When printing, the black ink barely works, acts like it is empty.
I have run the diagnostic, cleaning (deep and normal), calibration, even changed out the black ink cartridge (not even empty) and still the copies that are produced look as though they either have very little black ink or none at all. Any ideas? I have the Kodak 5500 EasyShare All-in-One Printer.
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By design, Brother printers stop all printing when one of the cartridges is empty. This is done to avoid cleaning cycles sucking air into the system, which could possibly damage the printhead.
Even if you print in black only by changing the print
settings to "Mono" or "Grayscale" to avoid printing in color, cleaning cycles would still **** air from the
empty color cartridge because they are programmed to clean ALL the ink
nozzles. The only way to continue printing is to replace the empty ink
After replacing the empty color cartridge, you could print in "Mono" or "Grayscale" to make better use of just the black ink.
actually, its not. the reason is, there is a small resovoire (sp?) in the ink cartridges. if you continue to print, the nozzles will clog up, and can cause all the nozzles not to work. even when you do just black, the printer has to clean at times all the nozzles and if your nozzles are empty, air will go into the deep and dry up the excess ink.
if you are going to do primarily black prints, you should get a black and white laser for those uses only.
Assuming genuine ink cartThis worked for me on a HP printer
1.Try print black text ,and run many copies black only. I ran 25x12 times still no black. Run head clean after about each 50 sheets. Persevered and finally BLACK ink OK
Good Luck Inkypete
hi, it is possible that the black cart was not installed properly. Try reseating the black cart and see if it works. You can also try to calibrate the printer. you can do this by pressing the menu button then go down to calibrate printer. after that it would also help to perform a deep clean which can also be found on that same menu. then try to print. If all these fails, try to call the kodak hotline 800.421.6699
I'm not an expert but I go through a lot of ink.. I have found that even with new ink some of the tanks of ink aren't any good especially with compatible which i buy a lot of because it's a lot cheaper (ebay). With that ink I have gone through 10 cartridges in a row before finding one that worked correctly again (I mean out of 100+ cartridges hitting a run of 10 that where bad but the rest good.)
Also, a tech for epson once told me to hit deep clean 7 times in a row before a head check to clean their nozzles.. That has helped with my printer and at Fry's electronics, they have a cleaning solvent in kit, haven't tried it, but i have run alcohol through mine but I'm told that is very ******* the print head (dissolves the glue).