Question about Brother MFC-5440 Printer
I had the same problem and this is what worked for me.
If your color ink works fine but your black ink doesn't print at all it is because
of dried ink in your printheads and in your cartridge bay.
What I did was remove the black ink cartridge and noticed that the ink was dry and sticky in the slot.
I got a wet paper towel and just dabbed it in the slot and all of the black **** was on the paper towel.
I cleaned inside the cartridge slot some more, then dried it off with a dry paper towel.
I ran it though a few cleaning cycles then started to print again.
At first I just got the black lines, so I cleaned again and got illegible text.
Cleaned it a few more times, then I was able to read the black text.
And after running it yet a few more times, it now prints perfectly.
Hope that helps.
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
Try a hard restart, which simply means unplugging the power cord, and replugging it after one minute has passed. If that does not work, then rerun the CD used to install the printer. Both techniques reprogram the electronics , to a certain extent.
You might also visit the manufacturer's website, to see what solutions are being offered for printer problems. They usually have a number to call, in case you need to talk to a technician.
Hope these suggestions help you out.
Posted on Jul 07, 2008
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