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Re: brother mfc215c cartridge problem
OK. This might do it. Sounds crazy but bare with me. Try this with the black cartridge or which ever one you replaced most recently. Do you have some black electrical tape? If not some duct or scotch tape will do but electrical tape works best. Remove the cartridge and place black electrical tape over the entire indented end of the cartridge . As you face the front of the printer, the end of the cartridges I'm referring to will be on your far right.Cut a piece of tape, stick it in the center ridge of the cartridge and then press it into the grooves with a pair of small scissors or whatever's handy. It fits tightly into the printer, but it does fit. It works! If you use duct tape cut it in half so it's about the same width as electrical tape. If all you have is scotch tape, follow the procedure but you'll probably have to put 4 or 5 pieces on. The reason being is that it's clear and there's a small sensor on your printer that's probably not doing it's job right. Like I said, start with your most recently refilled ( I think you said you refilled them ) cartridge. If that doesn't work - keep going with the other cartridges. After this works ( :) ) , Please rate me a big 4 fix ya - I earned. I'll be anxiously waiting to hear from you as to what happens. As always, I'm here. Let me know.
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If the ink cartridges you purchased are not Lexmark - that could be the problem. I used to have a Lexmark printer and I did the same thing - I purchased ink cartridges that were compatible but not Lexmark brand. Everything seemed fine until I tried to print and then I would get the same error sign and low ink message and it would not print. I kept thinking I was doing something else wrong and tried everything. In the end I broke down and got ink cartridges from Lexmark and that solved the problem. Now I have a Brother printer and I never buy anything other than Brother ink cartridges because I'm always afraid of that same thing happening again. I wish I knew which printers WOULD accept those non name brand ink cartridges, but thus far I do not know of any printers that do. Hope this helps you.
When refilling an inkjet cartridge that contains a chip, the chip records when the cartridge goes low and then empty. The chip needs to be replaced to eliminate the low or out message. You can set the printer to continue printing when it receives an out message even though there is ink available. However if you do run the printer and there is no ink flowing it can cause damage to the prinheads.
If you bought an ink refill kit, then there should be a bellows with a fine needle tip filled with ink and a rubber stopper. There should have been instructions included with the kit.
If you only bought the bellows and there's no instructions or rubber stopper, then I'm afraid you are missing some pieces. You need more than just the ink to refill the cartridges correctly, or else they will leak all over the inside of the printer.
Sorry to hear that. Brother's have alot of problems with this sort of thing. Just so you know, I even called Brother and they said you're model printer didn't exist. What a joke. I said if it doesn't exist then how come I'm looking at a manual on my screen as we speak for that model printer that I downloaded from their site. They still told me it doesn't exist. I said then maybe we're not really talking on the phone! Again, sorry about the printer. If you have any other problems or just need advice feel free to ask. That's why I'm here. Just for you! How about giving me a 4 fix ya rating for old time sake? Give a shout if you need anything.
try this: take all carts out. Unplug machine from power outlet. wait 5 min. leave scanner top open. rplug to power. wait til machine demands carts. reinsert and secure the carts. close cover. answer questions on display. set date and time again in case its not displayed.
If you still receive message use another cart of a diffrent brand. There are many generic carts with bad construction and bad ink out on market.
Best way: refill original brother carts. drill a 2mm hole on top into the brand name (O of brother). refill C/Y/M with a mix of 2ml 85%-glycerol (glycerin alc.) from drugstore and 10ml of DYE ink (shake well before refilling). For BK use 15ml DYE ink mixed with 1.5 ml gylcerol shke very well before refill.
Drill a 2 - 3 mm hole into the brother label upon the carts. Refill the cart which the printers display shows EMPTY. For color C/Y/M refill a 12ml and for black a 20ml ink. Use only dye ink!
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Sorry i couldn't help on the day you nedded it. Do not be afraid to refill, it's easy once you have a go, all instructions come with the refill kits, and they instuct on your specific printer too. Follow it to the T and you can refil one colour or all, and no waste. Once refilled, replace it, reset ink levels, and try printing again. Good luck.