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When you print in greyscale, do you only need black ink or both color and black?

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For most ink based printers you will have to maintain both color and black for greyscale. if you were more specific on model i could be more clear. good luck.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008

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SOURCE: cant print in black and white when out of a color.

disregaurd any prior solutions in cleaning any contacts. that model doesnt have an electrical contact to clean. there are little magnets inside each color and black cartrige that work off a float mechanisim inside each one. when the levels get low the magnet indicates to the printer it is empty. unfortunately for you this stylis model as with all brother model printers wont work even if the color your setting up in the properties or settings feature are set to black and the black is full. its the companies way of forcing you into buying new ink. be aware though that my brother catriges cost 78.00 for the 3 color and one black set. i found these cartriges online through ebay but with one more additional black cartrige for a total of 5 not for ,for a total cost of 13.11 with free shipping. sounds too good to be true but for 13.00 it was worth a try. i have now purchased several 5 packs from them and couldnt be happiere.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: I do not want to buy color inks. greyscale printing is all i need

Hello Lisa; Your machine can't satisfy what you want, because this machine make for color purpose, therefor, if they run out any cartridge they don't work, same reason if you don't want color printer why don't buy black and white ?

Posted on Nov 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Canon ip4300 color ink empty but I only want black

No, Canon does not have this facility. Also mostly greyscale is not light black but rather a mixcture of the 3 primary colours. You should have a reset/resume button on the printer - hold this in for a slow 5 seconds to de-activate ink warnings per cartridge that is giving alarms. Proceed carefully and only print text that is black so that the colour printheads do not burn out.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010

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SOURCE: Re Canon 2600 printer.I recently purchased a black

Hi,
Please follow the instructions below from Cannon support page...

Setting the Ink Cartridge When printing, you can specify which ink cartridge to use. This is convenient if one of the ink cartridges becomes empty, you can continue printing by specifying the ink cartridge that still has ink. Note:

  • When the following settings are configured, Black Only is disabled. The color ink cartridge is used to print.
  • A type of paper other than Plain Paper is selected for Media Type on the Main tab.
  • Borderless Printing is checked on the Page Setup tab.
  • Canon recommends that you use the ink cartridges installed in the printer and not remove them until the ink runs out.

You can set the Ink Cartridge Settings from the Maintenance tab in the printer driver.
To access the printer driver from the application software, click here.
To access the printer driver from the Printers folder, click here.
Application Software -
Note: Depending on the application software, command names or menu names may vary and there may be more steps. For details, refer to the user's manual of the application software.
  1. Select the command you perform printing on the application software in use. In general, select 'Print' on the File menu to open the Print dialog box.

  2. Select your printer model name and click 'Preferences' (or 'Properties'). The printer driver setup window appears.

  3. On the Maintenance tab, click the 'Ink Cartridge Settings' icon.

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  4. On the Ink Cartridge Settings window, check the 'Ink Cartridge' drop-down to see what it is it set to.

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  5. To change Ink Cartridge to Black Only, click the 'Ink Cartridge' drop-down and select the option.

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  6. Click 'OK' on the Ink Cartridge Settings window.

  7. Click 'OK' or the applicable button to print.

Printers Folder -

For Windows 7
  • Click the 'Start' button from the bottom left of the Windows screen, and then click on 'Devices and Printers'.
  • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Printing Preferences' from the menu that appears.
For Windows Vista
  • Click / Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, 'Control Panel', 'Hardware and Sound', and then click on 'Printers'. Note: If you are in 'Classic' view, click 'Printers' directly from the 'Control Panel'.
  • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Preferences' from the menu that appears.
For Windows XP Home Edition
  • Click / Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, 'Control Panel,' 'Printers and Other Hardware,' and 'Printers and Faxes.'
  • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Preferences' from the menu that appears.

For Windows XP Professional Edition
  • Click 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, and 'Printers and Faxes.'
  • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Preferences' from the menu that appears.

For Windows 2000
  • Click / Select 'Start' from the bottom left of the Windows screen, and 'Settings,' then 'Printers.'
  • Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select 'Properties' from the menu that appears.
  1. Click the Maintenance tab. (The Maintenance window opens.)

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    Note: The layout varies depending on the printer and version of Windows you are using.

  2. On the Maintenance tab, click the 'Ink Cartridge Settings' icon.

    maintenance_inkcartridge.gif

  3. On the Ink Cartridge Settings window, check the 'Ink Cartridge' drop-down to see what it is it set to.

    inkcartridgesettingsdrop.gif

  4. To change Ink Cartridge to Black Only, click the 'Ink Cartridge' drop-down and select the option.

    inkcartridgeblackonly.gif

  5. Click 'OK' on the Ink Cartridge Settings window.

  6. On the Printing Preferences window, click 'Apply'.

Posted on Mar 04, 2010

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SOURCE: full of black ink & need to print black. other

I ran this process two months ago when the printer was 4 months in use.
Try running through the manual cleaning process for the print heads.
1-press ink
2-choose cleaning
3-choose ALL. If that doesnt work try cleaning BLACK only.
when the cleaning finishes the machine will go back to standby mode automatically.
see pg 172 in users manual under routine maint.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010

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SOURCE: cannot print in black because yellow cartridge is empty ?

Take the "empty" cartridge out and shake it, and then reinsert it. I did that on my HP 8500 and it worked. The indicator light showed it was full.

Posted on Nov 01, 2010

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Prints blacks fine, not printing grayscale.


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The answer to your question is very simple. If your document has a greyscale area, it is a color document and needs a color printer to print.

Greyscale is not light black printing, it is color in layers to give the visual impression of light black or grey.

Greyscale printing is only printable in a color printer, and does not use any black ink in its reproduction.

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Hello Lisa; Your machine can't satisfy what you want, because this machine make for color purpose, therefor, if they run out any cartridge they don't work, same reason if you don't want color printer why don't buy black and white ?

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When you print a color page, the printer will only print black/grey. However ... it will still use a tiny bit of each color ink.

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Print black & white?


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