asked Jan 24, 2008 at 11:56am
Brother Brother DCP 120C

Brother DCP-120c - Machine Error 5A

Previously had error code 46, I fixed this problem following some good (but fragmented) instructions from this site.

I have put the printer back together but it sounds a bit different. It won't print anything it just says "Unable to init", I looked this up by switching it off then on whilst holding the menu key. It says "Machine Error 5A".

Can anyone help as to what this means or how I could fix it.

I've got the same problem with my Brother MFC-210c. Fixed error 46 with a new ink absorber tank and reset the counter. Got it printing, though the lines were blurred and letters stacked up. Then got Error 5A.

I found this on FixYa:

I doubt I'll make any further moves to fix the unit as I got given it for free anyway. Disappointing to note that this unit was almost new (all ink tanks were still over 80\% full!) The consensus seems to be - "don't buy a Brother". Then again, I also hear the same but substitute the word Brother with HP, Canon, Lexmark, etc etc etc.
by unknown on May 19, 2008 at 1:56pm Add comment
After I have read your message I decided that the machine was broken so what the hell. So I opened it again and start to move some things a little bit because I thought that When I changed the ink box I did something wrong. I had hear a little noise before as everybody so I thought it was broken. Anyway I put everything in place again and the noise disappeared. Then I pressed menu for 15 sec while plugging it. I pressed 8, ok and 0 ok. Then I pressed the mono start button until I found something that said error 5A (you find it after purge), then I pressed 2 ok 7 ok 8 ok and 3 ok. The error disappeared and the printer started to clean and to work normally. I am not an technician I just thought that the printer was broken so I tried everything. Otherwise I had to throw the printer out. Hope this helped.

- jimener
by unknown on Jan 23, 2011 at 10:00pm Add comment
i've got brother inkjet dcp-6690 has ERR UNABLE TO CLEAN 5A
please can sombody help with this with high appreciation
by unknown on Feb 1, 2011 at 8:57am Add comment
Same problem Brother DCP 15-C
by vhel on Feb 25, 2011 at 5:47am Add comment
Machine Error 5A
by unknown on Apr 29, 2012 at 6:33am Add comment
Please help me ...my printer has showing 'machine error 5A' ,then im fix from maintenance mode until 8 times and it showing again and dont be dissapear :( please help me ...
i have many task and i must print my task quickly !
by unknown on Jul 8, 2013 at 10:11am Add comment
hi i cleaned out my ink tubes and is now reassembled but it is saying unit fault can anyone help me please!
by unknown on Jun 19, 2014 at 1:58am Add comment