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Unable to clean error message

The printer stopped printing and showed the above error messages, I have thoroughly checked the machine and there is no paper or foreign objects stuck, I have removed and replaced ink cartridges, nothing is working. The printer is not connected to the fax line however I have checked for faxes and it shows nothing. We are a business and urgently need to get the printer working.

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Just swith of the printer even the swich of the main switch where the printer's plug is connected wait for 40 second then power it on again it will start working again if everything is connected perfactly

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1. Remove all the ink cartridges from the machine
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Note: if any of the other cartridges are low, empty, leaking or bulging replace them

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Hi, I tried the solution above "by obiewan" it work's for me but I do a little changes on his pattern.

1. Unplug your printer
2. press down the menu/set then plug it (just keep oh pressing it down until you see the message error 46 show up on LCD)
3. press 80
4. then look for "Purge", i think its on the 25th when you scroll down
5. then reset the pruge count to "0" by pressing 2 7 8 3
6. then press stop/exit
7. then press 9 twice

VOILA!!!

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