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Unable to init. AF is on my printer. How do I fix this?

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SOURCE: unknown error message UNABLE TO INIT. printer just stopped working

press menu then start bk-copy then fourtimes arrow up. machine switches to maintenance mode. press start bk copy. what two digit error code does the display show off? Post here again

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Unable to Init AF - New printer!

sure (this advice costs you some greetings from me to the beloved bahamas ;-))

you have to open the scanner as you have done to connect the usb cable. When opened you can see a "z" like small cover going from panel to the right rear side.
Open this cover which hides the flat cable of the scanner. The cable needs reconnecting to the main board. Simply stick it carefully into the right positon.

(will post a picture later)

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Error 46 Unable to Init.

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

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SOURCE: scanner bar will not reset, error "unable to Init. AF"

the problem might be the connection from the mother board of the printer to the scanner maybe due to lost contact and the ribbon was broken you might just have to reconnect it or it might be broken and need replacement

Posted on May 15, 2009

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SOURCE: init unable 4f

uninstall your printer software under control panel/add remove programs..then reinstall your software again make sure your printer is plug to your pc also...hope this helps..ITTech7574

Posted on Aug 31, 2009

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