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My printer is copying but printing out blank sheets- i tried changing out the ink but still not working?

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I'm assuming you mean all pages come out blank, whether using the copy or print function. Sounds like the printhead is seriously clogged, but we may be able to blast it out, working from the machine's operating panel.

If you've already run it through a few normal cleaning cycles, skip down to the paragraph marked Purging.

For a normal cleaning cycle, touch the Ink button, near the left end of the operation panel. Use the up or down arrows to select "Cleaning" sand press the Menu/Set button. It will give you the choice of cleaning Black, Color, or All. Use the up/down arrows to pick All, then press Menu/Set. Sit back and wait a while.

When it's done, use the same Ink button and select Test Print, then Print Quality. Press the Color Start button to print a pattern of four blocks of dots, one block of each ink color. If you're getting ink out, but not perfect blocks without gaps, you may want to repeat the cleaning & test process.

If it's totally blank or a hopelessly small improvement, try purging the ink lines and head:

Purging: Brother has built utilities into the machine to allow servicers to aggressively purge the ink lines,at the expense of considerably more ink consumption than a standard cleaning cycle. First we need to get it into the "Maintenance Mode":

Ignoring any beeps meant to distract you from accidentally doing this, touch Menu, Black Start, then the up-arrow button four times , that is: Menu, Black Start, ^, ^, ^, ^. The display should read MAINTENANCE and all lights should flash in unison. Don't experiment in Maintenance Mode. Some functions will render your fax inoperable, except in certain foreign countries' phone systems. Every function is entered by touching just two digits. There is no Set or Start required, so as soon as you touch that second digit you're committed, with a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is the Purge function, which accepts modifying inputs. Touch 7, 6 to enter Purge mode. [Don't go looking for a comma key. I put that in just to separate the different key presses.] The display will read Cleaning All. If you had a problem with only one color, you would choose that color now by cycling though the list with the up or down arrow keys. In your case, stick with All. Touch the number 3 to select Power Purge, then touch the Black Start key. Sit back and hope.

When it's finished, the display will return to reading MAINTENANCE. Touch 0,9 to print that same test page you printed using the Ink button before. If it's good, you can exit Maintenance Mode by touching 9,9 or by unplugging the power. Either way, it will go through a complete startup routine before going to Ready state.

If the print has improved but isn't perfect yet, you can repeat the purge & test. If it still looks hopeless, it probably is. Brother has a one-year warranty, at least in the US. You can find a local service center on If you are barely past the warranty period, call the customer service number and whine. They might issue a Work Order to the local servicer, effectively extending your warranty for this one problem. If you're using non-Brother inks, you're probably sunk.

If you have to pay for a new printhead and labor, forget it. Parts, ink, and time add up to more than a new machine.

Good luck.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010


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