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Re-set for DCP-115C after replacing ink reservoir


I have replaced by ink reservoir/sponge but the reading is stil saying Error 46, can anyone please tell me how to reset the printer.



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  • Simonpalmer Apr 24, 2008

    Hi I have actually just found out how to do this from another site, so thought I would post it here to help anyone else with the same problem. Any error 46 means replacing the ink reservoirs and is very easy to do yourself. Once this is done follow these instructions to reset the printer.

    Printer Reset ( brother )

    error 46 on a DCP115C

    Works fine for a Brother DCP 315CN

    1. turn the machine on press with Menu key pressed in order to get the error 46 message. then next press the up arrow key 4 times to make the machine enter the maintenance mode.

    2. Enter 8 & 0 by using the up arrow key & SET keys.

    3. press the mono start key several times untill the purge count appears on the LCD.

    4. enter 2 7 8 & 3 by using the up arrow key & set keys to reset the purge count to zero

    5. press the stop/exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintanance mode.

    6. enter 9 twice by using the up arrow & set key's to exit from maintenance mode

  • Simonpalmer Apr 25, 2008

    It's OK this problem isn't in relation to replacing ink or cartridges, it relates to the ink reservoir and sponge, which is inside the machine and collects waster ink. It is an L shaped plastic component with a sponge a long the top and bucket for wast ink at on end. It has just got fill after 18 months of usage and needed replacing.

  • dulais Apr 29, 2008

    i,v replaced all cartridges.the machine operates, but rhe paper comes out blank.HELP




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If u replace ink manually, the priter may no longer work. bcoz bubbles will damage the cartage. thak you

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Maintenance error 46 on DCP-115c

It is cheap printer, and if used with after market inks, it provides really cheap alternative to more expencive cousins. I provided this solution several times and still works, error 46 on brother printers/faxes usually indicate full buffer ro absorbtion pad.

Please follow instructions below:

First, try to establish if this really is full absorbent pad, remove power cable from the back, wait 20sec, press menu/set key, insert power mains - in most brother printer/faxes this will display machine error code. if this is code 46, you are on the money, your absorbent pad is full (not necessarily, only counter is showing it as such in most cases).

We will asssume that counter is showing full and therefore reset it again to zero:

1. after machine code is displayed, key in "80",
2. go down with arrow key till you find "purge counter"
3. type "2783" this should set counter to "0"
4. press "stop/exit"
5. press "9" twice
6. remove cartridges from craddle
7. remove power cord
8. insert power cord back
9. switch on printer
10. insert cartridges back

If that do not work, then maybe really you need to replace absorbent sponge... it is done under warranty and if not technician in service centre.

If you want to do it yourself, remove cartridges, remove front cover and on the right hand you will have "offending" sponge/felt . Either clean it (absorbent, lint free tissue is fine to remove excess first, then few drop of water and repeat draining process with tissue several times, at least till "cake" from the top is removed. Be aware that ink may leak and spoil your table underneath, I use several layers of newspaper and on top butchers paper to protect my bench if I do that. Best of course will be to replace the sponge with new one.

After that you still need to reset counter. in another way - follow steps...

Hope this will solve your problem and make your printer happy again :-)

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DCP-110c is showing machine error 46. I have followed instructions as per cene765 solution #1 withput success. I get as far as 'maintenance 80 display. Pressed 'mono start' many times but still displays...

Many thanks - I fixed the error 46 by following the helful solution provided below.


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Here is the "Unable to Clean" (code 46) solution:

The machine counts all purge (cleaning) operations in order to prevent the internal ink absorber box from overflowing with purged ink. An “initial purge”, for example, advances the purge counter by 187 + 420 = 607. When the purge counter approaches 6400, an internal "Machine Error 46" is generated. Further purge operations are prohibited, and therefore the printer becomes unuseable.

When an internal Machine Error 46 is generated, the user will see an “Unable to Clean” external message and will be unable to use the printer. The “Unable to Clean” external message can relate to many different internal error codes however.

The user can establish the internal Machine Error Code as follows: pull the mains cable out of the machine (power off), hold down the Menu/Set key, re-insert the mains cable into the machine (power on). The internal Machine Error Code will be displayed.

If there is a Machine Error 46, it is necessary to dismantle the printer, 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.

Solution no. 1. (DCP-110C):

The proper reset code sequence to reset DCP printers without numeric keypad should be as follows:

1. press buttons Set, Menu, Mono Start one by one, followed by up arrow key four times.this should all be done as short a time as possible, around 3 seconds.

2. enter maintenance mode 80 by pressing the up/down arrow key and set key to select numbers 8 and 0

3. press up arrow key several times to get to the Purge item

4. enter 2, 7, 8 and 3 using arrow/set keys to reset the counter

5. press Stop/Exit key to go to root of maintenance mode

6. enter 9,9 to exit maintenance mode

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Unable to clean means that the waste-ink "sponge" is full. Unfortunately, that's not something us users can change, but the machine would require to be sent to service. So if your machine is not withing warranty, I'd doubt it'll be worth the service cost.

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search error 46 or unable to clean here in the forum. it has been written many times.

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