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My brother is printing when it’s supposed to print black.

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My brother is printing...

My brother is printing green when it’s supposed to print black. I’ve changed the ink cartridges cleaned all inks several times.

Technician's Assistant: What Brother model do you have?

Mac-j470DW

Technician's Assistant: How long has this been going on with your Brother printer?

Just today

Technician's Assistant: When did you last update the Operating System (OS) on the computer or device you're printing from?

Never. I didn’t know you had to!

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Printers
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Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 7 months ago
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Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 7 months ago

These symptoms point to either a clogged/contaminated print head, or a faulty print head (or the logic board that controls it).

The green is coming through because the black nozzles are not firing. It is normal to see the black fail first as they get the most use, especially on a printer this age.

You can try, again, going into the setup/maintenance menu on the machine and running the “clean print head” function repeatedly, up to 5 times total, testing after each.

If it still doesn’t print anything, you’ll need to do a manual cleaning as a next step.

I have to caution you up front though that the manual cleaning process is messy and time consuming. It also has a low chance of success, if you see no improvement at all from the automated cleaning. It is most likely a hardware failure (bad head) which the cleaning can’t fix, as printheads are a wear item and do fail with time/use.

Realistically, it’s probably time for a new printer. As this is a 2013 model printer, it is well past its 3 year service life, so this type of failure is not surprising. While it can be fixed, it is not worthwhile to do so. You would have to, at a minimum, replace the printhead, which costs about $150; if the logic board is bad you’re looking at $200-250. For $80-100 you can replace the entire machine with a brand new model, with current technology and a fresh warranty, which makes more sense than buying the new part for an older printer.

That said, it doesn’t hurt to try, if you wish. Let me know how the built in cleaning function works, and I’ll guide you through the manual steps next, or I can recommend replacement options if you prefer.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,

Nathan

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Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 7 months ago

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