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Error 46 Unable to Init.

Brother MFC 5440 has an error "Unable to Init." It is showing an Error 46. The printer tech. says we need a new part from Brother. Can it be fixed without buying a new part.

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  • Anonymous Oct 06, 2008

    Unable to clean



    I have misplaced my user guide to try and fix problem

  • nelio Oct 27, 2008

    Yes but its with a brother MFC 425cn printer. I have tried the sulution posted above but no result

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    SkipperOz you're the man..!!

    thanks dude..!!

    you're great...!!

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    Can't print because of error message



  • splintera123 May 11, 2010

    Brother MFC 5440 unit says Unable to init. How can this be fixed? Can it br fixed without a new part?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    how to slove brother mfc-250c trounbleshooting and routine maintine 46

  • Amrut chauhan
    Amrut chauhan Aug 29, 2014

    error 48 unable to initialise

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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

  • Kencp6 Sep 09, 2011

    This worked perfectly, Thank you so much for sharing this, I am pretty sure you just saved me hours of headaches and a couple of hundred bucks, Many Many thanks !!!!!!

  • Ramesh Nagda
    Ramesh Nagda Mar 11, 2014

    this also worked for my mfc295cn !

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No. the part is a new ink absorber box which costs only a few bugs. you can buy this pspare part at any sevice dealer near your home (see brother homepage of your country).

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