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Printing after being on same phone line as printer/fax

My brother called me and wanted me to do research on my computer, but unfortunately I used the only phone nearby which I suspect was on the same line as the brother mfc-3240c printer and fax machine. It said Telephone on the lcd display and I tried to print his article but now it just says, "Unable to clean, see troubleshooting and routine maintenance chapter in User's Guide." I have the brother Quick Setup Guide, but not the other User's Guide. How do I reset it back to normal? The other people said powering down and back up again doesn't work. Please help!!

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This link will open the Users Manual, but you will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader in order to open it.

Go to page 12-4 in Chapter 12, Troubleshooting and routine maintenance. Follow the actions recommended for the Unable to clean error message (and the four other Unable to... error messages).

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*Distinctive Ring is a function of your Brother machine that allows a person with one line to receive fax and voice calls through two different phone numbers on that one line. Brother uses the term "Distinctive Ring," but telephone companies market the service under a variety of names, such as Custom Ringing, Personalized Ring, Smart Ring, Ring Master, Ident-a-Ring, Ident-a-Call, Data Ident-A-Call, Teen Ring, SimpleBiz Fax & Alternate Number Ringing and BT Call Sign.
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