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The manual is helpless,it does not tell you any of the codes that is needed to clear problems.if any one know those codes please. Thanks. P.C.

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you need to get error code there are many posts on this your is simular to 210,215,110,115, 3240, 425, 445 etc etc

probally waste tank full, look under brother inkjets here on fixya

Posted on Nov 13, 2007

Re: UNABLE TO CLEAN - Brother MFC 210C All-In-One InkJet Printer Printers & Copiers

Thanks for your respond. I will try that

Posted on Oct 03, 2008


Print all color but red for brother mfc210c black ok clean but dose no work for red

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

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