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Displays "unable to clean..."- want help with help

In checking the link, everyother picture was blank. I'm not that talented to figure it without english help, then, so can you add more? I'm really grateful for your time

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Re: displays "unable to clean..."- want help with help

Go to and click refill-faq then inside then mfc215 in case the following link wont be present:

There is no explanation needed because those pics say more than a thousand words...

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