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Brother MFC-240C My fax machine has been working. I went away for a while, came back and replaced all the ink cartridges with the correct brother ones. Now the machine won't do ANYTHING and the little window says "close cover." I have checked and re-checked and cannot find anything open. Oh- It won't turn off either

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  • sally marks Jun 26, 2007

    You are RIGHT!!! I am returning the machine, as it is only 11 mos. old
    Thanks for your help.

  • paperchaser May 24, 2008

    I have a problem with Brother MFC- 240C 3 in 1 printer turning off. One out of ten times it will turn off with the button. Any other time I must pull the plug. Anyone have any help with this problem ??

  • paperchaser May 24, 2008

    Refuses to turn off with the button !!!!

  • ahrush Aug 30, 2008

    YES SAME PROBLEM THE MACHINE SAYS REPLACE BLACK INK

  • ahrush May 11, 2010

    I HAVE CHANGE BLACK CARTRIDGE BUT MY MACHINE THERE IS A MESSAGE THAT RPLACE BLACK INK I THAN SWICTED OFF WHOLE PRINTER THAN REPLACED ALL CARTRIDGE BUT STILL NOTHING HAPPENED IT STILL GIVES THE SAME MESSAGE REPLACE BLACK INK

    THE MACHINE IS MFC-240C

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Try unplugging the machine wait a few minutes and retry!

Posted on Jun 21, 2007

  • john archer Jun 26, 2007

    If the machine wont turn off and unplugging it did not work it means the main logic board is defective. In this case the machine is bot feasible to repair.

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