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I keep get unable to clean message on Brother multifunction 5440

Have tried changing cart. and restarting. no luck

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Have you tried cleaning the rollers?

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I have printer brother mfc-440cn. On lcd all the time unable print mesage 4f. WHAT is the selusion


4F message indicates that the printhead is dead, you will need to replace it to make it work again. Before you replace it, you may want to try this, see if it will remove the clean unable error message: 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, 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.

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brother dcp-165c printer unable to clean , see troubleshooting and routine maintenance chapter in User's guide

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I have a brother mfc-665cw and it shows "unable to init. 4f" on the screen.


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Good luck
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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Nov 04, 2009 | Brother MFC-5440 Printer

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MFC5440CN - "Unable to INIT" message. got into maintenance (by the service manual) and see "machine error 4F". No description in the service manual. any one know the reason for this fault?


try this may do it.


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, 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.


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Oct 30, 2009 | Brother MFC-5440 Printer

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Brother mfc-845cw error unable to print 4f


Hi there
Ok try see if this work.
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.

Please come back and just gave a vote, it will gave me some satisfaction to know am helping some one so I will keep on helping.
All The Best: Pineworks

Mar 06, 2009 | Brother MultiFunction Center MFC-440CN...

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Error Message "Unable to init 46"


error 46: waistink absorber needs replacing. you must have run quite a lot of manual cleaning cycles in case your mfc is about 1 year old....

Feb 26, 2008 | Brother MultiFunction Center MFC-440CN...

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Brother MFC440CN


Did you use generic ink carts? If yes ink has stained the led control. Try to clean it by help of a towel. In some cases this will help. If not, the led control needs replacing!
Another solution:
Did you answer the question given by printer when changing the cart?

You might take all carts out, unplug machine from power outlet. replug to power. wait until machine demands carts. Place cart in and answer question.

Feb 22, 2008 | Brother MultiFunction Center MFC-440CN...

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Changing ink cartridge


Did you secure the latches when reinstalling the cart? You should hear a clicking sound.

If you had used generic carts before it might be that the cart led control circuit can be stained with splashed ink. This cant be fixed anymore. you need a new cart holder!

Jan 11, 2008 | Brother MultiFunction Center MFC-440CN...

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Printer keeps restarting itself all the time, and does not print at all


Try downloading the latest firmware. Ti might sort it out for you.

Jan 30, 2007 | Brother MFC-5440 Printer

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