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Brother MFC 210C NOT Not Printing Color Properly

I was recently printing some color labels and all was going well until the colors started coming out blue/green almost grey. I replaced all 3 color cartridges even though they seemed fine and have run the self-cleaning several times but no luck. I think at some point the cartridges were put into the wrong spots but this was remedied. Do not know if that could cause damage. I have always used the proper ink cartridges for this printer.

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  • MOLeary Feb 25, 2008

    Thank you for you quick response. While I wanted to mention the misplaced cartridges for the sake of full disclosure, I have seen zero improvement as I have continued to try printing. I will still do what you suggest but first I need to know where the printer head is. I seem to have access to 2 areas, the wells where the cartridges go and a narrow opening the length of the printer where the mechanism goes back and forth. Can you explain further. Also, as the color is now printing practically black and whit, are there any other things to look at?

    Thanks Again.

  • MOLeary Feb 28, 2008

    I am not sure if I did it exactly right but some color did return to my prints. It is still not back to normal, however. Maybe just time for a new one.

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2008

    I was printing and everything was coming out sepia toned. I'd filled the yellow recently, and pulled it out, turned out it was leaking. Once I fixed that problem I ran a few cleaning cycles, but now everything is printing perfectly, but I get NO blue, whatsoever. No matter what I do, the blue is gone (but the cartridge is near full). Please advise.




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If the cartridges were in the wrong slots, it shouldn't take very long for it to clear up. What I don't understand is how it even ran with them in the wrong slots, but that's not the point.
Having corrected that problem, Have you run many prints after that? You may just have some remnant ink not completly out.
If thats not it, remove the cartridges, unplug the machine and very lightly dampen a lint free cloth with some alcohol and clean all the contacts in the machine and one the cartridges.
Then again run all the set up modes and see if that helps.
You should in no way have ruined the printer my having the inks in the wrong place.
One other thing you can try, And I do this to ink jet printers but hesitate to mention, but it does work.
Unplug the machine and remove the cartridges. Place some paper towels under the print head where the cartridges and slowly trickle some soapy cleaner, Like Fantastic into that area, then flush it out with some rubbing alcohol. Dry the area gently as best you can, and let the printer sit an hour or so to let any slight amount of liquid remaining to evaporate. Those inks can build up and clog that area causing lots of problems.

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  • Rick Kasper Feb 25, 2008

    I am meaning the wells where the cartridges seat. The area where the print cartridges sit. Sounds like the absorption pads are clogged to me.I am not refering to the entire area where the cartridges move back and forth.

    If the through cleaning does not work I would suspect the head being bad. If that is the case, the price of the part probably would cost as much as replacing the printer.

    You can take the covers off the machine and reseat all the cables.

    Good luck. let me know.

  • Rick Kasper Feb 28, 2008

    You can try cleaning them again, this time use a soapy cleaner, something like fantastic instead of alcohol.

    Let it dry out a little longer then with alcohol.

    If that doesnt work then you may want to consider replacement.

    They do wear out.



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