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

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Hi when place the ink cartridge specially the yellow it empties and don't know where it goes

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  • jobos2000 Feb 07, 2010

    What can be wrong I checked the bottom of the machine and there is no ink anywhere i would think it will leak but it doesn't

  • jobos2000 Feb 07, 2010

    well I buy compatible ink at inksell it's not the original cartridges so I hope that is not the problem do you mean the whole on top of the crtdge i have to leave the tape that is on it it says to remove it after replacing the cartridge

  • jobos2000 Feb 07, 2010

    Hi BionicBilly but can u tell me where the ink went do i have to open my machine?

  • jobos2000 Feb 07, 2010

    Also I would like to know how can I program my printer NOT TO clean so often, it wastes a lot of ink.

  • jobos2000 Feb 08, 2010

    I have maybe the content of 2 cartrgs and how do i get it clean? Thank you

  • jobos2000 Feb 12, 2010

    hi thank you for replying!... The tape u r talking about is on top I see nothing I can remove on the bottom, they tell me that i have to remove the tape on top and u r right that uncovers a little whole that will release the ink. but they tell me that that tape has to be removed in order for the ink to come out otherwise the printer won't work. the ink cartridge I am replacing the original for is from inksell my printer model is MFC420cn LC41Y i don't know if u have the time to look it up but I will appreciate it Thank you so much I hope that I didn't damaged my machine by using compatible ink and not the original.

  • jobos2000 Feb 15, 2010

    Me a tech NOOOOOOo but for a woman i am very handy and I investigated all the screws I tried to open it but I couldn't do it so I don't want to break it. You have been so helpful and I thank you I'm going to try that and then put back the ink cartridges leaving the little whole covered on top and see Thanks sooooooo much!! and will let you know. Hey is there a way to stop the machine from cleaning itself so many times do u know??

  • jobos2000 Feb 15, 2010




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Have you refilled the cartridges? If so you have to block up the hole made to refill them.

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  • BionicBilly Feb 07, 2010

    ok, thanks.
    The ink goes into a reservoir under the cartridge rest station.
    There are lots of felt pads in there that soak up the ink from cleaning the heads. It later evaporates when the printer isn't working.
    If you have lost a lot of ink it will be quite soggy in there!

  • BionicBilly Feb 11, 2010

    Hi, When you put in a new cartridge you need to remove the tape that covers the heads. That's the shiny looking square at the bottom of the cartridge.Usually it will have a coloured tab to grip on.
    If you are removing a tape or label on the top of the cartridge that uncovers a hole then that is your problem. The air allowed to enter the top of the cartridge will allow the ink to flow freely out of the head.

  • BionicBilly Feb 15, 2010

    Unless you are a technician and can take the printer apart your best option is this:
    Remove the cartridges from the printer.
    Open the top cover and aim the air from a Hairdryer, on Low heat, towards the the bottom of the Cartridge rest station for maybe 15mins.
    That should dry out the ink in the pads.
    I still don't think you should remove the label/tape from the top of the cartridge.

  • BionicBilly Feb 15, 2010

    As to it cleaning itself so much there's not much you can do.
    "It helps them sell more cartridges!"
    If it goes off in the night you may not have the time and date set correctly. Use the Menu settings to set the time and date.
    You could always turn off the power except when you need to print!



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I don't know how to refill?

Refilling HP color printer ink cartridges saves money and time spent running to the store to find the right ink cartridge, which sometimes is out of stock. By having the refill kits for the HP ink cartridge, you can just refill the cartridge when the ink runs out. The refilling process is easy to do and anyone can do it in a few minutes. The ink kits come with directions and all the colors one will need to refill the ink cartridge.

1.Place a piece of paper towel on a flat surface. Remove the empty ink cartridge from the printer. To do this, open the cover and wait for the ink dispenser to move the ink to the open door. Lift up the tap that holds the ink cartridge in place and pull out the cartridge. Push the tap holder back down and close the cover.
2.Place the ink cartridge on the paper towel. Gather the ink refilling kit together with directions and place the ink jars on the paper towel along with the syringe needle.
3.Find the indents on the top of the empty ink cartridge. Poke these holes open with the pen. Sit the cartridge down and open the ink containers. The colors are yellow, cyan and magenta.
4.Read the directions to see where each color goes in the ink cartridge. Insert the syringe needle into the ink container and raise the stopper up until you have the recommended amount of ink to fill into the particular hole.
5.Insert the needle into the hole on the ink cartridge and slowly dispense it into the cartridge. Remember to go slow with this step. If you see the ink oozing out, stop filling and wipe with a paper towel.
6.Cover the holes with the tabs that come in the refill kit or you can use tape. Make sure the hole is sealed to prevent spilling or the ink drying up. Then replace the ink cartridge back into the holder in the printer.

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Don't know how to change the ink cartlige


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Make sure the printer is on but not printing. Raise the printer cover, then press down the Maintenance button for six seconds until the print heads move to the center. Pull up the empty ink cartridge clamp all the way. The cartridge rises up from its holder and should be disposed. Unwrap the ink cartridges and remove ONLY the yellow tape seal from the black and color ink cartridge. If you accidently remove anything but the yellow seal you cannot use the cartridge or it will damage the printer. To install the new cartridge, tilt the ink cartridge forward slightly as you lower it into its holder. Hang the tabs at the back of the cartridge on the hooks on the holder clamps. Don't place the cartridge tabs under the hooks on the holder clamp; you may damage the clamp when you close it. Install the ink cartridge and press the Maintenance button to begin charging the ink delivery system. Charging takes about a minute and is complete when the power light stops flashing and the error light goes out

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Printer keeps telling me that the yellow cart is empty and I have put a new one in

Are you positive it says the yellow cart is empty? Because that brother printer is designed to say that a cartridge is empty whenever ANY of the color cartridges are empty. Usually it doesn't tell you which one is really empty either. So even if you replaced the yellow cartridge and say, the black cartridge is empty, it still won't let you print until you replace that empty black cartridge, nor will you know which of the cartridges is empty unless you pull them out of the printer and manually check the ink levels.

Its pretty much a guessing game with those old brother ink printers.

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maybe the cartridge is wrong, release it and clean the electrical contacts, put them again one by one, if notting happen, try this
Solution As the printer operates, it moves ink from the ink cartridges into a printhead reservoir. The printer does not deliver a message when an ink cartridge goes empty, because it still has ink in the reservoir. The printer continues printing until the ink level in the reservoir falls to a first trigger point - then a message appears advising the printer owner to Replace Cartridges Soon . At this point, other cartridges that are empty but have not reached the trigger point are also mentioned in the message, to save trips to the retailer. After the first trigger point, the printer can continue printing until ink levels in the reservoir reach a second trigger point. At the second trigger point there is only enough ink left to perform vital servicing tasks, and a new message appears, saying Ink Cartridges Empty . The options offered depend on the usable inks remaining. If no options are offered, the cartridges indicated must be replaced before printing can continue. The Ink Cartridges Empty options are described in the table below: Ink colors out Option Print mode possible All Cancel None Black


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Text and photo quality will differ from those printed when all colors are available Light Cyan or Light Magenta (either or both) Cyan, Magenta, or Yellow (any or all)

(Black still available) Print with black ink only Grayscale

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How do you change the ink

See the following URL for diagrams:

Open the ink cartridge cover, on the front right side. Pull the lock release lever down and take out the empty cartridge (it has a little ink left). Now open the bag containing the new cartridge and take out the cartridge. Take off the protective yellow cover and make sure you do not touch the area that was covered. Push the new cartridge into place; there is an arrow on the side that indicates the direction in which it goes into the printer. Lift up the lock release levers until each one clicks (as needed depending on the number you unlocked before). Close the ink cartridge cover and answer the queries about the new ink to clear the counter. The counter will be automatically reset if you wait to see Near Empty and Ink Empty on the LCD screen before you change the ink.

If the LCD screen still reads Install, check that the cartridges are fully seated in their slots.

I hope this helps.

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Changed yellow ink to new cartridge. Printer won't recognize.

I contacted the Brother site, the support function there. Pursuant to what I found there, I unplugged the printer for ten seconds and replugged. The message display then told me that cyan was empty, and that magenta was near empty.

I installed a new cartridge in place of the empty cyan, and that fixed it.

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