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Error message: unable to clean 46

After all it doesnt work, they said i have to reset it!!but i dont know how to reset the manual have not posted on how to reset the printer.i neeed help on how to...thanks...

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This can be resolved by a special form of reset in the engineers functions of the machine, however, it also requires the ink absorber box to be replaced. This part catches the waste ink. If this it not done you run the risk of waste ink leaking out of the machine. For that reason I cannot just post the reset information.
It is really a job for an engineer, I'm afraid.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

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