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Printing below standard

I have a Brother MFC 260C. I have repalced all the ink cartridges. The yellow and Cyan ink works well. The black and magenta only prints half of the squares when testing for print quaility. Have cleaned about 20 times and makes no difference. Could there be a problem with software? Has ink dried in the tubes? Getting really annoyed!

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The problem could very well be clogged ink or air bubbles. There's no need to perform the regular cleaning any more as if it didn't solve the problem in the first few tries, it wont help, more force is needed.
You can perform a powerpurge (takes more ink, uses more force, solves more clogged ink), to perform it, follow these steps:

  • Enter maintenance mode, press menu, 2, 8, 6, 4 quickly (in two seconds).
  • When the buttons are flashing and the display says Maintenance, press 7, 6.
  • The display should now say "CLEANING ALL", press 3.
  • Now it should say something among the lines P_PURGE or POWER_P. Press Mono/Black Start.
  • After cleaning is done, you will get back to Maintenance. Press 9,9 to leave service mode again.
If the problem isn't solved now however, chemicals would probably be needed to solve it, as this is pretty much the only "function" you can use.

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

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I GOT IT!
FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS,
note: the star before the 2,8,6,4
that's why i couldn't get into maintenance mode earlier.

Brother Maintenance Mode Commands:
- Quickly press Menu/Set * 2 8 6 4 to enter maintenance mode.
- Display should read maintenance.
- Press one or more of the maintenance mode commands below. After each command display should read re-init for a few moments then redisplay maintenance.
- Press 99 to exit the maintenance mode.

Maintenance mode commands:
01 Full RAM clear (see 91 below for retaining user programming)
02 scanner initialize (feed a white sheet, then a black sheet)
05 white level
09 print test
10 modify soft switches
11 print configuration list
16 panel test
19 CML test
20 signal test
21 tonal test
23 filter RX
54 scan edge
55 scanner area
66 test print memo
75 display drum life (if enabled on laser models)
76 reset drum life counter (laser models)
91 parameter initialize (user programming remains intact)
95 protection
99 Exit maintenance mode

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

  • beautiful65 Dec 02, 2010

    fantastic
    worked a treat. saved me having to send it away for maintenance. thank you very much!!!!

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Hi.
I've got he same problem, but i can't enter maitenance mode.
Can you please give me the way to get in.
thank you very much for help.
Willy

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I hav a brother mfc-260c printer. I continually have to clean it because of lines coming our on pictures.What is the problem

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