Question about Brother MFC-5840CN All-In-One InkJet Printer
LCD shows "unable to Init"
Had that problem also - only my ribbon cable was simply dislodged, and needed plugging in again
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
The flat ribbon cabling to the head is broken. You need to replace the head.
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
Model number please..
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
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
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
With some Brother printers you can try this.
Access the internal maintenance mode by pressing the Menu/Set button, then press * 2 8 6 4 within 2 seconds. This should put you in the maintenance mode menu. Enter 80, and then scroll down with the arrow down (round) key. You'll find an entry listed as purge count. If number is over 6000, enter 2 7 8 3.
This will reset the purge count value. Then the printer will restart, hopefully without the annoying cannot clean message.
Some times this happens because of using cheap compatible ink cartridges if this is the case change the ink cartridges.
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All The Best: Pineworks
Posted on Mar 02, 2010
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