Question about Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet Printer

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My brother mfc 420cn printer won't print

It has always printed very slow, and now it has stopped printing altogether.

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  • roseyhotshot Feb 25, 2008

    printer is not recognizing the black ink. I just replaced it

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2008

    not printing black wrighting

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2008

    how to reset the printer

  • dominiclola Apr 02, 2008

    My brother mfc 420cn printer is printing slow from computer oe e-fax.Ruby

  • badboy7 May 03, 2008

    my machine engages but will not print ive tried everything new ink new driver can u help me out?

  • badboy7 May 03, 2008

    printer engages but wont print ive tried everything new ink new driver can u help me out

  • Anonymous May 21, 2008

    my printer will not print. I have the latest drivers, and nothing works.

  • alfswong May 26, 2008

    Using Windows Vista, I cannot print entire documents, it just prints partial parts of the docuement. Usually it print the first half and it just stops printing and spits the paper out as if were finished printing.


  • stir crazy Jul 07, 2008

    cannot print from pc, have tried everything, please help me.

  • lizzer08 Aug 22, 2008

    just replaced black ink cartridge, however, cannot print anything with black. what is the problem?

  • xoticillusio Sep 06, 2008

    Won't print, still passes paper through. Can't use fax either as it will not pull paper through. Tried cleaning and pushing ink through.

  • candy6785 Dec 13, 2008

    I have a Brother MFC 420CN and I have black ink in the printer but it won't print in black. The page sounds like it is printing and it sends out the paper but anything that is supposed to be black is left blank. Can anyone help?

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    Unfortunately, I got mine from the Good Will. But it looks like a good printer. All I know is, it's out of ink. 

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    This is a brother all in one MFC-J615W



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I reset the printer to the original factory settings, and now it works. thanks for your concern and help, richard

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Stopped moving the print head or are there no colors/ink anymore on paper or does the machine to refuse power up?

1. + 3.: main circuit board defective = you need a new mfc.

2.: Did you use generic ink carts? They might have clogged the ph. Use original brother ink and run the cleaning cycles 3 times.

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One of the main reasons for printing issue is the presence of corrupted or updated drivers in the system. For proper working of Brother printer, users are recommended to update the printer driver software. The outdated drivers may popup error messages and may result in serious malfunctioning of the printers. Users may need to ensure that they choose the correct and corruption free drivers for the printers from the genuine websites.

Get more help to fix Brother Printer Wont Print error. Hope this helps you.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011

Will act like it is printing, but puts no ink on paper. Using factory cartiages.

What should I do?

Posted on May 06, 2008

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Won't print cyan color

try reseating the magenta ink cartridge or replacing it.

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My brother 420cn said unable to print see manual trooble shooting and routine maintenance, but I don't have a manual.

Have you checked at the Brothers web site? I find that they have the product manuals easily available. I have had two Brothers printers. I always lose the manual.

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Brother 420cn mfc, cant print It asks me to read in the routine maintenance of the trouble shooting guide.

Did you use non-Brother brand ink refills? If so, the print head is probably clogged. If that is the case, it's almost cheaper and easier to replace the printer itself. Sorry. I loved my MFC-210C until it quit, and the internet is full of people complaining about the whole MFC series. Going on 2 trouble free years with my Canon, better print, better optics, wireless, but no fax, unfortunately.

Aug 11, 2010 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Print slow

Ink jets print slower than other printers. I have used many printers and found that if your documents are black and white only the print is faster. The font also makes a difference. if the font is fancy it takes longer for the printer to translate.

Apr 25, 2010 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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My brother MFC-420CN is printing way to slow. It there anything I can do to make it go faster?

There's no way, unless you sacrifice quality.

The printer prints at just the one speed, unless you select "draft" print-quality, or print "black-only", instead of "colour".

Apr 23, 2010 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Brother 420CN printer will not print black ink. Have replaced the cartridge and after several cleaning cycles, it still will not print properly. Test Print shows colors are fine but black ink is hit and...

I have a brother MFC 3240C. My Black ink stopped printing(initially printed horizontal faded lines and gradually got worse), the other colors were printing fine. I tried cleaning numerous time( 50 -100 times over 1-2 weeks ). Still no improvement. The way I print now is:
1. I go to Printer Properties
2. Change Media type from "Plain Paper" to "Inkjet Paper".
3. Change Quality to "Photo".

This takes a long time to print 1-2 minutes per page. However, this works for me since this is my Home printer and use it for printing only few pages here are there.

Good Luck

Dec 20, 2009 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Double prints or Text shadow printing by MFC 420CN

yes. you have to run the alignment feature. press ink - set - arrow-down til alignment. After alignment test print read the paper and choose the right setting by nr.

Apr 09, 2008 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Can the 420CN print double sided pages

There is only a manual double sided printing avaiable:
After the first side was printed you have to turn the page into the papertray again.

Canon bubble jet printers can do double side printing but the back side black print will be mingled through C/Y/M ink!

Jan 07, 2008 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Please tell us what machine do you really have:
Is it a mfc 420cn or a mfc 5460cn?

Did you have a paperjam before getting the error?
This might be due to the paperjam.

Ill try to give you some more help but need more info...

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