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How do I get my brother printer to work? it's stuck on "idle"

How do I get my brother printer to work. It is stuck on "idle" and yet other computers linked to it can print?
I've been out of the country for 4 weeks and been using another printer. just got back, all other PCs can print through the printer except my PC! It's driving me crazy. I 've disintalled and reinstalled the printer, there's nothing in the print line waiting....
please can you help?

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SOURCE: "Install Yellow" Error - Machine is frozen.

Check all other carts. It might be that one (or more) carts are empty, too. Thats why the machine refuses to work properly.

Unplug from power, wait  two minutes and replug again.

If it doesnt come up correctly the maincircuit baord might be defective due to a defective electrical part.

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SOURCE: printer online then offline


Had the same problem with my mother's MFC and after 4 hours of troubleshooting I fixed it.

My mother's printer was networked through the router. Here was the solution.

1. Go to printers and faxes.
2. Right click and go to properties.
3. Go to ports (for some reason its shows Brother PC-Fax v2)
4. Add new port.
5. Enter the IP address (check the printer menu to find the IP Address ie. To be safe enter 002 instead of 2.)
6. Restart the computer.

Wait a minute or 2 after restart and the printer should now be online.

Hope this helps you guys.

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