The king is dead. Long live the king!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000

Well it happened yesterday; I lost my Brother. Sad because he was only eleven years old. The brother I am speaking of is my Brother MFC-J825DW multi-function printer. If you have followed my blog, you will know that I have extoled the virtue of this wonderful device. For many years it has performed flawlessly as I faxed documents across the country, scanned and digitized pictures, made a quick copy for a friend and printed countless documents.

It happened quickly. So quickly that I am not sure what happened. I was moving the printer from one side of the room to the other. When I plugged it in at its new location instead of coming up ready, an error occurred. It was the dreaded “Failed to Init: 48” code.

I searched the internet for a cure. There were dozens of articles on the meaning and repair of this fault, none worked. Hour after hour I tried every possible procedure with no success. Despite all my best efforts to revive the unit, including a forty-minute wait with Brother Technical Support, I realized it could not be saved.

After a good night’s sleep, I resigned myself to say goodbye and move on. It took several hours to find a suitable replacement. There was plenty to choose from. But at what cost? Which one would both meet my needs and preserve my bank balance?

I finally decided on an Epson Workforce 4820 multi-function printer. This unit compared favorably to my old friend in terms of features and cost. Once the decision was made, I began to search for availability and price. Not surprisingly most stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, were in short supply. COVID-19 has done a number on the availability of the product, at least that is the excuse they gave me.

Luckily, I found one at a local office supply house, in stock and at the price I wanted to pay. I ordered it for curbside pickup (another new opportunity courtesy of COVID).

A few hours later my new partner is sitting proudly on its throne. It seems to be every bit as capable as the Brother it replaced. Time will tell if it can survive eleven years of abuse at the hands of a demanding hoard of users or abdicate before its time. One can only hope.

Long live the king!


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Comments (5)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joe- I feel your pain. We threw in the towel many years ago and opted to buy a new printer whenever it broke. Larry loves to fix things but for the money, it's easier to buy a new one. But still, there's something nice about one you already know. 

Oct 20, 2020 05:12 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

The old one still looks like new. It just doesn't work. It seems like a shame to throw it away.

Oct 21, 2020 06:48 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

RIP Brother. You had a good run.

Oct 21, 2020 02:23 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

The bell has tolled.

Oct 21, 2020 06:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joe. Many years ago I bought a Workforce 2650. It is a work horse still used today although not nearly as much. To you, long live the new king! Enjoy your day!

Oct 21, 2020 05:15 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I am hoping it is a good one. I think it will be.

Oct 21, 2020 06:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - please accept my condolences for the passing of your longtime friend and loyal companion.  Oh, well.  I guess it's out with the old and in with the new.  Good luck with your new printer.  

Oct 21, 2020 05:22 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks. Time marches on.

Oct 21, 2020 06:50 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Losing a workhorse like your Brother definitely throws a wrench in the works.  And for me, it never fails, things break down when I am at my busiest.

Oct 21, 2020 07:40 PM