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Power Down Printer powers down about 2 minutes after turning on. I changed a black ink cart. yesterday does this have anything to do with the problem Thanks, George Egly ([email protected])

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  • George Egly May 30, 2007

    At first attempt I was able to print something then the blasted thing shut down again. Now even after waiting a time period it won't even power up everytime. Is there a reset of any kind? Unpluging it didn't work. you seemed to be on to something with the "power-save mode" idea, something heating up or over-load. I'm still asking for any help.
    Thanks, George



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If you send a print from pc before the 2 minutes is over, does the printer complete the print before shutting down? the printer has somehow been forced into power-save mode. remove the power input for 15 minutes and then re-apply it...any change?

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Unplug printer from power. Wait a minute. Take all carts out. Plug machine to power. mfc demands carts. Reinsert carts (have a look if they all filled with ink!!). If asked press 2 (No change) despite you use a new cart press 1 Yes cart changed.

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1- Turn off power and unplug from power source.
2- Open right side of printer (looking at the front).
3- Disconect,by pulling gently, the flat ribbon cable off the main circuit board that is the smaller of the two.
4- Plug in power source and turn printer on. Wait till you hear no more movement from inside from unit booting up.
5- Press both cancel and power button at the same time.
6- Message on printer screen will be, "Enter Special Key Combo".
7- Push keys; Left-Ok-Right.
8- When printer screen changes, scan through and look for "System Menu" and push "Ok"
9- Scan agan and look for "Clean Derivative" and push "Ok". [WAIT FOR 1 MINUTE].
10- Scan agan and look for "Clean Firms" and push "Ok". [Again WAIT FOR 1 MINUTE]
11- Press "Cancel" 4 times
12- Turn off power and unplug from power source. [NOW WAIT FOR 2 MINUTES].
13- Reconect the flat ribbon cable by aligning and carefully pushing into the conector on the main circuit board.
14- Plug in power source,and turn on power.
15- When printer boots up, answer the questions on the printer screen for your area.
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