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Brother mfc215c cartridge problem

Hi, took the printer to a dealer. Apparantly the print head has gone and it will cost more than a new unit to fix! And it's only 18 months old, and not used a lot!

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    Is there any make/model you'd recommend?



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How do you make a Brother MFC215c print in only black

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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.

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    Jeffrey Pemberton Mar 29, 2008

    Personally - I've always liked HP. It depends on how much you want to spend and what features you want. You had a all-in-one and that's what I've always had. There are several makes that are good really. Don't know how much I'm allowed to say. In your case what I would do is go to a few of the better known sites that review things. CNET, PCmag, etc and read some reviews. You can do a search and several sites. I've always wanted a flatbed scanner (never know what I need to scan) so that would narrow the fiels and wanted one that that was ethernet ready for my network which narrows thr field more. Needed paper feed tray for faxing and copying many page documents. I like bells and whistles but all I spent was around $170. Anyway, I write novel like replys - sorry. I imagine your likr most people and need it ASAP. If you're going to buy it at a local store(s) you could see what they carry and then check out reviews on them. If you are willing to shop the internet -I always look for the best price on the net -the world is your oyster. So process this info, if you have a question you by now know where to find me. Anything I can do to expedite and help with your purchase I will. Just whistle.



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