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Machine error 46

My mum has a MFC-215C brother printer and we both not really in all the know how of computers, recently on the LCD screen it said "unable to clean" i read the book and followed everything step by step and still nothing. i found your website and followed another step by step thing which said it should fix the problem but instead of that i now have machine error46 on the screen after going through alot more websites and reading i still can't seem to find and explaination of what it is or how i can try to fix it myself. please help us.

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Waist ink absorber box is fed up with ink.

I guess you had some prob with some color not working anymore before.

You need a new waist ink absorber box which you can buy from a service partner near your home (see choose your country).

When you have got it go to
and use the pics to open the printer.

DO REPLACE THE BOX BEFOR DOING THE EEPROM RESET! Otherwise you will seriously demage the printer and the furniture below because of leaking ink!

When replaced the box you have to reset the eeprom by pressing quickly one after another:

menu then start bk-copy then fourtimes arrow-up to get to the mmainteneance mode. press 8 then 0 (zero) then several times start-bk-copy til PURGE 64xx on display. press then 2-7-8-3 (display will be PURGE 0000) then STOP button then 9 then 9. Machine will come up in normal state.

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    YOU a real talent! I fixed mine strictly following yr guide. It works!
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Very very good tips. Very helpful. Now my printer is working. I have tried with other people's tips, but they are just wastes of time.
Thank you very much.

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Thank you

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WooW, Great Tips. Thanks very much.
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Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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SOURCE: MFC 215C, mfc 215c erorr 46

most likely your flush box is full of ink, the pads will need to be replaced by a service center.

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Machine error 46

Error 46 means one or both of the ink purging (happens each time the printer cleans itself) counters have exceeded the maximum level. This is supposed to require new ink absorber boxes/pads to be fitted to the machine, but there is a way around this.

If you search YouTube for your printer model, you will find videos on how to reset these counters. You run the risk of the waste ink overflowing, but this is very rare.

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Brother MFC - 215C Unable to clean, my home doesn't use actual ink tank for Brother, so when every time the ink is less, or almost finish i need to clean it, to **** to ink in. But this time I can't clean,...

The machine has a mechanical problem or a foregn obstacle, such as ripped paper.
unplug electric cord and power on with your finger on MENU button, till you see "MAINTENANCE"
on screen, then release MENU button and dial 82
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Machine Error 46 Unable to clean Brother MFC-215C Thank you

Hi Error 46.Resetting purge counter:

1) Enter machine maintenance mode (on MFC210C all four photo/copy/fax/scan lights flash in maintenance mode). Care is needed in maintenance mode, otherwise critical settings may be inadvertently corrupted.

FAX models with numerical keypads: Press the Menu/Set, *, 2, 8, 6 and 4 keys within two seconds. (if you fail to complete the correct key sequence within two seconds, press the Stop key to try again).

Other (non-FAX) models: Press the Menu/Set and Black Start keys. Next press the “up arrow” key four times to enter the maintenance mode).

2) Press the 8 then 0 keys in the initial stage of the maintenance mode to call up the machine's log information list (function code 80).

3) Press the Black Start key several times to scroll through the log information list to reach the purge counter. The purge counter is the 25th item in the list.

4) Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero.

5) Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode.

6) Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state.
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If it starts with a 4 you do need a new printhead!

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Brother mfc-215c unable to clean?


There is no Error 10 within the maintenance of the printer!
An error starting with 10 (and two more digits) belongs to the communication device (fax).

Plz check again what two digit error you have and post again.


you need a new waist ink absorber. plz check the forum for unable to clean or error 46. Its explained many times.

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