Brother DCP 120C

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Check that you have removed all protective strips, plastic coverings and tabs from your ink cartridge. Check and make sure you use the correct ink cartridge for the corresponding Brother printer. Check and make sure that there is no dirt or smudge in the metal contacts of your ink cartridge or printer.
If you install a new toner cartridge but the Toner Life End or Replace Toner error indication remains, the toner cartridge may not be installed correctly. Reinstall the toner cartridge, following the instructions on how to replace the toner cartridge.
There is a possibility that it didn`t properly click into the designated slot. If this is the case, you should lift the cover and double-check in order to verify that the cartridge is clicked into place. Otherwise, it would not be possible for the printer to detect it.
Hold each ink cartridge as it would be installed in the machine and locate the black Ink Sensor in the Ink Sensor Window at the top of the cartridge.
Streaks, smears and stripes on your printout are all signs of a bad cartridge, as is a lack of a particular color or a color appearing very faint. Sometimes the printer refuses to print if a cartridge is faulty.
Just above the circuit board on most printer cartridges, you`ll find a small button. You`ve seen these tiny buttons before on cell phones, phone chargers, etc. This is your reset button, and the only way to get in there is either with a paper clip or the tip of a pen (which will leave a tiny ink smudge on the button).
A resetter is a small plastic tool that physically connects with the printer cartridge chip and tells the chip to reset its memory.
Locate the waste toner container sensor near the bottom of the Waste Toner Container. Clean the transparent plastic square. Clean the black sensors inside the printer, where the waste toner container sensor is located during normal operation. Power on the printer without the Waste Toner Container installed.
The reason may be quite simple – your cartridge is dry or clogged. Still, adding fresh ink may not resolve the situation. Try to wipe the cartridge with a lint-free cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol. Please avoid touching the metal parts of these cartridges and the chip not to damage their electrical contacts.
The shelf life for an original printer cartridge is 24 months and the shelf life for a compatible cartridge is 36 months. Over time, ink dries out and settles inside the cartridge, which can cause your printer to clog.
In the majority of cases, printers` self-cleaning mechanisms clean blocked printer heads by flushing the nozzles with air. The air works to dislodge dry ink inside the cartridge channels and also push it out. The intensity of the self-cleaning process of printers is usually not very strong.
Lift the document cover (1). Clean the white plastic surface (2) and scanner glass (3) underneath it with a soft lint-free cloth moistened with water. In the ADF unit, clean the white bar (1) and the scanner glass strip (2) underneath it with a soft lint-free cloth moistened with water.
You can also tell which cartridge is empty by checking the speed at which the error light flashes when the print head moves to the ink cartridge replacement position.
Check the box your printer came in. Most printer boxes clearly display which cartridges are compatible with the printer right on the box. Find your printer model on the manufacturer`s website. The appropriate cartridges should be listed on the printer page.
Most commonly “Cartridge Problem” means that your HP printer simply cannot recognise the colour or black ink cartridges. Thankfully however this error message can usually be cleared with some basic troubleshooting.
A reset button disconnects the chip from printer temporarily. It makes the printer thinks you removed and reinserted the cartridge.
Optical toner sensing. The printer directs a light beam into the toner hopper through a window (light guide). If unblocked by toner, the light exits through an opposite window and is detected by a receiver. When the optical receiver detects light a high percent- age of the time, the printer concludes that toner is low.
The message “Ink Low” will be displayed on the machine`s display of the Brother machine if the amount of remaining ink in one or more of the ink tanks is low. This error message may appear if the ink dot counter is incorrect even if a lot of ink remains.
If your PC or the LCD screen on your printer is telling you that your ink cartridges are full but no ink is passing through to the paper, then it`s most likely that you are dealing with a clogged printhead. Blurry documents and images that appear faded are also signs that it`s time to remove the excess ink.
If your PC or the LCD screen on your printer is telling you that your ink cartridges are full but no ink is passing through to the paper, then it`s most likely that you are dealing with a clogged printhead. Blurry documents and images that appear faded are also signs that it`s time to remove the excess ink.
The message “Ink Low” will be displayed on the machine`s display of the Brother machine if the amount of remaining ink in one or more of the ink tanks is low. This error message may appear if the ink dot counter is incorrect even if a lot of ink remains.
DO NOT reuse the waste toner box. DO NOT put the waste toner box into a fire. It could explode. Be careful not to spill the toner.

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cannot recognise new ink cartridge
ANSWER : I followed all the online hints I could find and none worked. So I got to looking at the cartridge ink window and noticed it had a little float inside that was stuck to the bottom. I gently turned it upside down several times to let the float move to the top of the ink tank. It took several try’s but it eventually stayed up about half way. I installed the cartridge again, making sure cartridge clicked in and printer began working.

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Expired Ink Cartridges – Any way to move paper with old cartridges?
ANSWER : You could try disconnecting the printer from the computer. Then change the date on the panel to prior to the expiration date. That should fool it.

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Why can't I use compatible 220 Ink Cartridges?
ANSWER : All cartridges have tiny chips on the exterior. The chips have to be replaced or reset for the compatibles to work correctly.

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Epson 7880 ink pump sucking ink
ANSWER : Not ink pump, but air pump, to put the ink feed under pressure.

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Epson, sudden cannot recognise cartridges error
ANSWER : Hi, I have exactly the same problem than you, I’ve been trying to solve it since 6 months. I have an Artisan PX730 WD, and the genuine cartridge can’t be recognized all together. And status monitor indicates same thing than you.

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incompatible ink cartridge message
ANSWER : Pretty much nothing else you can do except try another new cartridge. I had 2 identical HP printers once in the shop. One of them didn’t like one of the cartridges. I swapped it over with the other printers cartridge and it was happy. So was the other printer. Swapped the cartridges back and it didn’t like it again. How do you explain that? You don’t.

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run with empty ink cartridge
ANSWER : The only way is to buy a chip resetter and reset the chip on the cartridge. You can find them online for about $5. You just hold it against the cartridge until the light turns green. You do run the risk of damaging the printhead due to overheating because of no ink in it.

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ink cartridge leaked
ANSWER : I usually use a spray bottle of window cleaner and a paper towel.

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