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Error unable to initi

Brother mfc 420 cn

Error stating unable to initi. I have checked for foreign objects and cleaned as instructed but no luck. I need to mention the the status of the machine is ready. What should I try now?

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  • MikiStewart Sep 14, 2008

    Exactly the same problem. Can not find an obstruction in the printer. Do not know what to do next.

    Is this printer worth taking to a repair shop? Or, should I just cut my losses and buy another?

    Thanks
    M


  • Ruslab Sep 18, 2008

    I have the same problem with Brother MFC 420CN. It gives error: unable to initiate. I tried all steps in the manual, nothing works. Your site says there was one solution posted, but I couldn't find it! Appreciate any help.

    Russlab

  • tuba1 Sep 22, 2008

    I have the same problem with Brother MFC 420CN. It gives error: unable to initiate. I tried all steps in the manual, nothing works. Your site says there was one solution posted, but I couldn't find any!



    Thanks for your assistance in advance.



    srolf

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    Printer MFC 420 Cn "unable to initi" what's the solution?

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    Mfc 420 cn printer error " unable to initi" . What the solution?

  • seesee38 Dec 31, 2008

    is there a solution to this problem to many people with the same thing

  • mw2009 Jan 06, 2009

    unable to init.

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    My printer is telling me to check the maual book but i lost it and now i need help to trouble shoot my printer

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Did ok

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