Brother Printer Ink Cartridge Nearly Empty --- After Only 2 Weeks!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by midwest_46, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. midwest_46

    midwest_46 Guest

    Why would I buy a printer that could print photos, and then send the
    photos to Wal-Mart for printing?
     
    midwest_46, Jun 24, 2008
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  2. midwest_46

    midwest_46 Guest

    How does using the "Ink" button help? And what problem does this
    button solve?
     
    midwest_46, Jun 24, 2008
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  3. midwest_46

    bm Guest

    In a previous thread, I asked whether I should upgrade to Win XP or to
    another Win OS. It was determined that my hardware (RAM, hard-drive
    space) was insufficient and that upgrading the hardware would be too
    much trouble.
    Which problems with the system I have will never cease? Are you saying
    that Brother ink cartridges will always be used up quickly?

    Some of the other posters have said that only the ink cartridges that
    come with the printer are low. So, if I buy new cartridges, these
    cartridges should last a long time. Correct?

    Also, do I have to buy all 4 Brother cartridges at once? Or can I buy
    only the yellow, since that cartridge is the one that is almost empty?

    Correct. The new ones will last longer
    You can buy the colour cartridges seperately
    Blair
     
    bm, Jun 24, 2008
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  4. midwest_46

    Serge Guest

    I have a Brother MFC-215C and never had any problems.
    Here in New Zealand you can buy each colour separately or a package
    containing the 3 colours which is much cheaper. For the black same
    proposition except the package contains 2 black cartridges. Up to you.

    Your cartridge might have been a faulty one. Phone your supplier explain and
    try to change it. Also in this part of the world Brother is very obliging.

    Serge
     
    Serge, Jun 24, 2008
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  5. midwest_46

    M.I.5¾ Guest

    You should be aware that the ink cartridges supplied with the most printers
    contain a very minimal amount of ink. This is because the printer is sold
    with virtually no profit. All the money is made selling the ink cartridges
    which are vastly over priced for what the are. The minimal ink filling of
    the supplied cartridges gets you buying the full price cartridges as soon as
    possible.

    Many printer buyers have found that a set of replacement cartridges can
    actually cost more than the printer did, partiularly at the budget end of
    the market.
     
    M.I.5¾, Jun 24, 2008
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    FrankV Guest

    The problem is areas of the paper using color become fuzzy. I have no idea
    what the "ink" button does other than the printer then works good for
    another few days. It's like taking the cartridge(s) out and shaking them a
    few times. New cartridges do exactly the same thing. The office printer has
    been used for a few years and may need some type of cleaning but the home
    computer is only a few months old with minimum usage. They both act the same
    way.

    Frank

    How does using the "Ink" button help? And what problem does this
    button solve?
     
    FrankV, Jun 24, 2008
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  7. midwest_46

    apistomaster Guest

    I bought a Brother MFC 665CW multi-function wireless and it is true
    that they, like many other printer manufacturers, provide STARTER
    cartridges.
    I don't do a large volume of printing but I was amazed that I got a
    year out of the starter cartridges. Makes me wonder if your's is just
    a lemon.
    You will need to buy the whole set of four replacement cartridges if
    you have run out of just one color per the low ink warning on the one
    color. If you don't, then you will just have to make extra trips to
    your office supplies store.
    I have found my model to be very reliable and trouble free and I love
    everything wireless.
    I use it with a Dell Inspiron E-1505 laptop, 80 GB HD and 1 GB RAM and
    XP Home Edition. I have a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router.
     
    apistomaster, Jun 24, 2008
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    Bill Sharpe Guest

    At the rate you're using ink, Wal-Mart might be cheaper...

    Bill
     
    Bill Sharpe, Jun 24, 2008
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  9. midwest_46

    measekite Guest

    If you had a Canon and used OEM ink you could print them at home with
    your choice of high grade paper.
     
    measekite, Jun 24, 2008
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  10. midwest_46

    measekite Guest

    wrote:

    On Jun 23, 10:34�am, measekite <> wrote:



    I would upgrade the OS to at least W2k if the hardware allows.



    In a previous thread, I asked whether I should upgrade to Win XP or to another Win OS. It was determined that my hardware (RAM, hard-drive space) was insufficient and that upgrading the hardware would be too much trouble.

    If your hardware cannot run at least XP then you should replace your computer.  Dell has a bunch of them at reduced prices now.






    Since a set of ink costs almost as much as a printer I would trash the Brother and buy a Canon on sale. �You problems with the system you have will never cease.



    Which problems with the system I have will never cease? Are you saying that Brother ink cartridges will always be used up quickly? Some of the other posters have said that only the ink cartridges that come with the printer are low. So, if I buy new cartridges, these cartridges should last a long time. Correct? Also, do I have to buy all 4 Brother cartridges at once? Or can I buy only the yellow, since that cartridge is the one that is almost empty?

    What does the manual say?
     
    measekite, Jun 24, 2008
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  11. midwest_46

    measekite Guest

    wrote:

    On Jun 23, 1:44�pm, Big_Al <> wrote:



    Been working for years, guess I got the right vendor. Granted I send my photos to Walmart to print and rarely print photos at home. �For color text printing the ink works fine. � Even prints CD's fine too.



    Why would I buy a printer that could print photos, and then send the photos to Wal-Mart for printing?

    Stop sending them to walmart unless all you take are snapshots and in that case it does not make a difference.
     
    measekite, Jun 24, 2008
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    measekite Guest

    M.I.5¾ wrote:

    <> wrote in message news:...



    I have a Gateway computer with the following: 1) a 1400-MHz Pentium 4 processor, 2) 256 MB of RAM, and 3) 40 GB of hard-drive space. The computer is running Windows Millennium Edition (ME). Two and a half weeks ago, I bought a Brother MFC-240C printer. This is a multifunction device: printer, copier, fax, and scanner. ---------- When I installed the ink cartridges, the machine cleaned the ink tube system. Then I pressed "Color Start" to test the four colors corresponding to the cartridges (black, yellow, cyan, and magenta). The machine printed out the Print Quality Check Sheet. This sheet showed a square pattern in each color. If all small lines were clear and visible, I had to press 1 for Yes, and the quality check would be done. If there were missing small lines, I had to press 2 for No, and the colors would be cleaned. Then the Check Sheet would be printed again. When the Check Sheet was printed the first time, there were no missing lines, but (in my opinion) some lines were not clear, especially the yellow lines. So, I pressed 2 for No, and the colors were cleaned, and the Check Sheet was printed out again. The colors were cleaned four times before I was satisfied that the small lines were clear and visible. After the color test, the rest of the installation was done. ---------- In my regular usage, the first thing I printed out was an HTML page (2 sheets). Since the HTML page was in color, the printed pages were in color as well. After that, during the next 2 weeks or so, I printed out or copied about 20 - 25 pages in black and white. Today, I printed out 4 pages in black and white, and then the printer showed the following message: "Near Empty Yellow", meaning that the Yellow ink cartridge was nearly empty. Now, I will admit that I keep the printer unplugged (from the AC power supply and from the wall phone jack) if I am not using the printer. I plug in the printer ONLY if I have to print and/or copy something. However, the printer is ALWAYS connected to the computer via USB cable. Also, sometimes when I printed something, the machine cleaned the print head before the printing occurred. Page 99 of the user's guide states the following: "To ensure good print quality, the machine will regularly clean the print head." The user's guide then explains that, in addition to the automatic cleaning of the print head, the user can clean the print head manually (by pressing some buttons). The user's guide then states the following: "Cleaning the print head consumes ink. Cleaning too often uses ink unnecessarily." ---------- So, here are my questions: 1) How can the yellow cartridge be nearly empty after only 2.5 weeks? The colors were cleaned 4 times during the color test, and the print head was cleaned a few times, but I have printed only 2 color pages. 2) If cleaning the print head consumes ink and if the machine cleans the print head whenever the machine wants to, then how can I stop the machine from cleaning itself too much? Is this some scam on the part of Brother to get me to buy more ink cartridges? Can Brother be sued for this? Do printers from other brands also clean their print heads whenever they want to? 3) Do I have a defective printer? Should I get a refund? I bought this particular printer (Brother MFC-240C) because it was the only printer a) that was compatible with Windows ME, b) that was relatively lightweight, and c) that was relatively cheap. So, should I try to find a different printer? Unfortunately, upgrading my computer to Windows XP would be too much trouble.



    You should be aware that the ink cartridges supplied with the most printers contain a very minimal amount of ink.

    except Canon.


    This is because the printer is sold with virtually no profit. All the money is made selling the ink cartridges which are vastly over priced for what the are. The minimal ink filling of the supplied cartridges gets you buying the full price cartridges as soon as possible. Many printer buyers have found that a set of replacement cartridges can actually cost more than the printer did, partiularly at the budget end of the market.
     
    measekite, Jun 24, 2008
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  13. midwest_46

    midwest_46 Guest

    I went to the Canon website, and I searched for the IP4000.

    I found the following links:

    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=184&modelid=10239

    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=184&modelid=10438

    When you guys talk about the Canon IP4000, do you have these two
    printers in mind?


    These two printers seem to be photo printers. Do they also print paper
    documents? They are, however, compatible with Windows ME.

    Furthermore, will these two Canon printers also have starter
    cartridges? If yes, then is there any point in getting a refund on the
    Brother printer and getting a Canon printer?
     
    midwest_46, Jun 25, 2008
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    Anteaus Guest

    Yep, and this has become something of a racket, with manufacturers
    'chipping' carts to cause deliberate failure after a set number of pages.

    In any case I would always advise people to steer clear of these
    multifunction units. Especially on a low-powered computer as they install
    services which run continuously even when the MFU is not being used.

    When you think about it:
    Who faxes these days? Well, me, but one fax in three months and my modem
    does that anyway.
    Copying with an inkjet is hideously wasteful. Need to copy? Get a copier!
    Scanners cost peanuts.

    Color lasers are a lot cheaper than they used to be, and if you want a
    PRINTER instead of a box of tricks then that is what I would advise.
     
    Anteaus, Jun 26, 2008
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