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Unable to clean

Hi, I have seen this message on a few other models and seems to ref the waste ink tank or absorber sponge, does anybody have a diagram of how to dismantle this model to replace the sponge?

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  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2008

    I had replaced a new ink toner yet the message appears "UNABLE TO CLEAN" refer to user guide foor troubleshoot

  • tdunams Oct 05, 2008

    I have the same problem. Is there a solution? If so, how?



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Hello, my brother mfc-620cn printer is showing unable to clean see troubleshooting in manual, but I have lost the manual. Can you please advise me on what to do as my daughter has an assignment that she needs to print out for school

Posted on Sep 03, 2008


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See here (mfc215c; it is the same procedure)=:

Posted on Jan 21, 2008


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