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Error message of "Unable to Initialize"

My Brother printer keeps beeping and telling me that it is "Unable to Initialize" and to refer to the user's manual for troubleshooting. It isn't a paper jam, the ink is full and was working fine and the cables are secure. I can't figure it out. Any ideas on this one?
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  • kentman1 Jun 10, 2008

    My Brother printer keeps beeping and telling me that it is "Unable to Initialize" and to refer to the user's manual for troubleshooting. It isn't a paper jam, the ink is full and was working fine and the cables are secure. I can't figure it out. Any ideas on this one?
    Thanks

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    I have the exact same problem.

  • smile_ile Dec 19, 2008

    I have the same problem. There are no paper jams, nothing stuck in it, and I unplugged it for awhile as they suggest in the user's manual. It's strange because I can still use some functions through the computer such as scan to file, computer fax. I just can't use any of the stand-alone functions or print. I recently installed all new Brother print cart then recieved a fax. Later that day it gave me the unable to initialize msg.



    If anyone can help me with this I'd appreciate it.

  • 71 TBird Mar 27, 2009

    I have the same problem. Called Brother and went over diagnostics
    with tech on phone. Came up with error 4F. He said there is
    a mechanical problem and I should have the unit serviced. The
    unit has seen very little use and seemed to develop this problem only
    after having the power turned off for a few days. Tried the
    purging solution suggested by someone here, but it didn't work.
    The purge list number on my printer was lower than 6,000. I'm
    still not convinced there's any mechanical problem; seems like a
    software problem. If anyone has found the solution to this vexing
    problem that so many people report having, I'd greatly appreciate
    hearing what it is. Thanks. Chas

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press menu then start mono (blue button) then fourtimes arrow up (tel-index). Machine will be in maintenance mode and lights will flash. What error code does the machine display?

(to leave the maintenance mode press 9 then 9)

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you need a new waist ink absorber box and have to do a reset. The absorber box can be purgchased from a service partner (see brother homepage of your country). Same procedure:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t139675-need_reset_purge_counter_due_error_46

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SOURCE: I have a Brother DCP

Here ya go:

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/eu/gb/en/doc/manual_top.html?reg=eu&c=gb&lang=en&prod=dcp117c_eu

Select which type of manual(s) you want and then do your troubleshooting from there.

Mike

Posted on Apr 07, 2008

SOURCE: Unable to clean

r434

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SOURCE: Unable to clean

unable to clean troubleshooting maintenance user guide

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

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