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Ink problems.... For the Brother MFC-210C... I have been experiencing many continuous problems with changing the ink cartridges, 1 - Message appreared saying Cyan needed replacing, so I installed a new cyan...then, 2 - Message appeared saying Black needed replacing, so I installed a new black....then, 3 - Message appreared again, saying Cyan needed replacing....even though there was a new cartridge installed. 4 - After many attempts to re-stall and check every color, I could only assume something was wrong with the ink cartridge and returned it and received a new one then, 5 - Reinstalled cyan, and message appeared that yellow needed replacing so I installed a new yellow, and then a message appeared that magenta needed replacing, so I replaced it with a brand new one.... 6 - Then, another message appeared that said cyan needed replacing, which confused me as it was a brand new cartridge.....I uninstalled it and the cartridge was almost completey empty... Where did the ink go? What is the problem??? please help!!!!

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Re: Ink problems....

Take all carts out of the machine. Have a look into the cart holder. Is there ink swapping beneath the white plastic? (You might shake the machine ;-)

If yes, the cart holder leaks and needs replacement.

If not (your lucky!) it could be that the automatic cleaning procedure which starts when a cart is changed has soaked the carts empty.

Do set machine with date and time and NEVER unplug NOR use a power switch which breaks the power supply.

Do use constant power and switch off machine by pressing stand-by-fax-button!

Everytime when machine comes to (new) power contact it runs an extensive ink cleaning procedure. thats why your carts are always near empty....
The stand-by will prevent this and machine does some cleaning procedures which consumes only a few drops(!) of ink!

The display asks you if you have changed the carts. Do answer this question by pressing 1 for YES or 2 for NO.
This will reset the built-in inkcountermanagement to the correct settings

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