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  • It uses toner instead of ink cartridges, which is much better for both quality and cost

    • by EJ

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      I purchased this all in one device for our office when our last fax machine finally broke down. It uses toner instead of ink cartridges, which is much better for both quality and cost.

      The MFC 7420 has a 100-page document feeder that works like a charm, unlike some other brands where clumps of pages become jammed in the feeder. It has built in memory for faxes and numbers, an auto redial option, a report generator, and an

      LCD screen with all the functions clearly indicated for the user. It has both a standard modem port and an Ethernet port for broadband connections, and connects to your PC via an included USB cable.

      The machine comes packaged with a software and driver disc that is required to set up the machine on your PC and also to use the scanner, which is operated through a simple wizard that guides you through each step of the process.

      • You can customize the quality and output format of scanned documents or photographs, but one drawback is that it is unable to output in Adobe pdf or Microsoft word document formats, which I find rather odd, but is a minor inconvenience as software to convert to those formats anyway are freely available.

        As a photocopier, the MFC 7420 does an admirable job, but I find the printing speed of copied documents a little too slow for my liking,

        preferring instead to use the office’s dedicated copier.

        As a whole, the Brother MFC 7420 does a fine job incorporating a fax machine, scanner and printer into one neat little package that doesn’t take up too much desk space and is reasonably priced. If you run a small to medium sized business then this is an ideal machine that will cater to all your faxing, scanning and copying needs with ease, and is not too costly to operate or maintain.

    Melaia Sturton says :

    what happens when one wants to scan but message is coming up saying to check cable? which cable may that be?
    John says :

    If the cable is securely attached, I would also suggest trying a different USB cable. You can also rule out the possibility that your USB port is causing the problem by plugging it into a different port.
    Galega says :

    That is the connection between printer and the fax. That is the cable you need to take care of. I think you have already checked the connection and find it to be fine. A message like this - Check Cable Connection - will prompt us to do the same. Change the USB port and see if that makes any difference.

    Sometimes, the fault lies in the cable itself. Rather than connection, you should check the data cable. Whether it is fine or is there some problem?
    vida says :

    if the prompt is check cable, it means that electricity is running through it, so its not the electric cable, so leaves us with the cable connecting the scanner and pc or laptop. its eithe loose cable, or due to moisture, sometimes it acts up. So remove it from the usb port, clean, dry and reset firmly in position. I think it should take care of the problem.

    only when there is no data being transmitted between the two ports, you will get this error.
    EJ replies :

    The machine comes with 2 cables - power and USB. Check that your USB cable is properly plugged into the machine and the PC, and that the software is installed. After this, go to `My Computer` and check that the Brother MFC 7420 icon is visible under `Scanners and Camera`s` XP . If it is, right click the icon and click `Get…using scanner wizard` and from there on it is smooth sailing.
    Misti says :

    Do I need a cable connected to my computer and my MFC - 7420? I am trying to figure out how to use the scanner and it keeps telling me check cable. Thanks.
    John says :

    Misti, you do need to have the USB cable connected to use it with your computer.
    Galega says :

    This should be quite obvious. The scanner will work only when it is connected with the computer and there is proper data transmission between two systems. You need to play along the software on your computer and send the command for scanning. You may tweak something, like scanning in only black and white.
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