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My MFC-5840CN print quality is poor and the printer shows ink cartridges are low. However, they are still at half and not empty. Even when replacing a cartridge it shows messsage and print is still poor. Help.

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Clean the head if problem still persist replace print head.

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When i press print quality the print quality black very poor and the other three colours are fine


Try to reseat the ink cartridges
Then try to print or power off your printer after that then try to print.

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I have a brother MFC-490CW and replaced the black ink, and my color ink has run out. It will not let me print as it says ink is low, so it won't even let me use the black? How do I print with only using...


By design, Brother printers stop all printing when one of the cartridges is empty. This is done to avoid cleaning cycles sucking air into the system, which could possibly damage the printhead.

Even if you print in black only by changing the print settings to "Mono" or "Grayscale" to avoid printing in color, cleaning cycles would still **** air from the empty color cartridge because they are programmed to clean ALL the ink nozzles. The only way to continue printing is to replace the empty ink cartridge(s).

After replacing the empty color cartridge, you could print in "Mono" or "Grayscale" to make better use of just the black ink.

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most of the inkjet printers are like the same problems. when you are replace the cartridge use origional. dont use gray and refill cartridge. the printer head sensor cannot regognize these kinds of cartridge. so if u use the origional one it will show the ink level.

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Empty Ink Cartrage message when cartrage still has a lot of ink.


I'm going to provide you a solution worth many dollars now you can use your left over half filled cartidges and in future also use the cartridges to the extreme.
1. Go to menu and select manual override for toner cartridges and then only replace toner when the print quality starts to suffer. This can save you thousands of dollars over the life of this fine printer.
2. download and read this
http://74.125.153.132/search?q=cache:9mwf_bY_x-AJ:www.refill4.com/refillinstructons/pdf_downloads/Full-RefillInstructions.pdf+brother+mfc+5840+override+cartridge+empty&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=in

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WHILE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY MY PRINT QUALITY IS SO POOR. AFTER CLEANING THE HEADS A FEW TIMES I WENT TO PRING A "QUALITY TEST PAGE". The MFC said i was out of paper. i refilled the paper (with the...


the messages you get for cartridges other than the original are not trustful. You will get the right reading for original(from Brother) cartridges. Some ink is poor for printing photo quality.

not any refillable ink is right for printing photos, sometimes too dark, sometimes you don't get the right mix of colors.


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Ink level status on black ink is not accurate


slowly off and on the printer for five times without cartridge, printer saves data of cart of last 5 only so next time it reads full ink..

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Print cartridges


  1. When one or more ink cartridges are empty, for example, Black, the LCD shows “Ink Empty Black” and “Open Cover.” Close the printer’s document support and the document tray.
  2. Lift the top cover to the open position until it locks securely into place.
  3. Pull the ink cartridge hook toward the front of the printer and remove the color ink cartridge displayed on the LCD. Place the cartridge in a plastic bag as it may still contain some residual ink and may leak.
  4. Open the new ink cartridge bag for the color shown on the LCD and remove the new ink cartridge. The cartridge cover may come off when you open the bag. This is not uncommon and will not damage the cartridge.
  5. Each color has its own correct position that is clearly labeled and color coded inside the printer. Keep the ink cartridge in an upright position when you insert it into slot. It will only fit in the correct direction. Press down on the ink cartridge until the hook snaps over it.
  6. If you replaced an ink cartridge while “Near Empty” was displayed on the LCD, the LCD may ask you to verify that the replacement cartridge was brand new one. Example: “Did You Change Black? 1.Yes 2.No.” For each new cartridge you installed, press 1 on the dial pad to automatically reset the ink dot counter for that color. If the ink cartridge you installed is not a brand-new one, select 2.

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Brother MFC 210C series ink replaced


The brother machines require ink in all the cartridges as it is always flushing ink through the heads to "clean" it. This means you must have ink in all cartridges at all times unfortunately or the brother will not work. Even if you could somehow get it to work it could damage your printhead anyway.

Good Luck
Please rate my advice, good or bad.

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Print quality problems


First off replace the ink cartridge.
then look into the menus of the printer and perform the head cleaning procedure.
Most of the time what you are describing is simply a cartridge out of ink and not showing empty

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Brother MFC 5840CNZ displays Ink Empty on CYAN when new cartridge is installed


Something that has worked for some Brother owners to get cartridges recognised.

1. With your MFC powered up, open it up and remove the cartridge you are having a problem with, then close the MFC, leaving it powered up. It should report that there is no cartridge in the machine.

Still with the MFC powered up, open it up and reinsert the ink cartridge, then close the MFC. It should either ask if you have replaced a cartridge or go into its cleaning mode.

Answer "yes" to "have you replaced cartridge?" and it should either "print" or "clean" and then "print".



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