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Old 06-21-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
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Hi

I own a brother MFC 240 C. It is a simple machine for the simple tasks that I require.
I print emails, coupons and the occasional google map when I have to travel, nothing amazing. I use 90% of the time black only.
I have had this printer for about 2 years and have used only compatible ink cartridges which I purchase from a mail order company which I have also used for years with previous printers.
Anyway yesterday I ran out of black ink and changed the cartridge as I always do, but it never worked again.
I cleaned using the printer software several times, rebooted printer and PC, reinstalled all 4 new cartridges just in case and finally unplugged the printer to no avail.
It doesn't print in black at all, but sometimes it will give me 2 or 3 faint lines which are impossible to read.
The colors work fine, I can still print a google map.
I have also realigned several times just in case using the printer software.

Can anybody help me?

Thanks a lot

Patrick

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Old 07-18-2009, 04:18 AM   #2
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Hi, I am having the same issue with a mfc 230c (also had this problem in the past). I found a solution on the web to clean the print head in "maintenance mode" but this was almost a year ago. Now I can't find the right procedure again :( If anyone has the right procedure for maintenance mode cleaning of these printers please post it.

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google:

plug the power chord while holding menu to get in maintenance and press 76. 4. black start. sit back and enjoy
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Thanks, that was the ticket, worked perfectly. :)
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may I ask how did you get the printer working on Win7, did you use vista drivers or plug and play just did it?
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It installed and worked just fine with the drivers from the os
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:52 PM   #7
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godspeed I don't understand your instructions to solve the problem? Could you please explain? Thank you
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:35 AM   #8
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I just quoted google so I cant really go in deep details
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plug the power chord while holding menu to get in maintenance and press 76. 4. black start. sit back and enjoy
I have the same problem, did as above with no luck, in fact no ink at all on paper.

anyone any good ideas, with out cutting and pasting from another forum
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its definately a printhead issue. if the cleaning did not work it means that they need to be cleaned.

How to clean printheads? Err.... Printer repair shop unless you have the service manual.
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godspeed, is that 76 then the ok button and 4 and the ok button?
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Worked like a charm! (Saved me from resurrecting an equally old HP printer!)
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plug the power chord while holding menu to get in maintenance and press 76. 4. black start. sit back and enjoy
Wow, 7 years later and this post still helps. I managed to get the black color to print again. Thanks Godspeed.
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My MFC 240C won't print black any more and I have the manual. Have done everything in their, cleaned it 5 x, including the Maintenance Cleaning as described on this (wonderful) forum.

Result: One tiny black square instead of nothing, out of the several rows it is supposed to print. Before this happened, a friend "cleaned" my desktop and wrecked my printer installation. I removed the drivers and reinstalled from my discs and upgraded from the brother site (except not the "C" upgrade).

I have learned a lot about saving ink but am plunging into senile technical depression over my inability to solve this problem (working on it for DAYS). I am beyond despair being I bought this machine practically unused to replace my nightmare HP printer. Any ideas, anyone?
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plug the power chord while holding menu to get in maintenance and press 76. 4. black start. sit back and enjoy
Ok i got a brother MFC-J5910DW same problem out of the blue stops printing black and tried this however i had some problems *decoding this sentence*.
BUT i got it to work

so here is what i had to do: (aka the translation)

1: unplug the power cord and plug back in and then hold 'home' (looks like house) button wait untill menu appears
2: press 7 then 6 ( printer answers with cleaning all) but does nothing yet
3: then press 4 (printer says something like u_Unit all) but still does nothing
4: go to the left with the keys that look like << untill you see arrow keys on the touchpad
5: use those arrow keys to change "u_Unit all" to "u_Unit Black"
6: press the start button with white line on it (mine had 2 start buttons one with a green line and one with white line... took me while to see that one x) )
7: sit back and wait untill printer is done
8: press 9 and then 9 again (printer will restart to normal)
9: print something with your fingers crossed!(try quality test)
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its 2014, this post still saves printers. brother 240c Saved! :)

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