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Brother MFC-5440CN printing business cards

Actually, I have TWO problems! I keep getting a message on the little screen "near empty yellow". There was still about 1/3 of the cartridge left. So, OK, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, I replaced the yellow cartridge and lo and behold I got a message on the little screen "near empty yellow"!!! Why? The next BIG problem. I do business cards for my son's business. I am trying to use the AVERY 8371 card stock, which is an ivory color which is what he wants. I might get one out of 4 pages printed, feeding them one at a time. Sometimes they won't feed and I get a message that I have a paper jam - sometimes the two top cards will just "break" off and it just keeps printing over and over and over on the same two cards. I have wasted more cards doing this - and they are not cheap! I was able to print 600 cards for him a while back - now it won't print properly at all and I am about ready to drop this thing out of a second story window and go buy an HP. My son needs cards, I can't print them, and it is EXTREMELY frustrating! Is there a solution short of getting rid of it? Thank you for any help you can offer and for your time. Waiting anxiously to hear from someone.

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I think this is an driver issue. Try updating your driver and see if it works

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