Wednesday, October 03, 2012

How to reset waste ink counter for Brother DCP-J315W

If you get a "Ink Absorber NearFull" message, you'll need to reset the printer's waste ink counter (aka purge counter). It's the same error as "Clean Unable 46" with other Brother printer models.

Here's the steps:

  1. Press Menu, then Mono followed by the Up button 4 times. This should bring you to Maintenance Mode.
  2. Press Up/Down and look for the following (the panel should display individual numbers):
    • 8 then press OK.
    • 0 then press OK.
  3. Press Mono until you see "Purge xxxxx". "xxxxx" should be a set of numbers.
  4. Again, press the Up button and look for the following:
    • 2 then press OK.
    • 7 then press OK.
    • 8 then press OK.
    • 3 then press OK.
  5. The control panel should display "Purge 00000". Press Exit.
  6. Finally, press Up/Down button and look for the following:
    • 9 then press OK.
    • 9 then press OK. This exits Maintenance Mode. The printer should reinitialize.
All done. The error message should be gone, and the printer should work again.

Some may notice this is almost identical to the waste reset instructions I posted for DCP-130C. In fact, it just has some minor omissions. Brother printers seem to have a more or less standard method for resetting the waste counter.

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How to reset waste ink counter for Brother MFC-295CN
Brother MFC-J415W waste counter reset
How to reset waste ink counter for Brother DCP-130C