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Brother MFC3240 sat too long?

I got this printer from my boss who had upgraded months ago. I finally took it home and set it up. Changed all of the ink cartridges but I'm getting faded pages and the colors don't come through. The best I get is sepia and the black ink prints out ghostly and barely readable. Any suggestions how to clean it?

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  • Beanhead Apr 02, 2008

    tried to align it to get clearer black copies. They are a blurry. Went into alignment menu and #5 did not match #0. It offered no suggestions, just said "refer to users guide". Wherever that is.




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Have you tried to run all of the maintenance tests like head alignment, etc?

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