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Question about ink cartridges

Should I be able to print using just the black ink cartridge installed? I would rather not replace the color cartridge right now, and would like to know if the printer will run with just the black ink cartridge.

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  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    Can't remove the old ink cartrige from my Compaq A3000 copier.

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    Not true. leave the spent color cartrigde in the printer & change your preference yp black & white.

    file, print, preferences, quality/color, black & white.

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Hello,

The printer will take a little quantity of color ink though you are printing in black in order to get good quality. Hence it is not possible to print with just black ink cartridge without color cartridge.

Thank you.

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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