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Brother MFC-210C My printer won't print black.  I have tried "cleaning" on numerous occasions, but this has not helped at all.  Colour prints fine.HELP!!

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Do you use generic ink carts?

Please insert an original brother BK cart. In case the printhead is OK the machine should work again. If there is still trouble the printhead might be clogged and cant be fixed anymore due to wrong chemical additives within the generic ink!

When inserted the original brother ink cart run the powerpurge:
press menue then start b/w (blue button) then foutimes arrow-up button. Machine is within the maintanance mode. press 7 then 6 then 3. Display shows PowerP_All. Press start b/w (blue button). Machine runs power cleaning. Press 9 then 9  to leave the maintanance mode. Print a test print sheet.

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