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Brother mfc 240c does not recognise new cartridges have been installed and gives message that no black cartridge and colors are near empty, new genuine cartridges have been installed.

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    Same prob. Replace Ink, Near empty mgent, and Ink empty cynan appears on the screen.



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I have had the same problem on the Brother MFC-3240C and here is my solution.
Turn off printer
Remove all ink cartridges
Turn printer on and wait 15 second until the power on checks are completed
While the printer is on install the ink cartridges
The display will ask if new cartridges were added, answer with yes for all cartridges.  
The previous false cartridge indicators are now corrected
Hope this helps!

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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I switched my printer off ( by pressing the button with the words power save beside it for a while, like say 5 seconds?) and on again. it now says ink near empty, but i can print.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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This is what i did as a last resort after messing with this stupid printer all day and changing cartridges and getting a no cartridge message.
i took all of the ink cartridges out and took a pair of pliers and pulled out what i think must be the sensors. they are black plastic pieces toward the top part of the ink area. then i put the cartridges back in and i have been printing ever since. this was my last resort before i was prepared to throw in the towel so that was why i went at it with the pliers!

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

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