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brother error code 46 by slittler (edited 8/26/06 1:06 AM) reply help please,urgently need a fix for error 46(waste ink reset).machine is 18 months old,and has been brill till this. machine is a dcp110c

Re: brother error code 46 by Mike B (8/25/06 5:58 AM) reply Brother did not have the waste ink reset error as far as I know. I think this is a communications I/O error as that is what it is on other brother machines. As you did not give a model number I will have to assume you have a model with buttons. You need to get into maintenance. On most Brother MFC machines it is the buttons: function, *, 2, 8, 6, 4, hit the buttons within 2 seconds and in order like push function than push *, than push 2. and on within 2 seconds. If you do this right Maintenance should show up in the display. Now press 01 which clears all memory and puts the machine back to factory default. Realize that all addresses in the fax and cover page will be gone and you will need to set it up again. Now hit 99 to leave maintenance mode and try the machine. Without a model number it is hard to know which procedure you should use. But most Brothers use the above. Really hope this helps you out

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Re: Re: brother error code 46 by slittler (8/26/06 9:03 AM) reply hi thanks for your reply.the model is a dcp110c.and ive already done the 01/99 bit.its going in the bin very soon

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Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (8/26/06 4:50 PM) reply Hi out there, before giving the little one to the bin, have a look here: http://www.enderlin-direkt.com/news/faq_inside.html#Brother_mfc215c Due to the fact all new brother modells are of the same print engine (;-)) it will give you a hint on how to clean the wasteink bag. Unfurtunatly i do not have the restet code but mikes explanation might help!

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Re: brother error code 46 by Mike B (8/26/06 6:40 PM) reply

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The above post is a good one there is a waste ink tank in the machine. As I have not worked on this model, I was suprized. You will need to put the link into google and translate the site into english. Once you have found and cleaned out the ink in the tank you will need to do the reset with the menu button that you had figured out before. while the site above does not translate into english well you can at least use it to locate what you need to clean out. Hope this helps

Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (8/26/06 10:00 PM) reply if you want to know the rest sequence email me @ vidhome@hotmail.com and i'll sens you the full procedure, it's too long winded to type here

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Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (8/27/06 11:26 PM) reply Sorry for not given the language to you all who are interested in the link to enderlin.com: It's german. The text next to the pictures describes the tech of this printer and how to remove the plastics to get to the printhead and the inkbag.

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Re: brother error code 46 by trickydicky (4/6/07 2:16 PM) reply Hello all here is the code 46 solution happy printing!

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Machine Error 46 Purged Ink Box Full MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C 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.

Resetting purge counter MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C 1) Enter machine maintenance mode (on MFC210C all four photo/copy/fax/scan lights flash in maintenance mode). Care is needed in maintenance mode, otherwise critical settings may be inadvertently corrupted. FAX models with numerical keypads: Press the Menu/Set, *, 2, 8, 6 and 4 keys within two seconds. (if you fail to complete the correct key sequence within two seconds, press the Stop key to try again). Other (non-FAX) models: Press the Menu/Set and Black Start keys. Next press the up arrow key four times to enter the maintenance mode). 2) Press the 8 then 0 keys in the initial stage of the maintenance mode to call up the machine's log information list (function code 80). 3) Press the Black Start key several times to scroll through the log information list to reach the purge counter. The purge counter is the 25th item in the list.

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4) Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero. 5) Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode. 6) Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state.

Re: brother error code 46 by peace (4/15/07 4:21 AM) reply I have a brother DCP110 and i think i need to reset the purge counter (machine error 46). I have dismantled the printer and clean the waste ink pad. Can anybody tell me how to get rid of the error message and get the printer back to work? thanks

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Re: Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (4/27/07 3:37 AM) reply Thanks so much! I was having a breakdown when I spoke to Brother today. My printer is running again. But I have no idea how to get to the "ink absorber box open and clean its absorbent sponges under a tap." Any info is greatly appreciated!

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Re: Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (4/29/07 7:10 PM) reply I have cleaned the ink absorber for a brother dcp 117c, but am not having much success getting the purge reset code from brother. Can you help?

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Re: Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (4/29/07 7:20 PM) reply I have cleaned the ink absorber for a brother dcp 117c, but am not having much success getting the purge reset code from brother. Can you help?

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Re: brother error code 46 by dcp10 (8/2/07 8:09 PM) reply Where is the ink absorber and how do I get to it to clean it? I have a DCP-110c.

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Brother error by IWayan (10/30/07 10:15 AM) reply Please help! I have a printer; Brother DCP 110C and always beep saying "Unable to clean, see troubleshooting and routine maintenance chapter in user's guide" What can be the problem? Thank you

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Brother error by IWayan (10/30/07 10:24 AM) reply Please help! I have a printer; Brother DCP 110C and always beep saying "Unable to clean, see troubleshooting and routine maintenance chapter in user's guide" What can be the problem? Thank you

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Brother error by IWayan (10/30/07 10:49 AM) reply

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Please help! I have a printer; Brother DCP 110C and always beep saying "Unable to clean, see troubleshooting and routine maintenance chapter in user's guide" What can be the problem? Thank you

Brother error by IWayan (10/30/07 10:51 AM) reply Please help! I have a printer; Brother DCP 110C and always beep saying "Unable to clean, see troubleshooting and routine maintenance chapter in user's guide" What can be the problem? Thank you

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Re: brother error code 46 by Stiv (11/6/07 5:13 PM) reply i cleaned the waste ink basket and reset the purge counter, but the error still remains. what else could be the problem? is there any code for a master reset? please help me. i reset almost every counter from the maintenance mode. it works for 5 seconds, then it says again error. please tell me what to do.

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Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (11/7/07 1:00 AM) reply that's terrible! I had this error months ago and it was resolved with resetting the purge counter. Can you tell me how you cleaned the waste ink basket? I would really appreciate it!

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Re: brother error code 46 by Stiv (11/7/07 9:02 AM) reply i washed and removed all the ink, and then dried the sponges.the error now is not 46 anymore but 51, and i cant find anywhere what this error means and how to solve.if anyone knows, let me know. thanks

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Re: brother error code 46 by ghil_33 (12/27/07 7:20 AM) reply help me pls! i that kind of error, i think but the problem is, my lcd is not working can you give me detailed step by step on how to reset the purge counter, and if you can with a picture of lcd display... pls help me

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Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (12/28/07 2:47 AM) reply Try these exact steps. If you follow them even without seeing the LCD they should work. It worked for me.

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Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (12/28/07 2:51 AM) reply Sorry here they are! Resetting purge counter MFC620CN/420CN/410CN/210C and FAX2440C 1) Enter machine maintenance mode (on MFC210C all four photo/copy/fax/scan lights flash in maintenance mode). Care is needed in maintenance mode, otherwise critical settings may be inadvertently corrupted. FAX models with numerical keypads: Press the Menu/Set, *, 2, 8, 6 and 4 keys within two seconds. (if you fail to complete the correct key sequence within two seconds, press the Stop key to try again). Other (non-FAX) models: Press the Menu/Set and Black Start keys. Next press the up arrow key four times to enter the maintenance mode). 2) Press the 8 then 0 keys in the initial stage of the maintenance mode to call up the machine's log information list (function code 80). 3) Press the Black Start key several times to scroll through the log information list to reach the purge

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counter. The purge counter is the 25th item in the list. 4) Press the 2, 7, 8, and 3 keys in this order to reset the purge count to zero. 5) Press the Stop/Exit key to return to the initial stage of the maintenance mode. 6) Press the 9 key twice to return to the standby state.

Re: brother error code 46 by ghil_33 (12/30/07 3:06 PM) reply hey friend! thanks, but how will i press the 8 and 0 in my dcp 115c, it dont have any numeric keypad in its control panel... i dont know which button will i press to get the 8, 0 and the reset code 2 7 8 3. can you show me a picture step by step...pls relpy asap i need it badly... thankx man... i will wait... :)

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Re: brother error code 46 by beanlep (1/13/08 5:29 PM) reply Brother 130C notice : Unable to clean, see troubleshooting and routine maintenance chapter in user's guide . what is solution ? thanks

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Re: brother error code 46 by Error420 (1/20/08 8:25 AM) reply Brother should be forced to pay every person back that ever bought or waisted thier money on one of these POS printers. I have printed 0 color pages becuase of the ink usage and have had to replace all three color inks 3 times now. I have never ever had this problem with any other printer I have ever had. I would rather have a good old dot matrix or daisy wheel printer instead of this POS MFC 420CN. All I use it for is to print shipping labels not constantly but color ink. What a piece of crap.

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Re: brother error code 46 by Noei (2/14/08 3:59 AM) reply Hi all, i experience unable to clean problem for my DCP 110C too but i did open the printer and took the ink absorber to clean. However this time another message came out which is "unable to init". Can someone help me to solve my problem and how do i reset the purge count for DCP 110C? thank in advance=D

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Re: Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (2/29/08 7:40 AM) reply Thanks so much! I thought my printer was destined for the trash can but your solution solved it.

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Re: brother error code 46 by Anonymous (4/3/08 2:56 AM) reply My Brother MFC 5440 is showing the message "Unable to Init." - Error 46. Can this be fixed without buying a new part from Brother??

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