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Won't print in color

My MFC 240C has all new color and black cartridges; the machine is reading all cartridges as full. But it won't print anything in color. This just started happening after I replaced a black cartridge. I have shut down the computer, shut down the printer, checked to make sure that I am not set for grayscale, etc.

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    It just beeps when you try to clean and tells you cartridge almost empty



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Make sure you run the cleaning mode under the INK button. Run it 2-3 times to get the ink through the tubes. If you are using generic ink, it may have clogged the tubes in side the unit.

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Won't print black

TRY CLEANING THE INK CARTRIDGE. If it doesnt work, go to service center with the printer.


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My brothers mfc 240c printer wont print because one ink is not full but it has black

You need to have ink in all cartridges to print. You can put a small electrical tape over the little window on the cartridge to print with empty inks, but you risk an air bubble in the ink tubes. If you don't care about printing color at some time, just cover the window on empty carts.

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Black is not working in my brother mfc-240c printer

did you use genunie brother black ink cartridge?

ALL…. Epson & Brother Requires Genuine Cartridges. !!!!!!!!

These printers have a CHIP that will detect if it is Generic or Genuine. When they see it’s Generic Cartridges, it will print lines thru the words, stripes across the picture and also do a mix match with the colors. It also will not let you print anything, if only one of the cartridges is empty.

I wanted to print only Black, and would not let me, because I did not have any ink in one of my cyan cartridges. Go figure.

I located a page on forum, which had plenty of details about similar issues.

Try the forum, there are alot of issues like yours.

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Apr 06, 2010 | Brother MFC 240C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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i have the exact same problem! i have a brand new cartridge i took of the yellow thing it says to remove, and i put it in properly. it recognizes it, it has cleaned it several times. i have restarted my computer and the printer, i have unplugged and replugged. when i did the test print only the yellow cyan and magenta showed up. i am very frustrated! any help would be appreciated.

Dec 26, 2009 | Brother MFC 240C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Problem in color printing

I suggest making sure you installed them correctly, you can take them out and put them back in, it will ask you if you just replaced the cartridges one by one "select yes" if they are new, then try to print out a test sheet (which you do this through one of the options in your "menu" on the machine itself, it should be in your manual or you can look online in the Brother 240-MFC troubleshooting tips for printing, this just happened to me a few days ago and I got the answer there. So, when you print out the test sheet it will probably have colors missing and you say "NO' that it is NOT GOOD, and then it will do another cleaning and then print out another test sheet and hopefully it will work then, otherwise tell it NO again and have it do another cleaning, sometimes it does take a few times. This happened to me the other day when I replaced a black ink cartridge and I could not get ANYTHING TO PRINT, it kept coming out BLANK PAGES, so I went to the troubleshooting tips on the website and this was the advice I was given, it took THREE CLEANINGS and three test sheets before the black boxes printed out fully on the test sheet with none missing and ONLY THEN was I able to print successfully, GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

Jun 16, 2009 | Brother MFC 240C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Mfc-240c reading offline and empty black

Regarding your problem: If one of the color ink cartidges is out of ink, the MFC 240C printer will not operate when you only install a black ink cartidge. It requires that all four catridges have ink available in them for it to function. When you examine a cartridge it may appear that it has a little ink in it when you get message that the cartridges needs to be replaced because a little ink remains to prevent the print head from drying out.

Sep 24, 2008 | Brother Multi-Function Center MFC-240C...

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I just fixed my 240c by taping over the sensor inspection window on each cartridge, I used the same color tape as the cartridge, maybe blackwould work on all four but I had the colored tape so that's what I used. Works Like a charm I guess till the ink actually runs out.

Jun 28, 2008 | Brother Multi-Function Center MFC-240C...

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Then your point is i should buy a new set of color cartrages like the 3 colors before the printing should take place then how can i set my brothers printer mfc-240c into black cartrages only no need to buy...

First - read the manual as regards printing. I notice that you can print in Black and White but I cannot find anything to say that you only need the Black ink to do this (therefore I think that I am right in saying that you need the colour cartridges).

Question - Has it worked with only the black ink before now?

As a final solution - Contact Brother direct and check out their FAQ's and/or send them an email asking if you can run the printer with Black ink only installed (I suspect the answer will be no).

If the answer to the above questions comes back as "Yes you can use Black only" (they may tell you how to set this up in which case ignore my next comments), then please supply some more information as regards what happened immediately before it stopped printing. This will help to drill down to the problem.

May 11, 2008 | Brother MFC 240C All-In-One InkJet Printer

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MFC-240 shows no ink cartridge

Same problem here... Figured out something that works fine for me anyway.

I took some black electrical tape and covered the clear plastic area in the front of the cartridge. It's a bit of a delicate procedure. Need a piece of tape about 3/16 of an inch wide and 1/2 inch long to match the contour of the clear plastic so it still fits inside the printer and can be surrounded by the light sensors.

Unfortunately, I think Brother is making too much on the ink cartridges and therefore is trying to make them tamper proof. I t's backfiring on them. Will never buy another Brother.

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