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Scanner not working

I discovered the problem when trying to scan from the document feeder today. It would pull the paper in, but stop once the paper got to the scan head. Next I tried to scan from the flatbed and I noted the scan head did not seem to be moving... same deal with copying. I finally received a "Machine Error A6" code and a message to call Brother support... they were of no help and said to take it to a service center... so is anyone familiar with what might be my issue? My deduction is the scanner bar/head is not moving. Called the service center, they connected me to the Philippines, walked me through a host of different options, told me to clean the scanner head with alcohol- twice- no success. Probably not worth fixing, probably get a new.

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    I had the same problem and all indications were that it was terminal. I bought another Brother MFC which I use JUST for faxing and copying. My "bad" printer has been working for months as a PRINTER, so that is what I am using it for. Ironically that functionality is on it's way out too since it is making ungodly noises, but I extended the life almost a year.

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A6 is a scan failure detection.

This sounds to me like the motor running the scanner is not working. However, there are three or four causes of this error. The home position sensor, the motor, the CCD, the main board and the engine board.

You should be able to find the sensor that detects the scanner lid. Fool it with a piece of tape or a finger. Look at the scanner after pressing copy to see what is happening.
You could open up the scanner and check the movement to make sure it's smoth, but this is a lot of work. The best option is to pick up a used scanner from a Brother service centre. Install it and see if it solves your problem. Of course, you wouldn't be able to return it if it did not solve the fault. This is why Brother recommended you take it to a service centre, the troubleshooting is very in-depth for a fault of this nature.

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