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Brother DPC-165C has 'Init Unable AF' error

Brother DPC-165C was not printing black; black cartridge was replaced without success; printer was 'semi-dismantled' and cleaned, successfully reassembled; print head cleaned; no paper etc stuck in mechanism; now on start up makes loud grating noise, performs head clean actions and print head moves back and forward then displays 'Init Unable AF'; print test page ejects blank page; any advice would be great.

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Yup. I suspect the head has been removed from the unit. There are adjustments on some printers. It was assembled wrong. The grating noise is likely the auto cleaner. If it cannot go 'home' the unit will not initialize. Possibly the head detect sensor is broken or covered. If the head will not home (moves out and back more than once or slams home hard), 'Init Unable AF'. You may be able to order a service manual from Brother for this. A repair shop can order the manual as well. (I suspect you need a new print head as well. You might want to replace the printer) see tips on bubblejet printers.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010

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