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UNABLE TO INIT. DID THE MENU *2864. IT CAME UP PRINTER ERROR 46 INK TANK FULL REPLACED INK TANK . STILL COMES UP UNABLE TO INIT. SAME ERROR CODE. WHAT NEXT?

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  • rkend1 Apr 26, 2008

    Started as can't clean. Cleared. Now can't initialize.

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    Loss power and "unable to initialize" came up. Nothing jammed. Power restored. Reset power for several minutes IAW brother site. Same as before.

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Soulvisitor
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SOURCE: Brother IntelliFax 1840C

The user can establish the internal Machine Error Code as follows: pull the mains cable out of the machine (power off), hold down the Menu/Set key, re-insert the mains cable into the machine (power on). The internal Machine Error Code will be displayed.
If that doesnt give you the code then try going into service mode by pressin menu key then *, 2 , 8, 6, 4  super quick!! Display goes blank or Maintenence mode is displayed, if not... not quick enough, do again to you get it, then press 77 start, error should display. press 99 to exit Maintence mode, dont play with other numbers!!

a couple of the most common errors are

Error 41 needs new print head costly

error 46 waste ink full, need new waste tank

Whats yours?

Posted on Nov 01, 2007

checkitright
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SOURCE: faxing

here is the manual

http://www.retrevo.com/s/brother+1840c++fax+manual

Posted on Dec 04, 2007

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SOURCE: Brother Intellifax 1820c fax machine: Won't print incoming transmissions

How do you fix the error 41 that keeps showing up

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

Mix-it-up
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SOURCE: unknown error message UNABLE TO INIT. printer just stopped working

press menu then start bk-copy then fourtimes arrow up. machine switches to maintenance mode. press start bk copy. what two digit error code does the display show off? Post here again

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Error 46 Unable to Init.

No need for part necessarily
SkipperOz solution pasted below

MFC-5440CN saved from the tip!
"Unable to Clean" message - found TrickyDicky's sltn 4 for various printers.
Went into maint mode as per sltn 4 - verified error 46.
"The user can establish the internal Machine Error Code as follows: pull the mains cable out of the machine (power off), hold down the Menu/Set key, re-insert the mains cable into the machine (power on). The internal Machine Error Code will be displayed."

Keyed in 80 - stepped through the items with "down" key and located Purge Counter.
"Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero
Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode.
Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state."


This worked brilliantly - no need to tamper with any parts of the printer. Purge Counter reset did it all. Fully functional printer.

Thanks TrickyDicky for info on verifying the error code and purge reset

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

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This works with most Brother printers

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Also can try.

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then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays ‘purge count’
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