Brother Compactronic I

How to Identify and Fix Common Problems ?

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When the message “Ink absorber full.” is displayed, the printer stops printing and needs ink absorber replacement. Push the power button to turn OFF the printer, and then contact the service center for replacement.
Press and hold the “Power” button and reconnect the power cord. When the printer comes on, release the button. Wait five seconds and push the “Power” button again. This resets the printer`s internal memory and overrides the “Ink Absorber Full” error code.
Only use alcohol-based pad cleaning fluid, the smallest amount required to do the job. Avoid strong solvents. Use them only for initial removal of silicone oil on the surface. After cleaning, apply rejuvenating oil to the surface before resting for at least 24 hours.
An inkpad is a small box that contains a pad of cloth or other material. It is impregnated with ink (the pad is inky). A marker is pressed onto the pad, then onto paper. Any raised marks on the pad leave an impression in ink on the paper.
The waste ink pads absorb the waste ink. When these waste ink pads get filled and start to overflow, the “Ink Pad is end of service life” error is displayed. The number of times these waste pads are use must be recorded in the printer. Using the reset program, the counters are reset, and the printer starts working.
There are a number of porous pads in the printer that collect, distribute, and contain ink that is not used on printed pages. Ink is collected by these pads during the initial setup of the product, during cleaning cycles, and when printing borderless photographs.
A typical ink cartridge will yield 250 to 300 pages depending on the color density of the prints. The yield of a typical toner cartridge in a laser printer is between 2,500 and 3,000 pages. Some larger laser printers can even have toners that will yield up to 30,000 pages!
If the LCD displays “Machine Error 46”, the ink absorber pad is full and needs replacing.
An error in the cartridges, the heads clogged by dry ink, a very low level in your consumables, a bad connection between the computer and the printer, a damaged cable, a jam in the print queue…, there are many reasons why your Brother printer may stop printing or print poorly even though you have not jumped the ink …
The message Ink Absorber Full is an indication that the machines internal ink absorbers are almost full. These ink absorbers are used to hold ink after it has been purged from the print head during the print head cleaning cycles. They can hold enough ink to last the normal expected life of the machine.

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waste ink pad replacement
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waste ink pad
ANSWER : Pretty hard to replace. You can just reset the counter. The waste pad holds enough that you can reset it at least twice without worrying. Worst that can happen is ink leaks out the bottom of the printer. Read this thread for procedure. http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/printer/40500

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Saturated waste ink pad
ANSWER : http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/posts/72299

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Waste ink pad
ANSWER : I can’t see why a full ink pad would prevent it from printing color. There are no manuals on disassembling the printer. As for replacing the pad, the ink is water soluble. If you can figure out how to get it out, you can just wash it in hot water. Wear some latex gloves.

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Ink pad
ANSWER : You can reset it. There is no need to replace or clean the pad as it holds enough waste ink for 2 or 3 resets. https://hackaday.io/project/7945-waste-ink-pad-counter-reset-epson-xp-stop-error

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how to clean ink pad
ANSWER : It’s kind of hard to disassemble to get the pad out. Since the pad holds way more ink than when it gives the warning, it is easier to just reset the warning. Do a search on waste ink reset for that model.

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waste ink tank
ANSWER : There is no waste ink “tank”. There are some sponges and they usually are about 1/4 saturated when you get the message. If you want to go through the trouble to remove them, you can just wash them in hot water and dry them out as the ink is water soluble. Or, you can search the web for a waste tank reset procedure and not worry about it.

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ink pad full error
ANSWER : You need a reset utility to do it. This one appears to be free. http://www.wic.support/?page_id=134

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