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My brother MFC-420CN won't print, I checked for any foreign obstacle, MFC. my name is Steve.

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    I CAN NOT PRINT ANY THING FROM MY COMPUTOR, I HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL SUGGESTIONS IN THE MANUAL AND CHECK THE INK WHICH IS ALL FULL . SHIRLEY

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Plz try by reinstalling the drivers for the printer, check the status of the ink level, try by changing the usb slot and cable

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http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/us/en/doc/manual_index.html?reg=us&type2=-1&prod=mfc420cn_us&c=us&lang=en&flang=all

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http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/files/dlf/doc000219/MFC-210C_UsaEngUsr_B.pdf

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