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    Default Brother MFC440CN printer has ink absorber fault

    Dear PressF1,

    My Brother MFC440CN printer has an ink absorber problem. Before it was telling me the error message "Unable to clean - 46".

    I emailed Brother who replied that this means the ink absorber needs replacing.

    As the machine is no longer under warranty, I think I'd have to get this fixed at my own expense or get a new printer.

    My question is: Am I able to fix this problem myself (being a layperson) rather than forking out $150 for a new printer?

    I called one Brother service agent and they quoted $140/hr for labour.

    If I cannot fix this myself, what new printer would you recommend for my customer needs (for faxing, printing out from computer, scanning)? Of course the new printer needs to have very good service for the years following purchase. I am really unhappy with Brother for this situation.

    Thanks in advance,
    Barry.

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    Default Re: Brother MFC440CN printer has ink absorber fault

    You could try this. It may or may not apply to your printer

    pull out the AC plug
    - put back the AC plug while holding down the �menu� button and keep holding it (15 sec)
    - now you are entering the MAINTENANCE mode and �error 46� pops up in the display
    - select 8 by using the arrow buttons ,push OK and select 0 and push OK
    - 00:00 00:01 OK (the display is showing this message)
    - now push the MONO button 25 times until you see PURGE: xxxxx
    - Select 2, push ok, select 7,push ok,select 8,push ok, select 3,push ok
    - the purge counter indicates now: purge: 00000
    - switch off the printer ,switch it on
    - ready to print
    - CHEERS!

    The only remark is that your waste ink box is too full with ink. Ink flooding might be happening

    BUT, as it says, you may end up flooding it with ink

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    Default Re: Brother MFC440CN printer has ink absorber fault

    First try This here -- If the ink absorber is full, then it needs to be fixed.

    While there are ways to bypass the message and get it printing, doing so is going to sooner than later end up in a nice mess of ink all over the place.
    MURPHIES LAW THOUGH ILLOGICAL as per NORMAL IS ACTUALLY THE MOST LOGICAL SOLUTION OF ALL.

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    Default Re: Brother MFC440CN printer has ink absorber fault

    I'm wary of resetting the ink absorber because ink may splatter all over the place.

    I'm thinking it might be more safe to get the ink absorber replaced for under $60. Is there a place that can do a good job of this for me?

    If not then I will try the resetting option and then put lots of newspapers under the combo printer to catch any overflowing ink That's worth a try as the printer would be useless otherwise.

    Thanks in advance,
    Barry.

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    Default Re: Brother MFC440CN printer has ink absorber fault

    I've decided that I will try resetting the ink absorber when I get sufficient time later this week or at the weekend. Nothing to lose that way provided I put lots of old newspapers under the printer.

    I'm considering buying a new combo machine with an inkjet printer but want to say sayonara (Japanese for goodbye!) to Brother (I'm a dissatisfied customer) and change to a different brand & company who will give me a better deal. Any recommendations? Canon? HP?
    Last edited by barryk; 10-08-2010 at 08:04 PM. Reason: Add a Japanese word

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    Default Re: Brother MFC440CN printer has ink absorber fault

    Most of the ones we have had apart at work the ink pads are no where near full. Some of them can be removed with ease, some are a full tear down of the printer.

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