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46 keeps displaying we tried a trouble shooting idea,, pressing 80 ... but we cant press anything

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Replace the ink absorber box (or possibly break the ink absorber box open and clean its absorbent sponges under a tap), re-assemble the printer and reset the purge counter to zero.

Read here how to purge counter to zerp

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Hi! It seems the purge counter has reached its limit, to reset it follow these steps:
  1. Press "Menu" and then press *2864 in quick succession ("maint" should displayed and all the lights on the printer should be flashing).
  2. Press 80 then keep pressing the black/mono start button until "purge count" is displayed.
  3. Press 2783 to reset the purge count.
  4. press the stop/exit key.
  5. press 99.
  6. The printer should return to normal.
You should also purchase a new ink absorber for the printer and install it as soon as possible, it can function like this but requires a replacement.

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This is caused by the performed purge sequences reaching its limit. To reset the counter, press menu then press *2864 within 2 seconds ("maint" should be on the display and all the lights should be flashing, if not try again), then press 80, then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays "purge count", press 2783 to reset purge count, then press stop/exit key, then press 99.

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Error 46 on Brother printers The printer must be reset:
  • Press menu then*2864 within 2 seconds and press 80.
  • Keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays 'purge count'.
  • Press 2783 to reset purge count.
  • Press stop/exit key
  • Press 99
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OR Resetting purge counter:

1) Enter machine maintenance mode (on MFC210C all four photo/copy/fax/scan lights flash in maintenance mode). Care is needed in maintenance mode, otherwise critical settings may be inadvertently corrupted.

FAX models with numerical keypads: Press the Menu/Set, *, 2, 8, 6 and 4 keys within two seconds. (if you fail to complete the correct key sequence within two seconds, press the Stop key to try again).

Other (non-FAX) models: Press the Menu/Set and Black Start keys. Next press the "up arrow" key four times to enter the maintenance mode).

2) Press the 8 then 0 keys in the initial stage of the maintenance mode to call up the machine's log information list (function code 80).

3) Press the Black Start key several times to scroll through the log information list to reach the purge counter. The purge counter is the 25th item in the list.

4) Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero.

5) Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode.

6) Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state.

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Procedure how to reset the error 46 error (unable to clean). This can be done on every Brother inkjet machine with a numeric keypad.

- Machine off
- Switch on the machine while holding down the “menu” button until all the leds are flashing on/off. Now you are in “maintenance” mode.
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- press “2783” in order to reset the purge counter. You will see: “purge:0000”
- press “99” to exit the maintenance mode

Now you are able to print again, but actually your ink absorber box is now full with ink. Ink flooding can happen if you don’t replace this ink box


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Reset code.
Press menu then*2864 within 2 seconds (maint should be on the display and all the lights should be flashing, if not try again) press 80
then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays ‘purge count’
press 2783 to reset purge count
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Hi you can try
This works with most Brother printers

Procedure how to reset the error 46 error (unable to clean). This can be done on every Brother inkjet machine with a numeric keypad.

- Machine off
- Switch on the machine while holding down the “menu” button until all the leds are flashing on/off. Now you are in “maintenance” mode.
- press 80
- press the “mono start” button several times until you see “purge: xxxx”
- press “2783” in order to reset the purge counter. You will see: “purge:0000”
- press “99” to exit the maintenance mode

Now you are able to print again, but actually your ink absorber box is now full with ink. Ink flooding can happen if you don’t replace this ink box


Also can try.

Reset code.
Press menu then*2864 within 2 seconds (maint should be on the display and all the lights should be flashing, if not try again) press 80
then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays ‘purge count’
press 2783 to reset purge count
press stop/exit key
press 99
machine should return to normal



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Hi you can try
This works with most Brother printers

Procedure how to reset the error 46 error (unable to clean). This can be done on every Brother inkjet machine with a numeric keypad.

- Machine off
- Switch on the machine while holding down the “menu” button until all the leds are flashing on/off. Now you are in “maintenance” mode.
- press 80
- press the “mono start” button several times until you see “purge: xxxx”
- press “2783” in order to reset the purge counter. You will see: “purge:0000”
- press “99” to exit the maintenance mode

Now you are able to print again, but actually your ink absorber box is now full with ink. Ink flooding can happen if you don’t replace this ink box


Also can try.

Reset code.
Press menu then*2864 within 2 seconds (maint should be on the display and all the lights should be flashing, if not try again) press 80
then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays ‘purge count’
press 2783 to reset purge count
press stop/exit key
press 99
machine should return to normal



All the best Pineworks

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Hi you can try
This works with most Brother printers

Procedure how to reset the error 46 error (unable to clean). This can be done on every Brother inkjet machine with a numeric keypad.

- Machine off
- Switch on the machine while holding down the “menu” button until all the leds are flashing on/off. Now you are in “maintenance” mode.
- press 80
- press the “mono start” button several times until you see “purge: xxxx”
- press “2783” in order to reset the purge counter. You will see: “purge:0000”
- press “99” to exit the maintenance mode

Now you are able to print again, but actually your ink absorber box is now full with ink. Ink flooding can happen if you don’t replace this ink box


Also can try.

Reset code.
Press menu then*2864 within 2 seconds (maint should be on the display and all the lights should be flashing, if not try again) press 80
then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays ‘purge count’
press 2783 to reset purge count
press stop/exit key
press 99
machine should return to normal



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Hi you can try
This works with most Brother printers

Procedure how to reset the error 46 error (unable to clean). This can be done on every Brother inkjet machine with a numeric keypad.

- Machine off
- Switch on the machine while holding down the “menu” button until all the leds are flashing on/off. Now you are in “maintenance” mode.
- press 80
- press the “mono start” button several times until you see “purge: xxxx”
- press “2783” in order to reset the purge counter. You will see: “purge:0000”
- press “99” to exit the maintenance mode

Now you are able to print again, but actually your ink absorber box is now full with ink. Ink flooding can happen if you don’t replace this ink box


Also can try.

Reset code.
Press menu then*2864 within 2 seconds (maint should be on the display and all the lights should be flashing, if not try again) press 80
then keep pressing black/mono start button until screen displays ‘purge count’
press 2783 to reset purge count
press stop/exit key
press 99
machine should return to normal



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(1) Press the (1) Press the
Menu and Mono Start keys. Menu and Mono Start keys. Next press the key four times to make the machine Next press the key four times to make the machine
enter the maintenance mode. enter the maintenance mode.
(2) Enter 8 and 0 by using the and (2) Enter 8 and 0 by using the and
Set keys.* Set keys .*
(*To enter a numerical code on models having no numerical keypad, press the key several times to (* To enter a numerical code on models having no numerical keypad, press the key several times to
display the numerical code to be entered and then press the display the numerical code to be entered and then press the
Set key. Set key. Repeat this operation for each Repeat this operation for each
numerical code.) numerical code.)
(3) Press the (3) Press the
Mono Start key several times until the purge count appears on the LCD. Mono Start key several times until the purge count appears on the LCD.
(4) Enter 2, 7, 8, and 3 by using the and (4) Enter 2, 7, 8, and 3 by using the and
Set keys to reset the purge count to zero.* Set keys to reset the purge count to zero .*
(5) Press the (5) Press the
Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode. Stop / Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode.
(6) Enter 9 twice by using the and (6) Enter 9 twice by using the and
Set keys to exit from the maintenance mode.* Set keys to exit from the maintenance mode .*

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