Unable to Init 50". I un-pluged it for a couple minutes. Turned it back on, now it shows "Unable to Init 30". Can fix this or is this one shot?

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Paper jam or some sensor problem, in error 30, clean the strip encoder located at the top of the printer head, his color is transparent.

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The flat ribbon cabling to the head is broken. You need to replace the head.

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SOURCE: message unable to print 50

Machine Error 50 either means that there is a loose object inside the machine (usually piece of paper), or that there is a mechanical error which would need you to have the machine sent to service.

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SOURCE: brother mfc240c init 4F & init 5A

Hi there
With some Brother printers you can try this.

Access the internal maintenance mode by pressing the Menu/Set button, then press * 2 8 6 4 within 2 seconds. This should put you in the maintenance mode menu. Enter 80, and then scroll down with the arrow down (round) key. You'll find an entry listed as purge count. If number is over 6000, enter 2 7 8 3.

This will reset the purge count value. Then the printer will restart, hopefully without the annoying cannot clean message.


Some times this happens because of using cheap compatible ink cartridges if this is the case change the ink cartridges.

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I have a Brother MFC665CW and it has error message
"Unable to change 50" after paper jam. Paper is all cleaned
out of machine and still shows message.
cenprop@bigpond.com

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SOURCE: UNABLE TO INIT 4F BROTHER DCP-J125

my brother printer when on the screen show unable to print 4f
model printer brother dcp-j125 how to solve the problem ?

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