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Mfc-240c reading offline and empty black

I have a mfc-240c. i ran out of black ink. i put a new ink cartridge in the slot. the printer asked if i replaced the cartridge, i hit #1 for yes it procceded and cleaned it. once it was done i tryed to print. the computer desk top popped up with an error displaying my color levels and status of the printer. it read empty black and printer offline. i unplugged the printer and replugged it in. same error. i went to control pannel to make sure it was set to that printer and it is. so i replaced it with another brand new black ink cartridge and the same error is still arising. customer service in india rerouted me 4 times then i was hung up on. no one seems to know anything about this printer. if any one has a solution please let me know.

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Regarding your problem: If one of the color ink cartidges is out of ink, the MFC 240C printer will not operate when you only install a black ink cartidge. It requires that all four catridges have ink available in them for it to function. When you examine a cartridge it may appear that it has a little ink in it when you get message that the cartridges needs to be replaced because a little ink remains to prevent the print head from drying out. JLHinton1@bellsouth.net

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